10 Day London & Ireland Classic

Tour duration:

10 days

Tour starts:

London

Tour ends:

Dublin

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Return Ferry from London to Dublin 
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferry port to City Centre Hotel 
  • 6-day Rail/Coach guided tour of Ireland 
  • 9 nights in Elegant Hotel Accommodation 
  • Full Breakfast daily (except Day 1) 
  • London Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 3 Day Ticket 
  • Dublin Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket
  • Local Taxes 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in London & Ireland 
  • JTI Travel App 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Book of Kells
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Cobh Heritage Centre 
  • Bunratty Castle 
  • Cliffs of Moher 

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Tour Highlights

full tour

Itinerary

Welcome to London!

Catch a taxi or a tube to your London Hotel.

 

Hop on Hop off Tour Bus – 72 Hour Ticket

Today you will explore England’s capital city, London. Set on the River Thames, London is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. Enjoy a city tour on board the London Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus. The ticket is valid for 72 hours and you can use it to see all the famous London landmarks in ease and comfort and then use it to transfer you between the attractions that interest you most. The bus tour takes you past all of London’s top landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, HMS Belfast, London Eye, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, plus many more famous historic monuments and attractions.

 

Accommodation: London City Hotel – 3 nights

Full English Breakfast

After a good nights’ rest continue touring the rest of London City on board the Hop on Hop off Bus. The bus will be your mode of transport around the city and will transfer you between attractions.

 

Buckingham Palace

Today you might consider a visit to St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen’s Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace to change with the old guard.

Alternatively, you might like to visit St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its magnificent dome. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, more recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Diamond Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

Full English Breakfast

London at your leisure

Enjoy your final day in London at your leisure. There is plenty to see and do in this vibrant city. You are sure to find some compelling tours and activities. Why not take in the breath-taking views of London on board the London Eye. Gracefully rotating over the River Thames, the London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. The feat of design and engineering it has made it a modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon.  The experience showcases breath-taking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade.

Full English Breakfast

London to Dublin

Check-in at London Euston Station at the Network Rail Mobility Assistance Reception for the 09:10am departure of your train direct to Holyhead. You will be met by your Railtours Ireland host and escorted into your reserved seats.

Your train, complete with snack car/bar will speed through the heart of England and along the North Wales coast to reach Holyhead in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. Holyhead rail station is also the cruise ferry terminal so after a short bus transfer to the berth you walk onto the ship – The Irish Ferries ‘Ulysses’ to Dublin.

Enjoy an invigorating 3 hours and 15-minute voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board the ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.

Arrive into Dublin at 17:25hrs where you will be welcomed by your Railtours Ireland host and transferred to your hotel in Dublin City Centre.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you are free to discover Dublin with your Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket.

 

Hop On Hop Off Dublin City Tour

Today you will explore Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago, you will discover the city’s charms, see the elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors, the River Liffey, O’Connell Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and much more. Explore the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Hop on Hop off Bus service. Relax on a 90-minute city tour and then use the bus to transfer you between attractions around the city.

 

Book of Kells

You will visit to Trinity College, a distinguished college attended by legendary writers such as Jonathan Swift, William Congreve and Oscar Wilde to name but a few. Here you will see the famous ‘Book of Kells.’ It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together. It was completed in 800 AD and is said to be the oldest (and most beautiful) book in the world!

 

Guinness Storehouse

Next you will visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn how the famous ‘blackstuff’ is made. Afterwards enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which enjoys panoramic views of the City.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning you will make your way to your departure train station which is Dublin Heuston. Your first stop will be Cork before you arrive in Killarney County Kerry.

 

Blarney Castle

Arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35 and transfer to the Railtours Ireland tour coach, passing through Cork City en-route to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle & Gardens, built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. You will have time to kiss the famous stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping and lunch at Blarney.

We recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.

 

Cobh

On arrival at Cobh, you will visit St. Colman’s Cathedral. You will then proceed down along the sea front passing the former White Star Line offices en-route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cobh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story. The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration; 3 million Irish people emigrated from Cobh, (principally to the United States) including Annie Moore, whose statue is located in front of the heritage centre.

Depart Cobh by train to Killarney, where the rest of the evening is free. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B – 3 nights

Full Irish Breakfast

Ring of Kerry

You will be collected from your accommodation for your Ring of Kerry tour. Ireland’s highest mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntoohil, which can be seen en-route. It is the highest, standing at 1041 metres. You will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which gives people an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe. Later, on the approach to Waterville there are views (weather permitting) of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was recently filmed. An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.

The Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

Return to Killarney Town to enjoy the rest of your evening.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast

Dingle Peninsula Tour

The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged Atlantic coastline in Kerry and is scattered with forts and pre-historic huts such as the Gallarus Oratory. Much of Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish-speaking region including traditional music and art forms.

Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instils a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route. There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks. The Great Blasket Island, evacuated in the 1950’s, produced a number of books in Irish. The best-sellers, translated as 20 Years a Growing by Maurice O’ Sullivan, and The Island Man by Thomas O’ Crohan, were both produced here. In the 20th century some 60 books, mostly in Irish, have been written in the immediate area.

At the end of the day’s touring, you will be returned to Killarney for a third overnight in Killarney Town Centre.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning you will depart Killarney Town and travel to Limerick and Clare before returning to Dublin City

 

Limerick City

Arrive into Limerick where we will join the tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it older than London! As we cross the River Shannon which is Ireland’s longest river, you will see views of King John’s Castle to the right.

 

Bunratty Castle

After a brief city tour, you will travel onto Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is also a folk park here which you will have time to explore. This shows what Ireland was like 100 years ago.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Next arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time.

We continue along the coast road to Black Head, passing the quaint coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to Galway. There will be some free time in Galway to explore the streets around Eyre Square or grab a bite to eat before catching the train back to Dublin Heuston.

We depart from Galway by train at 19:20hrs and return to Dublin. Arrival into Dublin’s Heuston Station at 21:45hrs.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning, you will be transferred to the departure terminal of Dublin Ferry port.

Alternatively if you prefer, we can arrange transport for you to Dublin airport catch a return flight home.

Depart with memories that will last a lifetime.

Slan go Fhoill (Goodbye For Now!)

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