7 Day Dublin & Rail Tour
- Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer
- 6 nights in centrally located Hotels
- Full Breakfast daily (exception Day 1)
- Hop on Hop Off Bus tour (48 hour ticket)
- Rail tour of Ireland for 4 days
- Map of Ireland
- All local taxes
- Booking assistance of JTI
- Emergency contact available in Ireland if required
- Guinness Storehouse
- Book of Kells
- Dublin Castle
- Blarney Castle
- Cobh Heritage Centre
- Ring of Kerry Day tour
- Bunratty Castle
- Cliffs of Moher
- Kylemore Abbey
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into Dublin Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver in the Arrivals Terminal and transferred to your city center hotel.
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.
Today 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: 4* Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights
After a good nights’ rest, continue touring the rest of Dublin 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.
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!
Next visit Dublin Castle: Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled on by the Vikings, it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.
Make your way to Heuston train station to start your rail tour.
You will travel from Dublin to Cork this morning via train as part of your tour. We transfer to the tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens. You will have time to kiss the famous Blarney stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.
Depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city centre and a short city tour. On arrival at Cóbh you will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. We 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 Cóbh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story (which includes the story of the Titanic). The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration.
Depart Cobh by train for Killarney. The rest of the evening is free and there is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music entertainment.
Accommodation: 4* Killarney Hotel – 2 nights
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 Carrauntouhil, which can be seen en route. It is the highest, standing at 1041 metres. We 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.
At the end of the tour you will be brought to the railway station at Killarney.
Depart Killarney by road to Limerick to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.
Arrive into Limerick where we will join our 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.
After a brief city tour we 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. From here we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren.
At the end of the day the coach will set you down at Eyre Square in the centre of Galway City. Your evening is free in Galway.
Depart Galway and our conducted tour of Connemara leaves Galway to the village of Moycullen.
Now the gateway to Connemara opens, and the breathtaking colors of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour. At Maam Cross, the Connemara "crossroads", there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950's John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara film "The Quiet Man", which was filmed here.
There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919. Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are now in the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bi-lingual people.
Our tour of Connemara heads homewards towards Galway City now, along the shores of Galway bay, through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal and looking out across the blue waters of the Atlantic at the unique lime-stone of the Burren and the hills of Clare. The scenery is spectacular.
This evening board your train back to Dublin.
Accommodation: 4* Dublin City Hotel – 1 night
Enjoy a few more hours soaking up the beauty of this country before your private driver transfers you to the airport for your flight home. Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime.