Kissing the Blarney Stone!
Day 1 – Check in at Dublin Heuston Station for 7am departure of Intercity train to Cork (Breakfast included Monday to Friday). Transfers and Admission to Blarney Castle inluded – be sure to kiss the stone to be blessed with the gift of gab! Lunch and shopping at the English Market in Cork will be followed by a visit to the port of Cobh. At the heritage centre, you’ll learn the story of the Irish famine, emigration, and the Titanic – whose last port of call was Cobh. The train will depart Cork for Killarney, arriving around 6:30pm, where you’ll head to your Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Enjoy the evening to explore Killarney.
Day 2 – At 10am, you’ll embark on the Ring of Kerry tour, the coastal drive of the Iveragh Peninsula. Make sure you take your camera for glorious views of mountains, the coast, and the Lakes of Killarney. You’ll have the evening free to visit Killarney. Ask your host for suggestions to enjoy traditional night entertainment.
Day 3 – Start the morning with a city tour of Limerick, and visit Bunratty Castle. Then head West for the Atlantic coastal fishing village of Doolin for a traditional lunch at Gus O’Connor’s (not included). Enjoy the early afternoon at the Cliffs of Moher, the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Then continue North along the coast seeing the natural wonders of Burren Black Head and Galway Bay. Settle in to your 4 Star standard hotel in Galway City, and then set out on the town for evening fun!
Day 4 – This morning you’ll be flying to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore. Your tour of the island will include a visit to the ancient fort of Dún Aengus, built atop sheer cliffs. You’ll get back to Galway City by 5:30pm, giving you another evening to continue your exploration of the traditional food and entertainment.
Day 5 – This is the day you see the beauty of Connemara! The inlets, mountains, lakes, and even Ireland’s only fjord (Killary Harbour) will be available for your viewing today. Possibly the most striking will be your included admission to Kylemore Abbey and Garden. Stay for lunch (not included). You’ll also view the Tweleve Bens and Maamturks mountain ranges on route to Galway City, where you’ll board the InterCity train bound for your 4 star standard hotel in Dublin.
Day 6 – For your final morning, depart for Belfast! (Don’t forget – since you’ll be in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to switch to British currency.) Take the Antrim Coast Road, crossing the Glens of Antrim, to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. If the weather permits, you’ll be able to see the coast of Scotland! In the Giant’s Causeway, stop for photos at Dunluce Castle before returning to Belfast, and then Dublin.