Kissing the Blarney Stone!
Day 1 – Check in at Dublin Heuston Station for a 7am departure of the InterCity train to Cork. Start your tour with a kiss of the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle (Admission included)! With the gift of gab from the Stone, you’ll soon make friends! After time for lunch and shopping, you’ll get a city tour of Cork. Then head to Cobh, where the Titanic made its final port of call, as well as generations of emigrants left their homeland for the New World. Your admission to the Cobh Heritage Centre is included, and here you’ll learn about the Titanic and Queenstown Story. Travel by train to Killarney, where you’ll stay in a local Bed and Breakfast! (Or upgrade to a four star standard hotel) Enjoy the evening in Killarney – ask your host about the local pubs and restaurants.
Day 2 – After a slow morning, you’ll embark on the Ring of Kerry tour at 10am. This coastal drive will take you around the Iveragh Peninsula on Dingle Bay. Have your cameras ready for the mountain and coastal scenery, as well as the Skellig Rocks, Macgillicuddy Reeks, and Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill. The Lakes of Killarney are world famous, and your route today includes Molls Gapv and Ladies View. You’ll be back in Killarney for the evening, to explore the city as you wish.
Day 3 – At 7:30am, you’ll transfer to Limerick, where you’ll enjoy a short city tour before heading north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village – admission and guided tour of the castle included! Stop at the traditional Irish pub, O’Connor’s of Doolin, for pub grub for lunch (not included). Then you’ll head to the Cliffs of Moher and the limestone desert of Burren (admission included). This coastal drive to Galway Bay is one of Europe’s Top Ten Coastal Drives. You’ll overnight in Galway City in a three/four star hotel.
Day 4 – You’ll be flying this morning to Inismór, where you’ll tour the largest of the Aran Islands. In the afternoon, you’ll tour the ancient fort of Dún Aengus, built on sheer cliffs. You’ll have the evening to yourself to explore Galway City.
Day 5 – Your tour of Connemara will include admission to Kylemore Abbey and their Victorian gardens. You’ll also pass the house where Bruce Ismay retired to, following his disgrace after surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Watch Connemara ponies in their natural habitat. Then you’ll reach your destination for the day, Clifden. You’ll have the evening to discover your new favorite pub or seafood restaurant!
Day 6 – You’ll enjoy the morning tour of Sky Road, and Derrygimlagh Bog, the site of the Marconi transmitting station where Jack Phillips worked as a wireless operator. He left that job to join the Titanic, and went down with the ship, sending out the last calls for help. It’s also the site where the first non-stop transatlantic flight landed in 1919! You’ll continue to explore the scenery of Connemara on your way back to Galway, where you’ll board the train for Dublin.
Day 7 – Today is your day to explore Dublin! You’ll be given a Hop-On/Hop-Off sightseeing tour ticket, to visit the sites you want to see most. The tour does stop at the most famous attractions, including The Guinness Brewery, Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells), Kilmainham Jail, Christchurch, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, plus so much more.
Day 8 – Check in at Dublin Connolly station for the Enterprise train departure for Belfast! Make sure you take some Sterling(British) currency, because you’ve just crossed the international border into Great Britain! The coach will take you along the Antrim coast road, crossing the Glens of Antrim on your way to Ballycastle and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. If the weather’s clear, you’ll be able to see the coast of Scotland. You’ll have admission to the Giant’s Causeway, and stop of pictures at Dunluce Castle. You’ll overnight in Belfast at a four star hotel in the city centre.
Day 9 – Full Irish Breakfast! That’s the famous Ulster Fry to start off your day. Then join a Belfast Hop-On/Hop-Off tour that’ll also visit Titanic Quarter. There you’ll see the original dock where the ship was built, as well as the Titanic Visitor Centre, home of the last surviving White Star Line ship, ‘The Nomadic’. You’ll also have free time for shopping and visiting before returning to Dublin for your last night at a city centre hotel.