Call to book1-866-826-9438
Tour Search
Please call

The Enchanting Emerald Isle

Please call
The tour lived up to our expectations
view more
Image gallery

You are viewing the 2019 itinerary

Itineraries and pricing may vary by departure year

(Tour code: IRS19)

Explore the highlights of Ireland by rail in 10 days

Rugged coastline, beautiful rolling hills and dramatic castles are all within reach on this tour of the Emerald Isle. Our highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Killarney, the legendary Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland's wonderful capital, Dublin.

  • Dublin and The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • Jameson Distillery
  • Blarney Castle & the Blarney Stone
  • Cork
  • Kinsale
  • Killarney and the Celtic Steps Show
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Cliffs of Moher, The Burren & Galway
  • Tour of Connemara National Park
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

The Enchanting Emerald Isle 2019Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Days 1 Dublin

To Dublin

Following your flight, meet your group and Tour Manager at our hotel in Dublin, where tonight we all enjoy dinner together.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 Cork

Discovering Cork

We leave Dublin behind and take the train to Cork, travelling in First Class. On arrival in Cork we take an excursion to the famous Blarney Castle - one of Ireland's greatest treasures. We then travel back into Cork, and check in to our hotel.

On Day 3 we are transferred to Cork city centre for a visit to the Jameson Distillery. Following our time here, we venture to the Titanic Experience, to discover the story of this doomed ship that sank over 100 years ago.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Killarney

Kinsale, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

This morning we travel to the harbor town of Kinsale, where you are at leisure, perhaps to wander the streets and view the myriad of brightly colored buildings that line them. Kinsale also has a wide variety of delicious restaurants, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch whilst here?

We continue to Killarney, situated amongst the sublime scenery of Killarney National Park, and check into our hotel for the next 2 nights. After dinner we are whisked away to the Celtic Steps Show, a spectacular evening of traditional Irish music and dance. From lively, jaunty tunes to slow and bittersweet ballads, Irish music has traditionally covered a whole score of emotions with fiddles, flutes, and drums, and we are fortunate enough to experience these incredible traditional displays in a delightful mix of the music through the ages.

On Day 5, we enjoy a drive around the beautiful Ring of Kerry, one of the most breathtakingly dramatic areas of scenery in the Republic of Ireland. From the tumultuous sea to the craggy windswept mountains and cliffs, enjoy this verdant piece of Irish countryside, before we pause, perhaps to enjoy a bit of lunch before we continue on to our next activity, a horse and carriage ride on the Jaunting Cars of Killarney. A jaunting car has been a traditional mode of transport in Ireland since the early 19th century, and they are a wonderfully unique way to see the Emerald Isle.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Days 6-7 Cliffs Of Moher
Cliffs Of Moher

Iconic Ireland

We travel to Galway via the famous Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most dramatic natural attraction, before continuing along the coastline of County Clare. On Day 7 we make a visit to the Celtic Crystal Factory in Connemara, where we enjoy a demonstration of glass cutting. We continue to Glen Keen Farm where we are treated to a sheep dog demonstration, followed by a buffet style lunch accompanied with traditional dancing and singing.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-10 Dublin

Dublin and home

After a leisurely morning, we transfer to Galway Station to return to Dublin by Standard Class train. We enjoy a sightseeing tour on Day 9, including a visit to the Book of Kells, an ancient codex that is believed to have been written in around 800 AD. The intricate detail on this book is remarkable, and well worth lingering over.

We then visit the world famous Guinness Storehouse for a guided tour, exploring the history of this dark and iron rich stout that is famous internationally, and we enjoy a tasting before you spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring more of the fascinating city. This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner at 'The Merry Ploughboys', an Irish music pub where one can truly experience the lively culture of Ireland thanks to its live bands and lively atmosphere.

On Day 10 your tour concludes.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Dublin airport, which is approximately 10 miles from your base in Dublin.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout
  • Porterage included from Dublin to Cork and from Galway to Dublin

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights in Dublin at the 4-Star Royal Marine in Dun Laoghaire, 2 nights at the 4-Star Ardilaun Hotel in Galway, 2 nights at the 4-Star Innisfallen Hotel in Killarney and 2 nights in the 4-Star Oriel House Hotel in Cork

Delicious meals included

  • 18 meals including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners, including an evening of food and entertainment at the Merry Ploughboys Pub


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tour of Dublin including Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Cork & the Jameson Distillery
  • Celtic Steps Show
  • The Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle
  • Scenic Ring of Kerry coach tour
  • The Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
  • Kylemore Abbey, Celtic Crystal Factory, Connemara National Park

Not Included

  • Flights and airport transfers


What our customers think

of travellers would recommend this tour

Tour Rating

based on 14 verified reviews

Dimitri Zgonis
Vaugnel Fletcher
The Enchanting Emerald Isle

Explore the highlights of Ireland by rail in 10 days


Similar tours