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12 Night Best of Ireland by Rail
Overview for the 12 night Best of Ireland by Rail Tour
The best of Ireland by Rail 12 night tour is best accessed by Dublin airport. On arrival in Dublin Airport, travel into the city and take a train from Dublin to Cork City. Cork City’s narrowed tapered streets and Georgian architecture give the city a continental feel. The city has fantastic shopping, sightseeing and entertainment opportunities and on this tour we will use it as a base to discover the seaside town of Cobh, the last port of call for millions of Irish emigrants and Blarney where the world famous Blarney Castle is located. From Cork travel west to the Kingdom County of Kerry! Here discover the amazing Ring of Kerry as well as the unspoiled Dingle Peninsula. After Killarney travel Galway where you will have ample time to explore this festival capital and see the city’s sites. A day trip to Inis Mór in the Aran Islands has been included for you, and you will have plenty of time to explore the festival city of Galway. After a one night stopover in Dublin, travel directly to Belfast by rail. In Belfast we recommend a visit to Titanic Belfast, the city’s newest and most popular museum and the Belfast murals which have become world recognised symbols of religious and political divisions. Finally, enjoy a 2 night stay in our capital city, Dublin. Here with your city sightseeing ticket you can see such places as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, The Guinness Storehouse and Christchurch Cathedral but to name a few places.
Included in This Tour-
- Meet & greet at Dublin Airport with private transfer to Heuston Railway Station
- Train ticket from Heuston Railway Station Dublin to Cork
- Train ticket from Cork to Killarney
- Train ticket from Killarney to Galway
- Train ticket from Galway to Dublin Heuston
- Train ticket from Dublin to Belfast and return
- 12 nights’ accommodation
- Cork City Hop on Hop off Tour Tickets
- Cork Cobh & Blarney Tour
- Dublin Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Tickets
- Ring of Kerry Coach Tour Tickets
- Dingle Peninsula Coach Tour Tickets
- Return Shuttle bus from Galway to the port of Rossaveal for Aran Islands Ferry
- Return Ferry Ticket from Rossaveal to Inis Mór
- Belfast City Hop on Hop off Tour Tickets
Overnights for this Tour
- Cork for 2 Nights
- Killarney for 3 Nights
- Galway for 2 Nights
- Dublin for 1 Night
- Belfast for 2 Nights
- Dublin for 2 Nights
Titanic Belfast is an unbelievable, unmissable experience. Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction, Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building and extending over nine galleries, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Titanic Belfast tells this world-famous story using contemporary interactive technology, special effects and even a thrilling shipyard ride where you will hear the sound of riveting and experience the smells of melting steel as you journey through what it was like to be a shipyard worker in Belfast more than 100 years ago....read more
Belfast (from the Irish: Béal Feirste meaning "Mouth of the (River) Farset")is the capital city of Northern Ireland and the seat of devolved government and legislative assembly in Northern Ireland. It is the largest urban area in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster, the fifteenth-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second largest city on the island of Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction called the Troubles, but latterly has undergone a return to a sustained period of calmness and growth. Originally a town in County Antrim, the county borough of Belfast was created when it was granted city status by Queen Victoria in 1888. The name, Belfast, is the anglicised version of the Irish Béal Feirste, which ...read more
Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Starting from Killarney, heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville (favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin that now has a statue of him to commemorate his love of the place), Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connell. Just south of Killarney, Ross Castle, Lough Leane, and Ladies View (a panoramic viewpoint), all located within Killarney National Park, are major attractions located along the Ring. The complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh B...read more
There are so many things to see, to do, to explore, to experience on the Dingle Peninsula . . . from almost 2,000 archaeological sites, to more walking than you could fit into a year, to Fungie, a bottlenose dolphin who's been living at the mouth of Dingle Harbour since 1984. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage. When one ...read more
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest island is Inishmore; the middle and second-largest is Inishmaan and the smallest and most eastern is Inisheer. Irish is a spoken language on all three islands, and is the language used naming the islands and their villages and townlands. Take a short ferry ride to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, and island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in its long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians....read more
I wanted to write to say thank you for arranging our trip. Everything went beautifully, and all of our hosts were also very happy to work with Irish Tourism. Everyone of our hosts were so friendly and helpful, but especially Karen and Alan Priest at Brookside, and Brigit and Liam in Kilkenny. All of the accommodations were excellent.
We understand that we were very lucky with the weather which was outstanding; indeed it rarely rained for any length of time until we got to Dublin at the end of the trip, and even then, it did not interfere with our plans. Apparently it rained almost every day in Ottawa while we were away, but today is beautiful and sunny.
We will have marvelous memories of our trip. Thanks again for your excellent assistance.
Lynda Gibson, Ottowa, Canada