Limerick, Killarney, Dublin & Belfast
Explore the Emerald Isle on this 10-day tour through the classic cities of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Discover Ireland’s rich heritage on this 10-day locally hosted tour. Traveling by rail through miles of open countryside, you’ll realize how the country gained the nickname, “The Emerald Isle.” Nestled within the green hills are towns like Killarney, famous for its rural charm and lively locals. Be inspired by the feisty spirit of Limerick, an ancient, castle-filled city straddling the mighty River Shannon. Dublin, Ireland’s gorgeous capital, is the home of the Guinness brewery and heart of the country’s illustrious literary tradition. Walk in the footsteps of artists and writers like James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde. In Belfast, you’ll see the renaissance of this once conflict-torn capital city firsthand. Throughout your tour of Éire, you’ll receive insider travel advice from your Local Hosts. Their local expertise will ensure that you get the most out of each destination. So come and “play the wild rover” on this enchanting tour of Ireland!
Highlights and Inclusions
- 9 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast included daily
- Friendly, knowledgeable Local Host in each city
- First-class transportation by train and chauffeured car/minibus
- Guided sightseeing tours of each destination
- Admission to Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition
Day 1 - Depart USA for Ireland
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Shannon from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2- Limerick, Ireland
Céad míle fáilte—A hundred thousand welcomes! Arrive in Limerick (nearest airport is Shannon). Your Local Host will help you maximize your time. The city of Limerick was founded by Vikings in the 7th century AD. Today, Limerick is the third most popular city Ireland, and its Viking ancestry has informed its fascinating culture and shaped its resilient people. Overnight Limerick.
Day 3 - Limerick
Your Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour takes you past the Treaty Stone, King John's Castle, St. John's Cathedral, the Tait Clock, and Shannon Bridge, and lets you to experience the wealth of history and folklore that this lively Irish city has to offer.
Day 4 - Limerick-Killarney
This morning, enjoy your transfer to Killarney by chauffeured car/minibus. This charming little town is tucked away between lakes and mountains, and is a popular stop for travelers following the Ring of Kerry. With pub-lined streets and famous hospitality, Killarney is the perfect example of traditional Irish culture, and its colors, music, and plentiful pints make it a visitor's dream. Overnight Killarney.
Day 5 - Killarney
Start your exploration of Killarney with a fun-filled Jaunting Car Ride through the town and the national park to Ross Castle. Enjoy the splendid vistas of Ireland's highest mountain range, MacGillycuddy's Reeks, and stop for photographs of the glorious Lakes of Killarney. Your Local Host will have suggestions for the rest of the day.
Day 6 - Killarney
Enjoy a full day exploring this colorful resort on you own. Your Local Host will have suggestions on what to do and see.
Day 7 - Killarney-Dublin
Travel to Dublin by train today. On your train ride, you'll pass through beautiful valleys and idyllic towns. Change trains at Mallow, a historic town in County Cork whose origins date back all the way to a prehistoric settlement marked by a series of standing stones. When you arrive in Dublin, transfer to your hotel before setting out to get acquainted with Ireland's lively capital city.
Day 8 - Dublin
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation takes you past St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, along elegant Georgian squares, and statue-lined O'Connell Street. Look out for the effigy of Oscar Wilde, reclining on a huge granite stone and seemingly without a care in the world, or Molly Malone, commemorating the young woman featured in the local ballad Cockles and Mussels. Finally, visit the Old Library at Trinity College, and see the famous 1,200-year-old Book of Kells. It is testimony to Dublin's literary tradition, dating back over a thousand years, when monks would transcribe the Bible into beautiful manuscripts.
Day 9 - Dublin-Belfast, Northern Ireland
Today, journey to Belfast by train (first-class). As you travel north, you'll pass through coastal villages and encounter the whimsical scenery that inspired centuries of legends. After arriving in Belfast and transferring to your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own time. Belfast is a beautiful city with a turbulent, and ultimately uplifting history.
Day 10 - Belfast
Enjoy your Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour, which will take you past all the city's attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, the murals in Falls Road and Shankill Road, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Also included is a ticket to the fascinating Titanic Exhibition where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
Day 11 - Belfast
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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: Departs 11th April 2015 ($1,799), 18th April 2015 ($1,799), 25th April 2015 ($1,799), 2nd May 2015 ($1,890), 9th May 2015 ($1,890), 16th May 2015 ($1,890), 23rd May 2015 ($1,890), 30th May 2015 ($1,890), 6th June 2015 ($1,890), 13th June 2015 ($1,890), 20th June 2015 ($1,890), 27th June 2015 ($1,890), 4th July 2015 ($1,890), 11th July 2015 ($1,890), 18th July 2015 ($1,890), 25th July 2015 ($1,890), 1st August 2015 ($1,890), 8th August 2015 ($1,890), 15th August 2015 ($1,890), 22nd August 2015 ($1,890), 29th August 2015 ($1,890), 5th September 2015 ($1,890), 12th September 2015 ($1,890), 19th September 2015 ($1,890)