Limerick, Killarney, Dublin, Belfast & London
May the luck of the Irish be on your side as you transverse the Emerald Isle and London on this locally-hosted journey.
From the Bishop’s Palace in Limerick to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and sites such as Westminster Abbey in London, the adventure is never ending on this exciting tour. The journey begins in Limerick, where you have two days to get acquainted with the Irish way of life. From here, you will head south to Killarney, to Dublin on the east coast and then all the way up to Belfast in Northern Ireland. In each city you enjoy a fantastic mixture of guided touring and independent exploration time, which gives you the opportunity to make the most of each destination. From Belfast, the tour continues across the Irish Sea to London, where you get an insider’s look at some of the most sought-after attractions in the city. With insight from your Local Hosts along the way and 2 weeks worth of great cities to explore, this is a vacation that just keeps on giving.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail between Killarney, Dublin and Belfast
- Hotel accommodations for 13 nights with breakfast daily
- Limerick walking tour
- Killarney jaunting car ride to Ross Castle
- Dublin city tour, including a visit to the old library at Trinity College
- Belfast Hop-on Hop-off tour
- London city tour
- Intra-vacation rail & airport transfers
- Services of a local host in each city
Day 1 - Limerick, Ireland
Céad míle fáilte - a hundred-thousand welcomes! While in Limerick, your Local Host will help you maximize your time. This afternoon, your Local Guide will take you on a walking tour past the Treaty Stone, Bishop's Palace, King John's Castle, and St. Mary's Cathedral, and lets you experience the wealth of history and folklore that this lively Irish city has to offer.
Day 2 - Limerick at leisure
Today is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Your Local Host might have suggestions for you, like a visit to the Frank McCourt Museum, a vivid reconstruction of his childhood home, as depicted in Angela's Ashes, or you could take a relaxing stroll through the People's Park.
Day 3 - To Killarney
This morning, you will be transferred to Killarney by chauffeured car/minibus.
Day 4 - 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.
Day 5 - Killarney at leisure
Enjoy this colorful resort on your own today, or take up one of your Local Host's suggestions. A stroll through Killarney National Park and a cup of tea in the Deenagh Lodge Tearoom, which dates back to 1834, or a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral, used as a shelter during the Great Famine and home to an impressive collection of stained-glass windows.
Day 6 - To Dublin
Travel to Dublin by train (with change at Mallow).
Day 7 - Dublin
Morning guided sightseeing 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 a 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. In the evening, you might like to take a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse and sample some of the "Black Stuff."
Note: Dublin sightseeing might take place on Day 6.
Day 8 - To Belfast, Northern Ireland
Journey to Belfast by train (first class).
Day 9 - Belfast
Your Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour will take you past all the city's attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, the murals on Falls Road and Shankill Road, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Also included is a ticket to the fascinating Titanic Experience, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
Note: The Hop-on Hop-off tickets in Belfast are valid for 48 hours and can be activated on the day of arrival.
Day 10 - Belfast
Belfast is all yours to discover and your Local Host will help you with ideas. Why not follow the famous story of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park, where history comes to life?
Day 11 - To London, England
Travel to London by air on selected flights*
Day 12 - London
Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye; the giant Ferris Wheel situated on the riverbank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.
Day 13 - London at leisure
Enjoy a leisurely day on your own; your Local Host will be pleased to help you make plans. You might want to try authentic English Afternoon Tea at one of the exclusive hotels, consisting of finely cut sandwiches, warm scones with jam and clotted cream, delicate pastries, and freshly brewed tea.
Day 14 - London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick
A unique and individual hotel with an exceptional location on the Shannon. The award-winning River Restaurant and welcoming Terrace Bar & Café serve the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, created with locally sourced produce. The Energize Health Centre features a 20-meer swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, state-of-the-art exercise and high-performance cardo & weights machines as well as a plunge pool and hydrotherapy facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.
Killarney Plaza, Killarney
Ideally located in the heart of Killarney town, this 198 room property is within walking distance of the main shopping street, great pubs and restaurants, and the beautiful Killarney National Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms. The Killarney Plaza is home to three fine restaurants featuring global cuisine freshly prepared by internationally trained chefs, two bars, and a lounge. The leisure amenities in the hotel include a fully stocked state-of-the-art gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, swimming pool and the Sundari spa with a large array of treatments on offer.
The Gibson, Dublin
The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off-center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.
The world-famous Europa hotel Belfast is home to some pretty important people when they visit Belfast. It's no surprise, really, the elegant décor, contemporary bistro, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge make for a one-of-a-kind hotel located next door to the superb city center with shops, restaurants, theaters and more!
Millennium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington; a relaxed environment is the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London's greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such a Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental Cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey's Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
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*Intra-tour flights from Belfast to London are required and are not included in package price. Please speak with a rail specialist for details.