This 2 centre Rail tour of Ireland is the ideal introduction to both Dublin and the Southwest of Ireland.
This 2 centre Rail tour of Ireland is the ideal introduction to both Dublin and the Southwest of Ireland. No constant packing and unpacking as you spend 3 nights in wonderful Killarney in County Kerry and 3 nights in our capital Dublin. Upon your arrival into Dublin Airport, you will meet our driver who will take you directly to your train that will take you to Killarney where you will spend the next 3 nights. While here, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the famed scenic attractions in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. You will tour both the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. After your time in Kerry travel back to Dublin by rail for a 3 night stay (there’s also the option to travel to Dublin by private chauffeur who will take you to Dublin via some of Ireland’s most historic locations such as Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel). In Dublin, with your city sightseeing ticket, you can see such places as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, The Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and Christchurch Cathedral to name but a few of the numerous Dublin highlights.
Day 1 – To Killarney by Rail
After arriving into Dublin Airport you will travel to Killarney by rail. Begin the next stage on your Irish rail tour with a scenic train journey from Cork to Killarney in county Kerry. For your first day in Kerry we recommend that you take in Killarney and the surrounding attractions.
You may decide to visit Muckross House and Gardens on the outskirts of the town or take a tour around Killarney national park by horse and carriage. One of the main attractions in Killarney is the town itself with its colourful shops, cute cafes and ample fine restaurants. There is always plenty of traditional Irish music on offer in Killarney in its many old style pubs!
Day 2 – Ring of Kerry Tour
Today we have pre-booked a Ring of Kerry bus tour for you. On your tour discover landscapes of magnificent beauty alongside the backdrop of the grand MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, rivers and rolling countryside. Along the way, you will encounter larger bustling towns to the more traditional quaint Irish villages.
Visit such places as Glenbeigh which holds the famous Kerry Bog Village, a cluster of reconstructed cottages dating back to the 1800’s, Cahersiveen, the principal town of the peninsula and Sneem with its brightly painted buildings and quaint village green. Return to Killarney via Ladies View, a famous stopping point to view the three Lakes of Killarney in all of their splendour.
Day 3 – Dingle Peninsula Guided Tour
This morning hop on the coach to do a comprehensive day tour of the Dingle Peninsula which offers some of Ireland’s best scenery and spectacular views. The Dingle Peninsula or the Corca Dhuibhne as it is named in our native tongue is believed to have more than 2000 ancient monuments, the locals here speak fluent Irish and the town is well known for its fantastic traditional music and dance culture.
On your travels you will discover Dingle Town with its brightly coloured shops and Slea head which is known to be the most westerly point in Europe and has astonishingly beautiful view especially of the nearby Blasket Islands. Your tour also takes in the countryside where David Lean filmed ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and the landscape backdrops for the Irish scenes of film ‘Far and Away’.
Day 4 - Return to Dublin by Rail, Dublin City Sightseeing
NOTE – You also have the option to travel to Dublin today by private chauffeur who will take you to Dublin via some of Ireland’s most historic locations such as Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle and The Rock of Cashel.
After travelling by train from killarney to Dublin, walk to the major visitor attractions near your hotel or enjoy a break from sightseeing by visiting the major shopping areas that you will find in the city centre. Make sure to ask your travel consultant is case there are shows that you may like to attend in any one of a number of wonderful theatre’s that Dublin has to offer.
Day 5 – Dublin Sightseeing and Guinness Storehouse
Today, use your Dublin sightseeing tickets to bus your way around Dublin City. The Dublin sightseeing ticket lasts for two days and includes stops close to all of Dublin’s main attractions including The National Museums, Trinity College and The Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral to name just a few places. You will also visit the Guinness Storehouse or if you prefer a visit to the Jameson or another Irish whiskey experience, that can be arranged.
Take a relaxing walk through the lovely city centre park of St. Stephen’s Green. On one night of your time in Dublin, we would certainly recommend that you visit Dublin’s busy Temple Bar to check out its famous traditional Irish music and vibrant nightlife!
Day 6 - Dublin City Sightseeing
Continue your sightseeing in Dublin today. Visit Dublin Castle which was built in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement and served as the headquarters of English administration in Ireland prior to Irish independence. Kilmainham Gaol is also a must. One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, it covers some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's history.
Also worth a visit are EPIC, the Irish emigration museum and the GPO (General Post Office) which houses the ‘GPO Witness History’ visitor attraction. This exhibition tells the story of the 1916 rising and the aftermath of this historic rebellion. Of course, you will also have the opportunity to visit such places as The James Joyce Centre and the The Little Museum of Dublin where you will discover the fantastic story of Dublin on the museum’s famous 29-minute guided tour, where the quirky staff offer brilliant Irish storytelling, which will make you laugh a lot.
Finally, enjoy a final evening at the ‘The Irish House Party’ complete with Food and superb traditional music and dance.
Day 7 - End of Tour
This morning, check out of your hotel for the journey home.
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