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7-Night Emerald Isle Heritage Express

Price: From $6,959 Per Person.7 Nights

For those looking to explore the Emerald Isle in a more exclusive setting, look no further than our 7-Night Emerald Isle Heritage Rail Tour. With overnight stays at numerous 5-star properties and transportation aboard a private heritage train, this Ireland vacation is the perfect way to explore the country in style. 

Your tour begins in Dublin with access to the city’s most iconic sites, via Hop On Hop Off pass, and a welcome reception at the Merrion Hotel. The next day starts with a champagne reception at Connolly Station before boarding your private heritage train and traveling down Ireland’s scenic east coast to Waterford City. After enjoying a private visit to Waterford Crystal and your overnight stay at the lovely Mount Juliet Estate, you will depart Waterford for Cork - where you will be treated to a visit to Blarney Castle.  

Leave Ireland’s east coast behind and rail to Killarney for a tour of The Ring of Kerry and dinner in a traditional Irish Pub - complete with live entertainment. Your 5th day features a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, lunch at Gus O’Connor’s famous pub in Doolin and a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way before arriving at Dromoland Castle for your two night stay. While at Dromoland, you will have a free day to enjoy the excellent facilities that the property offers, or if you prefer, you can take an optional day tour to Galway City! 

Your last day features a tour of the magnificent region of Connemara, with lunch at Ballinahinch Castle, before you return to Dublin aboard your private heritage train for one last night at Merrion Hotel. 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay in luxurious 5 Star Irish Castles, City, and Country Hotels:
    • 1 Night Merrion Hotel
    • 1 Night Mount Juliet Hotel
    • 1 Night Fota Island
    • 1 Night Killarney Park Hotel
    • 2 Nights Dromoland Castle
    • 1 Night The Merrion Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by Luxurious Private Heritage Train
  • Services of a Professional & Knowledgeable Host

DINING OPTIONS

  • All Meals Included
  • Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea Each Day

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Dublin Sightseeing Bus Pass - Board an Open-Top Bus Offering a Variety of Stops Around Dublin City Taking in All Major Attractions
  • Private Visit to Waterford Crystal - Join a Dedicated Tour Guide to Discover how The Stunning Crystal Is Made
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens - Kiss the Fabled Stone and Receive the Gift of Gab!
  • Cork City's English Market - Roam the Bustling Streets and Discover a Mix of Traditional Cork Fare and Exciting Foods from Afar
  • Ring of Kerry - Circle the Magnificent Mac Gillycuddy Reeks and Head Through Passes and Valleys Along the Shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bay.
  • The Cliffs of Moher  - Take in the Incredibly Scenic Coastal Walk Atop the Towering Cliffs of Moher
  • Kerry Bog Village Museum - Step Back in Time and Discover What Life Was Like in The Early 18th-Century
  • Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour - Visit One of the Most Complete Medieval Fortress in Ireland and Explore the Towering Cliffs of Moher in County Clare
  • Kylemore Abbey and Gardens - Visit a Stunning 19th Century Lakeside Castle in The Heart of Connemara
  • Aran Islands Tour - Travel to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands and Discover It's Unspoilt Beauty*
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - Sway with The Wind as You Cross the Famed Gap, and Take in The Stunning Views of The Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Giant’s Causeway - Discover the Unique Volcanic Formation of Interlocking Basalt Columns on the Coast of County Antrim

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • St Colman's Cathedral
  • Kerry Bog Village Museum
  • Ring of Kerry
  • The Burren
  • Limerick City
  • King John's CastleConnemara National Park
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Inis Mór
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Dún Aonghusa
  • Giant’s Causeway

Dublin (IRT8), County Dublin

Accommodation

The Merrion Hotel - Dublin (IRT8), County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Dublin (IRT8), County Dublin

Day 1:

Your first day begins with a transfer from the airport, train station, or Dublin Port to your hotel. After you check-in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore Dublin at your leisure. We provide you with a Hop On Hop Off bus pass which will bring you to Dublin’s top sights such as Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and Kilmainham Gaol! 

At 19:00 (7pm), you will be treated to pre-dinner drinks at The Merrion Hotel. At 19:30 (7:30pm), a welcome dinner will be served at The Merrion Hotel. 


Kilkenny (IRT8), County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Mount Juliet Estate - Kilkenny (IRT8), County Kilkenny

5 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Kilkenny (IRT8), County Kilkenny

Day 2:

Start your day with a champagne reception at Connolly Station before boarding the Emerald Isle Express heritage train. As we leave Dublin behind, we will cruise down Ireland’s east coast through Co. Wicklow and Co. Wexford before arriving in Waterford City. Once in Waterford, we will disembark the train and head to Waterford Crystal for a private tour. After the tour, we will be treated to dinner and an overnight stay at Mount Juliet Estate. 


Cork (IRT8), County Cork

Accommodation

Fota Island Resort and Spa - Cork (IRT8), County Cork

5 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

Cork (IRT8), County Cork

Day 3:

We hop back on the heritage train this morning for our trip through Co. Tipperary to Cork. Once in Cork, we will disembark the train for visits to Blarney Castle and Cork City’s English Market. This evening, you will be staying at the five-star Fota Island Resort. 


Killarney (IRT8), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Park Hotel - Killarney (IRT8), County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Killarney (IRT8), County Kerry

Day 4:

After a visit to Cobh - Titanic’s last port of call - we will be hopping back on the heritage train and heading to Killarney for a tour of The Ring of Kerry. Following the tour, we will enjoy dinner in an Irish pub (complete with live entertainment) before staying overnight at Killarney Park Hotel. 


Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8), County Clare

Accommodation

Dromoland Castle - Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8), County Clare

Castle
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8), County Clare

Day 5:

Today we will visit the world-famous Cliffs of Moher - with lunch at Gus O’Connor’s famous pub in the seaside village of Doolin. Following lunch, we will drive along the Wild Atlantic Way through the Burren and Galway Bay before arriving at our accommodation for the evening - Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare. 


Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8), County Clare

Accommodation

Dromoland Castle - Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8), County Clare

Castle
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Newmarket-on-Fergus (IRT8-2), County Clare

Day 6:

Today is yours to enjoy all that Dromoland Castle has to offer. If you prefer, you can take an optional tour to Galway City! 

You will overnight at Dromoland Castle again this evening. 


Dublin (IRT8), County Dublin

Accommodation

The Merrion Hotel - Dublin (IRT8), County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Dublin (IRT8-2), County Dublin

Day 7:

Today, we will leave Dromoland Castle behind and head for a tour of the Connemara region - featuring lunch at Ballynahinch Castle. 

After lunch, we will return to Dublin via heritage train - dinner and evening entertainment on board. Once back in Dublin, we will overnight at the Merrion Hotel once again. 


Depart From

Dublin (IRT8-3), County Dublin

Day 8: 

Today is dedicated to traveling. You will be treated to individual transfers from your hotel to Dublin Airport.

For those who wish to spend a few more nights in Dublin, we can book them for you! 


Guaranteed Tour Date

September 22, 2019

From $6,959 per person

Traveling Alone?
No Problem. Solo Travelers Pay a Single Supplement Price of US$2,925

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay in luxurious 5 Star Irish Castles, City, and Country Hotels:
    • 1 Night Merrion Hotel
    • 1 Night Mount Juliet Hotel
    • 1 Night Fota Island
    • 1 Night Killarney Park Hotel
    • 2 Nights Dromoland Castle
    • 1 Night The Merrion Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by Luxurious Private Heritage Train
  • Services of a Professional & Knowledgeable Host

DINING OPTIONS

  • All Meals Included
  • Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea Each Day

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Dublin Sightseeing Bus Pass - Board an Open-Top Bus Offering a Variety of Stops Around Dublin City Taking in All Major Attractions
  • Private Visit to Waterford Crystal - Join a Dedicated Tour Guide to Discover how The Stunning Crystal Is Made
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens - Kiss the Fabled Stone and Receive the Gift of Gab!
  • Cork City's English Market - Roam the Bustling Streets and Discover a Mix of Traditional Cork Fare and Exciting Foods from Afar
  • Ring of Kerry - Circle the Magnificent Mac Gillycuddy Reeks and Head Through Passes and Valleys Along the Shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bay.
  • The Cliffs of Moher  - Take in the Incredibly Scenic Coastal Walk Atop the Towering Cliffs of Moher
  • Kerry Bog Village Museum - Step Back in Time and Discover What Life Was Like in The Early 18th-Century
  • Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour - Visit One of the Most Complete Medieval Fortress in Ireland and Explore the Towering Cliffs of Moher in County Clare
  • Kylemore Abbey and Gardens - Visit a Stunning 19th Century Lakeside Castle in The Heart of Connemara
  • Aran Islands Tour - Travel to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands and Discover It's Unspoilt Beauty*
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - Sway with The Wind as You Cross the Famed Gap, and Take in The Stunning Views of The Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Giant’s Causeway - Discover the Unique Volcanic Formation of Interlocking Basalt Columns on the Coast of County Antrim

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • St Colman's Cathedral
  • Kerry Bog Village Museum
  • Ring of Kerry
  • The Burren
  • Limerick City
  • King John's CastleConnemara National Park
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Inis Mór
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Dún Aonghusa
  • Giant’s Causeway
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.

“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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