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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
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  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.

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