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6-Night Grand Ireland Adventure

Price: From $1,497 Per Person.6 Nights

Discover Ireland’s northern and southern highlights on this 6-Night Grand Ireland Rail Adventure. With overnight stays in Killarney, Galway, and Dublin, this Ireland vacation will bring you all over the Emerald Isle.

Your tour begins with a scenic train ride from Dublin to Cork. Tour through Cork City (via coach) and on to Blarney Castle and Gardens - built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, where you will have time to enjoy lunch, explore the grounds, and even kiss the famous Blarney Stone which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence. 

After a visit to Cobh, St. Colman’s Cathedral, and the Cobh Heritage Centre, you will head towards Killarney (via train) to check-in to your central accommodation for the next two nights. The next few days feature gorgeous scenery and world-famous landmarks including the Ring of Kerry, the Kerry Bog Village Museum, views of the Skellig Rocks (where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was filmed),  King John’s Castle (completed in 1200), Bunratty Castle (completed in 1425) and Folk Park, and the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. 

Your time in the Galway area includes a Connemara road trip - including a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey - and a day trip to Inis Mor (the largest of the three Aran Islands). While on Inis Mor, you will have the opportunity to visit the formidable pre-Christian fort of Dun Aonghusa, offering unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The last leg of your tour features two nights in Dublin and a train ride north to Belfast (day trip). Once in Belfast, you will be treated to a road trip along the Causeway Coastal Route featuring stops at Bushmills Distillery, the Giant’s Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Dunluce Castle. This tour is sure to excite you with natural beauty and famous sightseeing destinations throughout!

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 Nights in 4-Star City Centre Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by Comfortable & Spacious Train and Modern Coach
  • Services of a Professional & Knowledgeable Host

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Blarney Castle & Gardens - Kiss the Fabled Stone and Receive the Gift of Gab!
  • Cobh Heritage Centre - Learn About Irish Emigration, Trace Your Ancestors, & Hear About the Ill-Fated Titanic!
  • Ring of Kerry - Circle the Magnificent Mac Gillycuddy Reeks and Head Through Passes and Valleys Along the Shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bay.
  • 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 Castle
  • Connemara National Park
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Inis Mór
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Dún Aonghusa
  • Giant’s Causeway

Killarney (IRT5), County Kerry

Accommodation

4-Star Killarney Hotel - Killarney (IRT5), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IRT5), County Kerry

Day 1: 

Your first day begins with check-in at 06:40 for our 07:00 departure from Dublin Heuston Station. After a 2.5 hour train ride, we will arrive at Cork Kent Station, where we will transfer to our Railtours Ireland tour coach. Once on the coach, we will tour through Cork City and on to Blarney Village and the historic Blarney Castle and Gardens. Here, you will have time to explore the castle grounds and stop for lunch (this is the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal). After our time at Blarney Castle, we will depart for Cobh.

Once in Cobh, we will visit St. Colman’s Cathedral before continuing down the coast to the Cobh Heritage Centre (home to the Queenstown Story). We will have time to explore the heritage center which houses information about the Great Famine and the Irish Emigration before departing Cobh by train to Killarney. 

Once in Killarney, you will have the evening to enjoy at your leisure. Be sure to check out the city’s wide selection of restaurants, bars, and live Irish entertainment! 


Killarney (IRT5), County Kerry

Accommodation

4-Star Killarney Hotel - Killarney (IRT5), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IRT5-2), County Kerry

Day 2: 

Your second day begins with a full Irish breakfast at your leisure before being collected from your accommodation at 09:45 for your Ring of Kerry Tour. 

The Ring of Kerry Tour features plenty of stops along the way including those for morning tea, lunch, and photos. We will also stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which houses information on how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century, along with a stop on the approach to Waterville (complete with views of the Skellig Rocks where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was recently filmed). 

The Ring of Kerry tour is a must-see for anyone traveling to Ireland. Our tour will pass through stunning valleys, picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh and Sneem, the famous lakes of Killarney, and the Oakwoods of Killarney’s National Park. 

Once back in the Killarney city center, you will have the evening to spend as you wish.


Galway (IRT5), County Galway

Accommodation

4-Star Galway Hotel - Galway (IRT5), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IRT5), County Galway

Day 3: 

Your third day begins with a full Irish breakfast before departing for your Limerick and Cliffs of Moher tour. 

At 07:30 we will depart Killarney and head towards Limerick. Once in Limerick, we will join our Railtours Ireland tour coach. After boarding the coach, we cross the River Shannon - Ireland’s longest river - where we will be treated to views of King John’s Castle (completed in 1200). We will also pass the GAA grounds of Páirc na nGael - home to County Limerick’s Hurling and Gaelic Football teams. After a brief tour of the Limerick city center, we will drive to Bunratty Castle (completed in 1425) and Folk Park, where we will have time to explore. 

Following the visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, we will continue on to Co. Clare, where we will break for lunch at O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher. You will have plenty of time to explore the Cliffs at your leisure before boarding the coach and continuing on to Galway. On the way to Galway, we will stop for photos along The Burren - a national park known for its lunar landscapes and diverse plant life - and pass by the coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara. 

Once in Galway, the coach will drop you at Eyre Square in the city’s center (across the street from your hotel and the railway station). Once you have checked into your hotel for the night, the evening is yours to explore Galway as you wish!


Galway (IRT5), County Galway

Accommodation

4-Star Galway Hotel - Galway (IRT5), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IRT5-2), County Galway

Day 4: 

Your fourth day begins with a full Irish breakfast before taking off on your Connemara and Kylemore Abbey adventure! 

Today’s tour will be via coach. The coach will take us to the village of Moycullen before journeying through the hills to Oughterard (on the shores of Lough Corrib). Here, we drive through the gateway to Connemara and its unspoilt countryside. After leaving Maam Cross (the Connemara “crossroads”), we will continue on to Leenane, Kylemore Abbey (an 18th-century castle) and Gardens, and Letterfrack (a national park). We will break at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens for lunch. Once back at Maam Cross, we head south through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal (the departure point for ferries to the Aran Islands). Once at Rossaveal, we will be in the Gaeltacht (the Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic is still the everyday spoken language). 

After leaving the Connemara area, we will head back towards Galway, along the shores of Galway Bay and through the Gaeltacht villages of Inverin and Spiddal. Once back in Galway, you will be dropped at Galway Station, and will have the rest of the evening to enjoy Galway at your leisure


Dublin (IRT5), County Dublin

Accommodation

4-Star Dublin Hotel - Dublin (IRT5), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IRT5), County Dublin

Day 5: 

Begin your fifth day with a full Irish breakfast at your leisure before checking out of your hotel. 

After you check out of your accommodation, we will depart Galway City for our transfer to Inis Mór - the largest of the three Aran Islands. While Irish is the common language spoken by residents of the island, locals will communicate with you in English. While on the island, we will stop at ‘Seven Churches’(one of the earliest Irish pilgrimage sites in history), Dún Aonghusa (the pre-Christian fort), and Kilronan (for lunch). 

Once back in Galway, you will be dropped off at Galway Station where you will present your Railtours Ireland ticket and be directed to your reserved seats for your train ride to Dublin (arrive in Dublin around  21:45 or 9:45pm). 

Upon arrival in Dublin, you will check into your accommodation for the night. 

Please Note: Should weather conditions hinder your transfer to Inis Mór, you will be issued a refund for this portion of the tour.


Dublin (IRT5), County Dublin

Accommodation

4-Star Dublin Hotel - Dublin (IRT5), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IRT5-2), County Dublin

Day 6: 

Your sixth and final day of the tour begins with check-in at Connolly Station (07:15) for our 07:35 departure to Belfast.

After a 2-hour train ride, we will arrive at Belfast Central Station where we will be met by our tour coach. Upon arrival to the station, we will have the opportunity to see one of the city’s most well-known landmarks - the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes. Once everyone has had a chance to check out the cranes, we will board the coach and head out on the Causeway Coastal Route along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. 

As we leave Belfast behind, we continue to the town of Carrickfergus, where we will stop for a few photos before heading further north. After another short drive, we arrive in at the fishing village of Carnlough for a 15-minute drive break. Once back on the road, we will continue along the coast, passing the villages of Glenariff, Cushendall, and Cushendun. On a clear day, we will be able to see across the sea to the Scottish coast so keep an eye out!

Our lunch stop today will be at Bushmills Distillery (not included). While we only have a short amount of time here, we are unable to tour the distillery.

Our next stop on our Northern Ireland road trip is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - originally erected by fishermen to check their salmon nets - where visitors can take the rope bridge challenge! Leaving the bridge, we head to Dunluce Castle for a photo opportunity before continuing on to the Giant’s Causeway - a UNESCO World Heritage site. After two hours of exploring the Giant’s Causeway, we will head back to Belfast.

Once in Belfast, you will be dropped at Central Station for your return trip to Dublin for one last overnight stay (arrive in Dublin around 22:15 or 10:15pm). 


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Oct - May

Adult: From $1,497 per person
Child (U16): From $1,307 per person
Child (U5): From $105 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - Sept

Adult: From $1,567 per person
Child (U16): From $1,377 per person
Child (U5): From $105 per person

Days of Operation:
Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat 

Traveling Alone?
No Problem. Solo Travelers Pay a Single Supplement Price of US$344

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 Nights in 4-Star City Centre Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by Comfortable & Spacious Train and Modern Coach
  • Services of a Professional & Knowledgeable Host

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Blarney Castle & Gardens - Kiss the Fabled Stone and Receive the Gift of Gab!
  • Cobh Heritage Centre - Learn About Irish Emigration, Trace Your Ancestors, & Hear About the Ill-Fated Titanic!
  • Ring of Kerry - Circle the Magnificent Mac Gillycuddy Reeks and Head Through Passes and Valleys Along the Shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bay.
  • 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 Castle
  • Connemara 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.

“Amazing trip to Ireland!!”

Sep 18, 2019 by Danny Parker. Your Hometown: Spring, TX

We booked an amazing vacation using Lauren and I would recommend her and Authentic Vacations to anyone that's looking for a vacation to one of the destinations they specialize in. Every detail was perfectly laid out for us and we enjoyed every "excursion" that was picked. I was skeptical of the falconry when it was first suggested it but that turned out to be one of the best things we experienced. My daughter said this was by far her favorite trip she's ever taken and the congratulation dessert at the last hotel was an amazing final touch. Thank you Lauren and we will definitely reach back out to you when we get ready to go check out Scotland!!

“30th Wedding Anniversary Ireland Trip”

Sep 16, 2019 by Chris Madsen.

My wife and I would like to thank Lainie Shaver for organizing an amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Ireland. Our private driver/tour guide was top notch. His knowledge of history, culture, restaurants and of course pubs was impressive. Having a driver allowed us to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views. We also played at three excellent golf courses (Lahinch, Old Head, Island Course). I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations.

“Trip of a Lifetime with Tony Woods Chauffeur”

Sep 16, 2019 by Brian Normile. Your Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

Our perfect trip to Western Ireland was based at Temple Gate Hotel in the historic, compact, and the very walkable town of Ennis. Our travel agent, Josi, "got it" when we said we wanted a stress free vacation. With her help, we arranged 3 day-trips with Tony Woods Chauffeur, a combined tour guide/chauffeur service. We would never consider taking another vacation in Ireland without using them again. We avoided the frustrations and distractions of driving and navigating, parking, refueling, deciding whether to change itinerary based upon the weather, finding rest stops and lunch locations and deciding whether a site not on the itinerary was worth stopping at. As only a local can, Tony helped us cull through any decisions quickly and effectively. Lunch stops featured fresh Irish cuisine at a reasonable price. Rest stops were made at our convenience. We were able to traverse one-lane roads for a closeup view of rural life. We stayed at sites as long as we wanted. Tony mixed the utmost professionalism with the charm and hospitality the Irish are noted for. As a native of Ireland, he knows the country from the inside. After three days, we knew the country at a deeper level than we had expected. Upon the conclusion of the day trips, we spent our last day with a walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien before Tony taxied us to Bunratty Castle and it's associated Folk Park and back. When he dropped us at the airport, we were leaving a friend. End of a perfect trip.

“Family dream”

Sep 16, 2019 by Karen C Wood. Your Hometown: Suwanee

Our trip was wonderful. The B&Bs were hosted by the most gracious and kind people. The lodging throughout the 9-day experience was great. This trip was customized by Lainie specifically for my daughter and her husband since a trip to Ireland has been my daughter's dream since she was a child. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. Next time, I want a trip designed for me!

“Wonderful Experience”

Sep 16, 2019 by Shirley Dixon.

Started working with Tam Katzin in February 2019 to plan our trip to Ireland for August 2019. My husband and I had an idea of what and where we wanted to go while there. Tam was very patient and wonderful throughout the whole process. Very helpful with travel tips for the areas we would be going to. This was our first trip internationally and we could not have asked for a better agent to work with. My numerous emails with questions were answered very promptly and informative. You can tell she definitely likes what she does with the awesome personal relationship you develop with her. Would definitely use her services and guidance when we book another trip.

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