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3-Night Irish Coastline Adventure

Price: From $929 Per Person.3 Nights

For those looking to discover Ireland’s most intriguing landmarks via train and coach tour, look no further than our 3-Night Irish Coastline Adventure. With overnight stays in Killarney and Galway, this Ireland vacation is the perfect way to spend a long weekend!

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, you will head towards Killarney via train. During your stay in Killarney, you will be treated to an extraordinary tour of the Ring of Kerry. Visit the Kerry Bog Village Museum, offering an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century; marvel at the views of the Skellig Rocks, where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was filmed; and take in the unspoilt nature as you pass the famous Lakes of Killarney. 

On the way to your one-night stay in Galway(via coach), you will have the opportunity to tour the city of Limerick (chartered in 1197AD, making it older than London), explore Bunratty Castle (completed in 1425), and stop for photos along Burren National Park (known for its lunar landscapes). 

After a leisurely night in Galway, your tour wraps up with a drive through Connemara, featuring visits to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens (an 18th century castle), the colorful town of Clifden, and Gaeltacht or Irish speaking towns - including Rossaveal. With numerous opportunities to enjoy the Irish countryside and visits to some of the most well-known Irish landmarks, this Ireland tour is sure to excite every type of traveler.

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 Nights in a 4-Star Killarney City Centre Hotel
  • 1 Night in a 4-Star Galway City Centre Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

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

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Irish Breakfast on Days 2 & 3

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

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

Killarney (IRT4), County Kerry

Accommodation

4-Star Killarney Hotel - Killarney (IRT4), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IRT4), 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 (IRT4), County Kerry

Accommodation

4-Star Killarney Hotel - Killarney (IRT4), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IRT4-2), 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 (IRT4), County Galway

Accommodation

4-Star Galway Hotel - Galway (IRT4), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IRT4), 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 the railway station). Once you have checked into your hotel for the night, the evening is yours to explore Galway as you wish!


Depart From

Connemara (IRT4), County Galway

Day 4:

Your fourth and final day begins with breakfast at your hotel before departing for our Connemara tour. 

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


Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Oct - May

Adult: From $929 per person
Child (U16): From $798 per person
Child (U5): From $70 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - Sept

Adult: From $964 per person
Child (U16): From $832 per person
Child (U5): From $70 per person

Days of Operation:
Apr - October: Tues/Thurs/Sat
Nov - Mar: Mon/Tue/Thurs/Sat

Traveling Alone?
No Problem. Solo Travelers Pay a Single Supplement Price of US$178

Your Price Includes

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 Nights in a 4-Star Killarney City Centre Hotel
  • 1 Night in a 4-Star Galway City Centre Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

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

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Irish Breakfast on Days 2 & 3

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

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
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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