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Your first base is the Georgian city of Dublin, capital city of Ireland.
Your hotel in Dublin
Your first accommodation on this bespoke train tour of Ireland is nestled on a leafy Victorian street deep within the Irish capital’s most sophisticated quarter. The building’s somewhat traditional facade encases a contrastingly contemporary and fashionable interior. This luxurious 5 star hotel offers the quirkiest of delights at every opportunity from the modern Irish music playing in your room as you enter, to the chocolate afternoon tea in collaboration with Cocoa Atelier available to enjoy from the lounge’s eccentric chair collection..
Time to explore with a guided walking tour of the city included to help you get your bearings and learn some of the history from a local expert. Once home to literary greats such as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the city boasts an abundance of Georgian architecture as well as cosy bars and lots of great restaurants. Enjoy them all by walking in the area around Merrion Square and St Stephens Green; wander into Trinity College where the famous Book of Kells is on display; head to the Guinness Storehouse to sample this most famous of drinks in its historic homeland or pay a visit to one or both of the city cathedrals. Cross the Liffey on the Ha’penny bridge and visit the GPO -site of the famous 1916 Easter Rising – and take in the Dublin Writers Museum or catch an Irish play at the Abbey Theatre.
Today catch a morning train to the bustling market town of Ennis in Co Clare. From here, a private driver will meet you for a short orientation tour ending at a castle hotel within the magical landscape of the Burren.
Your castle hotel in Ballyvaughan
Set within the unique and mysterious landscape of the Burren, your hotel in Ballyvaughan presents a sumptuous retreat with food to match. Set in its own extensive, undulating grounds, with views all the way to Galway Bay, this is a special place to stay. Crackling log fires light up the extensive collection of art and antiques, while the acclaimed restaurant serves a superbly prepared menu of the very best local and seasonal produce.
The vast limestone pavement of the Burren is one of Europe’s most enigmatic landscapes and our specially chosen local guide will take you on a fascinating walk of discovery. With unique flora, ancient tombs and centuries-old dedication wells amidst twisting, plummeting rivulets and ravines, a visit to the Burren is sure to remain in the memory for years to come.
Today you will be transferred privately by road to your next base in Killarney, a journey of around three hours. Our specially chosen local driver-guide will discuss options for your route, but this can certainly include the remarkable landscapes of the Cliffs of Moher, and continuing along the Wild Atlantic Way, before crossing the River Shannon and heading into County Kerry.
Your hotel in Killarney
Overlooking mountains and lakes, with some of the best views in Ireland, your five-star hotel is a mere two miles from the bustle of Killarney town centre. It offers an indoor pool, an award-winning restaurant, and luxury air-conditioned rooms featuring separate baths and walk-in showers.
The hotel’s opulent spa looks out over the Kerry countryside and offers a range of divine treatments. The Lake Room Restaurant serves fine European cuisine and has a glass-walled wine cellar in the centre of the restaurant. Guests can relax in The Lounge or dine outdoors at the terrace bar with its stunning mountain views. Regular shuttle services help connect you to the local town allowing you to enjoy a rural location without a car.
A distinct holiday highlight this morning. After breakfast, you’ll be met at your hotel by one of Killarney’s famous Jarvies and taken on a gentle ride by horse-drawn jaunting car, out of town to Killarney National Park and stunning loughside Ross Castle. There are few more traditional or relaxing ways to travel in Ireland, and you’ll return to your hotel in time to explore the rest of this dynamic little town on foot.
Today you will travel by train to Cork city.
Your hotel in Cork
Upon arrival you will collected and transported to your next accommodation. Set within 2 acres of mature gardens, this luxurious 5 star hotel is an oasis of calm within the vibrant city of Cork. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path you will immediately relax after your journey. Family owned and managed this hotel offers personal yet professional service. During your stay you will be able to make use of the hotel’s extensive leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, steam room, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
The vibrant city of Cork is one of Ireland’s largest cities, alive with activity and an invigorating atmosphere. Today, you’ll be met at your hotel and taken on a fun and fascinating walking tour with our specially chosen local guide, perfectly equipped to show you the very best the city has to offer, including the University, Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral and, of course, the famous English Market.
Time to return north by train to Dublin, you’ll be transferred from your hotel to Cork Kent station.
This holiday is part of our ever-growing collection of public transport based holidays, enabling you to reach destinations around Ireland without the need to drive. We feel strongly that true sustainability also means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in areas where the economic benefit of tourism can make a genuine difference to the local community, which is why we have used locally-owned accommodation and local guides on this holiday.
Four centres – Dublin, Ballyvaughan, Cork and Killarney. This holiday is best started in Dublin or Cork and we can arrange travel by ferry or plane to Dublin or by plane to Cork or Shannon as preferred.
£2425 per person for departures in March & November, £2625 per person for April & October and £2825 per person for May to September.
Prices are based on two adults sharing a superior ensuite double or twin room for eight nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday includes
Travel to Ireland
We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland from Britain for this holiday. You can travel by rail to Holyhead then ferry to Dublin. Alternatively there are numerous flights to Dublin.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
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The cities were lovely and we enjoyed our trip very much. We love doing business with you. Thank you for treating us with such care.Abigail, North Carolina, USA
We were enchanted with The Burren.Elizabeth & Family , Vermont, USA