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Irish Panorama

 

Overview

Hotel description:

16 days | 14 nights

Let Ireland's stunning landscapes take your breath away on an immersive 16-day rail tour. Castles, islands, cliffs and gardens - Ireland's attractions are matched only by the kindness of its people and the refinement of its whiskey! From Killarney to Belfast, this Ireland vacation will show you what the country is all about.

With a country as vast and bountiful as Ireland, traveling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Co. Cork, Co. Kerry, Killarney, Galway, Aran Islands, Co. Clare, Belfast, Causeway Coast, Dublin


What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 14 nights of accommodation
  • Meet & Greet at Dublin Airport with private transfer to Heuston railway station 
  • Train rides from Dublin to Cork; Cork to Killarney; Killarney to Galway; Galway to Dublin; and round-trip between Dublin and Belfast
  • Ferry ticket from Galway to Aran Islands; shuttle bus from Galway to the port of Rossaveal for the Aran Islands ferry
  • Return ticket from Rossaveal to Inishmore
  • 14 full Irish breakfasts
  • More Moments - 9 activities included:
    • Entrance to Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
    • 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off pass in Dublin (valid for 48 hours)
    • 1-day Hop-On Hop-Off pass in Belfast (valid for 24 hours)
    • Full-day excursion to Blarney, Cork and Cobh
    • Ring of Kerry coach tour excursion
    • Full-day Dingle Peninsula coach tour excursion
    • Full-day Causeway Coast excursion
    • Full-day The Burren and Cliffs of Moher excursion
    • Aran Islands (round-trip ferry)
    • English-speaking guides on excursions
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Itinerary

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2        Welcome to Dublin - Cork (approx. 253 km)
Upon arrival in Dublin, take a private transfer to the railway station to board your train to Cork. Make your way to your hotel to check in, then explore the city at your leisure.

Day 3        County Cork: Blarney, Cork & Cobh Excursion (approx. 63 km)
Today, head out on your Blarney, Cork and Cobh excursion.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Blarney, Cork & Cobh Excursion: Enjoy a tour of the city of Cork, then travel to Blarney, explore the castle grounds at your leisure, and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone! Next, head onward to Cobh, the last port of call for millions of Irish emigrants, and also the last port of call for the Titanic.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Cork - County Kerry (Killarney) (approx. 90 km)

After breakfast, make your way to the railway station and board your train to Killarney in County Kerry. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in, then begin exploring Killarney.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        County Kerry (Killarney): Ring of Kerry Excursion (approx. 90 km)
Today, discover the Ring of Kerry.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Ring of Kerry Excursion: Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the grand MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, rivers and rolling countryside. Along the way, see bustling towns and quaint Irish villages.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        County Kerry (Killarney): Dingle Peninsula Excursion (approx. 130 km)

This morning, hop on the coach for a comprehensive day tour of the Dingle Peninsula.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Dingle Peninsula Excursion: Explore this area, known for its ring forts, high crosses and ancient monuments. On your travels, discover Dingle Town, with its brightly coloured shops, and Slea Head, with beautiful views.

 
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        County Kerry (Killarney) - Galway (approx. 250 km)
Set off early this morning to make your way to the railway station and take a scenic train journey from Killarney to Galway in County Clare, a lively university city. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Galway: Aran Islands Ferry (approx. 50 km)
After breakfast, transfer to the port and board your ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Aran Islands: Explore the island at leisure. Worth seeing is the cliff-top fort of Dún Aonghasa and Poll na bPeist, or the Worm Hole for those who need brushing up on their Gaelic! Explore the island at your leisure, then return to Galway for the night.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9        Galway: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Excursion (approx. 125 km)
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

More Moments Activity Included

  • The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Excursion: Begin your tour with a stop at the Dunguaire Castle, built in 1520. Continue through the Burren and marvel at its lunar landscapes. Stop in Doolin in County Clare at lunchtime, then head to the 200-metre-high Cliffs of Moher. Take in the incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10        Galway - Dublin (approx. 208 km)
After breakfast, make your way to the train station and board your train to Dublin. Get settled at your hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Dublin.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11        Dublin - Belfast (approx. 167 km)
After breakfast, make your way to the railway station and board your train to Belfast. Upon arrival, begin sightseeing in this fascinating city! In the evening, head out to explore Belfast's vibrant pub scene.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12        Belfast: Sightseeing
Explore Belfast at your own pace. Use of your Hop-On Hop-Off pass to fully explore the city.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: Use your pass to get around and see the major sights in this fascinating city! See the Titanic Experience Belfast ($), the Belfast Murals and much more.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13     Belfast: Causeway Coast Excursion (approx. 194 km)

Head out for a full-day excursion to tour the Causeway Coast.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Causeway Coast Excursion: Tour the Causeway Coast today! Your first stop is Carrickfergus Castle, then continue to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Next, head to Bushmills distillery and taste smooth whiskey before journeying to the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14        Belfast - Dublin (approx. 167 km)
After breakfast, make your way to the railway station and board your train to Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin, make your way to your hotel and check in. Enjoy the rest of day exploring the city.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15        Dublin: Sightseeing
Enjoy the day exploring in Dublin.

More Moments Activities Included

  • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: Hop on and off to explore the Irish capital's historic buildings and cultural attractions.
  • Guinness Storehouse: Take advantage of your entry tickets to the Guinness Storehouse.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16        Dublin - Return to Canada 
After breakfast, make your way to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

3-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Cork: Jurys Inn Cork (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Killarney: Scotts Hotel Killarney (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Galway: Salthill Hotel  (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Academy Plaza Hotel (or similar) (1 night)
  • Belfast: Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Academy Plaza Hotel or similar (or similar) (2 nights)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

4-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Cork: The River Lee (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Killarney: International Hotel (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Galway: Park House Hotel (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin (or similar) (1 night)
  • Belfast: Europa Hotel (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin (or similar) (2 nights)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Sunday - Friday from January 1st to March 31st
Daily from April 1st to December 1st

English guides on local tours
Cobh and Blarney tour in Cork, Ring of Kerry coach tour, Dingle Peninsula coach tour, Causeway Coast tour and Cliffs of Moher and the Burren tour are accompanied by English-speaking guides.

Not included
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfer from hotel to Dublin airport on day 16
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Optional activities ($)
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage