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Splendours of Ireland

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 7 nights

Ireland tours don't get better than this relaxing 9-day rail tour of the country's highlights. Start your journey in lively Dublin, then meander through Ireland's rolling green hills to Killarney, Kerry, Galway and on to the traditional Aran Islands. This remarkable vacation includes travel, accommodation, and most importantly ...the chance to make unforgettable memories on the Emerald Isle.

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

Dublin, Co. Kerry, Killarney, Galway, Aran Islands

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • Private transfer to your first accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Train rides from Dublin to Killarney; Killarney to Galway; Galway to Dublin (Economy Class)
  • Round-trip ferry ticket between Rossaveal and Inishmore
  • Round-trip shuttle bus between Galway and the port of Rossaveal for the Aran Islands ferry
  • More Moments - 3 activities included:
    • 1-day Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing bus pass (valid for 24 hours)
    • Ring of  Kerry coach tour with English-speaking guide
    • Aran Islands (round-trip ferry)
  • 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
Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel and check in. Use your Hop-On Hop-Off pass to visit some of the city's main attractions

More Moments Activity Included

  • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: Use your pass to stop and check out some of the city's main attractions, like the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin City Hall, the Guinness Storehouse or Trinity College and the Book of Kells.


Day 3        Dublin: At leisure
Explore Dublin at your own pace. For a taste of Irish nightlife, visit the renowned Temple Bar and tap your feet to traditional Irish music.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Dublin - County Kerry (Killarney) (approx. 297 km)
After breakfast, make your way to the railway station and journey by rail from Dublin through the rolling green pastures of County Tipperary to Killarney. The gem of County Kerry, Killarney is known for its colourful shops and fantastic restaurants. Make your way to your hotel and check in.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        County Kerry (Killarney): Ring of Kerry Excursion (approx. 93 km)
Today, enjoy a Ring of Kerry tour.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Ring of Kerry Excursion: Circle the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and pass along the shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bay. Stop in picturesque villages like Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem. Return to Killarney via scenic Ladies View and admire the famous Lakes of Killarney.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        County Kerry (Killarney) - Galway (approx. 206 km)

This morning, make your way to the railway station, hop aboard for a scenic train ride to Galway, then make your way to your hotel. The perfect size to explore on foot, Galway is full of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained. To find Galway's street performers, take a stroll down historic Shop Street.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Galway: Aran Islands Ferry (approx. 127 km)

Transfer via shuttle bus to the Rossaveal port and board your ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Explore the island at your leisure, then catch the ferry back to the port for return shuttle bus to Galway.
 
More Moments Activity Included

  • Aran Islands (round-trip ferry): Catch the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. These remote islands maintain a traditional Irish culture and you'll hear Gaelic spoken as the primary language. Explore pre-Christian monuments, including the dramatic fort of Dún Aonghasa.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Galway - Dublin (approx. 223 km)
Make your way to the railway station for your train to Dublin, then make your way to your hotel. In Dublin, catch up on anything you might have missed on your first visit. Take a walk in the famous park of St. Stephen's Green or dive into Ireland's political history at the Leinster House.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9        Dublin - Return to Canada 
After breakfast, make your way to the airport to 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:
  • Dublin: Academy Plaza Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Killarney: Scotts Hotel Killarney (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Galway: Salthill Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Dublin: Academy Plaza Hotel (or similar) (1 night)


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:
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Killarney: International Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Galway: Park House Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin Ashling Hotel Dublin (1 night)

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 1 to March 31
Daily from April 1 to December 15

Not included
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance