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Fly into: Limerick Fly out of: Dublin
Total Duration: 10 days

Traveling Ireland by rail is one of the best ways to tour the country. There are no white-knuckle rides as you face large tour buses on narrow, winding roads (and not to mention the stress of driving on the left). You can just sit back, relax, and take in the brazenly scenic landscape while enjoying a picnic lunch on the train. Starting from Shannon, this itinerary hits some of the most popular sites in Ireland, from Limerick and Blarney Castle to the famed Ring of Kerry and Kilkenny, before ending your trip in Dublin.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
Day 1

1 Limerick

An Introduction to the Emerald Isle

  • The Hunt Museum features fine examples of Celtic and medieval treasures
  • Explore the Georgian House and Gardens, a meticulously restored mansion
  • Time travel back to the Middle Ages at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 2-3
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2 Killarney

Lakes and Mountains Galore

  • Take in the magnificent lakes of Killarney, all set in the backdrop of towering mountains
  • Explore Muckross House, an excellent example of an Elizabethan-style manor
  • Pass through the narrow Gap of Dunloe for a glimpse of the lakes and purple mountains
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 4-5
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3 Ring of Kerry

Ireland's Most Scenic Drive

  • The circular Ring of Kerry is Ireland's most popular drive—for good reason
  • To get some of the best views along the Ring—get out of your car and hike, walk, or cycle
  • Boat out to the spectacular Skellig Rocks, just off shore the Ring of Kerry
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive
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Day 6-7
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4 Cork City

Irish Warmth and a Kiss

  • Ireland's second largest city is a spirited place, with a great pub culture and quirky cafes
  • No trip to Ireland would be complete without kissing the Blarney Stone
  • Kinsale, a picturesque port, is famed for its fine dining
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
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Day 8
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5 Kilkenny City

Modern and Ancient Design

  • Kilkenny has been dubbed Ireland's Medieval City for its time-burnished buildings
  • Design aficionados will love to explore its myriad of art galleries
  • Explore Killkenny Castle, an unusual blend of Gothic and Victorian architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Days 9-10
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6 Dublin

Where the Written Word Comes Alive

  • Pay homage to Dublin's great literary history
  • Explore the elegant grounds of Trinity College
  • Soak up the city's famous Georgian architecture and its lively dining scene
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
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