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Welcome to Ireland! The first day of your adventure gives you time to explore the lively city of Limerick, known for its warmth, authentic Irish personality, and lilting Limerick poems. Your Tour Director is available in the afternoon with free-time suggestions to point you in the right direction.
New Adventures on the Old Sod
Limerick is an ideal walking city and easy to navigate, particularly with your CosmosGO app in-hand. Among the sights to discover are 13th-century King John’s Castle; the Hunt Museum, housed in the elegant 18th-century Custom House; St. Mary’s Cathedral, the oldest and most historic building in Limerick; and the legendary Treaty Stone. Take time to slow down and rub elbows with the locals over a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee in one of the many pubs.
Irish Beauty, Killarney, and Kerry
We’ll venture from Limerick to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Set off on its main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and a picturesque village park. Take time for a morning coffee and freshly-baked scones before continuing to Killarney, the popular resort town in County Kerry.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 114 km
The Town in the Park
Known for enthusiastic and welcoming people, this vibrant “Town in the Park” is a very special place to discover. Enjoy free time to browse through the shops and boutiques, or take a relaxing stroll in Killarney National Park. Log on to MyCOSMOS to pre-purchase your spot on an optional excursion to explore the best of Killarney.
Kiss the Stone of Eloquence
Experience the scenic splendor of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence”—promising the “Gift of Gab” for all who kiss the Blarney Stone. Share your photos with family and friends back home on the CosmosGO app! Next, travel to Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Today’s Distance: 210 mi/ 352 km
In Dublin’s Fair City...
This morning, join your Tour Director for an orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The rest of the day is free to explore the “Fair City". You’ll see first-hand that Dublin is as intimate as a village and as friendly as a local Irish pub. No wonder it’s been named Europe’s friendliest city. Dublin is also a book-lover’s dream, with its legacy of Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Joyce. Use your CosmosGO app to find local bookstores or libraries with a comfy chair to settle into with a good book. The lively and passionate music of Ireland flows onto the streets in Dublin, and there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect pub to tip a Guinness with the locals. Why not pre-purchase your optional dinner and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint of the “black stuff".
Your Irish vacation ends this morning.
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Located on the banks of the River Shannon, The Limerick City Hotel encompasses breathtaking views of the Shannon and Limerick City. Limerick City Hotel is walking distance from Limerick Colbert Train & Bus Station. Why not enjoy a drink or food with us at our new McGettigan's bar; we offer some great Irish food with a twist.
Bedrooms boast tasteful neo-gothic style decor w/modern facilities; friendly efficient svc; ideal venue for a conference/seminar.
Modern Business-oriented hotel comprising an 18th-century Manor House, located 3km north of Dublin City center.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.