2020 Emerald Isle Express Tour

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The Original Rail Cruise and Manor House Tour

Railtours Ireland First Class offers an exclusive rail cruise and manor house tour through Ireland on your own exclusive, private heritage train. Overnight in luxury five-star Irish manor houses, as well as city and country hotels. This all-inclusive tour is limited to 50 guests! We don’t sleep on the train – We sleep in Manor Houses, Country Estates and Luxury City Hotels!

Experience Dublin's Fair City before...
The Original Rail Cruise and Manor House Tour

Railtours Ireland First Class offers an exclusive rail cruise and manor house tour through Ireland on your own exclusive, private heritage train. Overnight in luxury five-star Irish manor houses, as well as city and country hotels. This all-inclusive tour is limited to 50 guests! We don’t sleep on the train – We sleep in Manor Houses, Country Estates and Luxury City Hotels!

Experience Dublin's Fair City before travelling by rail along the stunning East Coast to Waterford, Cork, Cóbh and the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy an Irish night in Killarney before continuing to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Bay.

A unique Ireland vacation not to be missed!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Gathering Day

Stop At: 1 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2 Ireland
Gathering day in Dublin. Individual transfers from the airport (or ferry port) to your hotel. Welcome reception, dinner and overnight stay in the five-star Merrion Hotel, in the heart of Dublin city.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Welcome Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception at the Merrion Hotel.

Dinner at The Merrion Hotel.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the five-star Merrion Hotel, in the heart of Dublin's fair city.

Day 2: Dublin to Waterford

Stop At: Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny Ireland
We enjoy a short tour of Dublin, en route to our champagne reception at Connolly station before boarding our private heritage train - the Emerald Isle Express. Cruise by rail along Ireland’s scenic east coast through counties Wicklow, Wexford and on to Waterford city. Private visit to Waterford Crystal, dinner and overnight stay in the stunning...
Itinerary

Day 1: Gathering Day

Stop At: 1 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2 Ireland
Gathering day in Dublin. Individual transfers from the airport (or ferry port) to your hotel. Welcome reception, dinner and overnight stay in the five-star Merrion Hotel, in the heart of Dublin city.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Welcome Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception at the Merrion Hotel.

Dinner at The Merrion Hotel.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the five-star Merrion Hotel, in the heart of Dublin's fair city.

Day 2: Dublin to Waterford

Stop At: Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny Ireland
We enjoy a short tour of Dublin, en route to our champagne reception at Connolly station before boarding our private heritage train - the Emerald Isle Express. Cruise by rail along Ireland’s scenic east coast through counties Wicklow, Wexford and on to Waterford city. Private visit to Waterford Crystal, dinner and overnight stay in the stunning five-star Mount Juliet Estate, dating back to the mid-1700s, set on 500 acres of parkland, meadow and forest in County Kilkenny.
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Merrion Hotel before departing on the Emerald Isle Express train down the scenic east Coast.
• Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the train. Afternoon tea & coffee will be served aboard the train each day.
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the stunning five-star Mount Juliet Estate with the other Emerald Isle Express tour guests.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the five-star Mount Juliet Estate in Co. Kilkenny.

Day 3: Waterford to Cork

Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
Cruise by rail from Waterford through the beautiful Suir Valley in county Tipperary while en route to Cork where we will enjoy a visit to Blarney Castle and Gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in the five-star Fota Island Resort, on Cork Harbour.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Mount Juliet Estate before heading to Co. Cork, aboard the Emerald Isle Express train.
• Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the train. Afternoon tea & coffee will be served each day, aboard the train.
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the beautiful five-star Fota Island Resort on Cork Harbour.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the stunning Fota Island Resort, Co. Cork.

Day 4: Cork to Kerry

Stop At: Cobh Heritage Centre, Westbourne Place, Cobh P24 CY67 Ireland
We visit Cóbh, the Titanic’s last port of call, and travel by rail to Killarney while enjoying lunch on the train. Delight in the spectacular beauty of the Ring of Kerry, a photographer’s paradise, before overnighting in the five-star Europe Hotel and Resort, with traditional evening entertainment after dinner in one of Killarney’s famous pubs!
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the five-star Fota Island Resort.
• Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the train, as well as afternoon tea & coffee.
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner in one of Killarney's famous restaurants before delighting in some evening entertainment in the town!
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Europe Hotel & Resort, nestled among the famous Lakes of Killarney.

Day 5: Killarney to Limerick

Stop At: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty West, Bunratty Ireland
Once again, enjoy lunch on the train as you travel through counties Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Limerick, a landscape littered with ruined castles. Overnight stay in the fabulous Adare Manor, dating back to the 1720s. Adare Manor, recently announced as the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, is set on an estate of 840 acres of sweeping parklands, cultivated gardens and formal French gardens, including its championship parkland golf course. Evening transfer to the Medieval Bunratty Castle to sample the famous banquet, and perhaps a pint afterwards at adjacent in Durty Nelly’s pub!
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the fabulous five-star Europe Hotel & Resort.
• Lunch: Lunch will be served aboard the Emerald Isle Express, as will afternoon tea & coffee, en route to Limerick.
• Dinner: Delight in the banquet festivities and eat your fill at the Medieval Bunratty Castle in County Clare.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the five-star Adare Manor - the 2026 Ryder Cup Host!

Day 6: Free Day of Leisure in Adare Manor

Stop At: Adare Manor Golf Club, Limerick Road, Adare Ireland
Free day of leisure in Adare Manor with an optional tour to the Cliffs of Moher. Perhaps enjoy a round of golf, or some of the many activities available at this five-star resort, including falconry, whiskey tasting, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding, among others. Enjoy dinner and a second overnight stay in this stunning five-star luxury hotel.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful five-star Adare Manor.
• Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Adare Manor.
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the stunning Adare Manor.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the five-star Adare Manor for a second night.

Day 7: Limerick to Galway - through Connemara - to Dublin

Stop At: Ballynahinch Castle, Recess, Connemara, Recess, Co. Galway, Ireland
From Limerick, we venture on to Galway aboard our Emerald Isle Express train with light lunch on board. Our trip today highlights the savage beauty of Connemara and will include the Quiet Man Bridge and afternoon tea in Ballinahinch Castle. Afterwards, we make our way back to Galway City centre. There, we board the Emerald Isle Express which will bring us back to Dublin. Entertainment and dinner on board. Overnight stay in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Adare Manor.
• Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch aboard the train, followed by afternoon tea in Ballinahinch Castle.
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner aboard the Emerald Isle Express train en route to Dublin.
Accommodation included: Overnight, once again, at the five-star Merrion Hotel, Dublin.

Day 8: Scattering Day

Stop At: 1 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2 Ireland
Scattering Day. Individual transfers from your hotel to Dublin airport. We strongly advise, however, that for your own relaxation and comfort, you spend another night in Dublin to rest, after the week of touring, and enjoy some free time in Ireland’s bustling capital. We would be delighted to arrange these extra nights for you in our partner 4* or 5* hotels (your hotel-airport transfer will be available on the day of your departure, should you choose this option).
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • 6x Lunch
  • Exclusive Dublin city tour.
  • Two 48hour Hop On/Off Dublin City Sightseeing Tour Tickets pp.
  • Entry/Admission - Adare Manor Golf Club
  • All drinks on the train (Our train is the only train in the world that does draft Guinness!).
  • Transfers to and from Dublin Airport or Ferry Port to your fivestar Merrion Hotel.
  • All meals included.
  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
  • Entry/Admission - Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Ballynahinch Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Juliet Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Merrion Square
  • Entry/Admission - Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Side tours to Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Cobh, the Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher.
  • All luggage taken care of from start to finish.
  • Entry/Admission - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • Personal meet and greet at Dublin Airport or Ferry Port.
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Renowned Railtours Ireland host throughout.
  • 7x Breakfast
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea each day.
  • 7x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
Not Included
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Sunday, 20th September 2020: Gathering Day.

Personal meet and greet at Dublin Airport or Ferry Port.

Transfers to and from Dublin Airport, or Ferry Port, to your five-star Merrion Hotel.

Airports

  • Dublin Airport, Dublin Ireland


Ports

  • Dublin Port


Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/20/2020 - 9/20/2020
Sunday:08:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.