Kiss the Blarney Stone and explore Ireland’s most famous coast with its spectacular scenery and quaint towns.
Regional departure by coach, then to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland. We continue to our hotel in the Carlow area for an overnight stay.
We leave our hotel after breakfast and head south to Ireland’s second largest city after Dublin, Cork. Located on the banks of the River Lee, Cork is home to some beautiful sights. Be sure to see the Saint Fin Barres Cathedral which was built by Victorian architect, William Burges in the 1800s. There will be free time in Cork for you to explore at your leisure before we travel the short distance to Blarney, with its famous Castle (entrance extra, approximately €15). Built during the 15th and 16th century, a must for any visitor to the castle is to kiss the Blarney Stone. In the past visitors were required to be lowered over the battlements by their ankles in order to kiss the stone. Nowadays the stone is set in a wall below the battlements although anyone wishing to partake is still required to lean backwards from the parapet walk. From Blarney we continue to our hotel in West Cork for a three-night stay.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
Today we see breathtaking views on our included excursion as we tour the Beara Peninsula, a bygone haunt of smugglers. We set out after breakfast for a scenic drive around Ireland’s third major ‘ring’ after Kerry and Dingle. During the day we pause at the fishing port of Castletownbere located on the southern coast of the peninsula. We then continue to Glengarriff where you may wish to take a boat trip to the magnificent Garnish Island (extra cost payable locally, approximately €17), with its famous collection of plants and Italian landscaping.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry
Today’s included excursion takes in more dramatic scenery and picturesque fishing villages on the famous Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry, or Iveragh Peninsula as it is also known, has attracted visitors for hundreds of years on account of its outstanding natural beauty. During the day we visit the town of Killarney where there will be the opportunity to join an optional jaunting car ride. The Tangney family, whose jaunting business has been in operation for over 220 years, will welcome you on board their pony and trap rides and take you on an exciting tour of the area.
Included meals:Breakfast, Dinner
We travel back across Ireland and head to Dublin where our optional sightseeing tour will introduce you to this fascinating city. Our informative guide will show you the main sights such as the Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The National Art Gallery and the Four Courts. There will then be free time for you to explore all Dublin has to offer. Perhaps pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse should you wish to pay homage to Dublin’s most famous drink (entrance not included). Sit back, relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Dublin from its glassed Gravity Bar. After time at leisure we continue to our hotel in the Dublin area where we stay overnight.
To Holyhead, then home.
At a Glance
5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
4 evening meals
Travel from a regional joining point
Travel by Silver Service coach
Included Excursions & Visits
Cork - Ireland's third city
Blarney Castle (entrance extra) - Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Beara Peninsula - Breathtaking views
Killarney & the Ring of Kerry - Dramatic scenery
Optional Excursions & Visits
Garnish Island Boat Trip
Dublin Sightseeing - See the main sights with a guide
Jaunting Car Ride - Take in the sights by horse and cart
*Depending on departure time, breakfast on Day 6 may be on the ferry.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
The 3-star Celtic Ross is a family owned hotel, picturesquely set right on the West Cork coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way, with the historic Cathedral Town of Rosscarbery on its doorstep. A superb location, unspoilt beaches, locally sourced food and excellent service, all combine to create a memorable stay. The hotel has 66 rooms, some of which have sea views or lagoon views boasting amazing sun sets over the Bay. The Kingfisher Bar Bistro, is the ideal place to relax. Alternatively enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool with sauna and steam room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your
tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your
car in the car park which is accredited by the Park
Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24
hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is
made on arrival using the self-service machines.
Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany
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Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.