Holiday Itinerary - Cork and Kerry

Day 1: Travel to Cork. Visit Kilkenny Castle en route to Cork

Travel to Dublin independently.  Join our guide at the assigned departure point and commence the tour with a transfer to Cork, via Kilkenny. 

If booking from Northern Ireland a coach transfer from Belfast, Ballymena, Newry and Lisburn is also provided.

Details of the pickup point in Dublin and final timing will be advised closer to departure date. Estimated start time is 09:30am.  

Travelling to Cork by coach, we will stop in Kilkenny and visit one of the most iconic and recognised landmarks in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle! Let’s take in in the beauty of this majestic site which dates back to the 12th century. Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle, which has been rebuilt and adapted to suit changing circumstances over a period of 800 years.

Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore its characterful streets and have lunch (not included), before continuing to Cork.

At Leisure

Check-in at your hotel in Cork where you will be staying for 2 nights and take the rest of the afternoon to relax and become familiar with your surroundings. Your guide will be happy to tell you of places of interest nearby.

Tonight, join us for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Cobh, Midleton & Titanic Experience. Visit St Colman’s Cathedral & Titanic Experience

Morning: After breakfast, we depart for a full-day guided excursion to Cobh and Midleton.
Enjoy a guided visit to St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh. This neo-Gothic building took over forty-seven years to build and opened in 1911. Its spire stands one hundred metres tall and the tower houses forty-two bells, comprising the largest carillon in Ireland.

Let’s step back in time for our Titanic Experience. We start at the original White Star Line Ticket Office, a building steeped in history, dating back to the early 19th century and the departure point for many thousands of White Star Line passengers. All aboard! We start our adventure with our boarding card, giving details of one of the 123 passengers who came to the ticket office on Thursday, April 11th 1912. These were the final passengers to join Titanic at her last port of call in Queenstown (now Cobh). Your personal tour guide will take you on a virtual journey, joining Titanic for her maiden voyage to New York.

After our Titanic experience, we will stop for a light lunch, which is included today.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will continue our guided tour to Midleton, where we’ll enjoy one of Irelands finest, a visit to the Jameson Distillery!

Whiskey has been distilled in the town of Midleton, County Cork since the early 9th Century. The tour will include a short audio-visual presentation before discovering more of the distillery with local guides. Our tour ends in the Distillery pub, where we are invited to enjoy a glass of Irish Whiskey - sláinte! After a warming whiskey, e relax on the coach transfer back to your hotel.

Evening: Your evening is at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. Your guide will be happy to make some suggestions for local entertainment options.

Day 3: Bantry House, Glengarriff & Garnish Island. Visit Bantry House

Morning: After breakfast we’ll check out of our hotel and depart for one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ireland, Kerry. En-route in County Cork we will have a full day excursion, including a guided visit to Bantry House, ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry. The House has an important collection of art treasures and beautiful surrounding gardens.

After the visit, we’ll stop in Glengarriff.

Afternoon: Join us as we board the ferry and take a short scenic journey to Garnish Island, enjoying views of the bay and passing Seal Island with its colony of harbour seals. Garnish is a unique island with an unusual microclimate that plays host to a multitude of exotic and subtropical plants. During the summer months, it is often covered in a rainbow of colour.

Take some free time to explore the island before we return on the ferry and continue our journey to our hotel.

* Please note Garnish Island is not open in March*

March departures will include the following instead:

Enjoy a Heritage walking tour of Kinsale, including historical stories of the battle of Kinsale, Pirates, the White Lady and much more.

Discover more with a visit to Charles Fort, overlooking Kinsale Harbour. After we continue our journey to our hotel.

Evening: After checking in at your hotel for the next two nights in the Tralee area, take time to enjoy some moments at leisure before dinner.

Dinner is included for the two nights of your hotel stay.

The rest of your evening is free to explore independently.

Day 4: Ring of Kerry. Guided Ring of Kerry Excursion

Morning: This morning we depart on our guided excursion on the most famous panoramic route in Ireland. Along the journey, we take in awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, peat bogs, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean as we travel along the coastal roads. Leaving Killarney, we pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, Glenbeigh with its cliff road and panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Sneem village with its brightly coloured houses, before continuing on through the mountains to Moll’s Gap and Ladies View, with breath-taking views of the lakes.

Afternoon: Sláinte! Finishing off our day we visit the Killarney Brewing Company and learn about the age-old craft of beer production.

The tour offers an insider’s view of one of Ireland’s premier craft breweries. We learn about the process and art of beer making, savouring the aromas of the different varieties of malts and aromatic hops and have a bird’s eye view of how all these ingredients are carefully blended.

We end our tour with a well-deserved complimentary sampling of some of the beers.

Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel, with the rest of your evening free to relax and reflect on your beautiful and scenic journey over the past four days.

Day 5: Return Home via Adare. Visit Adare in Limerick

After breakfast and check out from your hotel, it is time to say "Slán Abhaile" to Ireland's South West as we depart for Dublin. En-route we stop in the picturesque County Limerick village of Adare and enjoy some free time for lunch (not included), before heading back to Dublin's fair city. 

We'll arrive back into Dublin in the late afternoon and say goodbye to your new friends and guide, with fond memories of Cork and Kerry’s highlights.

Those who joined from Northern Ireland will transfer onwards to the original pick up point.

Cork and Kerry - Departure dates and prices 2022

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  • £25 off up to 4 nights with code: VP- TRVL5525
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Staying at Maldron Hotel South Mall 4 star, 4 Nights, Half Board. Departing Bristol and Belfast

Dates 2022 - Depart from
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March 2 - Bristol £649 July 8 - Belfast £849
March 2 - Belfast £649 August 5 - Bristol £849
April 7 - Belfast £769 August 5 - Belfast £949
May 23 - Bristol
£769 September 7 - Bristol £819
May 23 - Belfast £829 September 7 - Belfast
June 8 - Bristol £829 October 5 - Bristol £679
June 8 - Belfast
£829 October 5 - Belfast
July 8 - Bristol

Staying at The Rose Hotel 4 star,  4 Nights, Half Board. Departing Bristol

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April 7 - Belfast £779

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Travel Department
Cork and Kerry

4 nights with exclusive offers for Travel 55 users

2022 Departures. Prices from £649pp plus discount. 4* hotels

Let’s see more of Cork and Kerry. Discover the dramatic scenery and fascinating history that will reignite your passion for Ireland! The first highlight of our guided Irish holiday will be visiting the historic Kilkenny Castle on the way to Cork. We’ll learn more about the Titanic and its fateful voyage, at its last port of call in Cobh, sample some whiskey in Midleton and spot seals on our ferry trip to Garnish Island. We’ll then travel to Kerry, take in the county’s breathtaking scenery on a Ring of Kerry experience and learn more about the craft of beer making at Killarney Brewing Company. So join us on this guided Irish holiday and explore the ‘Rebel County’ and the ‘Kingdom’.

Please Note: Flights are excluded, you will need to make your own arrangements to travel to Ireland and meet at the departure point in Dublin. 

To book this wonderful scenic 4-night Cork and Kerry tour with the Travel Department and claim your discount, call them direct on 0117 911 7061 and quote the relevant code

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What's Included & Highlights

  • Fully Guided
  • 4 Nights
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • B*B
  • Spend 2 nights in Cork & 2 nights in Kerry with easy access to the main sights & attractions. 
  • Enjoy highlights like the Ring of Kerry, the Titanic Experience in Cobh & a ferry trip to Garnish Island. 
  • Sample craft beer at Killarney Brewing Company & take a guided tour of Midleton Whiskey distillery. 
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle en-route to Cork & stop in Adare on the way back to Dublin.
  • 3 evening meals at your hotel and one lunch in a local restaurant are included.
  • Smaller group sizes and the highest possible safety standards.
  • Excursions carefully crafted to uncover wonderful places - less crowded and expertly guided.

Ring of Kerry



Your Accommodation

Maldron Hotel South Mall


Overlooking the River Lee, in the heart of Cork’s shopping and entertainment district, Maldron Hotel South Mall is ideally placed for exploring Cork City.

This hotel offers comfortable, well equipped rooms, a café for relaxing and a bar where evenings can be spent soaking up the friendly atmosphere.

  • Bar, Restaurant, Café, Free Wi-Fi, TV, Safe, Tea / Coffee making facilities, Air conditioning
The Rose Hotel

The Rose

The Rose Hotel, with a scenic backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains, lies 1.6km from Tralee.  A leisurely stroll through nearby Town Park leads to local attractions including the County Museum, cafes and shopping.  With its cosy, atmospheric bar, plus onsite dining and leisure facilities, this hotel is the ideal base from which to discover the delights of Kerry.

  • Restaurant, Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Spa, Gym, Free Wi-Fi, TV, Safe, Tea / Coffee making facilities, Air conditioning, Hair dryer, Mini fridge.


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