Irish Cities Explorer with Killarney

Dublin, Cork, Killarney & Galway
 
This independent rail journey takes you not only to three great Irish cities – Dublin, Cork and Galway – but also to the spectacular surroundings of Killarney National Park. In each location, you stay in a high-quality hotel, and can explore using our included walking tours.
Irish Cities Explorer with Killarney. 9 nights
Irish Cities Explorer with Killarney. 9 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Ireland

It’s wild, untamed and completely spectacular – home not only to Ireland’s highest mountain range, but to magnificent lakes, rich forest, tumbling waterfalls and intriguing stories of Irish past. Alone, Killarney National Park is an irresistible destination, and it also makes the ideal addition to our city discovery by rail, which visits the great cities of Dublin and Cork before detouring via Killarney and finishing in Galway.
For your time in the cities, we provide self-guided walking tour notes to ensure you experience not only the popular highlights, but also the well-kept secrets: the locals’ favourite restaurants and viewpoints; as well as lesser-known, independent distilleries where you can enjoy a tour and tasting.

Throughout the holiday, the accommodation is excellent – ranging from stylish boutique hotels to properties steeped in history and tradition. In Killarney, you stay in a former manor house on the edge of the national park, perfectly placed to enjoy its unrivalled natural beauty.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Dublin
    Night 1: at Brooks Hotel, Buswells Hotel, or – on the upgrade version of the holiday – The Wilder Townhouse (the first of two nights in Dublin).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Dublin
    Your holiday begins with a full day in the Irish capital, where our self-guided walking tour reveals not only Dublin’s history and heritage, but also its numerous green oases and generous choice of distilleries. The Guinness Storehouse is unmissable, if only for the views from its Gravity Bar, but we also recommend independent tasting experiences, and – for something a little different – the chance to enjoy afternoon tea while touring the city in a vintage double-decker bus! The Irish Emigration Museum delves brilliantly into the past, while a trip to Trinity College will bring you up close with one of Europe’s most magnificent libraries and its Book of Kells – Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure.
  • Dublin to Cork: 2hrs45 by train
    Your onward journey departs from Dublin’s historic Heuston Station, and takes you directly to Cork – for an afternoon exploring the beautiful city centre (see ‘Days 3-4’ for our recommendations). Your three nights here are spent either in the heart of the city at The Imperial Hotel, or – on the upgrade version of the holiday – just above it at The Montenotte.
  • Explore Cork, Cobh & Kinsale
    Ireland’s second city has so much to offer: it is known as the country’s food capital, and its attractive streets are home to an impressive array of museums, monuments, restaurants, traditional pubs, and even a fascinating, 19th-century ‘gaol’. After unlocking the secrets of the past here, we highly recommend climbing St Anne’s Church tower for 360-degree views of the city, before refuelling at the English Market – widely regarded as one of the best food markets in Europe.

    Cork also makes a perfect base for exploring further afield, including by scenic rail to Cobh. In this must-visit heritage town, not only can you learn more about Ireland’s great migration story, but you can tour the Titanic Experience and take a boat to historic Spike Island. Other day tours from Cork bring you by bus to the pretty coastal town of Kinsale, or to Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold.
  • Cork to Killarney: 1.5hrs by train
    Leaving Cork, you take a morning train to Killarney in County Kerry, where you stay two nights at Cahernane House Hotel – a private estate bordering Killarney National Park. With the rest of the day to explore, you might like to head to Muckross House – a 19th-century mansion on the shores of Muckross Lake. The house was once visited by Queen Victoria, and is surrounded by a series of beautiful gardens. Also on site is a traditional farm complex evoking agricultural life in 1930’s Kerry, plus a local craft centre. The medieval ruins of Muckross Abbey are a short walk away.
  • Explore Killarney
    Rugged, dramatic, and with exceptional views at every turn, Killarney National Park is a wonderful place to explore. Highlights include plunging Torc Waterfall with its magical forest setting, and 15th-century Ross Castle – an atmospheric ruined stronghold rising from the water’s edge. If you wish, you could spend the day following the 179-kilometre Ring of Kerry route to see everything this breathtaking area has to offer.
  • Killarney to Galway: 4.5hrs by train
    From Killarney, you make your way up Ireland’s west coast to your final fascinating destination. Once you arrive in Galway, your two nights in this most vibrant of Irish cities are spent at HYDE Hotel, with the option to upgrade to The Hardiman Hotel.
  • Explore Galway
    There’s a wonderful energy to Galway – most famously in the traditional pubs with their lively music scene, but also in the streets that hum with people and performers. Our self-guided trail will lead you expertly around the city, picking out the best landmarks to visit – St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and the Spanish Arch are two of our favourites – as well as the best places to sample its famous seafood and to see its uplifting, brightly painted houses.

    If you’re keen to explore beyond the city, we suggest a boat trip that takes in the Aran Islands – with their rugged beauty and renowned knitwear – and the towering natural masterpieces that are the Cliffs of Moher. Daily boats depart Galway between April and mid-September.
 

Accommodation

Whether for their history, style or superb service, our city hotels are highlights in their own right. In Killarney, you enjoy a complete change of scenery – staying on a private estate on the edge of a national park.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay in Dublin, Killarney and Galway, we recommend an extra night so that you have more time to explore.

We also offer an upgrade version of the holiday. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 9 nights: 01 April 2024 - 31 December 2024 & 01 January 2025 - 31 December 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Apr 2024 £1435 £785
    24 - 30 Apr 2024 £1545 £870
    1 - 24 May 2024 £1750 £895
    25 May - 27 Jul 2024 £1805 £1040
    28 Jul - 24 Sep 2024 £1775 £1010
    25 Sep - 30 Oct 2024 £1570 £880
    1 Nov - 22 Dec 2024 £1470 £805
    1 Jan - 31 Mar 2025 £1450 £715
    1 - 23 Apr 2025 £1495 £820
    24 - 30 Apr 2025 £1610 £905
    1 - 24 May 2025 £1820 £935
    25 May - 27 Jul 2025 £1880 £1085
    28 Jul - 24 Sep 2025 £1850 £1055
    25 Sep - 30 Oct 2025 £1635 £920
    1 Nov - 22 Dec 2025 £1530 £840
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • 9 nights, staying at The Wilder Townhouse, The Montenotte, Cahernane House Hotel & The Hardiman Hotel: 01 April 2024 - 31 December 2024 & 01 January 2025 - 31 December 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 25 May 2024 £1700 £705
    26 May - 26 Aug 2024 £1880 £805
    27 Aug - 23 Sep 2024 £1835 £785
    24 - 30 Sep 2024 £1735 £740
    1 Oct - 22 Dec 2024 £1650 £805
    1 Jan - 31 Mar 2025 £1675 £620
    1 Apr - 25 May 2025 £1770 £735
    26 May - 26 Aug 2025 £1960 £840
    27 Aug - 23 Sep 2025 £1910 £820
    24 - 30 Sep 2025 £1805 £770
    1 Oct - 22 Dec 2025 £1720 £840
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Brooks Hotel, Dublin
    Deluxe: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £32
    Deluxe: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £33
    The Imperial Hotel, Cork
    Deluxe: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £49
    Deluxe: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £51
    Premium: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £24
    Premium: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £25
    Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £15
    Superior: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £16
    HYDE Hotel, Galway
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £61
    Superior: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £63

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Brooks Hotel, Dublin (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £120 £240
    01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £125 £250
    Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £181 £263
    01 May - 30 Jun 2024 £210 £320
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2024 £225 £352
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £181 £263
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2024 £168 £237
    01 Jan - 30 Apr 2025 £190 £275
    01 May - 30 Jun 2025 £220 £334
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2025 £235 £370
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £190 £275
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2025 £175 £247
    HYDE Hotel, Galway (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £120 £225
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £135 £255
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £120 £225
    01 Oct - 31 Dec 2024 £100 £187
    01 Jan - 30 Jun 2025 £125 £234
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £145 £270
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £125 £234
    01 Oct - 31 Dec 2025 £104 £194
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    The Wilder Townhouse, Dublin
    Deluxe: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £24
    Deluxe: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £25
    The Montenotte, Cork
    Executive: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £24
    Executive: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £25
    Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £15
    Superior: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £16
    The Hardiman Hotel, Galway
    Deluxe: 01 Apr - 31 Dec 2024 £24
    Deluxe: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2025 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    The Wilder Townhouse, Dublin (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £163 £277
    01 May - 31 Dec 2024 £170 £292
    01 Jan - 30 Apr 2025 £170 £289
    01 May - 31 Dec 2025 £180 £310
    Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £181 £263
    01 May - 30 Jun 2024 £210 £320
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2024 £225 £352
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £181 £263
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2024 £168 £237
    01 Jan - 30 Apr 2025 £190 £275
    01 May - 30 Jun 2025 £220 £334
    01 Jul - 30 Sep 2025 £235 £370
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £190 £275
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2025 £175 £247
    The Hardiman Hotel, Galway (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 May 2024 £125 £215
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2024 £148 £238
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £125 £215
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2024 £105 £165
    01 Jan - 31 May 2025 £130 £224
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2025 £155 £249
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £130 £224
    01 Nov - 31 Dec 2025 £109 £171
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Dublin

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Dublin. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Dublin Ryanair,  Various carriers (contact us) 
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    Birmingham - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Luton - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Stansted - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Dublin Ryanair 
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    Newcastle - Dublin Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Dublin. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tend to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Dublin

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own travel arrangements from airport to hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Galway to Dublin airport (2h30) £24-£25 flexible
What is included
  • 9 nights
  • 2 dinners
    9 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Dublin-Cork-Killarney-Galway
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a British citizen, you do not need a passport nor visa to travel to Ireland, but some carriers and airlines might require identification, and proof of British nationality may also be required on entry (please check the Ireland Citizens Information Board for guidance on acceptable ID). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal language is English, though Irish is spoken as a first language in certain areas. The currency is the Euro. Irish time is GMT/UTC. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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