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Cork & The South East

REGIONAL FOCUS SERIES | SIGHTSEEING AND CULTURE SEEKING | 8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS

Settle into your temporary home, Ireland’s southern capital Cork (or the surrounding countryside) for a week- long adventure with a Cork tour. You’ll enjoy sightseeing & culture seeking in Kinsale, Tipperary, Waterford and world famous Blarney Castle! So prepare to slow down, linger, and immerse yourself in paradise. Enquire now for further details!

* Amazing Photograph above courtesy of Raymond Fogarty / AirCam Ireland.

TOUR BACKGROUND

This private bespoke tour takes you to Ireland’s southern capital of Cork, offering a perfect balance of time in both town and countryside. Here, on the Southern Atlantic Coast, you’ll explore quaint towns and villages with narrow winding streets, brightly painted houses, bobbing fishing boats and great little quayside pubs.

Perhaps discover the traditional craft of crystal cutting at Waterford, or sample the juice of the barley at Midleton’s Jameson Distillery. Significantly, rural travel allows you to connect with the welcoming, gregarious people- perhaps Ireland’s most valuable asset. And as we’ve travelled every road in Cork, we have friends in every doorway and there’s always a pint of Murphy’s and a half dozen oysters waiting for our guests at the local bar!

Each day, explore Ireland with your own private guide, and stay at authentic regional accommodations. Whatever your interests-sightseeing, culture, history, family activities, gardens, castles or cuisine-this tour is highly recommended and will be customized accordingly. The tour can also be done in reverse, or extended by a few nights; your wish is our command!

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

DAY 1 | CORK Arrive in Cork, Ireland’s southern capital. Imagine smooth Murphy’s Stout, the gourmet English Market (est. 1610), and some of the friendliest locals on earth! (CORK)

DAY 2 | EXCLUSIVE KINSALE Take the short scenic drive to the exclusive resort town of Kinsale- Ireland’s Riviera. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour with a local historian, savour a gourmet lunch and explore what was once Britain’s biggest star-shaped naval fortress, Charles Fort. (CORK)

DAY 3 | EAST CORK Visit the Jameson whiskey distillery at Midleton and sample Ireland’s most famous spirit. Later, unwind at food lover’s paradise Ballymaloe House. Home to celebrity chef Darina Allen, Ballymaloe is a country house and working farm famous for gourmet cuisine using home grown produce. (CORK)

DAY 4 | CORK CITY Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your hotel’s location offers excellent access to the premier shopping district. Attractions include St. Finbarr’s Cathedral with its three giant spires, the Cork Museum, Cork Gaol, and the Old English Market. (CORK)

DAY 5 | BLARNEY & COBH Climb the battlements of 12th century Blarney Castle to kiss the mystical stone and thereby acquire the skill of eloquent speech, “The Gift of the Gab!” Later, explore the harbour town of Cobh- Titanic’s last port of call. (CORK)

DAY 6 | WATERFORD CRYSTAL Tour east to Waterford to see how they cut exquisite Crystal. En route enjoy scenic Tipperary, the spiritual home of Irish cider and the ancient sport hurling. (CORK)

DAY 7 | WEST CORK Travel the rugged Beara Peninsula through Clonakilty and Skibbereen to Bantry where we spend a few hours supping Murphy’s whilst looking out over the lobster pots. Later, return via the gorgeous National Park of Gougane Barra. (CORK)

DAY 8 | DEPART Benefit from a private transfer to the airport or continue on your journey through Ireland.