Malta Short Break - Solo Traveller
- 07 Nov
- 07 Nov
Travel with us on this guided Irish holiday to explore the ‘Rebel County’ and the ‘Kingdom’. With our fellow solo travellers we’ll uncover Ireland's incredible history, visit charming towns and see some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. The first highlight of our trip will be to the historic Kilkenny Castle on the way to Cork. We’ll visit Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic and learn more about the passengers who boarded the ill fated ship. Later we’ll take a guided tour of Jameson Distillery Midleton and sample some whiskey. We’ll then travel to Kerry to experience one of Ireland’s famous scenic routes, the Ring of Kerry; where we’ll see the county’s majestic surroundings. Let’s see more of Cork and Kerry and discover the highlights of these fantastic Irish counties.
Let’s see more of this beautiful country and discover the wonders of Cork and Kerry!
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.
During our transfer 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.
We enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore its characterful streets and have lunch (not included), before continuing to Cork.
We check in at our hotel in Cork, where we will be staying for 2 nights, and take the rest of the afternoon to relax and become familiar with our surroundings. Our expert guide will be happy to tell us of places of interest nearby.
Tonight, we gather for a welcome dinner at our hotel.
Breakfast in our hotel is included every day during our stay.
After breakfast, we depart for a full-day guided excursion to Cobh and Midleton.
To begin, we enjoy a 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 April 11th, 1912. These were the final passengers to join Titanic at her last port of call in Queenstown (now Cobh). Our tour guide will take us 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.
After lunch, we will continue our guided tour to Midleton, where we’ll enjoy one of Ireland’s finest experiences, 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 our warming whiskey, we relax on the coach transfer back to our hotel.
This evening is at leisure. Our guide will be happy to make some suggestions for local entertainment options.
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.
During summer season, the visit to Bantry House will be followed by a stop at picturesque Glengarriff to discover the renowned gardens of Garnish Island.
(Please note Garnish Island will not be open in March).
*Alternative schedule for March 2022 (this visit precedes Bantry House):
We enjoy a Heritage walking tour of Kinsale’s winding streets as we listen to historical stories of the battle of Kinsale, Pirates, the White Lady and much more.
We discover more of Kinsale’s scenic surroundings on a visit to Charles Fort, overlooking Kinsale Harbour
After checking in at our hotel in the Tralee area, we take time to enjoy some moments at leisure before dinner.
Dinner is included for the two nights of our hotel stay.
The rest of our evening is free to explore independently.
This morning we depart for our guided excursion on the most famous panoramic route in Ireland. Cameras ready for some beautiful scenery today! On our 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 through the mountains to Moll’s Gap and Ladies View, with breath-taking views of the lakes.
Finishing off our day we make our way back to our hotel with a few photo stops along the way; time to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Sláinte! On our final night we savour a complimentary a cocktail before dinner in our hotel.
Later we have time to relax and unwind and enjoy the rest of our evening reflect on our beautiful and scenic journey over the past four days.
After breakfast and check out from our hotel, we say "Slán Abhaile" to Ireland's South West as we depart for Dublin.
En-route we stop in the picturesque village of Adare and enjoy some free time for lunch (not included).
We'll arrive back into Dublin in the late afternoon and say goodbye to our new friends and guide, taking with us fond memories of Cork and Kerry’s highlights.
Those who joined from Northern Ireland will transfer onwards to the original pick-up point.
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
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