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Hosted Railtours for the Independent Traveller

The Emerald Isle Express Tour 2020

Departs Sunday, 20th September 2020


The Original Rail Cruise and (Castle) Manor House Tour


Railtours Ireland First Class offers an exclusive rail cruise and manor house tour through Ireland on your own exclusive, private heritage train, delivering Pullman style comfort. Overnight in luxury five-star Irish manor houses, as well as city and country hotels. This all-inclusive tour is limited to 50 guests! We don’t sleep on the train – We sleep in Manor Houses, Country Estates and Luxury City Hotels!


Experience Dublin's Fair City before travelling by rail along the stunning East Coast to Waterford, Cork, Cóbh and the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy an Irish night in Killarney before continuing on through the savagely beautiful countryside of Connemara in Co. Galway.


A unique Ireland vacation not to be missed!


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Tour Code: DCST20
8 Days
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What's included?
  • Personal meet and greet at Dublin Airport or Ferry Port.

  • Transfers to and from Dublin Airport or Ferry Port to your fivestar Merrion Hotel.

  • Exclusive Dublin city tour.

  • All meals included.

  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea each day.

  • All drinks on the train (Our train is the only train in the world that does draft Guinness!).

  • Side tours to Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Cobh Heritage Centre, the Ring of Kerry, Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay.

  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.

  • Renowned Railtours Ireland host throughout.

  • All luggage taken care of from start to finish.

  • Two 48hour Hop On/Off Dublin City Sightseeing Tour Tickets pp.

  • Dinner in Mount Juliet's Michelin Star Restaurant - The Lady Helen Restaurant.

  • All taxes and service charges.

Stay in luxurious 5 Star Irish Manors, City and Country Hotels:

  • 1 Night Merrion Hotel, Dublin
  • 1 Night Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

  • 1 Night Fota Island Resort, Cork Harbour

  • 1 Night Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney

  • 2 Nights Adare Manor Luxury Hotel, 2026 Ryder Cup Host, Limerick

  • 1 Night The Merrion Hotel, Dublin



Train Interior
Limited to 50 guests - Book early to avoid disappointment!
Mount Juliet Estate
Champagne Reception
Full Itinerary
Day 1 - Sunday:

Gathering Day - Dublin


Gathering Day in Dublin. Transfers from the airport or Dublin Port to your hotel.

Gathering day in Dublin. Individual transfers from the airport (or ferry port) to your hotel. Welcome reception, dinner and overnight stay in the five-star Merrion Hotel, in the heart of Dublin city.


18:30 Welcome Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception at the Merrion Hotel


19:00 Dinner at The Merrion Hotel

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Merrion Hotel, Dublin City Centre

Day 2 - Monday:

Dublin to Waterford


We enjoy a short tour of Dublin, en route to our champagne reception at Connolly station before boarding our private Emerald Isle Express train. Cruise by rail along Ireland’s scenic east coast through counties Wicklow, Wexford and on to Waterford city. Private visit to Waterford Crystal, dinner and overnight stay in the stunning five-star Mount Juliet Estate, dating back to the mid-1700s, set on 500 acres of parkland, meadow and forest in County Kilkenny. Dine in The Lady Helen Restaurant - Mount Juliet's very own Michelin Star Restaurant.

Overnight Stay:

Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

Day 3 - Tuesday:

Waterford to Cork


Cruise by rail from Waterford through the beautiful Suir Valley in county Tipperary while en route to Cork where we will enjoy a visit to Blarney Castle and Gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in the five-star Fota Island Resort, on Cork Harbour.

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Fota Island Resort, County Cork

Day 4 - Wednesday:

Cork to Kerry


We visit Cóbh, the Titanic’s last port of call, and travel by rail to Killarney while enjoying lunch on the train. Delight in the spectacular beauty of the Ring of Kerry, a photographer’s paradise, before overnighting in the five-star Europe Hotel and Resort, with traditional evening entertainment after dinner in one of Killarney’s famous pubs!

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney, County Kerry

Day 5 - Thursday:

Killarney to Limerick


Once again, enjoy lunch on the train as you travel through counties Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Limerick, a landscape littered with ruined castles. Overnight stay in the fabulous Adare Manor, dating back to the 1720s. Adare Manor, recently announced as the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, is set on an estate of 840 acres of sweeping parklands, cultivated gardens and formal French gardens, including its championship parkland golf course. Evening transfer to the Medieval Bunratty Castle to sample the famous banquet, and perhaps a pint afterwards at adjacent in Durty Nelly’s pub!

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Adare Manor Luxury Hotel, the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, Co. Limerick

Day 6 - Friday:

Free Day in Adare Manor


Free day of leisure in Adare Manor with an optional tour to the Cliffs of Moher. Perhaps enjoy a round of golf, or some of the many activities available at this five-star resort, including falconry, whiskey tasting, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding, among others ( Enjoy dinner and a second overnight stay in this stunning five-star luxury hotel.

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Adare Manor Luxury Hotel, the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, Co. Limerick

Day 7 - Saturday:

Limerick to Galway, through Connemara, to Dublin


From Limerick, we venture on to Galway aboard our Emerald Isle Express train with light lunch on board. Our trip today highlights the savage beauty of Connemara and will include the Quiet Man Bridge and afternoon tea in Ballinahinch Castle. Afterwards, we make our way back to Galway City centre. There, we board the Emerald Isle Express which will bring us back to Dublin. Entertainment and dinner on board. Overnight stay in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.

Overnight Stay:

5 Star Merrion Hotel, Dublin City

Day 8 - Sunday:

Scattering Day


Scattering Day. Individual transfers from your hotel to Dublin airport. We strongly advise, however, that for your own relaxation and comfort, you spend another night in Dublin to rest, after the week of touring, and enjoy some free time in Ireland’s bustling capital. We would be delighted to arrange these extra nights for you in our partner 4* or 5* hotels (your hotel-airport transfer will be available on the day of your departure, should you choose this option).

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