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Cork City And Blarney Castle With Private Transportation

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This half day tour will show you the highlights of Cork and give you a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, with your own private driver and vehicle.

Cork City and Blarney Castle with Private Transportation

On this half day tour with private transportation, you will be picked up at the port in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and see the highlights of Ireland's second largest city, Cork. Then you will be whisked away to Blarney Castle, where you will enjoy the freedom to explore the impressive castle on your own.

Depart from the port of Cobh for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Cork. The city got its name from the marsh it was built on. Because of this, the city proper is interlaced with a winding canal and river, which give it a distinctly European air. The River Lee divides the city in two and is perhaps best reflected in the well-patterned architectural development incorporating the best of old and new. Cork is the home of Murphy's stout and also to a world famous Jazz Festival. Although a busy industrial city, it is also an important shopping center. The principal streets are lined with fashion houses and department stores stocking quality Irish goods.

The highlights of the city include the City Hall, St Finbarr's (the founder of Cork) Cathedral, The Grand Parade, and St. Patrick's Street with Shandon Steeple overlooking the city to the north.

After a driving tour to see the city's principal sights, your tour will continue with a visit to Blarney Castle.

A visit to Blarney Castle is a step back in time and you can feel the enchantment of a long and heroic past. Here is one of the great historical sites of Ireland, renowned throughout the world. The view from the entrance gate sets the scene immediately, with fine vistas of parkland crowned by Blarney castle rising up in its entire ancient splendor, framed by clumps of trees.

Those who are up for a challenge can hike up the 100 steep steps to the top of the ruins where, while grabbing hand bars, you invert your head to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone, which is said to have the powers to grant those who do this, the gift of the gab. (flattery sweetened by humor)

From Blarney, the excursion returns directly to the ship in Cobh.

Please Note: The visit to Blarney Castle is self-guided.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$88.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural
Tour Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, sensible flat-soled walking shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A rain coat or waterproof jacket and an umbrella is suggested.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, cobblestone, and packed dirt surfaces, several of which are uneven and/or at an incline. Steps are required at Blarney Castle. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.