Ireland's first settlements date to 8,000 B.C. It is a land of verdant pastures, ancient relics and stormy seas. But at nearly 35,000 square miles, it can be a difficult for travelers to navigate. One of the most comfortable ways to travel in style is Ireland's rail system, with many train tours designed to maximize your sightseeing time.
Railtours Ireland offers short trips to local sights, including one-day excursions from Cork and a number of other cities. Railtours also offers entire vacation packages for up to six days, which include bed and breakfast accommodations close to each train station and transportation to and from nearby sights. A group tour guide provides historical information and is available for questions and concerns. Travelers can choose to pay an additional fee to upgrade to a three-star hotel, and meals are not included in the fee. Because of religious considerations, there are no departures on Sundays or holidays.
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Providing quality travel for more than 40 years, Lynott Tours is one of the premiere escorted tour companies in the United Kingdom. All multiday train tours begin at Dublin's Heuston Station, but from there the destinations vary from Cork to Galway Bay to Bunratty. Lynott has associations with guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to provide a pleasant overnight experience for every traveler, and company agents will work with customers to add extra nights before or after train tours. Packages also include admission fees to all tour destinations, motorcoach travel to and from train stations, and a Heritage Island pass, which offers discounts to many major attractions not included on the tour.
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Go Global Ireland
Go Global tours offers a personalized approach to rail trips in Ireland. While the company has structured multiple-day deals, the agents can assist travelers in accommodations of their choice, as well as participating in individual legs of the trip. And while Go Global provides transportation to and from all destinations, once at the point of arrival, travelers are offered the opportunity to explore on their own.
The company also works with The International Ecotourism Society to ensure that their methods of travel are environmentally responsible, using the extensive Irish rail system on low-traffic days.
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