Cork's history began in the 7th century with the founding of a monastery by St. Finbarr on a small alluvial island in the River Lee. The monastery and the settlement were later incorporated in the fortified base the Danes developed there. As a result of war and destruction throughout the following centuries, Cork has no medieval buildings left but boasts a few remains from the 18th century. The central area takes its architectural character from the early 19th century.

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Cork (Cobh)

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Cork's Countryside & Kinsale

    Wonderful vistas and photo opportunities abound during this scenic tour through Cork's charming countryside and visit to the unique sailing town of Kinsale.

    Depart the pier in Cobh for the drive to West Cork via the Lee Tunnel. During your drive through the picturesque Cork countryside, a photo stop will be made at Charles Fort, which commands panoramic views of the town and beautiful Kinsale Harbor. Next, you will continue on to Kinsale, a charming town that has earned the European prize for Tourism and the Environment, as well as Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Nestled between the hills and the valley, Kinsale is safely sheltered by the rounded contours of a beautiful harbor. Believed to have been founded by the Anglo-Normans around 1177, Kinsale was a magnificent naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries, and enjoyed a degree of prosperity uncommon in Ireland. Kinsale has maintained close European ties for centuries and became the first town to be awarded the Flag of the Council of Europe in 1966.

    Upon arrival, you will see that Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and port of consequence for over 300 years; hence the magnificent Georgian homes and Dutch influence of its architecture. At one time, Kinsale was also the natural landfall for all the great sailing ships from the continent and the Americas. During your visit, you will be treated to some tea or coffee and scones before being provided with free time to walk around this beautiful town, browse in the shops and take in the local atmosphere.

    Following your visit to Kinsale, you will rejoin your coach for a drive along the banks of the harbor, enjoying spectacular views as you wind your way along the coastal road. Turning inland, you will pass through the town of Innishannon, where a photo stop will be made at the majestic Bandon River before heading back to the pier in Cobh.

    Please note: This tour includes a small amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to guests who utilize a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the tour vessel and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Scenic Blarney Drive & Irish Coffee

    Enjoy an unhurried, picturesque drive through the fabled Irish countryside into downtown Cork and on to the village of Blarney for a classic Irish coffee.

    Depart from the pier and travel alongside the broad River Lee, a serene waterway born in the Shehy Mountains. Entering the city of Cork, the river splits into two main channels, leaving downtown Cork perched on a long thin island connected by numerous bridges. Being situated on an estuary, Cork has always been influenced by the sea and boasts a strong maritime identity.

    After crossing the River Lee Valley Bridge, the landscape changes dramatically and becomes delightfully pastoral. Continuing through agricultural communities, past brightly painted homes with colorful gardens and over stone bridges, you will soon come to the village of Blarney. Steeped in folklore and legend, Blarney developed in the Tudor style around a village square, which remains its cultural heart.

    In time, you will stop for a traditional Irish coffee: a combination of whiskey, double cream, strong black coffee and a heaping teaspoon of sugar. Afterwards, you'll have some free time in which you may browse the surrounding craft stores, or visit Blarney Woollen Mills, which offers an array of Irish-made goods, including Waterford crystal, knitwear and Celtic jewelry. Alternatively, you may choose to find a spot to simply relax and do some people-watching. Re-joining your coach, you'll retrace your route back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with mostly optional limited walking in Blarney Village. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate, water-proof clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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  • Ballymaloe Cooking School & Lunch

    Together with your Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, enjoy this exclusive and inspiring visit to one of the world’s top culinary destinations, Ballymaloe. Tour the unique and often photographed culinary and herb gardens, wander about the free-range poultry and dairy farm and then sit for a sumptuous lunch at the ivy-covered Ballymaloe House. An unforgettable day at a venue celebrated as the ‘mecca’ of Irish Country cuisine.

    You will meet your Chef Instructor in the Culinary Arts Kitchen for a short overview of Irish Country cuisine and an introduction to the internationally renowned Ballymaloe. Ballymaloe recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Chef Darina and our own Chef Jacques Pepin are friends and share the same passion for culinary excellence and the importance of seasonal ingredients. The estate includes a luxury inn in the Irish B&B tradition, as well as a world- renowned cooking school complete with kitchen gardens, herb gardens, free range chickens, greenhouses, a demonstration kitchen and an impressive culinary and wine shop.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive east through County Cork’s rich farmland and river valleys to Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry. Situated in the heart of a sprawling 100-acre organic farm, you will soon experience why Ballymaloe is home to one of Ireland’s most esteemed cooking schools and culinary estates.

    Upon arrival, you will tour the estate’s impressive grounds. You can expect to walk along a wildflower meadow, past vegetables crops such as rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes, and through the one-acre greenhouse that protects the more delicate plants. There are also several gardens filled with herbs, ornamental fruits, and numerous organic vegetables. You will also have time to shop in the robustly-stocked store for treasures to take home.

    After the property tour, you will take a short bus ride to the Ballymaloe House. This elegant, ivy-covered mansion and their acclaimed restaurant continue to win awards from around the world as the best in modern Irish hospitality and cuisine. Ingredients come from the 300 acre farm and surrounding farms of Southern Ireland, and the menu changes daily based on what’s seasonal. Enjoy an intimate 3-course lunch with a small group of guests and your Chef host. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and explore the exquisite property throughout the tour.

    Following lunch, you will drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate to strenuous walking which may include some natural and uneven surfaces - particularly in the gardens . The tour is not allowed recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Cork Orientation & Jameson Distillery

    Irish whiskey is world famous and today, you will have the opportunity to visit one of Ireland’s most famous distilleries and enjoy an orientation tour of the city of Cork.

    Depart the pier in Cobh for the drive to Cork, a city of steeples and bridges. Is a compact city in size yet diverse in its range of activities. Its quays that stretch all the way from Cork Harbour into the heart of the city welcome ships from the seven seas. Modern day Cork is a University City, brimming with jazz, film, opera, theaters, restaurants, and all of the amenities of a large city, yet it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. During your drive through Cork, you will see some of the city's famous sites, including St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall, and the renowned Bells of Shandon.

    Next, you will travel east to Midleton, the town from which the famous rare Irish whiskey gets its name. Upon arrival, you will visit the Jameson Experience. Following an audio-visual presentation about the Irish whiskey legend your guided tour of this beautifully restored and self-contained industrial complex will take you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. During your tour, you will delight in the fully-operational water wheel and be amazed by the copper pot still that holds 32,000 gallons, the largest in the world. Following the tour, you will be invited to relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub and sample Ireland's finest whiskey.

    Before rejoining your coach for the return drive to Cobh, be sure to visit the craft shop, restaurant or coffee shop at Jameson Heritage Centre and lose yourself in the charm of an era gone by.

    Please note: Tour involves walking on flat and cobble stone surfaces with approximately 40 steps at the distillery and periods of walking/standing of up to 1 hour. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • A Walk Through Cork

    Explore the history and beauty of Cork during a memorable walking tour through this wonderful old city.

    Historic Cork is a city of steeples and bridges and was truly made for walking. Although its compact size makes it entirely visible from many vantage-points, this charming city offers an abundance of lovely Old World sites for you to discover. Cork extends out through the hills that rise up on both sides of the Lee River, and its quays stretch all the way into the heart of the city. Cork's city center is actually a small island situated between two channels of the river and a plethora of bridges, and features streets lined with numerous shops, arcades and boutiques.

    Depart the pier for a brief drive through the rolling countryside, then continue on to the city and begin your walking tour. Take a leisurely stroll down the South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city, then cross the Parnell Bridge. A stop will be made here to enjoy spectacular views and photo opportunities of City Hall, the bank, College of Commerce and Morrison's Island. As your walk continues along the quays, the slender spire of the Holy Trinity Church can be seen across the river. A stop will then be made at the Parliament Bridge to admire its gracious arch and gleaming limestone. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the three spires of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, part of the city's skyline, suddenly come into view. A stop will be made for a visit and photos at this ornate church, designed and built by William Burgess.

    Next, you will stroll down Sharman-Crawford to Clarke's Bridge, a beautiful stone structure dating back to 1776, and then continue on to Cork's bustling main thoroughfare. The classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, is one of Cork's most enduring sights. From here, you will proceed down North Main Street and Castle Street into the heart of this cosmopolitan city filled with pedestrian lanes, cafes, bookshops and antique shops.

    Your tour concludes with free time at the nearly 400-year-old English Market. A popular location that is home to for both residents and visitors, the English Market offers a unique shopping experience that should not be missed. During your visit, you can browse the traditional Cork food, fruit and vegetable stands, along with the butcher shops, fishmongers, Italian, French and Irish cheese stalls, fresh bread stands, and more.

    Alternatively you can use your free time to explore the area independently and perhaps do a bit of shopping before rejoining your coach for the return drive to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of significant walking - at times on uneven ground. There are also steps to be negotiated. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Scenic Sea Safari

    Experience the thrill of a sea safari boat ride and visit the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale on this fun adventure.

    Don your life vest and following the instructions from you skipper, climb aboard the RIB safari vessel in Cobh. Enjoy magnificent views only made possible from the sea as you learn of the harbor's history and take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife while en route to Kinsale. Along your route, you will view the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest Yacht Club in the world as well as be treated to a bird's eye view of Camden Fort, Carlisle Fort and Roaches Point Lighthouse - all of which date from the 1800's.

    Travelling past the last pick up point of Titanic on her-ill fated voyage, you will continue to hug the coastline, appreciating magnificent scenery all the way to the historic town of Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. On reaching Kinsale you will make a brief photo stop at Charles Fort before disembarking in the town center for some free time to look in the shops and purchase some souvenirs of your visit.

    Rejoining your skipper, you will climb back aboard the vessel for your return journey to Cobh. In recent years, Cork animal lovers have been given a rare chance to see one of nature's friendliest and most peaceful creatures, the dolphin. Your skipper will do his best to try and track down some of these wonderful marine mammals for you.

    Please note: This tour includes a small amount of walking, most of it at the guest's discretion during free time. The tour is conducted in a RIB boat (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, those with mobility concerns or those with back or neck issues. It is not recommended for pregnant women. Sea conditions may be rough so those who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain (rain gear is provided). Cameras are brought at your own risk. There are no restroom facilities on the Safari Boat. Wild-life sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    In case sea conditions do not allow travel to Kinsale, your sea safari will be conducted around Cork Harbour with a stop in a shoreside pub for an Irish Coffee; and tour duration will be 3 hours.

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  • Panoramic Cork & Blarney Castle

    Irish history and tradition are yours to discover during this intimate orientation tour of Cork City that includes a visit to Blarney Castle.

    Depart from the Cathedral town of Cobh for the drive along North Ring Road to Blarney, the little village that lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle. Built in two sections, the Castle features a massive oblong keep, and typical Irish battlements. Below them, the famous Blarney Stone is set in the wall, and to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements.

    During your visit to the castle, you will have an opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which, according to legend, imparts the gift of eloquence to all whose lips touch it. Next, you will visit the home of Blarney Woollen Mills, a building that dates back to 1793, and which today is considered to be one of the finest craft and gift centers in Ireland. Upon arrival, you will enjoy an Irish coffee and browse through a wide range of Irish clothing, crystal, linen and handicrafts.

    Next, you will embark on a panoramic orientation tour of Cork, Ireland's second city. Once a swampy island located upstream from Cork Harbor on the estuary of the Lee River, the city is now an important shopping and commercial capital of the south. Today, the Lee River flows through the city in two main channels, so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges. In fact, it is this feature that gives Cork its distinctive continental flair. Modern day Cork is a University City, brimming with jazz, film, opera, theaters, restaurants, and all of the amenities of a large city, yet it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. During your drive through Cork, you will see some of the city's famous sites, including St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall, and the renowned Bells of Shandon.

    Following your tour, you will return to Cobh and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: The visit to Blarney Castle includes approximately 300 yards of walking, and 110 steps to climb. For guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns it will not be possible to explore the Castle ruins or reach the Blarney Stone, however, the grounds and gardens are accessible. Participants should be in good physical condition in order to kiss the stone. Guests can expect to wait in line for up to 2 hours to kiss the Blarney Stone. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.

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