This day tour operates on days when cruise liners are visiting Cork (Cobh). The tour visits Blarney Castle, Cork City, and Kinsale. Passengers will enjoy a panoramic drive through the Cork countryside. WE INCLUDE BLARNEY CASTLE ADMISSION: others do not!
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The price of this tour will increase shortly for season 2024. Book any date for 2024 at 2023 pricing now while you can. With a free cancellation option up to 24 hours before departure you can pre- book with confidence.
*****The price of this tour will increase shortly for season 2024. Book any date for 2024 at 2023 pricing now while you can. With a free cancellation option up to 24 hours before departure you can pre- book with confidence.*****
The tour begins with a pick up from the cruise liner terminal in Cobh, Cork Harbour. (Note: if for operational reasons your ship is diverted to the other Cork terminal in Ringaskiddy we will of course meet you there instead)
The tour begins with a drive to Blarney Castle. We include your admission to the Blarney Castle and Gardens so that you are on a voucher system priority passengers and skip all the lines before your fellow shipmates (SAVE 15 EURO)! We take a panoramic drive through Cork City. Your guide will point out the highlights of the southern capital such as St Finbarre's Cathedral, Shandon Bells, English Historic Market and the beautiful River Lee.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a scenic drive to Kinsale. This charming town is famed as Ireland's gourmet capital with enchanting streets, fine restaurants, great pubs, all situated in this beautiful harbor town. We get some spectacular photos and plenty of time to enjoy the ambiance.
On our return to the ship we get a quick overview of Cobh, the last departure point of Titanic and we have time to visit St. Coleman's Cathedral - the finest worshiping point of many Irish immigrants.
The list of all ships and dates will be published here once finalised by the Cork / Cobh Port Authority.
In the meantime, if your dates have been confirmed by your cruise operator you can go ahead and book at 2023 rates on the booking calendar on this page - all dates for the new season have been made live for your convenience.
Rates will be increased for 2024 shortly. Book now for any date at the 2023 rate and cancel free of charge up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Arrivals confirmed by cruise lines and / or Cork Port Authority so far:
24th April 2024 - Regal Princess
3rd May 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette
5th May 2024 - Regal Princess
12th May 2024 - Celebrity Apex
16th May 2024 - Norweigan Star
17th May 2024 - Regal Princess
17th May 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette
21st May 2024 - MS Zuiderdam
22nd May 2024 - MS Rotterdam
27th May 2024 - Jewel of the Sea
30th May 2024 - Regal Princess
7th June 2024 - Coral Princess
10th June 2024 - Regal Princess
22nd June 2024 - Regal Princess
28th June 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette
29th June 2024 - Celebrity Apex
5th July 2024 - Regal Princess
7th July 2024 - Carnival Legend
14th July 2024 - Caribbean Princess
16th July 2024 - Regal Princess
25th July 2024 - Celebrity Silhouette
26th July 2024 - Carnival Legend
28th July 2024 - Regal Princess
30th July 2024 - Caribbean Princess
1st August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn
7th August 2024 - Norwegian Dawn
8th August 2024 - Jewel of the Sea
8th August 2024 - MS Zuiderdam
9th August 2024 - Regal Princess
11th August 2024 - Carnival Legend
14th August 2024 - MS Rotterdam
21st August 2024 - Caribbean Princess
21st August 2024 - Regal Princess
22nd August 2024 - Norweigan Dawn
31st August 2024 - Caribbean Princess
2nd September 2024 - Regal Princess
14th September 2024 - Regal Princess
26th September 2024 - Regal Princess
18th October 2024 - Norweigan Star
If you do not see a tour scheduled for the ship and date you are traveling upon - please contact us - and we may decide to schedule a tour if there is likely to be enough demand.
We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. - Cobh (Cork) Cruise Ship Terminal
We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. - Ringaskiddy Cruise Ship Terminal
Tour Begins At Cobh Cruise Terminal
We will collect you in style from your Cruise Ship. When you leave the Ship, turn to the right, and your guide will be waiting for you near the pedestrian exit gate. We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. We like to get ahead of the crowd and avoid the queues in Blarney!
Our first stop of the day is Blarney. Visit the most famous Castle in all of Ireland!! Lie back and kiss the magical Blarney Stone and get the gift of the gab! Your admission is included saving you 15 euro. WE ARE HAPPY TO INCLUDE ADMISSION TO BLARNEY CASTLE: others will make you join a queue and pay at the gate! You will also have time to visit the world famous Blarney Woolen Mills. Famed as the largest Irish Store in the world, many take advantage of its tax free shopping offers on quality Irish products.
Cork City Tour
We depart Blarney and take a panoramic drive through Cork City. We view the highlights of this fine City such as the River Lee, St Finbarre's Cathedral, Shandon Bells, English Market and Grand Parade. Cork was recently considered by the Lonely Planet one of the 10 must see cities in the world. Some of its famous sons include Henry Ford, Michael Collins and of course world famous footballer Roy Keane.
Drive Through The Cork Countryside
We drive through the beautiful Cork Countryside to the charming town of Kinsale! Enjoy typical views of the rolling fields of West Cork and also a stop overlooking picturesque Kinsale Harbor and its 2 forts - Charles Fort and James Fort. It was just off the Old Head of Kinsale that in 1915 the Lusitania sank with grave loss of life.
Kinsale - Historic Port Town
Our next stop is the historical town of Kinsale for, a town famed for the battle of Kinsale in 1601. Today it is Ireland's gourmet capital with winding streets, great pubs and fine restaurants. On our standard 8h tours we stop in Kinsale for lunch, however depending on the departure time of the ship this must be at the drivers discretion (NO EXCEPTION). The town is beautifully situated at the mouth of the harbor and is exceptionally colorful with picture post card buildings and many country Irish folk with strange and distinguished accents.
Return To Cruise Ship on Time
We depart Kinsale and to make sure you are back at least 1 hour before departure. The service ends back at the dockside after approximately 8 hours on tour. If the boat is leaving earlier we will amend the itinerary as necessary.
This tour is exclusively in English.
You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.
When to Book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities. You can book up to 60 minutes before departure if there are still places available.
With a free cancellation option up to 24 hours before departure you can book with confidence. Lock in your seats (any date for Spring / Summer 2024) at the early bird rate today.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the tour's start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour's start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the tour's start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the local time in Ireland.