The Emerald Isle Express Tour 2020

The Original Rail Cruise and Manor House Tour


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! A unique Irish vacation experience not to be missed!


We don’t sleep on the train – We sleep in Manor Houses, Country Estates and Luxury City Hotels!

Tour Highlights

SEPTEMBER 2020 DEPARTURE: 20th September 2020

Day 1: Sunday - Gathering Day – Dublin

Overnight Stay: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Day 2: Monday - Dublin to Waterford

Overnight Stay: Mount Juliet, Kilkenny

Day 3: Tuesday - Waterford to Cork

Overnight Stay: Fota Island Resort, Cork Harbour

Day 4: Wednesday - Cork to Kerry

Overnight Stay: The Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney

Day 5: Thursday - Killarney to Limerick

Overnight Stay: Adare Manor, the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, Limerick

Day 6: Friday - Free Day

Overnight Stay: Adare Manor, the 2026 Ryder Cup Host, Limerick

Day 7: Saturday – Limerick to Galway, through Connemara, to Dublin

Overnight Stay: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Day 8: Sunday – Departure Day

What’s Included

Personal meet and greet at Dublin Airport (or Dublin Ferry Port).

Transfers to and from Dublin Airport or ferry port to your five-star 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 48-hour Hop On/Off Dublin City Sightseeing Tour Tickets pp.

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

All taxes and service charges.

Stay in luxurious 5 Star Irish Manor Houses, City and Country Hotels...

  • 1 Night, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
  • 1 Night, Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny.
  • 1 Night, Fota Island Resort, Cork Harbour.
  • 1 Night, The Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney.
  • 2 Nights, Adare Manor, Limerick.
  • 1 Night, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
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“Everything I expected. ”

Nov 2017, Rachel Nolan.

“Travel on a proper heritage train.”

Nov 2016, Ian G.

“So many wonderful sights and superb hospitality.”

Nov 2016, The Emerald Isle Express Guest.

“The vintage train was a delight. It was particularly nice to sit comfortably at a dinning table as the countryside rolled by. ”

Dec 2015, Larry and Terri Clevenger.

“A journey on board the Emerald Isle Express train.”

Jan 2015, Myles Buchanan.

“The service and Rail Tours of Ireland guides, and meals on the train were outstanding.”

Oct 2014.

“This is a very special tour . The quality of the service, the meals and accommodation is impeccable.”

Sep 2014, Emerald Isle Express Guest.

“See Ireland on a Heritage Train and Coach Combo.”

Emerald Isle Guest

“The Vintage train experience was unique.”

MandD11, California.

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