Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
The Blarney Castle is 3rd to have been erected on site & was built nearly 600 years ago by Cormac MacCarthy. A footpath leads from entrance gateway thru a belt of trees & stream forms setting for stroll towards the castle keep. There you start the climb up steep, stone spiral staircase to top where Blarney Stone is situated. Enjoy views of Irish countryside, Blarney House & Blarney village. Note: must walk approx 300 yds from bus park. Walking at Castle is at guest's discretion but 0.35 mile is required over various surfaces & steps. To reach Blarney Stone (optional), steep winding stone staircase & tight passageway with approx 100 steps. Drive to Blarney Castle is approx 1 hr each way.
Depart for Cork. Upon arrival, drive down Merchants Quay, St. Patrick's Street, Grand Parade & South Mall where guide explains history of French Quarter, English Market, Father Matthew's statue & Bishop Lucey Park. Continue past City Hall. Photo stop at St. Finbarr's Cathedral. Continue along College Road & make stop at University College Cork. Before return to Cobh, stop at hotel for Irish coffee. Note: must walk approx 200 yds over paved surfaces with steps. Tour operates in all weather conditions so take appropriate weather gear. 1 beverage (Irish coffee) p/ person served at tavern at direction of guide. Drive to/from Cobh is approx 45 mins each way.
Travel short distance to Cork to begin walking tour at St. Patrick's Quay. Begin with visit to St. Finbarr's Cathedral, built on site of St. Finbarr's original settlement. Returning towards heart of Cork, pass Rory Gallagher Plaza, Crawford Art Gallery and Opera House before stopping at traditional Irish pub. After visiting pub, rejoin coach for return to Cobh. Note: must walk approx 1 mile over varying surfaces & cobblestone streets with steps. Tour operates in all weather conditions so take appropriate weather gear. 1 beverage p/ person is served at local tavern at direction of guide. Drive to/from Cobh is approx 45 mins each way.
Please contact the Shore Excursion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to review full details on this tour. Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time. Begin w/ pano drive thru country towards Blarney Village, Have time in Village to shop in gift & craft shops or Blarney Woollen Mill. Tour doesn't visit Blarney Castle. Return to Cobh.
You will travel from Cobh along the River Lee & cross river via tunnel to continue thru the countryside towards Kinsale where you'll enjoy free time. Continuing along road as it climbs out of Kinsale, you'll have views of River Bandon as it threads thru valley below. The scenery, atmosphere and soft colors of arable land, are around each unfolding bend of the road as you return towards Innishannon, and then crossing the River Lee to return via Fota Island to Cobh, having seen a little piece of Ireland at its best. Note: Walking in Kinsale is at guest's discretion. Have approx 60 mins for shopping while in Kinsale Town.
Travel alongside River Lee to make way to city of Cork. Leaving bustle & traffic of Ireland's 2nd city, you'll see more of pastoral scenery as tour travels to Village of Blarney. Blarney has remained one of most legendary places in Ireland. You'll have time for stroll around village. You can browse in gift & craft shops or visit Blarney Woolen Mill. Tour does NOT visit Blarney Castle, but can be seen from a distance how it rises amidst clumps of trees. Following visit to Blarney Village, return to pier. Note: Walking at Blarney Village is at guest's discretion over even surfaces & steps. Tour is recommended for those who want leisurely drive with time for shopping.
Drive thru country on roads to Charles Fort. You'll pass communities enroute to Kinsale. You'll have time for walk. Following short pano drive, make way thru city's suburbs to Blarney Village. Enjoy lunch with repertoire of Irish songs & dances. At Blarney Castle, visit Blarney Stone. Kissing stone is long-standing tradition. See full description for complete details for kissing stone. For those wishing leisurely visit, approach to castle is on footpath where views of castle are obtained. Note: must walk approx 300 yds from bus park in Blarney. Walking at Blarney Castle is at guest's discretion over various surfaces & steps. Tour order may vary. Drive to Castle is approx 1 hr each way.
Begin tour by walking street that Titanic passengers walked prior to departure. You'll pass buildings that housed White Star & Cunard Line offices. All buildings, streets & piers of Cobh Town have been architecturally preserved. Walking tour goes on carefully planned tour of Cobh. Sites, buildings & streets with direct connections with Titanic are revealed. Stop at Cathedral for good view of anchorage. Tour ends with visit to Irish pub for Irish coffee. Return to ship. Note: must walk approx 2.5 miles over uneven, cobblestone surfaces, inclines & 15 - 25 steps. Tour operates in all weather conditions so take appropriate weather gear. 1 coffee p/ person served at pub at guide's direction.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.