The city of Cork is quickly rising as a must-visit European
hub. It’s lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant social and cultural scene
are equally powerful draws. You will have the time to explore it all, including
some of the surrounding sights such as Blarney Castle and its famous stone, or
Cobh (formerly Queenstown) the last port visited on the Titanic’s maiden voyage
and its interesting Heritage Center.
Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
Depart the U.S.
The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
Day 2 - Arrive in Cork
Upon arrival at Cork's
Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in
a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed
into the customs area. (Please note: Make certain that your VBT luggage tags
are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you.) After
exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative
who will be holding a VBT sign and will make arrangements for your transfer via
taxi or van to your Cork hotel (transfer time is approximately 20 minutes
depending on traffic).
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel
Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Cork. You have the rest
of the day to relax or to begin exploring the city.
Day 3 - Independent exploration of Cork
Enjoy your first day of independent exploration in Ireland's
second largest city. The bustle of the Victorian English Market is probably the
best place to experience its essence. It's an indoor covered market owned by
the Cork City Council and situated on the Grand Parade, a very short walk from
the hotel. After exploring the rest of the downtown area you may wish to take a
short walk (just over a mile) from the city center up to the restored and
atmospheric City Gaol, complete with furnished cells. Both the exhibition and
multimedia display trace the lives of individual inmates imprisoned here during
the 19th and 20th centuries. At the same location is the Cork
depicting life in Cork
during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Day 4 - Independent exploration of Cork / Join VBT Air Package guests
This morning you may wish to head farther afield and visit
one of the several tourist attractions in the close vicinity. Blarney Castle,
about 5 miles from Cork city center, was built
nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland's
greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Over the last few hundred years,
millions have flocked to Blarney, including a host of American Presidents,
making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Here you
will find the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top
of the Tower. Legend promises that if you kiss it, you'll never again be at a
loss for words.
About 14 miles away is Cobh,
the last port of call for the Titanic on her maiden voyage. Here you can visit
the Queenstown Story
that tells the story of emigration from Cobh
during the famine in 1845 up to the era of the great Liners in the 1950s. You
can also learn the historic role Cobh harbor
has played as a port.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.