Immerse yourself in the rich maritime past of Cobh from our waterfront hotel, just a short walk from the city center. With its scenic island setting and charming neighborhoods lined with brightly colored houses, this fascinating city is widely known for its emigration history; it was from here that many Irish embarked steamships to sail to American shores. It was also the final port of call for the RMS Titanic. Today, the city’s old world charms are many, unchanged in the past century, as you’ll discover as you stroll its narrow streets and visit the magnificent St. Colman’s Cathedral. Explore the Queenstown Story museum for insight into the Irish exodus, and the fascinating Titanic Experience exhibit to learn about the disaster through the eyes of the city’s residents. You can also walk the informative Titanic trail and visit the Cobh Heritage Center and Cobh Museum, pausing along the way at one of its many cafes and restaurants.
Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Cork
Depart from home for Cork, Ireland. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Cork and transfer to Cobh
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. 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 Cobh hotel (transfer time is approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic).
VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations about what to see and do in Cobh. Please note that hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm, but the staff will do their best to get you to your rooms as soon as possible. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or explore the town on your own. Perhaps you’ll visit the Queenstown Story (next to your hotel), which chronicles emigration from Cobh during the Great Potato Famine in 1845 up until the era of the great ocean liners in the 1950s.
Hotel: WatersEdge Hotel
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Cobh
Cobh (formerly Queenstown) was the departure point for 2.5 million of the 6 million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. These included Annie Moore and her two brothers – the first immigrants to be processed on Ellis Island in New York. On April 11, 1912 Queenstown was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage. Three years later, on May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat off the Old Head of Kinsale. More than 100 victims of that tragedy lie buried in the Old Church Cemetery a mile north of town. Today, you will have the opportunity to learn more about all of these events and their impact on the people of Cobh during your independent exploration.
You may wish to join the daily, hour-long guided walking tour, departing the Commodore Hotel at 11:00 am, to learn more about the ill-fated ships and the fascinating and varied history of Cobh and its harbor.
If you wish to venture a little farther afield, board a 20-minute train to Cork city. There are hourly rail connections to and from Cobh.
Hotel: WatersEdge Hotel
DAY 4: Transfer to Cork / Independent exploration of Cork / Join VBT Air Package guests
One of the oldest cities in Europe, Dublin overflows with cultural riches, from the ancient to the avant-garde. Medieval, Georgian, and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly, bustling port that claims literary giants such as Wilde, Shaw, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, and O’Casey as native sons. Whatever your interests—history, architecture, literature, art, archaeology, or the performing arts—you’ll find something here to delight you. Throughout the city, monuments commemorate the writers, poets, statesmen, soldiers, and colorful people who make Dublin a place like no otherMeet your VBT representative at 10:00 am in the hotel lobby and drive to the nearby city of Cork. After checking into the hotel, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore Ireland’s second-largest city. Experience its beating heart at the Victorian English Market, an indoor covered market on the Grand Parade, just a short walk from your hotel. You may also wish to take a short, mile-long walk from the city center up to the restored and atmospheric City Gaol, or prison, complete with furnished cells. Peruse the multimedia exhibit here and trace the lives of individual inmates from the 19th and 20th centuries. The adjacent Cork Heritage Center provides even more insight into life in Cork during that time period.
VBT provides you with City Information that includes information about what to see and do in Cork. Please note that the hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm, but the staff will do their best to get you to your rooms as soon as possible.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.
Hotel: The Imperial Hotel