Depart from the port of Cobh for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Ireland's second largest city - Cork. The city got its name from the marsh it was built on. Because of this, the city proper is interlaced with a winding canal and river, which give it a distinctly European air. The River Lee divides the city in two and is perhaps best reflected in the well-patterned architectural development incorporating the best of old and new. Cork is the home of Murphy's stout and also to a world famous Jazz Festival. Although a busy industrial city, it is also an important shopping center. The principal streets are lined with fashion houses and department stores stocking quality Irish goods.
The Highlights of the city include the City Hall, St Finbarr's (the founder of Cork) Cathedral, The Grand Parade and St. Patrick's Street with Shandon Steeple overlooking the city to the North.
After a driving tour to see the city's principal sights your tour will continue with a visit to Blarney Castle.
A visit to Blarney Castle is a step back in time, and you can feel the enchantment of a long and heroic past. Here is one of the great historical sites of Ireland, renowned throughout the world. The view from the entrance gate sets the scene immediately, with fine vistas of parkland crowned by Blarney castle rising up in its entire ancient splendor, framed by clumps of trees.
Those who are up for a challenge, can hike up the 100 steep steps to the top of the ruins where, grabbing hand bars, you invert your head to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone, which is said to have the powers to grant those who do this, the gift of the gab. (flattery sweetened by humor)
From Blarney, the excursion returns directly to the ship in Cobh.