This delightful, laid-back half-day tour starts when you meet your friendly guide and driver at the pier. From there, you will travel alongside the beautiful River Lee, which flows through two main channels around Cork — a bustling town that you will enjoy viewing from your cozy seat on the motor coach. After driving through Cork, you will continue on through the River Lee Valley, enjoying the live commentary of your guide along the way to the delightful village of Blarney. The village itself is charming and authentic, having been established in the 18th century so that estate workers who were employed on the land had somewhere to live. Upon arrival in Blarney, you will visit a local venue to sample some delicious Irish coffee. Then stroll a short distance to Blarney Woollen Mills, a favorite stop for visitors who like to purchase high-quality Irish goods. The elegant shopping center is housed in a converted mill building, and you will be able to shop for knitwear, Irish linen, Donegal tweeds and Celtic brooches. Also visit one of the largest displays of Waterford crystal in the world. Afterward, sit back and enjoy the lush Irish countryside as you make your way back to the ship.