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Galway: Stopover, City Break

Duration
5 Days
Prices:
On request

This short West Ireland trip takes you to some of the country’s most striking natural sights such as the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher, before returning each night to famously hospitable Galway.


European Stopover & City Map

AT YOUR SERVICE. This is a great idea for experiencing Galway where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests, time available and budget, we at Goway are at your service!

This 5-day escape to Galway gives you plenty of time to explore one of Ireland’s favourite cities, while taking in the most impressive sights nearby.

After settling in for a night at your accommodation in Galway, head for the picturesque Aran Islands for a full day of exploration. The three islands are tiny, but packed with history in the form of early Christian ruins, medieval castles, prehistoric forts, and thriving villages such as Kilronan. They’re also home to some of Ireland’s loveliest beaches, and a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Your second day trip takes you to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. This is a highlight for budding botanists, being home to 75% of Ireland’s native flora. History and mythology enthusiasts will find plenty to satisfy them too, visiting Dunguaire Castle, Poulnabrone and Ballyalban Fairy Fort. The Cliffs of Moher themselves stretch over eight kilometres, towering 200 metres above the ocean. You’ll enjoy at least 1.5 hours here to take in the views and explore at leisure.

Finally, take a day at leisure to relax, or explore Galway itself. While some claim Dublin has surrendered to the pressures of modernity, Galway is a city that celebrates its Gaelic roots and embraces its bohemians. Home to the National University of Ireland and a thriving entertainment scene, this is a town of free thinkers and artists, so check local listings to find an evening’s entertainment that’s perfect for you.

 


STAY LONGER IN GALWAY. This idea can be extended and/or modified: Go to Day Trips for some ideas. They are just a sample as we can personalize your stay according to your interests, time available and budget. We look forward to being of service and organizing an awesome travel experience…for you!

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Accommodation in Galway

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    Forster Court Hotel



    The Forster Court Hotel Galway enjoys an enviable location right in the heart of Galway city centre. The prime location, just off Eyre Square, allows you to explore the sights and sounds, music and atmosphere that Galway is famous for, all on your doorstep. Once ...

    The Forster Court Hotel Galway enjoys an enviable location right in the heart of Galway city centre. The prime location, just off Eyre Square, allows you to explore the sights and sounds, music and atmosphere that Galway is famous for, all on your doorstep. Once you have settled in, why not take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Galway, starting at Eyre Square? Stop to marvel at the buskers and street entertainers on Middle Street and then browse in the centuries-old street market at Church Lane, before watching the world go by from the terrace of one of the many restaurants and cafes on Quay Street.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge
    • Newsstand
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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    Ballynahinch Castle Hotel



    Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the finest castle hotels in Ireland. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with ...

    Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the finest castle hotels in Ireland. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Expert guides are available to assist in every activity, on the sea, the mountains, rivers and trails or in the library exploring the rich culture of this spectacular region. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way Ballynahinch Castle is the perfect base for touring this 2,500km (1,500miles) driving route from Malin Head in Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork.

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    Abbeyglen Castle Hotel



    The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located on the aptly named Sky Road overlooking the quaint alpine like village of Clifden, Connemara. The castle is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden Bay. The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located ...

    The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located on the aptly named Sky Road overlooking the quaint alpine like village of Clifden, Connemara. The castle is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden Bay. The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located close to Connemara's major attractions, including Kylemore Abbey, The Connemara National Park, the local museum and the first Trans-Atlantic wireless station and landing site. The renowned Connemara Golf Links is close by, overlooking the rugged Atlantic Coast. While Abbeyglen is completely in its own private grounds surrounded by trees and hills, it is still only a 6 minute walk from the castle to the bustling village of Clifden, where you can enjoy fantastic shopping, lively little pubs and meet friendly locals.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Restaurant
    • Tennis

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Duration
5 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Galway Train Station to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Menlo Park Hotel

This award winning hotel is one of the finest hotels in Galway city and has 70 elegantly designed guestrooms. The hotel is always at the hub of the local community and national and international guests mingle with local clientele in the bar and restaurant. The Live music in the hotel bar at weekends is great fun and attracts many regulars who look forward to a dance and sing song with talented musicians. For something more relaxed, drop into the new Hotel Bar Beoga and enjoy traditional food and drink in a true Galway pub atmosphere. Galway Cathedral and the Town Hall can both be reached in a 15-minute walk from Menlo Park.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Menlo Park Hotel

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    Menlo Park Hotel



    This award winning hotel is one of the finest hotels in Galway city and has 70 elegantly designed guestrooms. The hotel is always at the hub of the local community and national and international guests mingle with local clientele in the bar and restaurant. The ...

    This award winning hotel is one of the finest hotels in Galway city and has 70 elegantly designed guestrooms. The hotel is always at the hub of the local community and national and international guests mingle with local clientele in the bar and restaurant. The Live music in the hotel bar at weekends is great fun and attracts many regulars who look forward to a dance and sing song with talented musicians. For something more relaxed, drop into the new Hotel Bar Beoga and enjoy traditional food and drink in a true Galway pub atmosphere. Galway Cathedral and the Town Hall can both be reached in a 15-minute walk from Menlo Park.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Full Day Aran Islands Tour

Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the country. The Islands' raw beauty and charm leaves visitors longing to return again and again. While the South - West coast of the island battles with the Atlantic, the North - East coast offers smooth passage for visitors between the mainland at Ros a' Mhil and the Islands.

Inis Mor - (meaning big island) as its name suggests is the biggest of the 3 Aran Islands. Lying in a North - Westerly direction across Galway Bay Inis Mor is approximately 12km in length and 3km in width. Its principle port and village is Kilronan (Cill Ronain) and it is here that most visitors are first introduced to the island. Kilronan has seen a lot of development in the past 10 years and is a lively village with many of todays' modern conveniences, comfortably co-existing with traditional practices and culture.

The Islands seem to defy their size by all they have to offer: breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins from early Christian times, medieval castles, cliffs, prehistoric stone forts (including the famous Dn Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) ring fort), sandy beaches, clean air, unique flora and fauna and a rich folklore that the islanders are proud to recount.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Cliffs of Moher and Burren

One of Ireland's must see attractions.Taking you along Galway Bay, your first stop is at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle & into The Burren- home to 75% of Ireland's native flora & location of numerous ancient monuments many of which you visit including the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort- home of little men with green hats and orange beards!

Stopping also at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses (Irish High Crosses), you will make your way to the coastal village of Doolin for your lunch stop before visiting the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. (minimum 1.5 hour stop- FREE admission to Cliffs!) You return via the Coast Road with views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, making a short stop to walk on the lunar like landscape of the Burren and take in sights such as Leprechaun Head before returning to Galway shortly after 6:00pm

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Galway City Hotel to Galway Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Departure Dates on Request

PRICE INCLUDES:

Arrival and departure private transfers, 4 nights accommodation, and 2 sightseeing as per the itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

All meals and beverages, items of a personal nature and gratuities. Subject to availability at the time of booking.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Not exactly what you are looking for? Let us know! We can customize this itinerary. This can also be done on a private basis (please enquire).

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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18 Dec 2016
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