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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.


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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!

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.

Accommodation in Galway

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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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    Salthill Hotel



    Set amidst breathtaking views of the Salthill Promenade, the Salthill Hotel is Galway's most exclusive enclave, boasting 160 spacious deluxe bedrooms and suites with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Clare hills. The hotel has two exclusive Galway Restaurants, the Blackrock Cafe and ...

    Set amidst breathtaking views of the Salthill Promenade, the Salthill Hotel is Galway's most exclusive enclave, boasting 160 spacious deluxe bedrooms and suites with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Clare hills. The hotel has two exclusive Galway Restaurants, the Blackrock Cafe and the Amber Room which use locally sourced ingredients. Other amenities include a new leisure facility and fitness centre with sunlit 18m and 25m indoor pools and relax afterwards with a choice of sauna, steam room or whirlpool.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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    Maldron Hotel



    The Maldron Hotel Galway is nestled on the edge of Oranmore, a picturesque, charming village just 10km from Galway city centre. Guests can stroll to the village and enjoy the numerous activities Oranmore has to offer such as local bars, restaurants & nightlife, Rinville Park, ...

    The Maldron Hotel Galway is nestled on the edge of Oranmore, a picturesque, charming village just 10km from Galway city centre. Guests can stroll to the village and enjoy the numerous activities Oranmore has to offer such as local bars, restaurants & nightlife, Rinville Park, Oranmore Castle and Galway Bay Golf Course.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free Parking
    • Gym
    • Indoor Pool
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Steam Room
    • WiFi

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    Jury's Inn Galway



    Located on the busy hub of Quay Street with a beautiful view overlooking Galway Bay, Jurys Inn Galway is perfectly situated in the heart of this historic city centre. With the Spanish Arch (1584) and Medieval City Wall (dating back to the 13th century) just ...

    Located on the busy hub of Quay Street with a beautiful view overlooking Galway Bay, Jurys Inn Galway is perfectly situated in the heart of this historic city centre. With the Spanish Arch (1584) and Medieval City Wall (dating back to the 13th century) just a two minute walk from our Galway hotel and Eyre Square Shopping Centre and Galway train station within a ten minute walk from Jurys Inn, we are perfectly placed for guests wanting transport links, retail therapy and historic city attractions!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Accessible Facilities
    • Business Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • Telephone

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    Hotel Meyrick



    Superbly located, overlooking Eyre Square, Hotel Meyrick is elegance itself and combines Victorian grace with the best in Irish hospitality. The Grand Dame of Galway hotels, the Meyrick is just a 1-minute walk from both the train and bus stations. Guests seeking a city break ...

    Superbly located, overlooking Eyre Square, Hotel Meyrick is elegance itself and combines Victorian grace with the best in Irish hospitality. The Grand Dame of Galway hotels, the Meyrick is just a 1-minute walk from both the train and bus stations. Guests seeking a city break in Galway or requiring a corporate venue will find the city centre Hotel Meyrick an ideal choice. When staying at the Hotel Meyrick, you are within strolling distance of the best shops in Galway, theatres, bars with traditional Irish music and the many Galway restaurants of the Latin Quarter. Hotel Meyrick provides luxury accommodation on Eyre Square with complimentary wi-fi and complimentary access to the spa on the 5th floor.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Breakfast Room
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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    Glenlo Abbey Hotel



    Luxury is a necessity at Glenlo Abbey - if you are looking for luxury hotel breaks in Ireland, then you have found the perfect Galway hotel! The Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers superb dining and entertainment options for both formal and informal occasions. These include the ...

    Luxury is a necessity at Glenlo Abbey - if you are looking for luxury hotel breaks in Ireland, then you have found the perfect Galway hotel! The Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers superb dining and entertainment options for both formal and informal occasions. These include the River Room Restaurant overlooking the estate, the Pullman Restaurant on The Orient Express, the Oak Cellar Bar, and three elegant Receptions Rooms in the Main House which exude Old World Charm, where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink, afternoon tea, or take time out to relax and read the newspapers.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Centre
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Golf
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • Tennis

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Duration
5 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Galway Hotels to Galway Ceannt (Train Station)

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Galway Bay Hotel

Galway Bay Hotel is the perfect base for exploring some of the most stunning stretches of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. There are so many things to do in Galway and beyond, whether you're travelling with friends or family. Travel south to the Burren Hills, the flaggy shore and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Travel north through the wilds of Connemara past unspoiled beaches and rolling bogs to the picturesque towns of Roundstone and Clifden.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Galway Bay Hotel

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    Galway Bay Hotel



    Galway Bay Hotel is the perfect base for exploring some of the most stunning stretches of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. There are so many things to do in Galway and beyond, whether you're travelling with friends or family. Travel south to the Burren Hills, the ...

    Galway Bay Hotel is the perfect base for exploring some of the most stunning stretches of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. There are so many things to do in Galway and beyond, whether you're travelling with friends or family. Travel south to the Burren Hills, the flaggy shore and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Travel north through the wilds of Connemara past unspoiled beaches and rolling bogs to the picturesque towns of Roundstone and Clifden.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Pool
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Wedding Facilities
    • Wedding venue

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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.

Duration10 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 Hotels to Galway Ceannt (Train Station)

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip transfers
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Full Day Aran Islands Tour
  • Full Day Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tour

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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Excursion Suggestions

As there is so much to see and do in many of our City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, you should consider staying longer. Below is a list of suggestions that can be added to your stay.

  • Galway: Aran Islands Full Day Tour

    Take a journey into Ireland’s past with a visit to the Aran Islands in the heart of Galway Bay. Stroll the rugged cliffs and see the ecclesiastical ruins, medieval cas...
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
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  • Galway: Cliffs of Moher & Burren Full Day Tour

    Explore 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 incl...
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    See Trip Details
  • Galway: Food Tour

    Join experienced local guides for a culinary walking tour that’ll introduce you to Galway’s best artisanal food producers, cheese makers, brewers, chocolatiers, tradit...
    Duration:
    2 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
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