West Coast Explorer Irish (Small Group): Dublin to Dublin
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 530
Experience some of Ireland’s most beautiful and dramatic landscapes including the breathtaking Connemara National Park, the country’s wildest region. Enjoy a drive along the Atlantic Coast visiting the remarkable Cliffs of Moher plus spend time in small but attractive ancient towns.
This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.
Travel westward from Dublin through the heart of Ireland via Kildare and Offaly. En route, stop at Locke’s Distillery, the oldest legal distillery in the world founded in 1757. Here you will have the opportunity to sample some of the whiskey produced here. Continue to Shannonbridge where you will enjoy a stop at a traditional pub before eventually arriving at Galway City, a bustling town with a lively nightlife, charming pedestrian streets and numerous pubs and cafes for a 2 night stay.
The next morning, begin your west coast explorations, first visiting Connemara, the land of mountains, rivers, lakes and small villages where the Gaelic language is still widely spoken. This area is the wildest and most remote part of the country. Travel through the wild mountainous Connemara National Park with its diverse flora and fauna. Visit Maam Valley with its ancient woods and mountain backdrop and also visit the village of Cong situated on an island. Stop at Cong Abbey with its interesting early Irish architecture dating back to the 12th Century. You will then visit an unusual museum, the Quiet Man Museum which depicts aspects of the 1951 movie of the name filmed here starring John Wayne. Another highlight will be Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful functioning monastery located on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Other ports of call are attractive ancient Clifden, the largest town in Connemara and the Twelve Bens, a series of steep sided mountain peaks. The day will end with an 11 kilometre/7 mile drive on the Sky Road which takes in wonderful coastal scenery. Return later to Galway City.
The following day, leave Galway and travel to the wild and rocky Burren region, a beautiful land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora and early settlements. Spend most of the morning exploring this unique area. Later head to Kilfenora for lunch after which discover the exceptional Cliffs of Moher, a coastal area offering dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Then afterwards, it is time to complete your journey heading back to Dublin.
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 530
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Dublin to Galway City
Please make your own way to the starting point - opposite the Kilkenny Shop (Nassau St, Dublin) - for the 9:00am departure. Ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes early. Leaving Dublin you head west through farmland and peat bogs of counties Kildare and Offally. Stop in the Locke's Distillery, the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample local whiskey and discover the true spirit of Ireland. Further west, reach the mighty Shannon River and early Christian sites. In Shannonbridge, enjoy a traditional pub stop then continue on to Galway City where you have the night at your leisure to enjoy the lively town, restaurants and pubs. Overnight in Galway.
Desota Guest House
Desota Guest House
Desota House Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located, a scenic 5 minute walk from the centre of Galway City. All rooms are ensuite and you can expect a comfortable stay in the property. Here you are within 5 minutes' walk from National University of Ireland ...
Desota House Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located, a scenic 5 minute walk from the centre of Galway City. All rooms are ensuite and you can expect a comfortable stay in the property. Here you are within 5 minutes' walk from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University College Hospital Galway (UCHG). Desota House is an ideal base from which to enjoy the Capital of the West of Ireland and its beautiful surroundings. Staying here you will be in a perfect central location, with no need to waste money on taxis or buses.
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Galway sits on the edge of Connemara and that is the area you explore today. Travel inland through the Maam Valley to the village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib - where the classic film "The Quiet Man" was made. There will be time for a visit to Cong Abbey or the Quiet Man Museum. You continue through the heart of Connemara for a visit to the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey. Further round the circuit you will see the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Along the way there will be many opportunities for photos of this dramatic landscape.
Burren and return to Dublin
From Galway depart for the Burren, a beautiful land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora and early settlements. Spend most of the morning exploring this unique area. You will stop in Kilfenora for lunch then visit the Cliffs of Moher and walk the clifftop trails or visit the environmental exhibition before returning to Dublin opposite the Kilkenny Shop (Nassau St, Dublin) - around 7:00pm. You are free to make your own arrangements from here.
2017: Fridays: 28 April to 6 October
2018: Fridays: 6 April - 26 October*
* Tour does not operate; 29 June, 2018
- 2 nights' accommodation
- Transportation in a Mercedes minicoach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional driver/guide
- All ferry and bridge crossings
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Optional excursions
- Items of a personal nature
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Ireland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
TERMS & 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.
Tour cannot be purchased alone. Must be booked in conjunction with International Airfare or pre or post accommodation.
26 Oct 2018