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Galway & Ireland West Sample Itinerary

GALWAY CITY & IRELAND WEST – 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
 
Tour Overview
 
6 days/5 nights in Galway City - city centre accommodation and 5 full Irish breakfasts. Airport transfers and 4 day tours including Galway City tour and Eco/Cultural hill village tour. Full day tours from Galway include Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour, Connemara and Cong tour plus Aran Islands tour.
 
Tour Highlights
 
  • Galway Medieval Quarter
  • St Nicholas Church
  • Old University Quadrangle
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • Burren Geo Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Village of Cong
  • Kylemore Castle
  • Aran Islands
  • Dun Aengus Cliff Fort
 
Tour Itinerary
 
Day 1 - Arrive at Shannon Airport to be greeted by your guide with scheduled transfer to city centre accommodation. Afternoon sightseeing trip of main attractions and shopping areas of Galway / or orientation and free time to explore.
 
Day 2 - Day Tour of Galway City with a walk through the old medieval quarter to discover historic sites such as St Nicholas Church, Lynches Castle and Memorial Window. We also take in city landmarks such as the old University Quadrangle, Catholic Cathedral and the Claddagh Village. In the afternoon we visit the eco/cultural hill-village of Cnoc Suain to experience Irish culture, nature and landscape.
 
Day 3 - Full Day Tour to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geo Park to experience the unique geology and lunar landscape of this special limestone karst ecosystem. We visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to view 5 miles of cliffs with a vertical drop of over 600 feet. We also explore historic sites such as Neolithic Poulnabrone Dolmen, 12th century Corcomroe Abbey, Dunguaire Castle and the Celtic crosses of Kilfenora.
 
Day 4 - Full Day Tour to Connemara and Cong to experience a wild and unique ecosystem of boglands, beautiful lakes and scenic mountain ranges. We visit the ancient village of Cong with its medieval abbey and Ashford Castle, former home of the Guinness family. We also discover the fairytale castle of Kylemore and natural wonders such as Killary Harbour, Lough Nafooey and Connemara National Park.
 
Day 5 - Full Day Tour to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands, to witness the untamed landscape, unique island lifestyle and the Gaelic/Irish language which is spoken daily. Visitor attractions include the 5th century Christian site of the seven churches, the Aran Sweater Market/Museum and Dun Aengus, the most magnificent and dramatically situated Celtic stone fort in Western Europe.
 
Day 6 - Depart hotel with last minute gift shopping and transfer back to Shannon Airport in time for scheduled flight home.