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East West Tour Sample Itinerary


Tour Overview

8 days/7 nights in Dublin and Galway - city centre accommodations plus 7 full Irish breakfasts. Airport transfers and 6 day tours including Dublin City tour and Galway City tour. Full day tours from Dublin include Newgrange and Tara tour plus Glendalough and Kilkenny tour. Full day tours from Galway include Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour plus Connemara and Cong tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Dublin Medieval Quarter
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Newgrange Passage Tomb
  • Royal Hill of Tara
  • Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Galway Medieval Quarter
  • Cliffs of Moher and Burren
  • Connemara and Cong
  • Kylemore Castle

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Dublin Airport to be greeted by your guide with scheduled transfer to city centre accommodation. Afternoon sightseeing trip of main attractions and shopping areas of Dublin / or orientation and free time to explore.

Day 2 - Day Tour of Dublin City centre with a visit to the old Medieval Quarter and ancient landmarks such as Christchurch, Dublin Castle and St Patricks Cathedral. Other tour highlights include the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, the Irish Parliament, St Stephens Green and the National Museum and Gallery.

Day 3 - Full Day Tour to Newgrange Passage Tomb, the Royal Hill of Tara and medieval Trim Castle. First stop is the World Heritage Site of Newgrange which is the oldest (3200 B.C.) solar observatory in the world. Next we visit the Celtic ritual complex of Tara, the ancient capital of Ireland where 142 Irish kings were crowned. Final stop is at 12th century Trim Castle, largest Anglo-Norman stronghold in Ireland.

Day 4 - Full Day Tour to Glendalough monastic site, medieval Kilkenny City and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Travelling through the mountains, lakes and bogs of Wicklow, our first stop is 6th century Glendalough with its enchanting round tower, stone churches and Celtic crosses. Next we visit Kilkenny, medieval capital of Ireland, where we take in the great Anglo- Norman castle, St Canices Cathedral and Kytelers Inn.

Day 5 - Depart Dublin and travel west to Galway City, after checking into hotel we 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.

Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Depart hotel with last minute gift shopping and transfer back to Dublin Airport in time for scheduled flight home.