Ireland Getaway: Adventure, Music, & Guinness
Sample Itinerary | When to Go: May—September
This magical island is waiting to thrill you with its stunning windswept scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way, to capture you with its history of ancient sites such as Newgrange, and to entice you with its music. Wild, astounding, inspirational – there are so many words to describe the majesty of the Irish coast. But one thing’s for sure: This place is pure magic. From Dublin in the east to Galway in the west, this stunning country is renowned for its sylvan beauty, rich shades of green, and rugged character. You’ll find quiet villages, tranquil rivers, and mythical tales. Looking for the perfect escape? The city break you’ve been dreaming of? The cliff-path walk you’ll remember forever? Ireland has you covered.
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Itinerary @ a Glance
- Day 1: Welcome to Dublin + Evening Pub Crawl
- Day 2: Full-Day City Tour of Dublin
- Day 3: Tour of the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
- Day 4: Tour of Connemara & the Aran Islands
- Day 5: Departure
Highlights of this Trip
- A traditional musical pub crawl
- Explore the Guinness Factory and Trinity College
- An evening at Mary Ploughboys pub
- Adventure along the Cliffs of Moher
- Private tour of Aran Island
Day 1 | Welcome to Dublin!
Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver at baggage claim and transferred to your hotel in the city center. The afternoon is yours to explore Dublin on your own. This evening, you will depart on a musical pub crawl. This musical visit of pubs in Dublin is told by two professional musicians, who will explain the history of Irish music as well as its influence on contemporary music, all white playing traditional airs, and allowing guests to discover typical Irish songs. You will move from pub to pub in the company of the musicians. Each of the pubs is reserved for the group, and there is access to a private bar. The pubs are located close to each other in the Temple Bar area.
Day 2 | Full-Day Dublin Tour
This morning, your private driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel for your tour around Dublin. A guided Dublin City tour is the ideal introduction to “Dublin’s Fair City”. You will visit the elegant Georgian squares, famous for its architecture and of course its famous – doors. Highlights of the tour will be a visit to Trinity College, to view the 8th century Book of Kells and the long room with its 200,000 books. No visit of Dublin would be complete without a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest Cathedrals made famous by its former dean Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels”. Pass by Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Norman’s in 1172 to replace an earlier Church built by the Vikings in 1038, on your way to the Phoenix Park with its many monuments including the Papal cross.
Your next stop will be the Guinness Brewery. The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe's largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness - the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the tour has finished your group is invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness.
Lastly, you will visit the Teeling Distillery. Guests are guided through the full production process of whiskey making, from mashing, to fermentation onto the distillation and then maturation. During this guided tour, visitors will learn how this flavoursome craft whiskey gets its unique smooth taste before culminating in the Tasting Bar where volunteers will be chosen for a comparison tasting test, while all others enjoy a glass of Teeling Small Batch neat, on the rocks or as an ‘Old Fashioned Cocktail.’
Freshen up at your hotel before departing for a night of traditional Irish Dinner & Entertainment at Merry Ploughboys Pub. The Merry Ploughboys live in concert is widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin and a must see for any visitors to Dublin city. The show is a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish music, song and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
Day 3 | Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & the Burren Tour
This morning, after checking out from your hotel, you will be met by your driver and start your adventure towards County Galaway. On your way, you will visit the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. The sweeping view across the Atlantic has recently been ranked the best 'cliff-view' on the planet by Conde Nast Traveller.
Enjoy exploring the Burren region with your driver/guidee. The Burren, part of which forms the 100- square km Burren National Park, is a unique place. It is a Karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq. km, which lies in the north-west corner of Co Clare. It is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern. This pavement is criss-crossed by cracks known as grykes in which grow a myriad of wild flora and under which are huge caves and rivers which suddenly flood when it rains. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the Burren is a mixture Arctic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Day 4 | Full-Day Connemara & Aran Island Pub Tour
This morning, enjoy exploring Galway city with your private driver/guide. In the afternoon, depart on a Connemara & Aran Island Pub Tour. The tour will pick you up from your Galway city or Connemara based accommodation will stop off at one Connemara pub on route to the Airport in Inverin before embarking on a scenic flight across Galway bay to Inis Oirr Airport. Spending 3 hours on the island will give you a feel for island life, meet the locals and fellow visitors but above all allow you to sample Inis Oirr’s warm and friendly hospitality. You will have one more stop in a Connemara Pub before returning to your accommodation.
Day 5 | Departure
This morning, after checking out from your hotel, you will be transferred to the Shannon Airport from your flight back home.
The Davenport Hotel | Dublin, Ireland
The Davenport Hotel is a traditional hotel located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Built as a church in 1863, it still retains today its original neo-classical exterior frontage, and recreates the elegance and charm of that era. The Davenport Hotel has 114 guestrooms, a traditional restaurant, and a bar that’s frequented by both guests and locals. Located at Merrion Square, the hotel is within minutes of Grafton Street, the IFSC, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, city center museums, and Dublin’s galleries. It is also well located for guests attending the Aviva Stadium.
Hotel Meyrick | Galway, Ireland
The Hotel Meyrick is an elegant Victorian hotel located on the very fashionable Eyre Square in Galway's City Centre. Originally built in 1845, the hotel has 97 luxurious modern bedrooms, a restaurant in the classical style called No.15 on the Square and located on the lower ground level. The Gaslight Bar & Brasserie offers a little more informality for food, with full bar service and cocktails. It is located on the ground floor and enjoys views looking onto Eyre Square. Hotel Meyrick also provides a Spa Health facility including treatments rooms, Steam Room, Hydrotherapy Bath and Relaxation Room. The hotel provides an ideal base for groups visiting Galway City and Connemara.
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