Galway City, Connemara & Inis Mor

The wild west of Ireland is where this wonderful adventure tour will take you.  Experience the world famous nightlife of Galway city and it’s bustling array of true Irish musical pubs. This tour will take you through the valleys of Connemara with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites. On day 2, we will take a ferry to Inis Mean where you can opt to hire a bike and ride along the old country roads, with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galway City and Irish music session
  • The sleepy village of Cong & Ashford Castle nature walk
  • Drive through Connemara Region and Killary Fjord & Fairy Tree
  • Photo / Lunch stop at Kylemore Abbey
  • Full day Inis Mor
  • Experience the nightlife of a small rural Irish village

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • A journey of discovery in an Irish Experience mini coach
  • 1 light breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation (1 night in quality accommodation ).
  • Personally guided nature walks
  • Ferry ride to/from Inis Mor
  • Galway City / Connemara
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes.

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time to visit Galway city and it’s Christmas markets.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks give you time to share the experience with like-minded young travelling companions.

Price – Optional Extras List

  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
  • Galway City Pub Crawl €15

FREE TIME

  • A refreshing riverside nature walk around the grounds of Ashford Castle
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in Galway City

Additional information

Duration2 Days
Depart FromCork, Limerick, Tralee
AccommodationHostel, Hotel

DAY 1: Connemara & Galway City

This morning we will make our way to the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. En route we will stop at the beautiful village of Cong, where you will get the chance to go for a wee stroll around the nature trail of Ashford Castle.

From there we will make our way to the picturesque Killary Fjord & Kylemore Abbey. After a bite, we will make our way back to Galway city through the Connemara  Valleys. We will drive into the heart of the Connemara region, with plenty of photo stops along the way of the Corrib Lake, Killary Fjord, Fairy trees and vast bogland.

Arriving back in Galway for 16.00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the Galway Christmas market and the atmospheric streets and entertainment. The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 350,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.

The 2018 Christmas Market is the ninth year of the market in Galway and visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre. This year will feature amusement rides including a 32 metre high Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with living music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will feature. Once again, Santa’s Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market’s duration.

Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can sample a stein at the German Bierkeller, offering a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.

Overnight in Galway City

Tips: Walkthrough Shop street to see the spectacular street musicians and artists performing. Make sure you take a wee visit to the old medieval St Nicholas Church in the centre of the city. 

DAY 2: Galway to Inis Mor

This morning we will catch the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the 3 Aran Islands. After the 40 mins boat trip, you can choose to explore the island by foot, bike, bus or horse and cart. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis  Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch and visits to the islands main attractions, such as Dun Aongas and the wormhole, home of the Red Bull diving experience.

In the evening we will catch the ferry back home after seen all the glorious west has to offer.

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

8.00am departure from the entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.

8.10am departure from  Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop)  SEE HERE


FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

9.30am departure from the University of Limerick, Flagpole entrance.


FROM TRALEE:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

8.00am departure from the entrance to Tralee Bus Station. 

We’ve chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Large Dorm style hostel accommodation only available for our Special Offer Tours

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.