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Ireland East to West

 

Overview

Hotel description:

8 days | 6 nights

Weave your way through Ireland on an eight-day immersion in the history and culture of the Emerald Isle. Start off in the dazzling city of Dublin, where you'll have time to eat, drink, and soak up Ireland's vivacious character. Tour the natural monuments of Kilkenny and Wicklow, then move on to vibrant Galway. Explore the rugged wilderness of Connemara. Ireland awaits.

With a country as vast and bountiful as Ireland, traveling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Dublin, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Galway, Connemara, Cong

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Dublin
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 6 Irish breakfasts
  • Round-trip train tickets  (Economy Class) between Dublin and Galway
  • More Moments - 4 activities included:
    • Full-day tour to Kilkenny and Wicklow with English-speaking guide
    • Galway walking food tour with tastings with English-speaking guide
    • Full-day tour to Connemara and Cong with English-speaking guide
    • 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off pass in Dublin (valid for 48 hours)
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Itinerary

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2        Welcome to Dublin
Welcome to Ireland! Arrive in Dublin and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. Get around using your Hop-On Hop-Off pass with Dublin Bus.

More Moments Activity

  • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: Hop on and off the double-decker bus to explore the Irish capital's historic buildings and cultural attractions.


Day 3        Dublin: Kilkenny & Wicklow Excursion (approx. 318 km)
Today, embark on a day tour to Kilkenny and Wicklow from Dublin.

More Moments Activity

  • Kilkenny & Wicklow Excursion: Enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour of Kilkenny City. Stroll through the narrow and winding cobbled streets and under the city's many medieval arches, and discover all the main attractions. Next, continue through the county of Carlow into the wild and rugged Wicklow Mountains.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Dublin - Galway (approx. 220 km)
After breakfast, make your way to the railway station to catch a train to Galway. Upon arrival, head towards the hotel to check in. Galway, on Ireland's west coast, is nestled where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Galway: Sightseeing

This morning, discover Galway through its food!

More Moments Activity

  • Galway Food Tour: Enjoy a two-hour culinary walking tour of the city. Sample food from artisan producers, cheese makers, creative beer projects, artisan chocolatiers, traditional family-run businesses and more. Your experienced local guide will fill you in on Galway's favourite places and treasured ingredients. Treat yourself!


Meal(s): Breakfast, tasting

Day 6        Co. Galway: Connemara & Cong Excursion (approx. 162 km)
Head out to Connemara and Cong on full-day tour.

More Moments Activity

  • Connemara & Cong Excursion: See the stark beauty of the hidden valley of Connemara as you enter on the Lough Nafooey route. Continue to Kylemore Abbey, where you'll break for lunch and sightseeing. If you like, visit the lovely Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden ($). In the late afternoon, depart Kylemore and journey through Inagh Valley, Maam Cross and Oughterard, and complete the circuit of Lough Corrib on your way back to Galway. Enjoy the magical views of the Irish countryside as your guide regales you with tales of Irish legends!


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Galway - Dublin (approx. 220 km)
Enjoy breakfast in Galway, then make your way to the train station for your return to Dublin. Check into your hotel and spend a last day taking advantage of the city's activities.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Dublin - Return to Canada
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

3-star and 4-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin 4-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Galway: Victoria Hotel 3-star or similar (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin 4-star or similar (1 night)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Sunday - Friday from January 1 to March 31
Daily from April 1 to December 15

Activity information
Food Tour in Galway:
It is a 2-hour culinary tour that takes place over the city.
The tour start from Griffins Bakery, shop street at 10:30 a.m.

Not included
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance