Day 1: GALWAY CITY
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into the Airport, you will be met by your professional driver guide. On to Galway City on beautiful Galway Bay. Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way to the New World. Arrive at Glenlo Abbey Hotel with its award winning restaurants, leisure activities such as shooting and fishing and its own private golf course, among others. Glenlo Abbey and its surrounds are the perfect place to experience Ireland. Galway is the home of the most famous festivals in Ireland with the Oyster Festival, the world-renowned Galway races and the Galway Arts Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in Europe. Settle in and explore the resort. Later enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and view Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral, built on an island in the River Corrib on the site of an old prison. Explore the pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city. Visit boutiques, book shops and pubs. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner followed by an Irish coffee. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Note: Each day during your stay you can avail of the many activities offered, such as golf or spa treatments. We can design your touring day around those activities as the luxury touring vehicle and driver-guide will be with you every day of your stay.
Day 2: CONNEMARA TOUR
Drive along the shores of Galway Bay, with views of the Aran Islands in the distance. On out into the Connemara region which is known for its mountains. You will see the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors. Tour to Roundstone where you will visit Malachy’s Bodhran factory and see how they make the goatskin drum used in traditional Irish music. Continue on to Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Continue north, stopping at Kylemore Abbey along the way. Kylemore Abbey was founded by the Benedictines and is now a private school for girls. Their Victorian Gardens are spectacular. Return to Glenlo Abbey for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Galway City.
Day 3: ARAN ISLAND EXCURSION
Drive along the shores of Galway Bay, with views of the Aran Islands in the distance. On out into the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, you will see the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors. Tour to Roundstone where you will visit Malachy’s Bodhran factory and see how they make the goatskin drum used in traditional Irish music. Continue on to Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Continue north, stopping at Kylemore Abbey along the way. Kylemore Abbey was founded by the Benedictines and is now a private school for girls. Their Victorian Gardens are spectacular. Return to Glenlo Abbey via Moycullen and a visit to the Celtic Crystal factory where you will see how they create the exquisite cut glass. They feature Celtic designs of the Tara Brooch and the Harp, among others. Continue to Glenlo Abbey for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Galway City.
Day 4: CLARE COAST
Tour to the coast of County Clare. Tour to the village of Kinvara and view 15th century Dunguaire Castle. Continue through Ballyvaughan and up Corkscrew Hill with ever expanding views of the Burren and Galway Bay as you climb. Tour the Burren – an area of limestone rock where alpine flowers grow. See the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet from the Atlantic and stretching for five miles. To the town of Lahinch famous for its Lahinch Golf Club. Through the Spa town of Lisdoonvarna where each September they hold the Matchmaker Festival! Return to Glenlo Abbey for a relaxing evening. You may wish to enjoy some of the activities of the resort, such as 9 holes of golf on their own private course or enjoy a spa treatment. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Galway City.
Day 5: FAMINE MUSEUM, CONG & ASHFORD
Tour into County Roscommon to the Famine Museum and experience what life was like on a Tenant Farm during the famine time of the mid to late 1800s. Continue to the village of Cong in County Mayo, made famous as the set for the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movie “The Quiet Man.” You can visit the ‘Quiet Man’ Museum. At nearby Ashford Castle, once the home of the Arthur Guinness Family, you can see the beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Corrib. Return to Glenlo Abbey and enjoy the rest of the day playing golf or enjoy a spa treatment at The Spa. Other activities are available and the staff will be delighted to assist you. The hotel staff will be able to recommend places for shopping, from renowned stores to boutiques or hidden gems! This evening you will enjoy a Farewell dinner. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Day 6: DEPART FOR HOME
This morning you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
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It is like a Land Cruise! – Unpack Once – Resort Activities to Enjoy – Day Excursions – Experienced Tour Guide & Private Luxury Vehicle – Relax!
A relaxed based vacation in Galway and the West of Ireland with opportunities to explore, sightsee, get pampered, all in the best of 5 star luxury!
Explore Ireland’s West – visit Connemara and the islands, see and hear the Irish language in everyday use in our “Gaeltacht” region, discover our heritage centres and museums, or simply photograph our dramatic landscape. Ireland’s West has a fantastic selection of visitor attractions, historical sites, beautiful buildings, stunning locations and landscaped gardens. Galway’s 5 star Glenlo Abbey Hotel is the ideal resort property where guests enjoy unrivalled personal service in the warmth of Galway’s only 5 star hotel. Luxury is a necessity at Glenlo Abbey. In contrast, you are just a short distance to Connemara, the heart of the West of Ireland. This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality that is the essence of Ireland. Glenlo Abbey Hotel is not like other hotels in Galway as we are the perfect place for either relaxation or an active based holiday. The wildness of Connemara is right on our doorstep and the vibrance of Galway City minutes away.
YOUR LUXURY GLENO ABBEY HOTEL PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Arrival and Departure Transfers
- Sightseeing by Private luxury motorcoach
- Services of Professional driver/guide throughout the tour
- Accommodation with private bathroom for 5 nights
- Irish Breakfast Daily
- Assistance of Journey Through Ireland office based in Ireland for itinerary planning and assistance while touring in Ireland
- Welcome Dinner on First Evening
- Farewell Dinner on Last Evening
- Air Excursion and Island Tour of Inishmor, Aran Islands
- Sightseeing each day, as you wish, including entrance fees to the following sites: Kylemore Abbey, Dunguaire Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Quiet Man Museum
RELAX – UNWIND – ENJOY
The 46 bedrooms and suites at Glenlo Abbey Hotel have been designed with an emphasis on general space and comfort and afford unrivalled views of the dramatic West of Ireland landscape with its ever changing colours. Lake view rooms give a panoramic vista of Lower Lough Corrib, Connemara and on a clear day Croagh Patrick, or the “Reek” as it is known to locals. All rooms feature marbled en-suite bathrooms, hair-dryer, clothes press, personal safe, direct dial telephone and cable television. Suites are available on every floor. The guests can avail of 24 hour room service, shoe shine, newspaper of choice in the morning.
The River Room Restaurant is a magnificient room which brings you back to bygone days. Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway in the West of Ireland offers a unique culinary experience to its customers. The award winning brigade of chefs are renowned for their creative flair. Their imaginative and often unusual dishes, based on the best available produce, are prepared and served with great care and attention to detail.
With a 138 acre lake side golf estate as your playground, golf among other activities are on your doorstep to enjoy. The unique 9 hole double green golf course is a par 72 parkland golf course with rolling hills, lakes and fabulous views of Lough Corrib. Glenlo Abbey G.C. is the closest golf course to Galway City and is a favourite amongst locals. The 12 Bay Driving Range is the ideal place to warm up before a round of golf but also for group and individual golf tuition. While clay pigeon shooting, archery and some of the best fishing in Western Europe are easily organised right on-site at Glenlo Abbey. Other activities that can be organised near the property include horse riding, lake boating, water sports, tennis and many more. Recently we added Falconry to our activities portfolio. This ancient sport of royalty can be observed and enjoyed now at Glenlo Abbey Hotel.
Explore Ireland’s West – visit Connemara and the islands, see and hear the Irish language in everyday use in our “Gaeltacht” region, discover our heritage centres and museums, or simply photograph our dramatic landscape from your 5* base Glenlo Abbey.