Day 1: Galway City

Welcome to Ireland! Take delivery of your Hertz Rental car at Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Galway Airport or drive to Galway from another based vacation resort. 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 Hertz Rental Car 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 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 your hotel 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

Tour to Connemara Regional Airport this morning and board the Aer Arann flight to Kilronan, Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. You will be met by Michael Hernon upon arrival and taken on a two hour tour of the island. You will have the opportunity to climb up to Dun Aengus, a 2000 year old stone fort on the cliff face overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You will have time to explore the village of Kilronan, have lunch or do some shopping for hand-knit Aran wool sweaters before returning back to Inverin (airport). Continue into Galway City where you can continue your exploration of the town. Return to your hotel 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 your hotel for a relaxing evening. 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 your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. 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

Travel to Dublin Airport, Galway Airport or Shannon Airport where you will return your car rental and check in for your departure flight. We recommend you arrive at the airport to allow plenty of time to return your car and check-in for your flight.

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It’s like a Land Cruise! – Unpack Once – Resort Activities to Enjoy – Day Excursions – Hertz Rental Car for complete independence – 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’re 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.

Tour Information


  • Hertz Car Rental (6 days) – Category F – Mazda 6 or similar with Automatic Transmission, with Unlimited Mileage, 3rd party liability insurance, 13.5% Value Added Tax and Location Service Charge PLUS CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) & Theft Protection with €2000 Deductible per vehicle depending on the category chosen. Note: SUPER CDW OPTION: Subject to availability, you may waive the already limited liability (deductible) shown above, in case of damage to the Hertz vehicle, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement, by electing to pay an additional daily fee amount for your car category at the Hertz counter. SUPER CDW can only be purchased at the time of pick-up and does not cover damaged tires, lost keys or use of incorrect fuel.
  • Accommodation with private bathroom for 5 nights
  • Irish Breakfast Daily
  • AA Road Map of Ireland
  • Welcome Dinner on First Evening
  • Farewell Dinner on Last Evening
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary that allows you to get more out of your touring day!
  • 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
  • Assistance of Journey Through Ireland office based in Ireland for itinerary planning and assistance while touring in Ireland

Gleno Abbey



Enjoy excellent award-winning cuisine (AA Red Rosette) in the Sandhouse Hotel’s elegant Seashell Restaurant, enhanced by a carefully chosen and imaginative wine list. Menus are designed by our resident chef, John Robert McGarrigle, who has been part of the team for the past ten years. John and his team use the wonderful natural fresh produce which is a feature of this unpolluted coast and hinterland. House specialities include Donegal Bay Salmon, Sea Trout, Scallops, Crab and Lobster, as well as Prime Beef, Lamb, Veal and Game in season. While the menu changes daily, all dietary needs are catered to. Dinner is served in The Seashell Restaurant from 7 to 8.30 where guests can enjoy award winning food enhanced by a huge selection of competitively priced wines.

Bedrooms – The austere grandeur of the magnificent views from our hotel bedrooms is truly breathtaking. Individually and tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard of comfort and decor, each of our bedrooms use coordinated fabrics and furnishings in a classic country house style. There are 55 luxury hotel bedrooms, many overlooking Rossnowlagh Beach on Donegal Bay. All of the rooms are individually decorated and most are furnished with classic antique furniture.

Comfort and relaxation are paramount in designing our bedrooms; therefore, expect quality, comfortable, restful beds in a peaceful, calm environment. Continual annual investment ensures that all of the bedrooms are maintained to the highest standard where quality and comfort are evident from the moment you open the door. Every care has been taken in designing our bedrooms; each is individually decorated to ensure that guests have a different experience on each return visit. The only noise one can expect to hear is the gentle sound of the waves breaking on to the golden sandy beach. Our hotel boasts numerous quiet corners where you can enjoy reading your book in peace or sample one of our many wines while enjoying the magnificent sunset over Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal Bay.

Gleno Abbey






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!