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.