Best of Dublin and Galway Discovery Tour
Stand at the top of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, discover the rugged beauty of Connemara and the Burren and see the charming sights of Dublin on this private guided tour.
Experience the mythical beauty and heritage of the Emerald Isle with the luxury of an expert guide. From the metropolis of Dublin to the more relaxed city of Galway and the stunning area of Connemara and the Burren, on this tour you'll be immersed in the real Ireland.
Ease into your trip with a private airport transfer in Dublin before spending a day getting acquainted with the enchanting capital. While exploring the city with a private guide, you'll feel a sense of living history among cobbled streets and classic pubs.
Head to to the windswept west coast county of Galway, stopping en route to visit Clonmacnoise, a castle on the verdant countryside running along the River Shannon. Discover the elegant charms of Galway City and do some exploring of the Latin Quarter, before venturing out the the surrounding countryside with a private guide. Explore breathtaking Connemara and the Burren, home to the stunning Cliffs of Moher.
Throughout your Ireland tour, you'll be struck by the incredible hospitality of the Irish people, and feel the warmth of "a hundred thousand welcomes."
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Enjoy an airport transfer with a driver and assistant. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Accommodation: Brooks (4*)
The Brooks Hotel is regarded as one of the finest Hotels in Dublin City, located on Drury Street and within a few minutes walk of Dublin's famed Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College.
Located in the cultural quarter of the city centre, Brooks Hotel is surrounded by an ecletic mix of high street stores and boutiques which makes it a perfect shopping destination. Enjoy luxurious chocolate from Cocoa Atelier or stylish and unique garments from Costume, both located beside Brooks on Drury Street. Walk the short distance to Grafton Street to enjoy the high end offerings of Brown Thomas or the explore the high street in Topshop, Marks & Spencers and Reiss.
Within the hotel itself, bedrooms are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give ample sleep, work and relaxation space and furniture tends to be handcrafted from Galway.
The on-site restaurant, Francesca’s Restaurant, is contemporary in design with soft leather furniture and intimate seating arrangements. The open-plan kitchen adds to the ambiance as award-winning head chef and his team set about preparing organic and artisan dishes with sourced locally ingredients.
An affiliate of Good Food Ireland, Francesca’s is one of the top restaurants in Dublin city centre. Whisky enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Jasmine Bar, voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine and part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. Tastings in the jasmine bar can be arranged directly at the hotel. Relax and enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, or sip on an exotic cocktail while enjoying an array of delicious dishes.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on a private walking tour of the City of Dublin. Please let your guide know if there are any sights of particular interest to you. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps visiting one of the many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson distillery.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin Tourist attraction. The state of the art interactive museum and audio visual exhibition takes one on an incredible journey through the history and making of Guinness and includes some very entertaining advertisements that were used throughout the past fifty years.
Finish off your discovery by sipping on a complimentary pint from the birds eye viewing room located at the top of the building and take in the panoramic views of the city and coast.
The Jameson Distillery provides a fascinating visit of its factory and introduces the visitor to the various stages that go in to the process of premium whiskey.
At the end of the tour you can sit down and do a tutored vertical tasting of various whiskeys from around the world and you'll be sure to appreciate Jameson's premium whiskey all the more!
Other places of interest in the city include St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and Trinity College incorporating The Book of Kells. You may also enjoy Irelands historic and cultural resourses at the world class museums on Kildare Street.
There is also excellent shopping on Grafton Street and nearby Nassau Street as well as Dublin's European Style Boulevard of O'Connell Street.
Enjoy a private transfer from Dublin to Galway via Clonmacnoise. From Dublin to Galway you will traverse the island of Ireland though landscapes interrupted by lakes and the meandering River Shannon.
Glasson is a pretty village outside Athlone noted for fine food. The jewel of the midlands is the ruins of Clonmacnoise and its high towers and high crosses. This ancient site was plundered by the Vikings who availed of the nearby Shannon to get their big boats up the river and attach the monastic site.
Kilbeggan also provides a wonderful detour with the Locke’s Distillery boasting the oldest distillery licence in the world. Whiskey tasting follows a self-guided tour of the distillery. The road to Dublin also has some wonderful scenery of the lakes and bogs which makes the midlands so special. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.
Walk along high Street in Galway for a pleasurable way to pass an hour or two. Start at Kenny's Bookshop on High Street. The labyrinth is both an art gallery and quality bookshop with second hand and new books.
All along the short cobblestoned stretch of the road, known as High street are small, interesting unique shops. Kelly's Crafts has a good range of goods, especially knits and pottery. Three Bags Full will sell you the wool to knit your own sweater or jacket.
A left turn at the bottom of High Street brings you to Cross Street and The Silver Lining Gift Shop which sells glassware, China and novelty gift items. Traditions sells Aran knits, and across the road in the Curiousity Corner, the shelves are spilling over with all kinds of lovely, unusual gifts.
To the right of High Street, is La Maison, a shop selling quality European made gifts. Opposite is Judy Green's Pottery Workshop selling pretty, handthrown pottery. Large items can be wrapped and posted home to you. Exclusive, very attractive designer knitwear is sold at Margaret Joyce in Quay Street directly opposite is Twice as Nice, where one can find a fine selection of vintage linen, lace and clothes.
The Quay Lane Gallery is a small shop at the bottom of Quay Street which sells framed prints, as well as original work. Next door is Cobwebs, widely considered the prettiest shop in Galway with a delightful, seemingly infinite stock of pretty goods on display.
Accommodation: Park House (4*)
Park House Hotel Galway is conveniently located in the heart of Galway's city centre. The hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with the style and luxury of a contemporary 4 Star international hotel. Guest accommodation comprises of 84 rooms divided into superior & deluxe rooms, suites and serviced apartments. The award-winning Park Restaurant is a favourite with locals and guests.
You will have the services of a Driver-Guide with private vehicle for a half day today. Depending on your interests, your Driver-Guide will bring you to various sights. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Explore West Clare with your private vehicle and guide. West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren.
The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland.
Seafood is a specialty of this region and there are many fine pubs serving fresh portions of mussels and oysters, notably Monks in Ballyvaughan, Cornerstone in Lahinch and Moran's in Clarinbridge.
You will have the services of a Driver-Guide with private vehicle for a full day today. Depending on your interests, your Driver-Guide will bring you to various sights. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Connemara is one of Ireland most wild and beautiful regions best explored in a full day touring. There are lots of wonderful villages from Clifden, the alpine like Capital to Leenane on the banks of Killary Fjord as well as Roundstone with its beautiful beaces on the Western coast.
The jewel of this rugged mountainous region is Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens as well as a serene chapel on the banks of the lake adorned with local Connemara marble and stained glass. A hike along the wilds of Killary Harbour as well as the deep valley at Delphi is also an option.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Galway to Dublin.
Enjoy some time at leisure to discover the Historical Center of Dublin.
Here are some suggestions for a pleasant couple of hours in Dublin: Have a stroll through the little known Iveagh Gardens, which rival those of St. Stephen’s Green but on a lesser scale and with fewer people, then cut through St. Stephen’s Green and head toward Merrion Square.
On a Sunday the square is lined with local artists’ work that you can check out before heading into The National Gallery, which overlooks this same square.
Head to the art gallery of The Royal Hibernian Academy (25 Merrion Sq.) or visit 29 Merrion Square to get a glimpse of what genteel life was like in Dublin in the late 18th century; Be sure to walk through the main gates of Trinity College and stroll around Parliament Square before heading to the old library to see the Book of Kells.
After a quick stop off at The Kilkenny Shop (6 Nassau St.) and The Avoca Handweavers shop (Suffolks Street), head to The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (between South William and Clarendon streets), a beautiful 1774 building that houses various small boutiques and one off designer stores of mostly Irish designers.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer in a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.
7 days from $3,192 per person*
- Visit Kylemore Abbey and the Walled Gardens of Connemara.
- Led by private guide, visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
- Option to explore the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery.
- Embark on a private guided city tour of the highlights of Dublin.
- Featuring expertly selected hotels.
Trip Terms & Conditions
- Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
- Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
- Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
- Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
- Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
- Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
- Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.
* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.
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