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ITINERARY

Galway at night

Day 1 (Friday, May 2, 2014) - Arrive at Shannon airport in the morning (located near the city of Limerick) and travel through County Clare to Galway City

Activities:

  • Bus pickup from airport
  • Cliffs of Moher and other sights in County Clare
  • Tour and discussion given by an archeologist at Caherconnell, a prehistoric ring fort
  • Lunch provided at Caherconnell
  • Arrive at the hotel in Galway (3-night stay) in late afternoon
  • Relax at hotel
  • Welcome group dinner at hotel approximately 6 p.m.
 

NUI Galway

Day 2 (Saturday, May 3, 2014) - An insider's look at Galway City

Activities:

  • Walk through Galway City to the University
  • A talk on Irish history at NUI Galway by a History Professor
  • A talk on the economy of Ireland by Pat at NUI Galway
  • Lunch on your own
  • Guided tour of Galway city
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands (the drop is about 300 feet)

Day 3 (Sunday, May 4, 2014) - Aran Islands and Connemara

Activities:

  • Board bus at the hotel in morning to Rossaveal to catch the ferry
  • Ferry to Aran Islands
  • Guided tour of Inishmor, largest of the Aran Islands
  • Visit to Dun Aengus, a large ring fort (a rough uphill walk)
  • Return on the ferry from Aran Islands
  • Return by bus to Galway through Connemara sightseeing along the way
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own

A round tower in County Mayo

Day 4 (Monday, May 5, 2014) - On the road to County Mayo

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Galway in the morning (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Visit the ruins of Ross-Errilly, a Franciscan monastery near Headford, County Galway
  • Visit Ashford Castle and Cong where the Quiet Man was filmed
  • Visit a famine memorial near Croagh Patrick, a place of pilgrimage, and the mountain, where legend has it, St. Patrick chased the snakes from Ireland
  • Arrive at hotel in Westport, County Mayo (1-night stay)
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

The Sligo coast with Lord Mountbatton's house in the view

Day 5 (Tuesday, May 6, 2014) – On the road to County Sligo

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Westport in the morning (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Tour of County Mayo which was one of the counties hardest hit by the famine
  • Stop at the Country Life Museum near Castlebar
  • Visit a round tower near the Museum
  • Visit various sites in County Mayo
  • Arrive at the hotel in Sligo town (1-night stay)
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

Julian's Pub in Midfield, Co. Mayo

Day 6 (Wednesday, May 7, 2014) - On the road to Derry in Northern Ireland

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Sligo in the morning (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Guided tour of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery (walking - rain or shine)
  • Drumcliff – burial site of W.B. Yeats
  • Coastline drive
  • Visit Grinan of Aileach, an impressive early ring fort (built in 1700 BC)
  • Arrive at the hotel in Derry (1-night stay)
  • Walking tour of Derry a walled city.
  • Evening: group dinner at the hotel
 

The Giant's Causeway, Antrim coast, Northern Ireland

Day 7 (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – On the road in Northern Ireland

Activities:

  • Bus leaves the hotel in morning (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Guided Tour of Dunluce castle, an excellent example of a medieval Irish castle
  • Tour of Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland's number one tourist attraction
  • Tour of the Bushmills Distillery
  • Travel to Donegal Town
  • Evening: group dinner at the hotel

Day 8 (Friday, May 9, 2014) - Return to Galway City

Activities:

  • Bus leaves the hotel in Donegal town in the morning
  • Return to Galway with a stop at Knock, a pilgrimage site similar to Lourdes
  • Arrive at Galway hotel in late afternoon (2 night stay)
  • Evening and dinner on your own
 

A court Cairn near Sligo

Day 9 (Saturday, May 10, 2014) – A Free Day in Galway

Activities:

  • You are on your own to play golf, shop, explore or just relax and enjoy this wonderful city. We will have additional suggestions, if needed.

Day 10 (Sunday, May 11, 2014)

Activities:

  • Bus leaves for Shannon airport in the early morning
  • Arrive at Shannon airport 2 hours before scheduled return flight
  • Slan (goodbye) to Ireland
  • Arrive in the United States

The itinerary is preliminary and is subject to change.

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CLIMATE INFO FOR MAY

  • Average High Temp: 61° F
  • Average Low Temp: 44° F
  • Average Rainfall: 3 in