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ITINERARY

Galway at night

Day 1 (Friday, Sept. 7) - Arrive at Shannon airport in the morning (located near the city of Limerick)

Activities:

  • Bus pickup from airport
  • Cliffs of Moher and other sights in County Clare
  • Light Lunch
  • Arrive at the hotel in Galway (4-night stay) in early afternoon
  • Relax at hotel
  • Welcome group dinner at hotel approximately 6 p.m.
 

Street musicians in Galway

Day 2 (Saturday, Sept. 8) - Leave Galway for Carraroe in Connemara

Activities:

  • Irish language school (Aras Mhairti Ui Chadhain)
  • Morning: brief introduction to the Irish language
  • Lunch
  • Traditional Irish music, dancing and song
  • Return to Galway city
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

Aran Islands

Day 3 (Sunday, Sept. 9) - Aran Islands and Connemara

Activities:

  • Board bus in late morning
  • Ferry to Aran Islands
  • Guided tour of Inishmor, largest of the Aran Islands
  • Walk to Dun Aengus, a large ring fort (a rough uphill walk)
  • Return from Aran Islands
  • Return to Galway through Connemara (tour of part of Connemara)
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own

Music at an Irish pub

Day 4 (Monday, Sept. 10) - An Insider's look at Galway city

Activities:

  • Walking through Galway city
  • A talk on Irish history at NUI Galway
  • A talk on archeology in Ireland at NUI Galway
  • Lunch on your own
  • Guided tour of Galway city
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

Day 5 (Tuesday, Sept. 11) - On the road to County Mayo

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Galway at 9:00am (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Guided tour of Connemara
  • Guided tour of County Mayo, including Achill Island
  • Arrive at hotel in Westport, County Mayo (1-night stay)
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

Typical coastal view in the west of Ireland

Day 6 (Wednesday, Sept. 12) – On the road to County Sligo

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Westport at 9:00am (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Guided tour of County Mayo continues (various sites)
  • Guided tour of County Sligo (various sites)
  • Arrive at the hotel in Sligo town (1-night stay)
  • Evening: free time; dinner on your own
 

Galway street scene

Day 7 (Thursday, Sept. 13) - On the road to County Donegal

Activities:

  • Bus leaves Sligo at 9:00am (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
  • Passing through County Lietrum
  • Guided tour of County Donegal
  • Arrive at the hotel in Donegal town (2-night stay)
  • Evening: group dinner at the hotel
 

Dunluce Castle

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary

Day 8 (Friday, Sept. 14) – On the road to Northern Ireland

Activities:

  • Bus leaves the hotel at 9:00am (in and out of the bus all day)
  • Guided Tour of Grinan of Aileach, an impressive early ring fort (built in 1700 BC)
  • Guided Tour of Derry, second largest city in Northern Ireland, a walking tour
  • Guided Tour of Dunluce castle, an excellent example of a medieval Irish castle
  • Guided Tour of Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland's number one tourist attraction
  • Return to Donegal Town and the hotel
  • Evening: group dinner at the hotel
 

Donegal town

Day 9 (Saturday, Sept. 15) - Return to Galway city

Activities:

  • Bus leaves the hotel in Donegal town in the morning
  • Return to Galway with some stops along the way
  • Arrive at Galway hotel in late afternoon
  • Evening: group dinner at the hotel, approximately 6 p.m.
  • Last night on the town
 

Giant's Causeway

Day 10 (Sunday, Sept. 16) - Return to Shannon airport and to the United States

Activities:

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

The itinerary is preliminary and is subject to change.

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  • Average High Temp: 62° F
  • Average Low Temp: 49° F
  • Average Rainfall: 3 in