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Led by a local guide
Round-trip train fares
This 2-day guided trip by rail and comfortable coach includes an overnight stay in a 4-star hotel plus breakfast – a wonderful way to experience Ireland!
Day 1: Dublin – Galway Bay
Upon check-in at Dublin Heuston Station for your 1:25pm train departure, meet your host and head to your first destination – Galway Bay. As you move through Ireland's midlands, your journey takes you past an interesting landscape of peat bogs before crossing over the Shannon River at Athlone.
When you arrive in Galway, transfer by coach to your hotel, conveniently located close to the train station. If you’d like, spend your evening exploring Galway at your leisure.
Overnight: 4-star hotel in Galway
Day 2: Galway Bay – Dublin (B)
Enjoy breakfast in the company of your tour group before pickup from your hotel. Aboard your comfortable coach, take in the magnificent scenery as you drive through the region known as Connemara (meaning, ‘inlets of the sea’).
First, stop in the fishing village of Leenane for a visit to the world-famous Kylemore Abbey. Explore the visitor center and learn about the Benedictine monastery as well as the Kylemore Castle, built in the late 19th century.
If you wish, visit the 6-acre (2-hectare) Walled Victorian Garden -- the only one of its kind, built over bogland. Stroll past a mountain stream to see flowers, the kitchen garden and the beautifully restored Victorian glass houses. (Discounted entrance fees to the Kylemore visitor center and Victorian Garden are at your own expense.)
You'll have the opportunity to purchase lunch before re-boarding the coach. Then, enjoy scenic views of the Irish countryside – including lovely lakes, stone walls and the charming thatched cottages of Connemara. Pass the mountain ranges of the Twelve Bens and Maumturks, continuing along the northern shores of Galway to the train station. From there, board your return train to Dublin, arriving around 9:45pm.
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Round-trip rail ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fees: Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
PLEASE NOTE: If you are booking a double occupancy room, please specify in 'Special Requirements' whether you prefer a double or a twin-bed room (subject to availability)
Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries.
Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps on to the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
Dublin Heuston Station
Returns to original departure point at approximately 9:45pm on day 2