Ireland: Galway

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Galway

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On Ireland’s western coast, at the mouth of the River Corrib, the city of Galway boasts charm, history, and cuisine. From a centrally located four-star hotel, you and your expert guide set off to explore the city’s busy streets—stopping to listen to buskers play the fiddle, lingering at pubs, and wandering the medieval waterfront docks. Kayak down the Corrib with a local, who will show you hidden lakes and ruined castles along the way. Taste cheeses with a glass of fine wine alongside Ireland’s famous cheese mongers. However you choose to enjoy Galway, you’ll find an authentic and quintessentially Irish experience.

 

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3 days, 2 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes:

  • Two breakfasts and one lunch (day 2)
  • Accommodations in a four-star hotel
  • Small-group walking tour with expert guide
  • Private kayak tour or boat cruise with expert guide
  • Private cheese tasting at one of Galway's celebrated cheesemongers
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

Galway

Arrival and guided walk through medieval Galway

Known since the Middle Ages as the “City of Tribes” for its 14 ruling families, Galway is not only a gateway to Ireland’s scenic west, but also a vibrant cultural center. It’s long been an important Atlantic port—Columbus stopped here in 1477—and its ancient walls are entered through the 16th-century Spanish Arch at the top of the pedestrian mall. A center for Irish language, it has a permanent Irish language theater; and it is also focused on the nearby ocean, with the Galway Atlantaquaria, the National Aquarium of Ireland.

Upon arrival in Galway, you make your way to your centrally located hotel. The best way to experience Ireland is in the company of a local, and this afternoon you join one of Galway’s most colorful characters on an introductory (90-minute) small-group walking tour of his hometown. He guides you through its winding pedestrian streets, stopping at some of the city’s most famous landmarks that span the centuries, and of course finishing with some great pub suggestions.

Park House Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Ideally located just off Eyre Square in the heart of Galway, this four-star hotel offers spacious and inviting rooms with warm decor, all amenities, and special attention to soundproofing. Its award-winning restaurant is a local favorite, along with its traditional wood-paneled bar, also serving meals.

Day 2

Galway

Morning guided city walking tour, easy; afternoon option of guided kayaking or boat cruise, both followed by cheese tasting

After a satisfying Irish breakfast, you meet your local guide for a full-morning walking tour. Galway’s history is inextricably linked to the waters that surround it and run through it—on one side is the country’s largest lake and on the other the Atlantic Ocean, with a network of rivers, streams, and canals connecting the two. Galway’s waterways provide a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past. You begin at the sea, visiting the contrasting medieval and modern docks before heading upstream toward the National University of Ireland. Along the way you pass St. Nicholas’s Church, the Salmon Weir Bridge, Nun’s Island, and Galway Cathedral. After lunch, you can choose to either kayak or cruise along the Corrib River. If you choose to kayak, a private guide accompanies your paddle through hidden lakes and past ruined castles. Alternatively, if you opt for a boat tour, you step aboard the renowned Corrib Princess to cruise up to Lough Corrib. (*Please let us know your preference at the time of your booking.) Both options end at Ireland’s most famous cheesemongers, with a glass of wine and a cheese board of some of the country’s excellent local cheeses.

Park House Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Ideally located just off Eyre Square in the heart of Galway, this four-star hotel offers spacious and inviting rooms with warm decor, all amenities, and special attention to soundproofing. Its award-winning restaurant is a local favorite, along with its traditional wood-paneled bar, also serving meals.

Day 3

Galway

Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, you check out and depart at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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