COUNTY SLIGO, GALWAY & DUBLIN
Uncover the spirit of Ireland on this seven-day express tour to County Sligo and Dublin. County Sligo makes an excellent home base for exploring County Meath, home to Trim Castle; and County Galway with the scenic Connemara district, stunning Kylemore Abbey, and lovely Galway city. In Dublin, explore the city with a panoramic tour plus an opportunity to explore the Wicklow Mountains with its varied scenery.
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- 2 nights in County Sligo
- 3 nights in Dublin
- Round-trip nonstop airfare from the New York area (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 7 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Driver/Tour Director throughout
Day 1: Depart USA
Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Europe. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Sligo on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin/Sligo
Welcome to Ireland! Today arrive at Dublin airport, meet with your driver/guide and transfer to County Sligo. En-route visit Trim Castle. Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat. The castle and its grounds was used as a location in the Mel Gibson film “Braveheart”. Spend time in the town of Trim and continue to your hotel in County Sligo. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your fellow travelers.
Clayton Hotel Sligo or similar | Dinner
Day 3: Connemara
Today enjoy a drive into Connemara. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south ~ a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean, the fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Next, we visit Kylemore Abbey, which is located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. A Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area. The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey’s most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the Abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. Return back to the hotel.
Day 4: County Sligo/Galway/Dublin
This morning depart County Sligo and journey to Dublin. On the way, enjoy a walking tour in Galway City. Galway City is a delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crown of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. There is free time to enjoy in Galway before heading to Dublin.
Clayton Cardiff Lane or similar | Breakfast
Day 5: Dublin
This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin and discover the north and south side of River Liffey. Visit Trinity College, the oldest University in Ireland, which was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth 1st. The visit of the ancient library, containing over twenty thousand manuscripts, is often surprising by its splendour. The ninth Century Book of Kells, famous for its precious illuminations, is exhibited in these premises. The remainder of the day is at leisure or you can visit the Guinness Storehouse as an optional tour. See Optional Tours for more details.
Day 6: Dublin
Spend the day at leisure in Dublin or consider a journey through the Wicklow Mountains. The region features all various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. More details in the Optional Tours section. This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment at The Merry Ploughboy as your farewell dinner.
| Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Dublin/USA
This morning we transfer to Dublin Airport for the journey home.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 7, in Dublin.
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
- From approx. $26 Per Person
The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and is home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, The Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today, it houses an exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making of a pint of Guinness from the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft, and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is sold today in over 150 countries. Once the tour has concluded, our group is invited to stay at the Gravity Bar where we can enjoy a pint of Guinness.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
- From approx. $29 Per Person
On this optional tour, journey through the Wicklow Mountains. County Wicklow is known as “the Garden of Ireland” and featured all the various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. Discover its romantic and quiet beauty, the deserted mounts where nothing but heather grows, the small forests and the lush prairies illuminated by yellow gorse in spring. Along the way, we’ll visit Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Next, enjoy a weaving demonstration with time for shopping at the Avoca Handweavers. Established in 1723, Avoca Handweavers is a family-owned craft design company that had its beginnings at the Old Mill where weavers produced the beautifully woven fabrics which would become Avoca’s hallmark.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Ireland)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Ireland)
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following airlines and schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2022: Jun. 20, Sep. 5||New York (JFK)||Aer Lingus||9:00 PM||1:30 PM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at County Sligo hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel in Dublin on Day 7 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. If you wish to join the sightseeing on Day 2, please be sure to arrive to Dublin airport at the same time (or earlier) than travelers who book package air. Land only travelers are free to make their own way to County Sligo but will forfeit any sightseeing missed. Specific details of the meeting place at the airport will be provided on the final documents.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60s and low 70s in June through August, upper 50s and low 60s in May and September, 40s to low 50s in April and November. Nights will be cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour will offer dining options that range from cafes (where dinner, excluding drinks, average about $20-$25 per person) to specialty restaurants. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
In Ireland, the currency is the Euro while in Northern Ireland, the currency is the British Pound. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency or you can draw local currency at any ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.