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 and visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university plus an opportunity to explore the Wicklow Mountains with its varied scenery.
- 2 nights in County Sligo
- 3 nights in Dublin
- Round-trip nonstop airfare from New York (JFK or EWR)
- 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
Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Europe. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.
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…
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,…
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
This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin and discover the north and south side of River Liffey. We’ll stop at Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, to view a cultural treasure, the exquisitely decorated Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript dating from the ninth century. 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.
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
This morning we transfer to Dublin Airport for the journey home.
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available upon request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $299.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash in Euros.
- From approx. 18 EURO 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…
- From approx. 23 EURO 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…
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.
|2021: May 10, Jun. 21, Jul. 12, Sep. 5, Oct. 11||New York (JFK)||Aer Lingus||9:00PM||1:30PM|
|2021: Dec. 6||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
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.