Dublin & Galway Discovery

7 days from $4,095 per person*
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and the Walled Gardens of Connemara.
  • Led by private guide, visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
  • Explore the famed Guinness Storehouse.
  • Embark on a private guided city tour of the highlights of Dublin.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Stand at the top of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, discover the rugged beauty of Connemara and the Burren and see the charming sights of Dublin on this private guided tour.

Experience the mythical beauty and heritage of the Emerald Isle with the luxury of an expert guide. From the metropolis of Dublin to the more relaxed city of Galway and the stunning area of Connemara and the Burren, on this tour you'll be immersed in the real Ireland. Ease into your trip with a private airport transfer in Dublin before spending a day getting acquainted with the enchanting capital. While exploring the city with a private guide, you'll feel a sense of living history among cobbled streets and classic pubs. Head to to the windswept west coast county of Galway, stopping en route to visit Clonmacnoise, the remains of a 6th century medieval monastery on verdant green countryside. Discover the elegant charms of Galway City and do some exploring of the Latin Quarter, before venturing out the the surrounding countryside with a private guide. Explore breathtaking Connemara and the Burren, home to the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Throughout your Ireland tour, you'll be struck by the incredible hospitality of the Irish people, and feel the warmth of "a hundred thousand welcomes." ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant
    • Ireland - Welcome Package
    • Touring the Emerald Isle
    Brooks (B) (Classic Room)
  • Day 2 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Book of Kells & St. Patrick’s Cathedral (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Self-Guided - Attraction: Guinness Storehouse - Admission with Guinness
    Brooks (B) (Classic Room)
  • Day 3 Dublin to Galway
    Dublin to Galway
    • Private Transfer - Dublin - Galway [via Midlands, Clonmacnoise Monastery & Galway Tour (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Galway
    Galway
    • Private Tour - Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Region (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Galway
    Galway
    • Private Tour - Connemara Discovery & Kylemore Abbey (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Galway to Dublin
    Galway to Dublin
    • Private Transfer - Galway - Dublin [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Shared Tour - Traditional Irish Musical Night Out (with Dinner, 4 hrs) - Local Musicians
    Brooks (B) (Classic Room)
  • Day 7 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Dublin

For your added comfort, a private assistant will be waiting for outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will direct you to your awaiting private transfer, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Discover Ireland with a private driver-guide, featuring experienced driving skills and expert local knowledge and insight into the best towns, monuments and historic sites of the Emerald Isle. In addition to your pre-booked customized touring, get recommendations on where to shop, have a drink, grab a bite, and even lesser-known sites typically ignored by visitors, all of which you can stop to visit on a whim (payable on the spot), because your days have built-in flexibility. Enjoy an introduction to Ireland with such depth and quality that's only possible with a local expert. Simply the best and most enjoyable way of seeing the Emerald Isle, in style! 

Accommodation: Brooks (B) (Classic Room)

The Brooks Hotel, situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of downtown Dublin, provides a boutique hotel experience close to many of the city's major attractions. Within the hotel itself, the 96 guestrooms and suites are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give the perfect blend of comfort and function. A contemporary on-site restaurant offers organic and artisanal dishes, while the bar and lounge presents an opportunity to enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, or sip on an exotic cocktail while enjoying an array of simple yet hearty dishes. With a prime location in Dublin's cultural quarter, guests of the Brooks Hotel are also only steps away from an array of exclusive and fashionable restaurants and bars just outside the doorstep. 

Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dublin
Dublin
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Brooks Hotel
The Brooks Hotel

Day 2: Dublin

Meet your private guide at your hotel and set out on foot for a half-day walking tour of Dublin, exploring the highlights of the lively Irish capital. Stroll through the landscaped grounds of St Stephen’s Green, a public park dating back to 1664, followed by a walk through Merrion Square, with its impressive red brick Georgian townhouses. Stroll past the historic Dublin Castle, former seat of the English, along with the Lords and Kings of Ireland, now used for all State ceremonial events. Pass by Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Norman’s in 1172 to replace an earlier Church built by the Vikings in 1038. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral, a highlight of your tour. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest cathedrals, made famous by its former dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Check out the old cobbled lanes and hip establishments of Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter, and visit Trinity College where you’ll be able to see the 8th century Book of Kells, perhaps the world’s most beautifully illustrated book and gaze upon the 200,000 books of the long room. Conclude your tour back at your hotel.

Enjoy admission to the Guinness Storehouse, granting you access for a self-guided tour exploring Ireland's number one visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and beer company. This historical building is central to the heritage of both Dublin and Ireland, and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge. The seven floors of the Storehouse bring to life the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins at St James's Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world. Included with your admission is a free Guinness at the end of your self-guided tour.

Accommodation: Brooks (B) (Classic Room)
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Trinity College: 200,000 Books
Trinity College: 200,000 Books
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse

Day 3: Dublin - Galway

Depart Dublin today and transfer to Galway in the company of your private driver-guide, passing through the scenic Midlands en route - an area rich in a landscape of blanket bog dispersed with lakes, castles and historic towns. It's here where you'll get to visit the ruins of Clonmacnoise, where a walk amongst the ancient stone ruins of this renowned 6th century city will envoke images of the scholars and saints of Ireland’s Golden Age of learning. Continuing on your journey toward Galway, Ireland's Gaelic and artistic capital, approach the city along the famous Galway Bay, where you'll happen upon the charming and timeless villages of Spiddal, Barna and Furbo. On arrival to Galway, discover the Latin Quarter, buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a maritime past with its Spanish Arch and historic cobbled street fronts. The city is famous for its lively ambience and impromptu street entertainment, never more evident than with a walk through Kirwan's Lane, the city's busking capital, spotted with 16th and 17th century architectural relics. See the Claddagh District, the point of origin of the Claddagh ring, world-renowned as the international symbol of friendship. Further along the Claddagh, the city opens to the Atlantic Ocean at Salthill, with promenades and beautiful vistas. Conclude your day at your hotel in Galway.

Accommodation: Park House

With a perfect location in the heart of Galway's city center, the Park House hotel offers premium accommodations and an ideal base from which to experience the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of the area. All 84 spacious guestrooms feature a classic and elegant style, with quality bedding and complimentary wifi internet access to help you stay connected. Since opening its doors in 1975, Park House has developed a reputation for delivering excellence in both hospitality and cuisine - a commitment to personalized service which you'll notice from the moment you walk in.

Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Clonmacnoise Abbey
Clonmacnoise Abbey
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galway
Galway

Day 4: Galway

Today you'll set out with your private driver-guide for a full day tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark in West Clare, ranked at the top of Ireland's most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpted stone creating unforgettable scenery you won't want to miss. On arrival to visit the Cliffs of Moher, you'll head out along the pathways, walking to various viewing platforms for different lookout points out across what is easily one of Ireland's most iconic views - offering moments of contemplation and awe, as you gaze out across sheer, eroded cliffsides which drop dramatically down to the North Atlantic below. In Polnabrone, head out across a rocky, glacio-karst field worn away by ancient glaciers to view an impressive neolithic portal tomb, called the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a stone burial monument erected by some of the very first settlers to this remote, pitted landscape over 5,200 years ago. Allow time to discover the quaint and picturesque seaport villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra, the later of which will allow you to catch views of the 16th century Dunguaire Castle, one of the most photographed castles in all of Ireland.

Accommodation: Park House
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Day 5: Galway

Explore Connemara on a full day tour with your private driver-guide, venturing out into what is one of Ireland's most wild and beautiful regions. Discover Connemara's alpine-like capital Clifden, where old stone church spires tower over the surrounding village, gateway to the majestic scenery of the Sky Road, touting unmatched rugged natural beauty and remarkable vistas out across Connemara. Head to Letterfrack where you'll enter into Connemara National Park, for a scenic walk into a portion of the park's 7,400 acres of rugged bog, mountains and grassland. Continue with a visit of the impressive Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded on the grounds of a 19th century castle by nuns who fled Belgium in WWI. Admire the stunning architecture and stroll the impressive walled Victorian gardens before returning to Galway.

Accommodation: Park House
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey

Day 6: Galway - Dublin

Meet your driver-guide and vehicle for a transfer to Dublin. Approximate travel time is 3 hours.

This evening, make your way to St. John Oliver Gogarty's Pub to join a traditional Irish musical night out, best described as a moving concert, where you and up to 35 total participants are guaranteed a seat in privately booked pubs to be entertained by two professional musicians who perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish Music and its influences on contemporary world music. The presentation style is natural, warm and friendly, and the evening includes a 3-course pub fare dinner (with tea or coffee) along the way, while your musician-guides incorporate the story of Irish dancing with performances of the full range of dance styles. 

Accommodation: Brooks (B) (Classic Room)
Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Musical Night Out
Musical Night Out

Day 7: Dublin

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Brooks (B) (Classic Room): Dublin

The Brooks Hotel, situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of downtown Dublin, provides a boutique hotel experience close to many of the city's major attractions. Within the hotel itself, the 96 guestrooms and suites are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give the perfect blend of comfort and function. A contemporary on-site restaurant offers organic and artisanal dishes, while the bar and lounge presents an opportunity to enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, or sip on an exotic cocktail while enjoying an array of simple yet hearty dishes. With a prime location in Dublin's cultural quarter, guests of the Brooks Hotel are also only steps away from an array of exclusive and fashionable restaurants and bars just outside the doorstep. 

Park House : Galway

With a perfect location in the heart of Galway's city center, the Park House hotel offers premium accommodations and an ideal base from which to experience the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of the area. All 84 spacious guestrooms feature a classic and elegant style, with quality bedding and complimentary wifi internet access to help you stay connected. Since opening its doors in 1975, Park House has developed a reputation for delivering excellence in both hospitality and cuisine - a commitment to personalized service which you'll notice from the moment you walk in.

Dublin & Galway Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Park House Hotel
Park House Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Mary W — May 05, 2019 — Europe

    My Kensington Tours Destination Expert, Jessica Clements, was so helpful and patient as we planned our trip. She was so helpful in recommending things based on her experience and so patient as our dates changed, and we had more ideas about what we wanted to see. Once we got to Greece, our pickups and transfers were seamless. Our tour guides, drivers and destination greeters were all so warm and welcoming. The hotels were fantastic in terms of service and location. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I have already recommended Kensington to several friends.

  • Rita B — April 24, 2019 — Europe

    Our entire visit to Poland was outstanding, first-class. Booking the tour with Karolina Stringer made it so easy. All I did was tell her the places we needed to visit and what was the feel we wanted for the visit. Not only did we want to see the landmarks of Poland, but we also wanted time to walk the squares, sit in the cafes, take public transportation. Everyone we encountered in Poland was top-notch. Our guide for Gdansk was Ewelina Danecka. This amazing woman enchanted us with her knowledge and her joy in sharing her country with us. On our first day, I requested we reverse the first two days of our plan and she was totally flexible. I gave her the name of a very obscure town and she and the driver found it! Ewelina acted as my interpreter with the parish priests of the two towns we specifically needed to visit for our family research. She and our driver stayed with us an extra two hours after they were scheduled to be done for the evening and because of their generosity we saw Wawel Castle, which wasn't on our schedule, we loved it! Our three days with Ewelina were so intense and emotional that we felt we were leaving family when we said goodbye to her. The Hanza Hotel was wonderful, overlooking the riverfront. Warsaw was waiting for us and so was Agnieszka Tomazuk. Agnieszka was wonderful. We were specifically interested to visit the Warsaw ghetto and the war monuments commemorating the valor of the Poles during the WW2. And we were very interested to know about the Polish life under communism. I specifically requested a "good" Chopin concert. We didn't get good, we got a brilliant concert given by Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryla, in the Szuster Palace, not some impersonal concert hall. Her passion for the music combined with her technical ability made that evening unforgettable. The Polonia Palace Hotel was very nice, though not quite within walking distance to the Warsaw town square. On the way to Krakow we stopped at Jasna Gora to see the Madonna. We were guided and educated by one of the nuns of the Monastery. Totally awesome. We could not have done Krakow without our guide, Marta Bochenek. She made sure we knew not just what we were getting into when we went into the Wieliczka Salt Mine, but how to get out and meet up with her, since there were not one, but two exits from the mine. And when we went to Auschwitz, Marta very wisely said that she would be waiting if we decided not to go to the Birkenau portion of the concentration camp visit. Respectfully and reverently done as it was, Auschwitz was so powerful, we decided not to go on to Birkenau. I'm so glad we did go to Auschwitz. The Sheraton Krakow was very fine. Our first cup of "real" coffee in Poland. Most of the hotels' coffee is made from Nescafe or some instant coffee. The coffee at the Sheraton Krakow was really whole roasted coffee. Kensington Tours is contracting with the first class tour agency in Poland. We could not be more satisfied with our entire experience. The mood of our tour exactly matched the attitude I relayed to Karolina at the very beginning of our planning. This trip felt like it was planned just for us. This is our second time using Kensington Tours. Like the first trip, this was OUR tour.

  • Marilyn R — April 22, 2019 — Europe

    The absolute best trip to Europe we have ever taken. The entire process was flawless: best hotels, best guides, etc. This experience was new to us, but now it’s the only when I will travel! Kensington tours was the best. A truly 5-star experience from beginning to the end!

  • Sharayu T — May 13, 2019 — Europe

    The Eastern Europe trip was fabulous. Everything went smoothly. The guides and drivers were excellent. We enjoyed the trip immensely. To begin with, our arrival at Budapest train station and meeting up with Mr. Sandor went flawlessly. We were a little anxious as the main train station was closed, but when we got down at Budapest Kelenfold, it was such a relief to see Mr. Sandor waiting for us. All our guides, Sandor, Bozena, Agnieszka, and Sandra were very knowledgeable, friendly, and adaptable. They intermixed personal stories and anecdotes that made understanding the history and culture at each place very gratifying. The accommodations were comfortable, and the locations were perfect. Eastern Europe with its old traditions and architecture, and the suppressed existence during Nazi and Russian occupations offers a very different and distinctive experience. Thanks to Jessica Clements for facilitating a unique travel itinerary.

  • Mary Ann C — April 09, 2019 — Europe

    Courtney was wonderful. She worked through all of my concerns and was very flexible when Delta caused a plan change. Her responses to my requests were promptly answered and her communication with me was excellent. Petur, our guide, was a delight. We enjoyed Iceland and his thorough knowledge helped us to experience all the country had to offer.

  • John C — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    Jiri, our driver/guide in Slovenia, really made our trip. He is knowledgeable, flexible, and responsive. Even has a university degree in art history! He connected many of the dots between Slovenia and what has been going on in the rest of Europe over the past centuries!

  • Diana S — May 25, 2019 — Europe

    The itinerary was perfect, considering we only had 5 days to fit in this extension of our 22 day Transatlantic Cruise. Hope did a great job in coordinating for us the highlights of Sicily. All the guides and drivers are always helpful and knowledgeable from Kensington. In Agrigento, our guide was an archaeologist who teaches at universities. He had notebooks with diagrams and maps to show us exactly what we were looking at. He answered questions so thoroughly, we felt that we had a tour and a history lesson. It was amazing and the pace of all the tou

  • Kathleen K — May 15, 2019 — Europe

    We enjoyed working with Jamie Boar. She was knowledgeable, communicated well, friendly, and professional. We got all we wanted from the personal tours planned and were impressed with the high quality of the guide. We will certainly use Kensington Tours again.

  • Cynthia D — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    I found Kensington Tours on Google. At my first visit to the site, I was contacted immediately by Julie Couturier. She made my inquiry seem like we were having coffee, and she just happened to know everything I needed to make me choose her as my representative and travel expert. I was recommended to other tour companies, by friends, but it was Julie that made me realize Kensington was the best choice. We started our discovery in 2018 and because I was traveling with my grandchildren, I wanted to ensure the trip was perfect. We had to make changes as we went along, first because we were able to confirm a suite at the Marriott Grand Residence on Park St. with reward points. Julie was quick to make all the necessary changes in our tours. We felt privileged to have had the tour guides that Julie set for us, each one was so very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which kept our 13 and 11 years old interested. Julie suggested a play and what child can say the saw “Matilda” in London. We certainly would not have enjoyed our trip as much if we had tried to do this on our own. Julie suggested a visit to Warner Bros Harry Potter and it was worth every moment. I would have never gone there, so congrats again to Julie. She was also able to advise us as to where to purchase groceries for our room, having lived in London previously. I have had many friends travel around the world and I don’t know of one that speaks as highly of their tour company or their travel expert the way my family has. Thank you Kensington Tours and especially Julie.

  • Rena K — April 06, 2019 — Europe

    We were extremely impressed with every aspect of our trip. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Chantal, our Destination Expert, worked with us to make sure that my physical limitations were not a problem. Each guide and driver took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. We plan on booking with Kensington again in the future. The service and amazing itinerary could not have been better. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime!

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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