Dublin & Galway Discovery

7 days from $3,927 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
    Breakfast
  • 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
    Breakfast
  • 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
    Breakfast
  • 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. They will also provide a brief overview of the city on the way to the hotel, assist with check-in, and go through the welcome pack with you.

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

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
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
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: 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. 

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

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.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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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