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Dublin + Galway: Pubs, Castles & Craic Tour / May 22nd -30th, 2021

Dublin + Galway: Pubs, Castles & Craic Tour / May 22nd -30th, 2021

$2890 per person

9 Adventurous Days / 8 Luxurious Nights!

More than just the countryside glows on the Emerald Isle. From the staggering Cliffs of Moher to the pristine Killarney National Park, Ireland is home to the kind of beauty that will instantly make you a believer.

This fun & lively adventure will take you from emerald coast to coast! Pubs Castles & Craic!  You’ll stay in luxury 4-star accommodation and travel in style – luxury, private ground transportation.  All the details will be taken care of, so you don’t have to…we’ve got it covered with all the fun spots, best music – beating the crowds. There will be music everywhere, spilling through pub doorways, upstairs windows, by musicians close enough to touch. Charming coastal villages & the Wild Atlantic Way!  If you don’t already have a little Irish in you – you will by the end of this trip.






      What’s Included? Everything (well, just about!)

  • 3 nights lodging at 4-star Dublin city center.
  • 3 full Irish cooked breakfast daily.
  • 5 nights lodging at 4-star Hotel Hardiman (formerly Meyrick), Galway historic city center.
  • 5 full Irish cooked breakfast daily.
  • Private transportation for the entire trip.
  • Entrance to Guinness Storehouse includes pint-pour + tasting
  • Private Wild Wicklow Tour
  • Entrance to Cliffs of Moher
  • Entrance to Dunghaire Castle
  • Entrance to Arguaire Castle
  • Cong + Connemara + Peat Bogs + Country pub tour.
  • Galway Music Pub Tour
  • Guided walking tour, Galway
  • Farewell group Luncheon in a historic Irish pub.
  • High-quality tour bag stuffed with goodies!
  • $2890 per person, based on 2 adventurers sharing.
  • A single supplement of $790 applies to those requiring a private room.


Dublin City Center – The Green Hotel

The Green is ideally placed in the heart of Dublin City Center, adjacent to St Stephen’s Green and less than five minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping district. The area around St Stephen’s Green is probably the most picturesque part of the city, as much of the Georgian architecture has been preserved. The area is also packed full of the best restaurants and bars, making this a perfect destination for a city break.



Galway City Center – The Hardiman

The Hardiman is an iconic landmark, perfectly positioned overlooking Eyre Square, in the heart of Galway City. A hotel steeped in history and romance, with a warmth of character that’s woven into its very walls, this Grand Old Lady is the epitome of effortless charm and timeless elegance.








  • Destination
  • Departure
    Tour begins in Dublin, Ends in Galway
  • Departure Time
    September 19th, 2020
  • Return Time
    September 27th, 2020
  • Dress Code
    Smart casual
  • Included
    4 Star Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Goodie Bag
    Group Meals
    Personal Guide
    Private Ground Transportation
    Private Tours
  • Not Included
    Airfare
    Airport Transfers
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Day One:

*Tour begins in Dublin Sunday AM.

*We gladly make arrangements for flights/ airport transfers to our 4-star Hotel, located in Dublin city center.

*Meet & Greet - time/location will be announced on arrival

*Afternoon/evening walk around to get acquainted with city surroundings.

*Happy hour at a local pub!

Overnight in Dublin hotel.
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Day Two:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Free time to explore the city's countless attractions, shops, and parks.

​*Walking Tour

*Group tour to the world-famous Guinness Brewery Storehouse! Learn all about the famous good stuff, learn how to pour a pint, and taste like a pro!

​*Evening music in a local pub

Meals: Full Irish breakfast Overnight in Dublin hotel
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Day Three:

*Breakfast at the hotel.


*Morning "free time" for optional excursions,  shopping or wandering. 


*Private group excursion to the "Wild Wicklow Mountains" including  Glendalough and the ancient city of Kilkenny.


*Upon return, pub meetup!


Meals: breakfast

Overnight in Dublin hotel

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Day Four:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Depart hotel after breakfast, via private motorcoach for Galway City, via Cliffs of Moher, Doolin village, Dunghaire Castle.

​*Late afternoon, arrive in Galway City, check into the 167-year-old, 4-star Hotel Meyrick.

*Happy hour pub meetup!

Meals: Full Irish breakfast Overnight in Galway
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Day Five:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Paid walking tour of Galway City.

*Happy hour meetup!

Meals: breakfast Overnight Galway
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Day Six:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Ring of Kerry (and much more) Tour by private motorcoach

*Happy hour meetup!

Meals: breakfast Overnight Galway
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Day Seven:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Excursion to Connemara, Cong and Kylemore Abbey.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight: Galway
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Day Eight:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Group excursion to Cliffs of Moher and 'The Burren'.

*Happy hour meetup!

Meals: breakfast. Overnight Galway
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Day Nine:

*Breakfast at the hotel.

*Flights home. Tour ends in Galway. Shannon airport is most convenient to Galway City. Meals: breakfast.

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  • Tom Afiero

    February 9, 2020
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    I feel like I spent a week with friends. Experienced, well-traveled friends. I can’t wait to see what else Eat The Peach is doing. I’m not comfortable planning a trip on my own, and would definitely trust them to do it for me in the future.

  • Jack Wills

    February 9, 2020
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    We Saw A LOT, but we also had plenty of free time to do what we wanted. Love you guys! Thank you!

  • Greg Carnel

    February 9, 2020
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    Beer was a little warm? Haha! The castles were very cool, I could’ve done one every day 🙂

  • Kathy Connery

    February 9, 2020
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    We are no the type to look into all the research to do a trip like this. And we are thrilled with everything that you put together. We truly have had the TRIP OF A LIFETIME! We are so grateful to have had the experience with you. And we look forward to the next one soon. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, everything we could have possibly have wanted was taken care of and provided.

  • Tommy Connery

    February 9, 2020
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    Wow-what an awesome trip. Tom and Sharon were fabulous hosts and took great care to make sure everything was perfect. Hotels were top-notch, tours were great, guides and info where the best. Can’t wait to take our next trip with Eat the Peach
    Highly recommend their services you will not be disappointed – T Connery, Prescott Az

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ROOM HOLD IS NON-REFUNDABLE - Per Person. The Room deposit shall be applied as a credit toward the final payment due.

 

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120 days–departure = no refund

 

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GUIDES

All group trips are accompanied by one of our representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.   Any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

DOSSIER DISCLAIMER

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However, it is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at the time of printing. It may differ slightly from the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travelers, comments, and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal to the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

Flights:

The trip starts in Dublin and ends in Galway. So the most convenient way to book your flight would be into Dublin airport and back from Shannon airport (Shannon serves the West of Ireland).

Dublin (city center) is approximately 35 mins from Dublin Airport.

Galway is approximately 1.30 hrs from Shannon Airport

Galway City is approximately 2.45 mins from Dublin city center.

 

Airport Transportation:

It is not included in the tour.  However, we are more than happy to book it for you - just let us know.   Or, check the box to pay upfront for airport pick up/dropoff.

 

Ground Transportation:

We'll be using a motor coach for the trip from Dublin to Galway with a few stops in between. Transportation to Shannon airport can be accomplished most economically by taking the Shannon airport bus from downtown Galway City. The fares last time we checked were from 10 to 15 Euro. Another option is to take a taxi or private car and that can be anywhere from 100 to 150 Euro. Please feel free to text/email us with any questions/inquiries… we’re here.

 

Customs:

If you're arriving in Ireland from outside the EU, you'll need to clear customs.  Common sense prevails. Your prescription medicines are no problem.

Sales Tax (VAT) Refunds: Under the Retail Export Scheme, if you live outside of the EU, you can claim back a portion of the VAT on purchases made during your stay in the Republic of Ireland. Most retailers participate in this VAT refund scheme and you can ask for a VAT refund form in the store once you've made your purchases.

How to claim your refund...There are three refund points in Dublin where you can reclaim your tax. You can also find refund points in Dublin and Shannon airports.  Make sure you fill in the form correctly and include a credit card number to facilitate the refund.

If the purchase value of any one item on your VAT refund form is €2,000 or above, you will need to present your form, goods receipt and the item to a customs official at your point of exit for a validation stamp.

 

Safety:

Like any other big city, there's some crime in the "bad" neighborhoods (we won't be visiting there)  There's nothing to worry about: just use standard big city precautions and be aware of your surroundings.  Watch your purses, wallets, handbags, etc.

Money The euro s (€) is the official currency of the European Union (EU.)  There are ATM's all over the city just like the U.S. and that's what we recommend to use. No need to exchange a large amount of money at the airport currency exchange. Ireland, like the rest of Europe, is expensive -.on par with most US cities.

Water The tap water throughout Ireland is fine. No absolute need for bottled water.

Weather No matter what time of year you visit the Emerald Isle you are likely to experience rain, though December and January tend to be the wettest (and coldest) months.

The shoulder season months of April, May, September, and October bring a lovely mixture of weather- you may wake to a cool, rainy morning which turns to a warm, sunny afternoon.  Or exactly the opposite.

The weather is part of Ireland's charm and, as I've often heard said, “If the Irish waited for the rain to stop before they did anything, nothing would ever get done!”

Don't forget an umbrella and walking shoes!

Eating: Pretty much everything that a large American city would have, lots of choices plus plenty of fresh, local farm to table Irish dishes and typical Irish fare - Irish breakfast or Shepherds Pie, Fish and Chips and much more.

 

Emergency Care:

Ireland has a first-rate healthcare system comparable to U.S. healthcare. No need to worry about the level of care if an emergency arises.

Guides:

All group trips are accompanied by one of our representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size:  Max 18 Adults

Culture:

Communication Style...The Irish have turned speaking into an art form. Their tendency to be lyrical and poetic has resulted in a verbal eloquence. They use stories and anecdotes to relay information and value a well-crafted message.

How you speak says a lot about you in Ireland.

The Irish appreciate modesty and can be suspicious of people who are loud and tend to brag. They dislike a superiority complex of any sort. So, for example, when discussing your professional achievements it is best to casually insert the information in short snippets during several conversations rather than embarking on a long self-centered outline of your successes.

Communication styles vary from direct to indirect depending upon who is being spoken to. There is an overall cultural tendency for people to view politeness as more important than telling the absolute truth. This means that you may not easily receive a negative response. When you are being spoken to, listen closely. A great deal may be implied, beyond what is actually being said.

For example, if someone becomes silent before agreeing, they have probably said “no”. They may also give a non-committal response. This may be due to the fact that the Gaelic language does not have words for “yes” or “no”. There is a tendency to use understatement or indirect communication rather than say something that might be contentious.

Generally speaking they do not like confrontation and prefer to avoid conflict, which they attempt to avoid by being humorous and showing good manners.

Humour:

The Irish have a reputation for their wit and humor – which they call having ‘the craic’ [pronounced crack]. As well as quick-tongued with jokes they also make eloquent and witty speakers. They pride themselves on being able to find humor and it is often self-deprecating or ironic.

It is common for the Irish to trade insults and tease one another (called “slagging”) with people to whom they are close. If you are teased, it is important to take it well and not see it as personal. They have a rich history in storytelling which was used to pass information down through the generations (poems and songs also served the same purpose).

Hotels:

We reserve the right to change advertised hotels at our discretion. Reasons may include hotel renovations, large groups, school trips, or any other event that we feel may adversely affect the standard to which we hold our tours.  However, any hotel substitutions will be of equal or greater quality.

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