Departs June 4, 2018 - Returns June 12, 2018
See our website for registration, deposits, terms, conditions: www.CountrysideWalkingTours.com/ireland
Daytime Guided, Recreational Walking style. Virtuoso Supplier Ireland West Coast Walking Tour, starting from Shannon and ending in Dublin. Small group walking tour for women, where we travel as a group without being "group travel".
A private tour, to be by yourself without being alone, to "get lost" without being lost, to discover and achieve the more of yourself because the day-to-day is expertly handled, and your "day-to-day" setting is one of exquisite beauty.
Both our Ireland and Tuscany destinations women walking tours are private tours created in conjunction with one of our decades-known, preferred Virtuoso tour operators. "Virtuoso" is a consortium of highly vetted, luxury travel suppliers.
"Failté Romhat! The west coast of Ireland holds regions steeped in history, with glacial-era geography and thousands of years of human endurance and evolution recorded in the very landscape. Rugged mountains level out into the lunar landscapes of karst and bog, ultimately running right into the Atlantic. This diversity of nature, coupled with the constantly changing weather, Neolithic ruins and pastoral lifestyle breeds a character all its own, and this week will be full of such encounters. In the numerous villages and towns you’ll walk through, and in the real life castles you’ll lay your head to rest at night, one can’t help but feel the true Irish welcome.”
From $6749 each
• 2 overnights hotel room booked in Ireland airport city for day of arrival and day before departure to/from USA
• All hotel accommodations booked as single occupancy rooms for the private Women's Tour
• 1 night Gregans Castle
• 3 nights Ballynahinch Castle
• 1 night Ashford Castle
• All breakfasts & lunches days 3 to 8.
• Traditional storyteller
• Visit to a local sheep farm
• Private walk with archaeologist
• Private falconry experience
• Transportation from pick-up to drop-off
• Services of a professional local guide
• All gratuities for meals, porters & hotel
Airfare not offered on this tour.
For: Women who are a little active, like to stay a bit fit a couple times a week (you do not have to be an athlete in any way, shape or form!), go for a long walk once a week, 18 years or older, though average age is 45-65.
Small group, limited to 11 travelers maximum.
We go at whatever speed suits you, you will ALWAYS move at your own pace. If you run out of gas part way through the day, the tour van will whisk you to the hotel at a moment’s notice.
This trip is rated Recreational, meaning it’s appropriate for travelers who enjoy going for a good walk and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied and includes country lanes and footpaths. We’ll enjoy some gently rolling hills, coastal beach walks and also encounter a few steeper climbs which will be a bit more demanding. Activity levels will be tailored to suit your individual preferences by your local guide. There will be options for shorter or longer walks on most days with daily distances ranging from 3 to 8 miles. Rewarding views are guaranteed!
All travelers provided a single’s room at the hotels for our private Women's Tours. If you have a woman friend you want to travel with, we can try to make arrangements for two-to-a-room accommodation with two beds. Two beds not always guaranteed. We will not pair anyone for you. You need to let us know before deposit who your other traveler is with their full contact information. We will invoice each woman separately even if you will be traveling together. Hotels for this trip include Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan; Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara; and Ashford Castle, Cong.
Day 1: Depart from USA to Shannon, Ireland, flight is usually 12-15 hours long and arrives on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Shannon and spend the night at a local hotel near/at the airport catching up on some jet lag, your Emerald Isle awaits!
Day 3: Today, you’ll be met by your guide at Shannon Airport and then driven north to The Burren. We'll have lunch in a converted stone cottage at the Burren Perfumery, the oldest working perfumery in Ireland. Afterwards, explore the Neothilic tombs and interesting flora of Burren National Park and the Slieve Carran Nature Reserve.
Day 4: This morning, catch the ferry to Inis Meáin, the least visited of the three Aran Islands. Here, you'll discover the area is teeming with wildlife, with over 20 different species of birds making the island their home (including puffins!). This afternoon, you'll visit the island's beloved wool mill, where you can pick up one of those cozy Irish sweaters!
Day 5: Head into the boggy hills surrounding Errisbeg mountain for a walk filled with wonderful views of sandy turquoise beaches and the 12 Bens Mountain Range. Lunch is at a traditional pub specializing in fresh seafood and this evening we'll unwind from a day of horseback riding and fly fishing with some traditional live music.
Day 6: After a hearty Irish breakfast, keep an eye out for dolphins and seals as we take the ferry to Inishbofin. Our local friend and archaeologist will take you on a tour of the island, sharing the tales behind the Bronze and Iron Age ruins and the crumbling 16th C Cromwellian fort. Tonight, you'll be joined by a traditional storyteller for cocktails by the fire..
Day 7: Leave Ballynahinch Castle behind this morning as you set out for a walk along an abandoned shoreline famine route. Witness a sheep herding demonstration this afternoon and then settle in at the epic Ashford Castle estate, your home for the night!
Day 8: Enjoy some morning activities on the Ashford Estate. There are loads of options including archery, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding available. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to the Shannon hotel near the airport where you’ll spend the night before departure the next day.
Day 9: Board your outbound flight back to the USA.
The itinerary and hotel information may vary slightly for your specific departure as we continuously research and develop each trip. Though we will walk in rain, severe and/or unsafe inclement weather (determined by the local walking guide) may also necessitate minor changes. Prices are per person and in USD.
Before your trip, we’ll send recommended essential items for what to pack and accessories you will want (makeup is completely optional :-)).
More information with Full Terms and Conditions, Deposits, Reservations, Cancellation Penalties and more are on our website under Terms and Conditions. www.CountrysideWalkingTours.com
In addition, please email or call for a copy of the full Terms and Conditions and request from us this supplier's full terms and conditions to be forwarded to you before deposit.
If you are interested in this tour or a different one, please contact Eileen to schedule your personal travel planning meeting with her to review your travel goals, expectations, your questions for this tour before placing any deposits