This extraordinary tour throughout Connemara (northwest of Galway City) has been described as �a sensory extravaganza� by previous enthusiastic travelers. Based in part in charming Clifden city, on the Atlantic coast, travelers enjoy day trips to sites throughout Counties Clare, Galway, and Mayo. This is a spectacularly wild and mostly still untamed region with stone fenced patchwork fields, bogs, mountains, valleys, lakes and streams.
Dave will guide us through ancient and historical sites seldom seen and introduce us to a variety of landscape features: the bog and burren regions, holy wells, Bronze Age stone circles, and ring forts. Travels include two boat trips to remote islands with ancient monastic sites, leisurely time in the city of Galway, Claddagh Village, Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Maamturk Mountains, Connemara National Park, 13th Century Cong Abbey, Monk’s Fishing House, Cliffs of Moher, Brigit’s Garden, Clonmacnoise and Rathcroghan. In 2012 the tour will also extend to significant sites in the east: Knowth, Newgrange, and the Hill of Tara.
Each day’s tour begins after a leisurely morning breakfast and ends late-afternoon, giving ample time to discover back roads or walk village streets on your own. The itinerary allows for generous time to rest, reflect, and photograph quiet places of stunning beauty throughout this region.
Travelers arrange their own flights once the tour has been filled. Note that departure and arrival dates are not the same when you secure an overnight flight, as you arrive the day after you leave the USA.
Join one of our scheduled tours (below) OR schedule your choice of tour dates with your own group of 24-30 travelers. All tours are ten days in-Ireland, beginning on morning of arrival date and not including departure date.
IT IS EASY TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON ANY OF OUR TOURS!
APRIL 2013 LANDSCAPE & LORE, MUSIC & MYTH TOUR
Depart USA on Monday, April 22 (including the Midlands and some sacred sites in this tour)
Arrive Shannon Airport the morning of Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Depart Shannon Airport the morning on Friday, May 3, 2013
The cost of an Irish Byways tour makes possible an uncommon cultural experience into the heart of Ireland. We employ brilliant guides as well as the best of local musicians, authentic storytellers, artists, artisans, historians and authors. Travelers are offered more relaxed “off-the-bus” adventure in contrast to fast-paced and lower priced site-seeing tours. Rather than a different hotel every night we extend our stay at several quality B&Bs set in beautiful Irish landscape with day trips out from these central locations. A review of our itinerary details the vast richness of our tours.
1. �Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth� $2300 plus airfare and travel insurance.
2. �University Study or Study/Service Tours� $2300 plus airfare and travel insurance - Offered to groups when requested
3. �Pilgrimage to the Otherworld� $2300 plus airfare and travel insurance - Offered to groups when requested
4. NEW! 2013 Tour of the Monastic Tradition of Western Ireland $2300 plus airfare and travel insurance
The Tour Highlights (basic Itinerary) and Description of all that is included in the tour cost is given below.
Most early mornings are free for leisurely awakening and preparations for the day. Other area activities not included on the itinerary can be arranged at reasonable cost for travelers. The majority of evenings give ample space for reflection on the day, conversation with friends and new acquaintances, exploration on one’s own, and visits to local pubs.
Guides reserve the right to make changes to our Itinerary in the event of extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Arrangements can be made (at additional traveler�s expense) for self-chosen local activities such as horseback riding or for additional self-chosen taxi service.
Irish Music on our Tours
Ireland is steeped in traditional music; it feels as if it comes from the very rocks and mists of the land.
Fire Eye Music Suite
A unique and essential element of the Pilgrimage to the Otherworld Tour revolves around music. At the core of the tour lies "The Fire Eye Music Suite", composed by Garry Jones, Tour Guide.