When the Dublin Festival concludes, continue on to the thriving bohemian city of Galway on Ireland’s west coast! This 500 year old city of 50,000 in habitants is one of the major centers of Gaelic studies, with store signs still written in the ancient language. Galway is a popular seaside destination with a lively city center full of colorful shops, restaurants, and traditional Irish music echoing through the cobblestone streets.
A post-extension to Galway is the perfect way to end your stay in Ireland!
Depart for Galway, stopping en route at the Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed pot stilled whiskey distillery in the world.
Learn how Irish whiskey was made in 1757 and how it is still made today. Then continue on to Clonmacnoise, a wonderful early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. After, transfer to Galway and check in to your hotel. An Arrival Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.
Following breakfast, depart for the Cliffs of Moher. Drive through the Burren Region and see the limestone pavements that have been eroded to distinctive patterns. Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher and look out at one of the most impressive views in Ireland. Return to Galway, and stop along the way at Rathbaun Farm where you will become enchanted with its thatched cottage home, turf fire, stone walls, and an array of animals.
Upon arrival in Galway, take some time to prepare for an evening concert. Perform a concert tonight at a local venue such as the Galway Cathedral or St. Nicholas Collegiate Church. A festive Farewell Dinner will be arranged to complement your concert schedule.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Shannon Airport and your return flight to North America. Welcome home!