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Dublin & Galway by Rail tour

Dublin & Galway by Rail

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,410 $ 201 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Treat yourself to a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin's pubs, many of which offer live music!
  • Along with convenience, the Irish Rail offers you some of the finest scenic views of Ireland.
  • Travel in comfort via high-speed train from city to city as stunning scenery rolls by.
  • Treat yourself to a plate of Galway's famous locally-caught oysters!
  • Learn how to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, if you'd like.

Short Description

Explore two of Ireland's most famous cities, and enjoy scenic train rides through the Emerald Isle's countryside along the way. Visit ancient ruins one day, then learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness the next - the days are yours to spend as you see fit!

Please note:

The Irish Rail vouchers must be printed out prior to your travel time.  You will take the printed out vouchers to the booking office at each station you depart from (Heuston Station in Dublin and Ceannt Station in Galway) and will be given an actual rail ticket.  The vouchers may only be exchanged at the booking office.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Dublin
End City Dublin

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • 2 nights in Dublin at the Ashling Hotel or similar
  • Standard-class rail fare from Dublin (Heuston Station) to Galway (Ceannt Station)
  • 3 nights in Galway at Hotel Meyrick or similar
  • Standard-class rail fare from Galway (Ceannt Station) to Dublin (Heuston Station)
  • 1 night in Dublin at the Ashling Hotel or similar
  • Dublin Pass (2-Day)
  • Daily breakfast

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Accommodation: Ashling Hotel

Arrive in the vibrant capital city of Dublin! Once you're settled you may want to take advantage of the included hop-on/hop-off bus; hop off and explore Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral, or see the eyes through the Vikings at Dublinia.

Celebrate your first night in Ireland by treating yourself to an authentic Irish meal, or a pint at Ireland's oldest pub - the Brazen Head!

The Dublin Pass (2 Days)

The Dublin Pass provides access to more than 30 of Dublin’s top attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Old Jameson Distillery plus fast track privileges at almost all of the busiest and most sought-after attractions!

Includes:

  • Two Day Dublin Pass
  • Free entry to 33 major Dublin attractions (some with skip-the-line privileges!)
  • Additional benefits, offers and discounts
  • Guidebook and map
  • 24-Hour Dublin Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Pass

Day 2: Dublin

Continue using your Dublin Pass today. Take a deep dive into the drinking culture of Ireland by exploring the factories of your favorite Irish sips and spirits!

You can pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, or discover the secrets of a fully-functioning whiskey factory at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

Day 3: Dublin - Galway

Accommodation: Hotel Meyrick

Next, you'll board the comfortable Irish Rail at Heuston Station in Dublin and head to Galway. Be sure to look out the window during your ride as you'll get scenic views of the picturesque Irish countryside!

Celebrate your first night in Galway by treating yourself to a platter of their most famous locally-caught dish: oysters!

Train ride to Galway!

Day 4: Galway

While in the eclectic city of Galway you are going to be within walking distance of the stunning St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and the Galway Cathedral. Take advantage of the bustling art scene and pop into a gallery or two.

In the evening, consider paying a visit to the nearby village of Doolin, Ireland's home of traditional Irish music for a truly authentic experience.

Day 5: Galway

Today, consider taking the ferry from Galway out to the Aran Islands! Explore scenic cliffs, ancient ruins, and hear Gaelic spoken by locals throughout. This cluster of three islands is known for its karst landscape, dating back to prehistoric times.

Day 6: Galway - Dublin

Accommodation: The Alex

Today you'll board the luxurious Irish Rail in Galway for one last ride back to Dublin.

Use today to visit the religious highlights of the city, including Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Green. Walking this city is the best way to get the most authentic experience.

Time willing, you can also visit Grafton Street and do some last-minute souvenir shopping or check out the famous former-prison, Kilmainham Gaol.

Train to Dublin!

Day 7: Depart Ireland

In accordance with your departure flight, make your way to Dublin airport (DUB) for your flight home.

Fly home!

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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