DUBLIN CITY WALKING TOUR- HALF-DAY (with free time for shopping in the afternoon).
25th October (for accompanying persons), and 27th October for all.
Experience a walking trail like no other - for this is Dublin, unique in style, over 1,000 years old and unlike any other European capital! So much more is discovered during a casual walk; did you know, for example, that Bram Stoker the creator of ‘Dracula’ was born in Dublin and educated in Trinity College?
This city is bursting with colour, music, sights and scenes that provide the irresistible backdrop for exploring the magic that is Dublin city.
Our unique walking tour takes you to areas that are not accessible by coach such as Dublin’s hip laneways and byways known as the “foodie district”, hidden gems such as the Powerscourt Centre with its independent stores selling the most beautiful and creative items, the most fresh and exciting parts of the city and Dublin’s Latin Quarter - Temple Bar, a thriving area of colour and modern youth culture.
• Morning departure by coach from Citywest (approx. 30 mins transfer)
• Walking tour of Dublin City Centre to include:
o Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping district
o Dublin’s Creative Quarter, with its array of hidden gems and independent stores
o Temple Bar, a thriving area of colour and modern youth culture
• Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells
• Lunch at leisure in Dublin city with free time for shopping
• Depart for Citywest- approx. 4.00pm
The oldest University in Ireland, Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth 1 of England. Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th Century edifices. The visit of the ancient library, containing over twenty thousand manuscripts, is magnificent in its splendour. The 9th Century Book of Kells, famous for its precious illuminations, is Ireland’s most precious museum treasure and is exhibited here.
POST-TRIP GALWAY. Friday 27- Saturday 28 October 2017 (1 night)
Day 1- Transfer to Galway
• Morning Transfer by coach from Dublin to Clonmacnoise (approx. 1 hour 30 mins)
• Visit Clonmacnoise (approx. 1 hour, includes 30 min guided tour)- see description below
• Transfer to Galway (approx. 1 hour 10 mins)
• Lunch on arrival in Galway city, followed by walking tour and some time for shopping
• Check-in at hotel
• Dinner at hotel
An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre.
The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.
• Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities
• Site access is limited for visitors with disabilities
Radisson Hotel Galway
Established in 2001, the Radisson Blu Hotel Galway & Spa is one of Ireland's premier 4 star hotels located in Galway City Centre. Located on the banks of Lough Atalia and overlooking Galway Bay the hotel is just a three-minute walk from the Eyre Square and 5 minutes from the popular and bustling shops, pubs and restaurants of Quay Street. Featuring Greco-Roman pool, a spa and sauna, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and great quality restaurants.
• The restaurant is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible
• Bathrooms also located close to the restaurant are accessible.
• 13 bedrooms are wheelchair accessible
Day 2- Connemara Excursion
• Morning departure towards Kylemore Abbey (approx. 2 hours to include photo stops)
• Visit Kylemore Abbey (approx. 90 minute visit)- see description below
• Lunch in Connemara
• Late afternoon return to Dublin- arrive approx. 6.30pm
Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP, a wealthy business man and liberal politician. Inspired by his love for his wife Margaret, and his hopes for his beloved Ireland, Henry created an estate boasting ‘all the innovations of the modern age’. An enlightened landlord and vocal advocate of the Irish people, Henry poured his life’s energy into creating an estate that would showcase what could be achieved in the remote wilds of Connemara. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920.
The restaurant, Tea House, Visitor Centre and Buses are all accessible with wheel chair suitable toilets in the Restaurant and Tea House. The paths throughout most of the estate are tarmac and easy to navigate, however the paths in the Garden are gravel and may be a little challenging for some wheel chair users. There are also several steeply sloping paths in the Gardens for which some people might need some assistance to climb or descend in their chairs. The Abbey Building can be accessed but there is a step at the entrance which usually takes some help to cross (there is no ramp) Some of the ground floor is accessible and the Audio Visual presentation is in an accessible room. Wheelchair users will easily follow the path to the Gothic Church but the steps are far too steep to allow access. It will be possible to go as far as the Mausoleum but again there is an uneven gravel path that some people might have difficulty with leading to the actual Mausoleum building. Bearing all that in mind they do have many visitors with limited mobility and they do enjoy the visit.
POST-TRIP BELFAST. Friday 27- Saturday 28 October 2017 (1 night)
Day 1- Transfer to Belfast
• Morning Transfer by coach from Dublin to Belfast (approx. 2 hours 30 mins including comfort stop en route)
• Panoramic Tour of Belfast- Includes Belfast City Center/ City Hall & surroundings, The University Quarter with Queens University / Botanic Gardens, Stormont Parliament)
• Lunch in Belfast city centre
• After lunch, check-in at hotel
• Guests at leisure for the afternoon- free time for shopping
• Dinner at Hotel
Europa Hotel Belfast
Superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, the 4 star Europa Hotel epitomizes indulgence. Having undergone major refurbishment, the hotel now boasts 240 exquisite bedrooms, making it one of Northern Ireland’s largest and most luxurious hotels, and the preferred choice of Prime Ministers, Presidents and many celebrities on their visit to Belfast.
• 10 rooms are wheelchair accessible
• The Causerie Restaurant on the ground floor is wheelchair accessible
Day 2. Titanic Belfast
Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from its conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through its construction and launch, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The full-scale reconstructions allow visitors to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
• Morning time- Approx. 2-hour visit of Titanic (self-guided)
• Return to Dublin approx. 2.00pm
• The circulation space within the building is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Titanic Belfast has a number of wheelchairs which can be reserved on request
• Due to dimensional and weight restrictions on the Shipyard Ride, mobility scooters unfortunately cannot be accommodated. There is a wheelchair accessible car which can accommodate one standard wheelchair at a time, wheelchairs cannot be larger than 1.0m in length. The safety bar in each car must close to 320mm.