Cliffs of Moher & Connemara Overnight Tour
For tourists beginning their travels in Athlone but wanting to explore the West of Ireland as well, then the Overnight Tour is an ideal package to enable you to enjoy the best of the West of Ireland. The Athlone Tour Company’s Overnight Tour is a combination of our 2 flagship tours (Cliffs of Moher & The Burren + Connemara & Cong) combined with a return Athlone- Galway Coach & The Option of adding 1 night Galway City Centre Hostel Accommodation. The Overnight Tour packs it in, with just 2 days you wont believe how much you can experience in such a short time!
Accommodation Details Please add Accommodation when booking:
Based on shared Dormitory Accommodation in a Galway City Centre Hostel (Barnacles, Kinlay, Galway City Hostel, Savoy, Snoozles or Sleepzone). Early notification by e-mail of preference for all-female or shared dorm accommodation will be referred to the relevant hostel and allocated where available.
Tour Itinerary for Overnight Tour:
Cliffs of Moher, The Burren & Galway City Tour from the 19th March 2018
Please arrive early.
08:40 Board from outside Applegreen, Arcadia Retail Park, Coosan Rd, Athlone
10:00 Arrive in Galway and begin a relaxing guided walk of this charming medieval city. Hear the Legends of the Claddagh, Spanish Arch & St. Nick’s Church. See Castle and the Old City Walls with stories to tell, and much, much more… all with a local guide.
10:50 1 hour of Free Time in Galway City before we leave for the Cliffs of Moher
12:00 Meeting Point on Merchants Rd. beside Kinlay Hostel.
13:30 Arrive at The Cliffs of Moher for Highlight of the day, enjoy 2 HOURS of walking and exploring.
15:30 Depart the Cliffs and head for lunch Mmmmm.
15:45 Arrive at our Lunch stop, time for a Chowder, or famous Irish Stew, maybe a pint before we go 🙂
16:40 Back to your coach and on to the “Baby Cliffs” with spectacular views over the Aran Islands and Connemara before travelling the “Wild Atlantic Way” back to Galway.
18:45 Arrive in Galway and check in to your Hostel using your 8 digit booking number if accommodation was booked through us.
Includes the entry fee to the eco-friendly Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. After visiting many amazing and ancient sites on your tour will arrive back in Galway at 18:45 approx., you will then get to enjoy all that Galway City has to offer by way of people, food, music and pure craic!
Continuing your Overnight Tour check in at 09:45 in The Galway Coach Station for you departure at 10:00am for Connemara, Cong village and Kylemore Abbey Tour.
09:45 Check in at Galway Coach Station and begin your fully guided tour of Connemara & Cong. The first stop is Ross Errily Friary, a hidden but atmospheric 14th century monastery, before continuing on to Cong Village.
11:15 at Cong you can visit the ruins of the Old Abbey and take a walk through Cong Woods, wander the streets made famous by the Quiet Man movie or simply enjoy a coffee on the banks of Lough Corrib.
11:45 Depart Cong and enter the wild Connemara region through the hidden Lough Nafooey route, where you will experience the stark beauty of the valleys of Connemara before arriving at the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Killary Fjord (for hostellers there is an option to hop-off at the Connemara Hostel).
14:00 Arrive at the magical Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens. There is an optional admission fee and discounted tickets can be purchased in cash from your driver 2018 discounted price is €8. Admission includes guided walks, shuttle bus to the walled gardens and entrance to the castle and mausoleum. There is also a café where you can purchase a hearty lunch or some homemade goodies!
16:00 Depart Kylemore for Galway through the scenic Inagh Valley, taking in Maam Cross and Oughterard.
17:55 Return to Galway Coach Station, Galway.
18:00 Depart Galway for Dublin (Express Shuttle Service).
19:45 Arrive outside Applegreen, Arcadia Retail Park, Coosan Rd, Athlone.
N.B. All times approximate because we might get stuck at Leprechaun Crossings…
After visiting many amazing and ancient sites on your tour, you will return to Galway and then onwards to Athlone aboard our Shuttle Bus. (You will arrive full of stories, happy memories and enviable photos, in Athlone City at 19:45 approx.)
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES ! This tour operates All Year (Except the 17th of March and the 24th, 25th & 26th December and the 1st of January)
€85 (Adult), €75(Student/Senior 65+) (includes Dublin-Galway Return Coach, 2 x Day Tours)
Avail of the free collection shuttle service from outside your Hostel at the appointed time* to board your 2nd tour from Galway Coach Station for Connemara & Cong Tour. *Please refer to Hostel staff for collection time.