7 Day Backpacker Tour
For Ages 18-29
Sheep Dog Demonstration
Travel into the Connemara Mountains
See the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
Listen to Trad music in Doolin
See the home of the Claddagh ring in Galway
Sail to the Aran Islands
Visit the Blarney Stone
See real life Castles
Max group size = 12
Off the beaten path
Local Guides & Tour leader throughout
Less time travelling, more time exploring
Daily activities included
This tour uses basic accommodations including local hotels and hostels so you can make the most of your holiday!
We can also partner with your school group for spring break, or as part of a History, European Studies, or Cultural course.
Day 1: Dublin - Fáilte
Welcome to Ireland! Meet your tour leader and fellow adventurers in Dublin. We'll meet at 6:00 pm for our welcome meeting. If you arrive in Dublin early, use this time to visit the galleries, pubs, and sites of the city.
After a quick meet and greet we'll head to a group dinner at a local restaurant organized by your tour leader. Spend the evening enjoying Dublin's legendary night life with your new travel companions.
Day 2: Galway
We start our morning early as we head to the train station to board a local train headed west into Ireland's cultural heart - Galway. With a vibrant arts scene, music venues, cafes, and cobbled streets, Galway is a picture perfect, quintessentially Irish town. When we arrive in Galway we enjoy lunch at one of the country's most popular and pizza restaurants, The Dough Bros. Here we learn how the Bros are making pizza the Irish way. Our introduction to Galway continues with a walking tour courtesy of a local Galwegian. After the tour you'll have time to wander through the Claddagh, Salthill prom, or enjoy a well-earned pint. In the evening, drift in and out of local Irish Pubs and enjoy the traditional music scene.
Included: Train Ticket, Guided Walking Tour, Accommodation
Day 3: Connemara Mountains, Sheep Farm, &
Today we venture into the rugged and beautiful landscape of Connemara, via private coach, where we find our first stop of the day, Kylemore Abbey. We will have plenty of time to explore all of what Kylemore has to offer, which includes entrance into the Abbey, the Victorian walled gardens, a Neo-Gothic church and mausoleum, and woodland walks. From here we carry onto our next stop of the day, Killary Sheep Farm. Nestled on one of the most beautiful pieces of land in all of Ireland overlooking Killary Fjord, we'll watch a Sheep Dog Demonstration, and partake in whatever other farm activities are on at the moment. We often find ourselves feeding baby lambs, watching sheep shearing, or trying our hands at bog cutting. After a full day of Connemara fun, it's a 1 hour 20 minutes journey back to Galway city for the evening.
Included: Day trip to Connemara, Farm Experience Accommodation
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, & The Aran Islands
Today we leave Galway and head for the charming village of Doolin. Doolin is home to Doonagore Castle, and is known for colorful houses, and traditional music. From here we walk the beautiful Cliffs of Moher and take in the stunning coastal scenery. Walk the cliffs with a local guide, and go beyond the visitor center. You also have the option to sail by ferry to the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are officially a Gaeltacht area where the Irish language and traditions have been kept alive and are a hidden gem off the Irish west. After a day spent on the coast, we'll travel to the town of Ennis for the evening.
Included: Breakfast, Transportation, Cliffs of Moher, Accommodation
Excluded: Aran Islands Excursion, Meals
Day 5: Blarney Castle & Kilkenny
Today we depart Ennis and head for the famed Blarney Castle. Here you'll have a chance to Kiss the Blarney Stone in hopes of getting the gift of eloquence, or as they say the gift of the gab. You'll have time to explore the castle gardens and grounds. After lunch, we'll head to the Medieval city of Kilkenny, home to Ireland's oldest recorded witch trials. We'll have an orientation walk around Kilkenny where your tour leader will help you get acquainted with the town.
Included: Transportation, Blarney Castle Entrance, Orientation Walk, Accommodation
Today enjoy Kilkenny at your liesure. You'll have time to visit Kilkenny Castle, or even try your hand at one of the most popular Gaelic Games, Hurling. Your tour leader will help you organize your day so you get the most out of your time in Kilkenny.
Excluded: Meals, Optional Activities
Day 7:Kilkenny to Dublin
This morning we board a local train bound for Dublin. We'll arrive in Dublin around noon, and say farewell as our tour comes to an end in Dublin.
Included: Train Ticket