Welcome to the land of rolling green hills, medieval castles, kind people, and heart-warming whiskey! Bus2alps is taking you across Ireland in one unforgettable weekend. Let your imagination wander at Dublin's Castle, the medieval walls, and famous churches. Explore the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a proper pint at the Gravity Bar, overlooking the city. Venture over the rolling green hills of Ireland's countryside to the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher and speak Gaelic in the fabled city of Galway. Click your heels to a magical weekend on the Emerald Isle.
* This tour begins at your accommodation in Dublin on Thursday evening. Passengers are expected to meet their guide Thursday evening in the Hostel lobby after 16:00. Your Trip Leader will send you information regarding the hostel address and directions from the airport closer to the date of the tour. Checkout of the accommodation is typically 10:00 Sunday morning. Please contact [email protected] for assistance or questions regarding flights.
For accurate departure times, travel times, prices of activities, and suggestions on how much extra money you will need, please contact [email protected]
The trip meets in Dublin at the accommodation any time after 16:00, after which you will be able to check into your rooms. A Bus2alps trip leader will be in the lobby typically from 16:00-22:00 for check-ins and will be contacting you prior to your trip with the hostel address, directions from the airport and other weekend-specific information. If your flight arrives early Friday morning or late Friday night, please inform your trip leader ahead of time. They will coordinate with the front desk to give you your room key and weekend information. Your Bus2alps trip leader will meet you at the hostel and the group will head out for a drink at one of Dublin’s oldest pubs.
After breakfast on Friday morning we will meet and begin the weekend going over what the exciting weekend entails. We will then take a private tour of the city with Sandeman’s New Dublin Walking Tours. Our 2 hour tour will cover Dublin’s Castle, Medieval Walls, Viking remains, famous churches, Ha’Penny Bridge and other highlights. After the tour you can join your trip leader for an optional Irish lunch, and then you will have a little bit of free time to explore downtown Dublin before we depart for the Guinness Storehouse. Once there, we will take a tour of the brewery (included) and have a pint at the Gravity Bar, overlooking the city. Friday night is the time to enjoy a few pints with the Irish locals. You are free to soak up Dublin’s world renowned nightlife at various bars, clubs and restaurants recommended by your trip leader. You can also ask your trip leader about an optional Dublin Pub Crawl through New Europe.
On Saturday we take a day trip across the country to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. Take in Ireland’s breathtaking landscape as we cross the iconic rolling green hills to the west coast. Situated in the County Clare on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are not to be missed (entry to cliffs included). After the cliffs we’ll continue on to the City of Galway for an afternoon stop. You are free to explore the local shops, check out the pubs and lunch spots and experience traditional music. Soak up the vibe of the city while shopping for Irish wool and the traditional Claddagh ring which was first made in Galway. We return to Dublin for Saturday night where you will have one last night to sing and dance at a traditional Irish pub or check out the vibrant clubs.
Sunday we depart Dublin. Please contact [email protected] if you will be choosing to stay an additional night. We can inform you of the hostel that you will be staying at for the weekend so you can book an additional night on your own, or we can assist you in booking the extra night's stay. Most flights from Dublin depart in the mid-afternoon and evening. Check out from our accommodation is at 10:00 and luggage storage is available through the hostel.