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Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast

Discover the breathtaking landscapes, ancient roots and colorful people of Ireland the best way—by bicycle—on this sweep of the country’s west coast.

  • 10 Days
  • 49 Reviews Recommended by 49 of 49 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 38 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast

You’ll roll through the unique lunar landscape of The Burren and past the peat bogs of Connemara … go off the tourist map in the Aran Islands … and explore the historic city of Galway. Along the way, you’ll stay in charming, family-run inns and enjoy special events, such as a walk with a historian and an authentic pub lunch that put you in touch with the warmhearted locals who have the gift of making everyone’s eyes smile.

Cultural Highlights

  • Visit the Burren, a rare place where arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants thrive side by side
  • Stay at a family-run guesthouse in the Aran Islands
  • Marvel at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • Lodge at one of Ireland's best-loved small hotels and enjoy dinner prepared by one of the country's finest chefs
  • Learning about Irish culture from a local historian
  • Tap your feet to live traditional Irish music
  • Savor an authentic home-cooked meal at our Aran Islands guesthouse
  • Chatting with locals at a lively pub

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support is always available for those who need assistance with the hills. Ideal for enthusiastic beginners to experienced cyclists.

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3- and 4-star Irish hotels and a guesthouse
  • 12 meals – 6 Irish breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3- and 4-star Irish hotels and a guesthouse
  • 14 meals – 8 Irish breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Cork – 2 nights for only $295 • Post-trip: Dublin – 2 nights for only $295

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Welcome reception
  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Full van support
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Shannon Airport

Depart the U.S. for Ireland. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Shannon / Transfer to Ennis

Upon arrival at the Shannon airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. (Please note: Also make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you.) As you enter the arrival hall, look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Please wait here while your representative helps make arrangements for your transfer to your hotel in Ennis (transfer time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic).

In Ennis, take the rest of the day to explore the town and have dinner on your own.

DAY 3: All guests meet in Ennis / Transfer to Lisdoonvarna

VBT No-Air Package guests: After an early lunch on your own, meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis at 12:30 pm (address: Ennis, County Clare, Republic of Ireland; Tel: +353 65 682 8127). To reach the hotel, you can take a taxi from Shannon airport to Ennis (approximately €50) or travel on Bus Eirean (service number 51) from Shannon airport to Ennis Town (approximately €12.54, departing every hour beginning at 7:55 am; for more details go to www.buseireann.ie). Your VBT Trip Leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments and carrying a VBT sign. Please note: Plan to eat lunch or a snack on your own before meeting your VBT Trip Leaders, as the next scheduled meal is dinner. If your arrival at Ennis is scheduled later than 12:30 pm or if you are delayed, you must transfer at your own expense (approximately €120 for a taxi, travel time approximately 45 minutes) to the first hotel in Lisdoonvarna. Please contact your first hotel to advise of any travel delays or changes so the staff can pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: You are free to relax or explore Ennis after breakfast this morning. If you like, visit its 19th-century cathedral or medieval friary. Plan to eat lunch or a snack on your own before meeting your VBT Trip Leaders, as the next scheduled meal is dinner. Meet your VBT Trip Leaders in the hotel lobby at 12:30 pm. Your leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments and carrying a VBT sign.

Once the group has gathered, we transfer by private motorcoach from Ennis to Lisdoonvarna via the famous Cliffs of Moher. Rising up to 600 feet (183 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean's crashing waves, the Cliffs of Moher are western Ireland's most dramatic vantage point. Then, continue on to Sheedy's Country House & Restaurant in Lisdoonvarna (total travel time is approximately 1½ hours). This historic hotel is truly an Irish institution. Sheedy's Country House & Restaurant recently was voted one of Ireland's best-loved small hotels and restaurants. Chef/owner John Sheedy, a seventh-generation owner, is considered one of Ireland's finest chefs! After settling in, attend a group safety and bike-fitting session and take a warm-up ride. Later, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

DAY 4: Discover the Burren and County Clare

Today, we begin cycling west along the rocky coastline toward the ocean, enjoying views of Galway Bay. This region, known as the Burren (“rocky coast” in Gaelic), is one of the few places on Earth where arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants thrive side by side. You might also spot prehistoric monuments scattered throughout this otherworldly landscape, whose limestone plateau has been compared to the surface of the moon. We'll ride around Black Head, a famous angling point.

Later, have lunch on your own in the quaint harbor village of Ballyvaughan, and continue to admire the rugged beauty of this region. During the day, meet up with a local expert for a walk and talk on the Burren's archaeology, agriculture and local history—delivered in a delightful brogue. After dinner at the hotel, enjoy live music in Lisdoornvarna, a center for traditional Irish folk music.

DAY 5: Explore ancient and mystical sights in Kilfenora and Carran / Discover Galway

Choose to cycle or shuttle by van to Kilfenora, known as the City of Seven Crosses and the site of a sixth-century monastery. Then pass over rolling hills, through green countryside and past old stone walls on your way to Noughaval, where you may stop to visit medieval churches, Neolithic tombs and sacred sites. Continue on to Carran, once home to Cistercian monks who resided at the isolated Corcomroe Abbey. The cross-shaped abbey, now in ruins, functioned for about 400 years.

From Carran, we take a private motorcoach to Galway, an ancient harbor town that is now a thriving city. Your Trip Leaders can provide tips on favorite eateries, pubs and shops. Eat lunch and dinner on your own in Galway. In between, walk to Eyre Square in the center of town to shop for woolens, classic books and other treasures. Or choose to explore historic sites such as Lynch's Castle, churches and the Roman Catholic Cathedral.

DAY 6: Cycle and walk the Aran Islands

Eat a full, traditional Irish breakfast before catching the shuttle and ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Bikes are supplied today by a local bike hire shop. Although not VBT bikes, they will be perfect for just your island stay. Upon arrival on the island and after an initial 5-mile ride, some guests enjoy this as a mainly non-cycling day, choosing instead to walk or hike around the island. Inhabited for centuries, the remote Aran Islands contain some of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe. Today, make an included visit to Dun Aengus, among the most remarkable Druid sites. This sacred site is at least 2,000 years old. While you're here, wander among some of the other mystic Celtic stones, monuments and holy wells. Lunch is on your own today.

If you choose to explore the eastern end of the island near Kilronan Harbor, you may opt to visit the Ionad Aran, the island's Heritage and Interpretive Center. Lodging tonight is in one of the guesthouses on the island, and dinner is included. Please note: Plan to use your daypack for all of your overnight needs. Your larger luggage will not accompany you to the islands, but instead will be sent ahead and will be waiting in your room in Connemara.

DAY 7: Ferry to Rossaveel / Shuttle or cycle to Connemara

The ferry takes us to Rossaveel, where we can bike or shuttle into Connemara, Ireland's “Wild West.” In this rugged and magical countryside, framed by the Twelve Bens mountain range and Roundstone Bog, we'll encounter glittering beaches, shimmering lakes and rivers and Ireland's famous peat bogs.

Later, we arrive at our inviting hotel, set on the shores of Lough Inagh. Enjoy time to relax and freshen up before we gather for dinner, prepared by the hotel chef.

DAY 8: Cycle to Kylemore Abbey & Renvyle Peninsula

Cycle along Lough Inagh toward Kylemore Abbey—the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland. Built 350 years ago, today it is home to a community of nuns. Enjoy views of this iconic structure, and then roll past stunning views of ocean waves, silver bays and rocky coastlines along the unspoiled, tranquil Renyvle Peninsula. Perhaps you'll stop and wiggle your toes in the sand before having an included lunch in a small hotel along the beach.

Pedal back to the hotel at your own pace, then relax a while at the hotel before a festive farewell dinner.

DAY 9: Transfer to Dublin / Free time / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: Transfer to the Dublin airport, arriving at approximately 1:00 pm. The tour ends here or you can continue to the Schoolhouse Hotel, Dublin, with the rest of the group. Important: Departures from Dublin airport prior to 4:00 pm are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements at your own expense from the last hotel to the Dublin airport (travel time is approximately 4 hours; cost is approximately €550 for a taxi; we recommend Noel King for transfers, email: info@kingcabs.com, Tel: ++353 87 958 2398). If you have a flight from Shannon airport, you must make your own arrangements (approximately €315 for a taxi, travel time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes).

VBT Air Package guests: Depart at 8:00 am on your coach transfer to the Schoolhouse Hotel, Dublin (approximately 5 hours). There is no VBT representative on the coach ride. Important: Upon arrival at the hotel, please reconfirm with the hotel receptionist the time of your transfer to the Dublin airport for your return flight to the U.S. You have the remainder of the day free to take in a bit of the atmosphere of Dublin and to seek out one of the city's many restaurants, pubs or outdoor cafés for lunch and dinner on your own.

VBT provides you with a City Information Packet, which includes helpful tips and recommendations on what to see and do in Dublin.

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Dublin airport for your return flight.

Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

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Accommodations

The Schoolhouse Hotel

Unique, intimate and ideally located within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College, the National Museum, Grafton Street and other city attractions, this 4-star hotel exudes a warm, friendly atmosphere and is a hidden gem close to the center of the city. While here, perhaps you’ll indulge in a pampering treatment at the spa. Savor a choice of French and Irish specialties at the hotel restaurant. And relax amid luxurious appointments in one of 31 guest rooms, each named for a famous Irish writer.
Free WiFi Included

Park House Hotel

At the Park House Hotel, Galway, you are guaranteed a warm welcome, exceptional service, luxury accommodation and an experience that will bring you back for more. With its superb and convenient location in the heart of the city center, the Park House Hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with the style and luxury of a contemporary 4-star international hotel.
Free WiFi Included

Kilmurvey Guesthouse

This small, quaint, family-run guesthouse is located at the base of Dun Aengus, a famous Druid site. Its 12 cozy rooms are tucked away in an 18th-century stone house. And you’re invited to call one of these rooms home while you explore the beautiful and historic Aran Island of Inishmore, off the Galway coast. Complimentary WiFi is available in the reception area.
Free WiFi Included

The Imperial Hotel

This is one of Cork’s most exclusive properties. Historic architecture merges with contemporary design to create a magical environment. The Imperial Hotel has been serving Cork since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816, the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, remains the most popular business and social center in the city today.
Free WiFi Included

Old Ground Hotel

The Old Ground Hotel is a former manor house dating to the 18th century. A magnificent ivy-clad exterior retains the splendor of a bygone age, while the interior boasts the conveniences of a modern hotel.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Everything about this tour was perfect the lodging, the great tour leaders.

    The tour was very well organized. Each hotel we stayed at was very nice. I really could not find anything that needs to be improved or changed. The tour leaders were just wonderful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 29, 2014
    Posted by: KathyJ
    From: Richmond, VA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Unforgettable vacation!!!

    The trip was absolutely fantastic. The hotels were all excellent. The trip leaders were so helpful. The bicycles were great. The food was incredible. But best was the group. Such an eclectic group of people, respectful, fun, energetic and flexible. I hope this was my first VBT of many others.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 26, 2014
    Posted by: Flav67
    From: Chicago, IL
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Such a variety of scenery

    Of course tour guides provide the backbone of this type of trip and our two were spectacular. Brian and Gina were warm, interested in the people on the tour, and so knowledgable about the areas we visited. The places we stayed were fabulous and the food unexpectedly excellent. We didn't have a drop of rain so this also influenced the quality of the trip as we counted ourselves very lucky. A splurge for us but well worth the expense.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: Christie
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • How many shades of green?

    Your trip trip to Ireland will be unforgettable .. The many shades of green, the blooming rhododendron,, the moss covered ancient stone fences cutting the landscape, lambs baaing as they become separated from their mothers and the Irish people who are the friendliest people in the world. Don't miss it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2014
    Posted by: Art2
    From: Calgary AB Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I will always remember the water views as we road the roads of Ireland with its stonewalls, green fields, Irish breakfasts, and overall tranquility.

    After three years I still can picture the clear waters; my day riding in their National Park where I thought this is like Colorado without all the cars and people; and the hotels or homes with the Irish poets on the walls. In one lodge they had fly fishing, Waterford Crystal, and soccer being cheered on by the owners. My top memory to date came at the Ayran Island when we looked over the sea from the cliff of the ancient fort with its alter, swimming pool, and spiked stone guard system and imagining who occupied this at one time. Our guides and bikes couldn't have been better and each night we could enjoy a draw of Guinness or any Irish drink of choice. What a beautiful place in a country with so many stories and with fellow travelers who were just as interesting.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 28, 2014
    Posted by: NEmountaingoat
    From: Grand Island, NE, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Much to see and lots to experience!

    Wonderful tour to experience the culture- not to much time in any given place but didn't feel rushed. Wonderful diversity on trip with a great group of leaders- even when the weather doesn't cooperate ! Great food! Great lodging! Beautiful scenery!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 24, 2014
    Posted by: RoseN
    From: PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The land of the green

    We had a wonderful trip to Galway and The Connemara coast. The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations excellent, and the trip ambiance was terrific. I loved the hospitality of the Irish people. A high point was a biking day and overnight stay on the Aran Islands.Some young boys sang Irish folk music after dinner. That was a real treat. I would recommend this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: kayak3
    From: Del Mar, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A first class experience in every way.

    This was my first VBT tour. I was pleased with every aspect of the trip. The VBT trip leaders set the tone with their upbeat and calm demeanors. The cycling routes and difficulty level were exactly as described in the VBT materials--beautiful scenery, interesting stops during our daily rides, and reasonably challenging terrain for most cyclists. The accommodations were first rate, and the food was excellent. There was variety at every meal, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, and really good service at each stop. The final thing I enjoyed on this trip, which is not under VBT's control, was the interesting people that made up our group.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 10, 2013
    Posted by: Chas
    From: Naples, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A unique experience

    Our VBT biking trip along the Galway & Connemara Coast of Ireland was unique. It included being outdoors and active, seeing the depth of the countryside at just the right pace, investigating historic castles, churches and museums while staying in lovely boutique hotels and inns. It was a nice mix of remote parts of the coast where farming and livestock were abundant along with time to explore some interesting cities and towns like Ennis, Galway and Dublin and to visit amazingly beautiful places like the Cliffs of Moher. We felt like we had the best part of an organized vacation. All the important parts were tested and planned and executed perfectly. Routes and lodging were not a worry. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of our accommodations. Yet we had lots of time to go our own way. To seek out interesting pubs, nearby villages (like Dalkey outside of Dublin) listen to live Irish music and get a real feel for what life in that part of Ireland is really like. We will definitely do this again in some other part of the planet!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 19, 2013
    Posted by: Mike42
    From: Amherst, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A great experience.

    Great scenery,occasionally challenging rides.Hotels and food excellent.Aran island spectacular-recommend do extra riding to both ends of island.Would recommend trip extensions,especially Dublin.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 19, 2013
    Posted by: hurls
    From: San Diego, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour surpassed even my wildest imaginings

    I have always wanted to do this one with VBT. A few years went by and then I decided to go with the great love of my life who is an avid cyclist and had never been on a VBT tour before. We relished every magical moment! For rugged, pristine beauty there is nothing like this anywhere and the people we met along the way were wonderful. We learned things, we discovered things, we had adventures, we made friends, we challenged ourselves. The guides on this particular tour are the best--warm, winning and talented. Thank you, VBT, for putting so much thought and planning into your trips. Each place we stayed and every morsel of food we ate and alll the music and good cheer enhanced the beautiful riding more than anyone could know! I wish we were there right now.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 18, 2013
    Posted by: vabfab
    From: NYC
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Best vacation of my life!

    This was the best vacation I have ever been on! The trip leaders were fun, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable about the area. The rides were unbelievably beautiful, through some of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen. The accommodations we had and the food we ate were all top notch. Ireland may not generally be considered a food destination, but all of the B and Bs we stayed in served up incredibly delicious multi-course meals. I was glad I biked every day to balance out all of the gourmet eating! The whole trip was very well organized, and I can't stop raving about this once in a lifetime experience!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: GinVT
    From: Burlington, VT, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • As good as it gets

    Himself and I chose to entrust our one and only trip to Ireland to VBT and we were not disappointed. Thank you for enabling a super cycling experience along highways and byways that rose to meet us and were so picturesque they seemed unreal. Thank you for fierce wind and rain not always at our backs that even now we associate with adventure and camaraderie.Thank you for beds that felt like clouds and food and drink that tasted heavenly. You satisfied our need to be challenged physically, emotionally, and mentally and to enjoy every minute of it. VBT delivered TLC and Ireland. Thank you.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 14, 2013
    Posted by: Irisheyes
    From: Berkshire County Massachusets USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Smoked salmon three meals a day!

    Our 4th VBT tour and we were not disappointed. Ireland is home to the friendliest people we have met anywhere! Daily biking varied from 'straight & narrow' to 'rolling & winding' with occasional sheep dodging skills required! Wind is a constant but wasn't really bad. Fabulous scenery, great food, fun loving, knowledgeable & energetic guides. Although one expects rain in Ireland, 2 days of extreme weather required change of plans. Our guides easily switched gears and kept us all engaged and happy. Irish food is excellent - locally produced, fresh & innovative. Fresh smoked salmon for breakfast, home baked breads, Irish whiskey on your porridge! VBT is great at locating the unique inns & lodges. We love the active experience, the intimate investigation of the regions & personal interaction with people we meet. We hope to do more traqveling with VBT soon.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: Wiscbiker
    From: Madison WI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful Country and really nice people. Awfully windy!

    Great trip! Would have been fantastic if it wasn't for the wind, It was the first time I can remember that I had to pedal to go downhill.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: Nick6682
    From: Williamsburg, VA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our group had a wonderful venture and enjoyed meeting the Irish people.

    Over the past 15 years our bicycle group (average age now is 71) has enjoyed many VBT tours in North America as well as 8 tours in various countries of Europe. Ireland was a pleasant surprise to our group with the delicious food, the interesting countryside and very friendly culture of the Irish people. Each country's tour is different both in scenary, historical background and culture of the people and as to a comparison, this was one of our better trips. I don't think I have ever tasted better soups (and variety) than what was experienced in Ireland as well as great sea food. We hosted a dinner for our group after our return to the US and 2 couples that were unable to make this trip were able to experience the Sheedy's County House's receipe for preparing salmon - it was the best salmon they had ever tasted. The guides were delightful and did a great job in briefing us as to what to expect and to look for in each of the areas we visited. In addition, they had turn markers on the roads that precluded us from making a wrong turn and becoming lost during our riding time - our first trip to never make a wrong turn! The pre-trip in Cork was great as we did a tour with an excellent local guide of the area including Old Head Golf Course, the Cobh Heritage Center (Titanic's last port of call) and of course a kiss of the Blarney Stone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 03, 2012
    Posted by: Daryl
    From: Tulsa, OK, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This trip was one of the best we have taken so far.

    Lovely Inns and Lodges, great food, wonderful people - we just can't say enough good things about this trip. The history in Ireland was amazing and the guides were so knowledgeable. We enjoyed the biking every day - so picturesque. We even enjoyed riding in the rain - which made everything seem magical. The air was so clean and pure - it was just awesome. We had special events with experts talking about the Burren, and learning to make excellent Irish Coffee at our last lodge. We will recommend this trip to everyone we know.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 26, 2012
    Posted by: Scotty
    From: San Diego, Ca
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • SPECTACULAR!!!

    Having biked over 25 years, I feel Ireland is probably one of the most scenic countries I have toured. Biking along the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland captures views of rolling hills with wandering sheep and cow, stone fences, bright blue waters of the ocean and a beautiful blue sky. The Irish people were fun loving and shared their love of their country with us. The tour leaders enthusiasm and support along with the 5 star accommodations and gourmet meals should make Ireland with VBT an easy choice.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 26, 2012
    Posted by: Bette44
    From: Eatonton Georgia
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful country, spectacular scenery, interesting people

    I would sign up for this vacation again. Riding a bike through this country is the best way to get the flavor of the countryside and its people.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 24, 2012
    Posted by: NancyJune
    From: Lubbock, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Had such an excellent time, I am pondering doing it again !!

    I went to Ireland from Tucson a few years ago. It went beyond what I expected. It was like 'being in a different country' LOL Every single minute was fabulous, weather was good except for one misty day. Leaders are like personal butlers. The places we stayed could not have been better. Love it so much, I am pondering doing it again in 2013.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 20, 2012
    Posted by: Viki
    From: Clearwater, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • My Critique

    I was surprised to discover that Ireland is more rocky - and less green that I had imagined. I loved cycling in Ireland, though the condition of some of the roads left much to be desired. The guides were great! The routes were enjoyable! The accommodations were great! My primary criticism is that we spent way too much time in Ennis at the start of the trip. I would have preferred to have had an additional day of cycling.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 09, 2012
    Posted by: gratefulfolk
    From: Rego Park, Queens, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Breathtaking scenery, lively music and pubs everywhere

    We loved our tour to Ireland. From the scenery of the Cliffs of Moher to cycling along the rocky coastline and stone walls, to our ferry ride to Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands where we toured Dun Aengus, then on to the tour of the bodhran makers and the Ballynahinch Castle. The accommodations were excellent and the cycling was great even in the rain! The highlight of our trip was the concert we experienced at the Kilmurvery Guesthouse. What a wonderful evening of entertainment. Our tour guides as usual were fantastic! They worked hard to ensure a seamless trip and did it expertly! Another fantastic trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 25, 2012
    Posted by: Hall95
    From: Richmond, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • outstanding!

    This was really the trip of a lifetime! (At least until we come back and do another of your trips.) The bikes, route, leaders, hotels, food, and everything far exceeded our expectations!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 24, 2012
    Posted by: honeymooner
    From: Burlington, VT, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A Little bit of Heaven !

    So many shades of green. Such friendly , sincere, fun Irish people. Loved this trip !

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 22, 2012
    Posted by: McDonnell
    From: Gainesville, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • IRELAND WAS GREAT

    I am admittingly a little bias being of Irish descent but this ranked with New Zealand as one of my favorites of the 15 we have been on with VBT. We had great weather, the food was wonderful as were the accomodations. Our tour guides Stevie and Josie were first class people who really cared about all of us. The biking was not easy so be prepared. We are in our 60's and do bike a lot but mostly on flatter roads. We also did the pre and post trips even though we have been to Dublin 2 or 3 times before. The locals were much fun and quite helpful. Their wit is an inspiration.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 22, 2012
    Posted by: Brian
    From: Reston, Virginia, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • It doesn't get better than this!

    This was my first VBT tour and it exceeded all expectations! Gina and Josey were wonderful guides, the food and lodging were excellent, and the tour route was well chosen. Despite some soft Irish rain, it was a 5-star trip by all measures.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 10, 2012
    Posted by: Toby27
    From: Concord, NH
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • OMG The Irish are charming

    Who can say they had a fabulous time riding in the rain and hail on the Aran Islands? A group of us can -- all due to our wonderful team leaders, the host of our B&B and the charming islanders. I have never been wetter in my life. And rarely had a better time. Who knew that seams on rain gear needed to be waterproof as well? My only piece of advice ... please strongly advise waterproof riding shoes, waterproof shoes and many, many pairs of socks.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 10, 2012
    Posted by: Ami26
    From: Bronxville, NY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour had amazing guides, food, and people.

    This tour had amazing guides, food, and people. I did not know Ireland was known for its food, but I think I had some of the best meals of my life. The Irish people were so kind and accommodating. Our guides were very organized, timely, fun, and considerate. The Inns we stayed in were gorgeous. The countryside was very rustic and unique. It was like stepping back in time, but still having modern amenities. The weather was not the greatest. It was cool and rainy most of the trip. Even with the weather, I would have to say this was one of my favorite trips.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
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    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Completely seamless from booking to completion.

    My wife, daughter and I all agree that of all the trips and adventures we have had the past 21 years, the bicycle trip through the Burren and Connemare of Ireland is the best in all ways. The guides, accommodations, food, flights, transfers, etc. were all of the best quality and completely problem free. The rides were all well-laid out,and enjoyable because of the stops for food, guided tours, photo-ops, etc.. All of us agreed that the routes had just the right amount of challenge for casual or experienced riders. We will definitely book with VBT again in the future. New Zealand anyone?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 20, 2012
    Posted by: pbandit2000
    From: Montrose, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • It didn't rain!!! Back roads and not through big cities

    I really enjoyed this trip, but I always felt rushed to be at another appt or meeting. I would have liked more history, but maybe it was my fault for not asking more questions. The country is beautiful and I really enjoyed the two islands we toured.I also enjoyed the information about the bogs.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Bunny
    From: Arizona
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The Ireland tour exceeded all expectations for beauty and its wonderful people!

    Ireland was beautiful with it's green and rugged coastline. The locals were so friendly & eager to share their history making it come alive to us. The riding was great & especially enjoyed the Aran Islands...Ireland is full of lively music & the people full of life...ready & willing to share it with visitors!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 05, 2012
    Posted by: LB64
    From: Santa Maria, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful way to see Ireland

    This was five or six years ago. The ride leaders were great, the weather cooperated and the scenery was extraordinary. Ireland was at the peak of their wealth when I was there, so it was expensive outside of the VBT package. The other folks on the tour were fun, the Inns were luxurious and the meals were excellent. The people of Ireland were very hospitable. Galway Bay was the highlight of the trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: grouchy
    From: Griffin, GA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Totally awesome bike routes. Terrific cuisine!

    Great selection of routes-from the sea to the mountains, through the barrens and to the lakes, from skinny lightly traveled country roads to incredible vistas and smooth fast descents, this trip has it all. I was not looking forward to the food in Ireland, what a mistake. Internationally trained chefs at the inns and stops along the route were way beyond my expectations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Plainmary
    From: Portland, OR, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • All Good

    Ireland plus VBT are quite the combination. Guides were terrific. Food was a great surprise in so far as exceeding all expectations. Irish people were fantastic without any exceptions. Last, but certainly not least, the countryside, views, and accommodations were fantastic. One of the best trips we've had with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2012
    Posted by: doctormoose
    From: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic Trip

    We loved biking in Ireland. Absolutely beautiful routes, fantastic guides with adorable Irish accents, and fun people met everywhere. Among the highlights were the Wormhole on the Aryan Island of Inishmore, and swimming in Lough Inagh. It did rain every day, but usually not for long and that's pretty much what you expect from Ireland!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2012
    Posted by: rawood
    From: Connecticut
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Biking and Guinness. What a combo.

    Spectacular landscapes where VBT finds beautiful back roads that are open to the scenery and without traffic. Irish drivers are extremely polite to bicyclists anyway. It passes by seaside and Connamara peat bogs with mountains in the distance. The reason I chose VBT's Ireland trip was the overnight on Inishmore. The sights, scents and sounds of sea, sky and earth surround you as you pedal. The lovely inns, delicious dinners and Guinness await you at the end of the days. Enjoy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 20, 2012
    Posted by: crawdad
    From: Northeast Kingdom, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Rugged beauty mixed with warmth and charm

    The scenery is stunning on the Connemara coast and Aran Islands. I really enjoyed touring this country by bicycle; stopping at historic landmarks, exploring beautiful abbeys, listening to traditional Irish music in quaint pubs. But what I really loved was meeting the warm and friendly people of Ireland. One of my favorite vacations ever!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: LauraN
    From: St. Louis, MO
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The entire tour and experience is too contingent upon the weather.

    The sites and routes and towns were all great, but everything was tempered by the weather - rain!! Four of our six biking days were in cold, gusty, torential rain - which at times was so bizzare that it was an experience in itself!! We would not do a cycling tour of Ireland again because of the potential for rain. The trip leaders were fine, but if you were not biking in the rain there were not many other alternatives or options. You need to have a contingent plan on this tour for rainy days. You could hire another van to take non rainy day cylists to other indoor type attractions - shopping, museums, etc. The Aaron Islands were the highlight of the trip - gorgeous and minimal rain.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: StanleyO
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The two guides, Gina and Brian, were phenomenal!

    We really liked the accommodations, the food, the itinerary, and the equipment. But the two guides were absolutely phenomenal! Extremely knowledgeable, well prepared, and both had a fantastic Irish sense of humor. VBT definitely gives you value for your money.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TSA29
    From: Cleveland, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We had a great experience on the trip. I study every VBT catalogue now planning more trips. How to choose?

    We toured Ireland as part of a group of 15 family and friends. It was a great way to see the country and reconnect with folks. I just loved the "on the ground" experience of biking - especially since I felt free to enjoy the terrific food after an active day. And settling in to a great night's sleep - sometimes a challenge in unfamiliar settings. Can't wait to cycle with you again. There is a reason Ireland is so green. My family asks that next time we try something sunnier. Can't wait! My cousins have already been on two more trips!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Margaret
    From: Marcellus, NY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Time of my life!

    This was a last minute decision to take a much needed vacation, and I couldn't have asked for a better time. As a single traveler, I was a bit anxious about the experience. The tour leaders put me at ease. They were amazing -- welcoming and knowledgeable about the region. This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I had always wanted to visit Ireland, and biking was the best way to appreciate the beautiful scenery. I would highly recommend VBT and am looking forward to my next adventure with them.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Boaterjen99
    From: Nashville, TN, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Awesome ! This tour presents Ireland in a way you will Always Remember.

    What a tour !! The whole package was outstanding--- The emerald green of the "Cliffs", to the beautiful mist as we biked the Arien Islands and road the rolling waves of the North Atlantic, to the very special treat we received from the proprietors children at our B & B on the Islands--a special celtic dance and music presentation--to the wonderful Irish "pub" food--My wife Mary who is Irish said, "It certainly does not get any better than this tour to see, feel and be a part of the Irish culture. WHAT A TREAT!!"

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Richard
    From: Mahtomedi, MN, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic hotel and inn selections

    My expectations were exceeded for all of the rooms but my best surprise was the food. Not only were the trip hotel menus great, but the tour guide recommendations for restaurant meals "on our own" were outstanding! Nice surprise in a country that is not known for its culinary reputation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Geno
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our expectations were high, but our first experience with VBT exceeded them in every way.

    We've toured unsupported with our tandem in Italy, Germany and Austria. Those were wonderful experiences, but required considerable effort in advance to plan itineraries, reserve accomodations and air travel, and address numerous logistic issues. Touring in Ireland with VBT eliminated all of the "work" of bicycle touring and replaced it with more fun and relaxation. Our leaders, Josie and Kevin, could not have been more friendly and attentive to each guest on our tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bernie
    From: Essex Junction, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A Trip of A Lifetime!

    Our Ireland bike tour was a trip of a lifetime. You are whisked away to a magical place filled with magnificent rocky coastal cliffs and fields of 100 shades of green. The quaint little Irish B & B s each prepared the most mouth- watering meals we have ever tasted. Breakfast baskets were filled with homemade banana and soda breads, while the soups and stews were savory after our day of coastal riding. Our guides went above and beyond to prepare the routes and make sure that everyone's needs were satisfied on our trip. One of the most memorable nights was during our stay at the Aran Islands. We were treated to a night of music and singing with a gaelic musician. Their warmth and open heartedness made us feel right at home. Our bike tour did not only include the most beautiful scenic routes along the cliffs of Mohr and Coast of Connemara but it also included great music, Irish history and culture. I want to thank VBT for sharing Ireland with us!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Zina72
    From: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Ireland: Galway and the Connemara Coast

    I shared the most incredible 10 days with my daughter touring the most beautiful countryside that is Ireland. The adventure was a graduation gift that we had both looked forward to for two years. VBT exceeded our expectations in every imaginable way. Ireland also provided unusually spectacular weather in September. Our hosts both on and off the bicycles were warm, friendly, and gracious. Prior to our departure, we heard "you don't travel to Ireland for the food or the weather" repeatedly. I now would counter that with," I would recommend this trip" , without reservation, for the lovely, unpredictable weather, the food - it was first class everywhere we stopped but most importantly, for the people you will meet both on and off the trip. I would highly recommend this trip. I can't wait to plan my next VBT tour. I am already in the planning stages! Many thanks to all who work to make these experiences possible.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: 19mcassidy56
    From: Vermont, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful tour of a wonderful country

    I took this tour in early Sept. 2008 after having been to almost every country in Europe. I had always heard that Ireland was beautiful and so it was. We were extremely lucky and had only a day and a half of rain, after a summer of rain almost every day. The biking was rated well and I had no trouble handling the rolling hills. I even biked a couple of hours on our rainy day, followed by hot toddies in a gorgeous country inn. The variety of hotels and inns corresponded nicely to the cities and towns in which we stayed. On Inishmore, Aran Islands we lodged in a family-run guest house, and had a typical homestyle dinner, whereas in Galway we stayed at a wonderful 4**** hotel with options to eat anywhere in town. We learned about local culture and archaeology from an expert, experienced typical Irish entertainment , and saw some of the most exciting sites in Ireland , as the Cliffs of Moher. We traveled by ferry to the Islands which added another dimension to our travel. Our group was the best. A mix of couples and singles , which always adds to the fun, especially when one travels alone. One of my favorite VBT trips , and I have taken 5 of them- 2 since Ireland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: florie26
    From: Philadelphia, Pa.
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • great trip

    people, food,countryside guiness. all amazing . highly recommended.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: bonz
    From: south florida
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Loved seeing the diversity of Ireland close up with knowledgeable and great tour leaders.

    The accommodations were 1st class and very comfortable. The bikes were in tip top condition and fitted to each of us expertly. The directions for each days biking were easy to understand and follow. When one of us needed vansupport, it was there! The leaders were Irish and a wealth of information. They were both very friendly and a pleasure to be with. Everything was well planned and enjoyable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Lonnir
    From: Colorado
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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