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Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin

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County Dublin, Ireland
Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin
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Explore the best of Ireland’s beautiful countryside on this Connemara and Galway day tour from Dublin. Visit the pretty village of Cong, home to the Augustinian monastery of Cong Abbey. Admire fortified castles and tranquil lakes, and watch for native hawks and otters on the shores of Lough Corrib Lake. Enjoy uninterrupted views over Inchagoil Island and the Maumturk Range. Head through the Maam Valley to bustling Galway, and discover top city attractions including St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Shop Street during your walking tour.
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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34 O'Connell Street Lower , 34 O'Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 EY17, Ireland

Meet at Paddywagon Office at The Spire - 34 O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1.

8:05 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Bookings made through Viator will automatically be signed up for the pickup point and collection time specified in the booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • If you wish to change your reservation to one of the other pick-up locations offered by Paddywagon Tours, you will need to contact us by telephone or email not later than 17:00 the evening prior so that we can guarantee the change. Please note that changes are only guaranteed once confirmed in writing by us.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paddywagon Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Connemara and Galway City Day Tour from Dublin?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-1
Disappointment
Melissa_R
, May 2022
Very disappointing overall. Driver was entertaining but the tour itself was a bust. Spent hours getting to Cong to be told we had to be back at the bus in less than hour. Then took backroads to Galway, dropped off at a bus stop and told what time to get on City Link bus, which was less than 2 hours later, for a ride back to Dublin. We did not get a tour of Galway and not nearly enough time to explore on our own. It was the only reason I booked the trip. The tour bus did not even have wifi.
star-5
Paddywagon never fails!
Tracy_K
, Mar 2020
Excellent day trip. We were so lucky to have Darren as our tour guide. He made sure we saw every bit of the countryside and introduced us to locals along the way. He was so much fun and knowledgable! Paddywagon is always the way to go!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day out
cmontebello63
, Feb 2020
Had a fantastic day....Alex the coach driver was very informative and had a great sence of humour, which made the long drive seem shorter.
star-3
Connemara and Galway 2019
JeanFranois_M
, Mar 2019
Dan the driver was good. About Connemara it was a little disappointing : lot of road,no place to park
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
If you don't know the Galway Girl...
Stephanie K
, Jan 2018
If you don't know the Galway Girl song yet, you will by the end of this tour. What beautiful countryside along the wild atlantic way! And if your tour guide pulls to the side of the road in the middle of nowhere to see who dares run across the rickety bridge, just do it - you will be sad to miss what is on the other side of the hill.
star-3
Best part of this tour was the stop...
Diana F
, Dec 2017
Best part of this tour was the stop made in Cong--wish I just could have spent a day there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
I enjoyed the stop we made in Cong...
Marla_E
, Oct 2017
I enjoyed the stop we made in Cong where The Quiet Man was filmed. Such a beautiful little town. Next time I will definitely do the 2 day tour because the stop in Galway was nice but just time for lunch and the a bit of shopping. The music in most pubs doesn't start until evening that that's what Galway is known for. All in all, it was a nice day trip away from Dublin for a bit.
star-5
I would recommend this tour its such...
Dawn H
, Aug 2016
I would recommend this tour its such a great day our guide was terrific lots of fun and a lot of knowledge he made the day so interesting. There is so much to see and it's all so beautiful
star-3
Ashford Castle was stunning, but not...
Mary V
, Jul 2016
Ashford Castle was stunning, but not much time devoted to that long walk, and felt rushed. Galway was a lovely place and you cannot miss the scenic ride along the way with happy cows/sheep, etc. Tour guide was perfect, entertaining and informative.
star-4
Good tour, but slightly disappointed...
Peter F
, Jul 2016
Good tour, but slightly disappointed that the bus had no microphone and no information about the history/area we were visiting. We would have liked more time to explore Cong, and spent less time Galway but well worth the money anyway to get a flavor of Ireland.
star-1
This tour was awful and did not do...
Leesa H
, Jul 2016
This tour was awful and did not do the description in the itinerary. For example, the tour was supposed to include a walking tour of Galway, it did not. The driver dropped us off in the main square and told us to meet the bus at the stop in two hours. Do not do this tour.
star-3
too much riding and too little...
helen_w
, Jun 2016
too much riding and too little information about what we were seeing. the village of cong was interesting. enjoyed the impromptu tour by the highway man. too little time in galway. some confusion about changing buses and spent an hour waiting in the gas station for the 2nd bus to show up to take us to dublin.
star-3
Enjoyed the scenery but spent more...
Anna_S
, Jun 2016
Enjoyed the scenery but spent more time on the bus than expected. Winding roads - request to sit in the front of the bus if you are prone to car sickness.
star-4
Beautiful scenery, but the weather...
William A E
, Feb 2016
Beautiful scenery, but the weather was cold and rainy...no ones fault, but it made it a little difficult to enjoy a tour that involved being outside most of the time. We did enjoy the village of Cong despite everything being closed as it was not yet tourist season. The time in Galway was enjoyable and my wife and daughter enjoyed shopping there.
star-5
Our tour guide was a riot! He kept...
Jenny S
, Jan 2016
Our tour guide was a riot! He kept us entertained with songs of all kinds from local lore. Although the flooding was a bit much in the village of Cong where the Quiet Man was filmed and we were unable to get into Ashford Castle, we got to see much of the gorgeous countryside and shop for a while in Galway. It's a long tour but worth the money we paid. :
star-2
Perte d’argent …
thomas_o
, Apr 2022
Bien déçu… Départ à 8h10 de O’Connell street , Après 3h de route et une pause de 20 min nous arrivons à Cong on nous avons seulement 45 min pour manger et visiter , en sachant que le bus nous a lâcher loin du centre. Ensuite direction le " connemara ". La est la déception, nous pensions apercevoir le connemara de plus près et pouvoir s’arrêter 1h .. finalement on a juste fait le tour du lac avec une pause de 2 min au bord de route pour prendre le connemara et loin ( inutile ) et puis continue la visite. Manque de chance pour nous , nous étions du mauvais côté du bus donc rien à voir … Tous ca pour arrivée à Galway et faire un tour de ville de 1h30. En bref si vous voulez visitez le connemara louer une voiture ou bien partez en excursion de Galway.
star-5
Angenehme Tour
riki_9
, Nov 2021
Die Tour war gut gestaltet. Man hatte immer wieder Zeit, sich die Orte genauer anzusehen. Der Fahrer war super. Er war gut gelaunt, hat immer wieder zu Sehenswerten Orten etwas erzählt und einen aber auch immer den Ausblick auf die Umgebung genießen lassen. Das Wetter hat an dem Tag auch recht gut mitgespielt. Es war zwar bewölkt, aber die Sonne kam immer wieder zum Vorschein. Alles in allem eine recht angenehme und schöne Tour.
star-2
Le début de l'excursion commence...
Lauriane N
, Jun 2018
Le début de l'excursion commence bien avec la visite du village de Cong.. mais nous avons trouvé qu'il y avait peu de temps pour manger, profiter du paysage et visiter le village. Malgré tout nous avons passé un bon moment dans le village. La visite du Connemara nous a déçues.. nous pensions pouvoir nous promener dans ce paysage et en profiter durant au moins 1h.. mais le guide nous a rappelé à l'ordre pour que l'on retourne dans le bus après seulement 10min, tout juste le temps pour prendre quelques photos. La visite se fait donc à travers les vitres du bus. Toutefois, la visite de la ville de Galway était très sympathique et nous avions assez de temps pour la visiter. Lauriane et Clémence
star-1
pour commencer en guise de bus...
brigitte s
, May 2016
pour commencer en guise de bus luxueux nous avons eu un mini bus de 15 places mais bon ce n'est pas le plus grave!de la société après 1h30 de voyage, premier arrêt toilette dans une station service . là, je demande au chauffeur de baisser le chauffage car il faisait 30 dans le bus. il ne le baisse pas!! direction le village de cong arrêt de 45 min .ensuite d'autres personnes demande de baisser le chauffage alors le chauffeur met un peu de clim pendant 15 min puis il remet le chauffage.de plus il conduisait super vite plusieurs personnes étaient au bord du malaise mais le chauffeur n'en avait rien à faire. nous avons traversé le connemara à toute vitesse un seul arrêt de 3 min pour prendre une photo ,même si le temps n'était pas très beau je pense que cette région méritait un arrêt un peu plus long. nous somme arrivés à 14h30 à galway l'estomac dans les talons et là on avait 2h pour visiter et manger. un peu court .reprise du bus à 16h30 .une dame a demandé au chauffeur de faire un arrêt vers la mer pour une photo mais il a refusé. direction dublin en une seule traite arrivée à 19 h au lieu de 20h. où était le guide promis? nous avons été transporté comme du bétail et nous n'avons pu profité de rien.un vrai cauchemar!! j'avais déjà fait une excursion l'année dernière jusqu'au château de kilkeny qui avait été super.notre excusion était le dimanche 1 mai
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