$2,299 per person

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Running Around Ireland

Sightsee on the run and relax with a beer

Ireland is undergoing a bit of a renaissance at the moment. People are getting more active. They are using exercise as a way to stay fit and healthy but also as social medium. But what would a social gathering in Ireland be without a drink or two?

This tour gives you the chance to tour Ireland, run in some of it's best cities and towns, and try a few different beers along the way. You start in Galway with a 10k or half-marathon around this beautiful city and along the promenade at Salthill before a tour and tasting at Galway Bay brewery. You will also have ample time to sample the city's resplendent nightlife.

On to Killarney and Dublin where you will do a sightjogging tour of each before sampling some local beer and visiting the Guinness Storehouse. There is plenty of time left aside to explore the beatiful Connemara region and the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula as  well as the rest of Dublin.

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Day 1 - Depart US

Depart Boston on your overnight flight. Be sure to arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Day 2 - Arrive & Settle In

Arrive in Shannon where you will pick up your rental car and drive to Galway. This drive takes approximately 90 minutes. Take today to rest up and prepare for the race tomorrow. You can walk the Salthill promenade which is right on the doorstep of your hotel and wander through Salthill. Take a trip into Galway city itself in the afternoon and get a feel for this wonderfully charming city. Have a good pasta dinner at one of Galway's many exquisite Italian Restaurants before returning to your hotel early. Your race is in the morning and you will be tired following your overnight flight.

Overnight at Salthill Hotel Galway

Day 3 - Race Day & Brewery Tour

This morning is the Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K in aid of Cancer Care West. Whether you take part in the 10k or half marathon (or both), you should be finished shortly after lunch time.  Avail of the refreshments after the race and grab a shower. It's time to really get to know Galway starting with a tour & tasting at Galway Bay Brewery near your hotel.

If you have a penchant for craft beers, your home for the night should be the Salt House. The taps there always change and you will be sure to leave with a new favorite beer on your lips. If any of Galway Bay's brews are already your new favorite, they serve them there too. There are also some great pubs on this side of town for live music to while away the night.

Overnight at Salthill Hotel Galway

Day 4 - Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Today you may wish to sleep in a little or get an early start to stretch out your legs following the race yesterday. Have a breakfast at the hotel and take a short stroll along the Prom. When you are ready, get in the car to tour Connemara for the day.

Take the coast road through Spiddal, Carna and Roundstone to Clifden stopping off for photos along the way. Clifden might be a good place to have some lunch. After lunch continue on to Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens on the edge of Connemara National Park. The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake has made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland. Return to Salthill via the N59 through Moycullen and Oughterard.

Overnight at Salthill Hotel Galway

Day 5 - Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Today you are leaving Galway and making your way to Killarney. Make your way south on the Wild Atlantic Way through Kinvara to the Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m at their highest point they stretch for (5 miles along the Atlantic coast of County Clare. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.

Continue along the coast through some wonderful coastal towns and board the ferry to cross the mouth of the River Shannon. Arrive in Killarney towards evening and check in to your hotel. You will have some time to explore this wonderful little town and decide which of its magnificent restaurants to dine at. Your hotel even offers its own craft brew which you may like to try.

Overnight at The Lake Hotel Killarney

Day 6 - Sightjogging & Ring of Kerry

This morning you will rise early and embark on a sight jogging tour of Killarney. During this tour of 6km your local tour guide will bring to you the seanchaí storytelling tradition by recounting at each stop the history of the area and the legends and tales surrounding the imposing Lough Lein (Upper lake), and Ross Castle. Following this, it is back to your hotel for breakfast before taking off for a day on the Dingle Peninsula.

From Killarney make your way towards Tralee from where you will start your Dingle adventure. Continue through Inch and if you are brave enough you can take the Conor Pass. If you are not, stay on the N86 towards Annascaul. Arrive in Dingle and explore the town, the only one on the Dingle Peninsula. Visit Dingle Brewing Company and take a self-guided tour before enjoying a drink of their Tom Crean Lager.

Tom Crean was an intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland's unsung heroes. He is one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackelton and survived three famous expeditions. Where better to learn more about the man than at his own pub, The South Pole Inn in Annascaul, which is on you way home. Stop here for some food, another drink and to learn about the Dingle Peninsula's most famous son in his own pub.

Overnight at The Lake Hotel Killarney

Day 7 - Rock of Cashel & Dublin

Today you leave Killarney for Ireland's capital, Dublin city. To break up the journey, you may wish to stop at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary which is about half way. According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 20 miles north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel.

Continue to Dublin where you will check in to your hotel.  Your hotel in in the middle of St Stephen's Green, Merrion Square and Trinity College so you will find plenty to keep you entertained for the balance of the evening.

Overnight at Buswells Hotel Dublin

Day 8 - Sight Jogging & Guinness Storehouse

This morning you will rise bright and early for a sight jogging tour of Dublin. This is approximately 6.5k and takes in such landmarks as St Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity Cellege and Dublin Castle. It will also provide you with information on current events, markets and festivals so your experience of Dublin will be as authentic as it gets. The best part is that you will be able to get breakfast at your hotel after this and still have a full day to use your new found knowledge of Dublin. 

Take the open top bus tour as your mode of transport today. Tour Glasnevin Cemetry, Kilmainham Gaol and/or Phoenix Park before going to Guinness Storehouse in the afternoon for for a tour and a pint at the top safe in the knowledge that you kept your fitness level up on your trip to Ireland.

Overnight at Buswells Hotel Dublin

Day 9 - Return Home

Today you leave Dublin for home after what was hopefully a very fun and rewarding trip to Ireland.

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