Walkaway Treks Iceland and Ireland

Fully escorted by Charles Whitlock, Walkaway Treks

Walkaway Treks Iceland and Ireland

Two of the most interesting destinations are offered in this combined tour as we explore Iceland and Ireland this coming spring. Limited availability on our special departure.

Itinerary

Walkaway Treks Iceland and Ireland May 2020Sun May 10 2020 Reykjavik Dinner
On arrival and after clearing local immigration, meet our local tour manager for a 1-hour transfer to Reykjavik where we will enjoy a 3-hour drive and walking tour of Iceland’s capital. Arrival at our hotel late morning for an independent lunch before hotel check-in. Balance of afternoon is left open before our welcome dinner this evening.
Overnight for the next three nights at the CenterHotel Klöpp in the heart of Reykjavik.

Mon May 11 2020 Walking tour day Breakfast and packed lunch
Breakfast at our hotel and meet our local tour manager for a full day’s tour starting with a south coast drive to Village Vik (it is also possible to hike along the river up from Skogafoss Waterfall – one of the attractions on the way to Village Vik) where we will have an option to (a) hike up the Mountain Reynisfjall (app 2,000 feet) with excellent views of the sea OR (b) hike up to Ingolf’s Grave on Ingolfshofdi Promontory or (c) a two hour walk to the airplane fuselage on Myrdalssandur Sandy Plain.
Late afternoon return to Reykjavik for an open evening.

Tues May 12 2020 Hiking tour day Breakfast and packed lunch
Breakfast at our hotel and meet our local tour manager for a full day’s tour – this will start with a one hour drive to the start of our 5-hour hike to see Glymur Waterfall the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, with a cascade of 198 m. It was long regarded as the tallest until being surpassed by Morsárfoss, near Morsárjökull. Glymur is situated at the end of the Hvalfjörður. The river Botnsá runs from the Hvalvatn lake and after a short distance the water falls down alongside the Hvalfell mountain into a steep canyon.

Wed May 13 2020 Travel to Ireland Breakfast
Early morning breakfast and check-out and transfer to our onward flight.

Wed 13 May 2020 Ireland Lunch and Dinner
Meet our Driver-Guide in the arrival hall of Dublin Airport. Depart and enjoy a lunch at the Man o’ War Irish Pub a short 20-minute drive from the Airport. Following lunch, we tour to Galway with a visit to Clonmacnoise.
Founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruin of a cathedral, 7 churches (10th to 13th century), 2 round towers, 3 high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of grave slabs are on display in the visitor centre.
Dinner and overnight in Galway at the Menlo Park Hotel

Thu 14 May 2020 Galway Breakfast and Lunch
Walking tour of Galway City with a local Guide. Starting on the Salthill Promenade on Galway Bay, walking on to the Claddagh (the oldest part of Galway City) and past the old Claddagh Church, into the old Galway dock and over the Salmon weir bridge, up high street, Galway Cathedral and finishing in Eyre Square. After our walk our walking guide will join us for a group Pub Lunch in Galway at Busker Browns. Evening is left open in Galway for individual exploration.
Overnight in Galway

Fri 15 May 2020 Galway / Killarney Breakfast and Dinner
Breakfast and depart as we tour to Killarney. At Doolin village you will meet our local walking guide who will take us on the Doolin Cliff Top Walk which will brings us to the visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher. This is a spectacular cliff walk with commanding views of both the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic. Please keep in mind however it is a cliff walk and the path is narrow in places. (**these trails are safe and well-travelled however in sections they do hug the edge of cliff faces)

Grade: Moderate. Time: 3.5 Hours. Distance: 8 Kms approx. and requires sturdy footwear & a good rain jacket

Visit the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, where we can purchase refreshments after our walk. Travel through The Burren National Park - famous for its Lunar-like Limestone landscape and its unique flora. About 20 species of orchids grow wild here. We then travel on to Killimer Habour on to banks of the Shannon River and take the Shannon Ferry across into County Kerry.
Dinner and Overnight in Killarney at the Brook Lodge Hotel

Sat 16 May 2020 Ring of Kerry Breakfast and Lunch
Today we travel the Ring of Kerry and then stop for a group lunch in The Blind Piper Pub in Caherdaniel where our local guide will join us after lunch and take us over the on the “Old Butter Road” over the hills to the village of Castlecove. This outstanding well - marked trail has commanding views to the south of the spectacular Beara Peninsula & Kenmare Bay including the islands of Deenish, Scarriff and the Bull Rock.

Grade: Casual. Time: 2 Hours. Distance 5 Kms and requires sturdy footwear & a good rain jacket

Meet Driver-Guide in Castlecove and continue to Sneem village before travelling up over Molls Gap, with a stop at Ladies View over the lakes of Killarney for a picture. Late in the afternoon we travel to Killarney.
Overnight in Killarney

Sun 17 May 2020 Cork Breakfast and Dinner
Breakfast and an open morning free in Killarney. For those interested, time for church or a leisurely city walk to do some shopping. We then tour to Cork where we will enjoy a walking tour of Cork City with a local guide. We will enjoy a “walk” through the history of Cork and its architecture including medieval Red Abbey, St Finbarr’s Cathedral, University College Cork, Shannon Bells and Tower at St. Annes Church and Old English Market.
Dinner and overnight at the Maldron Hotel, Cork.

Mon 18 May 2020 Kilkenny Breakfast and Lunch
Travel to Kilkenny. Enroute we head out on the Ballycotton Cliff walk with a local guide. The Cliff Walk is from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach along a track flanked by meadows on one side and the ocean on the other. The walk extends over 8 km on a foot worn track along the cliff face with stunning views and passes Ballytrasna beach. (**these trails are safe and well-travelled however in sections they do hug the edge of cliff faces)

Grade: Moderate. Time: 3.5 Hours. Distance: 8 Kms approx. - this walk requires sturdy footwear & a good rain jacket

Group lunch in the Old Whiskey Distillery in Middleton. Visit the old whiskey distillery in Middleton for the Jameson Experience. Tour of the old distillery where we see the machinery and manual tools used in the past. There is also a giant waterwheel which once powered all the machinery and still turns today. Our distillery guide will explain the process of distilling whiskey and show us the largest pot still in the world. The tour ends in the Jameson bar where there will be a tasting of Whiskey.
Dine in Kilkenny City on our own and overnight at the Ormonde Kilkenny.

Tue 19 May 2020 Dublin Breakfast and Dinner
Morning departure for Dublin. On arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour of Dublin including a visit to Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral and then finish at the Guinness Store House for a tour and a glass of “Ireland’s Finest”!
Farewell Dinner with Irish music and dance night at the Merry Ploughboys Pub and overnight in Dublin at the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown.

Wed 20 May 2020 Departure Breakfast
Depart for Dublin Airport and our return flights back to Canada or elect to extend your stay.


Cost

Tour Price
  • Price per person sharing Double / Twin Rooms CAD $4,765
  • Single (Maximum 2 singles) CAD $5,595
  • Additional Single rooms will be at CAD $5,680
Payment Requirements
  • Deposit required to secure your booking:
    Canadian $750 per person
  • Final Payment Due: March 6, 2020

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of booking to March 5, 2020: Loss of deposit paid
  • From final payment date to departure: 100% non-refundable
In the event that we are able to find a replacement from waitlists or other requests received for the tour between date of booking and 31-days prior to date of departure, a flat $50.00 p.p. administration charge will be accessed. Within 31-days prior, we regret that all payments become non-refundable with or without a replacement.


Price includes return air with all taxes and:

ICELAND:

  • Arrival meet and greet and private transfers throughout with our local tour manager
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik including breakfast and pre-paid taxes
  • Welcome dinner
  • 2 packed lunches
  • Sightseeing, walking and hiking as listed in the itinerary

IRELAND:

  • Luxury coach & driver-guide (1 person) for duration of the tour
  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast in the hotels listed
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Meals as listed including a special dinner and Irish Evening at the Merry Ploughboys Pub

All visits and admissions on the program:

  • Clonmacnoise
  • 2 guides for a walking tour of Galway
  • 2 guides for Doolin Cliff Top walk
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Shannon Ferry
  • 2 guides for the Old Butter Road Kerry
  • 2 guides for a walking tour of Cork
  • 2 guides for the Ballycotton Cliff walk
  • Jameson at Middleton Distillery
  • 2 guides for a walking tour of Dublin
  • Trinity College /Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Guinness Store House

AIR
We offer a group air arrangements from / to Toronto or the option of a land only. In the case where a land only is used, we will provide transfers on a group basis only for independent travelers who arrive and / or depart at the same approximate time(s) as our group. Independent transfers at a different arrival or departure can easily be pre-confirmed through our local tour operator.

Strictly Limited Availability:
Our Iceland & Ireland program is strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to ensure the quality of our tour, this program is limited to a maximum of 19-participants. Once the tour is filled, we will accept waitlists. As with the tour itself, waitlists will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Insurance
We strongly recommend adequate travel insurance and will provide details of insurance suggestions at the time of booking.

Flights

Toronto May 09
Reykjavik May 10
Icelandair 602
Depart: 21:00
Arrive: 06:20
Reykjavik May 13
Dublin
Icelandair 416
Depart: 07:30
Arrive: 10:50
Dublin May 20
Reykjavik
Icelandair 417
Depart: 11:45
Arrive: 13:05
Reykjavik May 20
Toronto
Icelandair 603
Depart: 17:05
Arrive: 18:55

First-Class Accommodations

CenterHotel Klöpp - Reykjavik
CenterHotel Klöpp
Reykjavik

CenterHotel Klöpp is right in Reykjavik’s city center, ideally located to explore the city. Offering comfortable rooms, breakfast area, hotel bar, free wi-fi, friendly service and a warm welcoming atmosphere. In the evening the lobby lounge area turns into a nice bar area where you can relax. Happy Hour is at the bar every day from 16 to 18. Each room at Klopp has a mini-bar that can be stocked upon request, hairdryer, shower, flat screen TV and free wi-fi.

Menlo Park Hotel - Galway
Menlo Park Hotel
Galway

A warm and homely place is a true rarity, and the Menlo Park Hotel is unlike any other. This award winning property is one of the finest 4 star hotels in Galway City and has elegantly designed guest rooms, including a number of luxurious superior king rooms and suites. The Menlo Park Hotel Galway pride ourselves on ensuring each guest has a truly exceptional stay.

Brook Lodge Hotel - Killarney
Brook Lodge Hotel
Killarney

Located just of High Street yet surrounded by its own private gardens affording guests the peace and tranquility one might come to expect from a country retreat, yet just a few steps away from all that Killarney has to offer. The oversized bedrooms offer everything associated with a luxury 4 star hotel. Each bedroom is decorated in warm tones with bespoke furniture.


Maldron Hotel - Cork
Maldron Hotel
Cork

The newly refurbished 4 star Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is located in the heart of Cork City, in the historic cultural quarter, near the famous Shandon Bells. Enjoy comfortable, spacious and affordable accommodation. This, plus efficient, friendly service from staff who genuinely care, will make your stay unforgettable. It offers the perfect base for exploring this wonderfully historic city.

Ormonde Kilkenny
Ormonde
Kilkenny

The Kilkenny - Ormonde Hotel is a 4 star city centre hotel, located right next to Kilkenny City's top landmarks. Just a few steps from the hotel, you'll find the finest boutiques, craft studios and art galleries as well as cute cafés, theatres, bars and restaurants too. Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel are surely the most ideally located hotel in Kilkenny City and the only Kilkenny city centre hotel with a swimming pool and a fabulously luxurious spa.

Clayton Hotel - Leopardstown
Clayton Hotel
Leopardstown

With easy access to the city centre, Dublin mountains and Dundrum shopping centre, Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is the perfect choice for your holiday stay. The superior rooms are designed to maximise your comfort. Room facilities include a 42” flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and a double and single Clayton signature bed. Guests can avail of complimentary use of our 24-hour dry gym. Room service is also available 24-hours with a range of delicious options.


Meet Charles Whitlock
Walkaway Treks

Charles Whitlock

Charles is a passionate hiker who shares his love of hiking with both new and experienced walkers.

In 2003 Charles established Walkaway Treks to better serve his hiking adventures and to provide a variety of hiking services.

Charles Whitlock is the owner/operator
of Walkaway Treks.

  • 30+ years outdoor leadership experience
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Certified hike leader with the Toronto Bruce
  • Trail Club and the Grand Valley Trails Association
  • Tour Manager for tours in the United Kingdom, France, Guernsey, Canada and the United States
  • Advisor to the Grand Valley Trails Association

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