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Connemara Lazy Days Cycling

“A great way to experience this wonderful region of Ireland.” — K.G.

“A great way to experience this wonderful region of Ireland.” — K.G.

“A great way to experience this wonderful region of Ireland.” — K.G.

“A great way to experience this wonderful region of Ireland.” — K.G.
  • 6 nights | 22 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €895
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This tour is specifically designed for independent travellers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. It allows for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara is the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coastal region, giving a glimpse of the dramatic scenery of Connemara.

Daily cycling will average 25 -35 kilometers on low traffic back-roads, the terrain is not flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside. In the evenings, you will enjoy traditional Irish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and bed & breakfasts.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Clifden
Warm welcome and a chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information and your bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. One of our representatives will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation to answer all your questions and go through your routes together.

Clifden is a small, colorful town, also often labeled the "Capital of Connemara." There are many restaurants where you can choose a lovely evening meal and a great selection of traditional pubs where often you will find Irish music.
Overnight in Clifden

Day 2: Clifden – Renvyle (22-28 miles/35-45 km)
After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along the Sky Road, if you opt for the longer option (45 km), it offers fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean and its islands. Traveling quiet back roads, you will pass through the quaint fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park.

Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites and is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Ben mountain range.
Overnight in Renvyle

Day 3: Renvyle – Leenane (20 miles/26 km)
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast passing perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland's only fjord.

You could take the boat along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm or 4:30pm (ticket not included). This is a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honored by the company of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will stay the night in Leenane.
Overnight in Leenane

Day 4: Leenane – Lough Inagh (15 miles/23 km)
After breakfast you will continue your journey leaving Leenane. You cycle away from the coast back towards the mountains on a road through lake-strewn moorlands to the stunning Inagh Valley.

You will have the option to visit one of Ireland's top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. This gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry along with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It has won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens. Tonight you will be staying in welcoming accommodation overlooking spectacular Lough Inagh.
Overnight in Lough Inagh

Day 5: Lough Inagh – Roundstone (17 miles/28 km)
Cycle back towards the coast today, leaving the mountains behind as you head towards Roundstone. You will be traveling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. You will cycle through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, which is considered the last bastion of Celtic Ireland. You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone.
Overnight in Roundstone

Day 6: Roundstone – Clifden (15 miles/24 km)
Well-fed and well-rested, you will begin your day with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach and glorious turquoise bay, it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings you past Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the Bogroad. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants.

You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the "craic" in this vibrant town - one of the last true treasures in Western Europe.
Overnight in Clifden

Day 7: Departure
Breakfast, followed by departure.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Mondays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2019 (alternate start days available for a surcharge)
Low season: Apr 01, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019 , Sep 10, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
High season: Jun 10, 2019 - Sep 09, 2019

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 895
High season surcharge
€ 50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 185
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€ 450
Non-scheduled start date surcharge (days other than Mondays), per group
€ 70
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike upgrade (front suspension)
€ 70
Electrically-assisted bike
€ 195
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Connemara Adventure Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellations
The full payment is due 30 days before arrival and tour starts. When the payment is through our confirmation is sent to you with pre-departure information (with all accommodation details and some useful information before traveling to Ireland) within 7 working days.
If the start date of the tour is within 30 days of booking the full payment is required upon booking.

All cancellations must be made in writing to the tour operator.

  • If the cancellation is 60 days or more prior to arrival, payment of 30% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 59-41 days before arrival, a payment of 50% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 40-31 days before arrival, a payment of 70% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 30 days or fewer before arrival, a payment of 100% per person is required by the tour operator.

No refunds are given for services not used by a trip participant. We strongly recommend that your clients purchase airfare and tour package insurance with their flight supplier at the time they make the booking.

For guided tours only:
In case of less than stated minimum numbers for any one tour, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel up to four weeks before commencement date. In this case we will refund total received amounts. Wherever possible we will suggest alternative comparable tour, or if we have to cancel due to small numbers and the participants are still interested we will offer the tour at a newly calculated price. In the case all participants agree the tour will go ahead.

Travel + Airport Transfers
We include airport transfers in our prices for guided tours only, please note that these are subject to the the tour operator time-table; normally we meet guests between 12.00 - 16.00 on day one and transfer back on the last day to be at the airport at approx. 12.00. Please contact us in advance so we can help plan your arrival and departure arrangements. We can and do arrange taxis from all airports to any of our tour destinations. Furthermore timetables and rates for National Rail and Bus services can be supplied. We do not organize travel to Ireland from overs eas destinations.

Health and Fitness
Most tours are active holidays, and require at least moderate fitness levels according to description. Tours may involve 4 - 6 hours walking, or 3 - 5 hours cycling a day. Checking the suitability of each tour can help you to avoid disappointment. Those unaccustomed to activity are advised to take gentle exercise before the tour to fully enjoy the experience. Please advise us of any special medical, physical, or health requirements you may have, or conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, disabilities, severe allergies, etc. and any medication you may be on.

Climate and Clothing
Ireland's climate is mild, frequently damp, highly changeable, with temperatures ranging from 53° to 82° F. we advise that both light and warm clothing is carried, rainwear is essential.

Food
Most special diets can be catered for, provided we are notified in advance

Children
A lower age limit applies to some tours, please check with us in advance of booking.

Insurance
We provide full public liability for guests on our tours, however, we require you to purchase full health insurance, including coverage for repatriation. Please provide us with an indication that you have purchased this insurance at the time full payment is made. You can purchase this insurance from your travel agent.

Responsibility
The tour operator act as agents for the traveler and can accept no responsibility for the service of any hotel, restaurant or carrier used in connection with these tours, nor any liability for claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss to persons or property. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable the tour operator reserves the right to alter a tour should weather, clients preference, or other circumstances intervene. The right is reserved to cancel a tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour at any time.

Due Diligence
The tours in our program have been designed to provide participants with an exposure of the true nature of the environment visited and therefore involve an element of personal risk and exposure to potential hazards above those associated with normal 'package holidays'. Bookings are accepted on the understanding that such risks are appreciated by the client.

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