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Dublin and West Ireland E-bike Tour

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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Through the karst landscape of the Burren region, towards the Atlantic cliffs, the Aran Islands, and onwards to the vast expanse of Connemara. Witnesses of megalithic culture, medieval high crosses and currags accompany our journey through Ireland's Wild West.

This hilly region of Ireland is made accessible to everyone through the use of electrically-assisted bikes.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
In Dublin your hotel welcomes you. At 6:00pm we meet in the hotel lobby for a guided city tour through the lively Irish capital. The evening is yours to enjoy.
Overnight in Dublin

Day 2: Dublin – Lisdoonvarna (19 miles/30 km)
After having our first Irish breakfast, a bus takes us to the West coast of Ireland (a three-hour drive). At the gates of the Burren region, we get on our bikes and cycle the first kilometers on the Wild Atlantic Way. One of Oliver Cromwell’s trusted friends described the burren region somewhat macabre in the 17th century: No tree to hang a man, no pond to drown him, no soil to bury him.

In the late afternoon, we reach Lisdoonvarna with almost 750 inhabitants capital of the region and famous for the only health spa of the country and especially for the biggest marriage market of Europe, the Matchmaking Festival, which takes place in September. The hotel awaits us. For dinner we meet in the Michelin-rated hotel restaurant.
Overnight in Lisdoonvarna

Day 3: Burren region loop (28 miles/45 km)
After breakfast, we cycle through the Burren region, a primal karst landscape with an unexpected opulent flora. Our bikes take us on steady rolling hills, almost without any traffic, through a stone desert of exceptional fascination. We visit the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive sign of settlements in the Neolithic Age.

Our first destination is Kilfenora, known for its cathedral, a partly restored ruin of the 12th century. Nearby there are three richly ornamented Celtic high crosses, among them the famous Doorty Cross. In the afternoon, we reach one of the tour's highlights: the Cliffs of Moher, fighting incessantly against powerful breakers. After a walk along the impressive rock formations, we go back to our hotel, either by bus or by bike. We have dinner again at the hotel owned restaurant.
Overnight in Lisdoonvarna

Day 4: Lisdoonvarna – Aran Islands – Clifden (6 miles/10 km + 2 miles/3 km hiking)
After having breakfast we cycle to a jetty in Doolin and take a ferry to Inishmore, the biggest of the three Aran Islands (in bad weather conditions the ferry services might be canceled). A never-ending tangle of low stone walls covers the island in order to protect it against erosions. We walk across the flat limestones, the geological continuation of the Burren.

Our day's destination is Dún Aengus, an over three-thousand-year-old stone fort with a breathtaking view. Today, the Aran Islands are famous for its high-quality knitwear. Hardly any visitor leaves the island without a well-filled bag from the Aran Sweater Market. In the late afternoon, a ferry takes us back to the mainland. From there we take a bus through Connemara's mystical landscape to Clifden. For dinner, we meet in the excellent hotel restaurant.
Overnight in Recess

Day 5: Clifden round trip (31 miles/50 km)
After an ample breakfast, we cycle through one of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes of peat bogs and countless lakes. Only once in a while, on coastal stretches, we come across some traffic. In Roundstone, a sleepy fishing village, we enjoy a Guinness or an Irish Coffee in a typical local pub.

On our ride back to Clifden, lovely beaches brighten up the wild vegetation. Given that lunch is included in the tour package on Thursday, the evening is yours to enjoy. We highly recommend a stroll through town and a visit to one of the Irish Pubs presenting Irish live music at its best. A must for anyone, as there is a good chance to enter into conversation with some fun-loving Irish.
Overnight in Clifden

Day 6: Clifden – Letterfreck (28 miles/44 km)
With a last look at Connemara's secret capital, we follow the beautiful Skyroad to its highest point, where a breathtaking panorama awaits us: bays, islands and white sandy beaches appear in magic colors and light. Past Claggadhduff, where every cave is said to have served as a smuggling location in former times, our route leads to Cleggan. From the little harbor, numerous fishing boats still head to sea day in day out. An ideal place to invite you for lunch in a special restaurant.

We continue our tour and reach the Connemara National Park near Letterfreck. The park extends from the ocean to the peak of the Benbaun (729 m). In total, 2000 hectares of uncomparable nature are protected since 1980. In the early afternoon, we are welcomed at our hotel in a beautiful setting next to the Atlantic (two nights). For dinner we will be regaled by the Chef de Cuisine.
Overnight in Letterfreck

Day 7: Connemara loop (25 miles/40 km)
Today's route might be the most impressive of the tour as it leads through the heart of Connemara. Passing by Letterfleck across Tully Cross, we follow the Connemara Loop, part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Majestic mountains and spectacular beaches alternate with the marshy highland of Lough Fee.

We reach the only fjord of Ireland with a length of 15km: Killary Harbour, flanked by peaks of up to 800m height. It is well-known for its numerous mussel beds. Here Joe Joyce awaits us with his brilliantly trained sheepdogs. After his demonstration we cycle to Kylemore Abbey, the oldest Irish Benedictine abbey, with beautiful gardens. After a visit we head back to our hotel, where we enjoy our farewell dinner.
Overnight in Letterfreck

Day 8: Departure
In the morning, a bus takes us to the airport in Dublin (a 3 1/2 hour drive).

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Jul 27, Aug 3, 2019 (minimum 8 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1850
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€310
Extra Nights, Dublin
Per person, double occupancy
€120
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€228
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  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
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  • 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.
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Rotalis Terms and Conditions

Cancellation:

 

If there is a price increase of more than 5%, you are entitled to cancel the tour at no charge. If a reservation is changed to a different tour within 60 days prior to the start of the tour, a fee of EUR 60 per person will be due. However, this shall only apply if you do not find a substitute participant. At a later date, the change of reservation will be treated as cancellation at the cancellation fees stated below.
If either of two customers booked in a double room cancels the contract, the original registration will be converted into a single-room reservation, with the tour price being adjusted accordingly. In such a case, we expect the remaining customer to be willing to accept a room of a lower standard or to stay the night and have breakfast at a different hotel or Bed + Breakfast, if this should be necessary at some stops; however, this shall apply only in case no substitute participant registers for the vacancy in the double room.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for tours in Europe:
Before the 60 th day prior to the start of the tour: 10 %
From the 59th to 28th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 27th to the 14th day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 13th to the 6th prior to the star of the tour: 60%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for bike & boat tours:
Before the 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 20 %
From the 59th to the 31st day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 30th to 21st day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 20th to the 11th day prior to the start of the tour: 70%
From the 10th to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 100%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for long distance tours:
Before the 35th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 34th to 22nd day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 21st to the 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

For special tours and tours reserved to circles of friends, separate cancellation fees are applicable.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for privately guided group tours:
Before the 90th day prior to the start of the tour: 20%
From the 89th to 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 40%
From the 59th to the 30th day prior to the start of the tour: 60%
From the 29th to the 6th prior to the start of the tour: 80%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%

Cancellations of pre- or post-stay reservations made by the tour operator are subject to the general cancellation terms. The cost for e-bikes cannot be refunded due to their long-termed disposition.

The customer cancelling his/her tour will be free to prove that the cancellation costs are lower than the lump-sum fees mentioned above. However, it is required that the tour operator office is promptly notified of the cancellation, first by telephone and subsequently by written confirmation.
You can protect yourself against the cost risk in the event of cancellation by taking out cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. Your travel professional can advise you.

The tour operator reserves the right to call off a tour if the following minimum numbers of participants are not reached: eight (8) participants for tours in Europe (exception the tour operator Special: 6), eight (8) participants for tours outside Europe, 14 participants for Bike & Boat tours. The cancellation will be made five (5) weeks prior to the beginning of the tour at the latest. In this case, you may immediately request the participation in an equivalent tour, provided that such a tour is available in the program without additional charge.

The 5 weeks guarantee shall not apply if we have to call off a tour, or discontinue a tour, due to events of force majeure, e.g., war, riots, civil unrest, Acts of God, etc., which jeopardize the safe organization and implementation of the tour in the best interest of our customers.

The tour operator has the right to terminate the travel contract with a participant without notice if such participant persistently disturbs, interferes with, or jeopardizes the cycling tour despite having been warned. We trust you understand that such termination is justified also in order to safeguard the best interests, and the expectations, of the other participants with regard to the holidays booked with the tour operator. In such a case, however, the tour operator retains the right to claim payment of the tour fare, less any travel expenses saved, if applicable. Any extra costs arising from return transportation shall be borne by the excluded participant.

Participants who prematurely terminate a tour, are not entitled to refunds.

Services of the Tour Operator:

The tour is deemed to start by the time the first service is rendered by the tour operator, e.g., when the first hotel room is made available and/or the bicycle is handed over. The meal plan starts with dinner on the day of arrival or with breakfast on the first cycling day and ends with breakfast on the last day of the tour. Our packages also include transportation by car/bus, railway and ship, etc. during the tour as well as all costs incurred in connection with any scheduled visits to places of interest. Note: The costs of visits made on your own and the transportation costs on so-called "rest days" as well as optional activities offered by the tour operator are not included. We reserve the right to modify individual tour services should that become necessary after the travel contract has been signed, provided that such modifications are immaterial and do not impair the overall style of the tour.

Liability:

Within the limits of our obligation to exercise the care and diligence of prudent businessmen, we warrant that the description of all specified travel services is correct at the time of the update of the website, that the service providers (hotels, carriers and others) have been properly selected and procured and that the tours have been conscientiously prepared and will be implemented with all due care. Transportation by rail, bus, cog wheel train, cable car, ship, canoe and the like during the trip are services which are only procured by us as agents and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the respective carrier; such terms and conditions shall also govern the limit of liability of the tour operator. If a visit scheduled in the program is impracticable for reasons beyond our control (renovation of churches and the like), we cannot be held responsible. If an unforeseen event of force majeure (e.g., war, riot and civil unrest, Acts of God) occurs and it must be expected, on the basis of an objective weighing of all circumstances, that carrying out the tour would become substantially more difficult or involve a substantial risk, the participant and/or the tour operator may each give notice of termination of the travel contract. This provision shall also apply if the tour has already started. However, in such a case the tour operator retains the right to adequate compensation for the travel services already performed or yet to be performed until the end of the tour. If the package includes a return trip by air, the participant and the tour operator shall bear the extra costs for the return trip in equal shares. You will participate in the cycling tours at your own risk. This provision shall also apply to other activities such as hikes, boat and canoe trips included in the cycling tour, and it is understood that participation in such activities is voluntary at all times (bike routes are always available as an alternative). The responsibility for complying with the road traffic regulations shall lie with you. You shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury you may cause to third parties. If you have personal liability insurance, it may provide coverage for such contingency. We are liable to you for compensation of the loss of or damage to your baggage only if such loss or damage is attributable to intent or gross negligence on our part. In other respects, our liability for damages on account of mal-performance of the contract is limited to an amount corresponding to once the tour price, provided that the loss or damage has not been caused by us either intentionally or by gross negligence or if we are responsible solely on account of fault of a service provider selected by us. Any responsibility on our part is excluded if the participant fails to comply with any instructions issued by us in his/her best interest (e.g., for safety reasons). We suggest that you protect yourself against such risks by taking out accident and/or baggage insurance. Minors may only participate if accompanied by a parent or (legal) guardian. If you have reason for complaint, please advise your tour guide or the tour operator without delay. It is understood and agreed that our tour guides are not entitled to acknowledge claims. In addition, any claims against us will be deemed to exist only on condition that they are asserted with us not later than one month after the contractually stipulated end of the tour. Contractual claims for body damages due to intent or gross negligence shall become statute-barred after two years. All other contractual claims shall become statute-barred after one year.

Miscellaneous:

Verbal agreements shall not be effective unless confirmed by us in writing. Services, fares and prices are subject to change, and we reserve the right to correct errors, including typographical errors and errors in calculation. Any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with the travel contract shall be resolved exclusively by Austrian courts and shall be governed by Austrian law.

Before booking your flight, please make sure that the required minimum number of participants has been reached. The tour operator cannot make any refund in case that the trip is cancelled because the minimum number of participants has not been reached.

In the event of grossly negligent or deliberate damage to the bike provided by the tour operator for the tour, the operator is entitled to exercise claims for the occured damages.

For tours operated by contractual partners, special terms and conditions may be applicable. Detailled information will be made available upon request.

By signing the travel contract you agree that any photographs taken during the tour by tour guides or fellow travelers, may be used by the tour operator for their company advertising, in particular for the tour operator catalog and website.

All photos used by permission. ©Rotalis

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