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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Meals not included
Galway is the capital of the West of Ireland. The streets and buildings of this ancient town have many interesting features, and its position on the edge of the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) makes it the gateway to magnificent areas such as The Burren, Connemara, Corrib country, and the Aran Islands. The city itself is a continuing center of growth with its university, Institute of Theatres and cathedral.
Traveling south through the towns of Oranmore and Kilcolgan, you will enter The Burren region at Kinvara. The Burren, named from the Gaelic word Boireann, is an area of limestone rock that spans the imposing, majestic mountains and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. A deeply peaceful atmosphere, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, create a tapestry of color and a seductively magical aura that keeps visitors coming back for more.
At Ballyvaughan, visit the impressive Aillwee Caves -- the most important caves in Ireland. The story of Aillwee began millions of years ago. It is a stunning creation of nature formed by the melting waters of a prehistoric Ice Age. The cave, carved out of limestone, cuts into the heart of the mountain -- an underground treasure waiting for you to discover it today.
Following your memorable visit to the caves, rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to Galway and your waiting ship.