Itinerary - Dublin


2015 itinerary


October 22 Depart from your home city on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. 
October 23 Arrive Dublin and transfer on your own to your central Dublin hotel. Join your guide for an afternoon run to loosen legs. Tonight you are invited to our welcome cocktail reception to meet the MT staff and other travelers at the Conrad Hotel.
October 24 Irish breakfast is served each morning at your hotel. A tour of the city with a journey along part of the marathon course will familiarize you with the attractions of Dublin.  The city tour will conclude at the Dublin Marathon expo for race check-in and number pickup. Return is on your own from the expo. 
October 25 Today opt to join us for the International breakfast run, shirt exchange and Irish dance show.  This afternoon there will be plenty of time for sightseeing at your own pace or to re-visit the race expo before our evening pasta dinner at the hotel.
October 26 RACE DAY! Our hotels are within a short walk to the race start and from the finish line. Post-race celebrating ends only when the pubs close. Opt to join Marathon Tours and your fellow travellers this evening at the famous (or maybe infamous) Johnnie Fox's Dinner and Dance show! 
October 27 Morning coach departure for a chauffeured ride through the Irish countryside to Galway. We will stop along the way at the National Stud Farm where champion race horses from around the world are bred and to visit the ruins of Clonmacnoise. Lunch is on your own.  A welcome dinner is awaiting after check-in at the Harbour Hotel in Galway.
October 28 Day of leisure to explore beautiful Galway or opt to join our motorcoach on a full-day loop of the Connamara region with a visit to the famous Kylemore Abbey. The evening is free to dine at any one of a number of local restaurants only a walk from your hotel. This night is always a popular one in the local pubs.
October 29 We travel south to Bunratty through the Burren area at a relaxing pace to arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for lunch (on your own). Later we check-in at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. The grand finale is a medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle.
October 30 Transfer on your own to the Shannon Airport for return flights to your home city or continue exploring Ireland with us as we head ot Derry!  Visit Rathbaun  Farm and Drumcliffe in Sligo before arriving at your hotel in Derry.
October  31                                                                  After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Derry, the last walled city to be built in Ireland.  We will then travel along the Northern Coast to Giant's Causeway.  Enjoy this beautiful ocean stairway.  Lunch will be on your own.  Continue on to Belfast this evening where we will enjoy a 3-course meal. 
November  1                                       Today tour Belfast with a local city guide and visit the Titanic Belfast where theh story of the world's most famous ship will be recreated.  Enjoy this afternoon at leisure.  Dinner is on your own this evening but we recommend getting together on your final night!
November  2                           Transfer to the Belfast Airport for return flights to your home city or to Dublin for your afternoon flights.  We thank you for joining Marathon Tours on this Dublin Marathon journey!