The Best Hikes of Galway, Mayo, and Connemara

Treasures of Ireland’s West Coast

Ireland

9 Days

From $6,595

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    The long west coast of Ireland is blessed with islands, peninsulas, seaside villages, and the most stunning sea cliffs in Europe. With our legendary Irish Trip Leaders, we’ll explore this stronghold of Irish culture with hikes atop the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, through the moonscapes of the Burren, with its Bronze Age burial sites, along pilgrim trails on Ireland’s holy mountain, and in wild Connemara and the fascinating Aran Islands. Meet farmers, musicians, and artists, savor sea-to-table cuisine, hear the lilting sound of the fiddle in local pubs, and enjoy a warm welcome at our historic lodges and island guesthouses.

    Arrive: Galway, Ireland

    Depart: Galway, Ireland

    Highlights

    • Inspiring Trip Leaders who bring a deep understanding of Ireland's history and culture
    • Hikes on Ireland's holy mountain and along the cliff ramparts of charming Clare Island
    • Sea-to-table cuisine, with specialties from oysters to fresh wild salmon
    • Insider experiences including music nights in pubs and meeting local farmers
    • Lodgings of character, including a lakeside manor house in Connemara and a charming guesthouse on Clare Island

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      Our first hike is on the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, and we're on our own “secret” route to keep us well away from the crowds. In the surreal landscape of the Burren, with sea spray in the air, we'll enjoy a magical walk in limestone hills that hold a wealth of Bronze Age burial sites and Celtic high crosses.
      Heading into County Mayo, with its island-filled bays, we follow pilgrim trails across Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain, visit the famine monument, and join local musicians for tea and song. Out on Clare Island, once the domain of the Gælic pirate queen Grace O'Malley, we hike Ireland's finest cliff ramparts (and best-kept secret!) and visit a sheep farmer to see his collies in action. In charming Westport, overlooking Clew Bay, we enjoy a festive pub evening.
      Hiking a pilgrim route into the Maumturk Mountains brings us right to our lakeside Victorian lodge in a wild region of Connemara. Flying to the otherworldly Aran Islands, where The Banshees of Inisherin was filmed, we walk through stone-walled fields and sea cliffs to reach Dún Aonghasa, a magnificent Stone Age fort that has been called an acropolis of the Celtic world. Depart on Day 9 via Galway.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in inns and hotels
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hazelwood Lodge

      Ballyvaughan, Ireland

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      With the warmest of Irish welcomes from our hosts, the Hazelwood Lodge is the perfect spot to call home after a day of hiking. Set just outside the harbor village of Ballyvaughan, the lodge has just 8 rooms and a wonderful boutique feel. Each room is uniquely decorated with lovely...

      The Wyatt Hotel

      Westport, Ireland

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Conveniently situated around the iconic monument of the Octagon in the heart of lively Westport Town, the Wyatt Hotel is a great place to regroup after an invigorating day's hike. Rest easy in the Cobblers Bar or explore the town right out of the hotel's doorstep. Guest rooms feature chic...

      Lough Inagh Lodge

      Recess, Connemara, Ireland

      Days 5-8 (4 nights)

      This historic estate lies on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, surrounded by the majestic Mam Turks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. There are 13 well-appointed guest rooms and plenty of spots for relaxing, including a sitting room with a traditional peat fire. A beloved...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Con Moriarty

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      Ann Curran

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      Naoise O Muircheartaigh

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      Liadh Ní Muircheartaigh

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system, depending on the hiking options you choose. You will need to be comfortable hiking 10 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 8 hours a day. You will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group; however, there are alternative hiking options available most days. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 7 miles
      • 5 hours
      • 1,000 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Days
      • Day 2: 8-10 miles, 4-6 hours, 1,000 feet gain/loss (longer option)
      • Day 4: 8 miles, 2,000 feet gain/loss
      • Day 6: 8-12 miles, 4-6 hours, 1,500 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      There are a variety of moderate hikes over contrasting geological landscapes. Some paths and trails are well-groomed, but many can be rough with rocky and uneven terrain. With the frequent rain, trails can be muddy or even wet underfoot. As is common in Ireland, we may sometimes hike off-trail where the terrain allows, gaining lofty summits via switchbacks across wide, grassy hillsides. Hiking boots with ankle support are always best and hiking poles are recommended.
      This trip takes place when Ireland has some of its best weather. Being the Emerald Isle, however, you must be prepared for rain showers at any time. Ireland's weather is dictated by the pressure systems coming in from the Atlantic and is notoriously variable. Gore-Tex outerwear, warm layers, and proper boots are necessary. Overall, Ireland's climate is milder than Britain's, thanks to the Gulf Stream, and a morning of rain can easily be followed by a brilliant blue sky and abundant sunshine.
      Our accommodations are a mix of carefully chosen family-owned and run guesthouses, small hotels, and a historic lodge. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and one has a pool and full-service spa.  They are charming and comfortable, but since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Most lunches are picnic-style during our hikes, but we occasionally stop at a local cafe or pub. Dinners will be at restaurants in town or at the hotels. We have one evening with a slow food tasting menu, and there are plenty of opportunities for fresh seafood throughout the trip. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      We will use a mini-coach/van throughout the trip, which will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "Once again, Wilderness Travel has exceeded my expectations. The trip blew my heart and mind open with its variety, its delicious food and drink, its exquisite hikes, its comfortable nights, its brilliant guides."

      Andrea L.

      Brooklyn, NY

      "I would do this again in a flash—spectacular itinerary, well-organized, great hikes."

      Andy W.

      Oakland, CA

      "Wonderfully planned and executed itinerary. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute of this fantastic trip—I didn't want it to end!"

      Carrie H.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "One of the most enjoyable and best experiences I've had with Wilderness Travel in 21 trips!"

      Joe N.

      Seattle, WA

      "There was not one thing that could have made this trip any better."

      Lisa L.

      Grand Blanc, MI

      "Thank you for this most wonderful, magical experience. Ann and Con are exemplary in every way: as guides and escorts and interpreters and life-changers—not just making the trip seamless but also binding together all of us fellow travelers. This trip was truly a spectacular, full-immersion Irish experience that leaves me with a much richer understanding of Irish culture, history, religion. and archaeology. I will forever carry in my heart the images of the rocks and sea and mountains and bogs; the remnants of the famine potato beds still etched in the land; the ruins of the churches laid waste by religious intolerance; the haunting melodies of the Irish music we were treated to—music emanating from those ‘thin places,’ as Con calls them, where the ancient past and the present commingle. Every day brought unexpected gifts."

      Marsha C.

      Yardley, PA

      "The trip surpassed all expectations! Ann and Con were superb leaders, modeling compassion, diligence, and humor. Preparation was exceptional and their attention to detail remarkable. Everything appeared seamless and, yet, we know hard work and planning were behind it all. They created a fun, optimistic experience and overall esprit de corps. The hikes were breathtaking and challenging. Thank you for offering this terrific opportunity!"

      Nancy O.

      North Weymouth, MA

      "I appreciated the deep knowledge of the area and of the culture that the guides shared with us. We were truly 'off the beaten path' and traveled to areas that I never would be able to organize on my own. Each hike was unique and very interesting as we learned a lot about the historical aspects of the area."

      Patricia F.

      Cambridge, MA

      "Our second trip with you to Ireland...it continues to be magic and wonderful."

      Sally R.

      Dillsburg, PA

      "This trip by far exceeded my expectations. The guides were such an inspiration and really gave me a sense of their history and culture. I came away with a new understanding of Ireland and I am forever grateful to our guides for making this all come together for us. A trip of a lifetime!"

      Sandy M.

      Prescott, AZ

      "The trip operation could not have been smoother, and the lodging and food were great. The freedom that is given to the trip leaders to improvise of the fly is so helpful; on the night we were in Westport, for example, there was an unscheduled Irish music concert at the town hall. Con got everyone tickets and it was a great evening and an unexpected treat. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. Superb!"

      Tom G.

      Los Altos, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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As a young woman who came of age as her nation celebrated 100 years of independence, she brings a rich and interesting perspective to Ireland.","BioLong":"Growing up surrounded by Ireland's rich culture and natural beauty, and coming from generations of mountain guides (including her father Con Moriarty, a longtime WT leader), it's no surprise that Liadh (pronounced \"Leah\") is a natural when it comes to introducing travelers to the country's wonders. Liadh has travelled and hiked around the world including New Zealand and the Himalayas and has spent the last couple of years living in the French Alps. She is currently based out of British Columbia in Canada but maintains a strong connection to her Irish roots. 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I thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute of this fantastic trip&#8212;I didn't want it to end!"},{"GuestNames":"Joe N.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"One of the most enjoyable and best experiences I've had with Wilderness Travel in 21 trips!"},{"GuestNames":"Lisa L.","GuestLocation":"Grand Blanc, MI","GuestReview":"There was not one thing that could have made this trip any better."},{"GuestNames":"Marsha C.","GuestLocation":"Yardley, PA","GuestReview":"Thank you for this most wonderful, magical experience. Ann and Con are exemplary in every way: as guides and escorts and interpreters and life-changers&#8212;not just making the trip seamless but also binding together all of us fellow travelers. This trip was truly a spectacular, full-immersion Irish experience that leaves me with a much richer understanding of Irish culture, history, religion. and archaeology. I will forever carry in my heart the images of the rocks and sea and mountains and bogs; the remnants of the famine potato beds still etched in the land; the ruins of the churches laid waste by religious intolerance; the haunting melodies of the Irish music we were treated to&#8212;music emanating from those &#8216;thin places,&#8217; as Con calls them, where the ancient past and the present commingle. Every day brought unexpected gifts."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy O.","GuestLocation":"North Weymouth, MA","GuestReview":"The trip surpassed all expectations! Ann and Con were superb leaders, modeling compassion, diligence, and humor. Preparation was exceptional and their attention to detail remarkable. Everything appeared seamless and, yet, we know hard work and planning were behind it all. They created a fun, optimistic experience and overall esprit de corps. The hikes were breathtaking and challenging. Thank you for offering this terrific opportunity!"},{"GuestNames":"Patricia F.","GuestLocation":"Cambridge, MA","GuestReview":"I appreciated the deep knowledge of the area and of the culture that the guides shared with us. We were truly 'off the beaten path' and traveled to areas that I never would be able to organize on my own. Each hike was unique and very interesting as we learned a lot about the historical aspects of the area."},{"GuestNames":"Sally R.","GuestLocation":"Dillsburg, PA","GuestReview":"Our second trip with you to Ireland...it continues to be magic and wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy M.","GuestLocation":"Prescott, AZ","GuestReview":"This trip by far exceeded my expectations. The guides were such an inspiration and really gave me a sense of their history and culture. I came away with a new understanding of Ireland and I am forever grateful to our guides for making this all come together for us. A trip of a lifetime!"},{"GuestNames":"Tom G.","GuestLocation":"Los Altos, CA","GuestReview":"The trip operation could not have been smoother, and the lodging and food were great. The freedom that is given to the trip leaders to improvise of the fly is so helpful; on the night we were in Westport, for example, there was an unscheduled Irish music concert at the town hall. Con got everyone tickets and it was a great evening and an unexpected treat. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}