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Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain

16 days
Travel through the landscapes of Great Britain and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring to life. Start your journey with the scenic Ring of Kerry, then head to Blarney Castle and Dublin before crossing the Irish Sea to visit England’s Lake District. Turn north to the rolling Scottish Highlands before ending your adventure amid Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Ireland today.

Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Limerick via Shannon

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Arrive in Shannon, then transfer to Limerick to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Travel to County Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the rugged countryside of Western Ireland, stopping in the village of Adare en route to County Kerry.

Day 4: The Ring of Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. 

• Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney

• Gaze across Dingle Bay to the Dingle Peninsula

• Take in unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands

• Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry

Kilkenny 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Kilkenny via Blarney Castle & Cobh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head to Kilkenny, a city built on the banks of the River Nore, stopping en route to visit Blarney Castle and the small port town of Cobh.

• Enter Blarney Castle and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant the “gift of gab”

• Discover Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America

• Enter the Cobh Heritage Center to hear stories of Irish emigration

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tours of Kilkenny & Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover St. Canice’s Cathedral, a well-known Kilkenny landmark, with your Tour Director. Later, meet a local Dubliner for a tour of Ireland’s capital city.

• Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square

• Walk down Grafton Street to see the Molly Malone statue and Trinity College

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church

• End your tour with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district

Day 7: Free day in Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29pp* Details

County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, with your Tour DIrector leading the way, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried. In addition, you’ll view the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

North Wales 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to North Wales

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. 

• Pass through the stunning Welsh countryside

• Visit Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and medieval fortification that dates back to the 13th century

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Chester

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for an introduction to Chester, once a stronghold of the Roman empire.

• Admire the largest Roman amphitheater in England

• Pass the site of Chester’s original Roman fortress and four city gates

Enjoy a free afternoon in Chester or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Liverpool & The Beatles $69pp* Details

The home of Beatlemania, the city of Liverpool also has a deep British history. Once a small medieval fishing village, the city has grown to become one of England’s most important seaports. On this excursion, follow an expert local guide through the city’s revitalized streets to view such attractions as the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Next, visit the Beatles Story Museum for the complete Beatles experience. You’ll also have some free time to explore on your own. Consider checking out the shops on rejuvenated Albert Dock, visiting the Maritime Museum or going to the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four used to play.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Lake District 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to the Lake District

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey past the great cities of the Industrial Revolution and on to the moorlands above Halifax to arrive in the green landscapes of the Lake District. 

• Stop in the town of Haworth to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë once lived and wrote

• Drive through the Pennines, a mountain range known as “the backbone of England”

Day 11: Free day in the Lake District

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Lake District or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in the Lakes $59pp* Details

Travel through wooded valleys and charming lakeside villages on a day out in the Lakes, a scenic shire once heralded by the Romantic poets. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. You’ll also enjoy free time in Bowness or Grasmere, as time allows. Continue on to Lakeside, where you’ll embark on a cruise of Lake Windermere, the largest of the region’s lakes.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Scottish Highlands 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Travel to the Scottish Highlands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Scotland and travel onward to the historic Highlands region.

• Take in views of the charming Scottish countryside

• Pay a visit to Edradour Distillery, the smallest traditional whisky distillery in Scotland, and enjoy a tasting

Day 13: Free day in the Scottish Highlands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in the Highlands or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle & Inverness $95pp* Details

The subject of legend and lore, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most well-known lakes. Here, you’ll delve into the history surrounding its infamous inhabitant, Nessie, at the Loch Ness 2000 exhibition. Keep your eye out for the fabled monster as you make your way along the loch’s banks to the magnificently situated Urquhart castle, once a medieval fortress. Take time to explore the ruins of this ancient stronghold before continuing on to Inverness, the city regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. After a short orientation tour led by your Tour Director, you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, shopping or exploration on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Edinburgh via the Trossachs

  Included meals: Breakfast

Motor through the Trossachs countryside, passing scenic mountains and lochs. En route to Edinburgh, stop for a visit at Stirling Castle, where King James VI once lived.

Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scottish Céilidh $119pp* Details

Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.”

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a Scottish local on a sightseeing tour from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile.

• View the Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Enjoy a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion. 

Later, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - St Andrews $89pp* Details

St Andrews may be most well known as the home of golf, but it’s also the site of Scotland’s oldest university. On this excursion, you’ll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You’ll also join a local guide to enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral and 13th-century castle which overlooks the North Sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit London.

Add London Starting from $699 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods and an unconquered heritage of more than 2,000 years of history.

London 3 nights Hotel info

Day 16: Travel to London

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a train through the English countryside bound for London, England’s capital city backed by over 2,000 years of history.

Day 17: Sightseeing tour of London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of London’s regal landmarks with a local expert leading the way. 

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 18: Free day in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $125pp* Details

Stonehenge & Oxford

Visit the city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 19: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Limerick, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales on the transfer) and Ireland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying on meat-based dishes. The traditional Irish stew is always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick, black stout known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental European, Asian and Californian influences.

Specialties of Scotland include kippers, smoked salmon, Scotch broth, venison, shortbread, oatcakes and haggis (made of sheep innards). As in Ireland, sometimes the best (and least expensive) meals are found in pubs. Whisky is a favored local spirit, and Scottish ales are equally world-famous.

For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie and Cumberland sausages are specialties. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world. Popular options for the adventuresome palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Shannon, Ireland, and depart from Edinburgh, Scotland (London on the extension). Transportation from Ireland to Wales (by ferry) is also included. All other transportation is serviced by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are available. In London, you can’t get around without using the legendary, 12-line “tube,” connecting all the districts and attractions. You might want to mix up travel on the tube with some walking and bus travel. Don’t miss the chance to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.

Electricity

Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) uses 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro (in Ireland) and the British pound are the currencies you’ll be using on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take credit cards and ATM cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Poor Tour Director

To Whom It May Concern I am writing to let you know how disappointed I was with our tour director Steffania B. First of all when I arrived at the airport I could not find her as she was holding a small sign in blue letters with Go Ahead on it. A suggestion for future guides would be to have it match the tours colors. It took me while to find her as I was looking for a big green sign and had to go to the information desk for assistance. Second, she was not very personable. At times she was rude and had poor manners. I asked her for help with the currency one day and she snapped at me. She also did not dress professionally for a tour director. She wore jeans every day. During our bus trips to different cities and countries we were given very little information about the countryside, history, etc. Had it not been for our bus drivers we would not have learned anything especially about Ireland. Terry, our first bus driver, would ask Steffania if he could tell us things otherwise we wouldn't have learned anything about the history, culture, etc. The one thing she was good at was telling us what time to have our luggage outside our doors, what time breakfast was and when the bus was leaving. I have been on other bus tours and the guide talked most of the time about the highlights of where we were going and pointing out specific sites that we passed. Only on the last few days of our trip did she start doing a little of this. She did apologize one day for not talking a lot because she was not feeling well. So I have no idea what her problem was the other days. I along with 6 other people had signed up for the Liverpool excursion. Two days before she announced the excursion was cancelled, we expressed our disappointment and asked if we could possibly hook up with another group. She said she'd try. We never heard any more about it. On the morning we were traveling to Chester I asked our bus driver if there was any way to get to Liverpool from Chester. He said it was easy to take the train. Steffania overheard our conversation and asked " You want to go to Liverpool?" She knew this several days earlier and offered no assistance. So she ran to the front desk and asked for information about the train. Had I not inquired the seven of us who wanted to go would never have experienced Liverpool and the Beatles which was a highlight for me since I grew up listening to the Beatles. Another incident that happened was on Day 6 when we were to end our day with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district. That didn't happen and when we asked her about it she said no one wanted to do that (referring to the older people on the tour). I wanted to do that. So she made it up to the 3 young girls I was traveling with by giving them an extra drink at dinner. None of the rest of us were offered that. She also was going to give the young girls money to go get a pint on their own. I was not offered this. She played favorites throughout the trip. At the end of the trip 2 people disclosed to me that she had given them a gift. I did not receive a gift yet I left her a tip for more than what she deserved. I just wanted to let you know that the experience would have been far greater had we had a better tour guide. I know she was Italian and that could have been part of the problem. I did enjoy the places we visited but it would have been more informational with a native of the country. I would recommend this tour but only if you could guarantee an outstanding tour director. I paid for the Liverpool and Beatles excursion so please send me a reimbursement. Thank you. Candace L. Sent from my iPad

 

Dear Candace, We are sorry this was your experience with your Tour Director. We’re glad one of our Quality Control team members was able to speak with you about your experience and address it, as we take your feedback very seriously. Action has been taken to address your concerns, and we are very grateful that you brought them to our attention. Regarding the welcome sign, we appreciate your suggestion of matching the color of the sign to our signature green. We will be sure to pass this feedback along to our Operations team. In terms of the itinerary inclusions, we regret that your Tour Director made some changes to the itinerary without making it clear that this was the case. Our Tour Directors do have some flexibility with the way the itinerary is executed because travel plans are dependent on a variety of factors such as weather, hours of operation, as well as the desires of the group. However, our Tour Director should have consulted with you and communicated these changes. Again, we are sorry that your Tour Director had a negative impact on your experience, and we assure you that your concerns are our utmost priority. Please don’t hesitate to reach back out to us with any questions or if you want to discuss your experience further. You can reach us Monday through Friday 9am-5:30pm EST.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 11, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Uninformative tour director

I would not recommend Stefania as a tour director for the landscapes of Britain and Ireland.

 

Dear Sheena, We are sorry to hear that you would not recommend your Tour Director. We see that one of our team members has spoken with you regarding this matter and will be sharing your feedback with her supervisor. Please know that your feedback is very important to us, and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call 1-800-597-0350.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst tour director

Our tour director, Stefania, was not informative or helpful in any way. While on the bus she did not talk to us or give us any information about the culture, history, or people. The previous tour I was on the guide was wonderful and talked to us the whole time we were on the bus. Most of the tour stops were self-guided tour stops, which left me wondering why we paid for a tour just to guide ourselves, and they did not stick to the itinerary as it was printed online. I think we would have had a better time if we had had a guide that was knowledgeable and friendly as this one was not.

 

Dear Christina, We regret to hear that your Tour Director did not meet your expectations. We are glad one of our team members was able to connect with you, so that we could learn more about your experience and provide your feedback to her supervisor. We take your feedback very seriously. With regard to self-guided vs. guided stops, some of our itineraries have more of one than the other. It really depends on the tour and activity. We are sorry you felt that there were not enough guided inclusions and will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development team. Again, we regret that your experience was negatively impacted by your Tour Director, as this is not the kind of experience we want our travelers to have. If you have any further questions, please call 1-800-597-0350 and ask for Quality Control.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip

We have truly enjoyed out time on this excursion. Our time in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland provided a view of the country side and city that would allow us experience these countries. The information provided by out tour director allow us to appreciated the history of these locals. It was good to have time on our own to explore as there is so much to see and do. Very good trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour and Great Tour Director

It was a wonderful experience for my husband and me. David, our tour director did a great job of making sure we saw as much as possible, even more than was expected. Our Coach Drivers were great also. It was an experience we will never forget. I am ready to go again. It was my first trip to Ireland and my 2nd to Scotland. I saw more this time than the last time I was in Scotland. I had been to South Wales before but this was my first trip to the Northern part of Wales. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Hopefully we will have a opportunity to visit some of the places we saw again in the future.

 

Hi Deresa! We’re so pleased you and your husband had a great time on tour. We also love to hear that you enjoyed your Go Ahead staff! Thank you for recommending this tour, and let us know when you want to go back. We hope it will be soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible Trip

This tour was absolutely incredible!! There isn't enough I can say about this trip because we had such a great time! The views of rural Ireland and GB are stunningly gorgeous and green. David R. was our tour guide and he was fabulous! He found us some extras to do in Ireland (Celtic Steps dancers and a jaunty ride in Killarney) and they were great; especially the Irish dancing. We lucked out with the group because it was small and everyone was so friendly and lovely. We also added a day at the beginning of our tour to go on our own to the Cliffs of Moher, since it's not on this Ireland itinerary but on other itineraries and we wanted to see it. I definitely recommend seeing that, it's beautiful! We did all the excursions except the one in Dublin - we explored on our own for Dublin but all the other excursions I recommend doing them if you can. The extension wasn't added for our tour so we continued onto London on our own via Virgin Trains and made our own accommodations. It was super easy to do if you want to keep going on your own. If you're thinking about taking this tour, absolutely do it! You won't be sorry!

 

Hi Pamela! We couldn’t agree more about the beauty of Ireland and Britain. We’re pleased to hear that your Tour Director could arrange extra activities for you, such as watching Irish dancing. What a treat! We’re glad that you recommend the optionals you experienced and that you still had time for exploring on your own. Thank you for reviewing this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director Ever!!!

This was a wonderful tour that just made us want to come back and spend more time. I cannot say enough about our wonderful tour director, Matthew! We learned so much and still remember it.:) This is because Matthew not only shared information with us, but he made each day so much fun!!!

 

Hi Linda! Thank you for your wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your tour, as well as your Tour Director. It sounds like your Tour Director's enthusiasm really enhanced your experience, and we're happy to hear it. Again, we thank you for sharing your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

More interested in History vs. Pubs!!!.

The biggest disappointment was Tour of St. Andrews. To fly all the way from US, to be in Scotland and specifically paying for trip to ST. Andrews and not been able to visit the St. Andrews Golf course, the musium, to take pictures of the golf course and stop at golf proshop to buy a souveniir even visit to St. Andrews Golf course and musium was included as part of the trip I paid for... This is absolutely unexcaptable!!!! The tour director let to waist so much time at the cemetary of St. Andrews Cathedral and wast additional time at St. Andrews University museum (which was not on the schedule and was absolutely wast of time). After mismanagement of time our tour director dicided without consulting with pleple who purchased this tour not to visit ST. Andrews Musium & Golf Course. We did not even had a chance to take photo of the golf course (we did not even stoped at the location, we just drove buy)... I DEMAND A REFUND FOR TRIP TO ST. ANDREWS!!!

 

Dear Irene, Thank you for your review. We regret to hear that you were not satisfied with this particular optional. However, it does specify in our itinerary that you will pass by the grounds, not make a stop. As described in the itinerary, the optional includes joining a local guide to enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral and 13th-century castle. We recommend that next time you join a tour and have a particular interest in visiting a special site, such as a golf course, you mention it to your Tour Consultant prior to departure so that we can see if something can be arranged. We certainly don’t want you to be disappointed with your tour experience. One of our team members reached out to you this morning to discuss your experience. If you wish to discuss it further or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 and ask for the Quality Control department.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director, Mansel

Our tour director, Mansel David brought alive the history of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. His knowledge of the castles, the battles, the history made this trip so inspiring and awesome. He so helped our group prepare for the next city, tours, etc. I recommend him so highly. Thank you Mansel for making this trip so memorable.

 

Hello! We’re glad to hear you would recommend your Tour Director and that your trip was a memorable one. It sounds like you felt prepared for all of your experiences and that you learned a great deal. We appreciate that you took the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Landscapes of Poetic Lyricism and Wonder

For the first time traveler to Ireland and Great Britain this tour is the way to go. Civilization at it's best. Our tour director David was one of the best I have encountered with Go Ahead. Always there, always looking out for everyone, and orchestrating a comfortable pace and great suggestions for individual discovery at each scheduled site. My artist's eye found a fusion of heaven and earth in a composition of color, form and light. The landscapes with their patina of age blended with the many hues of green, soft rain, and light. Glendalough in Ireland and the Lake District of England were areas of peaceful communion with human endeavor and nature. Neil R. D.

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