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Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

11 days
It’s a little ironic that such a rainy country could give rise to some of the brightest, most charming people in the world. Blessed with outstanding wit and the so-called Gift of Gab, the Irish themselves are the Emerald Isle’s true attraction. When an entire pub bursts into song or an entire city rallies around a hurling match, it’s easy to see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive here (and proudly, too). Discover all that Ireland holds dear, from Dublin and the Rebel County all the way down to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Dublin aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Dublin3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to begin exploring Dublin. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s included dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the city. Drive to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in Europe. Its grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (the residence of the Irish President). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 450, and then visit Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a Traditional Irish Evening.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp Details

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. You might choose to sample the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Alternatively, you may want to join an optional excursion to County Wicklow, where you’ll visit the beautiful formal gardens at Powerscourt Estate and later continue on to Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century.

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough $79*pp Details

County Wicklow is home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.

County Cork1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: National Stud Farm, Rock of Cashel

Leaving Dublin this morning, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare. Stop at the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained. Continue to County Tipperary where you’ll visit the iconic Rock of Cashel. The commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries and offer a glimpse into Ireland’s past. Later arrive in County Cork, Ireland’s largest county.

County Kerry2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Blarney Castle, Queenstown Story Museum

This morning, your Tour Director will acquaint you with Cobh and Cork. Cobh is a fishing village, which served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago. Here you’ll visit the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Then, travel to Cork, an island city with an impressive network of channels, docks and quays overlooking a vast natural harbor. Later, continue on to Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Continue on to County Kerry, where dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel 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 and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands, before continuing to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green. End the day in Killarney.

Galway2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Bunratty Castle

En route to Galway, stop for a visit at 13th-century Bunratty Castle. Then motor on to Galway, Ireland’s third-largest city. For 400 years Galway was an independent city-state—as recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time.  Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion, Castle Banquet Dinner (seasonal April - October).

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner $115*pp Details

Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century castle overlooking Galway Bay. Sip from a goblet of mead and learn the history of the castle before proceeding up the spiral staircase to the banquet hall, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April to October.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

With another free day in Galway, you might choose to explore the city’s cultural highlights or cross the River Corrib to see University College. Alternatively, you may join an optional excursion to the Aran Islands (weather permitting), a rugged region of traditional Irish culture that has remained largely unchanged in recent centuries.

Optional Excursion - Aran Islands $99*pp Details

Board a ferry across Galway Bay for a guided tour of Inis Mór, one of the three remote Aran Islands. An outpost of Irish culture that has remained essentially unchanged over the past few centuries, the Aran Islanders still speak Gaelic and rely on fishing and farming to make a living. Local crafts produced here include hand-knit “fisherman” sweaters. While you're here, you’ll also visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort. Please note: This tour involves a fair amount of walking over somewhat rugged terrain. Travelers should be accustomed to moderate physical activity. This excursion is weather dependent, and weather conditions may also result in a rough sea crossing.

County Limerick1 night Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Galway and travel through the limestone plateau known as the Burren. Stop to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which rise 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Later, transfer to County Limerick, a beautiful area set among the Silvermine Mountains, Woodcock Hill and the Shannon River. Here, you’ll enjoy an included farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to Shannon airport for your return flight home.

Add Belfast, 2 nights $299 pp

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

The city of Belfast was once the largest in Ireland, the home of Irish linen and the most productive shipyard in the world, a place whose hills inspired Jonathan Swift to write Gulliver's Travels. Come discover the charming Victorian architecture of the cultural heart of Northern Ireland.

Belfast2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Titanic Museum

Journey this morning to Belfast. Upon arrival, get the local perspective of Belfast on a guided tour, where you’ll glimpse the copper-domed city hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House. Learn all about Belfast’s long history—from its origins in the Bronze Age and its rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles and its favored son, the soccer player George Best. Finally, enter the newly opened Titanic Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a day to explore Northern Ireland’s up-and-coming capital on your own. Or, consider joining an optional excursion to Giant’s Causeway.

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed hexagonal basalt columns. The columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Raingear is recommended for this excursion.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Dublin aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Dublin3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start discovering the many charms of Dublin. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the city. Drive to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in Europe. Its grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (the residence of the Irish President). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 450, and then stop by Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a Traditional Irish Evening.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp Details

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. You might choose to sample the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Alternatively, you may want to join an optional excursion to County Wicklow, where you’ll visit the beautiful formal gardens at Powerscourt Estate and later continue on to Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century.

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough $79*pp Details

County Wicklow is home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.

County Cork1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: National Stud Farm, Rock of Cashel

Leaving Dublin this morning, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare. Stop at the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained. Continue to County Tipperary where you’ll visit the iconic Rock of Cashel. The commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries and offer a glimpse into Ireland’s past. Later arrive in County Cork, Ireland’s largest county.

County Kerry2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Blarney Castle, Queenstown Story Museum

This morning, your Tour Director will acquaint you with Cobh and Cork. Cobh is a fishing village, which served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago. Here you’ll visit the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Then, travel to Cork, an island city with an impressive network of channels, docks and quays overlooking a vast natural harbor. Later, continue on to Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Later, continue on to County Kerry, where dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel 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 and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands, before continuing to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green. End the day in Killarney.

Galway2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Bunratty Castle

En route to Galway, stop for a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle. Then continue to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, towering 600 feet above the Atlantic. Continue the journey through the desolate karst landscape of the Burren. Rife with archaeological sites, the Burren’s grikes and clints are punctuated by portal tombs and ring forts that are thousands of years old. Today’s final destination is Galway, which was an independent city-state for 400 years. As recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion, Castle Banquet Dinner (seasonal April - October).

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner $115*pp Details

Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century castle overlooking Galway Bay. Sip from a goblet of mead and learn the history of the castle before proceeding up the spiral staircase to the banquet hall, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April to October.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

With another free day in Galway, you might choose to explore the city’s cultural highlights or cross the River Corrib to see University College. Alternatively, you may join an optional excursion to the Aran Islands (weather permitting), a rugged region overflowing with traditional Irish culture that has remained largely unchanged in recent centuries.

Optional Excursion - Aran Islands $99*pp Details

Board a ferry across Galway Bay for a guided tour of Inis Mór, one of the three remote Aran Islands. An outpost of Irish culture that has remained essentially unchanged over the past few centuries, the Aran Islanders still speak Gaelic and rely on fishing and farming to make a living. Local crafts produced here include hand-knit “fisherman” sweaters. While you're here, you’ll also visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort. Please note: This tour involves a fair amount of walking over somewhat rugged terrain. Travelers should be accustomed to moderate physical activity. This excursion is weather dependent, and weather conditions may also result in a rough sea crossing.

Dublin1 night Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Dublin. Enjoy your last afternoon in the capital of Ireland, before being treated to a farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Belfast, 2 nights $299 pp

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

The city of Belfast was once the largest in Ireland, the home of Irish linen and the most productive shipyard in the world, a place whose hills inspired Jonathan Swift to write Gulliver's Travels. Come discover the charming Victorian architecture of the cultural heart of Northern Ireland.

Belfast2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Titanic Museum

Journey this morning to Belfast. Upon arrival, get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour, where you’ll glimpse the copper-domed city hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House. Learn all about Belfast’s long history—from its origins in the Bronze Age and its rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles and its favored son, the soccer player George Best. Finally, enter the newly opened Titanic Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a day to explore Northern Ireland’s up-and-coming capital on your own. Or, consider joining an optional excursion to Giant’s Causeway.

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed hexagonal basalt columns. The columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Raingear is recommended for this excursion.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Limerick
  • Belfast, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport and Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ireland, 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 are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are 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 and sometimes unexpected cuisine.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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).

Transportation

On 2014 departures, round-trip flights arrive in Dublin and depart from Shannon (or Belfast on the extension). On 2015 departures, round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Dublin (or Belfast on the extension). Included transportation is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are easily walkable, but you may want to spend your free time exploring Dublin by a combination of walking and public transportation. The city is serviced by numerous buses, and if you wish to take excursions on your own outside of Dublin, use the very efficient Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) trains, which hit most locations on the coast.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour (and the British pound on the extension). Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 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 equivalent 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 equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Belfast, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport and Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ireland, 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 are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are 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 and sometimes unexpected cuisine.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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).

Transportation

On 2014 departures, round-trip flights arrive in Dublin and depart from Shannon (or Belfast on the extension). On 2015 departures, round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Dublin (or Belfast on the extension). Included transportation is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are easily walkable, but you may want to spend your free time exploring Dublin by a combination of walking and public transportation. The city is serviced by numerous buses, and if you wish to take excursions on your own outside of Dublin, use the very efficient Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) trains, which hit most locations on the coast.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour (and the British pound on the extension). Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 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. 

Electricity

Ireland operates on the European standard 220 volts. For those on the post-tour extension trip, Belfast operates on 220-240 volts.

Time Zones

Ireland falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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 equivalent 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 equivalent 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Itinerary

This tour was a great opportunity to explore all that Ireland has to offer in a great package. We had time to visit several pubs and all the highlights in Dublin, before exploring the Irish countryside. The contrast between the busy crowded but fun cities and the beautiful lush pastures and seaside views was amazing. There is no way we could have seen anywhere near as much on our own. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and had some entertaining stories to keep us amused on our frequent bus rides. He suggested some off the itinerary activities and we loved the boat ride and horse and buggy rides in Killarney The planned routes with frequent stops for breaks, snacks, lunch and pictures were perfect. Our bus driver was also friendly and helpful and did a great job in the tight squeezes on the narrow roads. The time was too short to do everything we wanted and I would've like some more time to visit Cork. On the other hand I loved Galway with its street performers and lively pubs. As was my experience with previous Go Ahead tours, the group was friendly and got along together very well. Its nice to meet people form all over the United States when travelling abroad. I look forward to my next tour with Go Ahead Jim Q

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland is a rare gem!

This was my second trip to Ireland, and it was as magical as the first time. The scenery, the history, and the people are amazing. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of France or Italy; but there is a quiet beauty that is unique. I would go again and again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/29/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our entire experience in Ireland could not have been better. Our tour director "Allie" made our tour informative, enjoyable and very entertaining. Allie's story telling about the history of the places we visited and her knowledge and personality made the entire experience so worthwhile. We also had the best group of people on our tour,you couldn't have hand picked a more fun group of people to spend time with.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Pictures don't give Ireland justice!

By some miracle, our tour managed to get 12 days of sunny weather in Ireland. The tour was extremely well put together, and I enjoyed the excursions. I went on this tour to celebrate my 25th birthday, and it will be one of the most memorable experience I've had in years. I was able to visit the Guinness Brewery, Jameson Distillery, and the Irish Traditional Dinner was on my birthday as well. Our tour director let the performers know it was my birthday and they called me on stage to shake a tambourine during one of their songs. They also had the entire hall of people sing Happy Birthday to me! Some other favorable experiences were Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, The Aran Islands, and The Cliffs of Moher. I want to go back someday and hike up and down the cliffs as we only had 2 hours at that location. Photos really do not give Ireland justice, as you have to see it in person to get the full experience of this beautiful country! Allie was our tour guide and she was the best story teller I've ever heard. She was nice and witty and very knowledgeable, which substituted for the fact that we only had one city tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/15/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Traditions od the Emerald Isle

Trip of a lifetime. Met wonderful people on tour who have become friends. Our tour director, Mansel. was the best. The highlights for me was kissing the Blarney Stone, the castles, St. Patricks Cathedral, the beautiful countryside, the color and the people. Oh I can't forget the Irish Coffee. Actually the entire trip was wonderful. I was fulfilling a wish of my father to visit Ireland as he never got a chance. You would not be disappointed Dad. I hope for a return visit. You can't go wrong with this destionation or with Go Ahead Tours. Panning my second tour to London, Paris and Rome next year. Can't wait. Happy Traveling-do it today, you may not have tomorrow.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of my dreams

Went to this beautiful island with my daugher and two grandaughters. We had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed our tour guide. She was a delight and so knowledgable of the areas we went to . I plan on going back again so we can see the Northern part of Ireland along with Scotland and Whales. Wonderful tour and will plan on going with Go-Ahead tours again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome scenery,tours, tour director and coach driver!

Taking this trip was the best decision I have ever made. It was the perfect time of the year for the Emerald Isle. Green grass, flowers and trees blooming everywhere with baby calves and lambs on all of the hillsides! Our tour director, Emma ,was full of terrific information and had a great sense of humor in stories she shared with us. Our coach driver, Paddy, was just wonderful ! He would stop at some extra little spots for us to see or for a photo opportunity. Paddy was very professional always wearing a suit and tie, an excellent driver, helpful with luggage, friendly, and kind. Local guides were also excellent. Loved when Emma took us on a walking tour with a headset for all of us so we could hear her information, even in the back of the group. The optional excursions were magnificent. The Irish night was delightful and another time to get to know our tour group. There was not one thing I would change . Accommodations and food were very nice. With three of us traveling together, the accommodations were still great! I expected to have a roll-away bed at every stop but instead had a real bed with plenty of space in the room. Best of all, I have nineteen new friends!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything we expected and more....

Ireland was spectacular. We felt very welcome. When on our own and looking at a map, people would come up and ask if they could help. Our guide, Emma, did a fine job and our driver Paddy couldn't have been better. We were glad to have chosen all the optional excursions...they were worth every penny.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director

Our tour director was great! Our bus driver was great! We saw a lot of things in 10 days (8 days with travel). We had a great group of people. I would recommend and take another Go Ahead Tour. Having them book our flights however was a huge mistake.

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in our online review forum. It is wonderful to hear you had an amazing experience overall and that your Tour Director helped to make the tour a memorable one. We are sorry to hear your flight arrangements did not meet the standard set by the rest of the experience. We do work very hard to ensure our travelers are set up on a quality flight itinerary with a major airline and we use a live flight booking system over the phone to ensure our travelers have a choice in when and who they fly with. However, it is an all too common occurrence in air travel in which the airlines will actually change a flight routing or flight time. This can sometimes result in a lesser quality itinerary than you were initially booked on. In this case your itinerary was impacted by several flight schedule changes since the initial reservation was made and in reality this would have occurred on any ticket regardless of it was booked by a Tour Operator or an individual traveler. We always want your tour experience to be as smooth as possible so the decision to make your own air arrangements is up to you! We are absolutely thrilled you would recommend Go Ahead Tours to your friends and family and we look forward to welcoming you back on tour again soon.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on May 02, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ireland

A great time and a wonderful adventure! We saw all the main sights and in as short a time as was possible. If you are thing about going, do it!

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