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Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

11 days
On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you’ll see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. Discover the country’s highlights, starting in historic Dublin and continuing on through County Cork, the “Rebel County.” After exploring the breathtaking Ring of Kerry, mesmerizing Cliffs of Moher and charming coastal city of Galway, you may find it hard to say goodbye to Ireland.

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Expert Tour Director

      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 moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin on a special March departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• 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 

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Dinner & Show $99pp* 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. This optional is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 4: Free day in Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough $79pp* 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

County Cork 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: County Cork via the Irish National Stud & Rock of Cashel

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to County Cork, stopping for several guided visits along the way.

• Visit the Irish National Stud farm in County Kildare, where world-class race horses are bred and trained

• Explore the Japanese Gardens of the Irish National Stud farm

• Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: County Kerry via Cork, Cobh & Blarney Castle

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping in Cork, Cobh and Blarney on the way.

• Pass through Cork, an island city with an impressive network of channels

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

• Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years

• Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Day 7: 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 Dingle Peninsula

• Take in unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands

• Explore the area’s picturesque villages

Galway 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Galway via Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to visit a historic castle and view spectacular scenery en route. 

• Take a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher 

• Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

Enjoy a free evening in Galway or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner $115pp* Details

Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century tower house 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. Here, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-April through mid-October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 9: Free day in Galway

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Aran Islands $109pp* 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 visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort and enjoy an included lunch at a restaurant on the island. 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. This optional is also seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Dublin 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Dublin, make a stop at the historic Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting of Irish whisky. Then, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Belfast.

Add Belfast Starting from $399 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.

Belfast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour.

• 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 rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles

• Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Day 12: Free day in Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway $79pp* 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: Rain gear is recommended for this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour to Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• 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 

• Finish with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free afternoon 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)

County Cork 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Cork via the Irish National Stud & Rock of Cashel

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Cork, stopping for several guided visits along the way.

• Visit the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained, in County Kildare

• Explore the Japanese Gardens of the Irish National Stud farm

• Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries

Day 5: Cobh, Cork & Blarney Castle

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a feel for the many sides of Ireland, from charming villages to vibrant cities and iconic castles.

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

• Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years

• Explore Cork, stopping in the Princes Street Market (or English Market), a traditional food hall

• Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: County Kerry via Muckross House

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping at Muckross House on the way. Take time to explore this Victorian mansion and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens before continuing on.

Later, enjoy a free evening in County Kerry or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Music & Dance Show $99pp* Details

Tonight, head outside of Killarney and sit down to a hearty three-course dinner. After your meal, watch as talented musicians, singers and prize-winning dancers put on a show filled with traditional Irish tunes and choreography.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 7: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry

• Stop for photos at Muckross Lake and Lough Leane in Killarney National Park

Galway 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Galway via Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to visit a historic castle and view spectacular scenery en route. 

• Take a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher 

• Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

Enjoy a free evening in Galway or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner $115pp* Details

Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century tower house 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. Here, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-April through mid-October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 9: Free day in Galway

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Aran Islands $109pp* 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 visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort and enjoy an included lunch at a restaurant on the island. 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. This optional is also seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Dublin 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Dublin, make a stop at the historic Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting of Irish whisky. Then, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Belfast.

Add Belfast Starting from $399 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.

Belfast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour.

• 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 rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles

• Enter the Titanic Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Day 12: Free day in Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway $79pp* 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: Rain gear is recommended for this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & 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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & 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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another Excellent Adventure!

Once again, Go Ahead Tours delivers! This was a great trip, visiting so many exotic and exciting locations, like the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and Stone, Ring of Kerry, the Giants Causeway and fascinating Dublin and Belfast. Our Tour Director and Excellent Driver zig-zagged throughout the Emerald Isle and gave us a glimpse of other locations like Limerick and Bunratty. If you haven't considered Ireland, you must!!! Totally worth it!.

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Hi Anthony! We’re happy to hear this tour delivered for you! You certainly chose an awesome destination. We completely agree that Ireland is a must. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour!

This tour exceeded our expectations!! Our tour guide Jonathan was fantastic along with our bus driver Donney. Jonathan was full of information and also had a refreshing sense of humor! This tour covers most of Ireland but at a relaxing pace. There was plenty of downtime to explore on our own which we enjoy to do as well. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and would recommend this tour to everyone!! Thank you Go Ahead team!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Highly recommend!

From the time we landed in Dublin until our departure, our tour was fantastic! Our guide and bus driver met us at the airport and we were off! Our hotel had our rooms ready earlier than expected and allowed us to explore Dublin on our own before our introductory meal. All our accommodations were very well appointed and our food was delicious. Our tour guide, Allie, was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful for the entire tour. She's a treasure. The Irish people were as friendly as promised. The history and "traditions of the Emerald Isle" were presented along the way and we enjoyed the experiences of the excursions to Glendalough and Powerscourt, the Traditional Irish evening, the Aran Islands (DO NOT MISS!), and the Castle Banquet Dinner. Our guide also mentioned some other activities to participate in during the little "down" time that we had and they were excellent as well. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to explore the beautiful country and people of Ireland!

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Hi Cindy! We couldn’t be happier to hear that your tour was a success from start to finish. It’s great to know that you enjoyed your accommodations and that your Tour Director was a wealth of knowledge for your group. We agree that the Irish people are kind and welcoming and that the history presented throughout this tour is incredibly fascinating. We’re glad you would recommend the Aran Islands optional, as well as the Castle Banquet Dinner. We certainly feel that our optionals add rich, unique touches to each tour. Thank you for your wonderful recommendation, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour Director!!!

Allie, the tour director for this tour was outstanding. The scheduling worked like clock work. We had perfect seating for the excursions that included a meal and show. As we traveled through the countryside of Ireland Allie would mesmerize the group with her storytelling. We learned the history of Ireland and she had laminated pictures to enhance the understanding of the topic at hand. We were greeted each morning with her smiling face and enthusiasm. She is truly an asset to Go Ahead Tours! Shirley

 

Hi Shirley! We’re so happy your Tour Director had a positive impact on your experience. It sounds like her enthusiasm, storytelling abilities, and smiling face were among the many highlights of your trip. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to her supervisor. Thank you for your review, 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: 6/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip!

Everything and everybody from the start to the end was great. Our tour director Paul S. was the GREATEST. He was knowledgeable and very engaging about every place we went. Our bus drivers keep us on schedule and were also knowledgeable about the areas we visited. The entire country was beautiful and all the Irish people were so friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

 

Hi Ellen! We’re so glad everything went well from start to finish. We’re pleased to learn that you felt your Tour Director and bus drivers were knowledgeable and engaging. We will be sure to share this feedback with their supervisors. We agree that Ireland is a gorgeous country, and we’re glad that you would recommend seeing it on this tour! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director EVER!!!

We had an amazing trip to Ireland. This was my second Go Ahead tour and I couldn't have been more pleased! Our tour director, Khristiene was fantastic! Our entire group loved her and we would all be excited to see her on a future tour!

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Hi Robin! It’s great to hear that your second Go Ahead tour was a success. We’re thrilled that your group enjoyed your Tour Director and will be sure to share that feedback with her. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your third tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Traditions of Emerald Isle Alli, made our trip AWESOME! She went out of her way to assure that we all had a good time!!! We could not have asked for a better time! Very knowledgeable about Ireland and all our sites. Those traveling with us were wonderful people from all over U.S. Charlie & Joanne

 

Hi Charlie & Joanne! We're so glad you had a good time and that your Tour Director went above and beyond for your group. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Memerable Trip

I had been wanting to take this for as long as I can remember. I was not disappointed. The tour directors did everything they said they would and then some. The weather was far from ideal, but it did not do anything to dampen out enthusiasm at all. If you have never been to Ireland, you should, and these are the people to help you.

 

Hi Joseph! We’re so glad you finally got to take this tour! It’s wonderful to hear that you had a great time, despite the less than ideal weather. We totally agree that Ireland should be on everyone’s bucket list! Thank you for your review, and hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 25, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our tour director was great in every way and would love to get him again. My concern is the tours do not handle people with handicaps very well, I realize that Europe is not that handicapped friendly. I would be nice if on the itinerary there was a write up on what to expect and some suggestions. An example would be Blarney castle, I was pushing my wife in a wheel chair and we followed the handicapped sign we came to a hill that you would need a truck to get the chair up. The wheel chair was another story, I rented it in Dublin, I could not bring the box it came in with us on the bus? Our tour director helped me get it stored at the hotel. The box was required to send the chair back. You may want to considering handicapped tours or make it easier to transport chairs. In addition, the bus drivers our union and when they leave the bus no one can stay on again if you are handicapped and have no place to wait for the tour to return it can get a bit cold or damp. PLEASE take the above as suggestions and not criticisms of the company or personnel.

 

Dear Ken, First of all, we're glad that you enjoyed your Tour Director. We certainly hope you can have him again on a future tour. Regarding handicap accessibility, we value your feedback surrounding the difficulty you and your wife experienced. You're right that, in general, Europe is not very handicapped friendly, particularly in certain iconic sites. We are sorry that this posed a challenge for you and your wife. We will certainly communicate your suggestion to offer handicapped tours to our Product Development team for consideration moving forward. That said, we do offer more handicapped friendly tours than this one, so if you are interested in traveling with us again in the future, we would be happy to connect you with a Tour Consultant who can help you find a tour that may be a better fit for what you need. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 14, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Ok trip

For the price that was paid, it did not live up to my expectations. To much time spent in Dublin and 3 out of 4 hotels were not that great. Things that were really fun to do cost extra. It is not 11 days it is 9 days . Airport waiting time and leaving time was 2 very wasted days. Tour guide was very knowledgeable but when you asked for help you had to figure it out for yourself. The drivers are awesome! I do believe that all the tipping out should have been our decision of when and how much! Locals yes, tour people should be included in price unless they went above and beyond for you. The extra insurance paid well I do not know yet. My luggage was broken and waiting to see if they pay for it. One other thing, I felt there should of been more information about the trip before leaving instead of me having to call and get so so answers. On the positive side, Ireland is beautiful and the locals are wonderful! So before you book, think about what you really want out of your trip. I wish I had!

 

Dear Sandy, Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us about your experience on tour in Ireland. This is one of our most popular tours, and we have found that our travelers have historically given it very high ratings. All of our traveler feedback is extremely important to us, and we are always looking for ways to integrate suggestions for improvements into our tours. We regret to learn that you felt you had too much time in Dublin. This is often a highlight of the trip for many of our travelers, but we will certainly keep this comment in mind when evaluating this itinerary moving forward. We do our best to have the itineraries for our tours be presented in a way that is consistent across the board. For many of our international tours that require overnight flights, we have chosen to be consistent with the industry standard, and count travel days in our itinerary. We have found that this allows our travelers to plan their time better, and is helpful for those traveling from the West Coast as well as the East Coast. We have a team of expert Tour Directors all over the world who are trained to provide local knowledge and advice to our travelers. I have shared your feedback with this individual’s manager to be sure his instructions and answers to questions are more clear going forward. Thank you very much for your comments, and for traveling with Go Ahead.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 28, 2015

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