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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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      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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful tour

I just returned from this tour and had a wonderful time. We visited Dublin, Cork, Galway, Killarney, and Belfast (on the extension) Belfast was my favorite city with it being a city, but not as crowded as Dublin. The Titanic Museum was awesome.We had fantastic weather the entire tour with only a bit of misty rain. The Giants Causeway in Belfast and Cliffs of Moher in Galway were must sees and didn't disappoint. I wish that our tour director had not been as cocky and sarcastic as he was but for the most part he was knowledgable and did provide everything we needed. He just wasn't good about giving information on estimated times of arrival, time on bus, next activity to expect, etc. He wanted to keep us in the dark until the last minute it seemed. But, I am sure that if I went on another tour, I would not have a tour director like this one. He was probably one in a million. I wouldn't recommend this director though. Our bus driver, on the other hand, was excellent! He could drive that bus like a car, and he was full of information and was very willing to share. He was actually guiding the tour director at times. We enjoyed a jaunting tour in Killarney, loved the Ring Of Kerry drive, but wish the director had given more history on Ireland in general. A favorite activity was the sheep dog working exhibition. The dogs were amazing and the sheep were fun to watch. The man who was the sheep herder was very informative too. All and all I loved the tour and most everyone in Ireland was very friendly. They seem to really love and appreciate tourists. The pubs were fun and the Irish music and language were fun and interesting as well.

 

Dear Traveler, We’re so pleased that you had a wonderful time on tour. You certainly chose an incredible itinerary! Ireland is a country rich in history and tradition, and there is much to discover there. It sounds like you were able to see many wonderful sites and that they were all worthwhile. We regret to hear that your Tour Director did not meet your expectations. We’re glad you felt he was knowledgeable, but we regret that his personality did not make a good impression on you. We will be sure to communicate this to his supervisor and investigate further. Thank you for letting us know what a great job your bus driver did, both in ensuring your safety on the road and keeping you well-informed along the way. Again, we’re glad that overall you loved the tour and your time in Ireland. We appreciate that you took the time to share your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 8/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Ireland

My tour to Ireland was a great experience because the Country is so beautiful and speaks for itself the people are friendly and love having tourist. If you go on this tour be prepared to be on the move constantly, 5 hotels in 9 days, bags have to be out by 7:15am breakfast is between 7:15am and 7:30am and you are on the bus by 8:30am to 9:00am, you normally are on the bus between 4 and 6 hours a day. The food was great and our Bus driver Steven was amazing. Our tour director Paul did not give us an Itinerary everyday of what time we would have lunch or arrive at our hotel, he gave very vague information which was challenging to know what to expect each day.

 

Hello! We couldn’t agree more that Ireland is beautiful and that the people are wonderfully warm and welcoming. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time there! You’re right that this is an active itinerary, as we understand that our travelers want to make the most of their time. We regret that you feel your Tour Director was not specific enough in his description of each day’s events, and we will be sure to share this with his supervisor. We do also hope that you felt comfortable asking your Tour Director for further clarification, as they are there to help if you would like more information. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 23, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ireland inspired visit

This was a great trip and my wife and I had a wonderful time. On our tour we had a conflict with the Horse Races in Galway which meant we did not spend 2 nights in Galway which was a major disappointment,we had a lot planned for those 2 days. Avoid the weeks of the Galway Races. The people, the countryside, the beer was great. We loveed visiting so many beautiful churches. I highly recommend this tour the folks at Go Ahead were very helpful and knowledgeable. All accomadations were better than expected and the bus driver was great.

 

Dear Arthur, We’re so glad that you and your wife had a wonderful time in Ireland. One of our Quality Control members reached out to you to discuss your concerns regarding Galway. If you would like to review this aspect of your experience, please don’t hesitate to give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. We regret that the necessary changes did not meet your expectations and that you wished you had had more time in Galway. We do hope that we can discuss this to learn more about your experience. We thank you for recommending this tour, and we would be glad to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Martina is the best!

I just returned from this trip and found it to be much more than I ever imagined. Martina was our tour guide, and she added so much value to our experience. The Royal Marine Hotel and The Malton were not your normal tour type of hotels! I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Ireland....

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome

Awesome all the way around.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Carol's Group

This is a lovely itinerary and also we had the most wonderful tour director, Margarita Grillis and our transport was great too, the bus was really nice but the driver was the very best too, his name was Stephen and he and Margarita were a great team! The days were just full enough but not too full, plenty of down time if you wanted to rest some but you could go go go if you wanted to do so! The hotels, with exception of one in Cork, were exceptional and the hotel staffs were really top notch too! Our local tours were really tops too! Many very good local guides with lots of knowledge! this was a great tour!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved everything...even the rain!

I’ve been on quite a few GoAhead tours, and I’ve enjoyed all of them; and this trip to Ireland was no exception. I initially considered the Walking Tour of Ireland, but after talking to the staff at GoAhead, I decided that it might be more hiking than I really wanted. This tour provides the chance to see several historic castles, notable landmarks, colorful gardens and lots of beautiful scenery. We did have quite a bit of grey weather and rain, but it only added to the beauty of it all. We took all the optional tours, including the extension to Belfast, which I would recommend. We loved seeing the Giant’s Causeway with its unusual basalt rock formations, and we had a good amount of time to walk down to the site and explore on our own. The ferry ride to the Aran Islands was quite rough and the winds were very gusty when we hiked up to the ruins overlooking the ocean, but it was well worth the effort. The Cliffs of Mohr were stunning as expected. Be sure to try to take in some music and dancing. Our guide helped arrange for tickets to a show while we were in Killarney, and it was a highlight. Even the food was better than expected with healthy salads and fish choices, and not just “pub” food and drink, which I also enjoyed. Our guide, Allie L., was exceptional, and told wonderful folk stories on the longer bus rides. Our bus driver, Tommy, was a pro, negotiating the narrow country lanes and one way streets in Dublin. A few of the hotels were not in the most convenient locations, but the hotel in Killarney was fantastic. Overall, I loved everything and hope to some day return to Ireland.

 

Hi Joyce! First of all, we want to thank you for consistently choosing Go Ahead. We are so glad that you have enjoyed all of your tours, including this one! It sounds like you were able to soak up the charm and wonder of Ireland and see much of the breathtaking landscapes. You offer a great suggestion to catch a music and/or dancing show, and we're so glad your Tour Director was able to help you do just that! We're pleased to learn that you feel the food was healthy and delicious, in addition to the heavier pub offerings. Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed feedback on your tour. We will be sure to share it with our teams! We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

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