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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 $99pp* 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: $109)

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 $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 $99pp* 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: $109)

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 $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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  • MAR
  • APR
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  • 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.

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: 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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Absolute Best Tour Director

Our tour director and tour was absolutely spectacular! Our whole trip was more then we ever imagined it could be. We recommend Go Ahead Tours to everyone. Plus, whatever Go Ahead is paying our guide (C. Healy) it's not enough. He was both knowledgeable and informative about his country and ours! He could not have been better or more friendly or helpful. He made us proud be Irish Americans. We would like to go back with a group of family and friends and we will requesting the same tour guide.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour and the best tour director ever.

What can I say about Ireland and its beauty that hasn't already been said. Each day we viewed and experienced more beauty amid the stark ruggedness of this island. But the best part was our tour director, Martina K.. She was of course Irish, spoke Gaelic fluently and took us to places that we never would have seen had she not been with us. Martina and our driver, Lee, were the best possible. I highly recommend the 11 day tour to everyone. Beverly C.

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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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director

Sean was our tour director. Sean made sure that we always got started on time so that we would be the first group arriving at the destination., Sean was just amazing! He was always keeping us informed had a great sense of humor. Sean was the best and really made the tour perfect!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland: my new favorite country

As with most all Go Ahead tours, this one gives you a lot of bang for your buck. I am always pleased with the value of each tour I have taken. The tour director, Martina, is one of the sweetest, most wonderful women I have ever met. She truly helped in making this trip a memorable one. I found Ireland absolutely fantastic, with Dublin and Galway standing out as my new favorite cities.They are easily navigated and walkable. I found the Irish people to be warm, friendly, welcoming and funny! Spending time in the pubs, laughing and talking with locals is something I will always cherish and something you should not miss. The tour could benefit from a bit more free time, so travelers can do more of this. I found the accommodations to be a bit of a disappointment, with the best hotel being Blarney Woolen Mills, which we only spent one night at. (Although, meals taken at the hotels were all very good.) I also found the drive around the Ring of Kerry to be way too long, to the point of car sickness. In the end, I felt it was a huge waste of the entire day and I wish I would have opted out and stayed in town to do my own thing. Overall, I would visit Ireland again, on my own, as it seems an easy place to explore without a tour group.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved every minute!

This was my first Go Ahead Tours trip, and my first time in Ireland, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised in all aspects. Our tour director, Martina, was fantastic and made everyone feel at home immediately. (Thank you, Martina!!) We visited several cities throughout Ireland and truly got a sample of authentic Irish life. The weather cooperated and we had a truly lovely time touring the countryside. I've already recommended this trip to several friends and family members! One recommendation - while our bus drivers were fabulous and did a great job toting the group, you may want to bring carsickness medicine! There is a lot of travel on windy roads, and by the middle of the week, I found myself not feeling great on the road. I was able to pick some medicine up at a local pharmacy, but it would have been nice to have something handy during the longer drive around the Ring of Kerry. Live and learn!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland is a lot of Craic

Ireland is an incredible country to visit! My second go ahead tour definitely not my last ! Very impressed with organization of both my tours .This trip ,Martina ,our tour guide,was a very friendly, funny, gave lots of info on history of Ireland . Her love for her country very evident and she went above and beyond to make everyone on our tour happy! If you book this trip, I highly recommend book all the excursions powerscourt and Aran islands were so beautiful ! Only excursion I did not book was castle banquet dinner but my fellow travelers said it was to late , to long , and to expensive . Also there is a lot of walking on this tour so wear comfortable shoes . I usually am a traveler who only plans on visiting a destination once but I must say I definitely will return to Ireland it's a great place to visit so if it's on your bucket list time to book it you won't be sorry :)

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great emerald isles

I had a great time visiting Ireland, the iconic scenery and beautiful landscapes are a few reasons to experience a tour of Ireland. The people are friendly and the history is bountiful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

Our Go Ahead trip to Ireland was wonderful, mostly because of the excellent tour Director we had. He was a native Irishman, very professional and fun. The driver was polite and very skilled as well. The itinerary was everything we wanted to see in Ireland, and more. I would go back in a minute and would travel with Go Ahead anywhere, mainly because of the fine quality of their staff here and abroad. This was my 3rd trip with Go Ahead I have 2 more planned. I have taken their Student tours for years and appreciate the same care and quality they have always provided.

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