A Week in Ireland: Galway, Cork & Dublin8 days
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Sightseeing with local guides
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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers
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Overnight Flight 1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Shannon today.
Galway 2 nights Hotel info
Day 2: Arrival in Galway
Included meals: Dinner
Welcome to Ireland! Transfer to Galway to settle in to your hotel, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Galway
Included meals: Breakfast
On a guided tour, get a feel for the local energy and living traditions of Galway, Ireland’s third-largest city.
• Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater Company and the broad expanse of Eyre Square
• View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch
• Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop
• Watch fishermen at work in the traditional fishing village of Claddagh
Enjoy a free day in Galway, or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner $115*pp Details
Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century castle overlooking Galway Bay. Sip from a goblet of mead and learn the history of the castle before proceeding up the spiral staircase to the banquet hall, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from mid-April to mid-October.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)
County Cork 1 night Hotel info
Day 4: Cork via the Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Included meals: Breakfast
Make your way to Cork, a city synonymous with the Irish spirit of rebellion, stopping en route to explore two of the country’s most dramatic landscapes.
• Travel through the limestone plateau called the Burren
• Explore the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean
• Embark on a guided walking tour of Cork, also known as the “Rebel City”
• Stop at the English Market, a traditional food hall best known for its butchers and fresh fish
Dublin 3 nights Hotel info
Day 5: Dublin via Blarney Castle
Included meals: Breakfast
Pay a visit to Blarney Castle en route to Dublin, the home of the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant the “gift of gab” to those who kiss it.
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast
Experience the history and vibrancy of the Emerald Isle’s capital city with your guide leading the way.
• Pass through Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled green spaces and site of the presidential residence
• Travel along the River Liffey and get a look at the legendary Guinness Storehouse
• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral
• Visit Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells
Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp Details
Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)
Day 7: Free day in Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.
Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.
Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29*pp 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, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried, the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site followed by free time.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)
Day 8: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & Packing Tips
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
There are no major health risks when traveling to Ireland. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meatbased dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, like traditional Irish stew. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental European and Asian influences.
Round-trip flights arrive in Shannon and depart from Dublin. Included transportation on this tour 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 reach most locations on the coast.
Ireland operates on the European standard 220 volts.
Ireland falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside of Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is 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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Beautiful Country, Friendly People
We had the best tour director Matthew, he made our trip even more enjoyable. The Ireland landscape is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Matthew went out of his way to make sure we had a true Irish experience. The little Irish foods he bought for us to try and the extra little stops he did along the way really made our trip better. I can't say enough good about Matthew.
Somebody ordered an dry week!
It was a whirlwind trip that started out seeing sights soon after we got off the plane. It was a good group to travel with and the tour director Matthew was great. Fairly new at the job, but seemed to have all the answers and was inventive at keeping interest in the tour and the group. The driver Greg, did a fine job. The bus was comfortable, but could have had a bathroom in it. The pace was a bit hectic, but we did see a lot of sites during the week, and did have time to relax if needed. Temperatures were normal, but no rain until the last night! Quite a lot of sun too.
My first trip to Europe
It was my first trip to Europe and Ireland was definitely on my must see list. I am so glad I used go ahead tours. Knowing that they would handle all the accommodations and flight details took a lot of my stress away. The staff I spoke with from first setting up my tour to finalizing it were very nice and answered my any questions I had. Our tour director Cornelius was a blast! Great wit and informative, not to mention a pretty good singing voice! Our driver Kieran (not sure if that is how he spells is name) was amazing, I've never seen anyone parallel park a bus so smoothly. The accommodations were good and centrally located. In Dublin we stayed a little bit away from central Dublin, but I didn't mind that in all and think personally that it was a better choice. If anything please go to the Glendalough excursion, beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it. I will definitely use go ahead tours again. Thank you for a wonderful first trip!
We had an Outstanding Tour Director
We loved Ireland!! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting many new people that are now lifetime friends
This Country "Rocks"
Beautiful scenery and lots of rocks. Our Tour director was great.
Ireland offers a wonderful look into another culture. The Country is loaded with scenic views. The people are friendly and offer an open invitation to enjoy their culture. Our tour Director Mathew was great to share the history and make plans for our free time.
We enjoyed the time we spent seeing Ireland. The Country is beautiful and the people were more than friendly. Our tour director, Mathew, took time to plan and offer activities on our free days.
Best Tour Director
We returned a couple of days ago from the 8 day tour of Ireland. This was our first trip to Europe and our first time traveling with a tour. This trip exceeded our expectations. Our tour director Matthew was amazing. He worked out every detail so that all we had to worry about was enjoying ourselves. A tour is only as good as it's tour guide, and he was excellent. Looking forward to taking another tour with Go Ahead in the future.