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A Week in Ireland: Galway, Cork & Dublin

8 days
From the Irish people’s sparkling wit and inviting pub culture to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes, this small country packs quite a punch. Get to know Ireland on a tour of its leading cities and natural wonders, from the rocky Burren to the Cliffs of Moher.

Let us handle the details

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 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets with some hills and stairs.

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

Special departure

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Ireland

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 $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)

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 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 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 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 $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)

Day 8: 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

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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, the Druid Theatre 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 $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)

County Cork 2 nights 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

Enjoy a free evening in Cork, or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - An Evening in Kinsale $69pp* Details

Your evening begins with a visit to the star-shaped Charles Fort, specifically designed to withstand the devastating impact of cannon fire. Uncover the fort’s long history with your Tour Director before making your way to the nearby harbor town of Kinsale. A little village with a big past, this quaint community was the site of the 1601 Battle of Kinsale, a major turning point in the Nine Years’ War. Take time to explore this historic town’s narrow winding streets, artsy shops and lively bars on your own before rejoining the group for dinner in a traditional Irish restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 5: Cobh, Cork & Blarney Castle

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Enter the Queenstown Story Museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years

• Embark on a guided walking tour of Cork, also known as the “Rebel City”

• Stop in the Princes Street Market (or English Market), a traditional food hall

• Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Dublin this morning to experience the history and vibrancy of the Emerald Isle’s capital city with your guide 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

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 $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)

Day 8: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Dublin, 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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

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).

Health

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.

Cuisine

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.

Transportation

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.

Electricity

Ireland operates on the European standard 220 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 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.

Tipping

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.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Dublin, 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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

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).

Health

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.

Cuisine

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.

Transportation

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.

Electricity

Ireland operates on the European standard 220 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 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.

Tipping

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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour Director !!!

I would like to start our with our experience with GoAhead itself. It was easy to make our selection, payments, and have access to all information. Once it got close to time we received an awesome care package with luggage tags, shoulder bags, trip folder. and detailed itinerary. Everything from the flights, motels. and days events were outlined and easily followed for someone who likes schedules (like us). We we arrived at our destination in Ireland we were greeted by our tour director in the airport who made sure we were all together, loaded on to the coach, and made our way to the first motel. She was warm and inviting from the beginning all the way to then end. I would honestly have to say it was more like visiting family then a stranger who was going to show us around a foreign country for a week. Every hotel we stayed at was 4 / 5 star and was amazing. On the free days our tour director made great suggestions as elective excursions which we participated in every time, very glad we did too (Connemarra Marble Factory, Guinness Factory Tour, and Roly's Bistro). I have to mention the coach rides them self, she kept us entertained with history retailed stories about famous persons, culture. and different landmarks. While she was story telling she was doing so in a way that was colorful, alive, and imaginative not to mention very entertaining. I would also like to mention that she was very attentive to everyone's wants and needs during the trip. She help set up taxi service to / from the hotel into town and back during the nights on free time. She also made arrangements for those who did not want to participate in her events during those free days to make sure they could make it to prime shopping, pub. and dining areas. I just can not say enough about her. Ireland it self is a beautiful country with a rich history worth visiting. I would say if you have the chance visit them with GoAhead and I hope you are lucky enough to have a director like we did because she made our great trip in an amazing one. Thank you GoAhead and Khristene M

 

Hi Thomas! We’re delighted to hear that your experience with our staff pre-tour was easy and pleasant. We strive to make you feel prepared and excited for your international experience. We’re thrilled that your Tour Director felt like family and that she kept you entertained and informed while in transit. We also appreciate you letting us know how much she went above and beyond for your group. We will be sure to share this wonderful feedback with her. We are proud to work alongside our fantastic Tour Directors! We agree that Ireland is a fabulous country with much to offer. Thank you for your wonderful 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: 6/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour director Ever

Our Tour Guide Cornelius (Con) was very knowledgeable, funny and a all around good person. Our flight got cancelled on our trip home and he worked all morning trying to help us, paid the transportation to the airport for the inconvenience. He kept the tour entertaining and fun he made extra stops and went out of his way to make sure we seen everything. Our bus driving Arthur was also amazing he maneuvered us all around with no trouble and did extra drop offs and pick ups for us!!! Ireland is a beautiful country lots to see and do. You get a lot for what you pay its well worth it!!! This was our first trip with Go Ahead but won't be our last. Already planning next year to Japan!! Thank Go ahead , Cornelius and Arthur for the wonderful trip. We will remember it always! Michelle, Jamie L. Kara Ukolowicz, Racheal L. and Andy R.

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Hi Michelle! We’re pleased to learn that you found your Tour Director to be helpful and entertaining. It sounds like he helped to smooth over your flight cancellation, which we’re happy to hear. We’re also glad to hear that your bus driver went above and beyond for your group. We certainly have a wonderful staff! Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour next year to Japan.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 28, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Cornelius (Con) is a wonderful tour director!

We had a wonderful time in Galway, Cork, and Dublin! Our tour director, Cornelius, was simply fantastic! VERY informative, gave information in just the right-sized chunks, and was extremely intelligent and witty. MUCH historical background was given, and we all learned so much! The only thing that was negative about our trip was that our flight was cancelled at 12:50 a.m. the day we were supposed to fly out to the US. Unfortunately, Go Ahead Tours blamed the airline, and therefore absolved themselves of all responsibility for getting us back home. Our tour director was trying to help, but the woman who was the "leader" of our group ended up spending a lot of time on the phone booking other flights for the group, and we had an extra overnight. Go Ahead should have taken full responsibility for the ENTIRE tour--the tour doesn't end until the group is safely back in the US as originally paid for by the tourists.

 

Dear Traveler, We are pleased that you enjoyed your time in Ireland. It’s great to know that your Tour Director kept you informed and engaged throughout your tour. We will be sure to share this feedback with him and his supervisor. Regarding your flight cancellation, we are glad one of our Quality Control team members was able to speak with you about your experience. As a company of travelers, we completely understand how frustrating it can be when your flight itinerary is forced to change. Unfortunately, we are unable to reroute or resolve flight issues, as we have no direct access to the internal systems of the airlines, nor do we have control over flight scheduling. The only way to efficiently resolve these issues on the spot is to work directly with the airline, as they are responsible for and capable of re-booking you. Again, we are glad we were able to speak with you about this matter, and we do hope you will reach out to us with any further questions at 1-800-597-0350. We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!

My week in Ireland was amazing! Though sadly, only a week long. I had such an amazing time! Our tour director Allie was the best, she scheduled stops that weren't on the itinerary so we could experience even more of the country on our way to the next destination on tour. She really went all out, and gave us all a great time to remember. Really the only thing I didn't care for was the hotel in Cork. The lobby and dining/breakfast areas are lovely (and the food was great!), though the hallways were kind of dark and spooky, and I'm pretty sure the first room I was in was haunted. I guess that's to be a bit expected being in Ireland and all. Also, I was a little disappointed in the Traditional Irish Evening optional excursion. The picture they have is a bit misleading, and it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a cabaret style show, and there wasn't as much music and dancing as I was hoping for. It was still fun, and the food was amazing (one of the best chicken caesar salads I've had!). I wish I could have stayed longer to do and see more! You certainly get though a lot of the country in just a week, but I would never say no to more time to do these things! Overall, I highly recommend this tour if you're looking to go to Ireland, especially when you only have limited vacation time. You get a lot for the time and your money!

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Hi Brenna! We’re so glad you enjoyed your time in Ireland, and we’re happy to hear that your Tour Director found ways to enhance your experience. We appreciate your feedback on your hotel and the Traditional Irish Dinner Show and will be sure to share it with our teams internally. We completely understand wanting more time on tour, as it’s impossible to see everything in one visit. We’re pleased you would recommend this tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next one soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 12, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Journey

As soon as we landed in Shannon you knew it was going to be a great trip. Cathal, Tour Director, met us and pointed out the important things like ATMs and gave a meet time since other members of the group were also arriving soon. This review could be quite lengthy if I put ALL the things that made this trip special but, I'll do my best to limit my sharing. The 3 best surprises were the additional excursion to Connemara, the beauty of the Blarney Castle grounds (don't miss), and learning about the history and sharing in the Centennial events of the Easter Rebellion. Cathal's passion and way of sharing Ireland's history were perfect so, as we were seeing the remoteness of Connemara, exploring Cork City, seeing the limestone the Burren or experiencing Dublin, we were able to connect with the atmosphere more intensely. The natural beauty was awe inspiring. While at the Fern garden's waterfalls we got that magical glee and when we were walking the paths of Glendalough, we felt a spiritual peace. The wind, surf sound and smell of the sea along the Cliffs gave the sense of endurance and strength, while sitting by the Corrib in Galway we experienced camaraderie as some locals shared their stories with us. We know part of the success of this journey was the gorgeous, non-Ireland type weather of sunny days in the upper 60s-70s but I believe it would have been just as good in the mist and rain. Just a final thank you to Cathal and Edwin, bus driver, for all you did to make Ireland such a memorable experience.

 

Hi Cathy! We’re glad this tour was such a memorable experience for you. Between your enthusiastic Tour Director and the additional surprises along the way, it sounds like this tour was a major success. The natural beauty of Ireland is simply stunning, and we’re happy you were able to soak it up. You got very lucky with the beautiful weather, but we completely agree that Ireland is enjoyable regardless. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead and for providing us with such wonderful feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland in May 2016

Loved the personal stories provided by out tour guide and also the drivers sometimes. It was a nice sized group.

 

Hi Judy! We're so glad you enjoyed the personal stories told by your Tour Director and drivers. How special! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 10, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour

I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the Ireland Tour. The Tour Director and Drivers were angels, going out of their way to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. I would recommend the tour, and our director and drivers, to all of my friends.

 

Hi Mary! We're pleased that you enjoyed your tour of Ireland. It's wonderful to know that your Tour Director, local guides, and drivers made an incredible impact on your experience. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to their supervisors. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A wonderful taste of Ireland

Simply put, we can't wait to go back. This opportunity through Go Ahead Tours was a great way to experience Ireland for the first time. Our tour director Brian G., was well informed, relaxed, funny, musical, and organized. The mix of tours to free time was excellent. The tours in each location (and along the way) were interesting and a little different than the mainstream attractions. We went as a group of 11 friends in a larger group. We had plenty of time to experience each location on our own and in the larger group. Fun and relaxing. Each hotel was very nice, clean and well appointed. The staff were friendly and helpful. They were also in advantageous locations and within walking distance of the sites, shopping, pubs and restaurants. The bus was comfortable and safe. All in all, it left us wanting more. Highly recommend.

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Hi Laurie! We love that you can’t wait to go back! It sounds like Ireland really charmed you, and we’re not surprised. It’s a lovely country and boasts such a fascinating history and culture. We’re pleased to learn that your Tour Director brought lots of enthusiasm and knowledge to your tour. We’re also happy to know that the hotels were nice and that you felt they were in advantageous locations. We do our best to pick hotels that provide an overall good value for travelers. Thank you for recommending this tour and for sharing your experience. Let us know when you want to go back!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Director & Driver, best of the best

Kathy met us at Shannon, gathered our group and introduced us to Stephen our driver. From that point on it was like we were traveling with family. They anticipated issued, answered questions, helped with accommodations outside the package and made the entire trip seamless. I will certainly return to Ireland to continue my genealogical search and I will certainly use GoAhead in that effort. We tipped a the conclusion but those two certainly deserve more than that. Till next time! Thank you. My only negative comment. On the flight from NY to Shannon my seat was a little too small. I'm 6'5" and don't fit in the standard seat, I usually get an emergency aisle. I called your offices before the flight and was told to ask upon check in. At check in I was told it too late, so the trip over resulted in a lot of passengers and the service carts banging into my knee. No sleep on this flight. The trip home, on the AirBus was roomier, with no complaints. So on my next trip I will be seeking the emergency aisle.

 

Hi Ronald! It’s truly amazing for us to hear that you felt like you were traveling with family. We’re thrilled that your Tour Director and driver had such an incredible impact on your experience. Regarding your flight, we regret to hear the frustration it caused you. Emergency exit row seats are unfortunately not something we’re able to book for travelers, due to airline restrictions. These seats are, in fact, typically assigned at check-in. We regret that you were unable to get one, and we also regret that this may not have been made clear to you. We will be sure to communicate this feedback to our team to ensure clear messaging on this issue as we move forward. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Got to see a lot!

The tour was good and we had a great time! This particular tour is a very good value for the money since we got to see a lot - Galway to Cork to Dublin. This was my first trip to Ireland so I appreciated how much I got to see of the country. Our tour director, Matthew, was knowledgeable and kept the tour on track. His surprise stops were wonderful. He added some nice touches like a phone call from his granny that gave us a feel for life and day-to-day family life in Ireland. Matthew took advantage of unusually good weather to organize a ferry trip to see the Cliffs of Moher from the sea - a unique and spectacular way to experience this amazing landscape.

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Hi Christine! We’re so glad you had a great time in Ireland. It sounds like the itinerary included just the right amount of sites for you. We’re happy to hear it. We’re also pleased to learn that you enjoyed your Tour Director and that he added authentic touches along the way, such as the phone call with his grandmother. It’s wonderful how lucky you got with the weather and we’re glad you were able to take advantage of it. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 03, 2016

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