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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.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceeded Expectations!

I am beyond satisfied with Go Ahead Tours "A Week in Ireland-Galway, Cork & Dublin"! Our tour director, Martina, was charming, helpful, well organized and shared much interesting knowledge & history about the country. She also thoughtfully added several extra excursions which were delightful! Our driver, Cairon, was amazing! I felt very safe in his capable hands and he was very helpful and pleasant as well. There was a good amount of free time built into the schedule which is something I appreciate as it gives me time to customize my travel experience and visit less popular sights on my own thereby maximizing my enjoyment without feeling like I am missing out on anything. The hotels were comfortable and their locations were excellent! I feel that I received full value for what I spent on the tour and will not hesitate to travel with Go Ahead Tours again. I have already recommended this company to my friends and hope they will soon be able to experience their own dream destinations as I did on this trip. Thank you Go Ahead for a wonderful time!

 

Hi Diane! We’re happy you had a great time on tour and that you were impressed with both your Tour Director and driver. We’re glad you found the itinerary to be well-balanced so that you had enough free time on your own. We’re also pleased to learn that you found the accommodations and overall value of the tour to be good. Thank you for recommending Go Ahead, and thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I didn't want to leave!

My roommate and I just returned from our week in Ireland. This was our first experience traveling with GoAhead and we were very happy with how everything turned out! Galway was our favorite city and we honestly could have stayed there all week. The weather was so perfect-mostly clear with occasional rainy moments (but what else would you expect with Ireland!). We were able to do extra fun things because the weather was so beautiful. You need to do the extra excursion to Glendalough- it was the highlight of my week. I could have walked and hiked around there for hours. Our tour director told us that Glendalough was even more beautiful in the rain and he was right. Again. :) Matthew was a fantastic tour director and went out of his way to make everyone happy and provided us with as many extra excursions as he could. Paddy our bus driver was awesome as well and kept us safe for the whole tour. We had enough time with organized activities and enough free time to explore on our own. I will definitely do another tour with GoAhead! Thanks for organizing such a great tour! -Sarah

 

Hi Sarah! We're thrilled that you and your roommate had a great time in Ireland. Galway is indeed a cool city, and we’re so glad you were able to explore it. It sounds like you lucked out with the weather and were able to take advantage of the different offerings on tour, such as the Glendalough optional. We’re happy you enjoyed your Tour Director and bus driver, and that you found the itinerary to be well-balanced between free time and organized activities. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

90 Craic For Sure!!

Our tour director was Matthew Lyttle and he did an outstanding job making this tour special for everyone in the group. He add so many personal touches and was so funny that we could not help but to enjoy every twist and turn between arriving at Shannon Airport and departing from Dublin. We had beautiful weather in April for the most part. The sun was shining and the smiles were bright as everyone listened to great stories of Irish folklore and songs. Everything we saw and experienced was wonderful. Special thanks to Matthew for the unexpected excursions like the boat around the Cliffs of Morh or the Coole House tour. I would recommend this tour and this tour director for anyone. So knowledgeable and such a great story teller. Looking forward to my 4th Go Ahead Tour!

 

Hi Neila! Welcome home, and thank you for your review! We’re so happy to hear you had a great time on tour and that you enjoyed the personal touches added by your Tour Director. Between the lovely weather and all the incredible experiences you had, it sounds like your tour went off without a hitch. We’re so glad! We look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead adventure.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Week in Ireland

Ireland charmed my heart. I will definitely make it back sooner than later to this terrific gem. The scenery, the friendly & charming people made this trip beyond my expectations. Go Aheads Tour Guide, Matthew, was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and his Irish charm added to our adventures across Ireland. Our driver Paddy was so friendly and helpful, and we were able to sit back and relax as he drove throughout Ireland. From the castles in Bunratty to Blarney to Cahir, the thatched cottages in Adare, the Irish Pubs in Galway to Dublin, so much local music and great beers and Irish whiskey to be tried. The local cuisine was great - seafood chowder, salmon, fish and chips were yummy. Shopping was some of the best from the sweaters to claddah rings. Great hotels. We had such great side tours, which made our trip a delight.

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Hi Kathryn! Welcome home, and thank you for your review. It’s easy to understand how Ireland charmed your heart – what an amazing destination! We’re so glad you enjoyed many aspects of the tour. It sounds like you had a lot of unique experiences and met some wonderful people along the way. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on another adventure soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magical Ireland Trip!

My entire experience in Ireland was beyond amazing! The tour director was seriously so much fun and she was a true friend to our whole group. She made the tour so personal to all we wanted to see and do and always telling jokes and sharing really cool information about the country that you never hear just on the internet. Ireland was absolutely gorgeous and we saw from beaches to countryside to city life. It was the best of all worlds and the weather was on our side too which was an added perk. I will never forget my first experience out of the country. I would love to travel with goahead in the future!

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Hi Brooke! We’re so glad you had an amazing time on tour. It’s good to know your Tour Director made such a positive impact on your experience. We’re happy to hear you had great weather during your time in Ireland – you definitely had the ‘luck of the Irish’ on your side! Thank you for your great review, and let us know when you’re ready to take another tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!! (Martina)

This trip was amazing, considering most of the excursions were cancelled because they were out of season ( castle dinner, traditional Irish dinner and dance). Our tour director was so personable and went above and beyond what was expected of her. My group went to see Connemara, the Connemara marble, the Aran sweaters, and Roly's Bistro in Dublin, which serves excellent food, and is well worth the money. These were options Martina offered to us to go during our 1 week trip and it is WELL WORTH IT. She really looked out for us. She looked up a place in Dublin called the Arlington Hotel, which has dinner and a show. It totally made up for the excursion that was out of season. The weather was beautiful, it only rained the day we were departing to go home, and the sun came out twice that week.

 

Hello! Welcome home, and thank you for your outstanding review! We’re so glad you had an amazing time in Ireland. We’re also happy to learn your Tour Director was able to provide suggestions for you in spite of cancellations. It sounds like the alternatives were just as wonderful! We’re so glad you felt cared for by your Tour Director and that you were able to use her as a resource. You really lucked out with the weather – only rain on the last day is fabulous! Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Pretty country site

I was at awe over the beautiful country areas. The abbeys were so grand with their vast gardens and huge castles. I felt as if I was in a different time period. Visiting Ireland should be on everybody's bucket list.

 

Hi Mary! Thank you so much for your great review. We couldn’t agree more that Ireland should be on everybody’s bucket list. We’re so glad you had a wonderful time, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

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

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