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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 this beautiful island 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

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

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.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
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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.

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

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Country side!

My Tour Director was awesome, handsome, charming, funny, he even sang an Irish song to the group on the bus! He really made the trip enjoyable. That being said, I was happily surprised to find that I truly enjoyed every minute in Ireland. The Country is beautiful! Galway was beautiful situated on the water, seeing the Spanish Arch and the pedestrian walkways where the shopping was. I picked up the most beautifully paint slate tile at the weekend fair. the Drive to Cork and Blarney was wonderful with the stops along the way, Cliffs of Moher and the Limestone lower cliffs. The Grounds at the Blarney Castle are well maintained. Dublin is a big city with a historic feel. I used my free time to visit the Guinness factory and the Jameson distillery. both worth the euro if you are into the art of brewing these spirits. the people are very nice and lovely. Truly a relaxing enjoyable trip

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Needed more time

Ireland is beautiful and all the sites we saw were great......BUT........we needed more time at the various locations. We could have spent the day at the Blarney castle, but were allotted 2 hours. We stood in line 70 minutes to kiss the stone and that was after a 5-10 minute walk to get there then had to walk down the 100 steps before getting something to eat since it was lunchtime. But there was much more to see there. Same as in Cork---could have spent more time there, also.The hotel we were booked at was nowhere near anything else so we had to eat there---it was either bar food or pricey restaurant. We saw a lot of the countryside traveling from the west coast to the east coast, which was nice. Tour director was very good as was the bus driver. Group members were good. Weather was good. Just think we needed more time.......

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

This was our first tour experience and it was truly amazing!!! Our week was well planned and full of pleasant surprises!!! Ireland is a beautiful Country, with wonderful welcoming people and at the end of the week, we did not want to leave!!! We experienced outstanding history and beautiful landscapes, which created memories which will last a life time!!! Our Tour Director Matthew, was outstanding and worked very hard to help make our experience priceless!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The best of Ireland`

I cannot say enough good things about our tour. Our tour guide was fantastic. He found out that I mastered in grave studies and took us on a couple of extra excursions to see some outrageously awesome cemeteries and burial sites. The places we stopped at were all fantastical. We loved every bit of it. Having never been in Ireland before we had no idea where to go or what to see. This tour allowed us to see the best of the best and get a glimpse of everything. A couple of free days and we were off and running finding the most hidden treasures of Galway and Dublin. Now when we go back we know exactly where we want to go and who we want to catch up with.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Sean was an awesome tour director! His knowledge about Ireland and world events was amazing. He also had an outstanding knowledge of US History. He was also interesting to listen to. Sean kept us on the go and showed us a plethora of sites in the beautiful country of Ireland. Our bus driver Paddy was also very good. I don't know how he was able to get that coach around on such narrow roads! The whole tour was terrific and I would not hesitate to use Go Ahead Tours again!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Well suited for varying needs

My friend and I were apprehensive to travel with a tour group when we were planning our trip because we didn't want to be too tied down to a group, and we sure didn't want it to feel like an elementary school field trip! I was pleasantly surprised with the flexibility of the tour. I liked how you could be as involved or uninvolved with the group as you wanted by electing to go on all of the extra excursions, some of them, or none of them. There was plenty of time built in for your own free time as well. It was a neat experience to come together with the people on our tour group of all different ages who were all looking for something unique out of this tour, and then to leave satisfied that we had enjoyed an incredible journey together!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!!

My husband and I have always traveled alone, so I was a bit apprehensive when I signed up for this tour with a group. I was pleasantly surprised once the tour began. Our guide was excellent, excellent, excellent!!! She took great care of our group from the moment we arrived at the airport in our destination country. This trip provided the best of both worlds in my travel book - it was so much FUN, and I learned a great deal about Irish culture and history along the way!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip Ever

Maybe one of the "wee leprechauns" our tour director, Matthew, told us about cast a spell on us but we absolutely fell in love with Ireland and our go ahead tour. As avid world travelers, the Irish people with their scenery, culture, food, hospitality, beer and music exceeded our expectations. We thought the tour was just the right balance of information, activity and fun. Our hats off to Matthew and Go Ahead Tours, many thanks!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was our first tour experience and it was amazing! Matthew, our Tour Director was wonderful and worked very hard to make our trip a perfect experience, full of priceless memories!!! Our Bus Driver Arthur, had a great personality, and excellent driving skills! My family and I were definitely in good hands!!! Thank you!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

I just returned from one week in Ireland. This was my first land tour. (I usually do cruises) Due to severe weather in Philly, my flight from Jacksonville was delayed resulting in my missing my flight to Shannon. Go Ahead was great at getting the info I needed and letting my tour guide know I was going to be a day late. My guide Cornelius was amazing! He went out of his way to welcome me when I arrived. Cornelius is knowledgeable about the sights and country. He is funny, lively and has a great sense of humor. I hope to do another trip in the next few years! Great experience!

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