Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way

10 days
The western coast of Ireland is home to some of the Emerald Isle’s most astounding scenery. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to discover the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to the Cliffs of Moher. Between the breathtaking views of stunning seascapes and green landscapes, you’ll step off the beaten path to get a feel for Ireland’s quieter side in its small towns and villages.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Belfast today.

County Antrim 2 nights

Day 2: Arrival in Belfast

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Settle in, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Start your day with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s capital.

• Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall

• View the Grand Opera House and Parliament Buildings

• Pass the shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was constructed and learn about the ship’s ill-fated journey at the Titanic Belfast museum

Enjoy a free evening in County Antrim or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway $79pp* Details

Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns. The hexagonal columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Rain gear is recommended for this excursion.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

County Donegal 2 nights

Day 4: Donegal via Fanad Head & Glenveagh National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Northern Ireland and cross into the Republic of Ireland, where you’ll travel through the dramatic scenery along a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way.

• Make your way around Fanad Head, a rugged peninsula

• Take in scenic views along the route, making stops at Rathmullan, Portsalon, and the Fanad Head Lighthouse

• View Malin Head across the bay, the northernmost point in Ireland

• Visit Glenveagh National Park, where you’ll enter Glenveagh Castle and explore the park’s waterfalls, lakes, and mountains

• Continue through the beautiful Irish countryside to Donegal

Day 5: Slieve League

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head west to witness the highest cliffs in Europe today. First, pay a visit to the Slieve League Cultural Centre. Then, continue on to the Slieve League cliffs for incredible panoramic views from nearly 2,000 feet above sea level.

County Mayo 2 nights

Day 6: County Mayo via Drumcliffe & Sligo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats.

• Make a photo stop at Classiebawn Castle, an estate built during the 19th century

• Pay your respects at Yeats’ grave in the Drumcliffe churchyard

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Sligo

• Step back in time during a visit to the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

• Arrive in the village of Wesport in County Mayo

Day 7: Achill Island

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Achill Island, an idyllic destination along the Wild Atlantic Way. 

• Pass by many blanket bogs en route to the charming village of Dooagh

• Explore the Deserted Village, a cluster of ancient stone cottages at the foot of Slievemore mountain

• Walk through the landscapes surrounding Keem Bay, stopping to discover the ruins of Captain Boycott’s house

• Cross the Michael Davitt Bridge on your way back to Westport

County Clare 2 nights

Day 8: County Clare via Connemara National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Venture down the coast to County Clare, making several scenic stops en route.

• Visit the charming village of Leenane

• Spot Ireland’s only fjord in Killary Harbor, then soak in views of the Maumturk mountain range en route to Connemara National Park

• Enter Kylemore Abbey and take time to explore its Victorian walled garden

• Drive through the picture-perfect landscapes of Connemara, stopping at the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross

• Arrive in Galway, where you’ll follow your Tour Director on a guided walking tour

• Continue on to your hotel in County Clare

Day 9: The Cliffs of Moher

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. 

Spend the afternoon exploring County Clare on your own or add an excursion.

This evening, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park $39pp* Details

Make your way to the medieval Bunratty Castle in County Clare today. You’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of the castle, which is full of art, tapestries, and furnishings that date back to the 15th century. Afterward, take a stroll through the nearby Bunratty Folk Park to experience what traditional village life was like a century ago. Explore streets lined with buildings, shops, and homes that have been recreated to represent what was typical in 19th century Ireland.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on the tour extension.

Add County Kerry & County Limerick Starting from $549 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Continue your journey through Ireland to discover even more of the stunning scenery and local traditions that make the country shine. Find every shade of green along the coast of County Kerry, then delve into history in neighboring County Limerick.

County Kerry 3 nights

Day 10: Killarney National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way from County Clare to County Kerry today, then spend the afternoon exploring Killarney National Park. Take a walk through the park, stopping for a photo at Ross Castle. Then, enter Muckross House and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens.

Day 11: Free day in County Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in County Kerry or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Ring of Kerry $49pp* Details

Set out to see some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route. You’ll begin your drive on the north side of the Iveragh Peninsula, looking out to Dingle Bay. Pass rugged landscapes dotted with sheep and take in sweeping coastal views. Keep an eye out for the rocky Skelling Islands and picturesque rural villages as you continue on, stopping for plenty of photos along the way. Then, finish your journey in Killarney National Park, where you’ll view two of the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, Muckross Lake and Lough Leane.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Day 12: Free day in County Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day getting to know the region on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dingle Peninsula $49pp* Details

Spend the day getting to know the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula. Start at Gallarus Oratory, a mysterious stone structure thought to have been an early Christian church. Drive south along Slea Head Ring to circle the peninsula’s rocky coastline. Stop at Coumeenole Beach, Slea Head (arguably the westernmost tip of Europe), and Dunbeg Fort to take in spectacular views. Enjoy free time in the town of Dingle to grab lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

County Limerick 1 night

Day 13: Transfer to County Limerick

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel from County Kerry to County Limerick for a series of guided visits today. 

• Take a tour of the 13th-century King John’s Castle, located on King’s Island in Limerick’s city center

• Head to the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about the history of aviation and passenger travel in the region

• Get a taste of Irish coffee, a traditional local treat

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Ireland and the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep stairs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Belfast and depart from Shannon. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.  Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Irish pubs serve up hearty lunches, such as the traditional stew of bacon and boiled cabbage. Soda bread is delicious, very filling, and served with many a meal. Nibble a scone at afternoon tea, with a pat of high-quality butter from County Kerry. Guinness stout is an international sensation, but locals might favor Murphy’s, depending on where you are. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Ireland and the United Kingdom operate within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter. 
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.     Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Ireland and the United Kingdom are on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.         

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Ireland and the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.  Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7 USD/CAD to $10 USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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