Grand Tour of Ireland

15 days
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About This Experience

In terms of size, Ireland is on par with the state of Indiana. But, in terms of culture and history, this small isle is incomparable. Delve beyond the sheep-dotted green landscapes to the cities and villages that span the country, all the way from Dublin to Londonderry. Mingle with Dubliners in traditional pubs, pick up a souvenir in Waterford, drive along the Ring of Kerry and walk across Giant’s Causeway. After 15 days of exploring, you’ll leave feeling like a local (if you can even bear to leave at all).

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterford, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Sligo, Ireland
  • Derry
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Doze all the way to Dublin on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Dublin aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Dublin3 nights - hotel info

Day2

It may be a small capital, but it sure packs in a lot of charm

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Dublin. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day3

From parks to patron saints, explore Dublin’s riches and relics

Breakfast

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, Book of Kells

Join a local guide on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city. Drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe, Phoenix Park’s grounds include the Áras an Uachtaráin (the residence of the Irish president). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in 450 A.D., and then explore Trinity College, where you might wish to view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library.

Day4

Bono all the way to Yeats, get to know the city of artistic greats

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening

Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. Choose to stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the countryside of Wicklow to visit Powerscourt Estate, where you can walk through Ireland’s most beautiful formal gardens, and Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century. Tonight, attend our optional excursion, a Traditional Irish Evening.

Optional Excursions

Powerscourt & Glendalough $79* pp

County Wicklow is home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Irish Evening $99* pp

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.

Waterford2 nights - hotel info

Day5

This morning, it’s back to the races…race horses, that is

Breakfast, Dinner

Irish National Stud, Kilkenny Castle

Leaving Dublin this morning, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare. Visit the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained. Explore the stables, where you are likely to glimpse the thoroughbreds being exercised or groomed. Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town. Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, built on a beautiful site overlooking the River Nore. Later, arrive in Waterford for an included dinner.

Day6

It’s true—no one does crystal quite like Waterford

Breakfast

Waterford Crystal Factory, Rock of Cashel

Your Tour Director leads an informal tour of Waterford, followed by a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory, where you’ll learn about their world-famous crystal. Then, journey to the Rock of Cashel, an outcrop of limestone dominating the surrounding Tipperary Plain. On this rock stand the ruins of the ancient seat of the kings of Munster. You might wish to explore St. Patrick’s Rock, a perfectly preserved round tower, and Cormac’s Chapel, with its intriguing Celtic carvings. Return to Waterford for the night.

County Kerry2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Brightly painted vistas welcome you to this small fishing village

Breakfast, Dinner

Queenstown Story Museum, Blarney Castle

Stop in the fishing village of Cobh, which served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago. Here, you’ll visit the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Then, travel through Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. Next, visit Blarney Castle, the 15th-century fortress known for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it. Spend the night in County Kerry, where dinner is included tonight.

Day8

These 112 miles enclose the most incredible scenery in all of Ireland

Breakfast

Travel around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands, before continuing to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green. Make a stop in Killarney, where you’ll have some free time to explore its wealth of shops and facilities.

Galway2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Travel all the way back to the turn of the century

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner

Breakfast

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Continuing north to County Clare, visit Bunratty Castle and tour Bunratty Folk Park, which imaginatively recreates Irish life at the turn of the century. Then, take a stroll through the scenic town of Adaire. End up in Galway, which for 400 years was an independent city-state. As recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time. Tonight, enjoy a “royal” evening out at our optional excursion, the Medieval Castle Banquet Dinner (seasonal).

Optional Excursions

Castle Banquet Dinner $115* pp

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 April to October.

Day10

Peer down over the Atlantic Ocean from a staggering 600 feet

Optional Excursion - Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Breakfast

Today you’re free to explore the city of Galway on your own, or join an optional excursion to the limestone plateau known as the Burren. The excursion also includes a stop to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which rise up 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean.

Optional Excursions

Burren & Cliffs of Moher $35* pp

Journey along the coast to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Whether admired from a safe distance or at the cliffs' edge, the views from these heights will amaze you. Continue on to the Burren, an austere landscape known for its slate-grey rock fields dotted by rare wildflowers. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent, and your views may be impacted by fog.

Sligo1 night - hotel info

Day11

See Galway your way (we hope this includes a stop or two at a pub)

Breakfast

Kylemore Abbey

More wonderful scenery awaits as you travel across Connemara National Park, where you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey. Continuing through County Mayo, spend the night in the town of Sligo.

Derry Region2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Green, green and more green—just a taste of today’s backdrops

Breakfast, Dinner

Belleek Pottery

Journey through the landscapes immortalized in the poetry of William Butler Yeats, including the oddly shaped mountain that inspired Under Ben Bulben. You’ll also visit his grave in Drumcliffe churchyard. Crossing briefly into County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, take a tour to learn about the area’s iconic Belleek Pottery, whose distinctive basket-style design has been made since 1857. Arrive later in Derry, where a guided tour introduces you to the city. Travel to your hotel in the Derry region and enjoy dinner with your group.

Day13

Make your way through landscapes worthy of poetry

Breakfast

Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a- Rede Rope Bridge

Embark on a full-day excursion to the Antrim Coast, where you’ll experience one of the world’s most unusual natural formations: the 60-million-year-old Giant’s Causeway, a path of towering columns in the ocean, formed by volcanic lava that cooled rapidly over white chalk. Afterward, brave souls will have the opportunity to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, with spectacular seascapes all around.

Dublin1 night - hotel info

Day14

Encounter the docks where the Unsinkable Ship was built

Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the rolling countryside of Ulster en route to Belfast. On your guided tour of Northern Ireland’s capital, glimpse the copper-domed city hall, the shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was constructed and the recently restored Grand Opera House. Continuing back into the Irish Republic, return for a final night in Dublin, with an included farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day15

Wave goodbye to the Land of a Thousand Welcomes

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

In terms of size, Ireland is on par with the state of Indiana. But, in terms of culture and history, this small isle is incomparable. Delve beyond the sheep-dotted green landscapes to the cities and villages that span the country, all the way from Dublin to Londonderry. Mingle with Dubliners in traditional pubs, pick up a souvenir in Waterford, drive along the Ring of Kerry and walk across Giant’s Causeway. After 15 days of exploring, you’ll leave feeling like a local (if you can even bear to leave at all).

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterford, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Sligo, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Doze all the way to Dublin on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Dublin aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Dublin3 nights - hotel info

Day2

It may be a small capital, but it sure packs in a lot of charm

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Dublin. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day3

From parks to patron saints, explore Dublin’s riches and relics

Breakfast

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, Book of Kells

Join a local guide on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city. Drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe, Phoenix Park’s grounds include the Áras an Uachtaráin (the residence of the Irish president). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in 450 A.D., and then explore Trinity College, where you might wish to view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library.

Day4

Bono all the way to Yeats, get to know the city of artistic greats

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening

Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. Choose to stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the countryside of Wicklow to visit Powerscourt Estate, where you can walk through Ireland’s most beautiful formal gardens, and Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century. Tonight, attend our optional excursion for a traditional Irish evening.

Optional Excursions

Powerscourt & Glendalough $79* pp

County Wicklow is home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Irish Evening $99* pp

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.

Waterford2 nights - hotel info

Day5

This morning, it’s back to the races…race horses, that is

Breakfast, Dinner

Irish National Stud, Kilkenny Castle

Leaving Dublin this morning, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare. Visit the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained. Explore the stables, where you are likely to glimpse the thoroughbreds being exercised or groomed. Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town. Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, built on a beautiful site overlooking the River Nore. Later, arrive in Waterford for an included dinner.

Day6

It’s true—no one does crystal quite like Waterford

Breakfast

Waterford Crystal Factory, Rock of Cashel

Your Tour Director leads an informal tour of Waterford, followed by a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory, where you’ll learn about their world-famous crystal. Then, journey to the Rock of Cashel, an outcrop of limestone dominating the surrounding Tipperary Plain. On this rock stand the ruins of the ancient seat of the kings of Munster. You might wish to explore St. Patrick’s Rock, a perfectly preserved round tower, and Cormac’s Chapel, with its intriguing Celtic carvings. Return to Waterford for the night.

County Kerry2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Brightly painted vistas welcome you to this small fishing village

Breakfast, Dinner

Queenstown Story Museum, Blarney Castle

Stop in the fishing village of Cobh, which served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago. Here, you’ll visit the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Then, travel through Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. Next, visit Blarney Castle, the 15th-century fortress known for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it. Spend the night in County Kerry, where dinner is included tonight.

Day8

These 112 miles enclose the most incredible scenery in all of Ireland

Breakfast

Travel around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands, before continuing to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green. Make a stop in Killarney, where you’ll have some free time to explore its many charming shops.

Galway2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Travel all the way back to the turn of the century

Optional Excursion - Castle Banquet Dinner

Breakfast

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Continuing north to County Clare, visit Bunratty Castle and tour Bunratty Folk Park, which imaginatively recreates Irish life at the turn of the century. Then, take a stroll through the scenic town of Adaire. End up in Galway, which for 400 years was an independent city-state. As recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time. Tonight, enjoy a “royal” evening out at our optional excursion during a banquet dinner at a medieval castle (seasonal).

Optional Excursions

Castle Banquet Dinner $115* pp

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 April to October.

Day10

Peer down over the Atlantic Ocean from a staggering 600 feet

Optional Excursion - Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Breakfast

Today you’re free to explore the city of Galway on your own, or join an optional excursion to the limestone plateau known as the Burren. The excursion also includes a stop to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which rise up 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean.

Optional Excursions

Burren & Cliffs of Moher $35* pp

Journey along the coast to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Whether admired from a safe distance or at the cliffs' edge, the views from these heights will amaze you. Continue on to the Burren, an austere landscape known for its slate-grey rock fields dotted by rare wildflowers. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent, and your views may be impacted by fog.

Sligo1 night - hotel info

Day11

See Galway your way (we hope this includes a stop or two at a pub)

Breakfast

Kylemore Abbey

More wonderful scenery awaits as you travel across Connemara National Park, where you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey. Continuing through County Mayo, spend the night in the town of Sligo.

Belfast2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Green, green and more green—just a taste of today’s backdrops

Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the landscapes immortalized in the poetry of William Butler Yeats, including the oddly shaped mountain that inspired “Under Ben Bulben.” Stop at Drumcliffe churchyard to pay your respects at Yeats’ grave. Continue on to Derry for a guided tour before ending the day in Belfast with an included dinner.

Day13

Make your way through landscapes worthy of poetry

Optional Excursion - Giant's Causeway

Breakfast

Titanic Museum

Start your day with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s capital, offering a glimpse of the copper-domed city hall, the shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was constructed and the recently restored Grand Opera House. The tour includes a stop at the acclaimed new Titanic Museum. In the afternoon, opt for a trip to the Antrim Coast, where you’ll experience one of the world’s most unusual natural formations. The 60-million-year-old Giant’s Causeway is a path of towering columns in the ocean, formed by volcanic lava that cooled rapidly over white chalk.

Optional Excursions

Giant's Causeway $105* pp

Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed hexagonal basalt columns. The 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: Raingear is recommended for this excursion.

Dublin1 night - hotel info

Day14

Encounter the docks where the Unsinkable Ship was built

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, return to the Irish Republic to spend a final night in Dublin, with an included farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day15

Wave goodbye to the Land of a Thousand Welcomes

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Ireland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Irish 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. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Pack light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes 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 in something more formal. Also, remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Ireland. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black stout 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 and sometimes unexpected cuisine.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Dublin. Included transportation is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are walkable, but you may want to spend free time exploring Dublin by using public transportation. The city is serviced by numerous buses. If you wish to venture outside of Dublin on your own, 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 and the British pound (in Northern Ireland) are the currencies you’ll 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 and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s 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.

Grand Tour of Ireland "Grand"

First of all, let us tell you how pleased we were with "Go Ahead Tours". Their handling of the logistics was outstanding from start to end. We did not have to handle our bags except at the airport. Our tour director, Johnathan, was fantastic. He is very knowledgble and kept us informed of the facts about Ireland as we made our way through the country. Ireland is so full of history and is a beautiful country, I only wish everyone could visit there. We can not tell you what it is really like. You must experience it for yourself. Go Ahead Tours coach (bus) was first class and so was our driver, Kieran. When and if you decide to tour Ireland, I hope you would consider Go Ahead Tours.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Grand" is Right...

"Grand Tour of Ireland", June 23 - July 7 was fantastic, Brian, our "Tour Director" and Tommy our "Coach Chauffeur" made it a trip of a Lifetime...Brian’s fantastic humor and knowledge of the sites and cities we visited along with Irish history made everything very enjoyable and ready to hear more; and Tommy, wow, with the skills of a surgeon he drove the coach places that I would be hesitant to drive a car. While the trip was put together very well with a lot to see and things to do there was also a nice amount of time to relax, shop and mingle with some of the locals at Pubs watching the World Cup, listening to live music or getting a front row seat to "River Dancers". With "Go Ahead Tours" putting this all together and taking care of the luggage and accommodations it was Truly a VACATION to Remember...Thanks Again to Brian & Tommy for a Fantastic Vacation, both went Above & Beyond the job... I know everyone on the tour had a Great Time also...Tim

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful Ireland

Our tour director, Brian, was fantastic. Being an Irish native he made the tour come to life in his relating the history, culture and wonders of his country. Ireland is absolutely beautiful with its lush green landscape and shades of green everywhere one looks. It has a very colorful history some of which is extremely harsh, some very cruel, all of which make for a strong but friendly people. Our tour circled the Island visiting Waterford Crystal, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Giant Causeway, Irish Stud Farm, Rope Bridge to name but a few of the exciting stops we made. Although there was a bit of walking at times the pace was leisurely and relaxing. It was nice to spend at least two nights at each of our stops with reasonable times to be up and ready when leaving for the next hotel. Hotels by the way were quite nice and the food was excellent at each of them. This was our first trip to Ireland and we would go again to catch some of the many things that time did not permit us to do. Hats off to GoAhead for this enjoyable and enlightening tour. Harold Sutter

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour director and bus driver made this tour!!

We had a wonderful time on this comprehensive tour. If you are lucky enough to get Brian as your tour director, you are guaranteed a fabulous time! He possesses a fabulous gift for articulating complicated, vast historical knowledge with humor and understanding. Because our group was small, he was able to accommodate certain individual requests that made the tour really personal. As this was my fourth "bus" tour through Europe, I know that it's the guide that can make or break your tour, and Brian delivered more than 100% on every level. Our driver, Ed, engaged with all of us during the trip, and added another really pleasant dimension. For me, it was the first time the driver wasn't simply a 'chauffeur'. Lots of fun! I would suggest that the Guinness Storehouse tour somehow be included in the Dublin stay. We learned enough from cab drivers to know that this single industry was/is an important part of Dublin's history. A few people in our group wanted to experience the tour, and Brian was able to facilitate that on short notice. Our favorite hotel was the Granville in Waterford for both the atmosphere and dining experiences. Overall, the hotels all were excellent, however, I would have gladly paid a little more to have more dinners included so that we did not have to 'think' about dinner after a long touring day. Tour highlights include: Irish National Stud, Blarney Stone, Castle Banquet Dinner, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Those sites that required a climb were well worth the exhilarating effort! Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history and this trip brought it all to light!! Slainte! Barbara

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Memories of Ireland

This was my first experience with Go Ahead Tours and I was very pleased with the whole experience in Ireland. Our tour director Ali was great! She showed us every aspect of Ireland and knew so much about Ireland and the history. We had plenty of time to explore at our stops, and did not feel rushed. The scenery was incredible, and we were in small villages as well as big cities, and had an all around experience of the country that I will never forget. I have traveled to Europe before with friends, not on tour, but certainly it is much easier to let Go Ahead tours take care of everything for you. I would highly recommend the Grand Tour of Ireland. Spectacular....!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Highly underated vacation spot

Ireland was BEAUTIFUL! I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sean

Gave us an overall history lesson of Ireland including politics and what has happen in his world, economics and sights and sounds.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director and Best Time Ever

My first time in Ireland. Tom is an amazing tour director. In addition to teaching us the history of the country he read passages of Irish literature and poetry that were pertinent to each area we visited. He also taught us how to write limericks and encouraged us to do so. In the background, he always played wonderful lively Irish music. It takes a lot of time and a lot of caring to make Ireland come alive in such a magical way. Tom's warmth and charm made each passenger feel special. To me, Ireland's greatest asset is its people and Tom is a prime example of why that is so. Thank you Go Ahead and thank you Tom----I had the time of my life!!! i

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour!

Ireland is an amazing place to visit! The countryside is so green and beautiful and the people are so friendly! I loved this tour because we were able to see so much in such a small amount of time and I know that we wouldn't have been able to do it all on our own! We had great extra excursions and our tour director, Tom, did a great job of finding other small extras that made the trip even greater! We couldn't have asked for a better bus driver (Great Job Paddy!) and Tom was a wonderful storehouse of interesting information and had a great sense of humor! My husband and I truly had a wonderful time on our trip! Couldn't have asked for a better holiday!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful grand tour of Ireland

I truly enjoyed the tour of Ireland. Tom, the tour director, was diligent in providing a balance between exploring both modern and ancient Ireland while giving ample time for exploration and shopping. Ireland is a beautiful country and the people are warm and welcoming. I learned much about the history and the connections between the US and Ireland. The experience was fantastic and I hope to return again (and again)! Thanks to Paddy, our bus driver, for getting us to our destinations safe and on time. He and Tom were a great team.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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