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Grand Tour of Ireland

15 days (13 days in 2017)
Travel beyond the green, sheep-dotted landscapes to the cities and villages that span the country, all the way from Dublin to Derry. Mingle with Dubliners in traditional pubs, pick up a sparkling souvenir in Waterford, drive along the Ring of Kerry and walk across Giant’s Causeway. After two weeks of exploring, you’ll leave feeling like a local (if you can even bear to leave at all).

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Check back in November for 2017 departure dates of this tour.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 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 Dublin today.

Dublin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Ireland’s charming capital city.

• 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

Day 4: Free day in Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day exploring Dublin on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt & Glendalough $79pp* Details

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.

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

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 excursion may change due to availability. This excursion 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)

Waterford 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Waterford via County Kildare & Kilkenny

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Dublin, 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 and glimpse thoroughbreds being exercised and groomed

• Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town

• Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore

Day 6: House of Waterford Crystal & Rock of Cashel

  Included meals: Breakfast

Your Tour Director introduces you to Waterford’s legendary sites and exports.

• Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about its world-famous glassware

• Journey to the Rock of Cashel, a cluster of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone dominating the Tipperary plain

• View the ruins of the ancient seat of the kings of Munster and see Celtic carvings at Cormac’s Chapel

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: County Kerry via Cobh & Blarney Castle

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get a feel for the many sides of Ireland, from charming villages to vibrant cities and iconic castles.

• Stop in the fishing village of Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America

• Visit the Cobh Heritage Center to hear tales of Irish emigration

• Travel through Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city

• Climb to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, which is said to grant the “gift of gab”

Later, arrive in County Kerry for the night.

Day 8: Ring of Kerry

  Included meals: 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 the dramatic Dingle Bay

• Take in unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands 

• Explore the picturesque village of Sneem, known for its brightly painted cottages

Galway 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Galway via County Clare

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out for Galway, stopping along the way to explore County Clare.

• Take a stroll through the scenic town of Adare

• Visit Bunratty Castle and tour Bunratty Folk Park, which recreates Irish life at the turn of the century 

After arriving in Galway, enjoy a free evening 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)

Day 10: Free day in Galway

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Galway on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Burren & Cliffs of Moher $35pp* Details

Journey along the coast to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Whether admired from a safe distance or a 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Sligo 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Sligo via Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey

  Included meals: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the postcard-perfect scenery of Connemara, where you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey. Later, spend the night in the town of Sligo.

Belfast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Belfast via Derry

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Northern Ireland, journey through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats. 

• Stop at Drumcliffe churchyard to pay your respects at Yeats’ grave

• Continue on to Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, for a guided tour before heading to Belfast

Day 13: 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

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

• View the recently restored Grand Opera House

Enjoy a free afternoon 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)

Dublin 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Transfer to Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Return to the Irish Republic to spend a final night in Dublin. Then, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 15: 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

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour to Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Ireland’s charming capital city.

• 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

Spend the day exploring Dublin on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Powerscourt Estate & Gardens $39pp* Details

Named the third most beautiful in the world by National Geographic, the Italianate gardens of Powerscourt Estate rival even the immaculately manicured flowerbeds of Versailles. Spend time wandering through these sprawling grounds and exploring the Palladian-style country house that lies at the heart of the property. Once a 13th-century castle, this opulent home underwent extensive renovations in the 1700s to transform it into the grand hall it is today.

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

Waterford 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Waterford via Glendalough & Kilkenny

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Dublin, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare.

• Enter Wicklow Mountains National Park and make your way to the Glendalough Visitor Centre to learn about the historic site

• Explore the ancient monastery, passing by the Round Tower, stone churches and decorated crosses

• Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town

• Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore

• Enter the Gothic St. Canice’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century

Day 5: Waterford Crystal Factory & Rock of Cashel

  Included meals: Breakfast

Your Tour Director introduces you to Waterford’s legendary sites and exports.

• Visit the Waterford Crystal Factory to learn about its world-famous crystal

• Journey to the Rock of Cashel, an outcrop of limestone dominating Tipperary Plain

• View the ruins of the ancient seat of the kings of Munster, see Celtic carvings at Cormac’s Chapel and explore St. Patrick’s Rock, a perfectly preserved round tower

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: County Kerry via Cobh & Blarney Castle

  Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to County Kerry, get a feel for the many sides of Ireland, from small villages to vibrant cities and iconic castles.

• Stop in the fishing village of Cobh, which once served as a launch site for ships bound for North America

• Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to hear tales of Irish emigration

• Climb to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, which is said to grant the “gift of gab”

Later, enjoy a free evening in County Kerry or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Music & Dance Show $99pp* Details

Tonight, head outside of Killarney and sit down to a hearty three-course dinner. After your meal, watch as talented musicians, singers and prize-winning dancers put on a show filled with traditional Irish tunes and choreography.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry

• Stop for photos at Muckross Lake and Lough Leane in Killarney National Park

Galway 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Galway via County Clare

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out for Galway, stopping to explore County Clare along the way.

• Visit Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house located in Bunratty Village

• Tour Bunratty Folk Park, which recreates Irish life at the turn of the century 

After arriving in Galway, enjoy a free evening 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)

Day 9: Free day in Galway

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Galway on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Burren & Cliffs of Moher $35pp* Details

Journey along the coast to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Whether admired from a safe distance or a 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Sligo 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Sligo via Connemara National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the postcard-perfect scenery of Connemara, where you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey and its gardens. Later, spend the night in the town of Sligo.

Belfast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Belfast via Derry

  Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to Northern Ireland, journey through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats.

• Stop at Drumcliffe churchyard to pay your respects at Yeats’ grave

• Continue on to Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, for a guided tour before heading to Belfast

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall

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

• View the recently restored Grand Opera House

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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

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)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterford, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Sligo, Ireland
  • Belfast, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
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  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
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  • 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 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; 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

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that is easily layered. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing, as are a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you may also want to bring more formal attire. Please be respectful when visiting churches or other religious sites and refrain from baring 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.

How's the weather?

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterford, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Sligo, Ireland
  • Belfast, 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 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; 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

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that is easily layered. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing, as are a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you may also want to bring more formal attire. Please be respectful when visiting churches or other religious sites and refrain from baring 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.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ireland

Some hotels and meals were not very good but overall it was a great tour and worth the price. We will probably use tour again.

 

Dear Bruce, We're glad you enjoyed your tour overall and that you felt it offered a good value. We're also glad you would travel with us again! We regret that some of your hotels and meals did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to share this with our Operations team for further evaluation. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved this beautiful place

My husband and I had a thoroughly wonderful time on our trip to this spectacularly beautiful country. Having done the GoAhead grand tour of Italy last year, we did not think we would ever see a country more beautiful than Italy, but we were wrong. Ireland is absolutely breathtaking, and with this tour, we were able to see it at its best. Luckily, the weather was unusually good, just a bit of rain here and there. The itinerary was very full, and the activities, tours and excursions meant to appeal to a broad range of interests, and designed to allow exposure to Irish history, culture, food and drink, music, geography and current events, and more. We learned so much about Ireland! Our tour director, Brian, was very knowledgable and interesting, and entertained us on the bus with information about the various places we would visit, along with anecdotes about his family and life in Ireland, even songs. Irish folk music would play on the bus as well, so the bus rides never seemed very long. In many places, there was a guided tour with a local expert, some of which were excellent. The hotels ranged in quality from average to outstanding. We especially loved the grand and charming Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the beautiful Malton in Killarney. Our least favourite was the Maldron in Galway, which was further from the downtown area than we would have liked, and seemed perpetually understaffed. Our favourite places on the tour were the majestic Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and the indescribable Giant's Causeway. You will not believe what your eyes are seeing. While in Killarney, an Irish song and dance troupe called Celtic Steps happened to be in town, and Brian our guide was able to arrange tickets for us. This was also a highlight. I would highly recommend this tour.

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Hello! It’s great to know that you and your husband enjoyed beautiful Ireland. The good weather certainly makes a difference, so we're pleased that you were fortunate in that regard. We’re glad you feel that the itinerary covers a wide range of interests, as this tour is intended to provide a well-rounded sampling of the country. We’re happy to hear your Tour Director imparted lots of knowledge to your group and provided entertainment along the way. We appreciate your feedback on your hotels, and we’re glad that for the most part they met your expectations. However, we regret that one of them didn’t, and we will be sure to share that with our Operations team. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome

The wife and I did the Grand Tour of Ireland we just loved it. It was a sad day when we had to go home. We would do this trip again. Our tour director and bus driver were the best.

 

Hi William! We’re thrilled that you and your wife enjoyed Ireland. We know the feeling of coming home from tour all too well, but the good news is you can always go back! It’s great to hear that you loved your experience so much you’d do it again. Thank you for your great feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

My Ireland experience

I took the Grand Tour of Ireland. It is an excellent way to get a feel for Ireland and see almost all of the sites one would want to see on the island. The sites selected gave a fine representation of what Ireland is known for. I, personally, would have preferred some art museums thrown in but then, maybe, Ireland does not have any that are noteworthy. A site that I think should have been included was a visit to see the Book of Kells. A visit to Cove and the Titanic experience were revealing and at the same time sobering. The Irish Stud Farm and the Kyleworth Abbey were great as was the sheepherding exhibition. My negatives about the trip are primarily two: the hotels chosen leave much to be desired but for the one in Dublin -- the Royal Maritime. The rooms were cramped, dingy not properly serviced, absolutely minimal toiletries and the reception gave the impression that they did not give a jot about the hotel's customers. My other complaint was about the coach used -- it was old, had a very poor ride, the seats were very cramped and the padding on most was old and saggy. The driver we had on the tour, however, was excellent -- very careful, very helpful -- and his driving gave you confidence in his skills and made you feel comfortable on the trips. He was always looking to make his passengers comfortable. He made up for the condition of the coach in more ways than one. Our tour guide was also excellent -- very knowledgeable, very helpful, very calm and always looking out for the welfare and comfort of his tour. On the whole it was a good enough experience and we came back home safe and sound. Better accommodations would have added immensely to the enjoyment of my trip

 

Hello! We’re pleased that you feel this itinerary provides a well-rounded taste of Ireland. We appreciate your suggestion to include a visit to see the Book of Kells. We actually used to include this stop, but due to negative customer feedback, we took it out of the itinerary. We’re so glad you enjoyed many of the sites and visits, such as the Irish National Stud Farm and learning about the construction of the Titanic. We regret to learn that the accommodations and coach did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to share this feedback with our Operations team. We take your comments very seriously. We appreciate the wonderful comments about your coach driver and Tour Director. It sounds like they added a lot of value to your experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland

I wish I could have toured a milking parlor Dairy. We saw a lot of dairy cows in the fields. I grew up on a dairy farm. I personally would have loved to have seen a dairy farm. I wish the bus driver and the tour guide would have gotten along better than our two did.

 

Dear Janna, We appreciate your feedback. We will be sure to share your suggestion to visit a dairy farm with our Product Development team. Regarding your bus driver and Tour Director, one of our Quality Control members reached out to you to learn more about your concerns. Please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350 if you would care to share more about this aspect of your experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 24, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland

My husband and had an amazing time on this tour. We found the hotels to be very posh, the meals were gourmet quality, the tour guide was charming and knowledgeable, and the itinerary was packed with adventures, yet allowed us ample free time. I have visited Europe before, on tours and on my own, and was very favorably impressed with the GoAhead value for the money. I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Hi Debora! We're so pleased to learn that you and your husband enjoyed your time in Ireland. It's great to hear that the different components of your tour lived up to our high standards. We will be sure to share this with our Operations team. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AK

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Wonderful Ireland

The itinerary was wonderful. The bus driver (Donnie) was most excellent. I felt totally safe and secure with him behind the wheel. However, the tour guide seemed poorly informed about the places we visited (other than Dublin).

 

Hello! We are happy you had a wonderful tour. It is also great that you felt so comfortable with Donnie, the driver on your tour. We appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director. It is our goal to ensure that our guides are familiar with all areas in which they lead tours and we will share your feedback internally to ensure we are maintaining that standard. Thank you again for traveling with us and we hope to see you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland tour

This trip is a must do for all. It was great without the language barrier. Our tour director was very informative with his villains and heros while on the bus. Enjoyed the trip very much.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland

Inthought the tour director was very informative in giving us the history of every town we were in. We would recommend this tour to all our friends.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

I loved Ireland

I took the Grand Tour of Ireland and the two weeks was enough to see the country in an unhurried way. The tour hit the main locations and attractions that I had hoped to see. The tour director was flexible and very helpful. I appreciated Jonathan's sense of humor, too. The accommodations were overall good, with the exception of one place which had a great location and staff but was very dated in décor. The first night dinners were okay--limited to two main course choices and limited in drink selections, etc. I wish they had wider choices, but the other meals we got on our own were delicious! (I hadn't expected the food in Ireland to be as good as it was!) Also, the group we were with got along so well that we often did optional things together and had a wonderful time!

 

Hello! We’re delighted that you feel you had enough time to explore Ireland and that the itinerary included everything you’d hoped to see. Our Product Development team carefully designs our tours to include destination highlights, as well as interesting surprises along the way. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your Tour Director and that his humor and flexibility added to your experience. We appreciate your feedback regarding your accommodations and meals and will be sure to share it with our Operations team. We are constantly using traveler feedback to tweak and improve our itineraries. It’s great to know that your group bonded throughout tour, as making new friends is one of the things we love most about group travel. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another adventure soon.

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

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