Grand Tour of Ireland

13 days
Delve beyond the sheep-dotted green 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 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).

Let us handle the details

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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 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and 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

  • 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
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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 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and 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 Dublin and depart from Belfast. 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 goaheadtours.com 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.
  • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian and even American influences. 

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 charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • 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 in Dublin.           

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 $7USD/CAD to $10USD/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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Enchanting Ireland!

I had never been in Ireland and I am so glad that I finally did. This tour is a great way to see this beautiful Island. Your tour is well organized as to give us chance to visit natural wonders such as Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher and other sights as the Kylemore Abbey. It is breathtaking! The hotels in Waterford, Sligo, and the Royal Marine in Dublin were the most memorable. It would always be nice to have more extra time to spend in cities such as Galway, Killarny, Derry among others. And of course, more time in Giant's Causeway!!! Our group was very nice and we were blessed to have such a great tour director in Cathal. His knowledge, respect, love and willingness to share his country and its history with us made it all more gratifying and enriching. He played beautiful Irish songs and had us singing along! I have been humming "Red is the rose..." since the trip. In all, it was a wonderful experience. I would recommend it with all my heart.

 

Hi Gloriana! We’re glad you finally made it to Ireland, and we’re happy you feel this tour was a great way to see it. It sounds like you were able to take in many of the awesome sights and places you were hoping to see, including Galway and the Giant’s Causeway. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, and we’re glad that this passion for his country enriched your experience. We will be sure to let him know. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous!

I just returned from the grand tour of Ireland and it was fabulous! Cathal, our tour director, was funny and fun. He told us so many stories daily about Ireland's history and present day that I was totally interested and fascinated! He was friendly, even gallant, and absolutely professional at all times. He really MADE the tour! Ireland is mesmerizing but the best part of course, is the people! Very friendly and helpful to lost tourists. They love their country and it shows! It really was the trip of a lifetime for me! Thank you Go Ahead tours, but most of all, thank you Cathal, for an amazing experience that I will treasure!

 

Hi Nancy! We’re delighted to learn that your Tour Director made a positive impact on your overall experience. It sounds like his knowledge and enthusiasm brought the history of Ireland to life – the sign of a truly great Tour Director! We will be sure to share your feedback with his supervisor. We’re thrilled that this was the trip of a lifetime for you, and we thank you for choosing Go Ahead. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Would do it again!

I cannot express enough how much fun I had on this tour! I traveled to Ireland alone but left with a whole new batch of friends. Our tour guide Cathal was incredibly kind, extremely funny and never without a historical fact(s) about where we were and where we were going. The man knows it all! We listened to music on the bus, sang songs, listened to Cathal read poetry. All while in the safe hands of our driver Tommy, who as far as he was concerned, was driving a Geo Metro! We were amazed at the tight squeezes he maneuvered the bus through. I left with great memories and a few tears at having to say goodbye to everyone. It was one of the most memorable experiences. It was a very organized tour with nice hotels, great food and an amazing tour guide. I would do it all over again.

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Hi Kristine! We’re glad to learn that you enjoyed Ireland and that you came away from your tour with a new group of friends! It’s also wonderful to hear that your Tour Director added depth and value to your overall experience. We can understand how hard it was to say goodbye to your group, but we prefer to think of it more as ‘see you later.’ After all, you can always travel together again and make new memories! Thank you so much for your delightful feedback. We hope to see you on the road again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great fun.

Two of the greatest things about my trip along side the beautiful sights of Ireland - our tour guide Cathal and the group. Our Tour Director Cathal really added a fabulous touch to my trip. Thanks to the great group on my tour as well. I can't wait till the next trip.

 

Hi Kristl! We're delighted that you enjoyed the beautiful sites of Ireland. We're also thrilled to hear that the comradery of your group as well as the expertise and assistance of your Tour Director added depth and enjoyment to your experience. Thank you for sharing your experience. We can't wait to have you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding

This was the best tour I have been on by far. everything was wonderful and even better than I imagined it could be. The tour director David R. was outstanding!! He went above and beyond to make sure that everyone on the trip had a pleasant and comfortable time. He also went above and beyond to offer some things that he thought we may like that made the trip that much more special. I will travel with him on any tour anytime!!! I can't wait to go again

 

Hi Jennifer! We're thrilled that this was the best tour you've ever taken and that everything exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director. We're glad that his efforts made a positive impact on your overall experience, and we will be sure to let him know. Thank you for your review, and we can't wait to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland At Its Best

We just recently returned from the Grand Tour of Ireland and I must say the trip far surpassed any expectations I had. I had no idea that Ireland was such a beautiful country - possibly the most beautiful rural areas I have ever visited. Each stop on the itinerary offered a new surprise - the National Stud Farm, the Ring of Kerry, the Connemara region, the shops of Galway and the Titanic museum in Belfast, just to name a few. However, the highlight of our trip was our tour director Mathew, an amazing young man who went out of his way to create a true Irish experience for us, culminated by a pub sing-a-long in Derry with his grandmother on the piano. I can't say enough good things about Mathew. This was my eleventh tour with Go Ahead and it ranks among my favorites.

 

Hi Mike! First of all, thank you for choosing Go Ahead. The fact that this is your eleventh Go Ahead tour makes us feel very grateful that we have such a wonderful, curious community of travelers. Ireland is indeed a gorgeous country with much to offer. We’re delighted that the highlight of your tour was your Tour Director, and we will be sure to let him know. Thank you for traveling with us, and we hope to welcome on your twelfth tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Marvel of the World

You have to be there to appreciate the People, Castles and amazing landscapes that offers Ireland, and you can admire all that has to offer to see and share.

 

Hi Letty! We’re glad you enjoyed admiring the beautiful people, structures, and landscapes that Ireland has to offer. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

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: 9/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland

We had a very good experience on our trip to Ireland. Made new friends that also enjoy traveling. Ireland was a very pretty country with interesting history. Our tour director gave us a lot of info on the country and made us feel very welcome to be there. Our hotels were nice but our views from our window wasn't as we had half of our stays were looking at walls. Would recommend your tour to others.

 

Dear Jim, We're delighted to learn that you had a good time on tour. It's great to hear that you made friends within your group and that you felt your Tour Director was informative and welcoming. We regret to learn that the views from your accommodations did not meet your expectations. Go Ahead cannot guarantee specific views as room allocations are determined by the hotels, and of course, the surrounding location of each hotel. In metropolitan areas, for example, it is probable that you will see other buildings or roofs outside your window. We appreciate your feedback very much, and we thank you for recommending us to others. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Greeter

We pretty much did everything on our to-do list when we went to Ireland. We needed more time in some places (Belfast, Dublin) since we were enjoying ourselves alot. The Blarney Stone is WAY overrated, I could easily have done without it. Yewww! Hour & a half wasted there. We had beautiful rooms, but very very very lousy window views. If you enjoy brick walls or roofs outside the window - fine, but some of these walls were pretty bad. How did we rate so low on the list for hotels!!??? The Janitor closet in Sligo was really bad. Maybe Go Ahead Tours doesn't rate better?

 

Dear Inez, We're pleased to learn that you did everything on your bucket list in Ireland! We're also glad to hear that you especially enjoyed yourself in Belfast and Dublin. Regarding the Blarney Stone, we appreciate your feedback and we will be sure to communicate it to our Operations team. In terms of hotel room views, we cannot guarantee specific views because this is determined by the hotel. Also, many European cities are smaller than those in North America, and the buildings are often considerably closer together. Therefore, it is possible that the view from your hotel window will be of another building, especially in metropolitan areas. We regret that this aspect of your tour did not meet your expectations. Again, we're glad that it sounds like you had a good time overall, and we thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 20, 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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Trip!

The tour director and bus driver were excellent. Both of them went way beyond what was required or expected of them to ensure our trip was the best it could be. The hotel rooms were spacious and quiet and conveniently located near many activities and shopping. The itinerary was relaxing and still included a wide variety of sights and activities. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience Ireland up close and personal.

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