Ireland Walking Tour

10 days Walking
Explore Ireland from the ground up on a walking tour through the country’s small cities and most dramatic landscapes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the rocky Burren to the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll come face-to-face with the natural beauty that separates Irish landscapes into a league of their own. And in Galway, Connemara and Cork, you’ll stroll right through history (and hopefully, into a few pubs too).

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: 15 - 28 travelers

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • 5 scenic walks

  • 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 Shannon today.

Galway 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Galway via Shannon

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! After arriving in Shannon, transfer to Galway to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey south of Galway today and get to know the region on a series of guided walks.

• Explore the Burren, an expansive limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

• Pass a fascinating array of stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls

• Enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean

Day 4: Connemara National Park & Kylemore

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore more of the surrounding scenery and historic sights today.

• Amble past the stunning lush valleys, majestic mountains and mystical lakes of Connemara National Park

• Enter the palatial Kylemore Abbey, a sprawling estate originally built by Mitchell Henry in 1866 as a gift for his new bride

Day 5: Free day in Galway

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Aran Islands $109pp* Details

Board a ferry across Galway Bay for a guided tour of Inis Mór, one of the three remote Aran Islands. These islands represent an outpost of Irish culture that has remained essentially unchanged over the past few centuries, the Aran Islanders still speak Gaelic and rely on fishing and farming to make a living. Local crafts produced here include hand-knit “fisherman” sweaters. While you’re here, you’ll visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort and enjoy an included lunch at a restaurant on the island. Please note: This tour involves a fair amount of walking over somewhat rugged terrain. Travelers should be accustomed to moderate physical activity. This excursion is weather dependent, and weather conditions may also result in a rough sea crossing. This optional is also 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: $119)

County Kerry 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Killarney National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park, which has grown to 25,000 acres of diverse ecological landscapes.

• Visit the stately Tudor-style Muckross House, donated to the Irish state in 1932 

• Take a guided walking tour through Killarney National Park’s most magnificent landscapes around Muckross Lake

Day 7: The Dingle Peninsula

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula on a walking tour with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Explore the western tip of Ireland on a guided walk along the Dingle Peninsula

• Enjoy breathtaking views as you wander past secluded harbors and seaside cliffs

• See archaeological sites and ancient ruins dating back to the Mesolithic Period

Day 8: Glengarriff and Garnish Island

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a scenic drive through the Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula before setting out for a scenic walk. 

• Arrive in Glengarriff, where you’ll board a boat to Garnish Island

• Take a short walk through the cultivated gardens and catch glimpses of wild seascapes and the barren mountains beyond

County Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Limerick via Gougane Barra & Cork

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out for a guided walk along Loch Gougane Barra, taking in views of the lake as you go. After a short photo stop, continue your hike up a scenic mountain path to marvel at the spectacular vistas from the summit.

Then, stop in Cork for free time before continuing on to County Limerick for a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Dublin.

Add Dublin Starting from $299 pp

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

Ireland's capital is home to some of the leading writers of the English-speaking world, including favorite son James Joyce. The city's long literary tradition extends from the long-gone monasteries that kept Classical traditions alive during the Dark Ages, to the illuminated Book of Kells, the creation of Trinity College, and a bumper crop of writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. But it's not all professorial reserve, as a trip to one of Dublin's lively pubs will remind you.

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel from Limerick to Dublin, then take a walking tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Walk down O’Connell Street, crossing the River Liffey over Ha’penny Bridge

• Stop for an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district 

• Make your way past Trinity College and down Grafton street to St Stephen’s Green, a Georgian park in the center of the city

Day 11: Free day in Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Dublin or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Glendalough $59pp* Details

Travel to Glendalough today, passing through Wicklow National Park, home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland. Head over to the visitor center to discover the history behind this ancient monastic site, which was once a center of Christian learning before being sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Then, with your Tour Director leading the way, set out to explore this storied site on foot. Pass by the Round Tower, stone churches and decorated crosses as you make your way along the Upper Lake. Finally, take time to explore an abandoned mining site before transferring back to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

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)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Galway, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Limerick
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Ireland, 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 your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

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

Walks on this tour

Depending on local weather conditions, seasons and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change. * The Burren – 1.5 miles / 1 hour. A challenging yet beautiful climb up limestone hills with a local guide, including views of the Cliffs of Moher (weather permitting).  * Connemara National Park – 4 miles / 3.5 hours. Loose gravel paths and boardwalks give way to sweeping mountain views. You may opt for an easier route of 2 miles / 1.5 hours. * Killarney National Park – 4 miles / 3 hours. A flat path circles Muckross Lake in view of Torc Waterfall. * Dingle Peninsula – 2 miles / 1.5-2 hours. This muddy coastal area boasts some of the most dramatic views in the country—just wear your waterproof boots. * Garnish Island –  1.5 miles / 1 hour. Take an easy stroll through the island's charming gardens. Path includes a stone staircase. * Gougane Barra Walk – 1.8 miles / 3 hours. Moderate walk with some steep steps along path with views of surrounding conifer woodlands, mountains and Lake Gougane Barra.  

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Shannon and depart from Shannon (or Dublin on the tour extension). 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 on this tour 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.
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the cobbled stones and uneven terrain.
  • You may want to consider packing a collapsible walking stick for more challenging walks.
  • 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 your 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 operates within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  #Time zones
  • Ireland operates on the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and are five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it is 5 p.m. in Ireland. 

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Ireland.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, but you may choose to order 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.

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

History and Beauty

Absolutely wonderful tour - would not change a thing - ( maybe a more sun). Enjoyed hearing about the land, history, culture, beliefs, even the meanings of lyrics in ballads. Appreciated Mathew's attempt to be in the more popular places at times when less busy with other tourist or going to places that are not even known. Could not get enough of his sharing his of his knowledge of the country mixed in with his sense of humor. He really cared about the quality of the tour. Have to mention our wonderful bus driver - Tom - he too was such a wonderful part of the tour and amazing driving skills!

1 / 3
 

Hi Julia! We’re so glad you wouldn’t change a thing about this tour! Wow! It’s great to hear that your Tour Director and bus driver made a positive impact on your overall experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with them. Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What I expected and more!

What a wonderful trip. Our tour guide Matthew really made it extra special with his knowledge of history and extras he did for us. Our driver Tom was wonderful also. Ireland is as beautiful and delightful as we expected and Go Ahead does a great job. Would definitely go on another Go Ahead...this was our 2nd.

 

Hi Marilyn! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your second Go Ahead tour! Thank you for your feedback on your Tour Director and driver. We are delighted to learn that they had a positive impact on your overall experience. We hope to welcome you on a third tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Landscapes of Ireland

My wife and I have taken 9 Go Ahead Tours now, and this Walking Trip to Ireland didn't disappoint. We had a great group of traveling companions and were kept informed, amused and entertained by our tour guide Matthew and our driver Tom. Between their stories and songs and Irish treats, our bus rides were kept lively. Although we experienced our share of rain and clouds, Matthew was able to adjust the itinerary so that we experienced everything we were supposed to. He even added some of his "specials", which included the beautiful small town of Adare, the Torc waterfall in Killarney State Park, and other stops. The landscape was beautifully green and the hiking through parks was adventurous- especially Guggen Barra, with its rock steps and high winds at the top. Don't miss the side trip to the Aran Island of Inis Moor. And his recommendations for restaurants, places to visit, etc. were spot on. One thing we learned in our 9 trips is that the tour guide can make or break a tour and Matthew (and Tom) deserve kudos for doing a fantastic job! I would recommend this walking tour to anyone who wants to see the natural side of Ireland as well as some of its sights. Except for the climb in Guggen Barra, the difficulty was not overwhelming.

 

Hi Kenneth! We’re so excited that this was your ninth Go Ahead tour! Wow! We’re even more thrilled that you had an incredible time. Thank you for the kind words about your Tour Director. It sounds like his efforts did not go unnoticed, and we will be sure to let him know. Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful review, and we can’t wait to welcome you on your tenth tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Walking the Emerald Isalw

A special thank you to our tour director Matthew and Tom our bus driver, They enriched our lives with the history, folklore and songs of Ireland. The trip met my expectations. Enjoying nature and walking through beautiful scenery. Walking was moderate to strenuous. Matthew was able to adapt our schdule to the changing weather. We had a chance to take photos in the elusive sunshine. We got plenty of pictures of rainbows. My favorite places, the views from the Cliffs of Moor, the Aran Islands, Garnish Island and Gougane Barra. With my husband's help I made it to the top of the mountain. If you enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly people, take the opportunity to enjoy this tour.

 

A special thank you to our tour director Matthew and Tom our bus driver, They enriched our lives with the history, folklore and songs of Ireland. The trip met my expectations. Enjoying nature and walking through beautiful scenery. Walking was moderate to strenuous. Matthew was able to adapt our schdule to the changing weather. We had a chance to take photos in the elusive sunshine. We got plenty of pictures of rainbows. My favorite places, the views from the Cliffs of Moor, the Aran Islands, Garnish Island and Gougane Barra. With my husband's help I made it to the top of the mountain. If you enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly people, take the opportunity to enjoy this tour.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So many shades of green

We loved our walking tour of West Ireland. The group of 26 was a nice size and we saw so many beautiful sights. Our tour guide, Matthew, and our bus driver, Greg, were a terrific pair and made the whole trip so enjoyable. Ireland is just as you would imagine, green and lovely with lots of sheep, cows, stone walls, and beautiful vistas, and the people are so welcoming. The beer was good, too! Our scenic walks were so lovely and we visited places we would not have found on our own. Especially on those narrow roads! Our one disappointment was that Go Ahead did not offer the Dublin extension for some reason. Most of our tour group extended their tour on their own and probably would have added the extension. We spent four more days there on our own and missed Greg's driving! Also, our hotel in Galway, while nice, was a few miles from the city center and it would have been nice to be more centrally located. I would love to go back and see more of this delightful country!

 

Hi Mary! It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your walking tour of lovely, green Ireland. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and bus driver and will be sure to share it with their supervisors. Regarding extensions, there are a couple reasons why we wouldn’t run them. The first and most common reason is we require a minimum number of travelers in order for them to run. The second is that occasionally we are unable to secure hotel space to accommodate our group, but this is fairly rare. We’re glad you stayed a few days longer to explore Dublin, as it’s a wonderful city with much to offer. Thank you for your great review, and let us know if you’d like to go back to Ireland!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ireland Walking Tour

Enjoyed the tour immensely. Our tour director, Matthew, was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited, and found interesting ways to add little side trips, or "surprises" as he called them, to each days' scheduled events. That helped minimize my one small - really very small - disappointment in the trip which was that I would have liked to do even more walking. The hotels were comfortable, especially the family run Arbutus in Killarney. Ireland is beautiful and the people are most welcoming. I highly recommend this tour.

 

Hi Marguerite! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your time in Ireland. We’re so pleased that your Tour Director made your experience extra special by providing valuable commentary and surprises along the way. We appreciate you letting us know that you would have liked to do more walking, and we will be sure to share this with our Product Development team. Thank you for recommending this tour, 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: 6/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Irish culture immersion

Our walking tour of Ireland included a full daily agenda led by our guide Matthew, who was knowledgeable about the sites, history, and customs. We enjoyed hearing his personal experiences growing up in Ireland, and had fun learning some traditional Irish songs during our bus rides. Matthew went out of his way to make sure this was a memorable experience.

 

Hi Camille! We’re so pleased you had a great time on tour. It’s also wonderful to know that your Tour Director provided interesting insights about growing up in Ireland and that he went out of his way for your group. We appreciate that you took the time to share your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 30, 2016

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Grossly Misrepresented

This was our 5th tour with Go Ahead and it was a terrible disappointment. If we weren't previously signed up for a tour next year, this would have been our last tour with Go Ahead. If next year's tour is as badly misrepresented as this one was, it will be our last tour with Go Ahead. This tour is grossly misrepresented as a "Walking Tour." Taking a 2 hour bus ride and walking for 1 hour around a park is NOT a "walking tour." It's a bus tour with stops along the way. We were looking forward to experiencing the Irish countryside on foot but we got to see most of it through a bus window. The hotel in Tralee (3nights) was a nice hotel but in the middle of nowhere. The small town with nothing to do in it was a 20-30 walk. We had great food in Galway and in other cities when we visited the pubs & restaurants. Here we were forced to eat mass-produced hotel food for 3 nights. The extension to Dublin borders on consumer fraud. I paid to go to Dublin but Go Ahead stuck us in a remote suburb that was the last stop on the commuter rail line a full 30 minutes away from Dublin and the train stopped running at 11PM. The "walking tour" was a bus tour with a short walk through one of the parks. The only thing that saved the tour was our substitute tour guide, Paul. (Unfortunately, the assigned tour guide had a death in the family and had to leave us on the 2nd day. To their credit, the transition was handled well). Paul changed part of the itinerary because no one, not him, the bus driver or anyone at the hotel knew where the site we were supposed to go to was. Ireland is a beautiful country and people are wonderfully friendly. Go there but not on this tour.

 

Dear Edward, We regret to hear that this tour did not meet your expectations. One of our Quality Control team members reached out to you today to discuss your experience. If you would like to discuss it over the phone, please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350. Regarding the walking aspect of this tour, the itinerary states to expect on average two hours of walking per day, not including the additional walking travelers will do in their free time. The walking time varies depending on the location and time allotted for each stop. Some of our Walking Tours will include more planned walks than others, depending on the amount of ground being covered in the itinerary. This particular tour covers quite a bit of ground, and therefore, requires a certain amount of time in transit in order to reach all of the included destinations. Again, we regret that this tour did not meet your expectations and that the amount of walking time was unclear to you. Regarding the food at the hotel in Tralee, we regret that you did not enjoy the food and will be sure to communicate this feedback to our Operations team. Otherwise, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the food in Galway and the other cities you visited. Regarding the hotel for your extension, we are sorry you were not satisfied with the location of the hotel within Dublin. We choose our hotels based on a number of criteria, such as reputation, charm, and availability. Dublin is a rather small city that has been fortunate to experience an influx of tourism. We strive to choose the best option of those available to us, and unfortunately, it sounds like that option did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team for review. We are glad to hear that you felt the transition between your Tour Directors was smooth and pleasant, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in light of this change. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Quality Control team if you have any questions or would like to discuss your experience. Again, you can reach us at 1-800-597-0350. Thank you for your feedback, and we look forward to giving you a wonderful experience on your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 13

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Slainte! Ireland is a jewel!

My O My, we just returned from our walking tour and I want to write this as I am still enjoying my travel high right now. OUr guide, Isabella, was a complete professional and what a treat she was to be with every day. She took care of everyone with the utmost respect and uplifting humor. Our itinerary was wonderful. Many days in one place as a base for our wanderings and hikes was well thought out and planned. Our hotels were mainly city centered, making it easy for us to get around. Galway, Killarney, Cork, Limerick, Dublin, all filled with bustling happy people welcoming us to their happy ,struggling, musical, poetic country. We were there during the exact time of the 100 year anniversary and visited the sites in Dublin, but we also experienced some small parades in far off little towns. They are a united people , that's for sure. The islands, Burren, Glendalugh, etc all very beautiful places to be and to remember. We all packed our umbrellas but did not open them once! It did rain, but always when we were on the bus or during the night so everything was dewy and clean in the morning for our walks. I enjoyed this trip very much and will definitely go back to Ireland. This was the walking tour of Ireland and I cannot say enough about the beautiful places that we journeyed to. I chose the time in April because I wanted the weather to be perfect ---and it was. I usually travel in March and this was a great decision to go a bit later. we started in the North and went south where it was a bit warmer and the flowers and trees were just budding and starting to come to life. Thanks Goahead for another great trip.

 

Hi Martha! We’re so pleased you had a good time in Ireland and that you were impressed with the logistics and professionalism throughout your tour. You chose a wonderful itinerary, which includes some of the most beautiful, historical parts of the country. We’re glad to hear the weather was in your favor for walking. You had the luck of the Irish on your side (and you certainly chose a nice time to go, too)! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 03, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

tour director

Isabella was the best. I marveled at her stamina. She seemed to take a personal interest in everyone's needs. Thank you Isabella and hope to see you again.

 

Hi Kathryn! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful country

I had the most wonderful time in Ireland. The Tour Guide was so knowledgeable. He really made the tour with his stories and knowledge of the country. We had a small group of 17 which was great. No waiting for people or feeling rushed. The walking tour let us see things in Ireland I would not normally go to, like the national parks and the dingle peninsula. I wish the Aran Islands was included, but I did my free day horseback riding, which the guide help me set up. He also recommended great pubs and music venues.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Glad I Did It!

This tour is quite satisfying to my desire to know about Ireland (for the first time), witness some unique landscapes, and a chance to hike with a group. I describe my likes and less likes below. My likes: 1. Matthew the Tour Director is excellent, both when on and off the bus, no doubt about it! 2. The Cliffs of Moher is awesome to say the least (around 600 ft above sea). Some suggestion below. 3. The Kylemore Abbey and Gardens are quintessential Ireland, totally enjoyable. 4. The Killareny NP is huge with a variety of natural settings, including a large lake, waterfall with a mild hiking trail, pastures and forests. 5. The Dingle Peninsula, with endless coastline of cliffs and coves, including the western-most point of whole Europe! Some suggestion below. 6. The Guogane Barra Park, with its small, picturesque lake, and mysterious forests and creeks (even when raining). If the Cliffs of Moher shows the magnificent side of Ireland, then the GB Park definitely shows the mystique side of Ireland when wet! Less likes: 1. The hike in Burren Plateau, nothing spectacular, although the tiny wildflowers can be attractive. If we cut short on this and add time to the Cliffs of Moher, such as walking a short section of the Coastal Trail, wouldn't it be more rewarding besides taking snapshots of the cliffs alone? (By the way, we did not do the "Pass a fascinating array of stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls" in the Burren area) 2. The long beach walk in the Dingle Peninsula and self-lunch in the overcrowded beach cafe. What if we cut short on the beach walk, and do the originally intended "enjoy breathtaking views as you wander past secluded harbors and seaside cliffs"? We only did a roadside stop for a vista of the western end of the peninsula, without any walking at all. Before the tour, I was concerned about wet weather even in the summer. Luckily, there were short sunny periods (early morning, mid-day, late afternoon), mixed with cloudy or shower periods in between (also in the middle of night), roughly on a daily basis. Thank you, Go Ahead!

1 / 5
 

Dear Kwan, Thank you very much for your recent review of your Ireland Walking Tour, and for choosing to take this journey with Go Ahead! We delighted in reading about all the highlights you experienced on tour, and are so pleased that you were satisfied with your first time traveling to this amazing country. The amazing vistas and enjoyable walks are certainly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your suggestion regarding time spent at the Burren Plateau. We know that our travelers have a wide range of interests and places they would like to visit, and we do our best to include as many of these as possible, while maximizing time spent in each place. Similarly, we have taken in your feedback about your tour group’s time in the Dingle Peninsula. We will be sure to monitor this aspect of the itinerary closely, as the Dingle Peninsula is often a trip highlight for our travelers! Thank you again for sharing your highlights and your suggestions, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 31, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

West Ireland Tour

I would recommend this tour with reservations. The itinerary was excellent: The Burren, Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park were all wonderful. We took the extra days in Dublin which was well worth the additional cost. Our tour guide, Tom, was also superb. Entertaining, well-versed and interesting, he provided many interesting details about Irish culture, history and literature. At the same time he was always attuned to the needs of the group. AND he fulfilled all our expectations of an Irish storyteller! Where I was disappointed in the tour was: First, the hotels were not as advertised. There was one 4 star in Killarney. The others, though rooms has the basic necessities, were al in disrepair in one way or another. Secondly the flight service via United Airlines from Chicago to Shannon was the worst I have ever experienced. The flight attendants were rude and inattentive, and so overweight they could not walk down the aisle without bumping passengers' shoulders and elbows. Coming back to the US from Dublin to Newark, we had to wait over an hour in line at Dublin to go through Customs as there were only two employees processing about two hundred passenger. Please, Go Ahead, find another Airline!

 

Dear Barbara, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for taking the time to review your recent trip with us. We are so pleased that you found your itinerary to be excellent, and your Tour Director to be superb! We have found through experience that the ‘star’ rating system is extremely varied and unreliable. For this reason, Go Ahead utilizes our own ‘diamond’ rating system. Our hotels are hand-selected by our Operations Team on the ground in Europe to ensure they are either centrally located or near public transportation, are of a high standard of quality, have all the necessary amenities, and are of good value. Additionally, we have a number of partners in the airline industry, with whom we work hard to offer our travelers a variety of flight options and would be happy to work with you in the future in selecting a flight itinerary that better suits your preferences. We are also happy to offer our travelers the option of booking their own flights should they have particular company or itinerary preferences. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to travel with you again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 31, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Walking in an enchanted land

I had taken two other walking tours with Go Ahead, the Almalfi Coast and Provence. These were very good. But in previous years I noticed the Ireland walking tour received a number of poor reviews. When we noticed that this tour had been extensively revised, we decided to try it. We were quite pleased with the experience and feel it now rates right up there with the other fine walking tours. Walking allows you to get up close and personal with the land and the people that sitting on a bus can never accomplish. My only caution is that in every Go Ahead walking tour there were people who were not physically up to the challenge. One should be conditioned to long hikes on uneven ground and have good quality boots or athletic shoes before signing on to this kind of tour.

 

Dear Scott, Thank you so much for your review! We are so very pleased that you gave this incredible walking tour a chance, and that you feel that the revisions we have made have elevated this tour. We are constantly reviewing and revising our tours based on traveler feedback, and are thrilled that to see those efforts improve on tour experience. Thank you again for your positive review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 24, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Tour director Matthew made every day interesting. We did many extra things not listed on the original itinerary. Liked Ghuagan Barra Forrest Park and the Hurling demonstration! I loved the whole tour. The Irish countryside is beautiful and varied.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely Tour

This was a lovely tour start to finish. Enjoyed very much the walking aspect of it and the beautiful country side. I am of Irish descent so it was important to see where my people came from and I was so touched to finally do so. Our tour director Matthew, was very good at reading the group and provided experiences outside the itinerary that all ages could enjoy. He even put his granny and mom on the bus phone for all of us to meet which was really fun. John, was an excellent bus driver. We booked another Go AHead tour less then a week after our return.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Coastal Ireland

If you like being around the water and like to walk this is a great tour. My favorite part was the Cliffs of Mohr and the coastal drive.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Ireland

In 2005 I attempted a self-drive tour of Ireland. It was close to a disaster From the very beginning of this walking tour with our director, Isabella, sharing her great love of this country, I came to know Ireland far more intimately than ever before. Architecture, history, poetry, topography, flora and fauna (aka sheep and cows, well maybe some deer too), beaches, hills, castles, churches, music and skilled craftspeople were all part of what we encountered. Ireland is a beautiful country with so much to offer the senses and a walking tour is the way to appreciate all there is to enjoy. Thanks to Edwin, our intrepid, courageous and skilled driver, too.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing!

Ireland was amazing! GoAhead made this trip (which was my first) so easy. I was able to get a wonderful vacation packed with history, culture, local colour and fantastic landscapes without any worries. GoAhead took care of it all! We had one optional excursion that was cancelled but there was a replacement waiting without a hitch! Our tour guide, Isabella, was just a joy! We repeatedly heard from the local people what a great guide we had, but we already knew that! Our driver took great care with our safety and well being and made sure we were all safely and timely to our destinations. He was very professional and so sweet! I can't wait to pick out my next destination! Thanks GoAhead and Ireland!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely Experience

In particular, the extra guides at Burren and Killarney were fabulous. Very well managed experience...

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