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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).

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 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 Ireland 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, a 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 through 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. 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 barren mountains beyond

County Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Limerick via the Gearagh Loop & Cork

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a guided walk along the Gearagh Loop, following country lanes around the “drowned forest” and through the remaining woodland. Then, stop in Cork en route to Limerick.

Join your group for a farewell dinner in Limerick this evening.

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

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 passing 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 optional may change due to availability. This optional 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
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Passport & Visa

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.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Ireland. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind. It is advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, and the 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 beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Shannon (or Dublin on the tour extension). Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. Most of the destinations are easily walkable.

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 and Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. Hiking boots are recommended. We also suggest that you bring a collapsible walking stick for the more challenging walks. A change of footwear is also essential. A plastic water bottle is handy for staying hydrated on your walking tours, and a pair of binoculars enhances your enjoyment of the scenery. Insect repellent, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight are also a good idea. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will 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, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is 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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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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