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Ireland Walking Tour

10 days |  12 days with County Wicklow extension
Group size1022 travelers
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    Unlock the history and scenery of the Emerald Isle, step by step.

    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 tip of the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll discover the natural beauty that separates Irish landscapes into a league of their own. And in Galway, West Cork, and Kinsale, you’ll stroll right through history (and hopefully, into a few pubs too).

    Your tour package includes

    • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 8 breakfast
    • 4 dinners with beer or wine
    • 9 sightseeing tours
    • 6 guided walks
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    Included highlights

    • Connemara National Park
    • Kylemore Abbey
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Killarney National Park
    • Dingle Peninsula
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

    Galway2 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Dublin & sightseeing tour of Galway
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

    Welcome to Ireland! Transfer to Galway and discover the local energy and living traditions of Ireland’s third-largest city alongside your Tour Director.

    • Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, the Druid Theatre Company and the broad expanse of Eyre Square
    • View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch
    • Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop

    Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Day 3: Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Set out to explore the surrounding scenery and historic sights with a local guide today.

    • Amble past the stunning lush valleys, majestic mountains, and mystical lakes of Connemara National Park on a walking tour
    • Enter the palatial Kylemore Abbey, a sprawling estate originally built by Mitchell Henry in the 1800s as a gift for his new bride

    Spend a free evening in Galway or add an excursion.

    An Evening in Galway: Pub Dinner & Music

    From $65 per person

    County Kerry3 nights
    Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & transfer to County Kerry
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Journey south of Galway today to the Cliffs of Moher passing through the Burren, an expansive limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers. Get to know the region on a guided walk.

    • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean
    • Soak in the views from Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs
    • Enjoy free time to enter the visitor center

    After, travel to County Kerry and sit down for an included dinner.

    Day 5: Killarney National Park
    Included meal: Breakfast

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

    • Take a guided walking tour through Killarney National Park’s most magnificent landscapes around Muckross Lake
    • Walk along Muckross Peninsula, which separates Muckross Lake from Lough Leane
    • Try to spot the red squirrels, red deer, lush ferns, and green moss throughout Reenadinna Wood
    • Stop at the 200-year-old Dinis Cottage and stroll along a short path that leads to the Meeting of the Waters, where Killarney’s Upper Lake flows down to join the lower loughs
    • Visit the stately Tudor-style Muckross House, donated to the Irish state in 1932
    Day 6: Dingle Peninsula
    Included meal: Breakfast

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

    • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blasket Islands as you wander past secluded harbors and seaside cliffs
    • Admire the varied scenery of Clogher Beach, Slea Head, Mount Brandon, and Mount Eagle
    • Head to Dingle Town where you’ll have free time to eat lunch and shop
    West Cork2 nights
    Day 7: West Cork via Skibbereen
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel to West Cork, stopping in the colorful town of Skibbereen.

    • Join a local guide for a tour of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre
    • Learn about the Great Famine, the Irish diaspora, and genealogy
    • Visit the Skibbereen Famine Graveyard, where over 8,000 unnamed people who died due to the Great Famine are buried
    • Enjoy free time to eat lunch and shop

    Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Day 8: Sheep's Head
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Pass gravel boreens, grassy paths, and heathery hills as you travel along Sheep's Head peninsula. Then, explore the coastal area on a guided walk along Dunmanus Bay.

    • Walk past rocky outcrops and Lough Akeen to the Sheep's Head Lighthouse, located at the tip of the headland
    • Admire views of the cliffs over Bantry Bay
    • Enjoy a scone and cup of tea at a local shop at the end of the trail

    Spend a free evening in West Cork or add an excursion.

    West Cork Farm Visit & Dinner

    From $110 per person

    County Dublin1 night
    Day 9: Dublin via Kinsale
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    Travel south and take a guided walk along the Old Head of Kinsale.

    • Snap photos of the towering sea cliffs, lush headlands, and coastal views around every bend
    • View the Old Head Lighthouse, which sits on the southern tip of the Old Head Golf Links
    • See where the RMS Lusitania sunk after being torpedoed by German forces during World War I

    Continue on to the harbor town Kinsale and enjoy free time to eat lunch and walk along the narrow, winding streets lined with artsy shops, lively bars, and delicious restaurants. Then, head to nearby star-shaped Charles Fort for a guided tour.

    After, head to Dublin and celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

    Flight Home
    Day 10: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

    Extension to County Wicklow
    Castles, cheese, coastal landscapes. Yeah, County Wicklow has it all. Extend your stay in Ireland to explore a region that's known to have some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland. After a visit to a cheese farm and the charming town of Kilkenny, enjoy time to explore the region at your leisure or see some of that said scenery alongside your Tour Director.
    County Wicklow2 nights
    Day 10: County Wicklow via cheese farm & Kilkenny
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Make several stops to discover the the region’s cuisine and castles as you travel to County Wicklow.

    • Stop at a cheese farm in County Tipperary
    • Learn how the farm promotes animal welfare, community engagement, and waste reduction
    • Learn about cheese production and enjoy a tasting
    • Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town
    • Pass by the Gothic, 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral
    • Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle and soak in views of the River Nore

    Then, continue on to County Wicklow.

    Day 11: Free day in County Wicklow
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in County Wicklow or add an excursion.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

    Glendalough Walking Tour & Powerscourt

    From $70 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 12: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the Dublin airport for your flight home.

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    Reviews

    Overall rating 4.7 out of 5
    Based on 75 authentic and unedited traveler reviews
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      09/15/19 by 1st-time traveler Rosemary

      I had a wonderful time on this tour. A lot of extra stops were added by our tour director and he truly made my experience exceptional.

      09/15/19 by 1st-time traveler Suzanne (Suzie)

      This tour was amazing! Matthew, our tour director, made sure that every moment was full of new information, or something to look at. My main goal for this trip was to go to a castle, which would have to have been done in one of the free days because it was not on the itinerary, and one of the firs...

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      05/12/19 by 1st-time traveler Laury

      I returned four weeks ago from the Walking Tour of Ireland trip. Frankly, I had high expectations for this trip. It did not disappoint! This experience far exceeded my expectations, and I did not want to leave Ireland! Our ring leader (tour director) Colm Austin, greeted our merry group of 28 up...

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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

      Hotels

      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      Maldron Sandy Road
      Maldron Sandy Road

      This comfortable hotel is located near the center of Galway. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a hotel bar, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find the Galway Shop...

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      Arbutus Hotel
      Arbutus Hotel

      This charming hotel is located in Killarney town centre. Guests enjoy free WiFi and Buckley's Bar, as well as complimentary ginger cake and tea on arr...

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      Seaview House Hotel & Spa
      Seaview House Hotel & Spa

      This family-run hotel overlooks Bantry Bay in West Cork County. Guests enjoy the hotel’s 4 acres of gardens, VOYA Seaweed bath house and award-winning...

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      Cassidys Hotel
      Cassidys Hotel

      This boutique hotel is located in Dublin's city center. Guests enjoy the bistro restaurant, gym, and hotel bar. Nearby, you'll find EPIC The Irish Emi...

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      Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
      Brooklodge & Macreddin Village

      This hide-away hotel is located in Wicklow County's town of Aughrim. Guests enjoy several top quality on-site restaurants, charming countryside views,...

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      Flights

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      • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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      FAQ

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      Passport, visa & entry 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code WEI.
      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for at least 3 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Cliffs of Moher – 3.5 miles / 2 hours. A dirt clifftop path, that can be muddy, with narrow, steep ascents offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
      • Killarney National Park – 6 miles / 4 hours. A moderate walk through the park along both paved and unpaved paths, over flat, even terrain.
      • 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.
      • Sheep’s Head Peninsula – 2.5 miles / 1.5 hours. A moderate loop with footpaths, tracks, and paved lanes along the cliffs of Dunmanus Bay.
      • Old Head of Kinsale – 3.5 miles / 2 hours. An easy loop walk with some uneven ground along path with views of towering sea cliffs and lush headlands.
      Transportation & arrival information
      • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Dublin. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
      • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
      Baggage allowance
      • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
      • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
      • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
      • 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
      • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code WEI.
      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 meals. 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.
      Electricity & air conditioning
      • Ireland operates within 230-240 volts and uses 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 is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
      • When it’s noon in New York, it's 5pm on tour.
      Currency
      • You will use the euro on tour.
      • 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
      • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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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