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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

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Ireland’s green landscapes, welcoming cities, and rich culture await.

On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you’ll see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. There’s no better time to discover the country’s vibrant spirit than during St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Kick off your tour in Ireland’s capital city, where you’ll take in historic sights and join the locals at the legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade. Then, take off to discover the ins and outs of this charming country, from “The Rebel County” to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cobh
  • Cork
  • Blarney Castle
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

County Dublin3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dublin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Then, join your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out on a tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

  • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Storehouse
  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church
  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go
  • See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

Later, spend a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Today is yours to explore on this festive occasion. Travel in to central Dublin to join locals at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, or take advantage of the many musical, art, and sporting events held throughout the day.

County Cork1 night
Day 5: County Cork via the Irish National Stud & Rock of Cashel
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to County Cork, stopping for several guided visits along the way.

  • Visit the Irish National Stud farm in County Kildare, where world-class race horses are bred and trained
  • Explore the Japanese Gardens of the Irish National Stud farm
  • Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries
County Kerry2 nights
Day 6: County Kerry via Cork, Cobh & Blarney Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping in Cobh, Cork, and Blarney on the way.

  • Discover the town of Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America
  • Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years
  • Pass through Cork, also known as “The Rebel City," and enjoy a brief walking tour around the city center
  • Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 7: The Ring of Kerry
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney
  • Gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula
  • Take in unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands
  • Explore the area’s picturesque villages
Galway2 nights
Day 8: Galway via the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to visit a historic castle and view spectacular scenery en route.

  • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher
  • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers
  • Arrive in Galway and admire some of the city's highlights on a walking tour with your Tour Director in the lead
Day 9: Free day in Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Galway to explore on your own or add an excursion.

Kylemore Abbey & Connemarra National Park
Excursion (additional cost)
County Dublin1 night
Day 10: Travel to County Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Leave Galway behind as you make your way to Dublin today. Once back in the capital, take a guided tour of the Kilmainham Gaol, a historic prison-turned-museum which once housed some of Ireland's most notorious criminals.

This evening, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in a traditional Irish pub.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Belfast

The city of Belfast was once the largest in Ireland, the home of Irish linen and the most productive shipyard in the world, a place whose hills inspired Jonathan Swift to write Gulliver's Travels. Come discover the charming Victorian architecture of the cultural heart of Northern Ireland.

Belfast2 nights
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour.

  • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House
  • Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles
  • Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history
Day 12: Free day in Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Belfast or add an excursion.

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

Giant's Causeway
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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2 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Mar 14–Mar 24, 2020
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Mar 14–Mar 24, 2021
Extension available
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by 1st time traveler 

This tour was overall wonderful. Our tour director was the best and if she didn't know something she would find out and let us know. The only complaint I have was two of the hotels. Radisson Blue at the airport was very nice but too far away to walk downtown. Same situation with the Glashaus Hot...

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Truly an Emerald experience
by 6th time traveler 

Ireland was wonderful. Our tour guide,Kat, was from Austria living in England, and was a true joy. Our driver, Terry, was wonderful. He shared his love of Ireland and it infected all of us. He even treated us to a night of Irish song! The people we met across the country were welcoming and made eve...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 04/14/2017

Hi, Roxanne! We are so happy to hear that you enjo...

Amazing trip!
by 2nd time traveler 

I had such an amazing time. Matthew, our tour director, was awesome!!

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/23/2016

Hi Gin! We're thrilled you had an amazing time. Th...

Loads of Craic!
by 3rd time traveler 

This was an amazing tour of the highlights Ireland has to offer! Matthew was a wonderful tour director and turned all the time spent on the bus into much fun with Irish music, treats, and multiple impromptu stops to places he knew we’d enjoy (photo ops, stone forts, and even a hurling demonstration ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 04/07/2016

Hi Susan! We are so glad one of our team members w...

Amazing Trip
by 2nd time traveler 

This was such a fantastic trip! Our tour guide, Matthew, was wonderful. We left with some amazing memories and new friends!

Go Ahead Tours replied on 04/05/2016

Hi Shannon! Thank you for your review! We're so gl...

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.


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.

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

This modern hotel is located near the Dublin airport. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and cafe.

Castle Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in downtown Macroom. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and gym. Nearby, you’ll find the Macroom Golf Club, the Gearagh, a...

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...

Imperial Hotel Galway

The Galway City Hotel is less than a minute to the main shopping thoroughfare Shop Street and the renowned nightlife and atmosphere of Quay Street in ...

Clayton Hotel Belfast

This modern hotel is located in the Linen Quarter. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Albert Memorial Clock, ...


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Local weather
Belfast, Ireland
Weather averages
High 66°F Low 53°F
Galway, Ireland
Weather averages
High 61°F Low 55°F
Kildare, Ireland
Weather averages
High 68°F Low 50°F
Killarney, Ireland
Weather averages
High 63°F Low 45°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Ireland (and the United Kingdom on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Dublin (or Belfast on the tour extension). 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 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 our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Ireland 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 in Dublin.
  • You will use the euro in Ireland (and the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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2 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Mar 14–Mar 24, 2020
Extension available
Mar 14–Mar 24, 2021
Extension available

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