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About This Experience:
Spend a week in Ireland—a country you'll never want to leave. From the Irish people's sparkling wit and inviting pub culture, all the way down to the isle's incredible emerald landscapes, this small country packs quite a punch. Waste no time getting to the core of Irish culture on a tour of its leading cities, Galway and Dublin, and its natural wonders, from the rock Burren to the Cliffs of Moher.
 
You'll Visit: 
  • Galway
  • County Cork
  • Dublin
All This Included: 
  • Round-trip air transportation & transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Local guide in Dublin
  • 6 nights accommodations in handpicked hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners, with wine or beer
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Select entrance fees
Optional Excursions: 
  • Castle Banquet Dinner - $115
  • Traditional Irish Evening - $99
  • Powerscourt & Glendalough - $79

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Shannon aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Day 2 - Galway

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! A Go Ahead representative greets you at Shannon Airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in Galway. The rest of the day is free for you to begin exploring Galway. At tonight’s included welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.
Included meals: breakfast (in flight), dinner

Day 3 - Galway

This morning, your Tour Director introduces you  to Galway, Ireland’s third-largest city. For 400 years Galway was an independent city-state—as recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure in Galway. You might choose to visit the broad expanse of Eyre Square or visit the 16th-century Spanish Arch on the banks of the Corrib. Lovers of pub culture will delight in Galway’s traditional public houses, from The Quays, Murphy’s Bar, Monroe’s Tavern and so much more. Pubs aren’t just bars in the American sense of the word—they’re communal meeting houses where a civic spirit is nurtured over crisps, ale and good craic (Gaelic for fun).Tonight, dine at our optional Castle Banquet dinner (seasonal).
Included meals: breakfast

Day 4 - County Cork

Depart Galway and travel through the limestone plateau known as the Burren. Stop to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. These are among the most dramatic views in Ireland, and film fans may recognize them as the “Cliffs of Insanity” from the classic movie The Princess Bride. Later, transfer to Cork, a city synonymous with the Irish spirit of rebellion. To this day, Corkonians refer to their city as the “real” capital of Ireland and to one another simply as “Rebels.” Enjoy a free evening to explore Cork, a city best seen on foot. This charming seaport spans both sides of the River Lee, and you’ll cross back and forth over the city’s web of canals as you walk about. You may want to stop in at the Princes Street Market (also known as the English Market) to peruse local specialties such as drisheen, an Irish black pudding.
Included meals: breakfast

Day 5 - Dublin

This morning, visit Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing the steep staircase to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Later, continue on to Dublin. Enjoy the “forty shades of green” that Johnny Cash famous memorialized as your motorcoach zips through the scenic Irish countryside. Your route will take you through the heart of Ireland, an area once ruled by the Kings of Munster and where a fiercely independent streak can still be found today. Tonight, opt to join a Traditional Irish Evening of song, dance and food.
Included meals: breakfast
Included entrances: Blarney Castle

Day 6 - Dublin

A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the city. Drive to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in Europe. Its grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 450, and then visit Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. This afternoon is yours to explore the Irish capital at your leisure. You may wish to stop in at one of the many pubs in the Temple Bar neighborhood for a pint of Guinness or a glass of fine Irish whiskey. Or, you might meander from cafe to cafe as you take in the haunts of some of Dublin’s most famous writers. There’s never a dull moment in Dublin, no matter how you plan to spend your time.
Included meals: breakfast
Included entrances: St. Patrick’s Cathedral,Trinity College

Day 7 - Dublin

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. You might choose to quaff the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse. The storehouse is a relatively new attraction that encapsulates Dublin’s rare ability to cherish its past while looking forward to its future. The Storehouse rises seven stories above the city, and at the top, you’ll find Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a complementary pint of Arthur Guinness’s world-famous dry stout while taking in panoramic views of Dublin. Alternatively, join an optional excursion into the countryside of Wicklow to visit Powerscourt House, where you can walk through Ireland’s most beautiful formal gardens, and Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century. Powerscourt was originally created as a military stronghold in the 13th century but underwent considerable transformation 500 years later.  During the 18th century, the seventh Viscount Powerscourt toured France’s Versailles, Austria’s Schonnbrunn and other famous estates throughout Europe; upon turning 21, the Viscount ordered Powerscourt to be remade in the image of his favorite castles. The new estate’s gardens took two decades to flourish, but today, they’re among Ireland’s most beautiful. Glendalough, by contrast, reflects the monastic ascetism of its founder St. Kevin. Here you’ll find a collection of ancient dry-stone buildings, including an enormous round tower, one of only a handful remaining in Ireland.
Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for an included Farewell Dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 8 - Dublin

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.
Included meals: breakfast (In the case of early morning departures, breakfast may not be provided.) 

*Terms & Conditions: Save $250 per person on featured departure dates (5/25/2013, 6/1/2013, 7/27/2013). Prices are per person based on double occupancy and vary by departure date and gateway.  Advertised tour prices are based on departures from NYC. Other dates and gateways available for additional cost.   Advertised prices and offer are valid while space is still available on new reservations made between March 11 – 31, 2013. Changes or cancellations will result in a fee of up to the total tour price.  Applicable airline baggage fees are not included and can be found at goaheadtours.com/baggage.  Please contact the airline for more information.  To view Go Ahead’s Terms and Conditions, visit goaheadtours.com/terms.  The tour operator for your trip is EF Cultural Travel Ltd. Please refer to our website for complete terms and conditions. CST 2060043-20.