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A Week in Ireland: Dublin to Belfast

9 days |  11 days with Dublin extension
Group size1535 travelers
St Patricks Cathedral Dublin
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Live out your fairytale fantasies while staying overnight in an Irish castle.

Home to dramatic cliffs and grand cathedrals, sprawling parks and cozy pubs, Ireland delights at every turn. On this tour, you’ll get a taste of vastly different regions, from the rugged, windswept beauty of the Cliffs of Moher to the grand architecture of Dublin to the bustling streets of Belfast—the capital, and cultural heart, of Northern Ireland. Cap off your visit to the Emerald Isle by staying overnight in a lavish, 18th-century castle.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 5 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Temple Bar District
  • Kilkenny
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Causey Farm visit
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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.

Dublin2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dublin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Settle in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive 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 Brewery
  • 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

Glendalough

From $59 per person

County Limerick2 nights
Day 4: County Limerick via Kilkenny Castle & Rock of Cashel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the Irish countryside en route to County Limerick.

  • Stop in Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town
  • Pass by the Gothic St. Canice’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century
  • Enter the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore
  • Tour the iconic Rock of Cashel, whose commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries

Later, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Day 5: Free day in County Limerick
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring County Limerick or add excursions.

Bunratty Castle Banquet Dinner

From $139 per person

Cliffs of Moher, Pub Lunch & the Burren

From $109 per person

Belfast2 nights
Day 6: Belfast via County Meath
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Journey to Belfast, stopping to visit to Causey Farm in County Meath.

  • Learn about daily life on a working Irish farm
  • See how Irish brown bread is made and enjoy a taste of this traditional food
  • Watch a demonstration of traditional games and dance, such as hurling and céilí

Then, continue on to Belfast.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, from a local’s perspective on a guided tour.

  • Marvel at copper-domed Belfast 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
  • Head inside the Titanic Belfast museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast or add an excursion.

Giant's Causeway

From $109 per person

County Cavan1 night
Day 8: Transfer to Cabra Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Leave Northern Ireland behind and make your way to County Cavan for a special evening in a historic Irish castle.

  • Transfer to Cabra Castle, an 18th-century castle-turned-hotel
  • Enjoy free time to explore the castle’s manicured gardens and to walk along trails through Dún a Rí Forest Park

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Dublin airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore more of the city.

Extension to Dublin
Rich in history and alive with culture—a trip to Dublin is always a good idea. Extend your trip and experience more of everything the capital of the Republic of Ireland has to offer, including a visit to EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, with your Tour Director by your side.
Dublin2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Dublin & EPIC Museum
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back east to Dublin, then visit the city’s EPIC Irish Emigration Museum.

  • Take a guided tour of the award-winning museum and explore the interactive, digital exhibits that highlight the emigrant experience
  • Learn why Irish emigrants left their home country, where they went, and how they shaped the world

Spend a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Traditional Irish Dinner & Show

From $129 per person

Day 10: Free day in Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Dublin or add an excursion.

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

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens

From $65 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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.
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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Fitzgerald’s Woodland House Hotel & Spa
Fitzgerald’s Woodland House Hotel & Spa

This classic hotel is located in Adare in County Limerick, Ireland. Guests enjoy a restaurant featuring dishes made from with homegrown ingredients, W...

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Clayton Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast

This modern hotel is located in the Linen Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll...

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Cabra Castle Hotel
Cabra Castle Hotel

This 18th-century castle-turned-hotel is located in the charming town of Kingscourt in County Cavan, Ireland. Guests enjoy authentic Old World charm o...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Belfast, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Limerick, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Ireland and the United Kingdom, 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.
  • 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 IRD.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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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 is by private motor coach.
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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 to label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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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).
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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 Centers 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 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 IRD.
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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.
  • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental European, Asian, and even American influences.
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Electricity & air-conditioning
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom operate 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.
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Connectivity
  • 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.
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Time zones
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom are 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.
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Currency
  • You will use the euro in Ireland and the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
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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.
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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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