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A Week in Ireland: Dublin to Belfast

9 days |  11 days with Dublin extension
9 days |  11 days with Dublin extension
Group size1535 travelers
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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
  • Trinity College
  • Kilkenny
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Irish 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 enjoy a walking tour of the college grounds.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin to visit Grafton Street or the Temple Bar district, or add an excursion.

Please note: The departure time of the Glendalough optional excursion may vary.

Glendalough

From $69 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 an excursion.

Cliffs of Moher, Pub Lunch & the Burren

From $115 per person

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

En route to Belfast, stop in County Meath to pay a visit to a local working farm.

  • Learn about daily life on an 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, like 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 $129 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 The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, with your Tour Director by your side.
Dublin2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Dublin & The 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 $159 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 $85 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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4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    Airlines booking for EF tours to Ireland
    5/10/24 by 1st-time traveler G. Denise

    I was very displeased and disappointed with the routes EF tours booked for me for my trip to Ireland from North Carolina. They had my flight going to London Heathrow airport, then Aer Lingus to Ireland with at least a 5-hour layover in London. Returning, my flight from Ireland flew to Dallas, TX ...

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    Andrew and Daniel
    5/10/24 by 3rd-time traveler Anne

    Both are exemplary representatives of Go AHead. Andrew is competent, conscientious, accommodating, amiable, and to top it all off...very amusing! Daniel is quietly competent, a fabulous driver, helpful, and an all-round good person, as well. I am dealing with mobility problems, and both went o...

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    Amazing tour - planning to book again
    4/3/24 by 1st-time traveler Joan

    We looked at multiple tour companies before booking this tour. A friend of mine had taken a tour recently with another company and said they didn’t have enough time on their own to do other things. This tour was incredible. The Tour guides were local and took us to places we never would’ve seen on o...

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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 Hotel Parnell Square
    Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

    This charming hotel is located in Parnell Square in the Dublin city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant and lounge, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll ...

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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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    Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre
    Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

    This modern hotel is located in the heart of Belfast. Guests enjoy the Starbucks coffee station, fitness center, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Botan...

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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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