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Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

11 days |  13 days with Belfast extension
11 days |  13 days with Belfast extension
Group size1538 travelers
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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. Discover the country’s highlights, starting in historic Dublin and continuing on through County Cork, “The Rebel County.” After exploring the breathtaking Ring of Kerry, the mesmerizing Cliffs of Moher, and the charming coastal city of Galway, you may find it hard to say goodbye to Ireland.

Special departures of this itinerary

St. Patrick’s Day

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 liquor tasting
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Cork
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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! 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 Cork2 nights
Day 4: Cork via the Kilkenny Castle & Rock of Cashel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Stop in Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town.
  • Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore.
  • Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Cobh & Blarney Castle
Included meal: Breakfast

Get a feel for the many sides of Ireland, from charming villages to vibrant cities and iconic castles.

  • 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.
  • Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.
County Kerry2 nights
Day 6: County Kerry via Muckross House
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping at Muckross House. Take time to explore this Victorian mansion and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney in Killarney National Park and gaze across Dingle Bay.
  • Enjoy unsurpassable views of mountains, beaches, and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry including the village of Sneem, “The Knot in the Ring.”
Galway2 nights
Day 8: Galway via Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route.

  • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers.

Continue on to Galway and discover the local energy and living traditions of Ireland’s third-largest city with 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.

Enjoy a free evening in Galway where, maybe hit up a local pub and listen to live traditional Gaelic music the city is famous for.

Day 9: Free day in Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Galway or add an excursion.

Aran Islands

From $185 per person

County Dublin1 night
Day 10: Transfer to County Dublin & Teeling Whiskey Distillery
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting, Farewell dinner

Travel to Dublin and take a guided tour of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

  • Learn about the process and history of distilling whiskey.
  • Sample some of the whisky during a tasting.

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers in County Dublin.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Belfast.

Extension to Belfast
Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland. You’ll join a local guide on a citywide tour past the Grand Opera House and shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was built.
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 free day in Belfast or add an excursion.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers.

Giant's Causeway

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

Based on 516 authentic traveler reviews
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    5 out of 5 stars

    3/26/24 by 1st-time traveler Clay

    5 out of 5 stars

    Magical Ireland
    7/25/23 by 1st-time traveler Doris

    Having just lost my significant other six months prior I made the trip because he wanted me too. But being in places where I knew he had been made me smile and the beauty of the country touched my soul. But the people are the best ! Everyone was friendly and caring wherever we were! Our tour gu...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/18/23

    We are so sorry to hear about your partner. Losing...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    A good first trip to Ireland.
    10/13/23 by 1st-time traveler Kevin

    This was a decent, well-rounded tour. It stays at 4+ star hotels. You get to see a broad spectrum of Ireland. That being said, you do not get a lot of time in any one spot. You will be amazed at Ireland's beauty!

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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.
    Clayton Cardiff Lane
    Clayton Cardiff Lane

    This modern hotel is located in Dublin’s city center. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, fitness center, and Vertigo Bar. Nearby, you'll find the Samuel Bec...

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    Garryvoe Hotel
    Garryvoe Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located on the coast of Garryvoe in County Cork. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and health club. Nearby, you’ll find Garry...

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    Sneem Hotel
    Sneem Hotel

    This colonial hotel is located in the Golden Heights neighborhood of Sneem. Guests enjoy the fitness center, rotating art gallery shows, and live musi...

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    Imperial Hotel Galway
    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 ...

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    Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport
    Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

    This deluxe hotel is located a few minutes away from the Dublin Airport, Guests enjoy the coffee bar, fitness center, and on-site restaurant. Nearby y...

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    Maldron Belfast City
    Maldron Belfast City

    This modern hotel is centrally located in Belfast. Guests enjoy the on-site coffee house, bike rentals, restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Belfast City H...

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