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Irish Heritage Tour: Northern Ireland & the Wild Atlantic Way

11 days |  15 days with County Kerry & County Limerick extension
11 days |  15 days with County Kerry & County Limerick extension
Group size1428 travelers
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Astounding scenery and family discoveries await.

Travel along the western coast of the Emerald Isle, tracing your genealogy as you go. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to see the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to Slieve League to the Cliffs of Moher. On this fascinating journey, created in collaboration with Ancestry®, you’ll experience what life was like for your Irish ancestors.

Your tour package includes

  • AncestryDNA® kit
  • Pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists®
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Special AncestryProGenealogists® sessions
  • Titanic Belfast museum
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Monreagh Heritage Centre
  • Slieve League cliffs
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Belfast today.

County Antrim3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Belfast
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Transfer to your hotel and meet your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Start your day with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s capital.

• Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall

• View the Grand Opera House and Parliament Buildings

• Pass the shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was constructed and learn about the ship’s ill-fated journey at the Titanic Belfast museum

This afternoon, head to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for a tour and presentation by your Ancestry Genealogist.

Day 4: Free day in County Antrim
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in County Antrim or add an excursion.

Giant's Causeway

From $129 per person

County Donegal2 nights
Day 5: Donegal via Derry, Monreagh Heritage Centre
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to County Donegal today, stopping for several guided visits en route.

• Take a guided tour of Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, and learn about the historic conflicts between the Protestant and Catholic population

• View Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian buildings and Derry’s ancient city walls before meeting with a local genealogist

• Cross into the Republic of Ireland to enter the Monreagh Heritage Centre, dedicated to Ulster Scots and Scots-Irish culture and emigration history

• Continue through the beautiful Irish countryside to Donegal

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 6: Slieve League
Included meal: Breakfast

Head west to witness the highest cliffs in Europe, and make a few other stops along the way. 

• Pay a visit to the Slieve League Cultural Centre

• Continue on to the Slieve League cliffs for incredible panoramic views from nearly 2,000 feet above sea level 

• Enjoy time to explore the town of Ardara on your own

• Enter a nearby weaving shop to see a demonstration and discover how Donegal tweed is made

County Mayo2 nights
Day 7: County Mayo via Drumcliffe, Sligo & the National Museum of Country Life
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats. Pass through County Leitrim and County Sligo en route to County Mayo.

• Make a photo stop at Classiebawn Castle, an estate built during the 19th century on Mullaghmore Head

• Stop at Drumcliffe churchyard, Yeats' burial place, and learn about its history from a local chaplain

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Sligo

• Explore the National Museum of Country Life, which showcases what rural life was like in Ireland during the 19th and early 20th centuries

• Arrive in the town of Wesport in County Mayo

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

Day 8: Achill Island
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Achill Island, site of a 19th-century Protestant mission and an idyllic destination along the Wild Atlantic Way.

• Pass by many blanket bogs en route to the charming village of Dooagh

• Walk through the landscapes surrounding Keem Bay

• Cross the Michael Davitt Bridge on your way back to Westport

Glen Keen Farm & Dinner

From $205 per person

County Clare2 nights
Day 9: County Clare via Connemara National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Venture down the coast to County Clare, making several scenic stops in County Galway en route.

• Visit the charming village of Leenane

• Spot Ireland’s only fjord in Killary Harbor, then soak in views of the Maumturk mountain range en route to Connemara National Park

• Enter Kylemore Abbey and take time to explore its Victorian walled garden

• Drive through the picture-perfect landscapes of Connemara, stopping at the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross

• Arrive in Galway, where you’ll follow your Tour Director on a guided walking tour

Day 10: The Cliffs of Moher
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

Later, your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® shares a summary of all you’ve learned about Irish heritage. Then, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Ireland.

Extension to County Kerry & County Limerick
When you picture Ireland, you’re probably thinking of County Kerry, home to some of the coun-try’s most iconic spots. Continue your trip to enjoy guided tours of Killarney National Park, then delve into history in neighboring county Limerick.
County Kerry3 nights
Day 11: Killarney National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel from County Clare to County Kerry, then spend the afternoon exploring Killarney National Park. Take a walk through the park, stopping for a photo at Ross Castle. Then, enter Muckross House and stroll through its manicured gardens.

Day 12: Free day in County Kerry
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in County Kerry or add an excursion.

The Ring of Kerry

From $65 per person

Day 13: Free day in County Kerry
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another day getting to know the region on your own or add an excursion.

Dingle Peninsula

From $65 per person

County Limerick1 night
Day 14: Transfer to County Limerick
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Travel from County Kerry to County Limerick for a series of guided visits today. 

• Take a tour of the 13th-century King John’s Castle, located on King’s Island in Limerick’s city center

• Head to the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about the history of aviation and passenger travel in the region

• Get a taste of Irish coffee, a traditional local treat

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

Flight Home
Day 15: 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

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Soaking in my Northern Irish roots
    9/22/19 by 2nd-time traveler Jesse

    Enjoyed this lovely trip through Northern Ireland and embrace my Northern Irish roots. Along the way, we were treated to many wonderful sights and including some very breath taking views of the country side. The hotel on the beach was amazing as well, can not beat the view of a wonderful sun set ove...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    9/22/19 by 1st-time traveler Leanna

    5 out of 5 stars

    Just a Wee Bit Irish!!
    6/9/19 by 8th-time traveler Mary Jo

    The best of Ireland is right here! Very in depth! The beautiful countryside, I've been twice before, but never to these locations.. Quentin Burrows was down to earth friendly, informative, and helpful. Great 7th trip with Go Ahead Tours. Never do they disappoint me..

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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.
    Temple Gate Hotel
    Temple Gate Hotel

    This cozy hotel is located in Ennis Town. Guests enjoy live music, an on-site coffee house, and the charming pub. Nearby, you’ll find the Clare Museum...

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    Wyatt Hotel
    Wyatt Hotel

    This charming hotel is located in the heart of Westport. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Great Western Green...

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    Sandhouse Hotel
    Sandhouse Hotel

    This sophisticated hotel is located in the coastal village of Rossnowlagh. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find Rossnowlagh Be...

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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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    Meadowlands Hotel
    Meadowlands Hotel

    This elegant hotel is located in Tralee, County Kerry, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Guests enjoy the manicured gardens and an intimate second-floor ba...

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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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    Flights

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