Tours of Ashford Castle and grounds, Ireland
8 Days
1 Country

Ireland

9 Cities

Dublin, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara National Park, Cong

11 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Experience the royal lifestyle with an enchanting stay in a castle or château. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and allure of historic properties like Ashford Castle, Ruthin Castle, and Château De Fonscolombe. Enjoy luxury accommodations while discovering the rich heritage of these magnificent destinations.

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Experience the Wild Atlantic Way and journey from Galway to Killarney on this once in a lifetime tour of Ireland. In Dublin explore the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College, before cutting the queue with fast track access to the 9th century Book of Kells. After an exploration of County Mayo and sojourn through picturesque Cong, indulge in a taste bud tantalizing Ashford Castle Dinner. The exquisite dining and locally sourced produce are matched only by the luxurious facilities of this vast estate, which include a falconry school, spa and an Irish Piper to signal your arrival. Look out at Galway Bay from the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and contemplate the beauty of County Clare on this weeklong, Irish experience.

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Day 1

In Dublin’s Fair city

Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Travel Director at 2:00pm for an orientation tour with a Local Expert that brings to life Dublin’s architectural treasures and history, stretching back more than 1,000 years. Travel along the River Liffey, see Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. See the 9th century Book of Kells and enjoy a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College. Back at your hotel, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

VIP Trinity College visit, Dublin, Ireland
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

In the heart of Dublin’s leafy southside, you'll find the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, offering traditional-style rooms with complimentary WiFi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Gym
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences VIP Trinity College guided visit, Dublin, Ireland
Visit Trinity College and The Book of Kells in Dublin

A stunning combination of cobblestone walkways, emerald-green lawns and 18th-century architectural gems, Trinity College is one of Europe’s elite u...

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Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers
Dublin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Cashel and Blarney, heading for Killarney

Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to see the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings that dominate the flat countryside for miles around. Then on to explore Blarney with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Alternatively, meet a senior gardener for a tour of Blarney Gardens. Head to Killarney, where you may fancy a ‘pint of porter.' This town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs so in the evening why not join in the ‘craic’?

Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Rock of Cashel with dark sky, Cashel, Ireland
See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Blarney Castle grounds from high in the tower, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice A stone house in the gardens surrounding Blarney castle, Ireland
Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

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Insight Choice

Top Rated Highlights The main street in Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Ring of Kerry Experience

In the morning, marvel at spectacular mountain and sea views as you travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Meet John for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit his family-run seaweed farm to learn about sustainable farming practices that protect the wild Irish Atlantic coasts.

Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
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Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights A couple enjoying the landscape view of Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Ring Of Kerry Seaweed Farm Killarney, Ireland
Seaweed Foraging Walk: a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Meet John, a seaweed advocate and educator for a seaweed foraging walk at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. Stroll along the shore learning about how they wo...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
Jaunting Car Ride

Experience the best of the Irish countryside on a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. Formerly known ...

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Day 4

The Cliffs of Moher and on to Galway

Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Center and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, raised approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape, scarred with interesting limestone creases. Journey to Galway, the City of the Tribes, and visit the last Cathedral built in Ireland. Take in the scenery from your hotel which is spectatuarly set on the - maybe change to 'Wild Atlantic Way at Galway Bay.

Limestone landscape of The Burren in Galway, Ireland
Connemara Coast Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Connemara Coast Hotel

About the Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Set on the coast, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers spectacular views of Connemara and continues a tradition in hospitality dating back to 1839.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights A lock on the Shannon river estuary of Limerick, Ireland
Shannon Estuary Ferry Crossing

Cross the Shannan Estuary by ferry. This large estuary is where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights View of the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Skyline of Galway with Galway cathedral, Ireland
Visit the City of Tribes Cathedral in Galway

Visit the stunning cathedral of the City of Tribes. Admire its Renaissance style dome and unique rose shaped window.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

Captivating Connemara

Embark on a superb exploration of the Connemara National Park and see a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Explore Connemara with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the magnificent, turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit one of Ireland’s oldest oyster farms for a tasting. Learn about their commitment to biodiversity and work promoting sustainable packaging.

A horse grazing in Connemara, Ireland
Connemara Coast Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Connemara Coast Hotel

About the Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Set on the coast, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers spectacular views of Connemara and continues a tradition in hospitality dating back to 1839.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland
Visit Kylemore Abbey

With a striking Victorian Walled Garden and turreted church, Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey is a sight to behold. Dig into the Abbey’s history, discover...

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Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Oyster farming at DK Connemara Oysters in Connemara, Ireland
Taste Oysters and Learn about Sustainability at DK Connemara Oyster Farm

Taste the unique flavors of DK Connemara oysters, bred in pure water that runs off the limestone hills of the Connemara National Park. Learn about ...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Galway Walking Tour with a Pub Supper, Galway, Ireland
Medieval City Walk With Pub Supper

Uncover more sights and insights of Galway joining your Local Expert for an informative stroll. Dine this in one of Galway's best-loved taverns whe...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Majestic Ashford Castle

Sitting on the edge of Lough Corrib and nestled on the border of County Galway and County Mayo, is the delightful Cong. You may recognise much of the town as it was used as the location in the 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' With free time to explore this quintessential Irish village, see the statue of the lead characters played by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and the ruins of the Medieval Cong Abbey. Then a short drive down the road leads you to Ashford Castle, the highlight of your travels. As you arrive a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. Your exquisite hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's falconry school. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, locally sourced ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Celebration Dinner. Gentlemen, a jacket is required.

Gardens and façade of Ashford Castle, Ashford, Ireland
Ashford Castle View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Ashford Castle

About the Hotel

Cong, Ireland

Formerly the home of the Guinness family, the magnificent Ashford Castle is now an award-winning hotel boasting sumptuous suites, antique furniture and unique historic features in a regal setting. Its recent multi-million-dollar renovation only adds to its allure. Set in a 350-acre estate in the countryside, it is the perfect destination for those looking for a romantic getaway or for guests who simply want to get back to nature. Expect warm Irish hospitality and charm aplenty.

Ashford castle are proud to adhere to important sustainability measures, and are the first hotel in Ireland to achieve the GREENMark Plastic Smart Standard Award.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Castle
Top Rated Highlights Colourful Houses in Cong, Ireland
Explore the Village of Cong

Enjoy time as you wish to explore this delightful, quintessential Irish village, used as the location for 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' See the statu...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Bagpiper plays for guests on the drawbridge at Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle Drawbridge Arrival with Lone Piper

On arrival to Ashford Castle, you are escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance fit for royalty.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in the George V dining room in Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle Celebration Dinner

Dine on delicious Farm-to-Table fare in a stylish setting at Ashford Castle's iconic George V Dining Room.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Lough Corrib Cruise

Step aboard and embark on a journey through time with one of our local historians, often the captain. Cruise on the Republic of Ireland's largest l...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Across the Emerald Isle to Dublin

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate? Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the rest of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.

Stroll over the drawbridge at Ashford Castle, Ireland
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

In the heart of Dublin’s leafy southside, you'll find the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, offering traditional-style rooms with complimentary WiFi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Gym
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Drive

We'll enjoy a scenic drive through the leafy outskirts of Dublin, continuing South along Dublin Bay, viewing the changing eras of architecture en r...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

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Day 8

Depart Dublin

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport.

The Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dublin Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit Trinity College and The Book of Kells in Dublin

A stunning combination of cobblestone walkways, emerald-green lawns and 18th-century architectural gems, Trinity College is one of Europe’s elite u...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Seaweed Foraging Walk: a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Meet John, a seaweed advocate and educator for a seaweed foraging walk at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. Stroll along the shore learning about how they wo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Shannon Estuary Ferry Crossing

Cross the Shannan Estuary by ferry. This large estuary is where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the City of Tribes Cathedral in Galway

Visit the stunning cathedral of the City of Tribes. Admire its Renaissance style dome and unique rose shaped window.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Kylemore Abbey

With a striking Victorian Walled Garden and turreted church, Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey is a sight to behold. Dig into the Abbey’s history, discover...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Taste Oysters and Learn about Sustainability at DK Connemara Oyster Farm

Taste the unique flavors of DK Connemara oysters, bred in pure water that runs off the limestone hills of the Connemara National Park. Learn about ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Village of Cong

Enjoy time as you wish to explore this delightful, quintessential Irish village, used as the location for 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' See the statu...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ashford Castle Drawbridge Arrival with Lone Piper

On arrival to Ashford Castle, you are escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance fit for royalty.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Dublin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Ashford Castle Celebration Dinner

Dine on delicious Farm-to-Table fare in a stylish setting at Ashford Castle's iconic George V Dining Room.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Connemara Coast Hotel
Ashford Castle

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jaunting Car Ride

Experience the best of the Irish countryside on a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. Formerly known ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Medieval City Walk With Pub Supper

Uncover more sights and insights of Galway joining your Local Expert for an informative stroll. Dine this in one of Galway's best-loved taverns whe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lough Corrib Cruise

Step aboard and embark on a journey through time with one of our local historians, often the captain. Cruise on the Republic of Ireland's largest l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Drive

We'll enjoy a scenic drive through the leafy outskirts of Dublin, continuing South along Dublin Bay, viewing the changing eras of architecture en r...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
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  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Yes, I would recommend them. However, why no name tags. Surely, they don't cost that much.
Vacation
Most hotels good, except at Connemara Beach Hotel. Staying overnight at a castle was a highlight.
Steven Maly
Review date: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Service
Excellent response. Personable and very helpful.
Vacation
Excellent tour. Visited most desirable locations. Ashford Castle unbelievable. Best tour guide have ever had on a trip. Organized, loads of information and funny. Could not recommend higher. Only issue was lack of A/C in Dublin hotel. Other accomodations, perfect.
Martha Hawkins
Review date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Service
the itinerary was diverse and inclusive the group was just the right size and extremely congenial the tour guide was top notch the accommodations were first rate
Vacation
in previous comment section, I gave details about why we thought it was a great tour
Charles Hawkins Iii
Review date: Sunday, August 26, 2018
Service
Our dealings with Alyssa were smooth and clear. All questions answered quickly.
Vacation
This is the third time I have seen this field
Brian Compton
Review date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Service
The itinerary was excellent, wonderful venues, great hotels, terrific meals and optional entertainment. Driver was absolutely top notch. However, many of us found the tour director to be not up to the job. He would be describing something, stop and start off on another subject, saying he'd get back to finishing the original story but often did not. When later asked if he could finish the story, his reply was often snappy and unprofessional. Worse, he STILL wouldn't get to it! He was asked on 4 different occasions to please mention that one couple were on the tour to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. He said he would but never did. How hard is that? Nit-picky, but the name tags we were given were on a little clip and in very small print. You had to be standing very close to read peoples names. Other tours had much larger name tags on lanyards which to us seemed much better.
Vacation
I'm assuming by purchases you mean the optional experiences! The jaunty car depends entirely on the driver, some great, some just OK. Killarney Celtic Steps was absolutely excellent. The Whisky Trail is misleading in that you don't really get anything relating to whisky but the medieval history tour was good. The pub supper was good but 40 people jammed into one small room with some sitting on stools could have been better. The Lake Cruise taking you to Ashford Castle was OK but not really anything truly special. But, it was a nice way to approach the castle and be met with a piper. (Ashford Castle is the highlight of the tour.) The Dublin dinner and coastal drive was just OK. If we had to do it again we'd pass on this one. Although the food was excellent.
William Taylor
Review date: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Service
Customer service was top notch. From the first phone call to book the trip, we were treated with genuine helpfulness and you felt that they really wanted us to have a trip of a lifetime. This was our third experience using GET and once again we were not disappointed.
Vacation
The itinerary was outstanding! Wonderful acommodations - Ashford Castle was the highlight of the tour- but all the hotels were first class. The tour director was great and local guides know their locations. All and all a delightful experience.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Service
I have traveled with Grand European in the past and will definitely do so in the future. They handled everything perfectly, flights, hotels, etc., it all went without a single hitch. Our Travel Director, Robbie Joyce, was excellent as was Pat our driver. They are a great pair.
Vacation
Well, I didn't really buy anything, just a few small things as mementos. When I travel I'm more intent on the travel experience than shopping. There isn't usually much time anyway.
Victoria Lauless
Review date: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Service
We missed our initial flight out of the country. We re-booked our flight and called GE for support. A lady by the name of Pam was very courteous and supportive. She told us exactly what to do to catch our tour a day later. We couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Pam!!
Vacation
We chose this trip because we were going to stay in Ashford Castle. After the trip began we were told that we would be staying in Ashford Lodge due to a wedding that was booked for the same weekend. Our tour itinerary was switched around so that we were there on Wednesday instead of Friday. One member of our group had tried to book an activity at Ashford Castle for the Friday we were scheduled to be there. She was told that we were not scheduled and that she would need to wait until we got there to schedule her activity. This was in MARCH!!. Our tour guide said he didn't find out about the change until the Thursday before our trip. He continued to try to get information to share with us. It is a shame that he was left in the dark, but received the brunt of unhappy travelers. We should have been notified of the change when it occurred (March or before) and given some options, ex: 1) cancel 2) re-book 3) continue as changed. Instead the company chose not to tell us; therefore we were surprised and extremely upset at the way things played out. Honesty from the beginning would have been the RIGHT thing to do. Shame on your company for taking the low road instead of the high road!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are truly sorry to hear about the issue with Ashford Castle.  Our Guest Relations department will be in touch with you shortly to discuss this further.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Service
Irish Elegance....Not really! Problems with the hotel in Dublin (no air conditioning, very hot even in June, out of city center in the remote financial center and with rowdy sports bar where there was no place for a cocktail or chair and little to walk to). Problems with our hotel at Connemara Coast Hotel. The hotel was too far from Galway to be able to enjoy the beautiful city and lively nightlife and shopping. The hotel room we were given at Connemara and my father was give was terrible! No safe, no airconditioning, no hot water for shower and water was rust colored with outdated plumbing. We called immediately to ask if we could have a room with a safe and were told there were none. Our ground floor room window looked at parking spots directly in front and into a neighboring house window meant we could not open window or curtain and maintain any privacy. This was the worst hotel experience we have ever had on any tour! An email to our tour guide the evening before was not responded to. When we insisted on a room with a hot shower in the morning we were magically moved 4 doors down to a lovely room with safe, view, new plumbing with hot water and clear water and windows that could be opened! The better rooms faced the lawn and ocean yet our tour guide warned when we drove to the hotel that most rooms did not have a view! This was not true! All tour guests should have had the same quality room! (The tour guide never talked to us or asked if our room problem was resolved, instead when we sought her out, she said she had problems of her own to deal with.) Why did the hotel put some of tour guests in worst possible dated rooms with plumbing problems? This was inexcusable. My 87 year old father never complained but never had a shower either as there was no hot water! Inexcusable! I think the Irish Elegance title rested on only 3 nights of our tour...the Plaza hotel in Killarney was lovely! The one night at Ashford castle was absolutely incredible and memorable! But you have to get Dublin (2 nights) and Connemara hotels (2 nights) fixed as that is over half the tour nights!
Vacation
Half the hotels were a disappointment. Tour guide gave no shopping tips or suggested locations (other than marble factory jewelry). She was rather detached from the group except for a few favorite friend/guests. Not enough time for shopping in Galway. Dublin and Galway/Connemara hotels were too remote and removed from shopping areas and sights. Our bus driver was wonderful and helpful! Would have been nice to play more music or Irish video on the long driving days.
Barbara Vosganian
Review date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Service
The tour director, Tom was very informative about the different sights and we learned a lot. The bus driver, John was always helpful.
Vacation
I bought an Irish Aran sweater that I love! It's a good way to remember our Irish trip.
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