Ireland: Tracing Heritage & Traditions with Ancestry ProGenealogists

11 days
On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you’ll see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. Discover the country’s highlights and enduring heritage with special insight from the expert AncestryProGenealogists team. Start in historic Dublin and continue 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’ll say goodbye to Ireland with a deeper connection to your roots.

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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 whiskey tasting

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

  • Expert Genealogist Guide, AncestryDNA Kit, Pre-Trip Family History Consultation

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin 2 nights

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your Tour Director and an AncestryProGenealogists expert this afternoon to hear how you will be tracing your heritage. Learn about Irish genealogy and receive an optional personalized ancestry consultation (at an extra cost). Afterward, get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: 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 home of the Ordnance Survey, then pass by the Guinness Storehouse and Christ Church Cathedral

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland

• Pass Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church en route to St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square

• See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

This afternoon, take a guided tour of the National Library of Ireland and its resources for family history research. Here, an AncestryProGenealogists expert will give a presentation about Irish genealogical records and ways of tracing your heritage.

County Cork 2 nights

Day 4: County Cork via Kilkenny & New Ross (County Wexford)

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Cork, also known as the “Rebel County,” stopping for several guided visits along the way.

• Enter the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore

• Tour the Gothic St. Canice’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century

• Walk past St. Mary’s Cathedral before enjoying free time for lunch in Kilkenny

• Continue on to New Ross, where a local guide leads a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship & Irish Emigrant Experience, a museum that tells the story of those who left their home country in the 19th century

Day 5: Cobh (County Cork) & Cork City

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Discover the town of Cobh, a port once known as Queenstown, from which millions of emigrants left Ireland

• Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, where exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years, and meet with the museum’s genealogist and historian

• Step inside the stunning St. Colman’s Cathedral before enjoying free time for lunch in Cobh

• Explore Cork City, walking through the English Market, a traditional food hall

County Kerry 2 nights

Day 6: County Kerry via Muckross House

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to County Kerry today. On the way, stop at Muckross House, which was the seat of the Herbert landlord family. Take time to explore this Victorian mansion and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens, then listen to an AncestryProGenealogists expert describe landlord-tenant relationships.

After free time to settle in to your hotel, head outside of Killarney and sit down to a hearty dinner. Following your meal, watch as musicians, singers, and dancers put on a show of traditional Irish tunes and choreography.

Day 7: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park (County Kerry)

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

• Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney

• Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry

• Stop for photos at Muckross Lake and Lough Leane in Killarney National Park

Galway 2 nights

Day 8: Galway via the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin & the Burren (County Clare)

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher

• Visit the charming Irish town of Doolin

• Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

This evening, get to know the living traditions of Galway City on a walking tour led by your Tour Director.

• Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, the Druid Theatre Company, and Eyre Square

• View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch

• Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop

• Watch fishermen at work in the traditional fishing village of Claddagh

Day 9: Kylemore Abbey & Connemara National Park (County Galway)

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the stunning scenery as you travel north through Connemara, which contains a large Irish-speaking Gaeltacht.

• Visit Kylemore Abbey, a monastery founded on the grounds of Kylemore Castle

• Drive through Connemara National Park to the Heritage & History Centre

• Tour the Centre’s homestead and farm, where Dan O’Hara once lived, to learn about what rural Irish life was like in the 19th century

• See demonstrations of turf cutting, sheep shearing, and soda bread making

Later, enjoy a free evening in Galway.

Dublin 1 night

Day 10: Dublin via Clonmacnoise Monastery (County Offaly) & Kilbeggan Distillery (County Westmeath)

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel east across the country to Dublin today, making several stops along the way.

• Take a guided tour of Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site in County Offaly

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Athlone

• Visit the historic Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting of Irish whiskey

This evening, say goodbye to your fellow travelers and enjoy a summary of all you’ve learned about Irish heritage from an AncestryProGenealogists expert at a farewell dinner in Dublin.

Flight home for a day

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, continue your experience by adding an ancestral home visit (at an extra cost) to the places where your family members once lived, worked, worshipped, and went to school.

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  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
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Passport & visa requirements

* In order to enter Ireland (or the United Kingdom, a tour extension option), 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 your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets with some hills and stairs. 

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. 

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. 

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Dublin (or Belfast, Cork, or Galway on the optional tour extension). A Go Ahead representative 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. 

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loosefitting 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). 

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Ireland. 

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center 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 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. 

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 a meal. 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 Europe, Asian, and even American influences. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Ireland (and the United Kingdom, a tour extension option) operates 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 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. 

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply. 

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Ireland (and the United Kingdom, a tour extension option) is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour. Currency • You will use the euro in Ireland (or the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom, a tour extension option). 

  • 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. 

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/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. 

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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