2022 Coastal Gems of the Emerald Isle

June 5 – 17, 2022
Tour Operator:
AHI Travel (Reserve and read additional details here)
Price: From $4,895 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 13 days
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Ireland’s dazzling coastal beauty takes center stage on this magical, 11-night journey! Explore the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning with the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher and the fossil-laden limestone terrain of the Burren. Ferry to the starkly beautiful Aran Island of Inishmore and take in Achill Island’s moors and mountains.

Amid Connemara’s glacier-carved landscape, watch lively dogs herding sheep on a family farm. Next, venture north on a less explored route to the hidden gem, County Donegal. Be awed by spectacular Slieve League, Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, and see Arranmore Island by land and water.

From there, travel into Northern Ireland to discover the vibrant walled city of Derry-Londonderry and Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder of interlocking columns. This well-rounded, small-group experience features visits to two 19th-century castles, tales from a traditional Irish storyteller and a Donegal culinary tour. Enjoy stays at first-class hotels, including a family-owned castle estate, and a generous meal plan with wine at dinner.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Shannon
  • Day 3 : The Burren | Cliffs of Moher
  • Day 4 : Aran Island of Inishmore
  • Day 5 : Galway | Westport
  • Day 6 : Achill Island
  • Day 7 : Connemara
  • Day 8 : County Sligo | Donegal | Slieve Leauge | Rathmullan
  • Day 9 : Arranmore Island | Donegal
  • Day 10 : Glenveagh National Park
  • Day 11 : Derry-Londonderry | Giant's Causeway
  • Day 12 : Glaslough
  • Day 13 : Depart to the U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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