Frequently Asked Questions
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to go to our general FAQ
, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Ireland
Visit our recommended reading page
to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans
and Pinterest boards
that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions
page before signing up for this program.
GEEO Program Confirmation Process
We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
- If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
This trip includes light walking and optional moderate hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. The hike on the Cliffs of Moher can be difficult for some people, but you don't have to do the whole hike if you let your tour leader know in advance. It also can be muddy, so boots are handy there.
Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page
. If you want to room alone, please email email@example.com
to request a single room.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
Getting to Staycity Tivoli Dublin:
Taxi fare from the airport should cost approximately €30-40 EUR depending on traffic and the number of people traveling in the taxi.
The blue Aircoach and Airbus 747 both travel directly from Dublin International Airport to O'Connell Street. Journey times vary between 25-45 minutes. Avoid rush hour traffic (7:30-9:30 a.m. and 5:00-6:30 p.m.) if at all possible. Prices are approximately €7 EUR one-way and €12 EUR round-trip.
If you are arriving by train, you will probably arrive at either Heuston or Connolly Station, Dublin's main railway stations. Staycity Tivoli Dublin is a short taxi ride from either station. A feeder bus runs between Connolly and Heuston Station, passing through the city center approximately every 10 minutes; ask the bus driver to let you off just before Father Mathew Bridge. The hotel is a 7-minute walk from this bus stop.
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures UK office (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): +44 20 7243 9870
For absolute emergencies after office hours, please contact +44 1858378000
If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
Please read this article
on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
Health & Safety
- N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
- Hand sanitizer
- Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
- Raincoat/waterproof shell jacket – Ireland gets a lot of rain
- Warm fleece top or packable down jacket
- Personal clothing for mild weather (50's and 60's F) that fluctuates throughout the day – we recommend packing 8 outfits so you don't have to do laundry
- Sturdy walking, hiking, or running shoes
- Sun hat
- Water bottle
- Watch or alarm clock
- Toiletries – important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
- Insect repellent
- First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
- Travel pillow
- Money belt
- Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
- Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
- AirTags or Tile trackers
- Packing cubes
- Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
- Ziplock bags
- Reading/writing material
- Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Travel insurance ID card
- Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
- USD/EUR cash
- Credit/debit card
- G Adventures vouchers
- GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
We recommend bringing enough clothes so you don't have to do laundry during the trip. You won't be sweating much, so it should be pretty easy. Laundry facilities may be offered by some hotels for a fee. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO programs require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ
for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Ireland or Northern Ireland (the UK). Non-American participants should check with their government and local Irish Embassy and British Embassy to find out if they need a visa.
Ireland is part of the Eurozone and uses the common currency, the euro (EUR), while Northern Ireland uses the British pound (GBP). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com.
We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 EUR per person per week would be appropriate.
We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights.
GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed.
This program begins in Dublin and ends in Belfast. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Dublin, which usually means departing the U.S. one days prior. You may want to arrive in Ireland one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Belfast at any time on the final day of the trip, or stay later to see more of the city. If you booked a round-trip flight to Dublin, there are convenient and affordable transfer options from Belfast to Dublin, including direct trains to Dublin Connolly station with Irish Rail
(2-2.25 hrs) or buses with DublinExpress
, and Translink
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S.
Ireland and Northern Ireland use British-style Type G outlets with three square prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
- The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
- You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
- Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
- We recommend always carrying snacks. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
- Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Advice From Past Participants
"The weather is unpredictable. Dress in layers. Bring a coat so you won't get sick. You'll probably wear it every day. Always carry an umbrella and/or a waterproof jacket. It's definitely worth hiking the Cliffs of Moher. Irish pub music is fun!"
"In Ireland, they like CASH, especially for food, and many places were reluctant to take credit cards. Most people came expecting to use credit cards for their meals. Also, most purchases had a value-added tax of about 20%, which you could try and recoup later if you asked the merchant for a form (a big pain)."
"Most travelers brought very small suitcases or duffel bags. I had a medium/large suitcase, which was not a problem since we did not need to carry it often. However, I don't think several suitcases of that size would have fit on our bus.
"This was made pretty clear on your website, but you need sturdy shoes most days. The Cliffs of Moher path is slippery when wet, and there were some hills to walk up during stops along the Ring of Kerry."
"All but one hotel had soap provided and all but one had a blow dryer provided."
Irish weather can be unpredictable, so the Irish like to discuss it. The warmest months of the year are July and August, when you will get about 18 hrs of daylight and it gets dark only after 11:00 p.m. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland: "Sure, there's a grand stretch in the evenings." Even at the peak of summer, it is still quite mild, with highs typically in the 60s F and lows in the 50s F. You will almost surely get some rain showers during your trip, but they don't tend to last too long.
Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars, unless otherwise noted, and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
International Airfare from the United States
Roughly $700-1,200 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Varies depending on whether you take public transport or taxis. Anywhere from $30 to $100
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
$40-50 USD for your G Adventures tour leader; $35 for tipping local guides
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Newgrange and Hill of Tara Tour:
This is a highly recommended day tour that leaves around 9:30 a.m. and returns around 3:15 p.m. Book online here
Opt to explore alone or take a guided tour of Dublin Castle. Historically served as the headquarters of English and British administrations, the Castle is part of the current government complex.
Christ Church and Crypt:
Visit Dublin's medieval cathedral located in the heart of the city center. The cathedral's crypt, which dates back to the 12th century, is a must-see and features interesting architectural details and historical artifacts. Visiting both the cathedral and the crypt offers a glimpse into Ireland's rich religious history.
Have you ever wanted to see a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness? Here's your chance. Visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn about the history of Ireland's most famous beer, and how this dry stout is brewed.
Can you taste the differences between Scotch, American, and Jameson Irish Whiskey? Take a visit to the original Jameson Distillery in Smithfield Dublin, operating since 1780. Learn about, and experience the taste and smells of this iconic whiskey recipe. Walk away proudly with your shiny Jameson Whiskey Tasting certificate.
St. Patrick's Cathedral:
Visit the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Founded in 1191, a walk around these breathtaking grounds will give you a glimpse into 800 years of history.
National Leprechaun Museum:
Learn more about this fantastical, thousand-year-old Irish tradition.
Boat ride on the lake:
A boat ride on the lake offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lush greenery. As you glide across the water, you may see glimpse some of the local wildlife, such as swans and otters, or pass along the famous Muckross House on the shore. It's a peaceful and picturesque way to experience the natural beauty of Killarney.
Gap of Dunloe (time permitting):
This narrow mountain pass is known for its rugged beauty and scenic views of the surrounding mountains. The Gap is a narrow road that winds its way through the Wicklow Mountains, passing by the Black Lake and the Upper Lake, and offers many beautiful photo opportunities. It's often done as a guided tour by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle, or even on foot.
Hike Carrauntoohil (time permitting, 4-6 hrs):
Experience the challenging and rewarding hike to the highest peak in Ireland, located in the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. The hike typically begins at the base of the mountain, where you will follow a trail through the valley and up the slopes of the mountain. The trail can be steep and rocky in some areas, and may include some scrambling and use of hands on certain sections. The summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Take a guided tour of this 15th-century castle on the shores of Killarney.
Galway City Museum:
Explore the history and cultural heritage of Galway at the City Museum, a popular attraction located next to the Spanish Arch. Learn about Galway's role in the Great War, its iconic boats called "hookers" and the important marine science research performed today at the Galway Marine Institute. Admission is free!
With its imposing stone tower, defensive walls, and stunning backdrop against the picturesque Galway Bay, it's no surprise that Dunguaire Castle is one of the most photographed in western Ireland. Built in 1520, the castle later became known as a favored gathering place for literary icons like George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats.
Visit one of Northern Ireland's premier cultural institutions, showcasing a wide range of art, history, and natural science collections. The museum covers everything from the ancient history of Ireland to the more recent conflicts in Northern Ireland, and also has a variety of interactive exhibits and temporary displays. It is a great place to learn about the history and culture of Northern Ireland.
Belfast Botanic Gardens:
This beautiful public park is located in the heart of Belfast and features a wide variety of plants, flowers, and trees, as well as several interesting historical and architectural features such as the Palm House, a Victorian-era glasshouse, and the Tropical Ravine, a restored Victorian-era fernery. The park also has a children's playground and a duck pond, making it a great place to relax and enjoy nature in the city. It's a great place to visit for families, nature lovers, and anyone looking for a peaceful retreat in the city.
Belfast tells the story of the famous ocean liner, the RMS Titanic
, which was built in the city. The museum features interactive exhibits, full-scale reconstructions, and personal artifacts from the ship, as well as a guided tour of the historic Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic
was built. It is considered one of the top tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.