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Experience the mythical beauty and heritage of the Emerald Isle on a customized tour of Ireland. With your private car and guide, discover treasured landmarks and quintessential natural beauty. Explore literary Dublin and vibrant Belfast, including a museum remembering the Titanic, built in the nearby slipyards. Spend enjoyable days driving along the scenic west coast ...Show More

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Passport Requirements for Ireland Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Ireland Tours

A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada for trips of up to 90 days. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Irish Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information.

Insurance Recommendations for Ireland Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in Ireland are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Ireland Tours

We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Ireland Tours

If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Recommended Items:

  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Ireland

Overall, the climate in Ireland is mild but changeable. It is not uncommon the experience all four seasons in one day, so it is important to pack clothes accordingly. Summers are generally warm (average of 15°C), and temperatures cool down to an average of 5 °C in the winter. No matter what time of the year it is, rain can be expected on a daily basis, with more rain in the west compared to the east. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Ireland

Electricity in Ireland is supplied at 230 volts. Square, three-pin sockets are standard in Ireland. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Ireland. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)

Internet: There are Internet cafés and centres in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touch-screen access.

Currency in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro currency. Euro paper money comes in different colors and denominations (5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes). There are also Eurocent coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro. Your largest bills should be 50 Euros, with a combination of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. We recommend that you bring approximately 100 Euros of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.

In Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, the pound sterling (GBP) is the official currency and Euros may only be accepted in a pinch. Pound notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20, £50 and coins come in denominations of 1 pence2 pence5 pence10 pence20 pence50 pence£1 and £2.

Generally speaking, we advise bringing €70-100 ( £60- £80) per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). 

We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.

Quick Facts for a Ireland Tour

Capital: Dublin

Language: English

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Religion: Catholic

Time Zone: UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) & UTC +1

Electricity: 230 volts/50Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Ireland is 353

Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number

Emergency numbers in Ireland: 999 or 112 for any type of emergency.

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Molly P., June 20, 2016
"Their professionalism, kindness, and attentiveness made our trip a complete success. "
Connie P., May 6, 2016
"The sunset cruise on the island of Santorini was fabulous! "
Elijah S., May 2, 2016
"Once again, Kensington Tours did not disappoint. "
Catherine B., April 18, 2016
"We enjoyed and appreciated the personal attention and the tours provided at our own pace."
Connie S., March 22, 2016
"Both my guides were extraordinary in their knowledge, rapport and professionalism. "