With beautiful landscapes, historic pubs and some of the finest golf courses anywhere in the world, the “Emerald Isle” is truly a gem. All-inclusive Ireland tours are the best way to take everything in, giving you the freedom to make your luxury vacation your own, paired with the guidance of knowledgeable staff. Whether you want to learn more about the history of the country, sip a freshly poured Guinness or hit the links, there are plenty of Ireland tours to suit your needs.
History and Traditions
Lovers of language are well-advised to discover Ireland tours that feature spoken Gaelic. As a language that has been developing for hundreds of years, it is at once lilting and brogueish, a spoken testament to the country itself. Perhaps the best place to hear it is the Aran Islands, which have since the 19th century become something of a living museum for linguists and historians. It was also a popular haunt for poets and writers, including W. B. Yeats and John Millington Synge.
Traditional music goes hand-in-hand with traditional dance, and travelers who are visiting Ireland are able to experience both. Irish people have always had a strong history of dancing, and their compelling rhythms and fancy footwork are a source of delight for travellers. From Ceili, a style that traces its origins back to the 16th century, to Set dancing, which is an interplay between four couples, there are plenty of ways to find your groove.
Ireland tours are not complete without hearing some of the music the country has to offer. As a political and cultural symbol of Ireland, the harp plays a big role in the region’s music, which has developed over the course of many centuries. Today’s musicians blend that appreciation for history with modern techniques, creating a fusion that is at once daring and familiar.
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way winds down the west coast of Ireland, the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. With 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and more than 2,500 activities, there is no shortage of sights to see or wonders to experience. Rocky coastline, rollicking green hills and roiling seas characterize the Wild Atlantic Way, which offers travellers the chance to take part in one-of-a-kind adventures and meet people they won’t soon forget.
Cliffs of Moher
One of the most beautiful things to do in Ireland is to check out the Cliffs of Moher. Drawing about one million visitors a year, the cliffs have heights ranging from about 400 feet at Hag’s Head, all the way up to 700 feet just north of O’Brien’s Tower. The Cliffs of Moher make a fine destination for nature-based group tours - Ireland has many species of birds, and 20 different ones can be found here, including Atlantic puffins and razorbills. For this reason, the site has been designated by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.
Want to see an ancient geographical structure? Geologists believe that Giant’s Causeway was formed by volcanic activity which started more than 50 million years ago. Today, it is made up of about 40,000 huge black basalt columns that rise straight up out of the sea and loom over everything for miles around, so much so that they inspired legends of giants. Their beauty and history has earned them a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Dublin tours are a great opportunity to visit some of the best and most historic pubs anywhere in Europe. Ireland’s oldest, the Brazen Head, dates all the way back to 1198 and still features live music every night. Sip a pint in the same location as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift, then head over McDaid’s, a bar in the middle of the city that has beautiful ornate ceilings and an extensive beer list. When it comes to Irish pubs, it’s hard to go wrong.
If you are looking for greenery in your Ireland tours from Dublin, look no further than Phoenix Park, a 2.73 square mile oasis right in the city. It features the Dublin Zoo for animal lovers, the Papal Cross for those interested in religious iconography and is even the founding place for the Bohemian football club.
National Museum of Ireland
The best Ireland tours combine relaxation and education. Those eager to learn more about buildings in Ireland should head to the National Museum of Ireland - Archeology, which has extensive collections and engaging pieces such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 pence, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence, 50 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.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
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.