Ireland - Best Tours & Trips 2019

453 trips to Ireland tours from 97 tour companies. 1,692 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.
Rolling green hills and valleys, rugged islands, shamrocks and fisherman-knit sweaters, the Blarney Stone, St. Patrick and not-so-saintly leprechauns, literary giants and the Giants Causeway, and of course music-filled pubs serving up pints of Guinness to thirsty locals and travelers. All of this is Ireland, and so much more.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Treasures of Ireland End Shannon Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
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6 days
$ 236 / day
$ 1,415
From : $ 1,740
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park
  • CITY TOUR in Dublin and Titanic Tour in Cobh
  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Cork and Killarney
  • VISIT Trinity College, Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and the Cliffs of Moher
  • VIEW St. Kevin's Cross in Glendalough and St. John's Castle in Limerick
  • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Magical Ireland

SmarTours
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13 days
$ 215 / day
$ 2,799
From : $ 7,177
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Brewery (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney’s Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Irish Shenanigans

Topdeck
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8 days
$ 156 / day
$ 1,249
From : $ 1,686
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Walking tour of Dublin
  • Visit the Giant’s Causeway
  • Guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse
Visits:
Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Galway, Cork, Ireland, United Kingdom
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14-Night All-Ireland Vacation

14 days
$ 107 / day
$ 2,843
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Dublin 'Hop-On, Hop-Off' 2-Day Sightseeing Double-Decker Bus Pass
  • Belfast City & The Titanic Exhibit
  • The Giant's Causeway & The Glens of Antrim
  • The Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey
  • The Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • The Rock of Cashel & Glendalough
  • The Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Dublin Castle
  • The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Dunluce Castle
  • Slieve League & Glenveagh National Park
  • Glencar Waterfall
  • Croagh Patrick & Achill Island 
  • Killarney National Park & Ross Castle
  • The Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula
Visits:
Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Ireland
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Scotland & Ireland

Contiki
Premier
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13 days
$ 156 / day
$ 2,025
From : $ 2,835
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf
  • Scenic drives including the Whisky Trail and Royal Deeside
  • Visit Loch Ness & Loch Lomond
  • Spot 'Nessie' on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Visit Blarney Castle
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher (weather dependent)
  • See the Giant's Causeway
  • City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
Visits:
Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Glasgow, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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The Ultimate Tour

7 days
$ 319 / day
$ 2,230
From : $ 3,011
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Ireland's Rebel City – Cork, Majestic Killarney National Park and The Burren National Park
  • Enjoy Ireland's best Guinness in Westport
  • Experience superb local Irish cuisine
  • Enjoy Scenic Walking and Hiking
  • Explore Galway and the Aran Islands by Bike
  • Surf the Wild Atlantic Waves in Lahinch
  • Visit many Irish Castles, Rock of Cashel and Celtic Ring Forts
Visits:
Connemara, Cork, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Ireland Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 916 / day
$ 5,495
From : $ 5,694
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the sleepy village of Roundstone on foot
  • Fabulous cycling along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way to the famous Cliffs of Moher
  • Ride through the spectacular limestone landscapes of the Burren National Park
  • Enjoy cycle your way through Inagh Valley
Visits:
Connemara, Galway, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Country Roads of Ireland (Preview 2019)

12 days
$ 266 / day
$ 3,195
From : $ 4,313
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Dublin: See Custom House, Dublin Castle and O’Connell on your orientation of the city.
    • Cahir: See the massive castle.
    • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic tour to Slea Head.
    • Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages.
    • Londonderry: See Derry’s walls, the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
    • Carrickfergus: Drive around the immense Castle.
    • Scenic drives: Derrynasaggart Mountains, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Burren, Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal and the Antrim Coast.
    • Ballygally: The Irish call it 'craic' - the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circumnavigating the Emerald Isle, there's bound to be a fair share of craic at your grand finale Celebration Dinner. Sláinte!
    • Killarney: Your farm-to-table experience is all about locally-sourced ingredients prepared with skill, so that you can taste the freshness in every mouthful.
    • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.
    • Kildare: Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and wander through the beautiful Japanese Gardens.
    • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All-Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
    • Killarney: Hear the history, legend and folklore of Killarney from a local Jarvey, while on-board a famous jaunting car ride.
    • Londonderry: There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls.
    • Giant's Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.
    • Belfast: Your Local Expert will show you the City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
    • Cork: Relish this university city with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades of houses.
    • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
    • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry. Journey through Sneem, pass the Black Mountains, Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View.
    • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
    • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
    • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
    • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
    • Cahir: See one of the largest castles in Ireland.
    • Carrickfergus: See the immense Castle as your drive around it.
    • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.
    • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
    • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses as you travel down O'Connell Street and along the River Liffey.
    • Scenic Drives: Irish scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world. Relax and admire the views as your travel past the Derrynasaggart Mountains, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal and the Antrim Coast.
    Visits:
    Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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    Castles and Manors First Look 2019

    8 days
    $ 384 / day
    $ 3,075
    From : $ 3,782
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • City tour in Dublin
    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara
    • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo
    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
    • View Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff
    • Visit Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House
    Visits:
    Connemara, Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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    Northern Ireland Bike and Sail

    UTracks
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 279 / day
    $ 2,230
    From : $ 3,122
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the natural beauty of Northern Ireland
    • Admire the spectacular coastal scenery
    • Visit Irelands oldest licensed distillery
    • Explore Rathlin Island and Giants Causeway
    Visits:
    London, Ireland
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    Enchanting Emerald Isle Summer 2019

    8 days
    $ 248 / day
    $ 1,980
    From : $ 2,095
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park
    • CITY TOUR in Dublin and walking tour in Westport
    • ORIENTATION of Galway and Killarney
    • VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College
    • SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary
    • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall
    • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares
    • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry
    Visits:
    Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Ireland
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    Discover Northern Ireland

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    5 days
    $ 240 / day
    $ 1,199
    From : $ 1,619
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the breathtaking giant's causeway
    • Enjoy a guided tour of the oldest working distillery in ireland
    • Explore the cities of derry and belfast
    Visits:
    Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom
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    The Ireland - County Kerry Untour

    7 days
    $ 146 / day
    $ 1,019
    From : $ 1,149
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Skellig Islands
    • Explore Dingle Peninsula
    • Visit Killarney National Park
    • Discover Blarney Castle, Cork and Beara Peninsula
    Visits:
    Cork, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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    Kerry & Dingle Guided Walk

    UTracks
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 365 / day
    $ 2,920
    From : $ 4,088
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Trekking with an expert guide through stunning coastal scenery
    • Learning about the history, mythology and traditional Irish culture
    • Enjoying the flexibility of walking with a daypack from village to village
    • Exploring the highlights of both the Kerry and Dingle regions
    Visits:
    Derry, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Galway, Ireland
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    Castle-Stays on the Emerald Isle

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 673 / day
    $ 4,230
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Ireland, United Kingdom
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    Top Ireland Experiences and Attractions

    Top Ireland Experiences

    Touring Dublin with its mansions and townhouses, not to mention impressive literary legacy (home of James Joyce, Brendan Behan, and Oscar Wilde)

    Hiking through rolling green hills at the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, overlooking the craggy outcroppings, ancient ruins, and the sea and islands beyond

    Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, near Cork (hint: it requires some effort)

    Drinking a Guinness – with foam expertly shaped into a shamrock -- in an Irish pub, while gabbing with the locals for hours and listening to toe-tapping music

    Sailing with the amazing Irish coastline in view

    Taking a short cruise to places like remote Skellig Michael Island, eight miles off the coast of southwest Ireland, and climbing 600 stone steps to the top for a picnic lunch and incredible views

    Stepping across the thousands of basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, remnants of an ancient volcano that extends into the North Channel in Northern Ireland

    Exploring the incredible ruins and archaeological sites 

    Enjoying water adventures such as surfing or fishing in opal-blue waters of the Dingle Peninsula

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    Ireland Trip Reviews

    1,692 Ireland Tour Reviews - Summary 93% Recommend

    4.6 out of 5
    Excellent 1,126
    Great 434
    Average 97
    Disappointing 24
    Terrible 11
    Value
    4.6
    Guide
    4.6
    Activities
    4.6
    Lodging
    4.6
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.6

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    Traveling with ACIS takes all the…

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.

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    Operator ACIS

    The trip was wonderful.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    The trip was wonderful.  My granddaughter and I both enjoyed every minute of it.  The driver was amazing and everything you organized for us went as planned, including the dinner which we loved.  I will indeed use your agency again when next I travel for pleasure.  Thanks for your work.

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    Operator Indus Travels

    Overland's Ultimate Tour was amazing!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Overland's Ultimate Tour was amazing! Our fabulous guide Lisa, and charming driver Chris, led us to so many fantastic sites. Castles, gardens, cliffs, mountains...and everyone in our group (ages 12-72) loved the activities. Wonderful accommodations and fresh, delicious food all along the way--thank you Overland!!!

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    Operator Overland Ireland

    Treasures of Ireland

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    The time was spent well so we saw the best of Ireland.

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    Operator Trafalgar

    I went on the Grand Tour of Ireland and if I could give this trip 20 stars I would!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I went on the Grand Tour of Ireland and if I could give this trip 20 stars I would! It was my first trip with EF and definitely not my last! I was nervous at first but those fears went away once I met my Tour group and my travel guide. The experiences I had were amazing and I met friends that I'll have for a lifetime. We all had so much fun and our tour guide made each day exciting. We had Shane Creegan as our Tour guide and he was hands down one of the best people I met, he has such a passion for the country and is incredibly knowledgeable, I learned so much from him and he made everyday more fun and exciting. I would definitely recommend this Tour to everyone, and if I can give you a piece of advice is just go for it, you definitely won't regret it!!!

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    Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

    Love the freedom

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Kenmare is a charming Irish village and so well-located to visit nearby attractions. We enjoyed many days just soaking in the ambience, enjoying the myriad of fine restaurants, and finding outstanding music in the pubs. Our goal for this trip was to hear great music and feel part of Irish daily life and Kenmare was the perfect setting for that adventure. We love the freedom to do the touring at our own pace. Having a phone and a GPS was a welcome feature of this Untour.

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    Ireland Tours and Travel Guide

    Ireland Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    The name "Ireland" conjures up images of rolling green hills and valleys, coastal promontories and rugged offshore islands, shamrocks and fisherman-knit sweaters, the Blarney Stone and the gift of gab, St. Patrick and not-so-saintly leprechauns, literary giants and the Giants Causeway, charming small towns and sophisticated cities, and of course music-filled pubs serving up pints of Guinness to thirsty locals and travelers. All of it is true (though the leprechauns may be in hiding) and much more, on the Emerald Isle. 

    Ireland is one place that seldom disappoints – it’s exactly as you imagine it. 

    That is, if you imagine it as a land of emerald green, with impossibly scenic coastlines and rolling hills dotted with grazing sheep; that’s steeped in culture, especially its rich legacy of writers, poets and dramatists; and that’s populated with many great talkers and storytellers who haunt its pubs, often lubricated by pints of Guinness and shots of Irish whiskey. 

    Not to mention a certain amount of blarney, whether found in a legendary stone or in tales of mischievous leprechauns and lucky shamrocks. 

    Ireland fashion seems most comfortable in fisherman-knit sweaters and rain slickers to ward off the damp; while Irish history is reflected in a mix of grand country estates, smart Dublin townhouses, and gritty Belfast Victorians as well as hilltop castle ruins and occasional graffiti remnants of The Troubles that plagued the island throughout much of the 20th century following its partitioning in 1921. 

    The Emerald Isle has now been at peace with itself throughout the 21st century, and it’s helped to focus more on the similarities between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and less on the latters allegiance to staying in the United Kingdom, which isn’t necessarily due to any great love of the British. Ireland is very much its own island, despite its historical class and sectarian differences.

    The Main Cities - Dublin and Belfast

    Many Ireland tours begin in Dublin, and deservedly so. James Joyce immortalized it in Ulysses, Oscar Wilde studied art and aesthetics at Trinity College, and playwright Brendan Behan declared “I’m a drinker with a writing problem” here, having sampled most of the city’s 750-some pubs. 

    Among Dublin sights and experiences not to miss are:

    • The ancient Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript kept well-guarded in the Old Library at Trinity College; 
    • St. Stephen’s Green, the city’s nicest and most popular park, lined by brick Georgian buildings and the famous Shelbourne Hotel; 
    • Merion Square, the heart of Georgian-era Dublin; 
    • The National Gallery of Ireland, for great artworks; 
    • A visit to the Guinness Storehouse, for a look at the history of Ireland’s magic elixir, complete with samples at the end; 
    • The vibrant nightlife in the Temple Bar area, known for its pubs, and the lively atmosphere of Grafton Street, Ireland’s best known shopping street. 

    Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, which is part of Great Britain, is perhaps most recognizable as the site of turmoil between Protestants and Catholics in the late 20th century.

    But since a peaceful settlement was reached in 1998, Belfast has blossomed into a pleasant base for exploring one of the most scenic and historic regions of the entire island. You can get a good pint of Guinness here, listen to Irish music, and even tour the shipyard where the Titanic was built.

    The Scenic Southwest of Ireland

    If you enjoy hiking over hills and dales with scenery galore – including lush vegetation, herds of sheep and gushing waterfalls -- it’s hard to top County Kerry in southwestern Ireland. The town of Tralee is the gateway to the county’s Dingle Peninsula, while the town of Killarney is the gateway to the equally spectacular Iveragh Peninsula. Killarney National Park contains some of the country’s best known hiking trails, and the 135-mile-long Kerry Way loops around the entire peninsula.

    The little fishing village of Portmagee is the base for boats that ferry passengers to Skellig Michael, an island off the craggy coastline that served as the setting for the dramatic last scene in the most recent Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

    The island is home to beehive-shaped stone huts that are remnants of a 1,400 year old Christian monastery, as well as winding hiking trails to the top.

    Elsewhere Around the Republic of Ireland

    In County Cork in southern Ireland, you can kiss the precariously situated Blarney Stone, located at Blarney Castle. While it may be the most touristy activity in the entire country, you may wish to join the fun if you want to acquire the gift of gab (as it’s reputed to impart). Just don’t try a selfie, since it’s a long drop down if you let go of the hand gripper.

    You’ll find the dramatically situated Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on the west coast, and, a bit farther north, Galway Bay, with the Aran Islands sitting at its mouth. The islands are strongholds of traditional Irish culture: language, music, food, and fashion. 

    Throughout Ireland you’ll find towns with familiar names that beckon you to explore them: Limerick, Kilkenny, Donegal, Sligo…the list goes on. 

    Elsewhere Around Northern Ireland

    Perhaps surprisingly, Northern Ireland is actually the region where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, did most of his missionary work in the 5th Century AD. You can visit some of the key sites of his life here; the St. Patrick Centre in County Down is a good place to start. (To be sure, St. Patrick also did some of his work in southern Ireland as well – at the Rock of Cashel, he’s said to have converted the King of Munster to Christianity.)

    Northern Ireland’s winding Antrim Coast is home to the Giant’s Causeway, a geological wonder whose thousands of step-like columns appear to lead the way to Scotland. (A myth claims that a giant built it.) Many scenes from the HBO series Game of Thrones were shot nearby. Also nearby is the Old Bushmills Distillery, which may have you believing in giants and the Iron Throne after a few samples. 

    Whether or not it’s St. Paddy’s Day, or whether or not you have any Irish blood coursing through your veins, you can uncover your own inner Irish person by booking a tour to Ireland. And that’s no blarney.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Ireland tours are available all year round, but it does get quite chilly. Often tours in Ireland feature a lot of time outdoors along the coast, so be sure to dress warmly!

    Walking is a very popular activity on many Ireland trips. It is advised to bring a pair of warm, sturdy walking shoes or broken in hiking boots to protect your feet from blisters.

    What to expect from a tour in Ireland

    Touring Ireland is a wonderful experience, full of jovial fun, fascinating history, and of course a pint or two. If you enjoy beer, it’s safe to say you will enjoy traveling in Ireland. If you don’t enjoy beer, don’t worry, but be prepared for a few pub visits. You may like the taste of beer by the end of your trip!

    American travelers in particular may be surprised by the pub atmosphere in Ireland and the wider UK. The Irish pub experience is far more family friendly than a typical bar or pub in the United States. Going by yourself to hang out with a book is perfectly acceptable.

    But if you’re a more outgoing person, and enjoy meeting and hanging out with locals, the pub is the place to be; and you will be considered a local by the end of your trip if you go consistently. This is one reason why Ireland tours for singles are so popular.

    Other than whiskey and beer, Ireland has much to offer in the way of history. Guided tours of Ireland will definitely touch on some of this, in varying degrees depending on which tour you choose.  

    Ireland Tour Routes

    You may be wondering whether your trip in Ireland will visit both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In most cases, Ireland tours do visit both. The Republic of Ireland is dramatically larger than Northern Ireland, so you will spend most of your time in this area.

    Some likely stops on this part of your tour include the Ring of Kerry, a stunning scenic route dotted with various historical sites. The Cliffs of Moher, which are only a short distance from Dublin, are another popular spot. The only thing that makes these breathtaking cliffs more stunning is the powerful, heart-stopping wind that blows in off the sea.

    Northern Ireland is home to the Titanic Museum in Belfast, a very popular tour attraction. Giants Causeway is also a main attraction in Northern Ireland, especially for being a Game of Thrones filming location. Finally, your small group tour in Northern Ireland will likely include some historical components about recent conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in this part of Ireland.

    Ireland Walking Tours

    Because of Ireland’s natural beauty, relative accessibility and general safety, going on hiking and walking tours is one popular way of visiting the country. Going on a walking tour around Ireland is a great way to remove yourself from the routine, and place yourself in an otherworldly landscape.

    If you decide to visit the Western coast of the country, you will be confronted with contrasting, dramatic stone landscapes and beautiful mountains. This region is known for  both its rough seas, and its population of wildflowers.

    If you want to experience the entire island, consider a coast-to-coast walk. On this route, you are sure to experience many more cultural landmarks, including the some of the earliest Christian landmarks.

    If the call of England and Scotland are too irresistible to you, you are in luck, as many tours combine visiting the three, similar locations. This way you can get triple the dosage of intense historical drama, jaw-dropping natural landscapes, and good drink and pub food.

    What is the weather like in Ireland?

    As it is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland’s climate is both kept temperate by the water, and also made irregular because of it. As a result, Ireland’s weather is relatively unpredictable -- but not extreme.

    When traveling to Ireland in the winter, you should dress warmly, but don’t worry about freezing temperatures. It rarely drops much below 46 degrees, and a result, don’t expect any heavy snows either.

    In the summer, temperatures are in generally in the upper 50’s, and reach highs of around 66 degrees. Unlike in Scotland, you never have to worry about extremely long rain spells, nor will it rain consistently enough to make you wish you had your own pair of wellies. Either bring a light rain jacket just in case, or use every drizzle as an excuse to grab a Guinness in a cozy pub -- the choice is up to you!

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