1. ABOUT IRISH EXPERIENCE
Who travels with Us?
Irish Experience attracts adventurous travelers from all corners of the globe. When we say “adventurous”, we don’t mean we expect you to do a 10 mile hike or climb Ireland’s highest mountain … but an open mind and a thirst for exploration is important!
What is the average age of passengers?
Is it ok to travel alone?
Yes of course! Many of our travelers arrive alone, others are with friends or partners. It doesn’t matter because by the end of day 1 you have already made a great group of friends on the bus!
How many people will I be travelling with?
Our average group size is 24 (Group sizes are bigger for our ‘student Special Tours). The are many benefits to having this size: you don’t feel like you’re being herded around, we are able to include more accommodation and activity options, it’s easier to meet people… plus we can get you off the beaten track and do way more in a day! Happy customers = happy us.
What hours are the reservations team available?
In summer (May – September) we are here 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat-Sun.
In winter (October – April ) we are here 9am-5.00pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat-Sun.
On Irish Public Holidays, we are here 8am – 5pm.
You can contact us via phone, What’s App, Viber Facebook or email. Please note these times are in Irish time!
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us – all walks and activities are optional and there is something for everyone.
Is there wifi on the bus?
Yes! On our summer tours , our buses are fitted with WIFI!
Will we be on the bus everyday?
We include optional free days on 5, 7 ,and 10 day itineraries, e.g. Croagh Patrick, Killkenny and Dingle, so if you don’t fancy doing some hiking that day you can do other activities and explore each of these areas on you own. You certainly won’t be on the bus all day!!!
Is Irish Experience a party bus?
No, as our main priority is getting you out to see the real Ireland, and we have some early starts so that we can fit as much adventure in as possible. What you do in your evenings is your own choice… However, of course we are a sociable bunch and we do enjoy a beer or three! Because many of our overnight stops are so “off the beaten track”, you will find many of these fine beverages are shared in small local pubs.
2. PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP TO IRELAND
What do I bring?
No matter what time of year it is you will need comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, bug repellent, swimwear and a towel.
We ask that you bring only one reasonably-sized backpack/suitcase (15kg) and a day pack. If you are going to be travelling with a lot more than 15kg, then please let us know.
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.
Do I bring a suitcase or backpack?
Either is fine, it’s up to you! We ask that you bring only one large backpack/suitcase (15kg) and a day pack. If you are going to be travelling with a lot more than 15kg, then please let us know.
Do I need travel insurance?
There is no travel insurance cover included on our tours. We strongly recommend that you take insurance to cover you for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability. We do not take responsibility for any personal possessions under any circumstances.
How much should I budget for?
Accommodation, some meals and the ferry are all included so you just need to worry about your additional activities and other meals.
Do I need cash?
99% of shops, restaurants and even taxis will accept debit cards. However they won’t always accept credit cards and it’s handy to always carry €20-50 to cover you for circumstances like needing a key deposit for your accommodation.
Do I need a visa?
Check out ‘Check if I need a VISA page’ for this information.
For our ‘Wild Atlantic Way Tours’ a vital component of Irish Experience is the effort we put in to finding our tours accommodation that is just right. Instead or large impersonal hotels, we overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations) where the welcome really is genuine.
Plus, our small group sizes allow us to choose from a wider variety of high quality establishments in some of the most untouched places in the country.
A hot shower, a pint, a fire in the evening or heading down to the pub; what we can assure you is that wherever you stay, you’ll love it.
For our ‘Tours for 18 to 28s’ and ‘Student Special Tours’ we try to book the highest rating hostels wherever we go. All hostel dorm accommodation is included in the price. Optional upgrades to various other accommodations are available upon request before you make your booking.
Are private rooms available?
Twins and double rooms are available at every stop, some with ensuite.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
No. All accommodation suppliers provide the bed linen etc.
Is there internet at the accommodation?
Yes, many of the accommodation providers have free Wifi, others may charge a small fee.
Is accommodation included?
Yes on all our tours accommodation is included in the price. On our Wild Atlantic Way tours we include a minimum of a 4 bedded room in our starter price. You can upgrade to a choice of private accommodation upon request before you book.
Irish Experience stays at a combination of remote lodges, upmarket backpacker hostels, Guesthouses, Bed and Breakfasts and small hotels.
How do I book activities?
You book and pay for any activities before you go with the Irish Experience Team OR as you go, through your Irish Experience driver. Feel free to ask him/her for recommendations!
5. FERRY SERVICES
Is the ferry included in the price?
The cost of the ferry ticket between County Clare and County Kerry is included in the price, as is the cost of the ferry to the Aran Islands.