solo traveler overlooking the Giants Causeway from above

The average drive time on the bus is 2 to 3 hours, with the exception of the first and last day. Our drivers know every nook and cranny on this island so expect a few unscheduled stops that  takes you out of the bus and to where the locals go. This will allow you some free ‘me’ time, that’s both tranquil and magical.

All itineraries have key cultural stops included and many optional activities to do at your own pace, that will ensure you’re not stuck in a buss all day just looking at scenery , but part of it!!!

small group hiking the causeway coast with Irish Experience Tours

We want to get you further off the beaten track in Ireland, immersing you in the places and activities that will, quite simply, blow you away. To name a few…  gentle hike from Doolin to The Cliffs of Moher, staying in small coastal fishing villages along the Wild Atlantic Way, eating  fresh Atlantic seafood in quaint little towns, seeing local craftsmen at work, biking around old Gaelic islands and kayaking with dolphins.

Stand up paddle boarding on Dingle harbour and Fungie the Dolphin

Our guides have been travelling the length and breath of Ireland for many years; as well as being your local “guidebook” they provide commentary, book activities and meals, and provide information on anything from Irish history and culture… to the best watering hole. Like you, we all have an adventurous streak and our travellers always love our enthusiasm for our country!

sunset view and small country road on self drive tour of Ireland

Some bus companies will take you straight from A to B with barely a toilet break in between! We are Irish Experience and want to take you away from all the hustle and bustle. That means with us you will experience great stops and inclusions en route. A typical travel day can see you stopping off for a short walk to a waterfall, numerous beautiful photo opportunities, pausing at Castles and early Christian relics close to the roadside, an opportunity to taste local wine/craft beer or seafood, stumbling across local festivals and events or even checking out some colourful sheep and other wildlife!

You don’t have to buy costly side trips as we already include the out-of-the-way, “must-see” places, e.g. Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Killarney National Park. We can also get you great deals on optional activities so you can afford to do more, and there are always free or low cost suggestions for you to do.   Lastly, we save you time  by our extensive knowledge of where and what the best things to see and do in Ireland are.

a group of people enjoying their meal at local gourmet food restaurant in Ireland

Our average group size is 12. 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… wander more off the beaten track and enjoy more connecting with nature! Happy customers = happy us.

We attract independent people of a huge range of nationalities and ages – people who want to get involved in the place they are travelling rather than just looking out the bus window. They are independent ‘active sightseers’ looking to visit new places, and expand their experience by exploring landscapes, history , culture and making new friends.

solo traveler enjoying the Irish landscape on the Ring of Kerry

Support the locals! Founded in 2010, we are Irish and proud of it. We know our country and we’re proud to show it off!

a small group hiking the roads of Aran islands

On our relaxed culturally focused Experience Tours we like to bring our travelers on gentle strolls along old country roads, that suit all levels of fitness. On our more active & up beat Adventure Tours we love to take our travellers on short hikes in areas such as the Wild Atlantic Way , or Irelands Ancient East.

This  means that there is something for everyone and will ultimately bring you closer to nature and to experience the wilderness of Ireland.  Because of this choice, you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to take part in any of our hikes or walks.  They are all comfortable walks , in areas of outstanding natural beauty. This is our way in showing you, what this great island has to offer.  All walks are optional and there is something for everyone.

We have extremely high customer satisfaction and referrals because we offer travellers more of what they want – down-to-earth, real Ireland with an awesome crew and a greater emphasis on your needs. SEE HERE

When you think of “ESCORTED TOURS,” you might envision overcrowded buses unloading masses if people at buffet restaurants and tourist sites.  But small group trips are different. If you want to travel but don’t know where to start, small group tours are a great option for inexpensive vacations and meaningful travel experiences.

Small Group Tour Basics

Usually limited to 12-16 travelers, escorted small group trips tend to be focused on authentic travel experiences. They have an experienced tour leader as well as local guides who are experts on the region.  The tour, including lodgings, overland transport, and other details are arranged for you and included in the price.  The smaller group size and local leaders allow you to get a more personal, genuine experience. One our favorite aspects of small group tours is the opportunity to meet and learn from other travelers.

Pros of Small Group Tours

When deciding if escorted small group trips are really right for you, you should weigh the positive and negative factors of each.

Consider the following “pros” in favor of small group trips:

Most things will be arranged for you after arrival in your destination. You can even request airport pick-up for an additional charge.

If you’re a new traveler or have never traveled solo before, it’s a great way to travel with a “safety net.” Along the way, you’ll also learn from the others on your trip.

It’s not just solo travelers on small group trips – lots of couples, friends and families book these tours for their vacations.

If you’re short on time, you won’t have to do a ton of research and planning to be ready to go.

You can really focus on having an authentic travel experience. Spend your time learning about history and culture, trying local foods, and getting great photographs.

You won’t have to worry as much about tourist traps, scams, and safety. Your tour leader will brief you at the start of the trip. They’ll also brief you each day or activity with things to consider.

On many of our small group trips, you’ll meet other fellow travelers with similar interests. Many of our past customers are still Facebook and Instagram friends with many of them including tour leaders!

Founded by an entrepreneurial Irish guy named Seanie Power who had adventure and a deep love for Irish culture in his blood, the very first 1 day outdoor adventure tour around the Kingdom of Kerry was created in 2008.
In 2010 after a few years circling the island of Ireland and a few lessons learnt along the way, Sean decided it was time to introduce this innovative style of travel to the whole island of Ireland where the real adventure was waiting to begin.
Irish Experience Tours was, and still remains, all about taking adventurous travellers further off the beaten track to jaw dropping beautiful & remote destinations. When you share these unique adventures with a great group of people from all over the world… well, that is when the real spirit of Irish Experience comes in to play!
In the years since, we’ve grown by leaps and bounds, building our own fleet of buses, and expanding our small group fixed tours to cover all corners of the country.

IRISH BUS TOURS, THAT FEEL LIKE ROAD TRIPS!

Explore and experience the real Ireland with our small group adventure tours ranging from 1 to 13 days, with everything included from accommodation, transport, meals and fun!
Our mission is to transform the norm of a bus trip into an intimate road trip, where like-minded travellers can come together to experience the real Ireland and at the same time become friends with complete strangers. Unlike the big bus tours, you won’t be stuck on a crowded bus with a strict itinerary.
We’ll take you off the beaten track, making sure we get to those magical, hard to reach places, such as secluded beaches or dramatic cliff tops. Easy hikes along beautiful sights, culture & history and pure adventure in the Irish outdoors, we have you covered!
Enjoy Ireland at your own pace. All our tours include gentle hikes, so you get to experience the real Ireland.
People for whom taking photos, meeting the locals and enjoying a long lunch are as important as the hike itself.
Ready for your own adventure?

 

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