Please find below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our guided Ireland vacations.

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for or if you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

BEFORE MY TOUR

The tour will depart at 8.45 am at Jurys Inn on Parnell Street, Dublin City Centre and end at 6.30 pm approx at The Ashling Hotel OR Heuston station.

Hotel/B&Bs near pick up point:

The Kingfisher Townhouse, The Charles Stewert B&B, Cassidys Hotel, Parkway B&B, Academy Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Express City Centre, The Gate Hotel, Castle Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel, The Maldron Hotel (Parnell Square), Temple House North Great apartments and Halfpenny Bridge Holiday Homes.

Hotel/B&Bs near the drop off point:

Ashling Hotel, Phoenix Park Hotel, Maldron Hotel Smithfield, McGettigans Townhouse, Generator Quality Hostel, Hilton Hotel Kilmainham,
Third-party websites such as Booking.com, Trivago, b&bireland.com or Hostelworld (which also has B&Bs) offer very competitive rates that are more often than not, better than any tour operator rates.

For your pre/post-Dublin city tour – we recommend DoDublin Hop, On Hop Off

Our relaxed and easy-paced Experience Tours range in length from 7-13 days.

Our active and adventurous Adventure Tours range in length from 5-11 days.

We have four types of tours:

  1. Scheduled small group tours departing from Dublin – relaxed Experience Tours or active Adventure Tours
  2. Private customised tours for family and friends – all of our scheduled small group tours can be private also for you and your group.
  3. Independent tours – Perfect style for those who want to travel solo or with their own travel partners.
  4. Self Drive Tours – See the places you’ve dreamed of, the way you want to see them

All ages enjoy our tours.

However, there’s a minimum age of 8 years old for a scheduled tour. Do you have younger children?

Check out our private family tour page 

Our mini coaches are not wheelchair accessible. In order to enjoy our tours, you must be able to get on and off our tour vehicles unaided; or have someone come along on tour to help you.

A lightweight foldable wheelchair can sometimes be stowed in the luggage compartment. Our tours are not suitable for larger wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

All multi-day tours have a €99 deposit.

The final payment of the remainder is due 30 days before the departure date or on the date of booking if within 30 days of the departure date. Failure to pay the remainder within 3 days of this payment notice may result in the booking being cancelled.

Please see our terms and conditions for full deposit and payment details

Honestly, it’s really hard to say. Our seasons aren’t exact so it can vary. Each month has its very own character.

We welcome lots of solo travellers on tour. Take one of our small group tours for a hassle-free way to explore Ireland and meet new friends.

The minimum number for our tours is two people.

Your departure is 100% guaranteed once you’ve booked your tour (as long as there is one other person booked). We’ve never cancelled a tour.

The maximum group size is 16

If you’re from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, travelling for the sole purpose of tourism and staying less than 3 months in Ireland, you do not need a visa.

From a different country? Check the visa requirements on the official Irish government website.

If in doubt, please contact the Irish Immigration Service. Alternatively, contact the Irish embassy or consulate in your home country.

No matter what time of year it is you will need comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, bug repellent, swimwear and a towel.

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.

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.

ON MY TOUR

Before flying home, US citizens require a negative result from an approved antigen or PCR COVID-19 test.

Can I Get Tested At Dublin Airport?

Yes. You can get tested at Dublin Airport before your departure.

Two private companies, RocDoc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR and rapid/antigen testing at Dublin Airport.

You will need to book the service in advance, leaving enough time to get tested and make your way through security.

Read more about this service and the booking process on the Dublin Airport website

Where Else In Dublin Can I Get Tested?

If you have a little more time in Dublin before your departing flight, we would recommend getting tested in the city.

No matter where your hotel is in Dublin, there are plenty of test facilities available.

A number of testing centres are within easy walking distance of your tour drop-off point .

Smartcare Healthcare can assist for pre-flight COVID-19 testing, in line with CDC requirements.

Before flying home, US citizens require a negative result from an approved antigen or PCR COVID-19 test.

Smartcare Healthcare are our affiliated partner for pre-flight COVID-19 testing, in line with CDC requirements.

  • Join a registered nurse for a video consultation.
  • Be professionally guided through the testing process.
  • Within 60 minutes, you’ll be furnished with your travel documentation.

We advise booking before your tour departure. After booking, you will receive a confirmation. Present this to your Guide to receive the antigen test for use on the video call.

Book your test via the Smartcare Healthcare website

Alternatively, if an appointment is not available online, please email tomas@smartcarehealthcare.com

Tomas from Smartcare will work with you to schedule your appointment. Tests cost €49.

Rapid testing is also available at Dublin Airport as well as various other locations across Dublin.

Yes. All of our tours depart from Jurys Inn on Parnell Street Dublin on either Sundays or Thursdays

All of our tours depart from Jurys Inn Hotel, Parnell Street Dublin

Our pick-up times from the Hotel are at 8.45 am.

 

All of our tours arrive at the  Ashling Hotel, 10 – 13 Parkgate St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8

Our drop-off times at the Hotel are at 6.30 pm approx.

Or if you book a tour with a train transfer on the last day, to Dublin Heuston, Heuston Station, St John’s Rd W, Dublin

Our arrival times at the train station are 6.30 pm. (You can choose an earlier arrival time by train if you wish)

 

Drivers/tour guides are usually tipped at the end of a trip, sometimes with a communal tip collected from all of their guests.

The amount is up to you. It will depend on the length of the tour and the quality of the service.

The industry standard in Ireland is approximately €10-15 per person, per day. But this is, of course, at your discretion.

Unless you’re travelling from the UK, you will need an adapter to use your electric appliances in Ireland.

We use a three pin plug in Ireland, with square pins.

Yes. We make regular stops along the tour route where you can avail of bathroom facilities.

It’s easier than ever for travellers with specialised dietary requirements to visit Ireland.

Our advice is to let us know in advance of your tour. And feel free to tell your server upon arrival at a hotel or restaurant. We will always do our best to accommodate you!

 

That varies from tour to tour depending on what the group wishes to do. Usually, the guide will discuss this with the group and should they all want to dine together, group reservations can be made

We’re confident that you’ll love Irish food everywhere we take you.

When your tour overnights in a town or city, there tends to be great dining options to choose from.

Euro is the main currency you’ll need. If your tour visits Northern Ireland, you’ll also need Pound sterling (£).

There are two currencies on the island of Ireland.

We advise not bringing too much cash to Ireland.

On tour, you can withdraw cash from cash machines/ATMs as you need it. You’ll find ATMs in most towns and gas/service stations on tour. Just ask your tour guide for advice on when and where is best to withdraw cash.

 

All overnight stops offer WiFi.

You’ll also be able to access the internet on your WiFi-enabled device at cafés, pubs and other stops along the route.

Our trips are open to people of all ages and levels of fitness who want to experience Irelands outdoors in an easygoing environment. And perfect for a group of varying levels, or who simply want the opportunity to set their own pace each day.

On all our tours you are free to travel at your own pace – whether this means challenging yourself by zooming up the hills, discovering historical sites at a relaxing pace, or anything in between.

If you’re not sure which trip is right for you, contact our expert trip designers who will help match your fitness levels, interests and preferences to the perfect trip. 

Yes of course! Many of our travellers 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!

Either is fine, it’s up to you! We ask that you bring only one large backpack/suitcase (25kg) and a day pack. If you are going to be travelling with a lot more than 25kg, then please let us know.

A vital component of Irish Experience is the effort we put into 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.

See more details on our accommodation page

All room types are available – twin room, double room, single room and family rooms

A twin room is a room with 2 single beds, whilst a double room has 1 large bed suited for two people. Both rooms are designed for double occupancy. A single room is a single bed, designed for single occupancy.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Vaccines against COVID-19 are not required for travel to Ireland.

Ireland is open to travellers regardless of your vaccination status and whether your journey originates in the USA, Canada, Australia or elsewhere in the world.

Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

 

Before boarding a flight to the United States, all air passengers aged 2 and over, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required by the CDC to have either:

A COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

 

Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

 

Vaccines against COVID-19 are not required for travel to Ireland.

Ireland is open to travellers regardless of your vaccination status and whether your journey originates in the USA, Canada, Australia or elsewhere in the world.

Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

A vaccine is not currently required to take on our small-group tour of Ireland.