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Giant Irish 12 Day Adventure from Dublin

Giant Irish 12 Day Adventure from Dublin

Join this epic 12 day small group adventure that effortlessly explores more of Ireland than most Irish people will visit in their lifetime.

Finn McCool, the legendary Irish giant, was apparently so tall that you could see all of Ireland between his legs. From the Giant's (that would be Finn's) Causeway in the very north east to the Blarney Stone in the south west, the trip packs in loads of great scenery, walks and outdoor activity, historical and legendary sites.

And if the weather is clear, you might even see Finn McCool himself...

This is NOT a bus tour of Ireland - it's a Four Wheel Drive Adventure using a unique type of 4×4 Land-Rover. It can take mountain passes, shortcuts along beaches, and explore remote areas of extreme natural beauty far beyond the reach of mortal tourists. Unique for a tour company in Ireland, these unique vehicles add a spirit of adventure right from the start of the tour. There is plenty of space and the seats are soft and comfy - and because the guides believe in fresh air – you can open every window. Honestly, other people really do get jealous. (Please note that some seats do face backwards, but the driving is kept to a minimum and everyone switches places in the vehicles from stop to stop).

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

12 days, 11 nights

Time

8:30 am on Monday (May through October)

3 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour departs from two specific convenient Dublin locations and you will choose one on the order form as your meeting point. A moderate level of fitness is suggested. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

What's included?

  • Off the beaten track adventure in 4X4 tour vehicle
  • Services of highly trained professional tour guide
  • 12 FULL days on tour
  • 11 nights accommodation (4 nights B & B, 6 nights Hotel, 1 night in a castle-subject to availability)
  • 11 Full Irish breakfasts
  • Maximum 13 passengers per tour
  • Loads of laughs

Most daily activities and visits, including:

  • Fantastic guided walks
  • Entrance to most of the historical and archaeological sites along the way
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work

AND... Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking.

What's Not Included?

  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Tour guide gratuity

Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:

  • Horse-riding – €30 for an hour
  • Sea-Kayaking – €45 for three hours
  • Bike touring or mountain biking in Killarney National Park – €25
  • Boat trip to the Skellig Islands – €50
  • Day trip to the Aran Islands – €20
  • Black Cab taxi tour of Belfast – GB£10
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery – GB£7
  • Walking tour of Derry – GB£4
  • Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge – GB£5.6
  • Blarney Stone and Rock of Cashel – €15

Your guides try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. As stated above, most of the historical sites you will visit are free to enter, as of course are the walks and beaches. The additional activities noted are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers through the years.

Northern and Northwest Ireland:

In 2007, Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last ten years. All the highlights such as Belfast, Derry, The Antrim coastline and the Giant's Causeway are covered – plus plenty of secret places favored by your guide.

Northwest and Western Ireland:

Heading across to the northwest - imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, and endless unspoiled beaches. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo feature some of Europe's least populated regions. At times, it may seem like you have the landscape all to yourself as the tour group walks in the hills of Donegal, explores the megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel or has a BBQ on Silver Strand Beach in Mayo. There are naturally a few well known highlights - like Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain and plenty of breathtaking lesser known locations.

Western Ireland:

The Western section of the tour weaves it way down the coast from county Mayo into counties Galway and Clare and down towards the mighty River Shannon. First you'll enter Connemara, a favorite area for Irish people to come on holiday due to the rugged scenery, local friendliness and culture. If you asked an Irish person what their favorite place in Ireland was, for many it would be Connemara. Continuing south, either through or round Galway city, the tour enters the southerly province of Munster and county Clare to explore the unique landscape of the Burren, enjoy the live traditional Irish music in area and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher.

Southwest Ireland:

The southwest is the most popular area of Ireland for visitors, and with good reason. You will spend four nights in Counties Kerry and Cork, exploring the three peninsulas of Dingle, Iveragh (the Ring of Kerry) and Beara. Each has its unique scenery and atmosphere, from the green rolling fields and buzzing town of Dingle, to the majestic mountains of the Ring of Kerry and the remote and unspoiled wilderness of the Beara Peninsula. We take trips to islands, sea-kayak with seals, visit ancient archaeological sites and enjoy first class Cork and Kerry hospitality before heading inland and back through Limerick and Tipperary to Dublin.

Revel at some of Europe's very best scenery, including:

  • The Glens of Antrim
  • Walk in the Mourne Mountains (Sleive Gulliam)
  • Galway's Connemara Region
  • The Wild Moorlands and Mountains of County Mayo
  • Ireland's highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks
  • The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle
  • Ireland's wild and rugged Atlantic coastline from the Northeast corner all the way to the south west
  • The Burren Limestone Plateau
  • The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
  • The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary

Enjoy some of Ireland's most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:

  • The Giants Causeway and Carrick a Rede ropebridge
  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney National Park
  • The Cliffs of Moher

Enjoy some fantastic activity options:

  • Walking and hiking through some of Ireland's best scenery
  • Horse-riding on the Dingle Peninsula
  • Sea-kayaking with Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle
  • Try your hand at surfing an Atlantic Wave
  • Go bike touring or mountain biking in the Killarney National Park
  • Learn the ancient art of "Vagaball"
  • Optional trip to the Aran Islands

Wonder at some of Ireland's historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from Stone Age man to the modern age:

  • Clamber over the cliff-top ruins of Dun Luce Castle
  • Climb Knocknaree Mountain to Queen Maeve's tomb
  • Visit The Rock of Cashel
  • Optional trip to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Ancient Neolithic Stone circles, Celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and built tombs
  • Take a Black cab tour of the fascinating Belfast city
  • A walking tour of Londonderry/Derry city

Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:

  • The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
  • The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
  • The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare

Some fun little side trips:

  • Relax in a hot, rejuvenating Seaweed bath
  • Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
  • Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle's most Friendly occupant – Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay

And at night:

  • Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland's best pubs and restaurants
  • Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly local communities
  • Spend a night in a castle - there is nothing quite like spending a night in an Irish castle to take you back in time, and you will have the chance to enjoy the history, romance and luxury of a stay in an Irish castle.
  • Two castle hotels in the Connemara region of County Galway are used, both fantastic locations and establishments, and whichever one you stay in – you will love it! (subject to availability)

Frequently Asked Questions

How intense are the walks and activities? Are the tours suitable for people with mobility issues? -- The activities are totally optional and some people choose to sit them out. These are activity/participation based tours, though, and are suitable for active people with a basic to moderate level of fitness.

Are there set itineraries? -- The overnights are set in stone, but the daily activities are flexible. Your guide will aim to make the whole experience as unhurried and relaxed as possible and they often change things while on tour just to suit a particular group – or the weather, etc.

What meals are included in the price? -- The price includes breakfasts. Other meals you simply pay for at the time. Lunches tend to be a mixture of picnics, BBQ and pub lunches. In the evening, tour group members normally head to a good pub or restaurant for dinner. It is easily possible to eat well for €35 per person per day.

How are the optional activities organized? -- The optional activities are organized by the guide while on tour so there is no need to pre-book. Payment for optional activities is made directly to the operator of that activity.

Are the tours suitable for solo travelers? Is there a single supplement? -- Because these tours require 2 persons minimum to operate, there is a 2 person minimum per order. However, if you are a solo traveler, please call and we will check to see if the minimum has already been met for the tour date of interest to you. If it has, then we can provide options and price quotes. A solo traveler staying in a room alone must pay a "single supplement" in addition to the tour price shown here but there may be an option to pair up with another solo traveler to share a room.

Is a visa required when traveling to Ireland? -- People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arrival - whether by air, sea or land. The list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland is defined in the Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) Order 2011 (SI 146 of 2011). If in doubt as to visa requirements, please contact the Irish Visa Office or contact the Irish embassy or consulate in your home country.

Are any vaccinations required when traveling to Ireland? -- No special immunizations or medications are generally required when traveling to Ireland but if you have any medical conditions, we strongly advise that you check your individual circumstances with your GP/medical professional beforehand if in doubt.

Do passengers have much free time on the tours? -- In the true spirit of Ireland, your guide wants to keep the tour as unhurried and relaxed as possible, with flexibility and also free time built in to the itineraries. There is no better way to meet Irish people and experience first-hand their famous hospitality, warmth and humor.

What time do the tours depart are return? -- The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 8:30 am on the first morning and get back about 6:00 pm on the last day. So it's advisable to arrive at least the night before. If you plan to fly out on the last night, then do not book a flight before 9:00 pm.

What documentation do passengers need to bring on tour with them? -- You will be issued an E-ticket that you must bring with you to present to your guide. The E-ticket will also include an email address you must contact as soon as possible upon confirmation of your order to be sent a Disclaimer Form (liability waiver) which must be signed prior to departure and given to the tour guide on the morning of departure.

Which airport is best for our arrival in order to meet up with the tour? -- The tours depart from and return to Dublin City so Dublin Airport is the best option for all incoming and outgoing flights.

Are airport transfers included? -- No. There are plenty of taxis at the airport which cost about €20-25, or passengers can hop a bus for €6-8. The blue "aircoach" leaves from outside the airport every 15-20 minutes and drops off in the city centre. The drivers are very helpful and will usually let passengers know when they reach the right stop.

Are accommodation and/or activities in Dublin included? -- No pre- or post- tour accommodation or activities in Dublin are included as it is relatively easy to book them yourself. There are a huge number of choices available.

Are there any baggage restrictions? -- Yes - the size limit on bags is one suitcase person no bigger than 30" (75cm) along its longest side, or one larger suitcase per couple. Soft sided bags are even better. Most hotels in Dublin now will store your luggage for you while you are on a tour if you need to leave one behind (if you are a guest at their hotel), and your guide can also organize laundry facilities for you during the tour.

What do you recommend passengers bring with them? -- Travel light, but there are a few things you should bring:

  • Walking boots or walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Ireland)
  • Towel for the beach
  • Music – bring MPs or IPods - they can be plugged into the vehicle. Hey - the guides get a bit bored listening to their own!

What about travel insurance? -- It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal luggage, money and public liability before you travel. An option is provided during the booking process for purchasing travel insurance, but you certainly may purchase yours elsewhere. It is important to note that the guide service reserves the right to refuse admission on this tour unless the customer has arranged appropriate insurance. The guide service also accepts no responsibility for loss or personal damage to personal belongings or liability for personal injury/death.

Are there any age restrictions on this tour? -- Although the average ages are probably 35-65, there are lots of people either side of that range. The guides normally consider the minimum age as around 8 years. Quite often teenagers are on these tours, and they have a great time (as long as they have been consulted about going on the tour!). There is plenty to keep them occupied and it can be a real learning experience for them.

Are children allowed in pubs in Ireland? -- Children under the age of 18 are only allowed in licensed premises if they are with a parent or guardian, but this provision carries certain restrictions. For example if accompanied by a parent/guardian, the child may remain on the premises between the hours of 10:30 am – 10:00 pm May to September (unless the licence holder feels this is injurious to the child's health, safety and welfare). Children between 15-17 years may remain on the premises after 9:00 pm where they are attending a private function at which a substantial meal is served. All licensed premises must display a sign to this effect in a prominent place at all times and failure to do so can result in a fine.

Who guides the tours? -- The cornerstone of any good tour is the guide and your tour will be guided by the very best in the business. There is no doubt that they are some of the most passionate, talented, and professional guides in Ireland who look forward to taking you through the country, its wild and rugged landscapes, to hidden historical sites, castles and legendary battlefields - informed, entertained and providing you with an insight into life in Ireland today.

What is the policy as to use of alcohol by the guides prior to and during the time they are "on duty" and driving the vehicles? -- The policy on alcohol for drivers is very strict. If any guide is found to be drinking during a tour or comes for work under the influence of alcohol, then it would be instant dismissal. This kind of situation has not been encountered so far in ten years of operating these tours. Your drivers are very professional and there has never been cause to doubt any of them.

What is the tipping policy in Ireland? -- Tipping is not generally expected in Ireland but it is always appreciated. Drivers/guides are usually tipped at the end of a trip, sometimes with a communal tip collected from all those on the tour. The amount is up to the individual, and usually depends on the length of the tour and the quality of the service. A general industry standard is about €10 per person, per day.

When is the best time to come to Ireland? -- Any time between May and September is a good time to visit Ireland. July and August are the traditional summer months but quite often there is better weather in May, June and September. However, if there is one thing in Ireland that you cannot rely upon – it's the weather!

What type of accommodations are used? -- For accommodations, there's a mixture of B & Bs, small hotels and lodges. Each place is different and adds its own flavour to the tours. Your guides have put a lot of work into finding just the right places and everyone seems really happy with the results.

What types of rooms are available? Are triple or family rooms available? -- All the accommodation providers offer a choice of room types including singles (one bed), twins (two beds), doubles (one bed) and triples (usually one double and one single bed). Family rooms for adults and children can also be arranged upon request. If you need any room accommodation other than twin or double, please call for a quote.

Do all the accommodations have hair dryers in the room? -- All the overnight accommodations do provide hairdryers, but there's no guarantee on them providing you with the perfect look!

Do the overnight accommodations have air conditioning? -- The Irish weather usually doesn't warrant air conditioning, so it's not required.

Do all the overnight accommodations have private bathrooms? -- Yes, all rooms have their own separate, ensuite bathrooms.

Are passengers assigned a seat in the vehicle or can they move around each day? -- Seating on the vehicles is not assigned and passengers are encouraged to move around each day.

Is there a toilet on the vehicle? -- There's no bathroom on board the vehicle, but there are regular stops along the route where passengers can avail of bathroom facilities.

Is smoking allowed on the vehicles or in the accommodations? -- There is a strict no smoking policy on all tour vehicles as smoking is illegal in all enclosed places of work in Ireland. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants and company vehicles (cars and vans). The ban was introduced by the Tobacco Smoking (Prohibition) Regulations 2003. However certain exceptions can be made in relation to accommodations - so smoking rooms can be provided on request.

Does the luggage travel on the same vehicle as the passengers? -- Yes all baggage will travel with passengers in the same vehicle in a luggage compartment or in a securely locked and weather-proof trailer.

Are passengers responsible for moving their own luggage? -- Yes - passengers are required to move their own luggage...but if they require assistance at any stage there is not usually a problem.

Do passengers need to bring any formal attire for evenings or is the tour quite casual? -- These tours are quite casual so no formal evening wear is required. Jeans and sneakers are fine for most places.

Do passengers need to bring any of their own equipment for the optional activities? -- All equipment required for the optional activities will be provided by the activity operators. Shoes or boots with a slight heel may be required for horse riding but most walking boots are fine for this purpose.

Are electrical converters required? -- Yes, you will need an adapter. In Ireland, there's a three pin plug with square pins, just like in the UK. The voltage is 240v so you need to check that any appliances you bring over can work on a 240v system. It should say somewhere on the device.

If someone has special dietary requirements (vegan, gluten intolerance, etc.), can they be catered for easily? -- Most places in Ireland now cater for specialized dietary requirements, so that should be no problem. All previous customers with special dietary requirements have all said how well they were catered for. You will be asked on the order form to specify any dietary restrictions.

Do passengers always eat together in the evenings or can they do their own thing? -- That varies 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.

Is there an option of where to eat each night or do passenger have to eat in the place where they are staying?
Passengers will usually have a choice of places to eat at each overnight stop, apart from the night spent in Gougane Barra due to its remote, yet stunning, location.

Are there any laundry facilities along the way for the longer tours? -- Laundry facilities can be accessed during the two night stay in Dingle.

How much cash should passengers bring with them? Which credit cards are accepted in Ireland? -- Guides advise to not bring too much cash or travelers cheques. They suggest maybe a couple of hundred Euro (and some GB Pound Sterling will be required for Northern Ireland) but there are plenty of ATM's along the way where passengers can withdraw cash. Both MasterCard and VISA are widely accepted in Ireland; but American Express is not always an option. If in doubt about acceptance of cards in Ireland, it may be best for passengers to check with their credit card company before traveling. It's also advised that passengers let their bank know they are traveling, so that the bank can expect the payments being made abroad.

What currency is required on the tours? -- Euros and British Pound Sterling will be required on this tour since it visits Northern Ireland.

Is internet access available on the tours? -- Most of the overnight stops now have free wi-fi internet available. Some have it in the rooms and in some places it's just in public areas. There are also lots of stops along the way (pubs, cafés etc.) which also offer wi-fi access. So if you have an iPhone or iPad type of device, you can use them there. If you bring a laptop, you can also buy a pay-as-you-go internet "dongle" which provides internet access through the Irish cell phone network. The guides use them on tour and they work very well.

How can passengers get in contact with families etc? -- Passengers can buy cards to phone home but in Ireland calls tends to be expensive from hotel rooms. If passengers are bringing a laptop or iPhone, then they can always Skype home when in a wireless internet hotspot. Also some people buy pay-as you go cell phones or SIM cards when they are in Ireland and that also gives people back home a way to contact you.

3 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour departs from two specific convenient Dublin locations and you will choose one on the order form as your meeting point. A moderate level of fitness is suggested. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

October 23, 2017

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08:30 AM