IDEAS FOR TRAVEL PACKAGES TO IRELAND FROM OTTAWA
Pick one of our Ireland tours to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and historic sights. The ideal Irish holiday consists of exploring the cities as well as the countryside, to take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.
Experience the capital Dublin and its buzzing atmosphere before spending as much time along the west coast as you wish. All our tours include the biggest highlights as well as more off-the-beaten-path stops.
Imagine yourself wandering through ancient Celtic monuments, going for a walk on the green hills, and learning about Gaelic culture. You could sit in a typical pub tasting the local brew and listening to live Irish music for a good time.
Want to go on an Ireland road trip?
Put on Johnny Cash’s “40 Shades of Green” and set off on your dream self-drive tour around Ireland. We recommend at least 6 to 8 days to make the most of it.
All our packages start from Dublin and include the top natural attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle. As the itineraries are flexible, you’ll have the freedom to pull the car over at any attractions or breathtaking views.
Here’s an example of a one-week Ireland road trip itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin.
Day 2 – Pick up your rental car and drive to the west coast. Spend the night in Galway.
Day 3 – Explore Connemara or the Aran Islands. Overnight in Galway.
Day 4 – See the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 5 – Tour the Ring of Kerry. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 6 – Visit historic sites and drop off your rental car. Spend your last night in Dublin.
Day 7 – Depart from Dublin Airport.
The best part? You won’t have to worry about where you’re going or sleeping, because your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will plan your trip and sort all the details before you arrive.
We reserve your accommodation, rent a car for your trip, and can book activities to fill your days with more adventures. We cater to all tastes, whether you want to visit a whiskey distillery, discover the national parks, or kiss the Blarney Stone.
You’ll also have access to our 24/7 emergency helpline should you need to call us at any point. Not only that, but with our Ireland holiday packages you get many benefits that we know you will love.
Good to know: All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland self-drive tour packages can be tailored by our regional experts. They can add extra nights at select locations or modify the driving routes if you have any particular attractions in mind. Just ask!
Would you rather skip the driving?
Then opt for a guided tour instead!
See the Emerald Isle from a local’s point of view and make some new friends along the way with our guided small group tours. These tours offer an enriching and personal way to travel as a group. You’ll take advantage of an expert guide’s knowledge while travelling with a maximum of 15 guests.
Please note: While these packages can be customised with some optional activities, you can only add extra nights in Dublin before or after the guided portion of the tour.
Or if you prefer to travel with your own group, look no further than private tours of Ireland. You’ll have your very own driver-guide to take you around the island and tell you all about its history and culture. This is an intimate way to see the country with dedicated attention to your own needs and interests.
Want to stay for a longer period of time?
If you want to slow down the pace and take in more Irish attractions, we highly recommend extending your tour to at least 10 days.
With our flexible itineraries, it’s easy to start planning your tour! Pick the amount of time you want to spend in Dublin and how far and how long you want to spend journeying around the island.
The possibilities are endless when visiting Ireland. With 10 days or longer, you could visit in more depth. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way route or pop into Northern Ireland for a complete tour of the island.
On private and self-drive tours, you can also decide if you'd prefer to spend more time in one city than another. Or add another town to your trip or specific day tours? Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.
When is the best time to visit Ireland from Ottawa?
Ireland is a beautiful country all year long. This means you can’t go wrong when you book your Irish getaway from Canada. That said, we recommend the summertime or its shoulder months for the best experience.
The summer, consisting of the months of June, July and August, is the high season. It is marked by long daylight hours and the best (and most stable) weather of the year. Attractions also operate under longer hours and more availability than in winter.
All of this means you can discover Ireland to your heart’s content.
That said, you may find that top attractions are very popular at this time. Indeed, Ireland attracts visitors from around the world especially in summer.
If you would rather have a quieter holiday, visit during the spring or autumn. These shoulder months include April, May, September and October. During this time, you’ll find the best of both worlds: quieter attractions but plenty of good weather and daylight to explore.
Are you interested in exploring Scotland too?
You could combine a tour of Ireland with a trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, so you can have enough time to dive into the cultures of both countries.
Spend the first 4 to 10 days around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.
Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Even more so if you have Celtic heritage! The history and traditions of both countries are so closely linked. Come over, meet the locals and get immersed in the cultures.
What's more? You can choose from a range of trips for your combo tour, including road trips, private itineraries and guided small group tours. It all depends on how you prefer to travel.
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