IDEAS FOR PACKAGE TOURS TO IRELAND FROM THE USA
Visit Ireland from the USA to immerse yourself in the landscapes and historical landmarks of this fascinating Celtic country. Explore lively Irish cities and charming countryside as you take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.
Get to know the buzzing Irish capital, Dublin, before you set out on your road trip to the breathtaking Atlantic coast. You could explore Northern Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way, and the rolling green countryside on your vacation.
To experience iconic Ireland, discover famous castles and historic buildings across the country. Don’t miss a visit to Trinity College in Dublin where you can see the ancient Book of Kells. Marvel at the impressive Blarney Castle in County Cork where you can kiss the Blarney Stone.
All our tours include top highlights like these, as well as more off-the-beaten-path stops.
Imagine yourself wandering through ancient Celtic monuments, going for a walk on the emerald hills, and learning about Gaelic culture. You could sit in a typical pub tasting the local brew and listening to live Irish music.
Good to know: All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland self-drive tour packages can be customised 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!
Want to go on an Ireland road trip?
We recommend at least 6 to 8 days to make the most of a road trip around Ireland.
All our tours set off from Dublin and include top 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 a trip for you 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 tour the Dingle Peninsula.
You’ll also have access to our 24/7 emergency helpline should you need to call us at any point.
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 self-drive 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 stay in Dublin and then decide how many days you want to spend driving around the island.
The possibilities are endless when visiting Ireland. With 10 days or longer, you could enjoy a more in-depth travel experience. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way route or pop into Northern Ireland for a complete tour of the island.
Or would you prefer to spend more time in one city than another? Add another town to your trip or specific day tours? Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.
Interested in visiting Northern Ireland?
As you may already know, the island of Ireland is separated in 2 entities. The Republic of Ireland, which is an independent nation, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom (along with England, Scotland and Wales).
While they are two different countries, they share many similarities in their history, culture and, of course, their geography. For a complete tour of the island, we recommend including Northern Ireland in your itinerary. This way you could get to know the Emerald Isle and see all its beauty in depth.
In Northern Ireland, you won’t want to miss the Giant’s Causeway, the capital Belfast, and the Antrim Coast.
When is the best time to visit Ireland from the USA?
Ireland is a beautiful country all year long. This means you can’t go wrong when you book your Irish getaway from the USA. 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.
However, 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 add a road trip around Scotland to your tour of Ireland for an extra epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, however, so you can have enough time to dive into the cultures of both countries.
Spend the first 4 to 10 days driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another road trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.
Another option is to choose from our small group tours of Scotland if you want to explore with a local tour guide. We don’t offer these in Ireland just yet, but our regional travel experts are working on it!
Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Their cultures and history are so closely linked and you’ll be able to meet the locals and get immersed in both.
With a combination tour of Scotland and Ireland, you get your flight between the two countries, rental car and accommodation with daily breakfast included. You can check the terms and conditions for these itineraries online.
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