Guided Small Group Tours of Ireland
Ireland has lifted travel restrictions! So now’s the time to experience world-famous Irish hospitality with a group of fellow travellers and a knowledgeable guide. Historic castles, rolling green hills and rugged coastline await on one of these small group tours of Ireland. Plus, your accommodation and even some meals are included.
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About Your Small Group Tour of Ireland
Immerse yourself in Ireland’s gorgeous landscapes and rich culture when you tour the country with an expert guide. With no driving to do, you and your like-minded travel companions can unwind and admire the scenery. Along the way you’ll learn about the natural and historic sights from your passionate local guide.
When you book an Ireland small group tour with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:
• An authentic travel experience operated by a trusted travel agency
• A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your tour
• An expert local guide to escort you and offer unique insights
• A maximum of 15 people in a comfortable minibus
• Handpicked accommodation for a comfortable stay
• Daily breakfast provided, as well as some evening meals
• 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it as easy as possible to plan your escorted trip. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Why choose Nordic Visitor
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Established in 2002, Nordic Visitor has been designing tours in Northern Europe ever since. Your regional travel consultant will use their insider knowledge of Ireland to arrange your trip for you. Every aspect of your package is quality-tested by us, so you can relax on a hassle-free tour.
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Our Ireland guided tour packages have guaranteed departures of up to just 15 guests. This means you’ll be able to enjoy a more personal experience than if you were travelling in a larger group. You’ll also have more time to learn from your guide without being hurried on to the next stop.
Our dedicated teams deliver excellent service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travelers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Choose a tour with Nordic Visitor and we’ll make all your tour arrangements, including accommodation and excursions, on your behalf. So from the moment you book, your dedicated travel consultant will ensure that planning your dream travel experience to Ireland is stress-free.
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Don’t worry if something unexpected happens on your trip as we’ve got you covered with our 24/7 helpline. Phone us anytime and an on-call travel expert will handle any unforeseen situations. If needed, they’ll move your accommodation and re-book activities, while keeping you safe and informed.
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With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded as we comply with European Union laws on Package Travel regulations. This guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event that the company experiences insolvency.
We have a strong network of trusted local partners who we visit as often as we can. So you can rest easy knowing you’ll experience the best of Irish hospitality during your trip. Your hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses have all been selected for their comfort, cleanliness and friendly atmosphere.
Nordic Visitor may be a new name in Ireland tourism, but we’ve been around for a while in Scotland and the Nordic countries, where we’ve established a great reputation among both our local suppliers and clients from all over the world.
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Your Escorted Ireland Trip Highlights
Sit back, enjoy the view and benefit from your driver-guide’s local knowledge as you explore Ireland’s top spots and hidden gems. Visit the Emerald Isle and soon you could...
- Explore the vibrant Irish capital, Dublin, and visit the city’s lively Temple Bar District
- Uncover Dublin’s cultural treasures, including the Book of Kells and St Patrick’s Cathedral
- Savour the taste of Ireland when you tour Kilbeggan Distillery or the iconic Guinness Storehouse
- Marvel at beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park, home to the country’s highest mountains
- Go for an invigorating walk along the towering Cliffs of Moher and soak up vast ocean views
- Discover Ireland’s medieval past when you visit ancient sights, such as Blarney Castle
- Visit the lavish Powerscourt House estate, complete with lush gardens and rambling grounds
- Travel the Ring of Kerry route, where pretty fishing villages and breathtaking coastline await you
- Experience Gaelic culture on the Aran Islands, home to the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa
ADVICE FOR GUIDED TOURS OF IRELAND
Read these handy guides to prepare for your Irish adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions About
Guided Group Tours of Ireland
You may have a few questions before you book one of these Ireland escorted tours, so we’ve collected the most commonly asked ones for your convenience. If you’d like more in-depth information, check out this helpful Ireland Travel Guide.
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Small group trips to Ireland involve travelling with a group of like-minded explorers while being led by an expert local guide.
Choose Nordic Visitor and your group will be capped at 15 people maximum. This way you’ll be able to get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy a more personal experience while learning from your knowledgeable guide.
Journeying around Ireland in a comfortable minibus also means that you can reach places that large groups and coaches can’t get to.
Exploring with a local tour guide means you’ll have an authentic travel experience in Ireland. Your guide will take you to all the best places, and you’ll discover why Ireland is so special from someone who calls it home. Plus, there will always be an expert on hand to answer any questions you might have.
The best tour for you depends on what you’d like to experience on your ideal Irish getaway. If you want to get a taste of Ireland on a hassle-free, expert-led trip, then our Nordic Visitor guided Ireland tours tick all the boxes.
These are some of the top things to do on small group escorted tours of Ireland:
- • Spend time in Dublin, immersing yourself in the capital’s lively cultural scene
- • Visit famous Irish castles with your guide and learn about their legends and history
- • Head to the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular stops on the Wild Atlantic Way
- • Soak up beautiful scenery in nature reserves, like Wicklow Mountain National Park
• Tour Ireland’s oldest distillery, Kilbeggan, and enjoy a dram or two of whiskey
You find out more about Ireland’s must-see places in this blog article.
Nordic Visitor welcomes a wide range of guests who can choose from a variety of small group trips in Northern Europe. This means you’ll find that our guests are often varied in age and interests.
It’s good to know that these Irish tours aren’t recommended for families with young children as they include distillery visits. The legal drinking age in Ireland is 18, so anyone aged 17 or under would be unable to take part in a distillery tour.
If you’d like to explore the Emerald Isle with kids, you can check out our expert-curated Ireland self-drive packages. These independent road trip itineraries are ideal for travelling with children as they allow plenty of day-to-day flexibility.
To get the most out of your trip, we recommend being comfortable with walking 1-3 kilometres (0.5-2 miles) over the course of a day.
This will enable you to experience Ireland’s stunning natural landscapes and enjoy each sightseeing opportunity. We also ask that you’re able to carry your own luggage onto the minibus each day.
If you’re not sure whether a trip is right for you, please contact us for more information before booking.
Breakfast is provided each morning, so you can begin each day with plenty of energy. And depending on the trip, a number of your evening meals will also be included. You can see exactly which meals are part of your tour package in the “what’s included” tab.
Fine dining may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Irish food and drink. But thanks to the country’s extensive coastal larder you’ll find a variety of tasty seafood on most menus. Think mouthwateringly fresh shellfish and lobster.
Don’t worry if seafood isn’t for you though, as there will be plenty of other options to choose from.
As part of your tour, you’ll be able to sample some local whiskey. There will also be plenty of opportunities to order a pint of Guinness, perhaps Ireland’s most iconic tipple, during your trip.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you book so we can make arrangements before you arrive.
Our travel experts have handpicked each of the hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses you’ll be staying in based on excellent reviews, personal experience and comfort. So you can be assured that your room will be a restful place to spend the evening after a day of adventure.
It’s also good to know that because you’ll often be staying in historic properties, your room size is likely to vary from one night to the next. And as these properties don’t have lifts, you might need to use stairs to get to your room.
While triple rooms aren’t available, you can choose between single, twin and double rooms on your trip. Please get in touch with us if there are 3 or more people on your booking and we’ll be able to assist you with room types.
You can bring one suitcase or large bag per person for your overnight items. It’s also a good idea to bring a small rucksack for your daily essentials. This way you’ll always have items such as your camera, extra layers and wallet to hand.
Throughout the trip, your luggage will travel with you on the minibus. So when you arrive at a new overnight stop, we ask that you please take your bag to your room. And that you bring it back onto the minibus the following morning for the next stage of your journey.
Each of our minibuses has been chosen so that you can travel between stops in comfort on your guided tour. And although our vehicles can seat 17 people, we only allow up to 15 guests onboard to ensure there’s plenty of space.
Most of our tour buses are designed to accommodate the standing height and seating room of someone who’s just above 6 feet (183 centimetres). This means that even many of our taller guests can travel with ease.
There will also be plenty of comfort breaks along the way where you can stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air. This is also a good time to pause and snap photos of the stunning surroundings.
Tipping is entirely up to you. In Ireland providing a gratuity for your tour guide is not expected. Of course, if you’d like to show your gratitude with a tip, we’re sure your guide will appreciate it.
The answer to this really depends on how you’d like to experience Ireland. On a Nordic Visitor small group tour, you’ll enjoy a stress-free trip where we take care of all the planning for you.
Choosing a guided tour package means you can relax from the moment you touch down in Ireland. With your local guide at the wheel, all you have to do is sit back, take in the views and experience the local culture. This is perfect if you want to get an insider’s insight into a destination and would prefer not to drive on your trip.
You can also rest easy knowing that we only partner with reliable suppliers, so your accommodation and excursion providers will be of a high standard. This peace of mind, along with small group sizes, makes guided trips ideal if you’re travelling solo to Ireland but like exploring with company.
On the other hand, if you prefer the freedom of seeing the sights at your own pace, then we recommend checking out these self-drive tours in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Scotland is another top Celtic destination. So if you have 2 weeks, or even 3 weeks, for your getaway, why not combine your visit to the Emerald Isle with a trip to Scotland? You can browse our Scotland and Ireland self-drive tour packages for inspiration.
Of course, it’s easy to extend your stay in Ireland by adding extra nights in Dublin when you book your trip online. You can enjoy more time in this vibrant city by spending additional nights here before or after the guided portion of your tour.
If you have already booked your package and would like to add extra nights, please contact your travel expert. They will be able to assist with your request.
Yes, you can choose your preferred start date from each tour’s calendar of scheduled departures. If you’re booking online, you’ll be able to see how many places are left on each departure. And remember, each tour operates with a maximum of just 15 guests.
We advise checking what flights are available before booking your trip. But it’s best to wait until your travel consultant confirms your tour package by email before buying flights.
If you have missed out on flights, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate a change of dates.
The weather in Ireland is known for being changeable, meaning you’re likely to experience a variety of conditions. So come prepared for rain or shine, and you’ll be able to explore your surroundings no matter the weather.
As well as with your main suitcase, we recommend bringing a daypack. You can use this to carry spare layers along with daily essentials, such as your wallet, umbrella, camera, water bottle and snacks.
This packing list is a good place to begin:
- Walking boots or shoes with good grip
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Insulated jacket
- Warm fleece or jumper
- Light base layers
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves
- Reusable water bottle
For seasonal tips and more information on what to bring with you, read this handy Ireland packing guide. And to make sure you have the right plug attachments, check our guide to electricity and adapters in Ireland.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more or are ready to start planning your dream trip. Our regional travel experts will happily assist with any queries you might have about travelling to Ireland.
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