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Guided Small Group Tours of Ireland

Discover historic castles, rolling green hills and rugged coastline on these small group tours of Ireland. Travel in a group of up to 15 passengers, with a knowledgeable guide plus a dedicated driver. Packages include boutique accommodation, some meals, and 24/7 support.

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Highlights of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher & Giant's Causeway

4764EUR

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Ireland
10-15% OFF IN 2024
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8 days / 7 nights
4.6
Apr - Oct

Wonders of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher & the Ring of Kerry

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

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Scotland & Ireland
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Guided Groups
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Wonders of Scotland & Ireland

Ultimate Celtic Adventure

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

5352GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

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Private Guided Tours of Ireland

Or why not consider booking a private tour of Ireland with your own guide Not only will you enjoy your guide's undivided attention, but you can also customise your trip depending on your interests.

Ireland
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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Ireland - Private

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7 days / 6 nights
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Ireland
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5 days / 4 nights
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Scenic Ireland Express - Private

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5 days / 4 nights
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8 days / 7 nights
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Scenic Ireland - Private

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Ireland
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10 days / 9 nights
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Classic Ireland - Private

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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 your own driver and an expert local guide. Learn about the natural and historic sights from your passionate guide as you unwind and admire the scenery.

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 with a dedicated driver
• Handpicked accommodation with a touch of luxury 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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Secure your trip your way with Nordic Visitor. Book a tour with as little as 10% deposit. With a 20% deposit or more, you will receive our Cancellation Protection free of charge. You can also pay the full price right away to guarantee today’s exchange rate. Terms & conditions apply.

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Trusted travel experts

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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Small groups guaranteed

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.

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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.

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Handpicked hotels

Rest easy knowing you’ll experience the best of Irish hospitality at hotels we visit regularly. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll spend the night in a selection of boutique hotels and classic country lodges. Wherever you stay, expect a warm welcome in an excellent location.

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You are in good hands

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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Full financial protection

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.

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Hassle-free experience

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.

Reviews of our Ireland Guided Small Group Tours

Check out our guest’s experiences of visiting Ireland.

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CaitlinUnited States

We had such an amazing experience with Nordic Visitor who hosted the "Wonders of Ireland" 8-day tour. The... read more

We had such an amazing experience with Nordic Visitor who hosted the "Wonders of Ireland" 8-day tour. The group was small, 16 people, so we could use a large van rather than the huge buses that take forever for people to load/unload at each stop. The hotels were top notch, the sites we visited were diverse and enjoyable (distilleries, castles, gardens, waterfalls). Our tour guide Brian was truly incredible. He had a wealth of knowledge about the history, music and folklore of Ireland. He made the trip both informative and fun, and helped the group come together with his warm and engaging personality. Melissa our driver was also fantastic - kind, helpful and chatty. They both went above and beyond to ensure everyone was cared for and enjoyed the journey. I was torn about which company to use, and am so grateful we went with Nordic Visitor.

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TaraUnited States

This was our second time booking with Nordic Visitor. Our first booking was in Iceland and we enjoyed that tour so... read more

This was our second time booking with Nordic Visitor. Our first booking was in Iceland and we enjoyed that tour so much we decide to use Nordic Visitor to visit Ireland. The tour in Ireland surpassed our expectations. We will book again with Nordic Visitor for another trip in the future.

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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.

It’s also good to know that when you choose Nordic Visitor, you can Book With Confidence, safe in the knowledge that your payments are protected. To find out about our booking process, payments and more, please read our FAQs and booking terms.

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:

You find out more about Ireland’s must-see places and cool Irish facts in these blog articles.

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.

Discover why a guided tour of Ireland is one of the best small group trips in Europe for solo travellers.

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
  • Rucksack
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

 

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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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