Visiting Ireland independently works well for some people, but if you feel more comfortable with a guide and driver, small group tours of Ireland are a great alternative.
Information about three of the best companies offering such tours is below. Each company has a variety of itineraries for different lengths of time, and they all cater to various travel styles. As such, it should be easy to find a tour that works best for your trip.
Vagabond Tours is an award-winning tour company that specializes in small group tours of Ireland. Vagabond offers tours with an active, outdoor focus and lots of opportunities for adventure travel in Ireland. Their 12-day Giant Irish Adventure Tour offers an action-packed itinerary with activities like horseback riding and sea kayaking.
They also have a brand called Driftwood Tours, which focuses on discovery. Driftwood offers trips like an 11-day Discover Ireland Tour. It gives a comprehensive overview of the country that focuses on Irish tradition, culture, history, and food. Both Driftwood and Vagabond also offer private tours of Ireland that can be tailored to your specifications.
While most of Tauck’s tours are for larger groups, they offer several small group tours throughout the year for a supplement. Their pricing is slightly higher than that of some other companies, but they also include more in the overall price, so the value for money is still good.
Tauck offers a comprehensive 14-day tour of Ireland called The Best of Ireland. It starts in Shannon and covers most of the coastal areas of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Wolfhound Adventure Tours
Wolfhound features small-group tours of Ireland with an active focus. Daily hikes and bike rides take participants through the Irish countryside, allowing them to enjoy it up close. There are opportunities for other activities like horseback riding as well.
There is a lot of flexibility and choice involved in Wolfhound’s tours, so you can make them as active (or not) as you want to. Wolfhound also offers private tours.
Travelling by train from Wexford to Dublin is a great way to get from the south to the capital when you are visiting Ireland.
Rail services on this route depart from Wexford railway station and arrive at Dublin Connolly station. The latter is located in central Dublin, and offers connections to many forms of onward transportation.
Trains from Wexford to Dublin depart several times a day. There are usually two services in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. All trains are direct, making the journey easy and the trip straightforward.
The travel time on this route ranges from 2 hours and 25 minutes to 2 hours and 45 minutes, depending on what train you take.
All trains to Dublin are InterCity (IC) trains. They are operated by Irish Rail, the national rail company.
Single tickets can cost as little as 9.99 euros for standard class if you book them online early. There is also a 3 euro processing fee. Discounted tickets for trains from Wexford to Dublin can be purchased by students with valid ID and people that have farecards. Children also get discounted fares.
Trains from Dublin to Wexford are a great way to travel down the coast from the capital to the south when you are visiting Ireland.
Trains depart from Dublin Connolly station and arrive at Wexford railway station in southern Ireland. They are run by Irish Rail on InterCity (IC) trains. Services are direct and require no changes on the way.
Trains from Dublin to Wexford depart every one to four hours. There are often long gaps between services, so make sure to consult timetables before you travel so that you don’t end up waiting for a long time at the station.
The journey time on this route ranges from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 40 minutes, depending on which train you take.
The fare for a single ticket can be as little as 9.99 euros for standard class if you buy tickets online before you travel. There is an additional 3 euro fee for processing, too. Discounted tickets for trains from Dublin to Wexford can be purchased by those that have farecards or are students or children.