First and foremost, we hope that our past and future guests are staying safe around the globe.
We have been in close contact with the Irish government since the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak in March. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
Have Tours Been Affected?
Vagabond and Driftwood tour departures in 2021 remain unaffected by Coronavirus. Our season kicks off in April and lasts until October.
The welfare of our guests and staff, as well as that of the communities we visit, is paramount. In the interests of safety and quality of experience, we have updated our standard operating procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene of our vehicles.
Our destinations, suppliers and partners are compliant with all scientific guidelines.
Our VagaGuide team will receive additional training to actively minimise the risk of contamination or spread of infection prior to the 2021 touring season.
All our permanent staff are trained to comply with Ireland's Covid-19 Safety Charter standard for tourism businesses.
Find out more about our commitment to Safety and Hygiene
What Does This Mean For Guests Booked To Travel in 2021?
If you're booked to travel with us on a Vagabond or Driftwood tour in 2021, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Ireland.
We continue to monitor the situation. We will follow international best practice and the advice issued by national authorities. If there are any major changes to our schedule, you’ll find out directly from us. We will be in touch prior to your departure with the latest information on travelling to Ireland and requirements on tour. This blog will also be updated daily.
Our standard terms and conditions apply to all scheduled departures.
What's Happening In Ireland?
The roll out of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine commenced in Ireland on Tuesday 29th December. A full vaccination programme is now underway across the island in line with the Irish and UK Government's planned timetable for completion. The Moderna vaccine was approved for use in the EU/EEA with the roll-out of this vaccine to commence shortly.
Short-term restrictive measures are currently in operation in Ireland in an effort to combat the spread of the virus. From midnight 31st December until 31st January 2021, level 5 restrictions will be in place. During this time, essential retail outlets will remain open with hotels, restaurants and pubs closing. In addition to curtailing the spread of the virus, restrictions on movement will allow time for the vaccine roll out and the benefit of their impact to be come into effect. It is hoped with the adoption of this strategy many of the current restrictions in place will be lifted towards the end of March into April.
Wearing of masks remains compulsory in shops and other indoor spaces.
Ireland has adopted the EU traffic light system for travel between countries in the EU/EEA (& UK) Countries and regions are categorised as green, orange or red depending on Covid-19 risk levels. If you are travelling from orange, red or grey regions or from outside the EU/EEA you are currently required to restrict your movements for 14 days. If you are travelling from a green region you are not required to restrict your movements.
On arrival a Covid- 19 Passenger Locator Form must be completed. Check here for the latest updates and further information on travelling to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Flexible & Fair: Our Worry-Free Booking Terms
The world of travel is uncertain right now. To help with decision-making, we’ve prioritised flexibility and fairness with the following changes:
- A reduced deposit of €100 per person secures your place on any tour.
- Unlimited free changes to your booking up to 30 days before your departure date.
- No upfront cost to hold your tour place for 7 days while you make your decision.
- Final payment is not required until 30 days prior to your departure date.
- Tour Balance payments can be made in bitesize chunks to help spread the cost.
Click here for our full Terms & Conditions
Flexible Gift Card Option
If you intend to travel with us in the future but aren't ready to choose a date yet, that's completely understandable.
Our new adventure Gift Cards are a great option. They can be of any amount and their value lasts indefinitely.
Find out more about Vagabond and Driftwood Tours Gift Cards
We have relaxed our balance payment terms from 60 to 30 days prior to departure.
We have put in place the following changes to our refund and cancellation policy:
|Notification Period||Normal Terms|
Deposit is non refundable (can be deferred to another tour).
Full refund (excl. deposit)
|30 Days or Less||
Deposit is non-refundable (cannot be deferred to another tour).
Travel Insurance and Coronavirus
We strongly advise all guests to be covered by an insurance policy when they travel. Your policy should cover medical expenses, travel costs, and cancellation fees.
We advise checking with your insurance company if they have a Government Travel Advice Benefit (or similar) which you can add to your policy.
In addition, we suggest that guests double check with their own insurance companies for all related travel cover, including flights and any additional accomodation outside of your Vagabond tour.
Read why we strongly recommend travel insurance
We will continue to monitor this changing situation and we will follow the advice issued by national and international bodies. If there are any major changes, we will let you know.
How To Contact Us
If you have any concerns about your upcoming tour, please do not hesitate to contact us.
☎️ By Telephone
From Ireland: +353 (0) 1 563 4358
From USA (Toll Free): 833 230 0288
From CA (Toll Free): 833 681 6903
📨 By Email
PLEASE NOTE: Our office hours are MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.30am-5pm GMT. Our phone numbers divert to Ireland so 'your' time might be the middle of the night for us. Please leave a message and we'll get straight back to you.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Managing Director - Vagabond Tours