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Do I Need Travel Insurance?

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While travel insurance is not a requirement for our tours, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance cover before your trip to Ireland.

Your policy should cover all medical costs associated with travel.

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Do I Need A Visa To Visit Ireland?

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Are you a citizen of the USA, Canada, Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand?

If so, you DO NOT require a visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland (UK) for the sole purpose of tourism.

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When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

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All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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What Day & Time Do Tours Depart?

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All of our tours depart from Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel on either Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays between 7.50am and 8.30am.

Please plan to arrive at the Grand Canal Hotel at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

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Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?

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Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, we operate a strict limit of one piece of luggage per person.

Your single piece of luggage should measure no longer than 30” (75cm) along its longest side. This 30” (75cm) includes any wheels that may protrude from the luggage.

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

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To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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Do I Need To Test If I Have Symptoms Of A Respiratory Illness?

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No.

Current medical guidelines in Ireland state that you do not have to take a COVID-19 test if you have respiratory symptoms unless a doctor requests you to do so.

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Can I Travel To Ireland If My Passport Expires Soon?

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Passport validity requirements for Ireland depend on your citizenship and whether a visa is required.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: There is NO requirement for US, Canadian, Australian or Aotearoa/New Zealand citizens visiting Ireland for tourism to have 6 months validity on their passports.

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What's On In Dublin 2024 & 2025?

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Are you coming to Dublin in 2024 or 2025?

Find out what's happening in Ireland's capital city during our touring season — and avoid high hotel rates — from May to October 2024.

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Can I Fly Direct To Ireland From USA or Canada?

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It's never been easier to fly direct from the USA or Canada to Ireland.

17 cities in the US and 4 cities in Canada boast direct flight connections with Ireland.

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Where Will My Tour Start From?

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All of our tours pick-up and drop-off from the same point in Dublin - the Grand Canal Hotel.

The Grand Canal Hotel is located just south of Dublin city centre.

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Will Brexit Affect My Tour?

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Brexit has now happened and it's business as usual here at Vagabond & Driftwood Tours.

There has been zero disruption to our tours visiting Northern Ireland.

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How Do I Receive My Travel Documents?

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All Vagabond and Driftwood customer correspondence is carried out by email.

This includes your booking confirmation and other important pre-departure information.

Don't worry! There's no need to print your booking confirmation or voucher.

Simply bring the digital copy of your voucher with you on a smartphone or other device when you travel to Ireland.

Show this to your VagaGuide tour guide on the morning of Day 1 to confirm your place on the tour.

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How Do I Bring My CPAP Machine To Ireland?

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Plan ahead and you should be able to use your CPAP machine in Ireland with no problems.

Past guests have reported that finding distilled water and packing a suitable power adapter are the main challenges.

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Which Airport Should I Fly To In Ireland?

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Dublin Airport is the best airport to fly to for Vagabond & Driftwood Tours.

That's because our pickup and dropoff point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel.

There is no other Irish airport within convenient driving distance.


Find out about flight connections to Ireland from North America

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What Travel Documents Do I Need?

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Your passport is the most important travel document you'll need to visit Ireland.

To board our tours, you'll need to show us proof of your tour voucher (either on your device or in printed form). Your voucher will be emailed to you before your tour.

The only other document we require is your disclaimer. This can be signed digitally. We'll email you a link to complete this process before your tour.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: Check Your Passport Expiry Date Before Booking. Remember to check that your passport is in date for the duration of your stay in Ireland.

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

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Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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Are There Restroom Stops During The Tour?

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Yes, there are regular comfort stops along the tour route where you can avail of restroom facilities.

Simply ask your VagaGuide if you're unsure when the next stop is coming

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Ireland?

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Anytime is a good time to visit Ireland!

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Is Ireland A Safe Place To Go?

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Ireland is a safe and welcoming place to visit.

We welcome a diverse range of guests on our small-group tours — solo travellers, women, LGBTQ+.

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What's My Essential Travel Checklist?

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All you need is love.

But you'll also need the following items to travel to Ireland and tour with us.

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Are Wheelchairs & Mobility Aids Allowed On Tour?

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We want our small-group tours to be accessible to everyone and do our utmost to help you choose a tour that suits your needs

To fully enjoy our itineraries, all guests must have a minimum level of fitness. Your ability to step onto our tour vehicles unaided is crucial.

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✈️ Flights

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Do You Book Flights?

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We do not book flights on behalf of our guests.

This gives you complete flexibility over your flight departure and arrival dates, your chosen airports and preferred airlines, not to mention the opportunity to take advantage of sales, promotions and frequent flyer programmes.

Please email us at enquiries@vagabond.ie with any questions about your tour.

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When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

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All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

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To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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Which Airport Should I Fly To In Ireland?

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Dublin Airport is the best airport to fly to for Vagabond & Driftwood Tours.

That's because our pickup and dropoff point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel.

There is no other Irish airport within convenient driving distance.


Find out about flight connections to Ireland from North America

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Are Airport Transfers Included?

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Airport transfers are not included in our tour prices.

Taxis cost between €22-38 from Dublin Airport to downtown Dublin.

This taxi fare is dependent on several factors:

  • The exact location of your hotel in Dublin;
  • The number of passengers;
  • The time that you hail the taxi (8pm-8am weekdays and all day Sundays and public holidays is a higher rate);

Private transfer and public transport options are also available from Dublin airport to the city centre.


Learn how to get from Dublin Airport to downtown Dublin

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Can I Fly Direct To Ireland From USA or Canada?

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It's never been easier to fly direct from the USA or Canada to Ireland.

17 cities in the US and 4 cities in Canada boast direct flight connections with Ireland.

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🛌 Hotels

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What Type Of Hotels Will I Stay At?

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We put great effort into selecting accommodation for both Vagabond Cultural Adventures and Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

You will be staying at small family-run hotels, high quality guesthouses or even an Irish castle hotel!

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Do Hotels In Ireland Have Air Conditioning?

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Most hotels in Ireland do not have air conditioning.

The climate in Ireland usually isn't hot enough to warrant air conditioning.

In periods of prolonged warm weather, hotels that don’t have air conditioning will normally install fans in the bedrooms.


Find out more about Irish weather and the best time to visit Ireland

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What Time Does My Tour Leave & Return To Hotel?

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Your group will start exploring between 8.45-9.30am each morning.

Each evening, your group will return to your hotel at around 6pm.

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Do I Move My Bags On Tour?

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Yes, you'll be required to move your bag in and out of each hotel room.

Your VagaGuide tour guide will load and unload your baggage from the tour vehicle.

Most of our hotels do not offer porterage services.

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What Are Hotel Rooms Like In Ireland?

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All of our hotels offer the following choice of room types:

  • Doubles (one bed)
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Do Hotel Rooms In Ireland Have Hairdryers?

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All of your hotel rooms on tour provide hairdryers.

Please note that, in some cases, Irish hotel hairdryers may not be the most powerful models.

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Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

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Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

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Is Smoking Allowed On Tour Vehicles Or In Hotels?

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We operate a strict no smoking policy on all of our tour vehicles.

Vaping and e-cigarettes are also not allowed while on board our tour vehicles.

🚭 Smoking Ban In Ireland

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places in Ireland and in all workplaces.

Smoking is also not permitted inside your hotel. However, all hotels will provide outdoor smoking areas.

The ban on smoking in Ireland includes company vehicles (cars and vans) as well as offices, pubs/bars and restaurants.

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Which Small Group Tours Stay At Irish Castle Hotels?

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Dreaming of a night in a romantic Irish castle?

The following Driftwood Journeys of Discovery spend at least one night in a castle hotel:

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What's On In Dublin 2024 & 2025?

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Are you coming to Dublin in 2024 or 2025?

Find out what's happening in Ireland's capital city during our touring season — and avoid high hotel rates — from May to October 2024.

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What Hotels Have Pools & Spa Facilities?

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The following hotels on Vagabond & Driftwood Tour hotels have pools and spa facilities.

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🧳 What To Pack

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What Should I Pack?

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Travel light.

That's the one travel tip that we hear again and again from guests who have experienced our tours.

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Do I Need Bug Spray In Ireland?

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Short answer = Yes.

We heartily recommend packing bug repellent in your suitcase when travelling to Ireland.

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What Plug Adapter Do I Need in Ireland?

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Unless you're travelling to Ireland from the UK, you will need an electrical plug adapter to use your devices and/or appliances here.

Luckily, power adapters are inexpensive and readily available in Ireland.

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Do I Move My Bags On Tour?

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Yes, you'll be required to move your bag in and out of each hotel room.

Your VagaGuide tour guide will load and unload your baggage from the tour vehicle.

Most of our hotels do not offer porterage services.

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What Should I Wear In Ireland?

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You won't need to pack formal attire or fancy shoes when visiting Ireland.

Socialising at pubs and restaurants in Ireland is usually a relaxed and casual affair.

Jeans and sneakers are totally acceptable in 99.9% of the bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants that you frequent on our tours.


Read more about what to pack for a tour of Ireland

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Do I Need Hiking Poles?

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Hiking poles are not required for our hikes.

If you would prefer to use them, please bring collapsible hiking poles that fit easily into your luggage.

Our tour vehicles come equipped with one spare set of hiking poles in case a guest requires them at short notice.

All other equipment required for optional adventure activities will be provided by our suppliers.

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

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Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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What Travel Documents Do I Need?

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Your passport is the most important travel document you'll need to visit Ireland.

To board our tours, you'll need to show us proof of your tour voucher (either on your device or in printed form). Your voucher will be emailed to you before your tour.

The only other document we require is your disclaimer. This can be signed digitally. We'll email you a link to complete this process before your tour.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: Check Your Passport Expiry Date Before Booking. Remember to check that your passport is in date for the duration of your stay in Ireland.

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Can I Access My Bag While On Tour?

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It's difficult to access your main luggage or suitcase while on tour. Luggage is securely packed in our tour vehicles. As a result, it's not easy for your driver guide to access individual items of baggage during the day.

However, you can easily access your luggage at each hotel. So that you have your travel essentials close at hand, we recommend bringing a daypack, or backpack, that you can keep beside you in the tour vehicle.

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💰 Money

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What Currency Will I Need On Tour?

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There are two currencies used on the island of Ireland. Which one you need, depends on which part of Ireland you're visiting.

You'll use Euro (€) while visiting the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland's currency is the Pound sterling (£).

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How Much Cash Should I Bring To Ireland?

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We recommend bringing a small amount of cash in euros to Ireland with you.

Around €300 euro should be more than enough to get you through your first days in Dublin.

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How Much Should I Tip Tour Guides In Ireland?

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The industry standard in Ireland is €15 per person, per day. But this is, of course, at your discretion.

Our team of VagaGuide tour guides really appreciate any tips that come their way after leading a Vagabond or Driftwood small-group tour.

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