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The Differences between a Vagabond adventure tour and a Driftwood Journey of Discovery

Compare Vagabond and Driftwood Tours

Looking for a unique Ireland vacation? We have created the table below to help explain the differences and similarities between the ‘Vagabond Adventures Tours’ and the ‘Driftwood small group journeys of discovery’.

Travel in our chunky funky 4X4 ‘Vagatrons’

All the Vagabond tours travel in one of our Land Rover or Mercedes 4X4 ‘Vagatrons’. They are perfectly comfortable and add a real spirit of adventure right from the start of the trip.

Travel in our sleek and super-comfy ‘Drifter’ minicoaches

All the Driftwood tours glide along in one of our extremely smart and comfortable green ‘Drifters’ which is either a Mercedes or Volkswagen mini-coach.

Some great hikes

We try and include a hike every day on a Vagabond tour. These can last up to 2.5 hours and cover up to 5 miles (8km’s) on uneven paths over undulating terrain. We suggest a moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy the hikes on a Vagabond adventure.

More of a stroll…

If you would like to stroll through local villages, stately homes and gardens and to historical sites – then Driftwood would be perfect for you.

Activity and Adventure options

We have some excellent activity options available on our adventure tours, including:

  1. Sea-kayaking (3 hours session under full supervision)
  2. Horse-riding (1 hour on the beach)
  3. Cycling (2 hours in the Killarney National Park)
  4. Skellig Michael Trip (including boat trip, a climb up
    100’s of steps with no handle and no toilet for 5 hours!)
  5. Surfing – for the really hardy people.

All activities and walks are optional and require a moderate level of fitness, we suggest that if you would imagine not partaking in most of them, then to consider a Driftwood tour instead

Excellent less active options

The Driftwood tours include equally enjoyable, less active options. Including:

  1. A jaunting car ride though the Killarney National Park (a horse and open carriage ride)
  2. Visits to gardens such as Garinish Island, Bantry House and Muckross House
  3. An Irish cooking lesson (TBC)
  4. Visit to local a artisan craft workshop
  5. Less physical strolls on hard surfaces or good paths to scenic locations and historical sites

Upbeat tour pace

Generally the Vagabond tours tend to move at a slightly quicker pace, ideal for those who want to feel they are on the go, in a refreshing kind of way.

More relaxed tour pace

Driftwood, as the name suggests, takes a bit more time getting from A to B, there is more free time at certain locations.

What is so great about all the Vagabond Adventures and the Driftwood journeys of Discovery?

Small Group Sizes

Small group tours to Ireland   We keep group sizes small (13 max on Vagabond and 16 max on Driftwood) to give a more personal, flexible service and allow us to stay in smaller, locally owned Irish accommodation. The trips promise all the convenience of a guided tour but keep the personal touch that captures the relaxed, humorous and quirky spirit of Ireland.

Off the beaten track exploring

Off the beaten track Irish tour to IrelandExplore with us Ireland’s most remote and beautiful places right away from the tourist trail, while also visiting Ireland’s best and most worthwhile popular tourist attractions.


All tour departures are 100% Guaranteed

fully guaranteed tour of IrelandAll our tours are 110% guaranteed to run once the departure is confirmed (which is when 2 people are booked on a tour). And yes, we have run tours with only 2 people and sometimes still do. If this is the case we do try and let customers know that they are the only people on the tour - just to make sure they are ok with that.

Overnight in locally owned accommodation

Locally owned hotel overnights on Irish tourAt night we stay in top quality, locally owned guesthouses and small hotels located in some of the most scenic locations in Ireland and in picturesque Irish communities. All rooms have private bathrooms, TV’s and tea and coffee facilities. 
For more information on our accommodation providers please click here

Fully Guided by our superb guides

Ireland tour fully guidedThe cornerstone of any good tour is the guide and Vagabond is fortunate to be able to attract the very best in the business. There is no doubt that they are some of the most passionate, talented, and professional guides in Ireland and as you travel through the country, through wild and rugged landscapes, to hidden historical sites, castles and legendary battlefields our team will keep you informed and entertained and also provide you with an insight into life in Ireland today. To meet the team, please click here

Tours packed with history, culture, castles and music

Historical and cultural tours of IrelandThe history, culture and people of Ireland are a major part of any Vagabond adventure tour, we will share with you 1000’s of years of an ancient and turbulent history that has touched the world. From ancient sites that are older than the pyramids of Egypt, through the turmoil of foreign invasions, to the modern day, Ireland has an action packed and fascinating history.

Days are filled with local experiences

Local tour ireland experience Meeting the locals and enjoying free time on tour. In the true spirit of Ireland, we like to keep our tours as unhurried and relaxed as possible, with flexibility and also free time built in to the itineraries. There is no better way to meet Irish people and experience first hand their famous hospitality, warmth and humour

Award winning Tours - Some of our latest awards

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