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Why Vagabond?


We are extremely experienced and long-established, since 2002.

Over 22 touring seasons, we have distilled our common skills and knowledge into our itineraries.

We refine and improve our tours every year.

The result? You always get the best possible version.

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Almost 3,000 5-Star guest reviews across TripAdvisor, TrustPilot, Yelp and Feefo. Here's some recent feedback:

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We are honoured that countless loyal guests return to Vagabond and Driftwood for their repeat tours, over and over again.

The fact is, we welcome 4-time and 5-time guests regularly!

Friends who first met on a Vagabond or Driftwood tour even return to explore Ireland with us as a private group.

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Highly acclaimed, with multiple, prestigious awards to our name.

  • 🏆 World's Best Award Travel + Leisure 2023
  • 🏆 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice 2023
  • 🏆 Gold Trusted Service Award Feefo 2023
  • 🏆 National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime
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Activities and destinations to match every taste.

We offer two distinct tour styles:

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Top Vehicles

Top quality 100% Mercedes tour vehicle fleet:

  • ⛰️ VagaTrons are rugged, 13-seater Mercedes-Benz 4×4 tour vehicles, equally at home on mountain passes and rocky shorelines.
  • 🚐 Drifters are smooth, slick and very comfortable, 15-seater Mercedes-Benz mini-coaches.
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Fully Guided

Our highly-trained and well-supported tour guide team are AWESOME.

They're local. They're friendly. They're experts in Irish history, nature and culture.

Naturally, they're also entertaining with incredible singing voices.

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Responsible tourism is built into our company culture...

We are committed to reaching Net Zero by 2050.

We report publicly on our environmental and community progress.

We understand that sustainability is a journey and we're always looking to improve.

Did we mention we're a B Corp?

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Fair & Flexible

Fairness and flexibility are central pillars of our booking terms.

You'll never pay more than €250 per person to book.

You can even reserve your chosen dates for free for 7 days.

Contact our team TOLL FREE from the USA, Canada or Australia.

Read our Flexi-Terms for more info

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Our whole team go above and beyond to give you an outstanding travel experience.

From your first phone call to your final farewell, trust us for honest advice about your trip and professional guidance on tour.

Not forgetting the importance of fun, companionship and laughter!

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Only €250 Deposit

Confirm your tour for only €250 deposit per guest then pay the balance in bitesize chunks.

Free Seat Hold

Reserve your desired dates for up to 7 days with ZERO upfront cost.


Toll Free Calls

Contact our friendly team with any question (TOLL FREE from the USA and Canada)

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Our Ireland Tours Care For Community and Planet

Like you, we want our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy authentic travel experiences into the future.

We aim to bring long-term benefits to both community and planet as part of our responsible tourism mission.

That's why we're a certified B Corp.

Rob & Amy Rankin
+ the Vagabond Team

Meet John, Danielle & Paige

John, Danielle & Paige

Our Friendly & Expert Reservations Team

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The Magic Vagabond Recipe

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Genuinely Small Group Tours

Enjoy the best small-group tours of Ireland. You'll love our personal service with a maximum of 14 other guests on your tour vehicle.

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Fantastic Value for Money

Savour full days on tour, exceptional quality and outstanding customer service from the moment you contact us.

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Go Off The Beaten Path

Discover off the beaten path Ireland. See the highlights but escape the crowds at Ireland's hidden gems.

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Amazing Tour Guides

Sit back and relax. Your highly-trained local Irish tour guide will lead you on an unforgettable small-group guided tour of Ireland.

Guaranteed Departures

All our tours are 100% guaranteed scheduled departures. We've never cancelled a tour due to low numbers.

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Meet Friendly Locals

Tour Ireland like a local. Meet friendly Irish people and experience real Irish culture and traditions.

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Responsible Tourism

We're proud to be a responsible tourism tour operator. Sustainability lies at the heart of everything we do.

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Small-Group Size

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Touring with a maximum 14 other guests holds many advantages.

Your footprint is smaller. Your itinerary is flexible. You go off the beaten track.

Best of all, you'll be on 1st name terms with everyone onboard - that includes your VagaGuide!


Choose Your Activity

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Kayaking. Biking. Horse-riding. Hiking. Active Vagabond Tours are all-action.

Challenge yourself with active adventures in off the beaten track Ireland.

Looking for a gentler pace? Check out Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

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Local Communities

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Your tour will help sustain local communities around Ireland through cultural experience.

Stay in a castle. Hear live Irish music. Meet friendly Irish craftspeople.

Find out more about what experiences to expect on tour

Responsible Ethos

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Responsible tourism lies at the heart of everything we do at Vagabond Tours.

We’ve challenged ourselves to continually improve our sustainability in all areas of business.

Find out more about our sustainability challenge

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No Hotel Chains

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We put great effort into selecting accommodation.

You'll overnight in locally-owned establishments. No hotel chains here!

Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves.

5 Star Reviews

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Our mantra: we want you to love Ireland as much as we do!

And that's exactly what happened for 1000s of happy past guests.

Read how much Vagabond and Driftwood guests love Ireland (and us!) on TripAdvisor and Feefo.

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Tour group picnicking in Ireland with Vagabond Tours

Amazing VagaGuides

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Friendly. Passionate. Professional. Local. Highly-trained. Our VagaGuide tour guides bring a touch of magic to our tours.

All of our Vagabond and Driftwood Tours are fully guided by a VagaGuide.

Meet our 2023 VagaGuide team

Unique Tour Vehicles

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Active Vagabond tours explore Ireland in unique 4x4 VagaTron tour vehicles.

Relaxed Driftwood tours travel in style, on ultra comfortable 16 seater Drifters.

Take a closer look inside our tour vehicles

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☘️ Plan Your Escape To Ireland

It's never been easier to book an Ireland vacation with Vagabond or Driftwood Tours


One Of The World's Best - Now It's Official!

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Travel + Leisure selected Vagabond & Driftwood Tours as one of the 15 best tour operators on the planet in 2023.

"Standing out for its B Corp status, as it guides travelers around the Emerald Isle in their choice of style, either relaxed and culture-focused or active and adventurous."

Travel + Leisure, July 2023

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Five Star Experience

Still in doubt? Browse through countless 5 star reviews left by past guests for our tours and tour guides on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and Feefo.

Respected By Peers

For peace of mind, we are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the Association for Adventure Tourism (IAAT) and the Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA).

Now read our Vagapledge; five guarantees that make travelling with us unique in Ireland.

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