FAQ
 

Travel

You need a valid passport. VISAs are not required. No immunization is required.

No – flights are not included. Once your registration is confirmed, feel free to book your flights. No matter what your prior plans are, please ensure you arrive in time to attend the “Meet and Greet” at 5 pm on the first day at the hotel in Dublin.

We can help with suggestions for plan prior to and after the tour, but we are not travel agents. Please consider consulting with our associate agency, Halton Trafalgar Travel (An Adventure House Travel Company), for any bookings.

We, with our transportation expert, Bill McSweeney, can easily arrange convenient transfers from the airport at a very competitive rate.

There is a fair amount of walking each day on the tour. Most places are wheelchair accessible.

Packing / Weather

Here are the average monthly temperatures in Ireland.  The weather is, as you can expect, unpredictable!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
°C 5 5 7 8 11 14 16 16 14 11 8 7
°F 41 41 45 46 52 57 61 61 57 52 46 45

For your comfort, it is advisable to wear layers. A water resistant jacket with a hood is a must, as is comfortable waterproof footwear. Casual comfortable clothing is acceptable.

Ensure you bring your prescription medication and extra glasses if required (been there, needed them!).

What is Included?

During our tour, all accommodations, breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, admissions, guides and transportation are included.

Alcoholic beverages are extra. The price of the tour is guaranteed upon confirmation of registration.

Accommodations

Ideally, we have the accommodations set up as double occupancy – if you are travelling alone, it’s a nice way to save costs and met a new friend! (been there, done this!)

Private rooms are by special request only, and at an additional charge, subject to availability.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Your breakfasts are included in the tour – which usually consists of a buffet option – a wonderful variety of local foods, as well as made to order hot foods. The Irish hospitality is second to none – and now’s your chance to experience a FULL IRISH!

The restaurants on the itinerary feature aspects of Irish cultural food choices, new exciting cuisine, and some traditional offerings.

Maureen can arrange special dietary considerations with advance notice (been there, always…).

Budgeting / Money / Tipping

You can allow for some meals, shopping, taxi (if necessary).

Once you’ve converted your money, consider the euro to be the local equivalent of your own currency – meaning dollar for euro, effectively.

Many people like to convert their cash prior to leaving for their trip, at their local bank. Rates will fluctuate on a daily basis.

Alternatively, Dublin airport has convenient ATMs.

Typically (no pun intended…) it is based on your own discretion, and rounding up on a taxi, 10% for good service at a restaurant, a few euros for porters and hotel staff, as a general rule.

Phones / Communication

Your mobile provider can offer plans for international phone use.

Alternatively, our hotels and most public places in Ireland have access to WiFi, which you can use for emails and text with your smartphones/tablet.

You can purchase local phone cards at the airport or at local convenience stores.

Here’s how to make an international call to Ireland…

  1. Dial the international access code (from Canada and US, it is 011 . If calling from an European country, it is 00)
  2. Dial the country code. Ireland is 353.
  3. Dial the phone number – if the number begins with “0”, drop it

To call home from Ireland is similar.

  1. Dial the international access code for Canada/US, which is 00.
  2. Dial 1.
  3. Dial the area code and then the 7digit number. Mobile phone numbers are the same.