View of Kylemore Abbey in Galway, Ireland.

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A lesser frequented European destination, Ireland offers a perfect opportunity to escape and discover something unique. From the iconic emerald fields and dramatic seaside cliffs to friendly folk and comforting beverages, your custom Ireland vacation will be one to remember for a lifetime. To get inspired and informed, peruse the sample itineraries below and visit the Ireland Travel Guide where you can explore what goes into one of the 7,700 customized itineraries already planned.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Best of Ireland Tour in a Week

Best of Ireland Tour in a Week

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

Seven days in Ireland will bring all the major highlights and all of the local charm. Bucolic landscapes are dotted with quaint villages alongside storytelling traditions and endless color. Dramatic coastlines are studded with castles, and Bronze Age remains while cobbled streets are perfect for wandering each evening. Gaelic culture provides an effortless immersion, and this itinerary is handcrafted so that you can experience it all with just seven nights on this is a fast-paced tour through highlights, heathlands, histories, and hidden villages.

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History and Culture Tour: Experience Ireland

History and Culture Tour: Experience Ireland

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

With ten days in Ireland, you can travel through 5,000 years of evocative history. Explore stone-age passages and portal tombs, the early Celtic and Munster kings, Vikings, and medieval castles.  Take in thatched-roof towns and Georgian splendor alongside stories of19th-century famine and flight with early 20th-century rebellion. Connect all the dots on this private tour uncovering histories yet to be told. Including Dublin, Newgrange, Tara, Strokestown, Kylemore, The Burren, Ennis, Adare, Cashel, Cobh, and Waterford, your whirlwind through history will prove relaxing and memorable.

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Essential Ireland Vacation Package

Essential Ireland Vacation Package

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Dance along to the Gaelic beat as you explore the very best of Ireland with evocative histories, wild landscapes, and vibrant evenings spent with the locals. Think rugged roads, beautiful ruins, dramatic settings, and the windswept Atlantic coast all coming together for an unforgettable vacation. Enjoy overnight stays in a castle, a medieval thatched town, the lively capital, and the Gaeltacht region, and in ten days you can explore the range of Irish highlights, spending your evenings with dancing, storytelling, and old Gaelic charm.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Magnificence of Ireland Luxury Tour: Cultural Charm to Natural Beauty

Magnificence of Ireland Luxury Tour: Cultural Charm...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,982

This 11-day sample tour to Ireland immerses you in authentic Irish charm. Handcrafted specifically for travel in 2021, you will bask in the prestigious comforts of a castle estate, witness the splendor of soaring coastal cliffs, and sample the distinctive flavors of classic whiskey. With each day tailored to your preferences and desired experiences, you can discover the essential treasures, traditional culture, and fascinating diversity of Ireland from Dublin to Galway, Cork to Connemara.

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Powerscourt House country estate in Ireland

Luxurious Exploration of the Emerald Isle

Luxurious Exploration of the Emerald Isle

17 Day Custom Tour

From $12,915

Embrace profound history and unforgettable beauty with endless opulence during your 17-day luxury Ireland tour. Bask in the grandeur of regal estates and majestic castles, savor traditional flavors and the evolution of award-winning recipes, and participate in noble pastimes. Indulge in unparalleled views of the sea, from helicopter rides to farmsteads, ancient ruins to lively pubs, your private guides, and the gorgeous landscapes will illuminate the best of Ireland.

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Ireland for Families: Charming Castles and Countrysides

Ireland for Families: Charming Castles and Countrysides...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Ireland is wonderfully conducive to a family vacation as tranquil green spaces, soft adventures, and local traditions bring everyone together. Handcrafted to include a little of everything, this flexible Irish tour is based around three distinctive castles as Dromoland provides heritage and bliss, Ballyseede shows you County Kerry and Dingle, and then Waterford offers the pastoral interior. So take it slow and get to know the real Ireland as a family with a lively visit around a welcoming country.

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Luck of the Irish: Myths & Legends Tour of Ireland

Luck of the Irish: Myths & Legends Tour of Ireland...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Ireland is a country of majesty steeped in its legendary mystique. Historical castles and ancient ruins offer endless fairytales and myths during your custom-tailored Ireland tour. You will track the most elaborate stories of giants and shamrocks, St. Patrick and changelings through captivating cities, welcoming towns, and verdant countryside. The coastline spreads from golden sands to spectacular cliffs slammed with crashing Atlantic waves. Lush plains fold over mounds and dunes, revealing homes of leprechauns and ferries. The wind swirls through the air sounding eerily similar to the cries of the Banshee recalling enchanting folklore during your Ireland tour.

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Best of Ireland: Privately Escorted Tour for Seniors

Best of Ireland: Privately Escorted Tour for Seniors...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,595

Heritage and culture will be part of your everyday experience on the Emerald Isle. Whether exploring soaring cliffs, medieval castles, or picturesque towns, you can always feel the Irish atmosphere. From Dublin to Derry, you get a real sense of how and why Ireland is so unique. Few countries are as authentic and unique as Ireland, and this two-week tour will reveal all the key highlights. It is a privately chauffeured journey, so you can travel in style and relax in the island’s most charming destinations.

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O'Brien's tower on the Cliffs of Moher.

Wild Ireland Tour: Intrigue of the Atlantic Isle

Wild Ireland Tour: Intrigue of the Atlantic Isle

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Discover the windswept and rugged Western coast of Ireland on this 9-day self-guided tour. Stretching from Kinsale in the south and snaking around the west coast to Londonderry in the north, the Wild Atlantic Way offers endless sights, activities, and encounters. You will not have to look hard to find incredible vistas, friendly locals, and tasty bites between Shannon and Donegal when following the advice of our experts.

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Luxury Ireland Vacation: Irish Castle Tour

Luxury Ireland Vacation: Irish Castle Tour

11 Day Custom Tour

From $4,395

Hallowed halls and stately apartments, the gentle plucking of an Irish harp and the sonorous cadence of Irish in Connemara, breathing in the coastal air on the banks of mighty sea-cliffs; it’s all enough to take your breath away. Add to that spending all your nights in restored castles, and that’s what we call a dream vacation.

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Five Star Romantic Road Trip Vacation in Ireland

Five Star Romantic Road Trip Vacation in Ireland

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,495

Ancient history and emerald countryside offer hidden romance during your Ireland tour perfect for newlyweds or adoring couples. Your personalized adventure balances ultimate luxury and captivating scenery, enchanting folklore, and charming villages. Relish in distinct Irish flavors in a restaurant with candlelit magnetism beneath Dublin’s streets. Stroll arm-in-arm through lavish gardens protected by dramatic stone walls. Hold each other close on the azure Atlantic beneath the towering precipices of the Cliffs of Moher. Whether you find the crystal of Waterford or share a kiss on the Blarney Stone, you will have a fabulous honeymoon hideaway with an exceptional Irish affair.

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An Irish Vacation of a Lifetime: Dublin, Western Ireland & Dromoland Castle

An Irish Vacation of a Lifetime: Dublin, Western Ireland...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

The cries of patriots and the songs of poets fill the air, the smells of delicious Irish fare and the strains of Celtic music wafts from the halls of boisterous pubs, and the dazzling landscapes will fill your eyes and brighten your heart. With all of this, and so much more, no wonder so many shout “Ireland Forever.”

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Dublin to Adare: Best Ireland Trip for Seniors

Dublin to Adare: Best Ireland Trip for Seniors

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

Ireland is a country of glorious landscapes and an effervescent, welcoming culture. Seniors can travel slowly and nearly effortlessly while always surrounded by tradition and highlights. There is no filler in Ireland, as it is just unfiltered merriment every step of the way. Handcrafted for senior travelers, this one-week tour eases you through the best of Ireland with Dublin, the Wicklow gardens, Waterford, Cashel, Kenmare, Kerry, Dingle, and Adare.

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Ireland 10-Day Tour: Off the Beaten Tracks

Ireland 10-Day Tour: Off the Beaten Tracks

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

The wild west of Ireland is where the Atlantic Ocean waves crash against towering cliffs and dramatic landscapes present with baffling beauty. Surreal rocks at The Burren, the untouched Aran Islands, lush and rugged Dingle, and Kenmare Bay’s seals and cliffs will all be yours to take in and enjoy. Ireland has a coastline of endless highlights, and every element will be celebrated on this private tour. Hike, cycle, drive and cruise through the landscapes and then spend the evenings in castles and manor houses for an incredible Ireland vacation.

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Stunning photo of the Dingle, Peninsula.

Turning the Irish Page: A Literary Tour of Ireland

Turning the Irish Page: A Literary Tour of Ireland

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Discover the literary contribution of the Emerald Isle on a private bookish Ireland tour, custom-tailored to follow the milestones, landmarks, and scenery that inspired your favorite authors. Find ancient megaliths, captivating cathedrals, stunning beaches, and medieval charms that gave rise to Nobel Laureates and the Writers’ Museum. From the castle ruins that stimulated Bram Stoker to the tower at which James Joyce opened Ulysses, the architecture enchanting WB Yeats to the folklore ingrained in the hearts and imaginations of children across the country, your Ireland literary tour creates an immersive, legendary experience.

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The Fairways of Ireland Golf Vacation

The Fairways of Ireland Golf Vacation

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

The emerald Irish landscape is studded with flags connoting hidden holes on celebrated golf courses. Your personalized Ireland tour offers an immersive golfing expedition allowing you to indulge in the clubs along the Wild Atlantic Way. Steeped in history, championship matches, and brilliant scenery, you can blend a day on the green with discovering charming villages or travel the fairway before wandering through antique castles. Each course provides individual experiences accentuated with the tranquil ambience of the natural landscape and captivating Atlantic coastline and creates an unforgettable Ireland golfing tour.

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Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tour through Ireland

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tour through Ireland

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Harley Davidson is the embodiment of freedom, offering the wind in your hair and the open road. Mount your bike and set off on a fascinating road trip on a personalized Ireland tour allowing you to explore, discover, and ride at your preferred pace. Travel from Belfast to Clifden, Tralee to Dublin and experience enchanting mythology, captivating history, and welcoming locals. Touch your fingers to an ancient stone, marvel at the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher, and indulge in the comforts of cozy seaside towns. On this 9-day self-drive tour, you enjoy the ride on your Harley through the vast and majestic scenery of Ireland.

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Best Ireland Castle Vacation: Living like Royalty

Best Ireland Castle Vacation: Living like Royalty

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Irish castles are fixed in time and space as history whispers from every wall as grandeur meets an old, pastoral charm. Each is an attraction, and each is also an experience as you are immersed in the history of these castles of Ireland tour. Handcrafted to include the country’s finest castle hotels, the 10-day journey takes you around the Irish highlights in private luxury. Spend your days exploring and your evenings unwinding in your castle, feeling that little bit more Irish every day.

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Bikes & Ballads: A Cycling Tour on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Bikes & Ballads: A Cycling Tour on Ireland’s Wild...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Travel a fantastic stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way’s more than 1,550 miles on the Cliff Coast during your unforgettable Ireland cycling tour. Blend beauty, tradition, activity, and luxury on a custom-tailored exploration featuring ocean spray, puffins, bottlenose dolphins, and quiet villages. Traverse ancient limestone paths and plateaus decorated with blossoming flora. Discover historic, isolated fortresses and, opulent palaces rising out of dense woodlands. You will have an immersive ride featuring enchanting music and captivating precipices adorned with lighthouses, castles, villages, and viewpoints connected by your cycling route.

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Ireland's Malin Head. Credit: Michael Gill/Ireland Tourism Board

Ireland and the Last Jedi Encounter: A Star Wars-Inspired Tour

Ireland and the Last Jedi Encounter: A Star Wars-Inspired...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,971

Inspired by the upcoming Star Wars film, the eighth episode in the legendary series, embark on an extraordinary journey following in the footsteps of the last Jedis - Luke and Rey. Discover how ancient Irish settlements inspired the magnificent scenery of the remote hideaway planet of the first Jedi temple. Relish Irish storytelling traditions when meeting locals who witnessed how their hometowns in Ireland were converted into filming sets. Experience an awakening in grandeur, highlighting natural landscapes that transform the Land of the Green Isles into a galaxy far, far away.Exploring FurtherDid you know that Star Wars also had extensive filming in other countries such as Croatia and Bolivia? Consider exploring the other charming filming locations that inspired film directors to create new worlds on our Star Wars Inspired Tour of Croatia.Note: Zicasso’s Star Wars-inspired itineraries are not affiliated with, sponsored, or endorsed by, The Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Enchanting Irish Family Vacation

Enchanting Irish Family Vacation

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Tap dancers, treasure hunts, famous castles, and endless landscapes are all yours to enjoy on this handcrafted tour. Storytellers spin yarns and your kids will spin pottery wheels, and then an amphibious WWII vehicle takes you into Viking history before you experience many classic Irish traditions. Travel at a relaxed pace with three nights in three different destinations, with private experiences and the chance to stay in real castles.

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Spirit of the Irish: Traditional Pub Crawl to Folklore Tour

Spirit of the Irish: Traditional Pub Crawl to Folklore...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

The pub is synonymous with Ireland as a place of community and spirit, a location in which locals dance, sing, and share timeless tales. Your custom-tailored Ireland tour embraces iconic pubs, folklore, and heritage for an immersive experience with the locals. Touch castles, ancient tombs, historic books, and soaring cliffs. Learn how to make traditional instruments and watch as artists emboss crystal with signs connected to the deep wells of Irish custom. Sip a Guinness, embrace the scenery, and listen to the whispers of the local folklore for an unforgettable heritage tour of Ireland.

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The Heart and Soul of Ireland Tour: County Donegal & Northern Ireland

The Heart and Soul of Ireland Tour: County Donegal...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

Jagged cliffs with curving cathedrals, the rebellious and explosive past with the promise and potential of the future, Ireland’s native sons and the people who have made her home: all are here in the astounding north of Ireland. Whatever your expectations, they are best left at home: this trip is sure to defy them all.

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The Grand British Isles Tour: England, Ireland & Scotland

The Grand British Isles Tour: England, Ireland &...

15 Day Custom Tour

From $5,245

From high tea to High Crosses, from the River Shannon to the River Thames, from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle: the destinations are filled with the places and the people that are the hallmark to an unforgettable vacation tour of the British Isles. This is the place of perfectly made Irish coffees and the mysteries of Stonehenge, where St. Patrick converted a country and Jane Austen created her most famous characters, where the words of the Bard flow to the melodies of bagpipes. The British Isles is where memories are made, and where time itself seems to stand still.

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Must-See Destinations in Ireland

Zicasso has worked with our Ireland travel specialists to find the best-recommended destinations for any length of Ireland trip. While every customizable Zicasso trip is different, the following suggestions act as great guidelines. Below is a short list of the must-see destinations along with the various experiences you can enjoy while traveling through Ireland.

Dublin | Cork | Kerry | Dingle | Limerick | Galway | Donegal

  • Uncover true Irish traditions by discovering customary ingredients in pubs, bakeries, and chocolate shops
  • Celebrate the layered notes of apple, pear, and vanilla when sampling traditional Jameson whiskey
  • Discover Trinity College for a sense of Dublin’s time as the British Empire’s Second City
  • Witness the elegant Georgian architecture that surrounds the 22 acres of St. Stephen’s Green’s flower beds, grasses, duck pond, and ornate fountain
  • Experience the sweeping winds and breathtaking heights of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Take part in a private falconry lesson to learn the evolution of the tradition
  • Embrace the marvelous diversity of the Ring of Kerry with a private driver

Best Time to Visit Ireland

The best time to visit Ireland is between April and May or again from September to October. These months reflect shoulder travel season and when Ireland receives long hours of daylight.

March and around the holidays in December can be festive but the sun also sets around 3:45 pm, making it difficult to see as much. During late spring, summer, and early fall, daylight can last until approximately 10 pm.

The climate in Ireland varies. Sunny weather rarely lasts beyond mid-October. Winter is the low travel season because of the weather and the short daylight hours. The climate is rather cool along the coastline, plains, and foothills, while the mountains and plateaus can reach very cold temperatures.

Modes of Transportation in Ireland

The best way to see Ireland is with a private driver-guide. Having a driver will also ensure that you can enjoy the scenery across southern and western Ireland instead of searching for country roads or secluded accommodations. You can also travel at your own pace. This allows you to incorporate a large selection of activities into your day or to simply visit a single city. A driver-guide understands the storytelling culture of Ireland and happily shares the local history and folklore as you move between towns, cities, and counties.

Trains

Trains in Ireland do exist but travel mainly to and from Dublin. You will miss a lot of the local culture if traveling only by train because trains do not pass through the villages and towns across Ireland. Instead, villages, towns, and historical landmarks, especially those on the west coast, are better-reached by car.

Your Zicasso travel partner works directly with you and your goals to configure your logistics and to ensure a smooth tour. By including private airport transfers and a private driver between destinations, you will have a stress-free Ireland tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Ireland

Safety, logistics, and accessibility are essential questions of travelers during an Ireland tour. The following information covers the important travel considerations you may have before your trip to ensure a stress-free Ireland tour.

Is Ireland Safe for Travel?

Ireland is very safe for travelers. You should always keep a vigilant eye on your belongings when in crowded destinations, but your overall safety in Ireland is never a concern. Ireland does have a reputation for rowdy football matches within major cities, but otherwise, locals keep a safe environment with a welcoming ambiance.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Dublin (DUB) followed by Shannon (SNN). The busiest airports in Ireland include:

  • Dublin (DUB)
  • Cork (ORK)
  • Shannon (SNN)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

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