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FAQs

How do I book a trip with you?

You can get in touch with us by phone or email as a starting point. One of our travel planners will ask you some questions about what kind of trip you’d like and then we take some time to work on a personalized itinerary for you. We send the personalized itinerary to you and then we encourage you to request adjustments, make suggestions or give us the green light! We always want to tailor itineraries so that your trip matches your needs, budget and interests.

What is a private-chauffeur vacation?

Private chauffeur vacations allow you to discover Ireland with a local expert in a luxury vehicle (Mercedes or similar). You will have the service of dedicated driver who will be your storyteller, friend and guide throughout your trip.

What is a self-drive vacation?

Self-drive tours put you in the driver’s seat with your own rental car! Our self-drive packages include car rental, accommodation and experiences to suit your interests. All the cars are automatic, air conditioned and inclusive of CDW.

What are my accommodation options?

You can choose to stay in a wide range of trusted properties, from hotels, castles to country houses and BnB gems. We only match our clients with accommodation providers that we trust, so that you can be rest assured to enjoy your accommodation.

What is the maximum capacity for groups?

We cater for groups of all sizes; from individuals to large groups. Our sister company, Cronin’s Coaches, has a fleet over 65 vehicles, ensuring that the needs of all group sizes will be met.

Do I get a customized itinerary?

Yes. We listen to your ideas and design an itinerary according to your budget, interests and needs. We’ll present you with some options and together with your travel planner, you can request adjustments, make suggestions or give us the green light! We craft the vacation with care, according to your needs, interest and budget.

I’d like to hire a car in Ireland but I’m nervous about driving on Irish roads. Is it possible to get a private chauffeur for part of the trip and a rental car for the rest?

Yes! Our travel planners encourage you to mix and match as you please, we will work out a suitable route that makes sense for you. We suggest that you opt for a private driver in the beginning of your trip, while you’re getting accustomed to the roads, and then hire a car for the remainder. You also have the option of doing some of your trip by rail; check out our Irish Explorer Vacation, which is a mix of private chauffeur and train journeys.

I’d like to come to Ireland to learn more about my Irish heritage. Can you help?

Yes! We can plan a visit to your ancestral home and organize an inspiring trip that follow in the footsteps of your ancestors. We offer a package called Irish Heritage and Ancestry Vacation and this vacation includes a private consultation with a genealogist, so you get expert advice on tracing your roots!

How do you pick your private drivers?

We pick our drivers based on their qualifications, expertise and love of Ireland! All our drivers have a public service vehicle driver’s license, meaning your safety is their priority. Our driver-guides are beloved storytellers who will give you their local insights and recommendations throughout your trip.

Are there any age restrictions on your tours?

All ages are welcome. We choose family-friendly hotels when planning a trip for a family with young children. Check out our special Ireland’s Family Holiday; a carefully crafted tour combing kid-friendly activities with authentic Irish experiences!

Do I need a visa when travelling to Ireland?

If you’re from the USA or Canada and you wish to travel to Ireland for tourism purposes only, you do not need a visa.

What airlines fly to Ireland?

There are a number of airlines that fly directly to Ireland from the USA and Canada. The majority of flights land in Dublin Airport or Shannon airport, which are the main airports in Ireland. Aer Lingus is Ireland’s national airline and it operates the most flights in and out of Dublin and Shannon. Check the Aerlingus  website for direct flights from your city. Other airlines which operate direct flights from the US and Canada include: Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada.

Is travel insurance required?

We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance cover before travelling to Ireland. You can book travel insurance through our partners A+ Program Protection.

Who can I contact if something goes wrong?

We provide support throughout your trip. We have offices in Cork and Dublin and can support you in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. Airline delays, weather troubles and home emergencies can happen and we’ll be there to help you out.

What is the weather like?

Ireland’s climate is known as a temperate climate with mild winters where temperatures in the coldest months are in January and February but rarely fall below freezing. The sunniest months are May and June with daylight often up to up to 16 hours per day. The warmest months are July and August. Weather can alter dramatically from day to day and even throughout one day. It can change from fair to showery and back again in a matter of minutes. Always pack for rain, bring a raincoat and plenty of layers so you can adjust to the weather as it arrives!

What’s the currency?

Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. If you travel to Northern Ireland as part of your trip, you’ll need pound sterling. Cash machines/ATMs are widely available.

What is the tipping policy in Ireland?

Tipping in restaurants and pubs is now the norm in Ireland. Tipping is generally between 10 – 15 %. If you are paying by card you will need to ask to add the tip on. Many establishments add a service charge to the end of the bill – in these cases it is not necessary to tip. Taxi driver and cab drivers who make the trip through an app or for a pre-arranged sum don’t expect tips but you might round off the amount charged if you are giving cash and if you wish. Tip hotel porters €1.00 minimum per suitcase each way. Tour drivers & Guides – The general tip at your discretion is $15 – $20 per person per touring day.

Tax free shopping in Ireland

Visitors from non-European countries can claim a VAT (Value Added Tax) refund of 23% on many goods purchased in Ireland. VAT is the sales tax used on products in Ireland and is included in the display price. There are a number of ways to claim the tax back; visit the Citizen’s Information website to find out more information on tax free shopping in Ireland.

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