Ireland small group tours for seniors.

Ireland, known as Éire in Irish, has a rich and turbulent history shaped by centuries of subjugation, foreign dominance, and conflicts that persisted until the 20th century. From its Celtic beginnings to English rule, encompassing religious wars, the devastating Great Famine, and the struggle for independence that led to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland and the union of Northern Ireland with the British kingdom, Ireland’s historical narrative is intricate and captivating. It is against this backdrop that we present guided small group tours of Ireland designed for mature and senior travellers, led by experienced tour directors.

Tours of Ireland

Crafted tours for mature world travellers.

Early Bird
Small Group escorted tour exploring Historic Ireland

18 days

Aug, Apr, Sep

Small Group tours exploring the Treasures of Ireland

Visiting Ireland

An escorted small group tour to Northern Ireland & Ireland, with local guides and itineraries that give authentic experiences Ireland's capital, Dublin, including 1/2 day tour of St Patricks cathedral and Trinity college. Destinations also Aran islands , Kerry plus the world heritage site, the giant's causeway. Ireland tours for singles over 50 and couples.

From A$12,615 AUD

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Lake district walking small group tour

25 days


Ireland and Lake District walking small group tour

Visiting England, Ireland

A guided small group tour for senior walkers that starts in the capital of Ireland, Dublin. This escorted tour with local guides also explores the Giant's causeway, a UNESCO World heritage site. It transfers from Ireland to Scotland to head to walk in the National park of the Lake district.

From A$14,850 AUD

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Gardens of Ireland Small group tour

10 days


Gardens of Ireland Small Group Tour

Visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland

Ireland a land of diverse and rich gardens from the dramatic Powerscourt to the impressive kitchen Garden of Kylemore Abbey and the secretive Anne’s Grove. Visit Dublin's historic Botanic Garden to the greenness of Killarney with its rugged Kerry peninsula and charming Muckross House.

From A$9,445 AUD

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A 15 pence Isle of Man postage stamp issued in 1979 depicting a Viking ship.

28 days

Jun, Sep, May, Aug

Vikings in Britain; small group tour

Visiting England, Ireland

Vikings in Britain, escorted educational small group tour for senior couples and mature solo travellers who for 27 days explore Ireland, the isle of Man, Scotland and England and the viking history.

From A$20,385 AUD

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The itinerary for the small group tour in Ireland caters to senior couples or mature solo travellers, offering a chance to immerse themselves in the lush green landscapes and meet friendly locals that embody the essence of quintessential Ireland. Known as the emerald isle, Ireland is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting stunning ocean vistas and hilly panoramas that culminate in breathtaking scenery. This small group adventure, led by a local tour guide, delves into the magical folklore intertwined with Irish history and showcases some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders, such as the majestic 214-metre-high Cliffs of Moher and the unique hexagonal formations of the Giant’s Causeway, both bustling with a variety of sea birds.

Embarking on an Odyssey small group tour of Ireland presents a chance to partake in a guided city tour of Dublin, featuring highlights like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, charming villages, verdant hills, and other hidden treasures like the rocky Skellig Michael with its distinctive stone huts, Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula, or the Aran Islands. Each tour of Ireland also includes visits to iconic sites like the Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The temperate climate allows for year-round exploration of award-winning historic sites, some of which are off the beaten path, offering a glimpse into the authentic Ireland within the intimate setting of a small group of up to 12 individuals, as originally envisaged for group travel. The vibrant greenery of Southern Ireland, nourished by frequent rain along the rugged Atlantic way of the West coast, provides a picturesque backdrop for Odyssey’s small group tours of Ireland, which not only serve as escorted tours but also feature captivating walking tours of the emerald isle.

Articles about Ireland published by Odyssey Traveller.

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External articles to assist you on your visit to Ireland.

Articles about Ireland

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Coast of Ireland

History of Ireland: The Definitive Guide for Senior Travellers

History of Ireland Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island carved into two after centuries of subjugation, foreign domination, and various conflicts that lasted until the 20th century. In this post, we will look at the riveting…

26 Jul 19 · 10 mins read
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Pargeting County Museum Clare Suffolk

Medieval British Village Life: The Definitive Guide for Seniors

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22 Aug 23 · 15 mins read
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The Country House, Britain

The Country House, Britain

Articles explores the evolution of the British country house. Landscape, the work of the likes of Capability Brown have influenced the house through time. An Antipodean travel company serving World Travellers since 1983 with small group educational tours for senior couples and mature solo travellers.

18 Jul 23 · 13 mins read
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British Neoclassical Architecture & Decorative Arts

British Neoclassical Architecture & Decorative Arts

Article about the influences on Neoclassical architecture and the decorative arts in the Georgian period. Odyssey Traveller is an Antipodean travel company serving World Travellers since 1983 with small group educational tours for senior couples and mature solo travellers.

19 Jul 22 · 10 mins read
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British History Tours

Standing Stones of Britain and Europe

An article for senior couples and mature solo travellers curious to learn about Standing stones of Scotland, England, Wales, France and other parts of Europe. Support material for Odyssey's small group tours of pre-historic Britain, Scotland and the Anglo - France tour.

7 Feb 22 · 18 mins read
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Touring Ireland

The need to know

Getting around

Odyssey travels primarily by coach but also utilizes local transport like trains and ferries as needed. The tour itinerary always provides detailed information on the specific modes of transportation. Ireland boasts a well-connected and expansive rail and bus network that efficiently links smaller towns to major cities.


In urban centres, Odyssey accommodations are typically situated in conveniently located 3-4 star hotels, providing effortless access to public transportation. In less populous areas and rural settings, we opt for family-operated hotels or guesthouses. For extended tours where guests remain in one place for the duration of the trip, we arrange stays in serviced apartments.

Tour guides

Odyssey consistently collaborates with local guides possessing in-depth regional expertise to guarantee an authentic experience, where immersion in the rich history and cultural nuances of the visited destinations is maximized.

Geography environment & weather

Ireland, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, stands as Europe’s third largest island, bordered to the east by Great Britain, with the North Channel, Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel serving as dividers. Politically, the island is delineated into the Republic of Ireland, commonly known as Ireland, and Northern Ireland, an integral part of the United Kingdom.

The topography of Ireland comprises low-lying mountains enveloping a central plain, with approximately 11% of the land covered in woodland. The verdant vegetation flourishes due to the favourable, mild climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Extreme temperatures are uncommon, granting the country relatively moderate winters despite its northern position. Summers in Ireland are also characterized by mild temperatures, notably cooler than those experienced in Continental Europe. The prevalent weather features frequent cloud cover and rainfall, making it essential for residents and visitors alike to be equipped with adequate wet-weather attire.

World heritage sites

Ireland boasts 2 Cultural Sites and 7 Tentative Sites, all offering rich heritage worth exploring. Among these, the Bru na Boinne monument stands out for housing the world’s most significant collection of prehistoric megalithic art.

Another notable site is the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast, known for its remarkable basalt cliffs that have shaped impressive columns and sparked the legendary tales of giants roaming across the sea.

The city of Dublin, a historic gem on the list of Tentative Sites, emerged as the second largest city post the Restoration of 1660. Its expansion during the Georgian era of the Age of Enlightenment was marked by a well-planned layout featuring top-tier institutions and broad, easily navigable streets.

Festivals & events

The Irish people have a deep-seated appreciation for their culture and heritage, often exemplified through vibrant celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day. This traditional holiday, observed on the 17th of March to honor Saint Patrick, has evolved from a feast day dating back to the seventeenth century into a global festivity embraced by the Irish diaspora. It serves as an opportunity for people worldwide to immerse themselves in all things green and embrace a sense of Irish identity for a day.

In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland boasts a tapestry of culturally significant festivals and events throughout the year. Noteworthy among these is The Cork Jazz Festival, held in late October, attracting renowned artists and musicians to its stage. Another unique event is the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, a month-long celebration in September with roots dating back to the 18th century. Historically, Lisdoonvarna became renowned for its healing mineral waters, drawing in visitors seeking love and companionship. While the art of matchmaking has dwindled, one publican is believed to uphold this tradition by maintaining a notebook of personal profiles. The festival, characterized by dance, music, and merriment, continues to charm attendees with its lively atmosphere, ensuring a memorable experience even if a romantic match is not found.

Reading list

  • The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe by Graham Robb
  • Ireland, The Autobiography: One Hundred Years of Irish Life, Told by its People by John Bowman
  • Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick

Eating & Drinking

While exploring Ireland, savor the warm and comforting flavors of Irish cuisine. Rooted in history, traditional Irish dishes revolve around essential ingredients like grains, dairy, and the iconic introduction of potatoes during the 16th century. Today, you can delight in classic potato-based specialties such as colcannon, a delectable blend of potato, cabbage or kale, and rich butter or cream. Similarly, champ offers a unique twist with mashed potatoes infused with the freshness of spring onions, milk, and butter.

Venture into the world of boxty, a versatile dish where raw potato is harmoniously combined with mashed potato and flour, crafted into dumplings, pancakes, or sliced, baked, and fried to perfection. Irish soda bread, a staple on tables across the country, comes in various renditions infused with flavors like honey, dried fruits, seeds, bran, or even a hint of Guinness, always served sliced and generously buttered. This versatile bread is commonly used to soak up the flavors of hearty Irish stew or coddle, a beloved Dublin delicacy featuring a medley of pork sausages and bacon in a single pot.

For the seafood enthusiasts, relish in the freshness of wild, local salmon and the briny goodness of oysters, especially during their peak season in September, celebrated fervently at the Galway Oyster Festival. Shellfish take center stage in many Irish culinary delights, from delectable clams and mussels to succulent prawns adding a touch of the sea to the Irish table. To satisfy your sweet cravings, indulge in barmbrack, a fruit-studded loaf complementing a cozy afternoon tea. Traditionally baked for Halloween, this special bread is embedded with little trinkets, most notably a ring – an Irish tradition where the finder, if unmarried, is believed to be the next one walking down the aisle.

Health & safety

While Ireland is generally safe for travel, it is imperative to remain vigilant for any unusual occurrences. Signs cautioning against pickpockets are prevalent in tourist hotspots, underscoring the necessity of closely monitoring your possessions without exception.

Electrical supply

When traveling abroad, it is essential to bring along a suitable travel adapter to ensure your electronic devices can be powered correctly. In Ireland, the electricity supply operates at 230V and 50Hz. The plugs in use have three flat, rectangular pins arranged in a triangular shape, a design also common in Malta and certain former British colonies.

Tour Reviews

We found all the guides in each place excellent, some more than others, but always knowledgeable and obviously in love with their chosen careers. David our coach driver was excellent also, coping with some difficult situations with a cool head and providing us with a running commentary on a country he knows so well - especially Norfolk his home county!

Sally and Angus H. June 2017

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Please evaluate your tour Program Leader, Robert Williams Communication - Exceeded expectations Organisation - Exceeded expectations Local knowledge - Exceeded expectations Engagement - Exceeded expectations Friendliness - Exceeded expectations Care and concern for your needs - Exceeded expectations Do you have any comments to make (good or bad!) about your tour Program Leader? - I cannot compliment him too highly

Participant -17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.

Participant 2017

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.

Errol H. June 2017

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Great hotel (perfect location), wonderful tour guide (Robert was excellent in every respect), the half-day walking tour was fun and informative, and the events selected exposed me to Fringe events I probably wouldn't have seen otherwise. Very well thought out and put together.

Participant -17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Lovely hotel and the location could not have been better. I'd stay there again.

Participant -17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Wife Brenda and I just completed Odyssey tour in UK entitled “Canals and Railways” led by Mal Bock. Absolutely superb, and Mal’s leadership faultless. Extremely good value considering only seven guests, superb local guides and drivers, a most comfortable coach with seating for 24. . Hotels chosen were excellent, most with real character, not places one would have chosen without local knowledge and recommendation, . My wife and I have visited the UK many times- I was born there, but we saw so many places which were new to us. Thank you Odyssey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ian Sanderson

Canals and Railways in the Industrial Revolution Tour | Tours for Seniors in Britain

Excellent selection and diversity from different types of events. We saw wonderful things that would not have occurred to me on my own.

Participant -17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour


What time zone is Ireland in?

Ireland operates on a single time zone, Greenwich Mean Time, excluding its overseas territories. The country also observes daylight saving time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

Is tipping customary?

When traveling through Europe, including Ireland, tipping etiquette is a customary practice that shows appreciation for good service. In Ireland, as in many European countries, it’s expected to tip around 10-15% of the bill at restaurants. For more casual dining spots, leaving 1 to 3 GBP is appropriate. Additionally, when purchasing drinks, rounding up the bill to the nearest whole figure or leaving the change is seen as a polite gesture. While on an organized tour like Odyssey, tipping is typically taken care of. But when exploring independently, it’s important to ensure you tip appropriately to acknowledge the service provided.

What is internet access like?

Internet access is easily accessible, and most hotels and many cafes will be able to offer it.

Can I use my mobile phone in Ireland?

Ensure to contact your cell phone provider to inquire about the availability of making calls and using data while in Ireland. Several providers may offer a daily fee enabling you to make calls and access the internet without incurring extra charges. It is crucial to notify your provider of your international travel plans to avoid any potential service disruptions due to unusual activity, similar to how a bank may freeze your account for suspicious transactions.

Know where you want to travel to in Ireland?

Odyssey’s small group tours of Ireland offer senior couples the chance to delve into the lush green landscapes of the emerald isle. This destination is a nature lover’s paradise, boasting breathtaking ocean views and rolling hills that come together to form truly awe-inspiring scenery. Led by local tour guides, these small group adventures delve into magical folklore intertwined with Irish history, showcasing remarkable natural wonders such as the towering 214-meter-high Cliffs of Moher and the unique hexagonal formations of the Giant’s Causeway, teeming with diverse seabird life.

Embarking on an Odyssey small group tour of Ireland presents the opportunity to partake in a guided city exploration of Dublin, including must-see attractions like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, picturesque villages, verdant hills, and hidden treasures like the rugged Skellig Michael with its distinctive stone structures, or the enchanting landscapes of Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Aran Islands. Each tour also features visits to cultural gems like the Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enriching the experience with profound historical significance and architectural wonders.

How much do Ireland tours cost?

You can find all Odyssey Ireland tour itineraries , departure dates and tour costs here.

How much time do you have have to spend in Ireland?

Odyssey’s tours to Ireland ranges from 6-19 days.

What tours in Ireland are taking additional safety precautions?

Ensuring the safety of our travellers, tour leaders, local guides, and support staff has always been paramount. In adherence to the latest public health guidelines aimed at safeguarding individuals across various destinations globally, we have meticulously crafted a comprehensive plan. This plan is designed to instill confidence and peace of mind for all those embarking on journeys with us.

What are the best tours in Ireland?

Who will be your tour leader?

Odyssey hires knowledgeable local expert guides and a great Odyssey tour leader who has an interest in the theme of the tour.

What tours in Ireland are good for avoiding crowds?

Odyssey’s tours are strategically scheduled in April or August to take advantage of the mild weather and fewer crowds, offering participants the opportunity to explore award-winning historic sites as part of an intimate group of up to 12 people on a captivating small-group adventure.

What is included in the tour price?

Odyssey’s small group tours for seniors encompass a comprehensive package covering accommodation, transportation, most meals, relevant entry fees, and the assistance of knowledgeable local guides, inclusive of tipping and gratuities. Moreover, these tours are led by an experienced Odyssey Tour Leader and are accompanied by a detailed tour information booklet to ensure a seamless and enriching travel experience.

What kind of accommodation do you use on your tours?

In metropolitan areas, Odyssey ensures small group tours are accommodated in conveniently situated 3-4 star hotels, providing effortless access to public transportation. When venturing into smaller towns or rural settings, we typically seek accommodations in family-operated hotels or guesthouses.

What time does each day start on tour?

Odyssey’s tours typically start at breakfast, between 8:30- to 9am.

How many other people will be on your tour?

Odyssey specialises in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups sizes are between 6 to 12 people.

What level of fitness do you need to participate in these tours?

For mature and senior travellers, maintaining a level of fitness is crucial for enjoying small group tours. This page provides insights on diet, solo travel, packing tips, and footwear to aid in planning vacations to destinations like Europe, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

Odyssey’s tours offer a variety of activity levels ranging from level 1 to level 4. Most of our tours are classified as level 2 (moderate), requiring participants to handle their own luggage, navigate stairs, maintain good health, mobility, and engage in 3-5 hours of physical activity daily, roughly equivalent to walking or hiking up to 8 kilometres on uneven terrain.

It’s important not to overanalyse the distance of 8 kilometres in a day; at Odyssey, our tours cater to seniors with curiosity and decent overall physical health. We don’t assume our participants to be avid walkers with exceptional strength or endurance. Moreover, our small group sizes allow for flexibility, offering alternative activities to those interested in skipping certain activities or sightseeing and permitting rest days as needed.

How much walking is involved in your tours?

On a standard tour with Odyssey, participants typically cover an average distance of 8 kilometres per day on foot. However, for those embarking on a walking tour with Odyssey, the daily distance covered is even greater. For specific details regarding walking tours, we recommend reaching out to our office staff for more information.

Will there be an opportunity to do laundry on tour?

During the tour, Odyssey’s leader will provide guidance on hotels with laundry services available or recommend nearby laundromats for your convenience.

How much spending money do you need for your holiday?

As the Odyssey tour covers accommodation, most meals, entry fees, and the services of local guides, the only additional expenses you will have during your trip are for souvenirs, laundry, and occasional meals.

How much time will be spent on the coach?

When traveling between cities in Ireland, the primary mode of transportation is usually by coach. The duration of your journey on the coach will vary based on the specific itinerary of your tour. For further details regarding travel times and routes, please reach out to our office for more information.

How do you get around Ireland?

Odyssey’s small escorted group tours are known for their travel on modern and comfortable coaches, typically accommodating 14-16 passengers per vehicle.

When are bank and public holidays in the republic of ireland?

In Ireland, public holidays hold significance by commemorating special days or events like Saint Patrick’s Day or Christmas Day. Typically, on these occasions, businesses and schools shut down while some essential services like public transport continue with adjusted timetables. Ireland observes nine public holidays annually.

What are the most popular things to see and do in Ireland?

Embark on an unforgettable odyssey with an Ireland small group tour, where Dublin’s vibrant tapestry unfolds before you through a meticulously guided city tour. Dive into the rich tapestry of Dublin, dotted with landmarks such as the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Beyond the bustling cityscape, immerse yourself in the tranquil allure of quaint villages nestled amidst lush green hills, unveiling hidden treasures like the mystical Skellig Michael, adorned with its unique stone huts. Traverse the rugged beauty of Connemara, the rugged charm of the Dingle Peninsula, or the timeless allure of the Aran Islands, each offering a distinct flavour of Ireland’s essence. Every tour of Ireland promises a glimpse of the revered Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, adding a layer of historical richness to your journey.

Which are the best guidebooks to Ireland?

Odyssey recommends the following books before you travel to Ireland:

  • The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe by Graham Robb
  • Ireland, The Autobiography: One Hundred Years of Irish Life, Told by its People by John Bowman
  • Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick

What is the weather like in Ireland and when is the best time to visit?

The optimal times to visit Ireland are from March to May and September to November, offering a less crowded experience compared to summer and milder temperatures than winter.

Ireland boasts an oceanic climate characterized by cool, damp conditions with consistent cloud cover and rainfall year-round. Extreme summer heat and winter frost are uncommon, and the country experiences minimal temperature variations. The western coasts tend to be milder in winter and cooler in summer, with the southwest coast notably mild during the winter months.

Ireland is heavily influenced by Atlantic weather fronts, leading to a continuous cycle of cloudy days, intermittent sunshine, rain showers, and subsequent clear spells. Fully clear skies are infrequent, with variable and unstable weather patterns prevailing, marked by shifting cloud cover rather than prolonged periods of clear weather.

Responsible travel tips for Ireland

  • It’s advantageous to learn local Gaelic greetings to start conversations smoothly. A familiarity with the native language enriches your experience in Ireland.
  • Keep a business card from your hotel in your wallet for assistance should you get lost. It can be a helpful tool for navigation during your travels.
  • Prioritize having travel insurance coverage to safeguard your journey. If you require guidance on this matter, feel free to reach out to Odyssey for expert assistance.
  • When exploring independently, be mindful of checking the operating hours of shops and museums to make the most of your visit. It’s common for museums and galleries to be closed on Mondays, so plan your schedule accordingly. Additionally, be aware of any upcoming public holidays that may impact your plans.
  • Notify your bank in advance about your overseas purchases to prevent any disruptions due to suspicious account activity. Identify which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards to minimize withdrawal fees while abroad.
  • Before you depart, ensure you have a variety of euros in different denominations. Carrying a moderate amount of cash allows for convenient payments in places that may not accept credit cards. This approach helps you circumvent card transaction fees and simplifies tipping during your travels.

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