Ireland small group tours for seniors.

Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island carved into two after centuries of subjugation, foreign domination, and various conflicts that lasted until the 20th century. The riveting and complex history of Ireland runs from its Celtic roots to English rule, through the war of religions, the Great Famine, and the war for independence that gave birth to a sovereign nation (Republic of Ireland) and a region united with the British kingdom (Northern Ireland). It is within this historical framework we offer, led by a tour director, small group tours of Ireland for the mature and senior traveller.

The multi day tour itinerary for the small group tour in Ireland allows the senior couple or mature solo traveler to explore lush green landscapes and finds friendly locals that embody quintessential Ireland. The emerald isle is any nature-lovers’ dream, with its beautiful ocean vistas and hilly panoramas combining to create some truly spectacular scenery. This small group adventure with a local tour guide explores Magical folklore as it relates to Irish history and some of the most awe-inspiring feats of nature, stunning scenery that includes the 214-metre-high Cliffs of Moher or the hexagonal Giant’s Causeway, both of which are home to a plethora of sea birds. On a Odyssey small group Ireland tour you have the opportunity to enjoy a guided city tour of Dublin with additional highlights including St Patrick’s Cathedral , amazing quaint villages , green hills, and other hidden gems, such as the rocky island of Skellig Michael with its distinctive stone huts or Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula or Aran island. On each Ireland tour you also see the Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tours of Ireland

Crafted tours for mature world travellers.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

6 days

May, Sep

Belfast City Tour

Visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland

A small group tour of Northern Ireland's Belfast. Odyssey's tour leader and local guides have a collection of day tours with itineraries that provide authentic experiences in this city. For mature couples and solo travellers. A single supplement is charged for solo travellers.

From A$4,450 AUD

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Small Group escorted tour exploring Historic Ireland

18 days

Apr, Aug

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$10,250 AUD

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Lake district walking small group tour

19 days

Aug

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$12,250 AUD

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Gardens of Ireland Small group tour

10 days

May

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$6,950 AUD

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The mild weather allows for this journey to award-winning historic sites some of which are off the beaten track to be seen year-round, to experience the real Ireland as part of a small group of upto 12 people on a small group adventure, group travel as intended. With the amazing greenery of Southern Ireland made more vibrant by regular rain along the wild Atlantic way of the West coast. Odyssey’s small group tours of Ireland though are not just an escorted tour, we also offer a walking tour of the Emerald isle.

Articles about Ireland published by Odyssey Traveller.

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

External articles to assist you on your visit to Ireland.

Articles about Ireland

Chambered Tomb

Lumps and Bumps: How to Read the British Landscape

The British landscape has been worked and re-worked. It is secrets of this palimpsest landscape is revealed through drainage patterns and prehistoric features all the way through to the modern day. These small group tours for mature and senior travellers examine the landscape from the Neolithic, to Roman, through the seven ages of Britain in walking tours and history tours of Britain.

5 Oct 21 · 10 mins read
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Spencer House in London

Georgian Style of Architecture: Definitive Guide for Seniors

Article to provide the senior couple or mature solo traveler with an appreciation of the influence of Georgian Architecture in Britain when on a small group educational tour.

4 Oct 21 · 9 mins read
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Sami culture within the Vikings

Sami culture within the Vikings

Article about the Sami culture of the Arctic circle for small group educational tours for senior couples and mature single travellers interested in learning about the Vikings and their journeys into the Atlantic and south across Russia.

30 Sep 21 · 8 mins read
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Ireland's Gems

Ireland's Gems: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Ireland’s Gems More than 11 million people travelled to Ireland according to the latest tourism statistics, lured by its lush scenery, historic landmarks, and centuries-old culture. (This number includes visitors to both Northern Ireland, part…

24 Feb 21 · 10 mins read
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Ireland for Seniors

Learning about Ireland | Travel tips for Seniors

Learn about Ireland the place before you join an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers to the Emerald isle. Our client profile is couples and also for single senior tours of Ireland.

1 Jun 20 · 16 mins read
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Inisheer

Aran Islands, Ireland

The Aran Islands, Republic of Ireland - not to be confused with the Isle of Arran in Scotland - are a rugged archipelago in Ireland's wild Atlantic, visible from the west coasts of County Galway and County Clare

17 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Touring Ireland

The need to know

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries.

Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Ireland has a centralised and impressively extensive rail and bus network which links towns to the major cities.

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our long stay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography environment & weather

Ireland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is Europe’s third largest island. Great Britain lies to the east, separated by the North Channel, Irish Sea and St George’s Channel. Politically, Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland (which is referred to as Ireland) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

In Ireland, low lying mountains surround a central plain. The country is made up of 11% woodland, but much of the vegetation is lush owing to a mild climate. This is thanks to the Atlantic Ocean influence. Temperature extremes are rare, with the country tending to enjoy relatively mild winters given its northerly location. Summers are also mild – cooler than those in Continental Europe. The weather is often cloudy and rainy, so wet-weather gear is a must!

World heritage sites

The Republic of Ireland is home to 2 Cultural Sites, as well as 7 Tentative Sites, available to view here https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/ie.

  • It is well worth visiting every site, if you are able. But here’s a few highlights from the bunch:
    The Bru na Boinne monument in Ireland represents the world’s greatest concentration of prehistoric megalithic art.
  • The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast, where basalt cliffs have formed impressive columns and inspired the legend of giants striding out across the sea.
  • The historic city of Dublin (Tentative), which was the second largest city following the Restoration of 1660. This expansion coincided with the Georgian period of the Age of Enlightenment. The city was designed around high quality institutions and wide, accessible streets.

Festivals & events

Irish people love to honour their culture and traditions through celebration, and it doesn’t get more traditional than St. Patrick’s Day! On the 17th of March, the country commemorates Saint Patrick on the anniversary of his death. From its origins as a feast day in the seventeenth century, this lively event is enjoyed by the Irish diaspora across the world, encouraging everybody to don their greens and feel a little bit Irish for the day!
Among Ireland’s culturally rich and diverse festivals and events are The Cork Jazz Festival in late October, which pulls some very big names; and the quirky Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival which spans the whole month of September. Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions, and it flourished here in the 18th century as Lisdoonvarna’s healing mineral waters made it a tourist hotspot. Hopeful bachelors arrived looking for wives, and the practice continues today amid dancing, music and other festivities! It’s said there’s only one “true” matchmaker left, though: a publican who keeps a notebook of personal profiles. But even if you don’t find a mate, you are assured of a good time!

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 travelling in Ireland, indulge in the hearty, homely dishes that make up Irish cuisine. The traditional cuisine was built around the staples of grains, dairy, and of course potatoes, which were introduced in the 16th century. Classic potato-based dishes you can find today include colcannon, a delicious mash of potato, cabbage or kale and butter or cream; and the similar champ, mashed potato flavoured with spring onion (scallions), milk and butter. Popular boxty refers to raw potato mixed with mashed potato and flour, and served as either dumpling, pancakes, or baked and then sliced and fried.
Irish soda bread is ubiquitous, and can incorporate sweet flavours like honey or dried fruit, seeds and bran, or even Guiness. No matter what, it is served sliced and buttered, and is often used to mop up Irish stew or coddle, the latter dish a Dublin one-pot classic of pork sausage and bacon.
If you have the opportunity to try wild, local salmon, do so; likewise the oysters, which come into season in September (celebrated with the Galway Oyster Festival). Shellfish appear in many Irish dishes, from clams to mussels to prawns.
And for your sweet tooth, there’s barmbrack, a loaf studded with sultanas and raisins and served with afternoon tea. It is traditionally made for Halloween, and small objects are baked into the cake. Most commonly, this is a ring – and whoever finds it, if they are unmarried, will be the next down the aisle.

Health & safety

While much of Ireland is usually safe to travel around, it’s important to stay alert to anything unusual. Also, you will often see signs warning of pickpockets in areas popular with tourists, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Electrical supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. The electricity supply runs at 230V, 50Hz. British plugs have three flat, rectangular pins which form a triangle. These are shared by Ireland, Malta and some former British colonies.

Tour Reviews

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

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

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

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

Participant -17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.

Errol 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

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

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

FAQs

What time zone is Ireland in?

Ireland has a single time zone (excluding its overseas territories), Greenwich mean time . The nation observes daylight saving time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

Is tipping customary?

If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you make sure you tip an appropriate amount for services, as is the case throughout much of Europe. It’s customary to tip 10-15% of the bill at restaurants, or 1 to 3 GBP at a more casual establishment. It’s polite to round a bill up to the nearest whole figure or leave the change when buying drinks.

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?

Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Ireland. Many providers will offer a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.

Know where you want to travel to in Ireland?

Odyssey’s small group tours of Ireland allow the senior couple to explore lush green landscapes. The emerald isle is any nature-lovers’ dream, with its beautiful ocean vistas and hilly panoramas combining to create some truly spectacular scenery. Our small group adventures with a local tour guides, explores Magical folklore as it relates to Irish history and some of the most awe-inspiring feats of nature, stunning scenery that includes the 214-metre-high Cliffs of Moher or the hexagonal Giant’s Causeway, both of which are home to a plethora of sea birds. On an Odyssey small group tour of Ireland you have the opportunity to enjoy a guided city tour of Dublin with additional highlights including St Patrick’s Cathedral, amazing quaint villages , green hills, and other hidden gems, such as the rocky island of Skellig Michael with its distinctive stone huts or Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula or Aran island. On each Ireland tour you also see the Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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?

The safety of our travellers, tour leader, local guide and support staff has always been our top priority and with the new guidelines for public health and safety for keeping safe for destinations around the world, we’ve developed our plan to give you peace of mind when travelling 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 scheduled in April or August when the mild weather and smaller crowds, allows for this journey to award-winning historic as part of a small group of up to 12 people on a small group adventure

What is included in the tour price?

Odyssey’s small group tours for seniors include all accommodation, transport, most meals, applicable entry fees and services of local guides, tipping and gratuities, services of an Odyssey Tour Leader Detailed tour information booklet.

What kind of accommodation do you use on your tours?

In major cities, Odyssey escorted small group tour stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run 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?

Being Travel fit for mature and senior travellers remains an important element of enjoying a small group tour. This page shares tips about diet, solo travel, packing tips and footwear to help you plan you vacation to Europe, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand for example.

Odyssey’s tours have a range of activity levels between level 1 to level 4.

The majority o our tours have an activity level 2 (moderate):

Participants must be able to carry their own luggage, climb and descend stairs, be in good health, mobile and able to participate in 3-5 hours of physical activity per day, the equivalent of walking/hiking up to 8 kilometres on uneven ground

Please do not read into this too much, 8 kilometers is actually not very far if spread out over a day; Odyssey’s tour are developed for seniors, with an inquisitive mind and a good general physical health. We do not expect our participants to be walkers or with great strength or endurance. Our tours are also very flexible due to our smaller groups and we often offer alternative activities for participants who would like to skip an activity/sightseeing or take a day of rest.

How much walking is involved in your tours?

If you are on a standard tour with Odyssey, we estimate that you will walk on average up to 8 kilometres per day. If you are on a walking tour with Odyssey, this distance is longer. Please ask our office staff for more details.

Will there be an opportunity to do laundry on tour?

Yes, Odyssey’s leader will advise when hotels have laundry services or when there is a nearby laundrette, during the duration of the tour.

How much spending money do you need for your holiday?

As Odyssey tour includes all accommodation, most meals, applicable entry fees and services of local guides, tipping and gratuities, the only money you will spend during your Odyssey tour is on souvenirs, laundry and some meals.

How much time will be spent on the coach?

You will transfer between cities, mainly by coach. The time spent on the coach depends on your tour itinerary. For more information, please contact our office.

How do you get around Ireland?

Odyssey’s small escorted group tours travel on moderns comfortable coaches, typically 14-16 seaters.

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

These are the public holidays observed in Ireland. Public holidays in Ireland (as in other countries) may commemorate a special day or other event, such as Saint Patrick’s Day or Christmas Day. On public holidays, most businesses and schools close. Other services, for example, public transport, still operate but often with reduced schedules.

The nine public holidays in Ireland each year are found here.

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

On an Odyssey small group Ireland tour you have the opportunity to enjoy a guided city tour of Dublin with additional highlights including St Patrick’s Cathedral , amazing quaint villages , green hills, and other hidden gems, such as the rocky island of Skellig Michael with its distinctive stone huts or Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula or Aran island. On each Ireland tour you also see the Book of Kells and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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 best time to visit Ireland is between March and May, and September to November when it’s not as crowded as it is in summer, or as cold as it is in winter.

Ireland has an oceanic climate, cool and damp, cloudy and rainy throughout the year. Summer heat and winter frost are rare.
Temperatures do not vary much; however, the western coasts are milder in winter and cooler in summer. The southwest coast is particularly mild in winter.
In Ireland, Atlantic weather fronts move relentlessly one after another over the country, resulting in a rapid succession of cloudiness and sunshine, rain showers and subsequent improvements. Days with completely clear skies are rare: the weather is more likely to be variable or unstable, and in the interludes between disturbances you can expect, rather than clear skies, clouds running in the sky.

Responsible travel tips for Ireland

  • Learn at least the local greetings in Gaelic to break the ice. The more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of euros in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

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