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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 small group tours of Ireland for the mature and senior traveller.

The multi day tour itinerary for the small group traveler explores 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.

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 expereince 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.

Tours of Ireland

Crafted tours for mature world travellers.

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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Belfast, Northern Ireland

5 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$2,675 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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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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Articles about Ireland

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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Connemara National Park

Galway, Ireland

Galway is centre of traditional Irish culture, home to the country's largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, on the Connemara Peninsula and the Aran Islands.

17 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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Ring of Kerry

Kerry, Ireland

Lakes, mountains, wild Atlantic beaches: County Kerry is a highlight of any tour of Ireland, packing some of the world's most spectacular scenery into a small area for Odyssey Travellers to explore on a small group tour.

17 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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Cork City

Cork, Ireland

County Cork, in the south-west corner of Ireland, is the largest county by area, home to Ireland's second-biggest city, Cork. Known as the 'Rebel County', Cork has always had a fiercely independent streak.

16 Apr 20 · 4 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

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

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

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

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

Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.

Errol H. June 2017

Rural Britain | Walking 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

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

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.

Articles about Ireland published by Odyssey Traveller.

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External articles to assist you on your visit to Ireland.

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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