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Ireland Trip Details

Introduction

Ireland's mild climate and bountiful rain gives this impressively green island the title of the Emerald Isle.

The Irish countryside is home to castles from the Middle Ages, majestic cliffs, rich culture, and settings for movies like P.S. I Love You.

With over 60 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it is only natural to have curiosity about the heritage of the old world. It is the perfect destination for group travel and your next adventure trip!

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Start: Dublin International Airport (DUB)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 7:00 AM 

Finish: Dublin International Airport (DUB) 
Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to Dublin Airport and you can depart at anytime on Day 7

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-7 days / 6 nights in twin/multishare accommodations
-Pickup at Dublin (DUB) Airport
-6 Breakfasts and 6 dinners
-Entrance and transportation to Blarney Castle
-Historical cycling tour of Kilkenny
-Transportation & entrance to Cliffs of Moher
-Entrance to Kylemore Abbey
-Under30Experiences group travel guides
-The chance to meet kick-ass people

Attendees are responsible for own airfare

Highlights

-Explore three Irish cities: Kilkenny, Galway, & Dublin
-Explore the picturesque fishing village of Howth
-Drink Pints in Irish Pubs
-Do a bike tour in the medieval town of Kilkenny
-Experience the majestic Cliffs of Moher
-Kiss the Blarney Stone
-Walk through the Kylemore Abbey grounds nestled in the beautiful Connemara region

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirements: 21+

-Group size: 16 max, average 12

-A few hours will be spent in a vehicle on this trip providing the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, see both coasts of Ireland, and get to know your group.

-Physical rating: 1 - Light. In Ireland the most physical part is the biking tour.

-This trip includes some visits in historical monuments but also active activities such as cycling and hiking. Hikes are not very challenging but an active lifestyle would be helpful.

-Weather can be very rainy in Ireland, please pack accordingly to stay dry and warm!

-Accommodations: 3 star hotels & guesthouses with roommate(s).

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to our travel community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfast is provided at the hotel/guesthouse 

-Breakfast Sample Menu:

  • Irish breakfast staples: eggs, sausage, pudding, bacon, beans
  • Other options include: salmon breakfast, pastries, cereals, yogurt, fruits, coffee, tea, juices.

Dinners are mostly enjoyed in restaurants located near the hotel or the guesthouse.

If you have any diet restrictions and/or allergies, we’ll do our best to arrange a special menu for you.

Most restaurants offer a vegetarian option.

Transport

You'll be traveling in private, safe and comfortable bus throughout your trip in Ireland.

Accommodation

Twin/Multishare rooms with private bathroom.

Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex.

Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide minibar, air-conditioning or safe.

Laundry available at hotels for an extra fee (ask front desk for details).

Private rooms available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Europe however the CDC recommends routine inoculations.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in Ireland is the Euro (€).
  • ATMs are available in towns and cities we’ll be visiting and almost all places we go accept credit cards.
  • Depending on your spending habits, you may bring some cash with you for additional expenses such as lunch, snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest to bring about 150€ ($175).
  • Call your bank and credit card company and let them know you’ll be traveling overseas.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov

Weather

Irish weather can be unpredictable. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. While the weather can vary, it’s rarely extreme.

Spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F, with April considered particularly pleasant.

Summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F.

July and August are the warmest months and get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm.

Autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month.

Winter air temperatures normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February. The temperature drops below freezing intermittently.

The Emerald Isle lives up to it’s nickname and you should expect plenty of rain but long bouts are rare.

Key Phrases

  • Éirinn go Brách -- Ireland Forever
  • Fáilte -- Welcome
  • Craic — A good time/fun
  • Sláinte -- Cheers
  • Chips -- French fries
  • A whale of a time -- simply an expression of how good a time someone has had

Optional Activities

Kilkenny

  • Learn the prehistoric game of Hurling with a professional
  • Visit the ancient Dunmore Caves
  • Take a tour of medieval Kilkenny Castle
  • Climb St Canice's round tower and visit the Cathedral

Galway

  • Visit the famous Pub where Ed Sheeran filmed the Galway Girl music video
  • Walk the Salthill promenade in Galway

Dublin

  • Visit St. Stephen’s Green Park
  • Tour the Guinness Storehouse for beer or the Jameson Distillery for whiskey
  • Visit Trinity College, The Book of Kells, and Dublin Castle
  • Experience the nightlife at Temple Bar

General Rules

Illegal drugs or any illegal activity will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or any other illegal activity like prostitution.

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