Welcome to Ireland!
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's only natural to have curiosity about the heritage of the old world. It's the perfect destination for group travel and your next adventure!
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Start: Dublin International Airport (DUB) -- Dublin, Ireland
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 7:00 am on Day 1.
Finish: Dublin City Center
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 7. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to Dublin International Airport.
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Ireland
Come to Ireland where the grass really is greener!
This trip includes visits of historical monuments and activities like cycling and hiking. The hikes are not very challenging but an active lifestyle would be helpful.
There will be some long drives on this trip providing the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, see both coasts of Ireland, and get to know your group.
Weather can be very rainy in Ireland, please pack accordingly to stay dry and warm!
-Age requirements: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 12
-Physical rating: Light. The most physical part of the trip is the Kilkenny biking tour.
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.
From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.
Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.
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.
Breakfast will be served at your hotel or guesthouse. Dinners are mostly enjoyed in local Irish restaurants a short walk away.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
You'll be traveling in private, locally-owned, ground transportation throughout your trip.
You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms and guesthouses for the duration of your trip. Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide a minibar, air-conditioning or a safe. Most of the guesthouses that you will stay in are family owned and operated.
Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
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. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.
If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders. Your Trip Leader in Ireland will be an Irish local who will deliver an authentic and unique experience.
The goal of the Trip Leader 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.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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Guidelines for U.S. 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 U.S. Department of State 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.
The tap water in Ireland is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Ireland beautiful.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.
Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
No inoculations are required to enter Europe from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.
The official currency in Ireland is the Euro (EUR).
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.
We suggest bringing about EUR €150(USD $175) in cash since most places will accept credit cards.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.
ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw Euros from any ATM in Ireland, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.
Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.
For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.
Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.
Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
Don’t leave valuables unattended.
US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
Irish weather can be unpredictable. While the weather can vary, it’s rarely extreme. The Emerald Isle lives up to its nickname and you should expect plenty of rain but long bouts are rare.
Spring Months of March to May
Summer Months of June to September
Ireland or “Eire” in Irish is an island in the North Atlantic. The island is now divided between Northern Ireland which belongs to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the south.
Ireland has a strong pub culture. Pubs are not only places where people drink but also places where people gather and meet friends, co-workers, neighbors.
Irish people are known for being very friendly and for loving their country.
Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $175 (EUR €150) in cash. We highly recommend booking your tickets in advance. Some websites offer discounts when booking online.
The activities below will be paid in Euros. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.
Hurling Experience: ~USD $30
Learn the prehistoric game of Hurling with a professional
Smithwicks Brewery: ~USD $16
Dunmore Caves: ~USD $6
Visit the ancient Dunmore Caves
Kilkenny Castle: ~ USD $10
Take a tour of Medieval Kilkenny Castle
Saint Canice's Cathedral: ~ USD $7
Climb the Round Tower at Saint Canice's Cathedral for an incredible view of the city
Visit the famous pub where Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl music video was filmed: Free
Walk the Salthill promenade in Galway: Free
Galway City Museum: Free
Galway Cathedral: Free
Guinness Storehouse: ~USD $20
Learn the story of Ireland's most famous beer.
St Patrick’s Cathedral: ~USD $9$
Trinity College & Book of Kells: ~USD $15
Walk through the historic college and see one of the most famous artifacts on display in Dublin
Visit St. Stephen’s Green Park: Free
Tour Dublin Castle: ~USD $15
See what was once the seat of the British government's rule in Ireland
Experience the nightlife at Temple Bar
While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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