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Private Tours of Ireland
Here we will try answer the many questions you may have regarding your trip to Ireland. We have tried to cover as many of the questions as possible in the below section, however if there is anything further you would like to know, please do not hesitate to contact us .
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Are our tours private tours or group tours?
Little Gem are exclusively private tours for groups of all sizes. We specialise crafting customised itineraries which include private luxury transport, a professional driver guide and a selection of boutique and luxury accommodations. We ensure our tours are flexible, personal and professional and are designed around each private groups wishes. We endeavour to take you off the beaten path and away from the crowds whilst also taking in the main attractions along the journey.
How much do private tours of Ireland cost?
As our tours are individually customised our tour prices vary depending on a large variety of requests including - Tour Length / Group Size / Accommodation Style / Activities Requested. Our tour prices will include Transport / Driver / Guide / Accommodation and certain selected activities. Our contact form provides enough information for us to generate an initial cost so please contact us for further details.
How does the booking work for our private tour of Ireland?
Step 1 - Browse our website for inspiration on your trip to Ireland.
We have suggested day trips and multi-day tours throughout our website. Take a look through the options and remember - your tours are private and fully customisable!
Step 2 - Contact us with as much details as possible.
Provide details around your length of trip, the number of people and your preferences on attractions / locations / accommodations / room styles, etc. The more information you provide about yourselves and your likes / dislikes the more likely we are to design your perfect tour.
Step 3 - We revert with initial suggested itinerary.
We will now assign your private tour planner who will be your dedicated point of contact for your travels. You will receive an initial itinerary proposal. This will include our costs with full itinerary details including accommodation options and day to day sight seeing and activity options.
Step 4 - Feedback on the initial proposal.
Now is your chance to provide feedback and any requested amends on the initial tour itinerary.
Step 5 - Deposit payment to secure your tour dates
We finalise all initial itinerary details and request a deposit of 25% to secure your dates of touring. This allows us to proceed with your accommodation bookings if required.
* Note: For day tours we request full payment up front.
Stage 6 - Accommodation Confirmations !
We will get back with your confirmed accommodations for your adventure as well as details of room styles and upgrades.
Stage 7 - Balance payment and condensed driver guide itinerary.
Approximately 60 days before your tour date we will request the balance payment for your tour. At this stage we will then also go through the finer details of your day to day activities using a condensed driver guide itinerary.
Stage 8 - Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with the Little Gem Tour Team !!!
What are daily expenses on a private tour of Ireland?
Daily costs will vary depending on individual cases however a rough guide would be as follows...
Meals - Breakfast comes included in our costs / Lunch - Approx €10-€15pp / Dinner - Approx €15-€40pp depending on style of restaurants / Quality Pub Dinners - Approx €18pp
Activities - Boat Trips - Approx €20pp / Museums - Approx €5 / Heritage Farms - Approx €8pp / Large Exhibitions - Approx €16pp / Brewery's - Approx €12pp / Distilleries - Approx €8pp / National Heritage Sites - Approx €5pp / Live Music Shows - Approx €15pp
Entertainment - Pint of Guinness - €5pp / Pint of Beer - €5-€6pp / Pub music - Free / Theatre - €15-€25pp
What type of Accommodation is best in Ireland?
We have a huge range of accommodation options from luxury 5 Star Castles to boutique farm stays. Once again this is a completely flexible and customised element of your tour. We find that guests like a mix of accommodation styles so we try to mix up our overnights with a combination of 5 Star / Luxury B&B / Farm Stays. We will always ensure that the accommodation is of the highest quality standard regardless of the ratings.
Are the itineraries flexible?
All of our tours are individually customised based on our clients requests therefore our tours always vary and every tour is a new adventure. Our website features some suggested itineraries however they are all flexible.
How long is a day of touring on a private tour of Ireland?
This depends on the style of tour you have chosen.
Day Tours - The lengths of our day tours will vary depending on the distance travelled. For example... A Dublin & Surrounds Day Tour could be 5 Hours whilst a Northern Ireland Day Tour could be 13 hours.
Multi Day Tours - The days on our multi-day escorted tours are usually 8 hours and based on a recommended 9:30am to 5:30pm schedule. This is entirely flexible and depending on the itinerary and the group, days can be shorter or a little longer.
Driving Times - Although our vehicles are of the highest comfort nobody likes driving too long. We try to design all of our tours so you will have a stop of interest every 1.5 to 2 hours at the most. There will be exceptional circumstances where a drive of 3 hours is required on our longer day tours.
How much should to tip in Ireland?
There is no set guidelines for tipping in Ireland. People will usually tip based on the quality of service they receive. A general guideline for top quality service would be 10-15%
Meals – This depends entirely on the quality of service and food. The food standard has greatly increased in Ireland over the last number of years and we know some gems of coffee shops & restaurants around the country. 10 to 15% is a good guideline.
Drinks – Bar staff behind the bar would not normally be tipped. Lounge staff who serve you at your table would be tipped 10 to 15% percent. Once again this depends entirely on the service quality.
Driver Guides – We are often asked how much should I tip a tour guide in Ireland? Driver/guide gratuity is never expected but always appreciated. The amount is entirely based on your tour experience. If you feel that your guides have gone out of their way to provide a unique experience a tip of between €30 and €50 per day would be a generous gratuity.
Hotel Staff – A tip for porters & chambermaids is always appreciated but again, this depends on quality of service.
When is the best time to visit Ireland?
Well, each of the seasons and months have their own advantages and charms. Take a look at our blog post on the topic on when to travel in Ireland for more details about Irish weather...
For more info - When To Travel in Ireland Blog Post
What to wear on a vacation in Ireland?
Ireland's weather is always an interesting subject and is a subject dear to our hearts! Our weather is constantly changing. Expect during the course of your visit to see all the seasons - days of sun, light rain, rainbows, wind and lots more besides. One point to note however is that we do not have extremes. The rain is generally quite light so a light raincoat should do.
Something we do recommend is good waterproof walking shoes. Not necessarily hiking boots, just a simple pair of waterproof shoes that you can wear for all occasions. Ireland would not be a particularly formal country in terms of dress so casual wear would be suggested. An exception is when staying in some higher scale 5 star castles. In this case formal dining wear may be required.