Ireland Explorer for Singles
Two Age Specific Departures: Ages 25 to 40’s and 50 & Over.
This is our ultimate Ireland explorer including visits to Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Co. Clare, Cork & Kilkenny. In each city we have arranged for an extensive array of mini excursions so you can customize this tour to match your interests. You can explore the most important cultural sites, enjoy the exciting nightlife, and best of all, travel with singles from all over the US, GB and Canada. We have planned this vacation to be customized, so feel free to choose from a long list of really interesting mini-excursions. This tour is ideal for all singles of all ages since we offer this trip twice a year, each with different departure dates, depending on the age group you will be traveling with. View our daily itinerary and excursions for a fuller description of our Ireland singles adventure. We consider this to be not only one of our most interesting singles tours but also one of our most fun. Our trip feedback over the years has really been great focusing not only on the group dynamic but also on the variety of places we visit.
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Ages 25 to 40’s
7 Night 5/7 – 5/14 (Sun-Sun)
10 Night 5/7 – 5/17 (Sun-Weds)
Ages 50 & Over**
7 Night 5/14 – 5/21 (Sun-Sun)
10 Night 5/14 – 5/24 (Sun-Weds)
Not Exclusively Singles
Do Not Book Air Until You Speak With Our Tour Host
Included in our Ireland Package:
- 7 or 10 Nights Premiere City-Center Hotel Accommodations
- Pre/Post Nights Available @ $150
- Group transportation between all towns with private group driver
- Traditional Irish Breakfasts Daily
- Tour Host *
- Welcome Pub Crawl w/host upon arrival in Dublin*
- Dublin: Choice of Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Tours
- Cliffs of Moher Tour Stop on transfer from Galway to Killarney
- Killarney: Choice of Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula Day tour
- Farewell Dinner Show & Entertainment
- 7 Night Guests Bunratty Medieval Banquet from Co. Clare (or similar)
- 10 Night Guests Irish House Party in Dublin (or similar)
- R/T Airport City-Center Shuttle Transfers
- R/T for All Day Tours
- All Hotel Tax/Fees
- 24/7 Traveler Hotline
* Min. 6 Guests & Not Available for Over 50s Group
**Not exclusive to single travelers, see FAQ tab.
*For Purchasers of 10 day shared accommodations… If no roommate is found you are responsible for the upgrade to a private room for the last 4 days ($260).Roommate Matching is guaranteed if booking outside of 60 days of departure, inside of 60 days please check directly with Singles Travel Service.
We highly recommend a pre-night to get more time in Dublin as there is only 1 night with the regular tour plus it also helps to adjust to the time change. We will arrange airport pick up and drop off for any flight. For post night you can add one in Co. Clare at the end of the 7 night tour or Dublin at the end of the 10 night tour.
Do Not purchase your air for our Ireland Explorer until we confirm you reservation.
Ireland 7 & 10 Night Itineraries:
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive Dublin, Ireland
Arrive in the early morning to Dublin International Airport, where you will get your airport transfer to the city-center. You will have this day at your leisure to check out the shops on Grafton street, Trinity College, or start a 24 hour pass on Dublin’s hop-on/hop-off City Tour Bus. You may choose to join in a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a complimentary pint in the top-floor Gravity Bar overlooking Dublin. If whiskey is more your flavor head over to experience the Old Jameson Distillery tour (included). Be sure not to miss tonight’s Welcome pub crawl hosted at a nearby pub where the Tour Host will offer a short Introduction to Ireland while you get to meet the others traveling with you all week!
Day 2, Monday: Dublin to Galway
Spend the morning recovering from last night’s welcome party or begin exploring the streets, shops, and pubs of Dublin. This afternoon, board your coach bus for a relaxing ride through the Irish countryside to Galway on the west coast.
Day 3, Tuesday: Galway
Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast at your leisure this morning. The day is yours to experience Galway at your own pace or take advantage of our featured tour visiting either the Connemara region, well known and loved by artists for its unspoiled beauty. Take your second night in Galway to visit the shops, restaurants and pubs you may have missed last night.
Day 4, Wednesday: Galway
Today you can challenge your mates to a local pub crawl, or take advantage of the featured tour to the Aran Islands, Europe’s easternmost point where Gaelic is the first language of its residents and is considered the foothold of Irish culture.
Day 5, Thursday: Galway to Killarney
Wake up to your traditional Irish breakfast, pack up your room, and catch your transfer to Killarney. During this peaceful journey you will make a stop to visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher that stretch for 5 miles and are over 700 feet high. Once that sight is buried in your memory forever you will continue to Killarney . Check-in to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at your own speed. You may want to enjoy a leisurely Jaunting Cart Ride with an entertaining Irish driver.
Day 6, Friday: Killarney
Another day to explore Killarney – you may join our trip around the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula, Ireland’s most popular scenic areas with the country’s highest mountains on one side and Atlantic coast on the other. Bike hire is also available or you may enjoy the local scene of Killarney, it’s always your choice! Tonight, take part in a local pub crawl with your mates.
Day 7, Saturday: Killarney to Co. Clare (7 night travelers) OR Killarney to Cork (10 night travelers)
This morning you can finish exploring Killarney before your mid-day transfer. Your option this morning is a scenic Horseback Riding tour through the Killarney National Park.
-7 Night travelers then head to Co. Clare to check-in for your final stop. Take full advantage of the serenity as you wind down from a wild week. This evening you’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner & Show with Irish Music and Dancing.
-10 night travelers continue to Cork. This afternoon you may want to visit Blarney Village, home to the famous Blarney Castle & Blarney Stone.
Day 8, Sunday: Co. Clare to Shannon/Home(7 night travelers) OR Cork (10 night travelers)
-7 Night travelers say goodbye to Ireland and your new friends as we leave Co. Clare for Shannon Airport to board your return flights home.
-10 Night travelers enjoy another day in Cork. Today you may choose to visit Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. Here you can visit The Queenstown Story to learn of the development of the port as the main emigration point for up to 3 million Irish people. We also suggest visiting the town of Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland. To build up your appetite for an amazing meal we suggest the Kinsale Walking Tour, an acclaimed and fun insight into this quaint and extraordinary harbor town.
3 Extra Day – Extension
Day 9, Monday – Kilkenny
Continue your journey to Kilkenny. Explore the streets of Kilkenny and visit Kilkenny Castle or head down to the Kilkenny Craft Trail which is the perfect way to explore the best of Kilkenny crafts. Spend your night with wine and cheese on the patio (or beer and peanuts…whichever you prefer).
Day 10, Tuesday – Kilkenny to Dublin
Head back to Dublin and finish your journey with last minute shopping and an ultimate farewell toast. Tonight is your Farewell Dinner with Irish Music & Dancing.
**Bolded items are completely optional to give you the flexibility to spend your time as you choose! Please view the tours tab for more information and pricing.Hotels are subject to change.
Will I have free time or will I have to stay with the group the entire time?
The foundation of our tours is the flexibility that is built into them. Other than transfers from town to town, it’s your vacation to spend as you please. This Singles Ireland Tour is designed to provide you flexibility and independence in which your itinerary, accommodations and transfers are all pre-arranged to provide you with the structure you need while traveling. The rest of the trip is up to you to do as you please.
For whom are tours recommended?
We recommend our tours for active independent travelers who want an alternative to a fully-planned tour with no freedom or flexibility. This tour is not recommended for those who require a full time guide, private transportation service at all times, luggage handling or have mobility issues requiring wheelchairs, have trouble walking or limiting medical conditions.
Will there be someone accompanying our group while we are on tour?
A full-time host or guide is not provided with this Singles Ireland Tour; however, we do provide a local host during your welcome event on your first evening when you meet the rest of the group. Your Singles Travel Service Sales Host will be happy to work with you prior to departure to answer any of your questions and make suggestions about available things to see or do. On most day tours and attractions there are licensed tour guides available and we also recommend asking the receptionists at your hotels for helpful tips and information. You will be provided with a 24/7 Traveler Hotline if any issues or emergencies do arise and you need assistance.
How/when do we meet up with the group?
A welcome event is included with your tour on your first evening. Your first day is free to tour as you please, on your own. A Facebook event will be created prior to departure and invite all travelers to “join” so that everyone may introduce themselves and discuss the upcoming trip. If travelers would like to set up a time on their own to meet the first day before the welcome event we encourage it!
How do you pick roommates?/When will we find out who our roommate is?
Once we know how many travelers require a roommate, we will pair individuals based on gender and trip length. We will also do our best to match individuals based on age and/or where they are from, if possible. Roommates will be introduced prior to travel via email when travel documents are issued, approximately 7 to 10 days prior to departure.
Do I have to be a solo traveler to join this trip, or can I bring a friend?
You can absolutely bring a friend! Our Singles Tour is set up to be a great way to meet new people, but if you’re more comfortable traveling with a friend, then you can certainly travel together.
Please note that on some of these tours assigned for solo travelers are not exclusive to solo travelers. Transfers from town-to-town may include other travelers and the type of transfer may vary and is subject to change based on the total number of travelers traveling to/from the same destination on any particular date.
What is the age range of the group?
We offer two weeks catered to different age ranges. On the first week we encourage travelers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s to join this tour. Any age is welcome; however, due to feedback from past trips we realize that some travelers over 50 did not prefer to travel with such a wide range of ages, therefore the second week for those aged 50 and older is available. The ages 50 and over trip welcomes solo travelers and offers roommate matching, but is not exclusive to solo travelers.
What is the ratio of females to males?
Each trip is different, but on average the ratio is about 3:1 (female to male).
How many people are normally on this tour?
Past Singles tours have ranged from 12 to 25 people. There is no maximum, though we prefer to keep the group under 30 travelers to maintain a more intimate experience.
What are the pick-up times for the transfers between towns?
Pick-up times will vary based on the type of transportation provided. Your Singles Travel Service Sales Host can help provide you with an idea of times so you may choose optional tours prior to travel. You’ll receive exact pick-up times and locations in your travel documents.
Do we need to tip our drivers?
Yes! For each door-to-door transfer or day tour with a tour guide (such as on our optional tours) it is customary to tip between €/£2 to €/£5 per person, per transfer based on the service and information provided by your driver. No tipping is required for drivers of scheduled/public transfers.
Can we pick the hotels we want to stay in?
Accommodations are carefully chosen based on the needs and size of the group. Accommodations are chosen based on location and quality in an effort to meet our travelers’ expectations and ensure satisfaction. Hotel locations provide easy accessibly to attractions, restaurants, pubs and public transportation. Whether it’s a boutique hotel or a large chain property, our hotels will always have a quality rating of three or four stars and a TripAdvisor rating of three or higher.
Will everyone be staying in the same hotel?
We do our best to keep everyone together, but this is not guaranteed. Multiple hotels may need to be utilized in different towns due to availability and different room type requirements.
Do hotels allow guests?
Every hotel has different policies, but at night most hotels check guests at the entrance to ensure only resident guests are staying the night, as well as provide extra security.
Can we book optional day tours/attractions while we are traveling or do we need to book everything ahead of time? If we can book while we are traveling, how do we do that?
Day tours, attractions and activities are available for selection and pre-purchase up to 21 days prior to departure. Travel documents cannot be issued to the group until everyone traveling has submitted their selections so make sure to let your Sales Host know your requests as soon as you can!
By purchasing these options prior to travel you are able to pay in $USD or $CAD while locking in the exchange rate as well as any discounts that may have been extended to our clients. Your space on these tours is also guaranteed as many day tours sell out months prior to operating. Some day tour options are provided to our clients privately and must be purchased prior to travel so minimum group size requirements are met and the proper vehicle size can be reserved.
If you do not plan to arrange your tour and attractions prior to travel you may purchase these items directly from the vendor itself at their retail rates and in the local currency, if there is availability. During your tour please feel free to check with your hotel reception desk or concierge for information on tours or for the location of the tourist office.
Dublin: Trinity Capital Hotel or Arlington O’Connell
Galway: Forester Court or Western Hotel
Killarney: Killarney International or Killarney Towers
Co. Clare: Temple Gate Hotel or Bunratty Castle Hotel
Cork: Cork Clarion or Jurys Inn
Kilkenny: Kilkenny River Court
All Hotels are subject to change and may be substituted for hotels with similar rating/price.
Do Not purchase your air until we confirm you reservation & you speak with our tour manager.
Depart USA 5/6 Fly Overnight
Arrive Dublin 5/7 AM Tour Starts 7 PM
7 Night Departs Shannon 5/14 & Arrives USA Same Day
10 Night Departs Dublin 5/17 & Arrives USA Same Day
Ages 50 & Over
Depart USA 5/14 Fly Overnight
Arrive Dublin 5/15 AM Tour Starts 7 PM
7 Night Departs Shannon 5/23 & Arrives USA Same Day
10 Night Departs Dublin 5/26 & Arrives USA Same Day