Ireland Explorer for Singles
Departures: All Ages
This is our Ireland Explorer Tour including visits to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Co. Clare/Dublin with an optional extension to Cork & Kilkenny. In most cities we have arranged for an extensive array of mini excursions so you can customize this tour to match your interests. You can explore important cultural sites, enjoy the exciting nightlife, and best of all, travel with singles. 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 singles of all ages! View our daily itinerary and excursions for a fuller description of our Ireland Explorer for Singles. 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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Included in our Ireland Package:
- 7 or 10 Nights Premiere City-Center Hotel Accommodations
- Pre/Post Nights Available
- Group town-to-town transfers
- Traditional Irish Breakfasts Daily
- Guinness Connoisseur Experience meet and greet
- Dublin: Choice of:
Hop-on/Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour -or-
Old Jameson Distillery tour -or-
Irish Whiskey Museum -or-
Teeling Whiskey Museum
- 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 (or similar) in Co. Clare -or-Irish House Party (or similar) in Dublin
- 10 Night Guests: Irish House Party (or similar) in Dublin
- Roundtrip Airport City-Center Shuttle Transfers
- All Hotel Tax/Fees
- 24/7 Traveler Hotline
7 Night 5/12 – 5/19 (Sun-Sun)
10 Night 5/12 – 5/22 (Sun-Weds)
Do not book your airfare until you have spoken with your Travel Specialist
*We guarantee the first 6 nights of this standard Ireland Explorer at the double/twin roommate matching pricing. If no roommate is available for the 7th night of the tour or any additional nights including the Northern Coast Pre-Tour, Southern Castles Post-Tour and/or Ultimate itinerary, the traveler is responsible for a single supplement of $95 per night, varying from 1 to 6 nights depending on the itinerary chosen. Guaranteed Roommate Matching is available if booking outside 60 days of departure, inside 60 days please check with your Travel Specialist for options. 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 airfare for our Ireland Explorer until we confirm you reservation and you have spoken with your Travel Specialist.
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 to check out the shops on Grafton Street, or explore the Trinity College campus. You have a Hopper meet and greet scheduled today at the Guinness Storehouse for the exclusive Connoisseur experience. You also have the choice to visit the Old Jameson Distillery, Irish Whiskey Museum, Teeling Distillery or utilize the Hop-on/Hop-off bus . This evening you’ll enjoy at your leisure.
Day 2, Monday: Dublin to Galway
Spend the morning in Dublin, then take a relaxing train ride across the country to Galway. Get your bearings in Galway with dinner and pints at the pubs on Shop and Quay Street.
Day 3, Tuesday: Galway
Today is yours to do as you please. We suggest the featured day tour visiting the Connemara Region and Kylemore Abbey. Don’t feel like touring today? Try your hand at one of Ireland’s most spectacular golf courses, Galway Bay Golf Resort.
Day 4, Wednesday: Galway
Another day to experience Galway at your own pace. Go on a self-guided walking tour of the city, walk along the River Corrib, and visit the silversmiths in the Claddagh for an authentic Claddagh ring, or today’s suggested tour is a trip to the Aran Islands- considered the last guardian of Gaelic culture and Europe’s easternmost point.
Day 5, Thursday: Galway to Killarney
During this peaceful journey via private driver, you will make a stop to visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Check into your hotel before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at your own speed. You might consider a leisurely Jaunting Cart Ride with an entertaining Irish driver or explore Killarney National Park at your own pace.
Day 6, Friday: Killarney
You will have another day to explore Co. Kerry. You can choose to join our trip around the famous Dingle Peninsula or the Ring of Kerry-two of Ireland’s most popular scenic areas that won’t disappoint.
Day 7, Saturday: Killarney to Co. Clare (7 night travelers) OR Killarney to Cork (10 night travelers)
-7 Night travelers: Head to Co. Clare via bus to finish your journey with last-minute shopping and a farewell toast. Tonight you will enjoy the entertaining send-off at your Farewell Dinner with Traditional Irish Music and Dancing. Finish your night with some last minute pints and rest up, so you don’t miss your flight.
-10 Night travelers: Finish exploring Killarney before your mid-day train transfer. This morning you may want to take one of the most scenic Horseback Rides through Killarney National Park you could ever imagine. Continue your travels to Cork in the afternoon. Once you arrive, you can choose to take a half-day tour to Cork City Gaol (Jail) and visit Blarney Village, home to the famous Blarney Castle and Stone. Kiss the stone to get the gift of the gab.
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 the day in Co. Cork. If you prefer sites a little off the typical tourist lists, visit Cobh. Cobh is the last port of the Titanic. Here you can visit the Queenstown Story to learn about the main emigration point for more than three million Irish people and visit the Cobh Heritage Center to trace your Irish roots. We also suggest visiting the town of Kinsale, the gourmet food capital of Ireland. To build up your appetite for an amazing meal, we suggest the Kinsale Walking Tour, which is an acclaimed introduction to this quaint and extraordinary harbor town.
Day 9, Monday – Kilkenny
Continue your journey to the medieval village of Kilkenny via private driver. Today you can choose to enjoy the Black & Gold Kilkenny City Train tour or visit the Smithwick’s Experience. Spend your night as you wish. We suggest maybe with wine and cheese on the patio or a pint of locally brewed Smithwick’s in the pub!
Day 10, Tuesday – Kilkenny to Dublin
Before you leave Kilkenny take the chance to check-out Kilkenny Castle. You’ll finish your journey with a transfer back to Dublin via train to do some last-minute shopping and a farewell toast. Tonight you will enjoy an entertaining send-off at your Farewell Dinner with Traditional Irish Music and Dancing. Finish your night with some last minute pints at the local pubs in Temple Bar and rest up, so you don’t miss your flight.
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. 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. 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?
Our singles tour is welcoming of all ages! We typically see most of our travelers are ages 35-65.
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 4 to 20 people. There is no maximum, though we prefer to keep the group under 15 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 town-to-town 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: Jurys Inn or similar
Galway: The Western or similar
Killarney: Killarney International or similar
Co. Clare: Bunratty Castle Hotel or similar
Cork: Jurys Inn or similar (10-Night)
Kilkenny: The Pembroke or similar (10-Night)
Dublin: Jurys Inn or similar (10-Night)
All Hotels are subject to change and may be substituted for hotels with similar rating/price.