On a group trip to Ireland, you’ll experience the beauty of the country and the energy of the city while soaking in a culture that’s second to none. From stunning natural landscapes to pub-lined city streets and more sheep and castles than you can count, the Emerald Isle is overflowing with good craic.
Traveler photos from Ireland
I would 110% recommend this trip!
“Some of the highlights of the trip were riding through the Ring Kerry, seeing the jaw dropping sights of the Cliffs of Moher, swimming on the Aran Islands and picnicking at Glendalough! Marco was an awesome tour guild and with the hassle-free aspect of booking with EF just make for a spectacular experience!"
–Hannah, traveled on Grand Tour of Ireland Aug. 2022
Take me back, I miss it already!
“This tour was….in a word, life changing. I met amazing people, that included the insanely good at his job tour director, Gavin. I saw beautiful places I had only dreamt of seeing. I made memories that will last a lifetime, and I got to do it in a way that I could afford. If you are on the fence, get off and book the trip!”
–Meghan, traveled on Grand Tour of Ireland: Plus Oct. 2022
Know before you go
Irish folk are known for their slang, so if you want to stay hip, try out some of these popular words and phrases:
- Bang on: Meaning you’re right, accurate; “You are bang on.”
- Black stuff: Guinness; “A pint of the black stuff please!.”
- Brutal: Meaning awful or dreadful; “That was a brutal tackle.”
- Craic: Pronounce like crack; meaning fun, going on’s like “What’s the craic?” “Where’s the craic?”
- Deadly or Savage: Fantastic or great; “That was a deadly joke.”
- Grand: A reply to most questions like how are you, how are you feeling, in response to a statement; “How are you? Grand.” “Meet me here. Grand.”
- Knackered or Shattered: Exhausted
- Langers: Drunk
- The locals in Ireland are known for being friendly. Spark up conversation in the pubs and you may even find a new friend.
- We said it before and we’ll say it again: The weather changes in an instant. Expect the unexpected.
- It’s tempting to take pictures at every corner or of every pint you purchase, but remember that life in Ireland is all about living in the moment. Enjoy it!
- When at the pubs with a group, it’s common for each person to take turns “buying a round” for the rest of the group. Try it out with your new friends!
- Try new foods, we promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
You’ll sample a variety of local dishes on your trip, but read on for tips, tricks, and delicacies you just must try.
- Irish Stew: Ireland’s most famous dish of meat, potatoes, onions, and more
- The Full Irish: Or, Irish breakfast, usually consists of soda bread, bacon, eggs, fried sausages, mushrooms or tomatoes. Locals get their fuel for the day with this massive feast
- Salmon: Smoked or Irish, Salmon is a treat in Ireland and always fresh! Especially from April – June
- Galway Oysters: The best oysters are found in the West of Ireland, harvested in Clarinbridge.
- Soda Bread: Every Irish family has their own soda bread recipe, but it’s always good with butter, alongside Irish stew, or on its own
- Coddle: A slow cooked combination of sausage, bacon, onions, and potatoes
- Guinness & Guinness Cake: Why not pair a fresh pint o’ Guinness with a cake made from the dark stout? You’re on vacation, after all.
- Boxty: Essentially a mashed and grated potato in dumpling-form. Try it at Dublin’s Temple Bar!
- Black and white pudding: No, not like a Snack Pack. It’s pudding made from blood and fat mixed with barley, pork meat, oatmeal, and suet in one sausage. Trust us, try it.
We plan it all. And then some.
Our group trips to Ireland come with everything included. That’s accommodations, flights (unless you wanna book your own), activities, and an expert Tour Director who always knows where to find the perfect pint.
Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book ’em yourself)