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Viking Trails of Ireland Tour
When we think of the Vikings in Ireland it is common to think of ruthless murderers and plunderers and while this may have been true to some extent, the Vikings deserve credit for shaping the Ireland that we enjoy today. In Scandinavia the Vikings were fishermen and farmers and their expert ship building skills eventually allowed them to travel further afield, initially as invaders and later as traders. The Vikings brought Ireland’s first towns which later evolved into the great Irish cities that you can visit today, namely Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Wexford and Cork. They introduced coinage, trade and many of the words still in use in the Irish language today.
Our Viking Tour series will allow you to explore Viking Heritage in Ireland as well as allowing you to explore the scenic beauty of many of our most famous attractions. Choose from Self-Drive tours where you will be able to keep to your own time schedule or a private chauffeured tour where you can experience Ireland with your very own personal driver. Our drivers are highly experienced and informed guides that will make your Ireland vacation the trip of a lifetime!
Discover Viking Ireland for yourself on this six night tour of Ireland. Visit the Viking Cities of Dublin, Cork, Waterford & Limerick and use your Irish Tourism personal sightseeing guide to direct you through Ireland’s Viking past as well as Ireland’s most well-known visitor attractions including Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse....read more
Discover how the Vikings influenced the development of the modern Ireland that we know today. Spend your vacation in the Viking cities of Dublin, Waterford or Cork, Wexford and Limerick and with our help, discover Ireland’s Viking Heritage as well as some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery and picturesque towns and villages....read more
This 8 night/9 day tour of Ireland will take you through Ireland’s Viking heritage beginning in the city of Dublin where our Viking history can easily be seen. Your trip will then take you to Viking Waterford which comes from the old Norse word ‘Vedrarfjiordr’ and on to Cork which is also recognised has having a Viking heritage. Stay in Killarney where a number of touring routes are available to you, the remarkable Ring of Kerry with its stunning mountainous scenery and quirky towns and villages or the Dingle peninsula, a finger of land dotted with more than 2000 historic sites and monuments....read more
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back with you. My sister and I had a fantastic time on our trip. The weather (with the exception of the morning heading to see Clonmacnoise and then heading to Dublin) was absolutely great. We were able to see the Cliffs of Moher within an hour or so of arriving in country. We did run into a spot of trouble leaving Doolin when I got the car stuck while trying to allow vehicles coming in the opposite direction more room, but fortunately, someone was kind enough to stop and help get us out. We also ran into a small traffic jam on our way to Galway on one of the smaller county roads when a flock of sheep escaped from the field, but we thought it was great. Other than that, there were no problems driving around. We managed to see the Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway, and Bunratty Castle (the medieval banquet was great, highly recommend the experience) while out on the west coast. It was cold and rainy when we were at Clonmacnoise, but it was worth freezing to check out the ruins. We both had a blast in Dublin, and were able to see everything we wanted by using the Dublin Tour's Hop-on Hop-Off bus tour. Being able to walk five minutes down the street from the hotel to Trinity College (where we checked out the Book of Kells and the archives), pick up the bus and paying for the ticket once on board made traveling around the city very convenient (and the bus driver/tour guides were a riot). In a single day, we managed to tour Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Warehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and cruise Temple Bar (hit up the Hard Rock Café too). As for our accommodations, you did a great job with the selections! Our time spent at the Connemara Hotel was awesome- everything from the facilities to the dining was fabulous and Henry and Elaine were gracious hosts (so sweet and accommodating). Our Dublin Hotel was just as fantastic, and we loved its proximity to Trinity College and Temple Bar! The only negative I could think of is that there were places on our "to see" list that we didn't get to, and am already looking forward to the opportunity to return to Ireland in the future. We have told our friends and family about your wonderful service.
I took several hundred (no exaggeration) pictures and at least an hour of video footage during our trip, and would be more than happy to send a few of them for the website.
Thank you for all the help in planning the visit.
Kristen Cangelosi, United Arab Emirates