The rich tapestry that makes up Ireland's cultural fabric has drawn admirers from all over the world for many years. From sampling a pint of Guinness to listening to a live performance of traditional Irish music or watching it's unique dance styles, the Irish cultural experience is one to be savoured. For a small, almost "boutique" country on the edge of Europe her cultural shadow is cast disproportionately long and wide. The Irish, known worldwide for their warm carefree, hard working attitude to life are most comfortable and alive in their homeland and a tour of this mythical land is a unique and rewarding experience. At Discover Ireland Tours we aim to ensure your clients have the best cultural tour experience possible.
Discover Ireland Tours, Ireland's premier Destination Management Company(DMC) have been helping plan leisure tour itineraries since 1989. With 30 years of experience running leisure tours in Ireland our experience and knowledge is unparalleled. With this in mind we have put together a small summary of the most popular and interesting cultural tour ideas and also some of our personal favourites. Our catalogue of tour ideas ranges far beyond what is found here and will surely contain something to match your clients needs. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!
The lyrical tones of traditional Irish music can be heard in pubs and venues across Ireland each evening. Often evolving from a spontaneous gathering of people and turning into a "Grand Hooley" (a fine party). The particular brand of music changes from location to location with favourite songs sung along with by all, some of these songs have never been recorded. Music and merriment echoing late into the night (and perhaps into the following day!).
The origins of the music and the culture of this "session" phenomenon can be found in the olden public houses and gatherings of people to exchange stories, gossip and song with each other and to catch up on the world. This culture has evolved though the modern years into the vibrant contemporary scene found in villages and towns across Ireland. Call us today to quote a cultural tour for your clients.
Hurling, Gaelic Football and Rugby - these are the sports that capture the minds of Irish people far and wide. Hurling is generally considered to be the most skilled field game on the planet and second only to Ice hockey for speed in all sporting arenas. Using a "hurley" and "sliotar" (pronounced "shlitt-or"). The game is played without protective padding and only a thin helmet is worn for protection of the head.
Gaelic football is a combination of soccer and basketball with elements of rugby involved too. A tough physical, fast paced game it bears a close resemblance to Australian Rules football. There is a regular match between the two countries in this unique game also. At My Ireland Tours we can organise tours of the major Irish sporting grounds and games. Contact us to see what we can do for your clients!
It seems somewhat ironic that Ireland with its reputation for enjoying the odd tipple came late to the craft beer revolution but we caught up quick! Craft breweries and distilleries are popping up all across the country now and they love nothing more than showing interested people around their boutique facilities. From small single person operations to full scale craft production there are amazing stories and drinks to be had where ever you go.
Of course no tour of Ireland would be complete without visiting the institution of beer in Ireland: The Guinness Store House. Here they will teach you to pour the perfect pint and you can learn the history of the world famous stout and the role this brewery has played in Dublin's evolution. Don't forget the real connoisseur also heads to Cork to have a pint of Murphy's. This Cork stout is a rebel county institution since 1856.
Star Wars, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, The Quiet Man, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones - these are just some of the amazing films that have been shot in Ireland's wondrous landscapes. The Skellig Islands of County Kerry are the current stars of the big screen having featured in the latest Star Wars movies. Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hammil) is known to have had a few pints down the local pubs between scenes. According the local word the pint pouring force was indeed strong with him.
While the major Hollywood blockbusters may be more well known the homegrown Irish cinema scene is even more vibrant and colourful. Films such as The Guard, The Commitments, Once, The Snapper, Intermission and of course the Palm d'Or winning The Wind That Shake The Barley feature among the gems of Irish Cinema and are held in high regard by Irish people far and wide for their accurate portrayal of Irish history and culture. Contact us today to add some movie locations to your clients tour.
Irish cuisine is not generally considered to be very diverse but what dishes there are are hearty and delicious. Consisting of simple tasty staples such as Irish Stew, Full Irish Breakfast, Drisheen and Colcannon. These have been augmented with modern Irish dishes such as delicious Guinness and Oysters, Traditional Irish Soda Bread and of course and a myriad of delicious Irish Salmon dishes.
The contemporary Irish food scene is a pleasant mix of modern global influence coupled with traditional Irish flavours. The large influx of European cultures has greatly enhanced the gastronomic landscape of Ireland now more than ever is a the perfect time to sample its delights. Contact us today to see what we can do to add a delicious gastronomic twist to your clients tour.
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If you already have an itinerary in mind then let us quote, and your clients can take advantage of the great rates we get at the accommodations and attractions all across Ireland.
Or we can design the ideal itinerary for your clients. Every itinerary we design is unique, and starts with a conversation with you so we can fully understand the needs of your group. Specialist visits required? Not a problem at all, our range of contacts is unrivalled in the industry and we are uniquely positioned to provide custom special interest tours of Ireland.
As soon as your guests arrive in Ireland, we take over and look after the accommodation, logistics, entertainment and well-being of your group. Your very own authentic and knowledgeable Irish Driver-Guide or Expert Tour Manager is always on hand to provide information about the attractions and local flavour. Always friendly and approachable, your group will have plenty of 'craic' with your professional guide. Your clients are in good hands.
These are your guests. We will brand everything with your name, with us hidden in entirely in the background. Our aim is to make sure they cannot thank you enough for such a great Irish Experience.
The first thing is to get in touch and let us know what you are thinking of. Perhaps we can help with suggestions, ideas, and rough expectations of costs too.
Let us know what you'd like, and we'll get an exact itinerary together for you. Be as exact or general as you like. If you already know the itinerary you'd like then just let us know, we can arrange it all for you. Less hassle for you, and better rates for your clients due to the great rates we enjoy with attractions and accommodations across Ireland.
We are experts in all things Ireland, so if you'd like us to suggest and plan for your clients please just ask. Everything from leisure tours to technical special interest tours, we can use our expertise to create the perfect itinerary, whatever your groups needs.
We'll make sure your clients enjoy the perfect tour & a truly seamless experience whilst in Ireland.
We operate completely in the background on your customized tour. They are your clients, and they'll receive wonderful service with a the tour that's branded in your name.
Historic Castles & Luxury Manor Houses, three, four & five star Hotels or quaint B&B's and Farmhouses. Our contacts and friends are all over the country and we can provide accommodation to suit all. The buying power we have ensures the best prices for you and your guests. Our accommodation options are flexible and customizable, we can work with you to design a unique tour with lodgings tailored to your needs.
Our Hotel selection can be customised to you and your clients budget. From lively and centrally located to historic, quaint or secluded.
Ireland is steeped in history. We have the contacts to provide access to some of the finest Castles & Manors in the country.
If your guests want to get close to real Ireland, then quaint B&B's & Farmhouses that dot the countryside are available.
Popular on our student and educational tours of Ireland, hostels and homestays offer a unique cultural experience as well as a great value option.
We can arrange entry or access to all of Ireland's attractions and are always available to recommend attractions for you and your clients itinerary.
As special interest tour suppliers we can provide tours for any age or interest group, have a look at our customisable special interest tours and see what tours we can offer.
Organising special interest tours has not only made us experts in technical and niche tours but has also made us superior when it comes to providing Leisure Tours in Ireland.
Our tours run under your name. We take care of your clients, with everything taken care of from their arrival until we pass them back to book with you again.
We do all the legwork. At Discover Ireland Tours we understand the complexities of putting a trip around Ireland together. From the sights and attractions, to the service, Expert Guides, Vehicles and Accommodation, our years of experience as a leading destination management company means that our tours offer a complete and seamless experience for your guests.
From private cars to large coaches, and everything in between, we can provide the ideal vehicle or vehicles for your group. Many vehicles feature tinted windows, guest fridges, air conditioning and leather seats. Should you require something extra-luxurious please just ask.
Our driver-guides have a pristine record of ensuring the guests' safety, comfort and entertainment, and it is their desire to bring fulfilment to all members of your group that set us apart from other DMC's in Ireland. Many vehicles have been downsized, giving your clients extra legroom and comfort.
Our Driver-Guides and Tour Managers are passionate about Ireland, its heritage, and its people. Always on hand to give your clients the inside track on what is the best place for a pint of Guinness or to let you know about the seldom seen gems of Ireland.
As a leading Irish DMC we don't do "off-the-shelf" tours of Ireland, all our itineraries our fully customized to each unique group and every itinerary starts with a conversation with you.
From budget to 5 star luxury, contemporary to historic, Ireland has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all groups. We provide the best options at the best rates.
Engaging and highly knowledgeable, our expert-driver guides & tour managers will bring the vibrant history and culture of Ireland to life for your group.
Historic, cultural, iconic, expansive, vibrant; the range and variety of things to see in Ireland is quite incredible. We will plan and arrange everything here to bring the best of Ireland to your group.
Our large range of vehicles, from private cars for two 2 to large coaches for groups of 100+, offer superior comfort for your clients as they journey into Ireland's past and present.
As a leading business-to-business inbound tour operator, our job is to make your clients very happy. With everything branded in your name, our aim is to ensure your clients are extremely satisfied and return to you for their next tour.
Operating since 1989, we are the leading Irish destination management company, with unrivalled local knowledge. From the iconic sights to the unknown gems, we are your experts for all things Ireland.
Our scale and supplier relationships give us excellent purchasing power, giving your clients the very best rates. Booking through us is not only wonderfully easy, but also better value that booking hotels and attractions direct.
After 30 years in business our contacts throughout Ireland are industry-leading, including a huge range of specialist options for niche tours.
We are a business-to-business Irish inbound tour operator, and your clients will only see your name. Our aim is to give your clients the best possible experience, giving you the repeat business.
As your one-stop solution for everything Ireland, you can relax. Our expertise is here to plan and deliver everything for you and your clients. If you already have an idea of the itinerary then let us quote, and if you would like us to design one for you, well that's what we're here for.
30 years in business and the reputation as Ireland's leading ground handling agent have not come from nothing. Get in touch today and let us show you what we can do.
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