20% off all tours

We have a special discount code for you to celebrate the launch of our new website and VIP tour. It's valid until January 6th. Enter the following code in the checkout when booking your tour to get 20% off

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Our passion is you meeting the locals. Live like the Irish for a week on an Essential Ireland Tour
7 Day Essential Ireland Tour

WILD ATLANTIC TOUR

THE ULTIMATE INTRODUCTION TO IRELAND’S SOUTH WEST

Wild Atlantic Tour Departure Dates for 2019 from Dublin:

March 18th to March 24th - SOLD OUT

April 14th to April 20th - SOLD OUT

June 30th to July 6th

September 1st to September 7th

This is a VIP tour, a lifetime experience and the small group size ensures wonderful personalised service!

PRICE: ONLY €1,500 PER PERSON

Reserve your space with a 20% deposit!

5 day tour of the North of Ireland

IRELAND'S TRUE NORTH

EXPLORE NORTHERN IRELAND WITH US, TRULY ESSENTIAL!

Ireland’s True North Tour Departure Dates for 2019 from Dublin:

July 7th to July 11th - SOLD OUT

September 8th to September 12th

Our tour-guests are fascinated by the story of Historic Derry, the beauty and legends of the Causeway, modern peaceful Belfast and its troubled past, the characters and the communities of this beautiful part of Ireland that only 25 years ago was a no-go zone for tourists and is now one of Europe’s top attractions.

PRICE: ONLY €1,150 PER PERSON

Reserve your space with a 20% deposit!

Our small groups can go places larger ones cant, and experience the local culture
Experience the thrill of staying in a castles that have stood for centuries
7 Day Essential Ireland Tour

CASTLES & CLASSICS

5 STAR LUXURY TOUR OF IRELAND'S CASTLES

You’ll never forget checking in to a 12th century fortress and sleeping in its luxurious bedrooms.

This tour features all the fantastic activities and experiences Essential Ireland Tours are famous for, but the extra magic is the luxury accommodation and the small group size (16 tour guests only).

Castles & Classics Tour Departure Dates for 2019 from Dublin:

March 25th to March 31st - SOLD OUT

October 30th to November 6th

PRICE: ONLY €2,500 PER PERSON

Reserve your space with a 20% deposit!

Create your own tour

PRIVATE TOURS of ireland

WANT YOUR OWN PRIVATE VIP TOUR OF IRELAND?

North, South or Plan Your Own Tour.
Your group can avail of one of our 7 day Wild Atlantic Tours or 5 day Northern Ireland Tours.Or perhaps you will enjoy combining both into an unforgettable All-Ireland tour for your friends and family to remember forever.

You will have our full professional planning experience to assist you. All tour itineraries are personally designed and advised by both Stephen McPhilemy, Ireland’s most experienced Tour-Guide and travel expert and Patrick Wade, one of the most frequent Irish-American visitors to our cherished nation.

Design your own Essential Ireland Tour with our expert travel guides

gift amazing EXPERIENCES

Essential Ireland Tour gift vouchers make ideal gifts for your loved ones
Essential Ireland gift voucher

GIVE the gift of ireland

Treat your loved ones to an unforgettable experience with an Essential Ireland Tour. Give them the choice of exploring the marvelous sites and sounds of Ireland.
Chose from one of our three tour types and let your loved ones chose their ideal trip

WILD ATLANTIC TOUR: €1,500

TRUE NORTH TOUR: €1,150

CASTLES & CLASSICS TOUR: €2,500

USING YOUR GIFT VOUCHER: your voucher may be redeemed against any of our tours

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Stephen McPhilemy and Patrick Wade are the co-founders of Essential Ireland Tours. One Irish and one Irish-American, they met 20 years ago while Patrick was backpacking through Ireland and Stephen was his tour-guide.

Two decades later they (and their Irish Wolfhounds) are experienced and respected figures in the Irish tour and hospitality scene with a passion for providing high quality tours. Authentic Irish experiences for unbeatable value.

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