Tipping at restaurants and pubs in Ireland is typically not expected, but certainly appreciated. If you are paying for a meal by credit/debit card, there is normally NOT a space for a tip, so be prepared to leave a few euro in cash on the table or at the tip jar.
Tipping your guest tour guides, again, is not expected but definitely appreciated :). At the end of your time with them, you may want to slip him or her an amount that you feel comfortable with. A good guideline is about 10-15 euro per day.
Wild West Irish Tours takes no responsibility for delayed airlines and missing the tour’s start, lost baggage, or any injuries that may occur while on tour. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.
Trip Cancellation / Transfer / Refund Policy
If you have booked your Wild West Irish tour and then need to transfer your trip start date to a different tour, we are happy to do that as long as there is space available on the new tour. If you transfer your tour within 14 days of the original tour start date, you are responsible for accommodation cancellation fees.
If no space is available on another tour and you must cancel your trip, please see below.
|Cancelled x Number of Days
Prior to Trip Start Date
|90 + days||$400|
|31 – 90 days||50% of trip price|
|0 – 30 days||No refund|
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including those of weather or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Single room supplements are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees.
On the rare occasion that Wild West Irish Tours must cancel a trip due to natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest, or any other circumstance, all payments received to date will be refunded. Wild West Irish Tours is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trips, such as airline tickets or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness.
Heart of Ireland Tour: On Day 1, Wild West Irish Tours will meet you at the airport when you arrive in Dublin. The night of Day 1 and Days 2 through 7 will be spent at the B&B doing your fabulous Wild West Irish Tour. On Day 8, we will drive to Dublin for a last day of sightseeing, final dinner, and to spend the night. Your departure is on Day 9.
Wild West Atlantic Way Tour: On Day 1, Wild West Irish Tours will meet you at the airport when you arrive in Dublin. Days 1-3 will be spent in Co. Clare, Days 4-6 will be spent in Co. Sligo, and Days 7 and 8 will be spent in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. On Day 9, we will drive to Dublin for a last day of sightseeing, final dinner, and to spend the night. Your departure is on Day 10.
Clare-Connemara Tour: On Day 1, Wild West Irish Tours will meet you at the Shannon Airport. Days 1-4 will be spent in Oughterard, Co. Galway. Days 5-8 will be spent in Ennis, Co. Clare. On Day 9, we will drive you to Shannon Airport for your departure.
Many of our travelers arrange to spend extra time in Ireland or elsewhere in Europe on their own! If you plan to arrive in Ireland before your Wild West Irish Tour starts, please contact us. The meeting point is usually at a hotel not too far from the airport, so we can pick you up after the airport arrivals. If you are staying on after the tour ends, please make arrangements for transportation to your next location.
Heart of the Wild West Tour: You should plan your departure for Day 9 of your tour. For example, if your tour is May 29-June 6, you fly out on June 6. Your Wild West Irish Tour includes transportation to Dublin airport, by shuttle or cab, the morning of Day 9.
Wild West Atlantic Way Tour: You should plan your departure for Day 10 of your tour. For example, if your tour is August 14-August 23, you fly out on August 23. Your Wild West Irish Tour includes transportation to Dublin airport, by shuttle or cab, the morning of Day 10.
Clare-Connemara Tour: You should plan your departure for Day 9 of your tour. For example, if your tour is May 12-May 20, you fly out on May 20. Your Wild West Irish Tour includes transportation to Shannon airport, by shuttle or cab, the morning of Day 9.
Most trans-Atlantic flights from North America are overnight, so you will want to depart from the U.S. or Canada the evening BEFORE your tour starts…for example, if the tour starts on May 1, depart the U.S. the evening of April 30. You will arrive the morning of May 1 and we will meet you at the airport.
- Heart of the Wild West Tour – please use Dublin Airport
- Wild West Atlantic Way Tour – please use Dublin Airport
- Clare-Connemara Tour – please use Shannon Airport
European voltage is 220v, so bring a voltage converter/adapter for any laptops, notebooks, cameras, hairdryers, or other appliances you might bring. (You can find a good one here: https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Conair-Adapter-Converter-Unit-US/dp/B00DWYEVE2/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1492018227&sr=1-3&keywords=converter+adapter ).
Also, the B&Bs and the hotel in Dublin each do have wifi!
Space for luggage on the minibus is limited, so please pack lightly! Please bring just ONE suitcase per traveler. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors, so bring outerwear, good hiking/walking shoes, and hoodies/sweatshirts/jackets for layering. The Irish weather is quite changeable, so be prepared to add or subtract layers as needed. To check the weather before you depart, try this website: https://www.met.ie. In the summer, a light raincoat or windbreaker is recommended. In the spring and fall, a warmer coat is recommended. Formal or dressy clothing is not needed; most Irish restaurants are pretty informal.
Many people like to bring binoculars and you will definitely want to bring your camera! We also recommend a small backpack of some kind to hold all your items (extra jackets, cameras, wallets, etc.) while we are out and about for the day.
The B&Bs and the hotel in Dublin do have hairdryers, so you do not need to bring one. You will need to bring your own toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.), including a washcloth. (Washcloths are typically not provided in Irish B&Bs and hotels.)
For a few euros, we can arrange to have your laundry done in town (there are no laundry facilities at the B&Bs).
Please remember to bring any medications you may need, your passport, and your airline tickets/e-tickets!
The Euro is the accepted form of currency in the Republic of Ireland. We recommend use of an ATM to get cash. Most small towns have ATMs. In addition, most restaurants and stores take debit and credit cards. However, you should let your bank know you are traveling to Ireland before the trip to avoid getting any transactions denied/declined. You can also get your currency converted at the airport when you arrive if you prefer to carry some cash. Here is a currency exchange rate: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Spending: Lunches will cost about 8-15 euros, depending on how hungry you are! Dinners will cost around 15 euro on up, depending on what your order, drinks, etc. You will definitely have the opportunity to shop, whether it’s at a local craft shop, or one of the larger shops in Dublin.
To enter Ireland, a valid passport is required. Go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html for applications and other information.