Top 5 Popular Ireland Tours in 2013

Friday, December 27th, 2013 | By

The results are in. What a year for vacations in Ireland! 2013 has been the strongest year for Tourism in Ireland* from North American visitors since 2007 when Ireland’s economy was at its height during the Celtic Tiger. Tourism is up, but what types of tours in Ireland did people take? Are you planning a vacation to Ireland and want to know what options you have? Well you’re in luck! Here at Tenon Tours we gathered our data and present you with the 2013 top 5 popular ways to tour Ireland.

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#1. Custom Self-Drive Tour – 49%

Our most popular type of touring for Ireland and our specialty! Whether you have an itinerary in mind or no clue where to start we’re here to help. Let us know what you may have in mind and along with your personal travel specialist you’ll create the Ireland tour of your dreams. Did we mention that all of our Ireland driving tours include a complimentary** GPS and mobile phone rental to provide you with added security and peace of mind during your independent tour?

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#2. Private Chauffeur Driver Guide Tour – 17%

Driving in Ireland isn’t for everyone so how else can you get around? A very popular way to tour Ireland is by hiring a private drive guide, or a chauffeur driver. You can customize this option as much as you want and by having a professional local show you the sites you’ll have a great resources for restaurant suggestions, the best routes to get from one place to the next, local secrets, history, current events, ideal times to visit attractions & more. Choose from a variety of accommodations in the towns of your choice and let us help you piece the rest together. Check out our list of popular towns, accommodations and attractions at the bottom of this blog.

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#3. Ireland Hopper – 15%

Every traveler is different and we understand that. We realize that some people want total freedom, while some people prefer a full tour to have everything possible planned out for them, but there are also travelers stuck somewhere in the middle. Independent travelers who would like some structure in their planning, who don’t want to drive, and who need their freedom and some flexibility to take the day as it comes. If that describes you then we have what you’re looking for- an Ireland Hopper tour!

Tenon Tours arranges your accommodations in a central location so you know where you’re staying each night and you have access to pretty much everything you need within walking distance including pubs, restaurants, stores, attractions and day tour pick-up points. When it’s time to head to the next town for a change of scenery we set you up with a one-way transfer so you don’t have to drive. You can either pre-plan your daily itinerary or leave it for when you arrive, it’s up to you- that’s the beauty of an Ireland Hopper, structure & flexibility.

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#4. Custom Group Tour – 12%

This year we hosted some great groups! Our Ireland group tours in 2013 ranged from 14 to 57 travelers who customized their itinerary, with the help of their personal travel specialist, based on their interests and budget. This years groups included:
-Retired Military Reunion
-Alumni Groups
-Spirtual Group visiting scared sites
-Family Reunions
-Post Destination Wedding Family Tour
-Friends/Family Luxury Vacation

Past Group Tours have included:
-Emerald Isle Classic, Notre Dame vs. Navy College Football (1,000 travelers)
-Long & Foster Real Estate Incentive group (300 travelers)
-Kennesaw State University, Conflict Resolution Tour
-Providence College, Roman Britain and Early Christian Ireland
-Delaware Valley Diary Club Tour
-& many more!

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#5. Escorted Tours – 5%

Touring Ireland can be overwhelming. You don’t want to miss out on the hot spots, but how are you supposed to know where to go and how much you can fit into one visit? One way to make sure you cover a lot of ground and a lot of sights is an escorted tour of Ireland. With traditional all-inclusive Ireland escorted tour you’ll have a schedule each day of where you’re going, what you’re visiting and where to stay. Most escorted tours will provide you with the majority of your attractions and meals that you’ll experience as a group with anywhere from 20 to 50 travelers. You’ll have the opportunity to meet a lot of people and cover a lot of ground.

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There’s More!

Based on our custom self-drive tours here are some top towns, attractions, castles and accommodations that were popular to visit in 2013 by our clients:

Top 6 towns to stay in:
1. Dublin
2. Killarney
3. Galway
4. Dingle
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6. Belfast

Top 5 Ireland attractions and sights visited:
1. Cliffs of Moher
2. Guinness Storehouse
3. Dingle Peninsula
4. Ring of Kerry —>
5. Titanic Museum

Top 3 Ireland Castle attractions visited:
1. Bunratty Castle
2. Blarney Castle
3. Dunluce Castle

Popular accommodation types:
1. B&Bs
2. Hotels
3. Irish Castles
4. Rented a self-catering home

As reported above, 98% of Tenon Tours travelers to Ireland in 2013 experienced one of these top 5 ways to tour Ireland. The remaining 2% traveled either on a personal mixed-transportation custom tour or for events such as business conferences, visited during cruise port stops or were visiting friends & relatives.

Researching Ireland vacations for 2014? Come visit and experience the Wild Atlantic Way with Tenon Tours.

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*Ireland = Including Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
**Complimentary for your first 5 nights, not including shipping

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    My Grandfather’s name was John Lordan and he & his first wife, Hannah
    (Callaghan)Lordan from Union Hall owned, lived & raised their family during the late 1800s & early 1900s on their farm still known by its name “Malarane” located in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland. They had four children, my father John Stephen Lordan and his sisters, Anne, Sheila (Julia)& Hannah Marie. All of the children as adults in their twenties, except Sheila, left Ireland when the farm was sold to the English because grandpa could not pay the taxes & sailed to New york on the Lucitania before it was torpedoed & sunk by a German U-BOAT. Sheila married Patick Crowley and raised their family in Limmerick. Two of her famous family members & my cousins was Donal Crowley (deceased ’81)brewer of the “Irish Cream” popular liquer & Eamon Creagen the star HURLING player.

    My cousin, John Crowley from Limmeric and I visited with the ’81 owner of the Lordan farm Dennis O’Sullivan (deceased)now his oldest son is the current owner.

    I was returning from a business trip to our Volkswagen Automotive Mfg. plant in Wolfsburg, Germany when I took a week’s vacation to fly to London then to Shannon Airport to stay with John, Noreen and their one year old son Eoin in Limmerick on Saturday, January 31, 1981. What a week, I met thirty of my first cousins for the first time. I am now 75 and I would love to come back to Ireland the Land that I love.

    I still live at 1615 Berkshire Place in Charleston, WV 25314 and I am listed in FACE BOOK. You can call me on my cell phone 1 (304) 610-3693. In addition to my cousins I now email my friends in Clonakilty too.

    Erin go braugh!!!

    John Lordan (100% Irish) I get your emails regularly and enjoy them very much. Thank you.

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