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Old Jul 2nd, 2022, 10:37 AM
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planning a trip to ireland in the spring of 2023

we (a couple age 70+ still somewhat active-are planning a trip to ireland next spring. Neither of us has been before. we thought we would do a 10 day group trip. any ideas for good tour operators? Would like the hotel food and general convenience to be pretty good. thanks.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2022, 12:49 PM
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Could you provide more insight into your hotel budget per night?

If you are open to using a company to drive you for sightseeing (instead of a tour group), Carrig Coaches are incredible.

are there any specific areas of Ireland you want to visit? We went in Sept 2021 and spent most of our time on the Western side. Dingle is charming and Kenmare is also lovely.
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We usually travel independently, but years ago used and were quite pleased with the services of Destination Ireland for a trip that provided private driver and accommodations.
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Ireland tour April 2023

Planning Ireland tour April 2023 (9-day Enchanted). Were looking at Gate1 travel as my sister has used them several times and was always very, very pleased.

Looking for any tips or advice from people who have. Especially on what to pack, currency options, etc. My first trip abroad, sister has pretty extensive travel history abroad. I know that I am getting the "for any reason) travel insurance. We're both 60'ish.

I look forward to future conversations.
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sandicushway2968 - the weather in Ireland is fickle so for packing itís all about layers. Iíd recommend jackets and shoes that are water resistant (and comfortable). We wore jeans alot but I also had a pair of pants that also were slightly water resistant and great for outdoor activities especially when misting or near the coast. A great scarf is a must.

Iím not sure what you mean about currency. Ireland is still part of the EU and uses euros. Just use ATMs to get money as itís the best rate compared to currency exchange services. Visa and MC are widely accepted, just be sure to let your bank and credit card company know your travel dates.
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Originally Posted by sandicushway2968
Planning Ireland tour April 2023 (9-day Enchanted). Were looking at Gate1 travel as my sister has used them several times and was always very, very pleased.

Looking for any tips or advice from people who have. Especially on what to pack, currency options, etc. My first trip abroad, sister has pretty extensive travel history abroad. I know that I am getting the "for any reason) travel insurance. We're both 60'ish.

I look forward to future conversations.
what part of Ireland are you planning to visit?
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We're going mid-April. I had read that April was a relatively dry month but very cool temperatures. I am planning on layering clothes. I don't mind cooler weather, I cannot tolerate the heat and humidity (I live in the US deep South where its pretty much always hot and humid).

With regard to currency, I know nothing about exchange rates so I'll check with my bank about international atm fees. I already know about letting them know when i travel.

We're doing a coach tour pretty much hitting the key points. No Belfast on this trip.
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