Ireland is a country with a rich history that dates back several thousand years, and it has a vibrant culture all its own. Welcome to Ireland, a land where culture and people meet in a splendor of colorful, imaginative wonder. Irish natives are fiercely proud of their country and invite you to be just as enthusiastic about their native land as any Irishman may be. The locals have a loud, yet colorful sense of humor, illuminating your trip with laughs and memories every step of the way. We have Ireland tours that visit highlights in the entire country, or go at a slower pace to focus on one region. There are also specialty Ireland tours including Small group tours, castle stays and pub tours.
Atlas Cruises & Tours is a "Top Producer" for the world's leading tour operators, including:
The best times of the year to visit Ireland are during the late spring and throughout the summer. The tourist season begins around the start of April, and the crowds are often not as heavy as during the summer. Rain showers are common during the spring afternoons, but these usually stop within a few hours and afford memorable views of rainbows over the countryside.
Summers are definitely the most popular times for Ireland vacations. The weather is pleasant, and some areas have long daylight hours with sunset as late as 11pm. The Irish take advantage of the daylight with plenty of outdoor festivals such as the Galway Arts Festival every July.
Ireland tours are good for many interests. Art enthusiasts visiting Belfast have several renowned galleries to explore, including the Golden Thread Gallery, Catalyst Arts, and the Ormeau Baths Gallery. Many tours also stop at historical landmarks such as Belfast's Grand Opera House and the Titanic Quarter where the famous ship was constructed.
Dublin is also a prime area for tours. Highlights include historic Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and the O'Connell Street shopping district. Dublin is known for its nightlife and friendly locals as well; some pubs such as the Turk's Head have become known internationally. For those who would prefer to tour the city from outside a bus, Dublin has several walking and bike tours that are especially popular during the summer months.
Ireland vacationers who wish to take a break from the large cities often take day trips to the less-populated western and southern counties. County Kerry in the south boasts one of the most beautiful scenic drives, known as the Ring of Kerry; visitors should take plenty of camera batteries to capture photos of the awe-inspiring coastline cliffs and mountains. Traveling west to County Clare, another prime photo opportunity is at the Cliffs of Moher, which also offers a guided visitor experience.
Ireland's timeless historical sights and ruins, villages and cliffs, stunning coastal scenery, charming people, excellent golfing and legendary Irish pubs are the country's main attractions.
Packed with history, creativity, folk legend, religious devotion and fantastic landscapes, don’t delay in discovering the true magic of Ireland.
We've listed a variety of Ireland tours so you can choose the perfect Irish experience for you. Whether you wish to travel independently on a variety of carefully created itineraries, or as part of an escorted group where all the planning if done for you and you can just sit back and relax, we have compiled a list of trips throughout Ireland for you to choose from.
Ireland is always one of the most reasonable priced places to visit in Europe. You can find good values year round. May to September is the warmest and generally the driest time of the year. We feel the best months to travel are May, June and October. Always take a jacket or sweater. Best shopping is for crystal, Irish whiskey, pottery, jewelry and blackthorn walking sticks.