Go With a Group or Get a Private Guided Tour? Here’s How to Decide

If you’re interested in taking a luxury tour of Ireland, you’ve already chosen a beautiful country to visit. At its widest the island is about 174 mi (280 km). At its longest (north-south) it is 302 mi (486 km). Though Ireland is full of sight-worthy attractions, it’s up to you to decide how you want to see them. That being said, there are a few different options when it comes to Ireland travel. Here are just a few tour options you’ll have to decide between.

Private Guided Tours
If you’re really aiming for an authentic and immersive experience, a private guided tour may be ideal for you. While you may not have the ability to choose what’s on the itinerary, these types of yours are typically planned very meticulously to ensure that the main attractions are included. Plus, you’ll be able to hear unique information about each attraction that just wouldn’t be as personal if it included a larger group. With that in mind, the biggest advantage of private guided tours is feeling the true peace and serenity that comes with sightseeing in a new country with only those closest to you. That being said, a private guided tour typically requires the biggest investment.

Traditional Tour Groups
If you don’t mind traveling with a larger group, traditional guided tours are a great option. You may not get to decide which attractions are on the itinerary, but traveling with a larger group gives people the chance to start an interesting discussion and stop to ask questions when they feel compelled. Though traveling with a larger group is considered safer, you’ll likely still ‘look’ like a traditional tourist, especially with a big, bulky camera hanging around your neck. Make sure to proceed with caution and explore the tours that include the sights you’re most interested in.

Self-Guided Tours
Finally, if you’d rather be your own tour guide, there are plenty of resources available on the Internet to guide you along the way. You can use anything from tour/travel books, podcasts, videos, apps, and more to make the most of your time in a new country. When all is said and done, self-guided tours may not be as enjoyable or memorable as other types, but they’re a good fallback option for those with a tight budget.

Now that you know the difference between private guided tours, traditional tours, and self-guided tours, you can choose the best option for you.