From Cape Town to Cairo, Iceland to India, discover hundreds of destinations on Travel Department’s escorted tours from Ireland.
Have you always wanted to visit Vietnam, or see the sunrise over the Taj Mahal? Want to explore three Italian cities on one trip, or chase the Northern Lights? Escorted tours make long haul travel so accessible, and allow you to make the most of Europe’s top destinations. Regardless of how well travelled you may be, there are some destinations that are best discovered on an escorted tour.
I am delighted to team up with Irish owned and operated, Travel Department, who have been providing guided group holidays to Irish people for over 25 years. Take the hassle out of planning your trip of lifetime, and let the experts do it for you. Travel Department staff have travelled extensively throughout the world and have curated superb itineraries for you to enjoy.
Visit top attractions, get insider tips from expert guides, travel with like minded people, and sit back and let someone else do the driving! There is also no need to worry about the language barrier, or local customs, your expert guide will anticipate your every need.
I have chosen 10 great escorted tours from Ireland below, all include flights, transfers, accommodation, excursions and a local expert guide throughout each tour. This is just a sample of the many great tours that Travel Department offer – they have escorted tours from Ireland and the UK to hundreds of destinations around the world.
Some tours have daily activities planned, while others include free days to explore at your leisure, so you are bound to find one to suit you on their website. If you prefer to discuss your requirements with one of their expert sales team, please call Travel Department on 01 6371650
Escorted Tours to Europe:
1. Italy: Lake Garda, Venice & Verona, 7 Nights from €879pp
This seven-night Italian group tour allows you to discover the stunning cities of Venice and Verona, as well as the lakeside towns and villages of Lake Garda.
Visit Verona’s magnificent Roman amphitheatre and Juliet’s famous balcony, and have an obligatory coffee on St Marks Square or a gondola ride in Venice.
Two full day excursions are included in the cost, as well as a boat trip around Lake Garda during the summer months, or an excursion to Bolzano in the scenic southern Tyrol, during the winter season. You will also have the choice to book optional excursions or enjoy your surroundings at your leisure on alternative days.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay in Riva del Garda on a half board basis. Full day tours to Venice, Verona and a half-day boat trip around Lake Garda or excursion to Bolzano, are also included.
2. Montenegro: Highlights of the Montenegro Riviera, 7 Nights from €879pp
I had the opportunity to visit Montenegro while on holiday in Croatia a few years ago, and I was blown away by its beauty. This seven-night trip will ensure you see the highlights, as well as allowing plenty of free time to explore or relax at your leisure.
You will be staying in the resort town of Becici, which is located just 3km from the walled city of Budva. Travel the Serpentine Mountain Road to Cetinje – Montenegro’s old royal capital, explore Boka Bay and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kotor – trust me, it is a sight to behold. An optional excursion to Albania is also a possibility.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay at the 4-star Iberostar Bellevue Hotel on an ALL INCLUSIVE basis. Full day Montenegro tour, and boat trip around Boka Bay with a stop in Kotor, as well as a walking tour of Budva are included.
3. Iceland: Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon, 4 Nights from €1099pp
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Explore the highlights of Iceland in one short break. Chase the Northern Lights, enjoy a full day tour of the Golden Circle and relax in the Blue Lagoon – all are included in the cost. You will be staying in the 4-star Grand Hotel in Reykjavik – the same hotel I stayed in during my visit, and it is ideally located to explore the city at your leisure.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a four-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Tours to Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, as well as a city tour of Reykjavik and a Northern Lights excursion are also included.
Note: Sightings of the Northern Lights are subject to weather and atmospheric conditions and cannot be guaranteed. The excursion may be cancelled or rescheduled locally due to unsuitable weather conditions.
4. France: Monaco and Côte d’Azur, 7 Nights from €849pp
Enjoy the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera as well as its historical towns and hilltop villages. You will be staying in a four-star hotel in the beach resort of Cannes, where you can enjoy its sandy beach, boutique shops, and wide choice of restaurants.
See how the rich and famous live in Monaco and visit the beautiful Rothschild Villa and Gardens on a full day excursion. Two other full day tours are also included – visit the perfume capital of Grasse and the painter’s village of St. Paul-de-Vence, as well as Antibes and the cosmopolitan city of Nice.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay at a 4-star hotel in Cannes on a bed and breakfast basis. Three full day excursions as per itinerary are also included.
5. Ancient Greece: Athens and Tolo, 7 Nights from €1149pp
Athens and Delphi are two cities that are undoubtedly best explored with an expert guide, and this escorted tour from Travel Department is the perfect way to visit them. I love that this tour combines culture with beach time – you will enjoy a three-night stay in the ancient city of Athens before travelling to the seafront village of Tolo for a four-night stay.
Tolo is located on the Peloponnese peninsula. Guided excursions in the Argolis region as well as a full day boat trip to the island of Spetses are also included.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a three-night stay at a 4-star hotel in Athens on a bed and breakfast basis and a four-night stay at the Hotel King Minos in Tolo on a half-board basis. Excursions as per itinerary.
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6. South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari, 13 Nights from €3749pp
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South Africa is one of my favourite holiday destinations and escorted tours are the perfect way to see as many of the highlights in one epic trip. Your trip starts in the vibrant city of Cape Town where you can get a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy its many great beaches. A full day excursion to the Winelands and Stellenbosch is also included.
You will then get the opportunity to stay in some of the historical towns along the Garden Route, before finishing off this iconic journey with a three-night stay at Kariega Game Reserve, with game drives and all meals included.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, and Kariega Game Reserve on a full-board basis. Excursions as per itinerary.
7. Jordan & The Holy Land: 11 Nights, €3499pp
Jordan and The Holy Land are best discovered on escorted tours and this itinerary will ensure you get a true feel for these amazing countries.
You will visit the iconic cities of The Holy Land – Bethlehem, Jerusalem, as well as Petra and Amman in Jordan. Take a jeep tour in Wadi Rum Desert, swim in the Dead Sea and explore some of the oldest sites in the world.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, ten night hotel stays on a half board basis, and excursions as per itinerary.
8. Egypt: 7-Night Nile River Cruise, Cairo and Hurgada, 12 Nights from €2399pp
Marvel at the Pyramids, cruise the Nile for seven days, and relax on the Red Sea – this incredible escorted tour combines Egypt’s magnificent sights with some relaxing beach time.
Your trip begins in Cairo, with a full day tour visiting the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, as well as a trip to the Khan El Khalili bazaar.
The seven-night Nile cruise is full of fascinating stops too, including Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and your trip culminates with a three-night stay in the beach resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, one or two-night hotel stays on a bed breakfast basis, seven-night cruise on a full board basis, and three nights on a half board basis. Excursions as per itinerary.
9. Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An & More, 14 Nights from €3549pp
Vietnam is on my own personal wish list, and this trip ticks all boxes for me! Your trip starts with a stay in its capital, Hanoi, where you will enjoy a full day tour of this bustling city.
You will also set sail on Halong Bay, enjoy a cookery class in the beautiful town of Hoi An, visit the imperial fortress in Hue, and take time to explore Ho Chi Minh City.
Excursions to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the floating markets, and a Mekong Delta river cruise are also included, as well as free time to sightsee at your own pace, with recommendations from your expert guide.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, 12 nights hotel stays on a bed and breakfast basis, plus nine lunches and six evening meals, and excursions as per itinerary.
10. India: Splendours of Delhi, The Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, 11 nights from €2449pp
Explore the wonders of India on this trip of a lifetime with Travel Department. Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, discover Delhi on a rickshaw tour, visit the pink city of Jaipur, and take a boat cruise around Udaipur’s Lake Pichola.
This is a fully guided group tour and includes excursions on each day as well as a stays in four and five star hotels with breakfast and evening meals included every day. Escorted tours are the best way to discover India, and this tour will enable you to see most of the highlights on one trip.
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, ten nights hotel stays on a half-board basis, and excursions as per itinerary.
So the only question is which tour to choose? Remember, Travel Department has many more escorted tours from Ireland on their website and if you are looking for adventure holidays, walking holidays, Yoga and Photography tours, check out their sister company TDactive Holidays.
Offers are non-transferable, subject to availability, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, and have no cash value. Deposits are non-refundable.
I hope this post on escorted tours from Ireland for 2023 will help you plan a trip abroad soon. If you prefer to discuss your requirements with one of the Travel Department’s expert sales team, please call them on 01 6371650,
While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, prices and itineraries are subject to change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made. This post was sponsored by Travel Department, but all views, as always, are by own.