5 Tips for Booking a Luxury Private Vacation in Ireland

If you and your friends and/or family have decided to come to visit Ireland for a luxury private vacation for either site seeing or golf it’s usual enough to trawl the internet to try and form the structure of your Ireland vacation as well as choose your Irish tour operator. Mike Ryan is the owner of Executive Tours Ireland who have been in business providing luxury and private vacations and tours of Ireland as well as golf vacations Ireland wide since before the internet revolution. Yes, back in the day when people turned up at trade fairs, familiarization trips and talked about themselves and their business and made follow ups on the basis of exchanged business cards!

Maybe you can teach old dogs new tricks but that’s not to say some of the old fashioned ways of doing things aren’t still the best. Putting people and their specific needs first and treating the customer as king is still the first rule of marketing in the Executive Hire book. Mike Ryan has tried to promote this message through his website since he launched it ten years ago. Today he is a full member of the IGTOA (Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association. His comprehensive testimonials convey his genuine dedication to his loyal legion of returning customers both for golf tours Ireland as well as private and luxury site-seeing vacations Ireland. Here are 5 things we have put together to help you when booking your luxury private Irish vacation on-line and making sure you get the human touch that Executive Hire believe a trip of a lifetime deserves.

1 Decide on a manageable itinerary vacation for your time allowed

2 Be sure that you get a Private Luxury Tour Operator

3 Customize your Irish Vacation to suit your needs

4 Choose the right chauffeur private driver and the right vehicle

5 Think about value as well as price.

 

1 Decide on a manageable itinerary vacation for your time allowed

It might be a small island but to cover Ireland in its entirety would take a long time. A professional Irish Tour Operator will know how to offer you either a taste of Ireland in a 5 day package or a comprehensive tour of many of Ireland’s attractions within two weeks. But you might find yourself somewhere in between and from our experience that’s quite typical. You can see from our 1 week and 10 day tours of Ireland that we offer clients the opportunity to explore Dublin and her main attractions as well as some of the most beautiful Atlantic scenery, fishing villages, castle tours and dining experiences you are likely to find anywhere in the world. Keep in mind that you are not spending your hard earned cash to stay in a minibus any longer than is necessary. The best Tour Operators in Ireland will form an efficient itinerary for you around your preferred attractions and ensure that it’s completed in an efficient journey over the duration of your stay in Ireland.

2 Be sure that you get a Private Luxury Tour Operator

It might say Private on the bus, it might say luxury on the website…but we advise you to ensure that your Irish tour operator knows that you are looking for you and your friends and family to be chauffeured privately on your itinerary. After a magical day on the Killarney lakes, you don’t want to be covering 80 miles on a round trip back to your hotel dropping off a bunch of folks you’ve never seen before and your getting hungry and tired! At Executive Hire, we define private tour Ireland or private vacation Ireland as you and your touring party alone in the vehicle with our chauffeur or as the name so aptly suggests, Private Driver. This is necessary to the luxury tour Ireland experience. Your private driver will be informing, educational, witty, friendly and helpful to any specific requests you might have.

3 Customize your Irish Vacation to suit your needs

There are a few ways or even reasons as to why you would want or need to customize you luxury Ireland vacation. Maybe some of you are golfers and some are not. Any good private luxury vacation tour operator will go out of their way to facilitate different activities for those among you in your trip. Also, if you are coming for one week, ten days, two weeks, your Irish tour operator will have set itineraries which you can work from as a basis, and that’s a good thing as this will help you take in the attractions you have in mind as well as the places you want to go. But maybe not always! It’s a long ways to come not to get everything out of what we at Executive believe to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Any Golf Tours Ireland expert or Private Luxury Vacations operator should be able to adjust a preset itinerary to take in something that’s special and important to you. You might want to fly into one airport and out of another to suit your own travel arrangements, and that may mean tailoring your stay in Ireland to suit. Even though executive Hire is based in County Limerick, close to Shannon Airport, we happily offer our clients the choice of flying into one airport and out of another on any of our 1 week or 10 day tours of Ireland.

4 Choose the right chauffeur private driver and the right vehicle

You can expect your private travel guide to be well dressed, and punctual and driving a reliable vehicle. That in our experience will always be the case but your Irish vacation will be so much better if you enjoy the delightful attractions of your itinerary in style. We advise that you dig a little deeper to see reviews about drivers and see how friendly and flexible they are. The better car service chauffeurs know the people on the ground in restaurants and tourist attractions and are able to get beyond queues and waiting time. At Executive Tours Ireland, our private driver chauffeurs have on several occasions helped our clients meet childhood friends, and visit people and places that are important to family heritage. This may take some expertise to work it into a schedule but that’s one of things that set apart the ordinary from the best luxury Ireland tour operators.

Think about your vehicle needs. If your part of an Irish golf vacation, ensure that your golf transport provider recommends a long wheel base vehicle tailored for golfers. This will ensure a comfortable ride with adequate space for golf bags. If your site-seeing and enjoying a luxury tour check out the vehicles used in the tour operators fleets. At Executive Hire, our own philosophy is simple, we provide luxury private tours for both site-seeing and golf, so every vehicle is Mercedes, and finished to the highest interior specification. We carry mineral water for refreshment and if you like something a little stronger, we’ll have that in there too!

5 Think about value as well as price.

When using the internet to research for luxury tours Ireland and private Irish vacations our advice is to make sure you compare like with like. Dig a little deeper to understand what each tour operator sees as luxury. This applies to accommodation, is it 3, 4, 5 star, or indeed Castle Accommodation? Also in terms of vehicles, are they Mercedes or similar, and be very sure that it’s just you and your touring party in that vehicle. You’ll have come a long way to our island so you’ll want the trip to go your way as you envisaged, are you going to be part of a machine like system, or are you going to be in the care of a private driver chauffeur who has your dream vacation as his priority? At Executive Hire, we often book accommodation on behalf of our clients. Very often the client will have researched the hotels and castles of their choice and may have prices. We have often done better on those prices for our clients and this can mean upgraded facilities or money saved.

In summary, we always advise clients and prospective clients to think about their vacation in terms of seeing as many of the real Ireland we see on the postcards at their leisure on an efficient luxurious journey. Ireland has many world class tourist destinations and attractions, and the accommodation options are excellent, but comparing like with like is important in terms of maximizing your vacation enjoyment, and getting the best bang for your buck. Narrow your search down to the likely tour operators that fit your description, and then, like we all did in the days before the internet, pick up the phone and talk to someone! We have always placed an emphasis on this at Executive Tours Ireland, we have a toll free number at 1 888 793 0416 (US and Canada), and our line for anywhere else is +353 (0)87 793 0447. You can talk to Mike anytime 24/7 and he’ll happily answer your questions and queries about your planned Ireland Vacations.

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