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About Driftwood Tours of Ireland

In 2010, with years of experience running the hugely successful Vagabond Tours we felt it time to expand our touring options for our passengers. Customer feedback over the years has told us that some of you discerning travellers would prefer to put more emphasis on the scenery, culture and history and not partake in as many outdoor pursuits. So that’s exactly what we are offering you with Driftwood tours. You will leave Ireland relaxed, knowledgeable and mesmerized by its beauty.  

So here they are, the Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

Like Vagabond, it is the perfect small-group holiday for people who don’t want a large coach tour but still want to fully experience the grand country they are visiting. We hope you like our website, it has been designed in the same way as our tours, which are great fun and very informal yet extremely professionally, personally and thoughtfully created. Our range of shorter breaks and week-long vacations combine imaginative mixtures of breathtaking scenery, historical sites, local culture and cosy accommodation. Instead of large coaches we use smaller 16 seater mini coaches, so our group sizes are smaller and more flexible and more personal.

Small Group sizes

With a maximum group size of only 16, the Drfitwood experience is more like travelling with a group of friends than being stuck on a coach tour. Our groups tend to be made up of individuals, couples and small groups of friends – all are very welcome. Our small group sizes are a huge advantage for passengers in so many ways: The smaller group sizes mean that our service is very personal, from the booking process to the tour itself. We don’t have to use large hotels in big towns, but get away from the crowds and stay in cosy B&B’s and smaller hotels in some of Ireland’s most remote and picturesque spots. It allows much more flexibility, so if there is something specific that people in the group want to see or do, then we will do our best to arrange it. There is no feeling of being herded around the country, it is your tour and everyone gets to make decisions. Because of this no two driftwood tours have will ever be the same.

History of Vagabond Tours

Vagabond tours was established in February 2002, the brain child of Rob Rankin who had been travelling in Southern Africa with his wife, Amy. While there, they saw the safari and ‘overland’ tours that were so popular and realised that a more adventurous way of seeing Ireland would be a fantastic experience for visitors. Ireland may not have the lions, elephants and deserts of Africa, but it certainly has plenty of great scenery, fascinating history and a few wild creatures running loose. Just what you need for a good safari. Since 2002 Vagabond has grown steadily year on year, building an excellent reputation within the Irish Tourism industry and with customers abroad. We have won several awards and been featured in numerous articles in publications around the world. The tours are constantly evolving, we put a lot of store in customer feedback and each year our trips have developed accordingly.

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In June, 2009 Vagabond was accepted into the ITOA (Incoming Tour Operators Association), which was a great milestone for us. The ITOA (Incoming Tour Operators Association – Ireland) is a not for profit organization, founded in 1987 and is the professional association for Irish based Inbound Tour Operators, DMCs and PCOs.   ITOA is the largest Association of its type in Ireland and is recognised as such by the Tourism Agencies – Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  ITOA collaborates closely with these agencies and is a member of ITIC (Irish Tourism Industry Confederation).  An ITOA member has achieved a professional standard in accordance with the rigorous entry criteria and annual requirements of the Association. The ITOA website can be found at www.irishtouroperators.com/trade-partners
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