Monday, February 21, 2011

The ‘Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discovery’ website is now live

Our new Driftwood Journeys of Discovery and up and running. These new tours offer a less active alternative to people attracted to the small-group, off the beaten track format of Vagabond Tours. Instead of the 4x4 tour vehicles, Driftwood passengers travel in a more conventional touring minicoach and although the itineraries are similar to the Vagabond adventures, there will be more sedate and accessible visits to historical sites, and more shopping and free time. The Driftwood website can be found at:

A bit of pampering on a Vagabond tour of Ireland

We all like a bit of special treatment, and so now on all Vagabond 7 and 11 day tours we are delighted to offer our passengers access to one of Ireland’s finest Spa’s at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon – which in 2011 we have added to the tours as our overnight stop in County Clare.

The Spa contains 12 treatment rooms including a thermal suite, relaxation room, hydrobath and Rasul Mud Treatment Room. Four of the 12 treatment rooms are delicately incorporated into an old stable building, which was constructed in 1720.

Guests also have full access to the Hotel Aqua and Fitness club which boasts a 20-metre deck level swimming pool (swimming cap required), Jacuzzi, steam room, hydro therapy pool, children's pool, a sauna and outdoor hot tub overlooking the River Inagh – it’s a stunning facility.

For the really active there is also the gymnasium which has computerised treadmills, strength training machines, computerised cycles, dumbells/barbells, computerised steppers, abdominal units, individual cardio TV and heart rate monitors.

Needless to say our driver-guides are very excited about staying there too!

More details on the spa and the hotel can be found at

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Great news: The is no better time to visit Ireland

Here is a superb video produced by Failte Ireland (the tourist board) just to show that Ireland as a destination is still as fantastic as it ever was.

The message is that there is still plenty of fun to be had here and that the infrastructure for visitors really is superb: The hotels are of a very high standard, the food is excellent, the activity options have developed to a world class level and that the welcome is as warm and friendly as ever - in fact even more so.

And right now there are some excellent flight deals into the country. So if anything, the economic downturn has made Ireland an even better place to visit.

Enjoy, and please tell all your friends to watch it, we need to spread the good news.

If the image is a bit small, click on the bottom right arrows and it will enlarge to full screen