To enter Ireland, a valid passport is required. Go to travel.state.gov/passport for applications and other information.
Most flights to Europe are overnight. Therefore, when booking your flight, plan to leave the¬†day before the tour starts! For example, if your tour starts April 19, book your departure for April 18 — your flight will land the morning of April 19.
Aer Lingus, Continental/United, and several other major carriers fly directly from many major U.S. cities to Dublin. Starting in June 2012, United will fly direct to Dublin from Dulles International Airport.
Go to www.aerlingus.com, www.continental.com, www.united.com, or www.cheaptickets.com for flight information and discounts.
The Euro is the accepted form of currency in the Republic of Ireland. We recommend use of an ATM to get cash. Most small towns have ATMs. We will help you get your currency converted at the airport when you arrive.
What to pack
Space for luggage on the minivan is limited, so please pack lightly! We will be spending a lotof time outdoors, so bring outerwear, good hiking/walking shoes, and hoodies/sweatshirts for layering. The Irish weather is quite changeable, so be prepared to add or subtract layers as needed. A light raincoat or windbreaker is recommended. Formal or dressy clothing is not needed; most Irish restaurants are pretty informal.
European voltage is 220v, so bring a voltage converter/adaptor for any laptops, hairdryers, or other appliances you might bring.
(You can find a good one here: http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Conair-Adapter-Converter-Protection)
Hairdryers are not provided in the farmhouse/guesthouse. We recommend bringing a small travel hairdryer and using a voltage converter/adaptor.