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Ireland Genealogy Tours

Embark on a journey of discovery with Private Tours Ireland's genealogy tours, where luxury meets legacy in the quest to uncover your ancestral roots. Our private genealogy tours of Ireland offer a deep dive into your Irish family history, guided by local experts who are as passionate about your past as they are about the beauty of Ireland.

With a dedicated team of travel experts, every detail of your ancestry tour is crafted to perfection. From carefully planned itineraries that reflect your Irish family’s history to selecting hotels that resonate with your heritage, and arranging activities that bring your lineage to life, we ensure a travel experience that is as enriching as it is comfortable.

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    Ireland Genealogy Tours

    As you traverse the Irish landscape in luxurious transport, accompanied by an experienced local guide, you will uncover the stories of your forebears. Our genealogy tours offer more than just a glimpse into your Irish family's past; they provide a full immersion into Ireland's culture, with its warm hospitality, breath-taking scenery, legendary golf courses, quaint towns, and cosy pubs.

    Private Tours Ireland is committed to offering an ancestry tour of Ireland that intertwines the threads of your history with the tapestry of Irish life. Join us on a ancestry tour that goes beyond the typical tourist path and leads to a personal connection with Ireland's past, present, and future.

    Why Choose Private Tours Ireland?

    5 Star Reviews

    Our consistently excellent 5-star reviews reflect our unwavering commitment to service. We've impressed a global clientele with our flawless execution and attention to the nuances that make travel special.

    Local Expertise

    Our team isn't just based in Ireland and Scotland; we're part of the community. Passionate about our homeland, we've personally visited the hotels and tested the activities we recommend, ensuring authentic experiences.

    Dedicated Travel Coordinator

    Our Travel Coordinators are your personal travel architects. They meticulously plan every aspect of your trip, from accommodations to dining and excursions, and are available throughout your journey to address any concerns.

    Bespoke Itinerary Planning

    Crafting bespoke itineraries that perfectly match your interests and requests is our forte. Our expertise lies in creating personalised journeys that reflect your travel aspirations.

    Unbreakable Supplier Relationships

    We pride ourselves on our strong partnerships with local suppliers, giving our clients exclusive access to the finest hotels and experiences Ireland has to offer.

    Our Irish Ancestry Planning & Booking Process

    Initial Inquiry & Detail Gathering

    From the moment you reach out to us with your initial enquiry, our travel planning team is devoted to capturing every detail that will make your tour uniquely yours. We take into account your preferred tour dates, the length of your stay, your personal interests, and any additional specifics that will enhance your travel experience.

    Bespoke Itinerary Creation

    With a wealth of information at our disposal, our travel advisor sets out to create a bespoke itinerary that aligns perfectly with your expectations. A comprehensive draft itinerary, complete with beautiful imagery, is sent to you, allowing you to envisage the tour that awaits.

    Collaborative Itinerary Refinement

    In collaboration with your travel planner, you’ll have the opportunity to tweak and refine your itinerary until it’s the perfect reflection of your vision for the trip.

    Booking & Coordination

    After finalising the itinerary and with your deposit securely made, a personal travel coordinator is assigned to you. This coordinator is responsible for booking all aspects of your tour package, from hotels and excursions to dining reservations, ensuring everything is set for your arrival.

    Warm Welcome & Journey Commencement

    Upon your arrival in Ireland, an expert driver guide will greet you, present you with a beautifully printed copy of your itinerary, and mark the beginning of what promises to be an unforgettable Irish adventure.

    Popular Irish Surnames That We Often Create Ancestry Tours Around


    The surname Murphy, meaning “sea warrior,” is the most common Irish surname. Originating from the Gaelic name “Ó Murchadha,” the Murphy clan has strongholds in Counties Cork and Wexford, where they played significant roles in local history, including participation in the 1798 Rebellion.


    O’Sullivan, meaning “dark-eyed,” has ancestral ties to the ancient kingdom of Munster. The clan, known as “Ó Súilleabháin” in Gaelic, boasts a rich history, including the famous O’Sullivan Beare’s march, a notable event during the Nine Years’ War.


    Descendants of the famous High King Brian Boru, the O’Briens (“Ó Briain” in Gaelic) have a noble history, having ruled the Kingdom of Thomond in North Munster. They have been integral in Irish history, particularly during the medieval period.


    The Byrne family, “Ó Broin” in Gaelic, meaning “raven,” were known as fierce warriors. They have historic connections to County Wicklow, where they led rebellions against English rule during the 16th century.


    The Ryan clan, from the old Gaelic “Ó Riain,” meaning “little king,” has strong roots in Counties Tipperary and Limerick. They are known for their leadership during various Irish conflicts, including the Confederate Wars.


    The O’Neills, or “Ó Néill,” meaning “from Niall of the Nine Hostages,” were a powerful dynasty in Ulster with a storied legacy, particularly known for their resistance against English expansion during the Tudor conquest of Ireland.


    Ó Raghallaigh,” or O’Reilly, carries the meaning “sociable tribe.” Originating from County Cavan, the O’Reillys were noted chieftains in the region and established numerous castles and abbeys, including the Abbey of Leitrim.


    Kelly, or “Ó Ceallaigh” in Gaelic, meaning “bright-headed,” is another widespread Irish surname. The Kelly clan was prominent in the west of Ireland, with a history steeped in the arts and Roman Catholic Church hierarchy.


    The Walsh family, “Breathnach” in Irish, signifying “Welshman,” were one of the first Norman families in Ireland. Settling primarily in the southeast, they were quickly assimilated and became staunch supporters of the Irish Catholic cause.


    Ó Conchobhair,” meaning “descendant of Conchobhar,” the O’Connors have royal roots in Connacht. They are celebrated for their resistance against Anglo-Norman forces and for figures like Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland.

    What’s Included In Your Ancestry Travel Package?

    Custom Itinerary

    Your luxury travel package includes a custom itinerary, designed to cater exclusively to your interests and ensure your experience is as unique as your tastes.

    Airport Transfers

    Effortless airport transfers are included in your package, providing a comfortable and convenient start and finish to your luxury journey.

    All Accommodation with Breakfast

    Enjoy the finest accommodations with breakfast included, ensuring each day of your travel starts with the utmost comfort and luxury.

    Private Driver with Luxurious Vehicle

    Navigate the beauty of Ireland with a private driver behind the wheel of a luxurious vehicle, ensuring your travel is as relaxing as it is reliable.

    Our Favourite Family History Activities

    The National Library Of Ireland

    The National Library of Ireland is a treasure trove for genealogical research, housing an extensive collection of records. Here, you can delve into historical documents, Irish family histories, and local maps, making it an invaluable resource for those looking to trace their Irish roots.

    Cobh Heritage Centre

    Located in the port town from which millions of Irish departed, the Cobh Heritage Centre offers poignant insights into the lives of Irish emigrants. The centre’s exhibitions provide a deep understanding of your Irish ancestors’ journeys and the legacy they left behind.

    The Ulster American Folk Park

    This open-air museum brings the story of emigration to life. Visitors can explore the thatched cottages and log cabins that depict the living conditions of early emigrants, offering a realistic glimpse into the world your Irish ancestors knew before setting sail for America.

    Ireland West Farmstay

    Experience authentic Irish farm life at Ireland West Farmstay. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the land just as your Irish ancestors did, offering a hands-on understanding of rural Irish heritage and traditional farming practices that shaped the livelihood of many Irish families.

    The Irish Immigration Museum

    Also known as EPIC, this modern museum in Dublin’s Docklands celebrates the stories of Irish emigrants who shaped the world. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to engage with the history and influence of the Irish diaspora, providing context and connection to Irish family history spread across the globe.

    Contact Us

    Tel: +44-2890-992-744

    Email: info@privatetours-ireland.com


    What’s Included & Excluded in The Cost?

    VAT & TAXES, Personalised itinerary, Executive vehicle (Mercedes V-Class) & professional driver for route according to the itinerary, Services of private local guides for activities according to the itinerary, Admissions to all sites according to the itinerary, Breakfast at all hotels included, Accommodation according to the itinerary, Co-ordination and support.

    This excludes:
    International Air Fare, Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Lunch and Dinner, Beverages, All items of a personal nature, Laundry.

    How Much Does a Private Tour Cost?

    The cost of a private tour is tailored to your preferences, including the number of nights, the type of hotels and rooms you prefer, and the season in which you travel. Generally, prices begin at £4000 to £5000 per person, offering you a personalized experience that reflects the value of the exclusive services provided.

    Do You Get the Same Private Driver for the Whole Tour?

    Consistency and comfort are key to our services; thus, we ensure you have the same knowledgeable private driver throughout your tour. While they provide expert navigation and local knowledge, for more in-depth historical knowledge, we can arrange a qualified tour guide upon request.

    What Should I Pack?

    Given Ireland’s unpredictable weather, it’s best to be prepared for all conditions. We recommend packing versatile footwear like hiking boots, a waterproof jacket for sudden showers, a rucksack for daily essentials, and layers suitable for both cooler and warmer weather.

    Can I Choose My Dates?

    Your convenience is our priority, so you can absolutely choose your own dates for the tour. However, we typically do not schedule tours between December and February due to less favourable weather conditions during those months.

    Can We Visit Ireland and Scotland on the Same Trip?

    Absolutely! If you’re traveling a significant distance, combining Ireland and Scotland into one trip is a practical and enriching option. With our expertise and our sister brand, Private Tours Scotland, we’re well-equipped to extend your journey across the Irish Sea.

    Where Should I Visit In Ireland?

    Ireland is filled with iconic destinations. We recommend visiting the historic streets of Dublin, the culinary delights of Cork, the scenic beauty of Killarney, the rustic charm of Dingle, the serene Arran Islands, the picturesque town of Kenmare, the legendary Blarney Castle, the unique Burren National Park, County Cork, Dublin City, County Mayo, Boyne Valley and the breath-taking Wild Atlantic Way.

    Can I Customise My Tour?

    Tailoring your travel experience is what we do best. We offer unlimited revisions and work diligently until we’ve crafted the perfect itinerary that aligns with your vision for the ideal tour.

    Do You Book Flights?

    While we don’t book flights directly, we can assist you in selecting flights that complement your tour’s schedule. We advise booking your flights before making a deposit to ensure that your flight dates align with the start and end of your tour.

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