A Message from our President

A Message from our President

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Updated Feb 10, 2022

Dear guests,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. As the world begins to reopen, we are excited for the beginning of the 2022 season, which is finally underway! Our friends in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are very excited to welcome back many more of our guests in 2022. With all testing requirements gone, there’s been no better time to travel.

Our coach and sightseeing tours are set to resume this month, and our team in Ireland and the UK are working hard to make it a wonderful year. Below we have outlined our updated procedures and policies for travelling with us in 2022.

Again, we want to thank you for your continued support of Royal Irish Tours, especially over the last 2 years. It is because of you, our valued guests that we can offer unique & memorable vacation experiences, and we hope you can enjoy them and our beautiful destinations in the not-too-distant future.

Stay safe & healthy,
Yours in travel,
Ian Duffy
Founder & President


The safety and enjoyment of our guests has always been paramount, and as a result, we are implementing the following safety procedures for 2022.


The Republic of Ireland and the UK have introduced a standard set of criteria to ensure the tourism sector continues to operate safely and respectfully in these times. We have invested in training our staff and refitting our coaches to ensure they are perfectly safe to travel on given the new protocols. We will also now only work with hotels, attractions, restaurants and other tourism businesses who have received the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark (UK) and the Covid-19 Safety Charter (Ireland) in their respective country. All of us here in Canada as well as our teams and partners in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are continuing to work hard to ensure we can again give you memorable and unforgettable trips with RIT in 2022 and beyond.


As a result of travel restrictions and requirements for many attractions and hospitality establishments in Ireland and the UK, and to keep our guests, our team, and our travel partners safe, we will require guests to be fully vaccinated to travel on a 2022 coach or sightseeing tour. You will be asked to present this proof at the start of your trip.


If you are on a coach or sightseeing tours, RIT’s expert tour managers and drivers are there for your safety and comfort throughout. The following changes have been made for 2022:

  • We will be using larger coaches to allow for more room on board, with free seats and plenty of space for social distancing.
  • The coaches will be thoroughly sanitized daily and the airflow on board will be 100% fresh air from outside.
  • We are working closely with all hotels, attractions; restaurants and other partners in Ireland and the UK to ensure the tours can run smoothly. This includes timed visits at certain attractions, group check-in at hotels and more intimate dining experiences for some of our included meals.
  • Our tour managers and drivers are expertly trained to deal with a variety of unexpected situations that may arise and will be on-hand to assist you with any questions or concerns while on tour.


In this ever-changing environment, we have updated our terms & conditions to allow you more flexibility when booking a vacation with RIT. Once you book and deposit with us, you can change your departure date or tour for any reason up to 60 days prior to departure. The deposit is transferable to another date within 1 year of the initially scheduled trip departure date. Valid for new bookings only made until May 31. 2022.


We pride ourselves on having expert, well informed staff who have received regular training and updates on the current travel situation in Ireland and the UK. If you have any questions or concerns about travelling to Ireland, Scotland, England or Wales, please visit the Canadian travel advisory website, speak with your travel advisor or call us toll free on 1866-907-8687. We are here to help in any way we can, and we hope to welcome you again or for the first time in 2022.

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