Royal Irish Tours (RIT) is a family-owned tour operator, specializing in Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. We really are specialists – that’s all we sell. We are a Canadian company, and 99% of our guest are from Canada. Irish roots run deep within the company, including many staff members being Irish.

Royal Irish Tours

Photo: Royal Irish Tours team members in front of coaches

Royal Irish Tours (RIT) is Canada’s leading tour operator selling Ireland and also specialize in Scotland, England & Wales. Irish and Scottish roots run deep within the company and they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2021. All tours and trips are geared towards Canadian travellers and 99% of RIT’s guest are from Canada.

RIT sells a variety of vacation experiences to Ireland, Scotland England & Wales. These are the only destinations they sell, so they really are the Ireland & UK specialists. 

RIT touring styles:

  • Escorted coach tours – Maximum 38 guests on a 45-seater coach (reduced to 30 in 2021)
  • Smaller sightseeing tours – Maximum 16 guests on a 26-seater coach
  • Private group tours – Customize your itinerary and group size as you wish 
  • Driving holidays – Fully customizable. Standard itineraries include accommodation, car rental, discount booklets and maps
  • Chauffeur drive – Fully customizable. Includes your own personal driver/ guide, accommodation, breakfast and comfortable travel around the destination in a luxurious vehicle
  • Rail tours – Semi-escorted tours including rail tickets, day trips, city stays
  • Luxury rail journeys – Belmond all-inclusive rail journeys. Stay on the train, open bar, all meals included as well as luxury excursions
  • City stays – Enjoy anything from 2 nights to 1 week-long city stays. Includes airport transfers, accommodation, hop on/ hop off bus tickets, discount booklets and entrance into many attractions

Photo: Travellers enjoying a castle tour in Ireland

What sets RIT apart from other companies selling Ireland & the UK?

More inclusive experiences – the average 15-day coach tours would include:

  • 10-11 evening meals
  • Breakfast daily
  • All attraction visits
  • 4 star deluxe accommodation
  • 1-2 optional experiences max per trip

Wonderful guides:

Most have worked with RIT for 10+ years, and as the target is Canadians, they always have great stories to share relating to Irish Canadian history. They are there for your clients 24/7 on tour, and will go above and beyond to ensure a wonderful experience. 

Customizable trips:

From custom group experiences, to driving vacations or chauffeur drive trip. 

Photo: Royal Irish Tours visit an Irish castle

We have made some important changes to our tours and some new additions to ensure you can still have a memorable, authentic, and amazing trip to Ireland, Scotland, England or Wales.

We're good to go and COVID safe destinations

RIT will only work with accommodation providers, attractions, restaurants and other tourism suppliers who have received the ‘We’re good to go’ mark (UK) or the Covid-safe designation (Republic of Ireland). This ensures all staff are sufficiently trained and their product offering meets or exceeds the required protocols.

Enjoy incredible experiences, safely
RIT have made some changes to itineraries to ensure social distancing & other safety precautions can be adhered to, without impacting your RIT experience. These include timed visits to popular attractions to avoid the crowds and the inclusion of more unique off-the-beaten-track experiences.

Photo: Royal Irish Tours guide assisting travellers

On-tour supports
The expert RIT drivers & guides will be with you throughout your trip to ensure you safety and enjoyment. They will ensure social distancing is maintained as well as other precautions, and they are there for you 24-7 if you have any questions or concerns while on tour.

Smaller group sizes and updated coaches
First class coach tours - Maximum 30 guests (down from 38) on a 55 seater coach Premium sightseeing tours - Maximum 16 on a 29 seater coach

Flexible booking policy
Change your trip date or itinerary up to 30 days before departure for no additional cost. This is so you can book with confidence, knowing that if your situation changes, RIT will be flexible and happy to help make new arrangements for you.