Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below a list of frequently asked questions and everything you need to know when booking with Giant Tours Ireland. From queries about reservation and payment to preparation and weather. When signing up for a Game of Thrones Tour in Northern Ireland, preparing for four seaons is a must! Giant Tours Ireland also offer a multi-day tour or custom tours that will make your visit to the North Coast one to remember.
Are there any Extra Fees on top of the listed price?
All additional taxes are within the listed price. Please see your chosen tour’s details for what is not included to consider any additional costs for you such as snacks, entrance fees, etc.. Example: Our guided walking tour at the Giant’s Causeway follows the legally free public access road. An entrance fee of £13.50 per person is charged should you wish to pass through the visitor centre. If your tour visit the Giant’s Causeway then a fee of £10.00 is only required for parking.
Do I need to show my receipt to the guide/driver?
We understand that you probably do not have a printer handy when you’re travelling! It is not necessary to have a printed copy. However, we may request that you show ID that matches your Reservation and Order Number.
How much does it cost to do a custom private tour in Northern Ireland?
Due to the many options in tailoring a tour specially for you. We will advise & provide the latest up to date information for your personal tour along with our best price. Please contact us to discuss your preferred dates, places to visit & things to see & do in Northern Ireland.
What should I wear for a tour in Northern Ireland?
It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in hiking/trail shoes or boots, or strong training shoes/sneakers. Wear whatever is comfortable, it is preferable to dress in layers with clothing that you can remove or add as necessary. Waterproofs are essential in our changeable weather yet also bring sunscreen in the hope that the sun shines.
– It is possible to get all four seasons in one day!
What should I bring with me on the tour in Northern Ireland?
Simply a big smile a sense of adventure & definitely a camera.
Quality glass-bottled water, tea & good ‘real’ coffee is provided on board (that is available at stops).
Your chosen tour may not be all-inclusive so consider bringing a packed lunch although there will be recommended cafes & coffee shops en route. You may wish to bring additional snacks with you.
Do I need a reservation or can I just show up to Giant Tours Ireland?
A reservation is definitely required to guarantee your place on all tours with Giant Tours Ireland. Reservations help us determine the numbers to ensure that our small group tours remain manageable & therefore more enjoyable. It also allows us to notify you of any changes or anything that could affect your tour.
What is the cancellation policy at Giant Tours Ireland?
Terms and Conditions
If a confirmed booking is to be cancelled at any time, this must be received directly by email or writing. The following charges, in addition to any third party handling service fees, will apply:
- At any time: 50% of total tour price
- Less than 30 days notice: 75% of total tour price
- Less than 15 days notice: 100% of total tour price
Giant Tours Ireland accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to, delay or changes in schedules, docking schedules, shore tenders, flight cancellations or misconnections due to mechanical problems, sickness, quarantine, weather, acts of God, strikes, government actions, war, terrorism or other circumstances beyond its control. Clients must bear all such losses or expenses.
NOTE – It is highly recommended that you purchase optional trip protection insurance suitable for your travel plans from a registered travel insurance company. This helps to guard against unforeseen circumstances.
Special note regarding “Pandemics” – We would like to assure customers that our existing policies and procedures are in line with the current guidance given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Northern Irish and Irish Health Authorities (DoH & HSE).
Will a tour be cancelled due to bad weather?
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing” Billy Connolly
Please heed Billy’s quote & dress for the conditions because unless there is an extreme weather event all tours will go ahead. It is warm, comfortable & dry inside the van, we may spend less time at particularly exposed stops if the weather dictates.
Many sites & locations look even more dramatic & arguably better on wet & stormy days!
What weather and climate should I expect during a tour in Northern Ireland?
The general rule is this: Winter – horizontal rain. Summer – vertical rain & sometimes sun!
We locals along the very north coast of Ireland discuss the weather everyday due to it’s changeability!
We have a Maritime Climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. This means a mild climate without seasonal temperature extremes. This is despite being at 55degs North on roughly the same latitude as central Canada & Siberia!
However, we are on the North Coast of Ireland & exposed to the prevailing westerly winds off the North Atlantic Ocean that bring winds & the rain.
June, July and August can be the warmest months, pushing a whopping 20°C (68°F) usually with a sea breeze. December, January & February being the colder months, but with temperatures rarely dipping below freezing, yet generally having more frequent storms.
The rules appear to be changing regarding the rain seasonally with April 2017 the lowest rainfall on record with the early summer months generally being the driest.
The height of summer provides 16+ daylight hours with long bright evenings with sunset after 10pm!