The California Native International Adventures

Since 1983
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Ireland Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the tours guided?
On our bicycle trips, our guide will be driving the support van, making sweeps to ensure that all is well, and offering lifts to those who want a break. This provides us with the freedom to travel at our own pace, with the security of knowing that our guide is there if we need him. Our walking trips are self-guided—we provide accommodations, route details and transfer your luggage—taking away all of the hassles, but none of the adventure.

What is the weather like?
While Irish weather is not easy to predict, the mild climate is ideal for walking or cycling, and the occasional shower can even add to the atmosphere of the landscape. The temperature will almost always be moderate, typically between 60º–80º F. We recommend that you bring some rain gear, however, as well as suntan lotion and a hat!

What about food and accommodations?
We stay in a combination of small family run hotels and guest houses. We try to pick places with character—typically a Victorian town house, a remote lakeside hotel, a farmhouse by the sea, an attractive harbor guesthouse, or an old style family hotel in the middle of a bustling market town. Breakfast is included in all of our trips, and our guides can recommend eating places for lunch and dinner that cater to everyone's taste and budget.

How about our luggage?
Our luggage is transported ahead of us to our next hotel or guest house.

Do I have to be an avid cyclist?
People of all ages and abilities come on the tours (except young children), so don't worry if you are not super-fit. You have all day to cover the recommended route, and while Irish roads rarely follow a straight line, there are few really high climbs. Sore bottoms are an occupational hazard on a cycling tour, but a pair of padded cycle shorts or a gel saddle cover can work wonders. Complete beginners might also take a few practice rides before coming on the tour.

What kind of bikes do we get?
We are currently using GIANTS for our tours. They come equipped with 21 speed grip-shift gears, carrier, mudguards, water bottle carrier and a small pannier bag. If you wish to use toe clips please bring your own pedals with toe clips which we can attach to our bikes. (The pedals on our bikes do not accommodate toe clips.) We give out maps along with route directions and historical details at the start of the week.

Where do we meet, and how do we join our tour?
Our tours start close to bus and railway stations and are accessible by public transport. At the time of booking, we will send you more specific information on the travel arrangements to and from each starting point. Each tour starts on a Saturday evening and ends the following Saturday morning.

For more information, contact us at:
6701 W. 87th Place, Los Angeles CA 90045
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Another beautiful view while bicycling through Ireland
Bicycling along the quiet country lanes of Ireland
Ancient castles abound in the Irish countryside
Walking the ancient paths of the Burren in Ireland
Perhaps we could spot a leprechaun on our bicycle trip through Ireland
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