About John


Discovering Ireland Tours

We specialize in tours that are all about stimulating your interest in all things about Ireland and the Irish people while at the same time making sure you have the very best experiences and memories to take home. We also know that you are on holiday and will make sure that you connect with the real Ireland while enjoying yourselves

 Member of The Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (ATGI)


Extended Holidays of Ireland

Private Guided Tours for the Thinking Traveler

We are licensed to transport you throughout Ireland and will happily bring you on a wonderful bespoke holiday anywhere you fancy. Email us for suggested itineraries

We are happy to tailor itineraries to suit your individual preferences.

Our tours are lead by Failte Ireland (National Tourist Authority) Approved Tour Guides who are also university educated historians.


Professional Genealogists and Family Historians

We can work with you to produce expert Genealogical Research for your Irish family and devise an itinerary for your holiday that will bring you walking in footsteps of your ancestry. Tours are very personal and focus on understanding the meaning of being Irish as well as exploring your own family history. We also understand that researching family history may only be part of the reason for visiting Ireland and that you will want to take in all the sites and experiences that make a visit to Ireland so special. We are well qualified to guide to all of these as well.

National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History (The highest level academic qualification in Ireland in genealogy)

Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)



Transport is by Mercedes Viano Limousine (seats 5-6) . Larger groups can be transported by arrangement by minibus, email for a quotation.

Sightseeing Day Tours From Dublin 

Extended Tours of Ireland

Pick up can be arranged from your cruise ship or hotel. We offer wonderful day trip itineraries that take in the best that the area has to offer.


John Ducie

As as well being an experienced guide John Ducie is a native of Dublin with a passion for his country and explaining both it and its history to visitors. He has had a life long interest in cultural and natural heritage of all kinds and really knows his way to all the best and most interesting places.

John retired as Properties and Conservation Manager of the National Trust for Ireland in 2012 to devote himself to a full-time career as a tour guide and is a officially recognized Irish Government Approved National Tour Guide, holds a National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History and is licensed to drive up to 16 people in both limousines and mini buses.

In the past he has chaired the Heritage Gardens and Designed Landscapes Committee for ten years, has served as Vice Chairman of The National Trust for Ireland, President of the European Network of National Heritage Organizations, a member of the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organization and the Council of Europa Nostra (the pan European Heritage Alliance). He is a founder member of both The Irish Garden Plant Society and The Tree Council of Ireland

Certified National Tour Guide Ireland


Hons. Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship with First Class Honours

Failte Ireland Tour Guiding and Tourist Management Certificate with Distinction

The National University of Ireland Certificate in Genealogy with first class honours (ordinary degree level certificate awarded after three years study, level 7 QQI)

Graduate of The National Botanic Gardens in Amenity Horticulture.

Member: Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (ATGI)

Member: Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

Terms & Conditions

John  Ducie t/a Johns  Tours of Ireland

Under Irish Law I am one of very few government approved guides who is qualified to both drive and guide in both limousines and minibuses .

I am fully insured as both a guide and driver and I am also a Certified Occupational First Aider. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and bound by its code of ethics in addition for any genealogy work. 

For the majority of my tours I use my own touring vehicle which is a clean, air conditioned luxury touring Mercedes Viano. It has six 6 passenger seats. With sizeable luggage the ideal capacity is 4 passengers. For bigger groups a larger vehicle can be arranged and prices are different.

 Ireland comparative to some other countries is expensive. However a small private tour with a professional approved driver guide in Ireland is a special and unique experience.

The places you will see and visit will be added to by the stories, facts and history I can tell you as well as my know how on how to best get around. Thoughout I will be beside you to answer questions about Ireland and its fascinating culture and history and to make sure you are having the best possible experience. 



  • Driver Guide hours on the road are carefully monitored by our National Roads Authority for safety reasons. It is very important to note that the normal touring day includes my services as a driver guide for up to 8 hours including lunch break. I must stress that longer timeframes are extra and  full guided site visits may not be possible or cost more and would need to be decided on the day.


  • Please note that all prices quoted do not include any site entry fees or any food and refreshments unless specfically stated as being included.
  • Costs quoted on this website do NOT include hotels, air fares, lunches, dinners, any internal site entry fees (usually quite small). When a full itinerary is planned and dates are confirmed I will then add accommodations as required and share a full cost package with you.

Vehicle Rules

  • Please be aware that during all tours I apply strict government and EU rules about items that are not allowed in the touring vehicle. No meals of hot food or hot drinks (teas, coffees) are permitted. No alcohol, no potato chips of any sort or no chewing gums are permitted and each vehicle is a NON smoking one.

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