Viking Splash Tours offers a novelty which is pricey and doesn't quite work. The tour covers what every tour of Dublin offers as the selection of sights in Dublin is quite limited. The novelty of wearing ersatz Viking helmets and roaring at passers-by quickly wears off (also Dublin is quite enured to this activity). You are then left with an uncomfortable, cold (sometimes wet), noisy (so you cannot hear the guide) trip. The vehicle never stops so you often cannot locate what the guide is commenting on (should you be fortunate enough to hear). Approximately 15 of the 75 tour minutes is spent putting on life preservers & flotation gear to allow a rather boring canal circuit showing sights which could easily be seen from street locations.
Viking was a major disappointment which I would not recommend.
Perhaps one for this kids, this tour is good fun. You are taken around some of the sights of central Dublin in an amphibious WW2 vehicle called a Duck. The guide encourages the customers to act like Vikings by giving a Viking 'ROAR!' to unsuspecting pedestrians and rival tour buses. The tour also includes a water-borne spin around the old docks, which isn't as exciting as it sounds, the highlight being a view of the outside of U2's recording studio.
Yeah so I definently did NOT go on the Viking Splash Tour -- just not my style. So I can't really comment on how fun/horrible it is because I have no idea.
What I CAN say is we'd frequently see the Viking Splash Tour driving around Dublin, and it was packed with tourists wearing ridiculous foam viking hats. Absolutely terrifying, so unless you want to be one of those people...I wouldn't go near it.
The best way to see Dublin, it's amazing when you start walking how much there is to see and how far apart they are. This tour is relatively inexpensive and points out sites you would never learn about on your own. We even got to see where U2 has their recording studio! Great deal and the tour guides are quite humorous. Their website contains all the information you need for times, prices etc..
This was a lot of fun and if you are traveling with children, I highly recommend that you do this. You get into a World War II vintage amphibious vehicles(or Ducks). A costumed tour captain shows you all the famous sights of Dublin with fun commentary and questions to really get you invovled. For the grand finale you will splash into the historic Grand Canal Basin to continue your tour by water. The tour last about an hour and 15 minutes and runs from March to November. Bonus, you can buy a Vikning hat and a bunch of other souveniers.
I took 5 of my friends to Dublin in the summer and surprised them with a trip on the Viking Splash Tour.....we still laugh about it now!!
The tour guides are brilliant and it is the best and definately the most unusual way to learn about Dublins history
What is the best way to see and learn about Dublin?
On a WWII amphibious vehicle wearing a viking hat and yelling at complete strangers of course!
As you get on they inform you that you are a viking and everyone else on the street is a celt and must be roared at as you go past....hilarious....especially when you get stuck at lights and they get to walk past laughing at you!!!!
The Viking Splash Tour
A two-hour tour that gives you a unique perspective of Dublin - especially when the amphibious vehicle enters the water at the Grand Canal Docks! Great if you like donning Viking helmets and screaming Norse curses at the Gaels and Sassenachs as you pass!
go on a viking splash tour.This is a completely unique tour of Dublin by land and water in a reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious militaryvehicles called 'Ducks'. you will be told about the most exciting sights in Dublin: how the Vikings first settled the City over 1000 years ago and how Dublin has become a thriving, cosmopolitan European city.
Trip around the city on a WW2 Dukw. See the sights then go onto the canal for a trip around that too!! Entertaining way to spend an hour!