It is no secret that I love an open top bus tour, it is often our first introduction to a new City.
Imagine my excitement when we arrived in Dublin, we were able to clamber on-board the *Viking Splash tour bus, or DUKW, a World War II amphibious truck painted in blue and yellow. Once on-board, we were driven round the Dublin streets, passing most of the sites including the Trinity College and Temple Bar areas.
What really set Viking Splash apart from a standard bus tour are two things; the first is the fact that you wear a giant Viking helmet and roar at the pedestrians as you drive past. The second is the tour guide himself, a great comedy performance that has loads of great facts mixed in with jokes and stories that had us entertained and interested on what was a grey and wet day.
After we’d been through the centre, we made our way down to the Dublin canal’s main basin, and there the uniqueness of the Splash tour was unveiled. We slipped into life jackets while they put floats on the side of the truck, and then we drove down a slipway into the canal water! From driving on the road, we were chugging along in the water!
Amazing experience, and definitely something a bit different when it comes to city tours. Just remember not to panic when the water starts creeping up the side of the truck. It does float!
*A big thanks to Viking Splash for our complimentary tickets on their tour.