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Taste of Ireland

  • 2019 Taste of Ireland (Tour A) – 7 Days/6 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • See some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastline, mountain and forest vistas as you take the scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry.
  • Discover the historic heart of
    Dublin – Dublin Castle – one of
    the most important buildings in
    Irish history.

Dining Experiences

  • 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D) including a night at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a traditional show, and a medieval castle banquet.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 6 Nights

  • Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
  • Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Hotels

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Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin Description:

This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it …

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Description:

This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and v…

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty Description:

Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty, this hotel is an ideal base for visiti…

Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin

Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern and centrally located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spac…

Itinerary

 

Taste of Ireland (Tour A) 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Dublin & City Sightseeing
Tours A & B begin with a day of independent touring in Dublin. Take a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and enjoy a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. Dine independently this evening.

Day 2: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Tour C starts in Dublin; tours A & B have a free morning. Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Your city tour starts at 2:00 PM from the hotel lobby with a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College; rows of Georgian houses with colorfully painted doorways; and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group. In the evening, head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins of the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the  surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can fi nd quality Irish-made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fi ne castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Embark on Ireland’s most popular 100-mile scenic drive — the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. There will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant, you’ll continue your scenic drive to Valentia Island where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration (seasonal), and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.
(B, L)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet 
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is near Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening, head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful historic setting in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.)
(B, D)

Day 6: Dublin Extension via Galway
Tours B & C end in Shannon after breakfast. Guests on Tour A drive north to Galway city for a panoramic tour. Take some time to look around the city before traveling along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal, where the locals still speak the Irish language. Then drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how locally quarried marble is made into attractive products, and enjoy tea and scones. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area, or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 7: Depart from Dublin
Tour A ends after breakfast today.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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77 Reviews


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Wonderful enlightening trip, so much Wonderful scenery lovely hotels and Jean at bus driver was very informative and most entertaining, would highly recommend cie tours

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For the most part, it was a great experience. However, the very first day, should have just been a meet and greet and an optional trip to the Guinness Brewery. Everyone who had to travel that day were tired and not much into excursions.

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Yes I plan on using CIE again. It was an easy and excellent experience

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Well organized & well executed. Our driver, Pat Smith, was excellent and a wealth of knowledge of Ireland

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The tours were well organized and the driver was funny and knowledgeable.

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Staff on the phone before and driver were great. I would have been better to receive our package before we left Canada

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I would definitely book with CIE tours again and recommend them as well. Would have been 5 star review except for how another traveler was treated by the company.

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Our guide Pat Smith was fantastic!

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My grandson and I had the best time. Right from booking the tour to enjoying the first class accommodation everything was great. Our tour driver made sure we enjoyed every minute. He made sure we were looked after properly and had a wonderful sense of humor. We laughed all week. I would definitely recommend this tour to anybody seeing Ireland for the first time. We learned a lot about Irish history as well.

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We loved CIE tour. It was awesome! We’re so glad we didn’t have to navigate the streets and could focus on the sites. The places they sent us to were great and we really enjoyed it all!

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Well done tour with clean, friendly, and no crowds made for a great experience.

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I went through AAA the whole experience with very easy

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Excellent--Haven't taken a tour of any kind in almost 30 years and was amazed at how easy it it was.

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The tour overall was pretty good, especially as we had never been to Ireland before. Great way to see the country. Bob, our driver/tour guide, was excellent, provided interesting & humorous facts. The hotels, sightseeing was great. The only problem is that we hate being on a bus & the stops were frequently at souvenir shops (stops were too long), would have been great if we could have stopped in the Killarney forest instead. The tour itself is certainly worth the money & I would recommend it.

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Excellent assistance and our Customer Service Rep was outstanding.

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The tour would have been better if I would not experience two incidents: I and my daughter were not picked from the airport, although I paid for it. I had to find the transportation on my own which I was not happy about. My flight was delayed and the company had my flight information. Second occurrence was when I and my daughter were left stranded in unfamiliar place because the bus left and I was told to find my own way. There was misunderstanding and we were waiting by the entrance to the castle while the bus was waiting in some other out of sight location. When I figured out that something was not right I started to inquire and look for the bus. When I finely found location the other CIE bus driver told me that my. Us left 5 min ago. He called my tour guide but the guide did not want to pick up us and said to find our own way. I had no idea where to go and what to do. I was lucky that some random person in hotel helped me with advise. And I was lucky I had my purse with me and cash to pay for expensive two hour taxi/bus ride. What made me really upset was that the tour guide never even came up to me or talked to me to find out what happened and how did I make it. This is not acceptable and it never happened to me before on any of the tours.

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Our trip to Ireland was amazing. CIE took care of everything all we had to do was enjoy ourselves and take it all in. Our driver/ tour guide Paddy was excellent, he made our trip so enjoyable!! We have recommended CIE to our friends and will probably use them again for our next family adventure:)

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excellent booking service, arranged air flight, sent me all necessary papers I needed for the tour.

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Price,travel times, itinerary

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We were completely cared for from arrival to departure. All surprises were good ones. Our guide Lliam was fantastic. This was our third trip to Ireland with CIE and we hope to have more in the future.

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Excellent. Answered all of my questions and was extremely helpful.

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I was somewhat hesitant to book any tour. We had no experience traveling with a tour company, but decided to try CIE for our Ireland trip. I am glad we did. Not only was booking with CIE easy, but the variety of itineraries they offered was exceptional.

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I had called with a potential change to my travel dates; they were very helpful and even though I didn't need to change my trip, the customer service agent took the time to investigate other options for me.

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Most knowledgeable capable friendlest tour guide of my travels (23 tours). Would definitely recommend and use them again.

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Our tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The accommodations were very good to excellent. We traveled with our handicapped son and Patrick, our guide and driver, went out of his way to see that our son's needs were met. You don't find that every where.

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Done online; relatively simple. Later questions by phone handled well.

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We enjoyed our tour very much.All the hotels chosen were very good,except notable in Killarney.We were dunned at the checkout for a 7up.It was embarrassing,because we had no idea,we had been charged for it.Notes should be added to the tours that coffee and water are the only free drinks.Our driver Jim was funny,informative and lovely.He made the travel fun and we all felt at ease.I do feel were didnt have enough time at Blarney Castle.We had to chose between touring the grounds and gardens or stand in line an hour to kiss the Blarney Stone.We loved Ireland and we cannot wait to visit again!

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My tour guide, Liam, was great! Very knowledgeable, friendly and professional.

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The tour was GREAT, but the days/weeks before the trip it was terribly stressful when our backpacks & tour info didn't arrive. Following up by telephone was a nightmare with extremely long wait times. I recall (it was April 2018) being informed that it was due to a warehouse or facility move, but it was pretty unacceptable.

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Our guide Patrick Smith was exceptional. He did a great job of keeping the trip well organized yet fun, and had lots of history and insight that really added to our overall experience

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Very smooth booking experience. Very friendly and helpful.

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It was our first international tour guide experience and it meet and exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Bob, was very knowledgeable and had great stories! Even though it was one of our shorter tours, we were able to see a lot of beauty in southern Ireland and experience some of the local food, drinks and culture. The sheep herding visit and the Connemara marble factory were perfect additions to the tour. Would definitely recommend this package for anyone who would like to see some of Ireland's beauty.

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Very easy to book. Customer service representatives were very knowledgable and provided excellent advice and guidance.

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What was good - the tour - variety of things to see, a very good tour director/bus driver, pleasant group of fellow travelers. Needed - a map of Dublin that showed the downtown & the first hotel on the same map, with distances, plus some info on how to get downtown & bus routes - we almost killed ourselves trying to walk there the first day. Also, and i think I have already said this, I would have preferred to have you charge us a higher fee and pay the bus driver more money; I don't like having a "mandatory" tip. We are not shoppers, so we thought the tour was a bit heavy on shopping, but we understand why you do it.

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I have wanted to visit Ireland since I was little, and I chose this tour because it offered many of the places that I wanted to see. It was a very packed itinerary, felt like we were on the go all the time, but in less than a week I was able to cross the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin and stand atop the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy fish and chips in many different pubs. It was a relief to have someone else take care of the driving and the hotel arrangements and most of the meals. Our tour guide, Jim, was informative and entertaining. I fell in love with Killarney and Galway, so now I just need to find the time and money to go back.

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Tour was as advertised. Always on time. Patrick was perfect, made an effort to keep everyone happy.

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It would have helped if Mr. Diamond had told us when we first booked that we would be getting backpacks and what would be in them. I bought a converter when I didn't need to. Jim McCormack was a phenomenal tour guide. He entertained us, gave us history, and escorted us through a wonderful trip.

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CIE was fantastic! They had everything organised so well! I was able to completely relax and go with the flow. We had heaps of fun! Well worth it!

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The bus driver was very knowledgeable and professional. Excellent and safe driver. The organized events (music, dinners) were excellent. The last hotel was okay but the same as the others on the tour. A minor concern.

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Booking was incredibly easy and they were patient in answering all my questions. I talked with several different agents and each one was courteous and professional.

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Easy to book. Whenever I had questions, whoever answered whether in NJ or Ireland was super nice and helpful.

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The booking service was helpful but the wait to speak with someone was always very long.

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CIE booking service was extremely helpful.

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I sent a very lengthy email to CIE tours from your website once I returned from my trip to Ireland regarding our driver for our tour. I am disgusted that I did not receive a response to my email I will never use CIE tours again. I was a travel agent for 20 years and used CIE tours religiously with the agency I worked for it is very disappointing

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Booked through Vacation To Go and our experience was excellent. The agent was extremely helpful and accommodating to our needs and desires.

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Easy to book and go through the different tour selection. Customer service was very quick to respond to any questions I had.

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You have to work your way through the process, but the product is worth the effort.

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Booking was easy. The representatives were very friendly & professional.

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Tour was ran like a well oiled machine , Driver / tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful in every way possible . He was also very nice person and a comedian. All the hotels were very nice and I would rate everyone of them 4 stars .

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Everyone I spoke to was wonderful, efficient and able to explain what I needed.

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Quality of trip was not the same as previous trip. Hotel class was not up to par for the price. The driver did not provide suggestions on what to do or where to eat after tour was done for the day. Transportation that I paid extra for was not at the airport at arival. Once I located the CIE booth it took a little of an hour to get e etuthibg straightened out. The group transfer arrived before we did.

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Great booking service. Many options to choose from and very helpful staff.

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Excellent booking experience. Comprehensive trip. Lovely hotels. Good food. A lot of bang for your buck! What’s not to like?

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Absolutely great Tour Leader/Driver Patrick was so informative as we visited each stop and in between stops! He did an excellent job at “herding us cats”, ensuring timely departures. Lots of local colour and shopping tips. Excellent meals included on the tour. Comfortable coach, changing assigned seats each day was a great way to meet all our fellow passengers. Pleasant and comfortable hotel accommodations.

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Easy to book the tour. Would have been nice to receive updates before payment was due.

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It was a well planned and run tour. Got to see all the major sights and the food was delicious. Every meal was served piping hot and with hundreds of travellers at an event...that's amazing. Hotels were fine with great locations. Our driver, Jim, was extremely efficient and VERY entertaining. The castle banquet was very well done featuring talented entertainment.

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I would absolutely use CIE tours again. I loved that everything was paid for ahead of time. No hidden surprises. The hotels we stayed at were nice, I really liked the itinerary. It was our first time to Ireland and felt we got to see a lot during our stay. Everything was planned out ahead of time, very punctual. The best part of our whole trip was out tour driver Oisin Quinn. He was great!! He was full of knowledge and really gave us interesting information. He made the whole trip. Would love to go again.

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Our driver was The best super knowledgeable and wntertaining definately set the standards for my other tours which didn't even match up to his.

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Best vacation ever. Itinerary was perfect. Patrick our guide was incredible. He was funny informative Made the trip CIE was great they provide everything you need Can’t wait to get back and do it again

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They did everything well. I would recommend them, in fact I have done just that. If we travel to Ireland Gain, C-I-E will be our booking service.

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I loved my trip to Ireland with CIE Tours. The accommodations and meals were both excellent. The tour guide did a great job throughout our tour. I loved Ireland and hope to return on a future CIE tour.

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pleasure .

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Excellent. They were ALWAYS available to answer our questions! They were knowledgeable, professional and helpful.

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Everything was good, enjoyed the tour

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Excellent! Very helpful with any questions. Prompt answers and there was always someone to help you.

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They were great. They took care of our reservations and answered all our questions.

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Yes, I would happily recommend CIE.

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Easy booking helpful agent

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Booking service was easy and friendly. Things went smoothly as expected.

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Quick and easy to work with. Answered all of my questions.

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I am so thankful I got to explore Ireland with CIE Tours! From start to finish everything went smoothly. The whole trip was effortless and stress free! The accommodations were top notch, the food was excellent and our tour guide, Aiden, was so knowledgeable and fun! I am looking to book another tour with CIE within the next year. This time - England and Scotland. Thank you, CIE Tours!

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because of medical reasons we were unable to go on a planned trip to Ireland. I made my initial phone call tne CIE was right there to guide me through this mountain of paperwork = overwhelming. But they did in a friendly , polite manner - very patient and professional.

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The hotel stays where wonderful and it was a easy, slow paced tour if thats what you are after. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stop very often for photo opportunities and the tour guide talked non stop and played folk music all day. Not my cup of tea.

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Excellent service while deciding to book. Amazing tour director...Jim. McCormack.,...while in Ireland....will certainly return for another tour!

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I had a few questions before I booked and the agent helped walk me through everything and made sure I was comfortable.

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I would buy from them again. We had an enjoyable tour. the Guide was wonderful and the places visited was very enjoyable.

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