• Ha' Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
    Ha' Penny Bridge in Dublin
  • Pub fiddler, Temple Bar neighborhood, Dublin, Ireland
    Evening of Traditional Irish Music
  • Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Ireland
    Rock of Cashel Ruins
  • Pub in Kinsale, Ireland
    Kinsale Pub
  • Great Blasket Island, Ireland
    Blasket Islands
  • Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
    Cliffs of Moher
  • Biking on Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland
    Aran Islands
  • Antrim Coast
  • St. George's Market, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    St. George's Market in Belfast

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Best of Ireland in 14 Days Tour

from $4,695 per person + air

Single Supplement $925

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Rick Steves' Best of Ireland tour kicks off with the best of Dublin, followed by Ireland's must-see historical sites, charming towns, music-filled pubs, and seaside getaways — including Kinsale, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Galway, Connemara, the Giant's Causeway, and the compelling city of Belfast. All along the way, Rick's guides will share their stories to draw you in to the Emerald Isle, and the friendliness of the people will surely steal your heart. Join us for the Best of Ireland in 14 Days!

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 27 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Best of Ireland tour:

  • Dublin walking tour
  • Trinity College
  • Book of Kells
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kinsale walking tour
  • Charles Fort
  • Sheep farm
  • Irish whiskey tasting
  • Crystal cutting demonstration
  • Dingle's Slea Head Drive
  • Great Blasket Centre
  • Gallarus Oratory
  • Irish musical evening
  • Burren National Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Boat ride to Aran Islands
  • Aran Islands minibus tour
  • Dun Aengus fort
  • Connemara drive
  • Cong
  • Ashford Castle School of Falconry
  • Derry coach and walking tour
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Belfast coach and walking tour

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Dublin to Belfast
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and 7 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

Meet your guide and fellow tour members at our hotel at 5 p.m. After a group meeting, we'll enjoy a "Welcome to Ireland" dinner together, followed by an orientation walk through the heart of Dublin.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Dublin.

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Dublin

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Dublin, including a stop at Trinity College for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a creative jolt that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. We'll continue on, learning about the city's rich history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation to the proud and progressive city of today. You'll have the rest of the day free to feel the pulse of a city thriving with street poets and musicians.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Dublin.

Day 3: Kilmainham Gaol and Monumental Ruins

On our way out of Dublin, we'll stop at Kilmainham Gaol and learn about its place in Ireland's stirring struggle for independence a little more than a century ago. Then we'll continue to the green Plain of Tipperary, and the Rock of Cashel. We'll tour Cashel's evocative ruins and the cluster of medieval buildings that became a major ecclesiastical center of Ireland. Our day will end with dinner together in the picturesque harbor town of Kinsale.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Kinsale.

Day 4: Kinsale and Charles Fort

This morning we'll be treated to a walking tour that brings Kinsale's past to life, places its story in the wider sweep of history, and makes the stony sights much more than buildings. Inspired by all we've learned, we'll continue on to explore the massive and revolutionary (for its time) Charles Fort, which overlooks the harbor. You'll have the afternoon and evening free to make your own discoveries in Kinsale, known as Ireland's gourmet capital.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: ½ hour. Sleep in Kinsale.

Day 5: Killarney National Park and Dingle

Today we'll take a scenic drive along the forests (Ireland's largest), mountains, and lakes of Killarney National Park. Then we'll balance-off this peacefulness with a visit to a local sheep farm, marveling at its talented dogs in action. We'll end our day in Dingle, where we'll enjoy dinner together in one of the country's best traditional music scenes.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Dingle (group may be split between two B&Bs).

Day 6: Gaelic Heritage

It's a great day to experience some of Europe's wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sights. We'll start our day with a crystal cutting demonstration from a master craftsman, then hop aboard our bus with a local expert to follow the famous Slea Head Drive, our vote for the most beautiful road in Ireland. We'll stop to tour the strikingly designed Great Blasket Centre, where we'll get an intimate look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. Tonight, we'll return to Dingle for as much dancing and singing with new friends as we can handle.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Dingle.

Day 7: Roam the Dingle Peninsula

Today is all yours…free on the Dingle Peninsula. Take a long walk along the local paths and lanes, rent a bicycle and pedal the scenic 30-mile Dingle Loop, sail for the day to the rugged Blasket Islands, or simply savor your generous Irish breakfast and hang out in town.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Dingle.

Day 8: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

This morning we'll drive through County Clare to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you'll find yourself leaning into the wind and teetering on the very edge of Europe more than 600 feet above the churning waters of the North Atlantic. Farther up the road, we'll explore the rocky moonscape of the Burren to learn about its unique ecosystem and hardy prehistoric residents. Tonight we'll share dinner together in Galway.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Galway.

Day 9: Galway and the Aran Islands

This morning we'll hop aboard a ferry bound for the stark beauty of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. There you can join your guide for a minibus tour 'round this dramatic island, including the site of its ancient, cliff-hanging Celtic fortress, Dun Aengus. Or, you'll have plenty of time to set out on foot, hire a pony cart, or pedal a bike to explore this windswept island on your own.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Galway.

Day 10: Connemara Countryside

Today we'll drive through the Connemara region, enjoying the beautiful Irish countryside. We'll stop in the charming town of Cong (where Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne filmed The Quiet Man in 1951), stroll through the picturesque abbey ruins, and visit the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle. Then we'll drive north to County Mayo and Westport, where we'll settle in for the evening.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Westport.

Day 11: To Northern Ireland

We'll seamlessly cross into Northern Ireland today. In Derry, a local guide will take us on a tour of the town, sharing stories about "the Troubles" and the infamous "Bloody Sunday" of 1972. Then we'll drive on to our nostalgic seaside resort town with time for an evening stroll along the strand and dinner.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep on the Antrim Coast.

Day 12: Antrim Coast

Today we'll explore Northern Ireland's spectacular Antrim Coast, marveling at the bizarre basalt columns and local legends of the Giant's Causeway. Then stop for a look at the romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle, perched precariously on a clifftop overlooking the North Atlantic before testing your nerve teetering across the scenic Carrick-a-Rede rope footbridge (optional, wind permitting). Watch your step while enjoying the fine views and the great seabirds soaring. Then we're off to the capital of the North, Belfast.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Belfast.

Day 13: Belfast and the Titanic

This morning we'll begin our day at the Titanic Belfast visitor experience, located on the very site where the great ship was built. Next, a local guide will board our coach for a rolling tour that takes us through historic Belfast and along reminders of the past decades' Troubles, including the striking political murals of Shankill and Falls Road. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of Belfast. Tonight we'll kick up our heels at a tasty farewell supper together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Sláinte!

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Belfast.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can fly out of Belfast or Dublin's handy airports. For those not ready to return home yet, both cities are a great jumping-off point to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Slán leat!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Ireland in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Walk a half-mile uphill at the Giant's Causeway and navigate cobblestones and difficult terrain at ancient sites.

Reviews

James

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love it, It was magical, Pascal was a great guide, He was like old friend, He gave us the Irish welcome!! He guided us through the beauty of land from Dublin to Belfast, He gave us amazing history of his country, I learn so much through his stories about the people the customs, music, the food and drink. Plus, Stephen the bus driver was delight full of Irish humor. Plus, the Irish people were so happy friendly, and welcoming," It was just great crack" as they would say it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the whole tour was my wow moments!!"

Mary Jo

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided a good mix of exposure to significant cities, towns, country side, cultural locations, history and political context.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing miles of stone walls in southern Ireland that represented untold hours of manual labor. The Irish seacoast is also pretty dramatic."

Peter

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good group, a great guide and a nice tour.

Duane

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 14 day tour of Ireland. Our guide (Paschal) and driver (Stephen) expertly led us while having fun. We were often the first group at a location allowing us to see the site with a smaller crowd. The dynamics of our group worked. We saw many places with free time appropriately built into the schedule. The local guides were very knowledgeable and enhanced the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many and it's hard to pick a favorite. The Giant Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Trinity Library and Slea Head Loop Drive."

Nancy

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great museums, beautiful scenic views, wonderful driver and guide, lovely hotels. intriguing stories about the history of Ireland that explain what the Irish people have endured through the centuries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeway and I loved the music"

Michael

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was enjoyable but there are some things that could be improved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Ireland School of Falconry visit was definitely the "wow" moment of the tour. I never once imagined I would get to hold a hawk on my arm."

Donald

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything advertised and more. Pascal was the perfect guide, with great stories, history, anecdotes and humor. His sidekick, our driver Steven, was also a lot of fun. I have always heard of the beauty of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but to see and experience it firsthand was special. Driving the entire perimeter of the island gave us the chance to explore a variety of experiences and take in the Irish culture. Every stop, every hotel, every meal, was well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was more than a moment. Driving the Wild Atlantic Way made for fantastic bus journeys every day. The Atlantic Ocean on our left and the lush Irish landscapes on our right were unbelievably beautiful. "

Corinne

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal and Steven were "Excellent " what a duo a great combo! They kept us entertained with stories. Both very passionate/knowledgeable about Irish History. They were absolutely incredible making me want to come back and tour all the other things Ireland has to offer

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments absolutely loved the sheep farm with their talented dogs, the school of Falconry, making Irish coffee, our tour guide in Derry."

James

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our Seventh tour with RS and we have enjoyed all of them. It seems to me like you have upgraded some of your hotel stays, Thank you. The Ireland tour met all our expectations and more, being our first visit. An added bonus was a nonstop flight on AER from our home city, they have added lots or flights to the USA. Pascal our guide was wonderful and did a great job with all aspects of the tour, even arranging for a private taxi, for us to see a family history site on some down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pub life in Dublin and Dingle, what fun..."

Vicky

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific trip. Had great weather and not so good weather a couple of days. It was good to be prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Galway area as well as Northern Ireland history and Giant's Causeway."

Brien

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed everything about the tour from the country to the people in our tour group and had a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside with the rock walls to the sheep with their babies in the fields. "

Shari

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so much more than I expected in so many ways. The people in our group were enjoyable, our guide Connor was fabulous, the itinerary was amazing, the accommodations and meals were higher level than I was expecting. The local guides were all good--some outstanding. We had a nice balance of group time and time on our own. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and certainly not our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced so much it's hard to narrow it down to one thing! I really loved Kinsale, the time we had there, and Barry Malone's tour. I fell in love with Irish music and the lovely community culture it promotes. Some of the scenery--especially around Dingle and the Wild Atlantic Way--was spectacular!"

Maureen

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited on this Ireland tour were pretty awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have more than one ! Loved the Cliffs of Moher, wish we had more time there. Loved the visit to Inishmore although it was rainy. Loved visiting Dingle, Kinsale, and the Giant’s Causeway."

Denise

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, wonderful food, accommodations were lovely. Lots to see and do with just enough "down" time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to pick the Giant's Causeway. Just amazing"

Brian

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think this Ireland tour is a great general overview of Ireland and sets the foundation for future trips to explore parts in more depth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Kilmainham Gaol Museum was an eye opening start to the understanding of Irish and British relations going back to the Plantation of Ulster in 1609."

Kenneth

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Let me preface this by saying that both my wife and I both got sick on this tour,(R.T.I.) respiratory tract infection, which kind of slowed us down in keeping up with the tour somewhat. There might have been a 'grump' that weaseled their way onto the tour but mostly a good group of people. We liked most of the stops on the tour. The tour director , Connor was excellent, as was Paul the bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say we were WOWED by Kinsale & secondly by the Dingle Peninsula. The Muckross House & gardens were beautiful but we were disappointed that we weren't given the opportunity to tour the inside of the house! "

Harriet R

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best vacations I ever experienced! We were immersed in the culture and beautiful countryside of Ireland. The experience is beyond word that do it justice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Giant Causeway"

Mary Alice

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was very nice, guide was wonderful, weather was good and food and accomodations were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard! There were several, but the falconry was my favorite."

Christy

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour with many different cities and activities! Joe Darcy, our tour guide, is an asset to the Rick Steves tour program!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Kinsale and Dingle, and the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast."

Nelson

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guides, group experience, and great places of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dun Aonghasa! The trek up there, and the ruins, Wow!"

Isabel

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour with a lot of history, fun , and drinking. The tour guide Joe went above and beyond to make sure everybody enjoy their time, especially during the bus drive. We were also lucky to have an excellent group that got along very well( we still talking in WhatApp).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dún Aonghasa: love the challenge going up the ruins and finally see it. I also love Kinsale and walking around with the local tour guide : Barry"

Dara

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing, a lot packed in for a great overview of Ireland. Our guide made all the difference, Joe was phenomenal. He made it such a comfortable environment and was kind and welcoming to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting the School of Falconry. What an amazing experience."

Paul

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was well planned and expertly led by Joe. Hotels were great, located in good locations and overall amenities were better than some of the other RS tours. Bus Driver and bus were outstanding - great driver! Selection of locations were good, however, some of the walking tours could have been better. Like to have at least 2 nights in each hotel, but we did have a couple 1 nighters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the smaller towns of Kinsale and Dingle. "

Gregory

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary Ellen

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Joe is a delight. Very knowledgeable and I loved his singing and storytelling. Loved the happy half hours. Our group was great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the falcon land on my arm. "

Amy

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very very fun, interesting and informative. I enjoyed the information about the history of Ireland and the consequences in the 20th century

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was my my favorite place. The Irish dancing evening was fun, and we were able to rent bikes and hike on our free day. "

Jane

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe Darcy was full of stories, knowledge and good cheer! Alan, our bus driver, skillfully delivered us where we needed to be and was great company! This coupled with a comprehensive itinerary ensured a fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kilmainham Gaol, the Raptor experience, the Sheep herding demonstration and the private Irish music and dance performance were all standouts in a trip filled with wonderful surprises."

Anita

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip to Ireland was interesting and enjoyable. We visited beautiful sites and felt like we got a good taste of Ireland; culture, history, geography and food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess I have 2: I loved our music evenings! So fun to hear the different instruments and see the dancing. Visiting the falconry and having the hawk land on my arm was amazing! The beautiful grounds was an added bonus. "

Ted

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Ireland and I could not have had a better experience. My guide, Cathy, sparked my interest in learning more about the history of Ireland. My immersion in Irish culture, history, and music was very enlightening and fulfilling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite “wow” moment was my first visit to a pub where traditional live music was being performed and my conversations with locals. I am impressed with the open friendliness of the people I met."

Deborah

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our leader Cathie Ryan is a delightful person and a fabulous guide. Loved her music, history and folklore talks and the music she introduced us to.really wish all guides would follow her lead and do more tour dinners at the start and on long travel days. Brilliant idea. Our driver Mark was excellent. Cathie handled kindly and carefully having a few tour members who got Covid. Probably the best tour we have taken

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. The music shop in Dingle with Irish music, dancing, poetry recitation was like being in a very talented friend’s house. Feeling the bog vibrate. The falconry school at Ashford castle. The Irish people and their warmth and humor in spite of the times of suffering. The beautiful scenery. I came home hungry to learn more about all things Ireland. We also had a terrific group of people traveling with us—curious, interested, thoughtful. "

Alfred

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding throughout. Although my wife and I are no strangers to international travel, we had not previously done a fully organized tour -- the closest having been the My Way Alpine Europe in 2018 which we loved. The Ireland tour surpassed expectations on every front. From the outset I felt immersed in Irish culture and beauty. The food, music, and hospitality were exceptional, as was the comradery of our group under the leadership of our caring guide, Cathie, and driver Mark.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! It's very difficult to say because for me "wows" were an at least daily event. So I am tempted to give the whole tour one big WOW! For shear visual natural beauty, though, my pick would be the views of and from the Cliffs of Moher."

Patrick

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was one big wow moment."

Ellen

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saw and learned a lot about ireland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Burren"

David

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was - thought provoking, fun, educational, eye-opening, required modest physicality, inspiring, an investment that will generate countless personal dividends.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing inside the stone building -"Gallarus Oratory" circa 724 AD (Dingle Peninsula) listening to a beautiful voice singing an Irish melody...and thinking how extremely lucky I was to be in that spot - it was an unanticipated experience that mentally linked in my mind the spirit of humanity over a continuum of 1,300 years. "

Shelley

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an incredible experience from start to finish. Our spectacular guide, Cathie, and bus driver, Mark, worked so well together. The scenery, the history woven into all our daily experiences, the varied activities, and the music.... oh, the music! Cathie's connections to the Irish music world definitely enhanced our exposure to and understanding of this integral part of Irish culture. Scheduling our group dinners first days of the tour and on long travel days was a super plan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was blown away when Cathie first sang for us - the Irish National Anthem at Kilmainham Gaol. The daily playlists she put together for us made the bus drives go more quickly. The music, music, music."

Janna

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing tour guide in Cathy. Not only was she informative she was also enter and concerned about all of us. The food, transportation and hotels were well planned. Our entertainment was taken care of for us and we had free time to do unscheduled things that we chose to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s really hard to pinpoint just one thing. So much scenery, food and entertainment was always enough for us to have a “wow” moment"

Marilyn

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our 14-day RS tour of Ireland. A full and varied Itinerary around the island- all executed in a well-planned & well-paced manner. Our tour guide Cathie was terrific, drawing us in to all the culture & history at each step along the way. Really enjoyed all the group dinners, the easy camaraderie of our tour mates, the super-smooth bus driving by Mark, and each of the local tour guides. We learned & loved so much about Ireland. (and plan to use RS tours for future travel!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathie's beautiful singing of Irish ballads (at the Gaol, at the Gallarus Oratory, on the bus). The spectacular Irish coastline sights. The private concert at our B&B in Dingle. The private music/dance show on our final evening together. The Book of Kells in Dublin. The Titanic Experience in Belfast."

Diana

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and as always our expectations were exceeded. What made this tour stand out was our tour guide, Cathie. She brought together the history, culture and especially the music to help us better experience the spirit of Ireland and the sights we were visiting. The tour is a good mix of city and small towns and the bus rides were broken up with so many interesting and some unexpected activities. As always, lots of free time to pursue our own interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite but standing with all our new friends at the famine memorial and drinking a toast to those who died in the famine and then jumping on the peat and feeling the earth vibrate. Watching the sheepdog herding also tops the list. Such small things but they created great memories"

Diane

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would have to say that this was one of the best travel experiences I have had. Our tour guide Cathie was well versed in the history, culture, folklore, and music of Ireland and wove it all together seamlessly from start to finish. Along with all of the included tours there was also lots of free time to explore on your own at some stops and hike along the coast, have a conversation with the locals at a pub, or explore the town further on your own, all of which added to the magic of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to pick one "wow" moment I would say it was crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and seeing the gorgeous views of the blue-green water and the scenery on the small island. It was spectacular. Cathie's beautiful singing along the way, the friendliness of the Irish people, the toast at the famine memorial, and even a string quartet candlelight Coldplay tribute concert in a church dating to the 1200's which we stumbled upon on our free day in Galway. It was all amazing."

Randye

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was fantastic. We knew we would like Ireland but were not prepared to LOVE it as much as we did. The culture, history, beauty, people, MUSIC, all blended together to create a perfect trip. Add to that our amazing guide Cathie. She was warm, compassionate, organized, and knew everything about Ireland. Her own amazing singing plus her connection to the music world of Ireland made this trip unique and unforgettable. Our tour group was terrific, compatible and fun!.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to identify one wow moment. I think the overall blend of culture (including music) and beauty made most days full of "wow" moments. But if I had to choose, it would be exploring the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge both on the Antrim Coast. Although I didn't walk the bridge, the beauty and "feel" of these areas were worthy of many wows. Additionally, in Dingle, Cathie arranged a private concert for us with two wonderful local musicians - a very special WOW! "

Mary Christine

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Ireland in 14 Days Tour was truly amazing! The tour did a wonderful job of weaving together the history, natural beauty, culture, music and storytelling that make Irish the Irish people so resilient and charming. I feel in love with Ireland and the Irish people. I can't wait to return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite WOW moment on our tour occurred when our group was gathered around the mantle of our B&B in Dingle. We listened to the beautiful music of two talented Irish musicians in a small and intimate setting. Another WOW moment was hearing our tour guide sing an Irish song in a small ancient stone church. The beautiful scenery and many shades of blue and green was full of WOW moments! "

James

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great overview of the island, with many highlights. The guide(s), Robert & Julia, and driver, Stephen, were helpful and friendly, and the fellow travelers were phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't really pick a favorite; many fine moments - all with my fine wife, going on 49 years by my side. Actually, I suppose it was getting to know the fellow travelers."

Cheryl Lyn

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great experience touring around Ireland. The scenery was gorgeous, the culture was fun, and we experienced many memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was at the Giants Causeway"

Helen

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great with most terrific people and beautiful scenery. Great hotels and great eating vetted by RS's tours. We were impressed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the suspension bridge at Carrick a Rede"

Norman

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our guide, driver and group of fellow travelers. Hotels were very nice, lots of great tours and meals were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher"

Mary

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 14 day tour of Ireland was wonderful! Our tour guide, Robert, was excellent. One could sense his pride for his country. We enjoyed the Irish music and visiting the famous pubs. Our group was so much fun and easy to get to know. The tour was a good balance of history, scenery, nature and outdoor exploration. Lastly, I can't enough about the expertise of the local guides. The best tour guides I have had in my other tours of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "Wow" moments: My top three: Giants Causeway-walking the pathways and able to see the beautiful views of the ocean and cliffs Visiting the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle-holding the falcon, learning about the birds living at the sanctuary/school and walking through the lovely grounds. The Titanic Belfast visitor experience-4 levels of information including a ride, multi-media presentations"

Stephen

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour afforded us a great understanding of the history, culture, and people of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The scenery was spectacular. The food was good. Like previous tours, getting to know fellow travelers was also a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeway, Garrick a Reed, and Belfast - the history."

Virginia

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We met old friends & terrific new ones on this tour. Glad we went to Northern Ireland as well as the Republic. Lodging was very good. Our guide Robert was new but energetic and upbeat, and assistant Julie was terrific. We lucked out with good weather 90% of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head tour"

Herbert

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The comprehensive tour was replete with great guides, tour leader and driver, splendid Irish music, complete history of the Irish people, incredible vistas, welcoming hotels,B & Bs, food and drink and new buddies, in the Rick Steves experience! The many sights in Tidy Towns with their multi-colored buildings, unique architecture and even thatched roofs will be among the Best of Rick Steves and was our 7th tour. Turkey, Sicily and Andalucia and Portugal add to Ireland to wonderful memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There ate SOOO many: the shepherd visit with the border collies and the great story telling he and his son presented, the jail in Dublin that began our tutorial on uprisings, invasions, up to current affairs in Belfast, the architectural museum with the bog survivors and the outstanding Irish music, dancing and beers and ciders and Irish breakfast choices. "

Deborah

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best trips we’ve taken!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thought the Giants Causeway and the Titantic Museum were both fabulous!"

Barbara

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. Covered much territory in just two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rugged coast of Ireland. "

Kimberly

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with our Guide Pascal and our driver. Some of the roads we were on seemed impassable, but he made it happen without a scratch. This was especially impressive in Belfast where cars were illegally parked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city seemed to have a "Wow", but I'd have to say Ashford Castle Falconry in Cong where we got to experience a private hawk walk and incredible an opportunity to fly a Harris hawk in in the magnificent woods before swooping down to land on your gloved fist was an original experience. We also loved the sheep farm and dogs. Two experiences we would have never found on our own!"

Bonnie

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoy traveling with RS tours as they attract like-minded bright, travel happy participants. We seldom have had any issues with travelers and the groups have been cohesive and fun. I enjoy history and culture which RS trips zero in on. I came away with a good understanding of the history of Ireland and its peoples. This is most valuable to me. I especially enjoyed the great variety of experiences I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bucolic unspoiled countryside and coastline and warmth of its peoples."

James

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. We visited the most important locations to gain a thorough understanding of the history of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was amazing - the people, music, Guinness, Dingle gin, and green landscapes provided the best of Ireland all in one place. Aran Islands we’re a close second to experiencing an authentic Ireland."

Thomas

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a comprehensive journey around the perimeter of the entire island of Ireland, this is the tour to select! A great combination of urban areas and small towns, scenic coastal and rugged regions, and a large variety of experiences to enjoy, from history to music to hiking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The trek and the view were breathtaking!"

Susan

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As our first Rick Steves tour, it was very enjoyable. We were filled with lots of information and history. It was very busy. Perhaps too busy. By the time we returned to the hotel in the afternoons the free time in the evenings were used most, just to rest for the next day. Pascal and Paul were great and very personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know about "wow" but Matt Malloys Pub, because he showed up and played. Also I really enjoyed the Titanic Centre. "

Robert

Tour: 05/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Pascal and Paul (Rock Stars}, it was the best tour I've ever taken!! With the help of Pascal and Susie I was able to find my great aunt and uncle's gravesite in Belfast. Pascal's personal stories added greatly to experience. The tour It was a great way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! Pascal and Paul made this an incredible trip and I can not thank them enough for the experience and education on all things Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments with just the beautiful scenery alone, but I would have to say Susie taking us on the walking tour in Belfast, and sharing the story of her great grandfather on the Titanic and the 2 pennies was the "wow" moment for me. "

Donald

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing adventure. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and engaging. From the cities to the countryside, we thoroughly enjoyed Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick just one? We loved the Falconry experience at Ashford Castle. We also had tremendous fun listening to music at the local pubs and striking up conversation with the locals. What beautiful and friendly people."

Martha

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour! Our guide was so great - he created a special feeling in the group - with his slant towards literature , poetry, music, and bountiful history. - with amusing stories and humorous observations. His narration as we drove through gorgeous green farmland and dramatic coastal scenery. And with his charming Irish accent. The towns we stayed in were very interesting - the food ranged from good to amazing at times. The landscape was lovely, even on cooler maybe rainy days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great moments. One “wow” time was when we visited the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle and each of us were given the chance to wear the falconry leather gloves and experience the hawk landing on our arm, eating some food and flying from our arm back into the forest. The falconry guide was brilliant , the setting beautiful , the experience magical."

Martin

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw so much. Ireland is so beautiful and so are the Irish people. The hotels were all comfortable, and I really enjoyed the group meals. Our guide, Joe, was a wealth of information; not just facts, but also his personal insights. That really contributed to understanding what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one. I really enjoyed the time in Dingle, especially the Dingle Sea Safari. The Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge were spectacular. And the hawk walk at Ashford Castle a very memorable experience."

Linda

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 day tour of Ireland was outstanding! I learned so much about the history, struggle for independence, and the culture. Our tour guide, Joe de Burca provided valuable in depth insight throughout the journey. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food throughout the country was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s so hard to pick just one! The falconry experience at Ashford Castle was unexpectedly fantastic. We opted to do a sea Safari’ in Dingle and that too was thrilling. "

John

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, great communal meals, superb accommodations, and wonderful pacing, between high activity and personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Antrim Coast's wild beauty and the Dingle Penninsula's Slea Head Loop."

Patricia

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every aspect of this trip and feel that I have truly experienced the culture, history, and landforms that make Ireland a special place. The itinerary was well planned and paced, our lodgings were good to excellent, the food delicious and plentiful. Declan our guide was passionate about sharing his love of Ireland with us and his infusion of music and stories built an understanding of all we experienced. Mark, our driver, was always friendly and calm. The local guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Numerous WOW moments! Hiking to all the breathtaking cliffs, walking the grounds of Ashford Castle and doing the hawk walk, visiting the ancient castles and churches, enjoying music together in the evening are unforgettable experiences. Lots of sunny clear days made all this even better! "

Carolyn

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

DeClan was a great guide and learning the history of Ireland was fascinating. On top of that traveling around Ireland and seeing the landscape, historic sites and cities was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say I rarely have a WOW moment as there are so many moments of WOW on any Rick Steves' tours. "

Lynelle

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had a variety of experiences. It was well paced. There was not a single day that we did not thoroughly enjoy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count…the sheer beauty of Ireland, the music, the dancing, the people, the history…the falconry experience of having a beautiful bird of prey land on our glove…"

Karen

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, good organization and communication, nice hotels, good locations, good group meals, perfect weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and Kinsale and Cliffs of Moher"

Bob

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide with Paul and Bus driver Stephen. Very good variety of activities to create a good picture from the past to the future in Ireland. There was time to explore on your own and I think that is important. meeting new people on the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was outstanding and really enjoyed the sheep dog demonstration and Hawk Walk but the music and dance was the highlight for me."

Thomas

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is 5th RS Tour and like the others it was excellent. Paul was a great guide. The itinerary was fun, educational and we really felt we got to know a lot about Ireland and it's people and culture. Overall, a great 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry at Ashford was amazing and fun. Also, the trip to Dun Aengus on the Aran Island. Tour of Belfast and history lesson "the troubles.""

James

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, hotels, food, tours, experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry "

Cynthia

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour of any kind for me. I liked having destinations well thought out. Having a tour guide that can give you history of the area you're traveling through, but not make it a "history" lesson was nice. I enjoyed the diverseness of activities, the free time to explore or shop or even just to rest. The other people on the tour were friendly and easy to talk to. Having extra tour guides versed in the different areas we visited was a bonus I think. I enjoyed the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have a specific "wow" moment, more like several moments. The Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus fortress on Inishmore and the Titanic Belfast visitor center stand out. I also really enjoyed watching the sheep dogs work. Visiting the School of Falconry and getting to handle a falcon was really awesome. I liked being on the bus and just watching the countryside roll by, giving me a good sense of what Ireland looks like."

Leland

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful!

Dean

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and my first “organized” tour. We were hesitant to have our time scripted by someone else. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our time in Ireland. The small group size, our fabulous tour lead, Paul, and our courteous and competent bus driver Steven, all contributed to a first class experience. We will definitely consider Rick Steve’s tours for future European vacations. The focus on encouraging tour members to bond made for a fun tour we will remember fondly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was filled with “wow” moments. The Sleigh Head Drive was spectacular. Dun Aenguss and the falcons at Ashford Castle were amazing. "

Denise

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide and bus driver. He did a video of special moments of the tour, it was great. This was my 9th tour with Rick Steves. Have been to Ireland 5 times prior but my first organized tour and it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dun Aenguss (Aran Island) and the dinner with the musicians and Irish dancing."

Thomas

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations! Our tour guide, Cathy, was amazing and made the tour magical with her knowledge of Ireland, cheerful personality, organizational skills and serenading us with her beautiful voice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many memorable moments, but learning about the "Great Hunger" will be etched in my mind forever."

Crowley

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very pleasant journey through a very pretty country with a complicated history. Our tour director (Cathie) was tremendous. Almost always upbeat and very informative, her knowledge (and singing) contributed a lot to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't know that I had one. Lots of spectacular scenery, the coast around Dingle, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway were all spectacular. Belfast was interesting and I wish we had scheduled our trip to spend an extra day there. I'm a political junky so I would have liked to know more about the history of the "troubles" even including an explanation of using a euphemism like "the troubles" to cover up an ongoing Civil War. "

Joan

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary. Learned a lot about Ireland, and its history and people. Saw most of the major sites and the beautiful landscape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many that it's hard to choose just one. Our day on the Aran Island of Inishmore was amazing."

Dennis

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided so much delight - the gorgeous scenery, the fascinating and complicated history, the knowledgeable local guides, the great music, and a top-notch tour director. Absolutely a wonderful two weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! It's hard to choose. The falconry experience was a high point. Having our director sing to us in Gaelic on the coach, in Dublin, in a 1200-year-old oratory was unexpected and magical. Watching sheep dogs at work, both at the designated tour site and later, just on a hillside were moments to remember. "

Jerome

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! Kathie, the singing tour guide, was fantastic! Paul, our driver, also did a great job. The towns, and hotels, with one one exception, were all enjoyable places to stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the trip to Inishmore. We were lucky to have great weather for the day."

Joanne

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best I've taken with RS this was a tie with Best of Spain - great group, interesting guide, superb choices of sites to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Titanic Experience and the Belfast Ulster Scots center with the Lambeg Drum - super introduction from guide"

Robert

Tour: 04/19/24

The weather was great and so was the tour. Our guide Cathie was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one "wow" Moment. There were many."

Janis

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the balance of history, culture and scenery. I appreciated the focus on putting these three ingredients into an overall context of the Irish experience--a very dark history balanced with the resilience and perseverence of the Irish people. The music and poetry were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeway and the Antrim Coast"

Craig

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cathie is a great guide. Her singing was worth the price of the tour. Her help in retrieving iPads left in hotels was especially appreciated, as was her flexibility when adjusting tour itinerary with adverse weather conditions. Group cohesion was enhanced by her esprit de corps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner at Coco's in Belfast was fabulous: lamb, pear salad, cheeses, desserts and generous pours of wine. But the warmth of the Irish people is what lingers as an unforgettable impression."

Richard

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide singing traditional Irish music on the bus!"

Martha

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! I saw so much and learned so much. Great local guides and an exceptional main tour guide who took good care of each of us. There was just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was too many "wow" moments to pick just one. I loved the Red Trail at the Giant Causeway with its great ocean views, seeing the Titanic museum, and understanding better all the conflicts Ireland has gone through."

Sherry

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour from start to finish. Would not change a thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many it would be hard to choose. The Titanic exbit in Belfast was outstanding. "

John

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RSE tour and we were very pleased. Our guides (Lynn and apprentice Conor) were very knowledgeable, friendly, accessible, and kept the group engaged. We learned a great deal from them about Irish history and culture. Lynn was a big hit with her treats on the bus. She kept us on target with her "time expectations" and buddy check system. My wife and I were pleased with the selection of every hotel. The local guides were quite engaging and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but the Cliffs of Moher, Castle Dun Aengus on Inishmore, and the sights along the Atrim coast would be at the top. Another impressive memory would be when we accidently bumped into our local Kinsale guide Barry about two hours after he had finished his guided tour with our group and then proceeded to spend time with just my wife and I showing us more of the town. It was at if we had been friends for years!"

Allison

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hawk Walk"

Richard

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow". But I was not expecting All the Spectacular Coastline sights "

Lisa

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides - Lynn and Conor - were fantastic. Knowledgeable and helpful; fun and interesting. This was our first RSE tour. We really enjoyed having someone handle the logistics. But Eric wasn't always eager to follow the schedule. Maybe a little too active. But he knew that going in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lisa: the visit to the falconry Eric: the seaside stops, particularly the ancient fort: Dun Aengus (sp)"

Rita

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had great weather and a wonderful guide. We enjoyed all of our accommodations and the food was very good too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Aran Islands and the visit to Dun Aengus. It was beautiful and equal to or better than the Cliffs of Moher. "

Angela

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour guide ,Lynn and Conor, apprentice gave me a wealth of information about the Irish history and heritage. They answered my questions with a good handle on their heritage They enjoyed talking to us. Lynn and Conor kept us all on point with our touring. Lynn and Conor treated me with respect and kindness. This was my first tour and Lynn and Conor was a large part of that. They both made learning so interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" I enjoyed the Ireland School of Falconry in Cong on the grounds at Ashford Castle."

Bradley

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first organized tour ever. We were very pleased with the fact that there was a small group (28), which was one of the reasons we chose RS. Lolly (Guide) and Mark ( Driver) were at the top of their game, very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and also casual. Both were really interactive with the group and made everyone feel welcome. Loved Lollys history lesson throughout. She's very passionate about her country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had a few: Cliffs of Mother, Ashbury Castle and Falconry School, Giants Causeway, Rock of Cashel (love the old architecture throughout the country)"

Pamela

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Lolly was the best tour guide ever. She prepared a photo of our group after our first night dinner and attached their names to their faces. it was so much easier for me to learn everyone’s name. So i was able to talk to everyone more without being self conscious. Lolly gave us more information than I could remember. it was all good stuff that i can look back in whatsapp that Lolly created for our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giants causeway was a favorite spot. Cliffs of Moher was second, and the rope bridge Carrick-a-rede was the natural wonder. the wall in belfast was emotionally draining. "

Sherry

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lolly went above and beyond in sharing Ireland and Northern Ireland with us. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate with her information. And Mark our driver made it a perfect team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giants causeway and rope bridge was an outstanding day!"

Richard

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Lolly, was excellent. Very informative with a lot of energy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and the coast line north. Very beautiful. Hawk walk at Ashford Castle, Aran Islands tour, tour of the prison in Dublin..."

Roberta

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was everything I'd hoped for and many delightful unexpected treats!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh gosh, just one? Maybe the Titanic Exhibition. The Giant's Causeway... the Rock of Cashel... finding out what Guiness is SUPPOSED to taste like... the crystal-cutting in Dingle... Inismore...the quaint and comfy hotels and yummy meals... "

Jimmie

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very lucky to have a great guide with Lolly, a great bus driver with Mark and a really nice group of people. We lucked out with the weather too. Lolly was able to take 28 people and entertain us all. Lolly mentioned that we had several "firsts" and all of them were well worth it. The one Belfast Tour was a little long but it could also be that it was the end of the tour and our attention span may not have been as good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many...the suspension bridge was something we never thought we would be able to complete and both my husband and I did it. The views are breath taking. We enjoyed the Titanic Museum also."

Jeri

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Ireland Tour was simply outstanding. The entire tour gave me a smile on my face and wondering what we see around the next turn every single day. Beautiful country sides, ocean views, castles, so much to see. Our tour guide, Lolly, was outstanding with her knowledge and history of all of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick only one wow moment, there were so many. The Book of Kells exhibition, Cliffs of Moher, and the visit to the school of Falconry at Ashford Castle were fantastic wow moments."

Alan

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and learning experience on Irish history. Wonderfull natural sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Holding a baby lamb and boating to the Assan Islands"

James

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Scenery, history, culture were all lifted up by our guide and her associates. We felt very enriched by the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kilmainham Gaol and the story of Plunkett and Gifford and the events of 1916 "

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, tour guide (Lolly Spence) and bus driver Mark were excellent!c

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, Aren Island, Sheep Farm"

Marvin

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour and guide. Pascal was tremendous and extremely knowledgeable about the towns, history and places to visit during our tour. The man deserves a raise in pay for this one. He earned it. He was always available to help with any issue. Advise for folks touring Ireland: do not come with "water resistant" jackets. Get Water proof. There is a huge difference and those who did got soaked. Just sayin.Its also a little breezy there. lol.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to pick just one. That said, the Cliffs of Moher were very impressive as was the town of Dingle. For me the most fun was the ferry ride out to the Aran Islands as there was a small amount of rocking and rolling involved. People who get seasick may want to take medication. "

Edward

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Pascal, was amazing. He made the history of Ireland come alive with poignant stories of the settlement of the island and Ireland’s struggle for freedom from England combined with stories of the peoples’ struggle to live in a harsh landscape all colored by optimism for the future of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the landmarks of human history and the physical beauty of Ireland were all "wow" moments but I will remember most fondly the evenings we spent in local pubs in small town with local musicians playing and singing folk tunes. I still occasionally hum The Black Velvet Band. Pascal’s story of looking for “craic” in Edmonds still makes me laugh."

Rudy

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide was outstanding, weather was only down fall which isn’t controllable by guide or tour company

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tying the Bool of Kells to the island of Iona from our Scotland tour last year."

Mary

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! It met all my expectations. The bus driver and tour guide set a fun tone for the trip, which was contagious with all the participants. The amount of free afternoons off were just perfect. I wouldn't have wanted more or less free time than was planned. The amount of walking was a bit challenging, but I was happy for the exercise and kept up with the group. I was pleased with all of the hotels and the restaurants and food. The sighting stops were all very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say"

Robert

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned a lot about the history of Ireland, which was very interesting and loved getting immersed into the culture. We were overwhelmed by how friendly and welcoming everyone we encountered were. Fantastic people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dun Aengus on the Aron Islands-spectacular view, even better than the Clffs of Mowr."

Lisa

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves Best of Ireland tour was absolutely amazing! Pascal, our guide, Steve, our bus driver, and all the guides in each city were fabulous, funny, and so knowledgeable. I loved learning so much about the history of Ireland, seeing and experiencing the incredible scenery, and listening to the amazing Celtic music across the country. I also really enjoyed getting to go to Northern Island and learning about the history and culture there. The whole experience was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were all the Celtic music we got to hear, in pubs and the concerts that Pascal arranged for our tour group. It was outstanding, whether they were groups who played frequently with each other, or ones that happened organically with musicians showing up and just playing together. Of course, there were many "wow" moments, including the scenery like the Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway, all the beautiful churches and stained glass, and the camaraderie of our group."

Carol

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I leaned so much about the history of Ireland. Our tour guide and bus driver were outstandingI

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cliffs and ocean. I loved all the green where ever it was!"

John

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. We had a really good group ( which helps) that bonded quickly and got on well. The guide and driver were wonderful. Full of knowledge and eager to make our trip special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one. It was all so special. Aran Islands ( once we got off a very rough ferry ride) and the walk up to the ruins was special. The view beyond description."

Sylvia

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful!! In my opinion it was due to our amazing guide Pascal and our driver Stephen. Pascal was so knowledgeable of Ireland's history and has a gift for telling it to us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeyway was my WOW moment! Such an amazing place."

Andrew

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and we were beyond impressed. Pascal was a fantastic guide, host, organizer, and above all storyteller!! Every day, he had history or stories, or personal stories to share about Ireland, its history, both good and bad. He made outstanding suggestions for food, where to hear live music, arranged for dinners and lunches and maintained a warm, and charming demeanor. Ask him about the Horsebox! Driver Steve was also outstanding and fun to spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Learning about Ireland's rich history, the wonderful Pub Music all over the country, the great food!! The Falconry class, making Irish Coffee, the organized concerts just for us, and the personal tours throughout the tour."

Jean

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Ireland trip was our third Rick Steve'' tour and it did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I thought the museums in Ireland were really impressive. Most were very interactive, modern and creative. Also, the natural features throughout the country are pretty amazing. "

Mary Jane

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

14-day Ireland tour was a fun-filled, fact-filled, culture-filled trip. We wouldn't visit Ireland any other way. We visited iconic places, some of which are difficult to get to but the tour took care of that. And the commentary by our guide, Pascal, was wonderful. We laughed, we cried. It was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Portrush and the Giant's Causeway (very difficult to choose!)"

Ruth

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 10th RS tour and it was my favorite. Pascal was a phenomanal guide and the Ireland tour had a combo of history, nature and culture that was awesome. I learned a lot and had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose - there were so many. Visiting Giant's Causeway early in the morning before the hoards of tourists was my "wow" moment. We got to explore the beautiful and rugged coast when it was relatively deserted and we could truly appreciate its beauty."

Molly

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly enjoyed everything about the trip! Our guide, Pascal was outstanding...very knowledgeable and entertaining. Our group was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Patrick's Cashel...felt very spiritual. And, Dingle...loved our accommodations and the sweet little town. Actually, I loved every place we visited!!"

Antoinette

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Pascal, made this trip outstanding. I left Ireland not only appreciating its beauty but its history. In addition, our driver, Steven made me feel safe as we navigated some narrow roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a wow moment from the beautiful country side to the heart wrenching stories of the potato famine and the Troubles. On a personal note, my hike up to the light house in Dingle was a wow moment."

Martha

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pascal and Stephen were excellent ! I loved all the history and legends we were told. The hotels we stayed in were superb! All the meals were 5 star as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite sites were the Cliffs of Moho, Christ’s Church and the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle."

Michael

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guide was friendly, learned and very helpful. I got sick and he arranged medical care and was concerned.

Claudia

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative & lots of fun active days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry- having the opportunity to have a hawk land on my hand"

Susan

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour. We went all over Ireland and it was beautiful. Sometimes, I wish we could have stayed longer in one place and skipped some other places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking beauty of the countryside. On rare occasions when the sun was out, the intense blue of the sea and sky and the green of the land."

Cynthia

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enriching and educational experience! I deeply appreciated the layered history and natural beauty of the country. Especially enjoyed the our travels on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pastoral countryside dotted with sheep and rock walls. Enjoyed visit to sheep farm and holding a spring lamb! 🐑 Priceless! "

Jeff

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Joe de Burca, was excellent. He was personable and knowledgeable. His activity and food recommendations were spot on. I appreciated Paul's smooth driving. The local guides were good, especially in Dublin and Kinsale. Some tours were modified due to the bad weather. The Irish locals were very pleasant and friendly, I was able to connect with many of them. The food was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I read a lot of history before the tour. Joe and the local guides were able to bring it to life."

Craig

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A powerful historical and cultural experience. Provided a strong sense of the geography and topography of Ireland. Many opportunities to be active outdoors. Traveling in a "shoulder" season meant few crowds and easy access to historical sites, museums and restaurants. And, less desirable weather. Our guide grew up in Ireland. He generously shared a deep knowledge of the history, literature, music, and food. It felt like he was hosting each of us like he would personal friends or family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kilmainham Gaol. Powerful lesson in Irish Republican history."

Jean

Tour: 04/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was amazed with all the history of Ireland and how the guides brought it to life. The people of Ireland were so friendly, kind and helpful! Ireland countryside was beautiful! My overall tour experience was very positive. I would do it again and recommend it to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment would be the Aran Island trip and walking the grounds of Dun Aengus. It was fascinating watching the sheep dogs in action on the sheep farm. A thrill for me to have a falcon land on my arm!"

Kimberly

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Donna

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The other travellers were a great group and all the guides grest

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Harris hawk experience with the wonderful knowledgeable guide. "

Pat

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Totally enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hawk on the tree swooping down and coming in for a smooth landing on a traveller's arm. "

Anna

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and good group of travelers. Appreciated the excellent organization. Loved just about everything! Love the beauty of Ireland and the ability to watch and appreciate as we were driven on bus

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overcoming my fear of allowing a hawk to land on my forearm ! "

Richard

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Joe D’Arcy was a great guide: well organized, knowledgeable, a wonderful sense of Irish humor, concerned for the welfare of his guests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While at Innishmore, we climbed the steep trail up to Dun Aengus. When we reached the top and walked toward the edge of the cliff, the mighty, brooding plane and cliffs appeared suddenly and dramatically below. It took my breath away."

Mary

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the time of our life. The smaller group made all the difference in the world. Not having to drive, buy tickets, and plan every move was nirvana. This was the first time we took a two week vacation. No time was wasted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inishmore and climbing to the top. The feeling of getting to the top and taking in the breathtaking view will be remembered for the rest of my life. "

Marilee

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing time with a great group of NOW friends from all over the US and Canada. Our guide Joe Darcy was the BEST and George our driver was so much fun and an absoloute genius behind the wheel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to name but some of the top moments are Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway, the Irish Music Night with the O'Sea family, the limericks on the bus and Joe's singing and George's one liners. "

Terry

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first tour I have ever taken...it was great, exhausting, fun! Husband and I arrived two days early in Dublin, which gave us extra time to explore and rest. Meeting the group, and guide, on Sunday evening made me a bit nervous but everyone was so nice and all were excited to be together. The structure was good, but adaptable and seemed to work for most. The local guides were well versed and open to questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will say that the Giant's Causeway was my favorite wow from the tour. But I do have to mention the Burren--I loved it."

Sara

Tour: 03/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all Rick Steves tours, the guides truly made the tour. The quality of lodging, meals, activities, and experiences is top notch. I trust the tour to give me the full experience of the country and culture, and LOVE not having to plan, organize, or drive. That is truly vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry! "

Anita

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More than I expected. Transportation, lodging, meals, planned sites, tour host, bus driver, and guides could not have been more enjoyable. The weather did not disappoint either (rain, rain, rain) but we were told to expect this and we managed quite well. Everyone should take this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all the beauty and sites of the island. The greenness and history. Loved the castle ruins and stained glass windows in all the cathedrals. No particular “wow” moment. Loved it all."

Ernest

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe Darcy was a great tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry"

Michelle

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt every day was filled with amazing scenery and experiences. The timing of every day's events was spot on. Joe, our guide, was upbeat, friendly, and sincerely attentive. The concept of the "Happy Half Hour" pub stops is great! The quality of the dinners seemed a notch higher than previous 6 RS tours. The city guides were quite good. I suggest the Dingle guide put the viewing of famous stained glass in the cathedral earlier in the tour - we missed out as it was closed when we arrived.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many "wow" moments. The falconry experience at Ashford Castle is unforgettable. I am biased because I am a "bird person". The staff member was very knowledgeable and a joy to listen to - loved it. The day on Inishmoor was special too - the hike to the fort and van tour was unique. The intimate evening of Irish music and dancing with the O'Shea father and sons was unforgettable!!! The Blasket Island experience was very interesting-I would return there. Cliffs of Mohar...awesome! "

Gerard

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Joe, was great. He led us through Ireland's wonderful sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the beautiful scenery throughout the country."

Mike

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland lives up to the hype: 40 shades of green, friendly Irish pubs, music, dancing, traditional Irish food, the Cliffs of Moher, the barren island of Inishmore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. One was when I found my surname and the Gaelic version on an interactive display at the Cliffs of Moher. For the first time I had solid evidence of my Irish roots. Number two may have been the Cliffs of Moher. Number three the Island of Inishmore. "

Jason

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning to the end, our experience in Ireland was wonderful. Our guide, Joe was phenomenal and made our trip and experience that we will never forget. Our driver, Stephen did an excellent job of navigating us all over the country. We enjoyed all of the establishments that we stayed in and all of the activities that we did either alone or as a group were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I’m not sure that I could choose one “wow” moment as there were so many things that we did or saw that were amazing. The little towns were by far my favorite and certainly enjoyed the charm and friendliness of everyone we encountered. The sheep herding stop was definitely a highlight along with the Cliffs of Moher were certainly at the top of my list. Dingle was my favorite stop/town and could see myself going back there sometime. "

Tara

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Without a doubt, this is the best vacation I have ever had! It was so much more than I could have even imagined!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, it's hard to narrow it down to one moment so I'll give you my top 3: I would say the Kissana Sheep Herder demonstration, the Ireland School of Falconry and Dingle!"

Jim

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falcon school "

Eileen

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. Maybe walking with our straining umbrellas in Storm Babet to dinner at the Actons Hotel in Kinsale, arriving soaking wet. It was so ridiculous and fun ultimately. Our group just kept on keeping on! I am not one of those people who engage in best, favorite or first type questions. I find amazing everywhere every day."

Amy

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every way. The itinerary was perfect and Joe was an exceptional tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Kilmainham Gaol."

Steven

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, entertaining and I gained weight. Love Joe and Paul!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t give you one because there was daily WOW moments. "

Mary

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve’s tour. I’ve traveled using Rick’s book for years and watched his travel programs, so figured I’d be happy.Actually being on one of his tours was amazing! There is no way, on our own that my husband and I would have seen all the sights we did or learn all the history of an area that we did. The personal stories shared by the guides, the daily diversions from the schedule, made every day an unforgettable adventure. We can’t wait to plan another trip with Rick Steve’s.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscapes of Ireland constantly took my breath away. The comradaree that developed among the group of total strangers was a surprise. On our group was passing into Northern Ireland, our trip guide, Joe, had our driver divert to a beautiful spot where we all disembarked to toast a goodbye and thank you to a most beautiful country and experience. Of course it was rainy but the weather just fit the occasion and how we all felt in leaving."

C

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour guide, dawling Joe Burke. Lots of little diversions highlighting all the historical, geographical, and ecological effects that have shaped this country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaining an understanding of the history and challenges that shaped the country and its people. The Cliffs of Moher, Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula, and the Burren were all spectacular sights...so much so that you almost became immune to the beauty of the landscapes, but the resilience, warmth and friendliness of the people, who have faced so many challenges were more inspiring. "

Carol

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour offered a fascinating crash course in Irish history, politics, religion, architecture, poetry, song and culture. Since I neglected to do any "summer reading" before the tour, I've already purchased two books to delve further into issues that I didn't realize I knew so little about before this tour. The hotels were all fine. Belfast's Europa Hotel was a perfect end point with the bus stations right next door, sparing us long walks in the teeming rain the morning of departure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher- a gorgeous walk and breathtaking scenery. Strong Second: When a local made a song request for "grace" at a bar in Kinsale and after he exuberantly joined in singing it, I realized it was a song about Grace Gifford, who we had just learned about on our tour of Kilmainham Gaol. Third: the landscape of western Ireland. "

Valerie

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A thorough introduction to Ireland, from the wonderful cities of Dingle, Kinsale and Dublin, to the beautiful rugged coastlines, to the haunting hunger trail. Our guide Joe was incredibly knowledgeable, informative and fun. The hotels were lovely and most of the meals were very good (the only exception was our first hotel dinner at the Europa in Belfast where the food was not good for the 6 vegetarians).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t narrow it down to one: the Dingle peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, the drive through the valleys north of Galway, the Troubles history in Derry and Belfast, the titanic museum."

Josefa

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful- the country is beautiful, the people we met were friendly and Joe, our tour director was outstanding; Paul, our driver was great! The hotels were comfortable and very well situated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on top of the cliffs after a rigorous hike and looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. "

Robert

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations, meals, bus and guides commentary all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Irish musicians and dancers."

Macarthur

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great and memorable experience because of a very knowledgeable Tour Director, Joe, and very likable tour members. Our Tour Director gave us a lot of Historical, Cultural facts about Ireland. During our walks Joe surprised us by giving the names of plants, trees, flowers that we saw along the way. The sights, sea shore, the castle, the architectures of the places we visited were just astonishing and truly memorable. It was an impressive tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is tough to have a favorite wow moment because overall it was a great and memorable experience; the natural wonders of Ireland’s, the cliffs, view of the Atlantic Ocean, Castles, farms, the Architecture, and gastronomic experiences. Plus, new found friends😊"

Nina

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wows kept coming. I guess the most I was impressed with was the American-Irish connections everywhere we went and the friendliness of the Irish people. Being American with Irish ancestry, I learned so much and finally what it meant to be “Scots Irish”. The whole tour had wonderful and delightful details evey day. "

Suzi

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland lived up to its reputation as the Emerald Isle. Such glorious, untamed beauty everywhere outside the metropolitan areas, it was a feast for the eyes and soul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to fly a hawk during a visit to the falconry school located on the stunning grounds of Ashford Castle."

Brian

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience, a lot of to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Falconry site was amazing."

Susan

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall all experience was great. Guides were excellent. This was my 4th RS tour, and met my expectations of previous tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great experiences. The trip to the Aran Islands and hiking up to Dun Aengus- the views were amazing. Learning about and seeing the Peace Wall in Belfast- I was surprised to learn that the wall is still opened and closed daily, even with the Good Friday agreement so many years ago. If was wonderful to see what a vibrant city Belfast is. "

Patricia

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was beautiful and the people were so friendly. Our guide Kelli was fantastic - knowledgeable, personable and interesting. Our bus driver Pamela was not only a good driver but was a great source of information about culture and life in Ireland. We had a good group and everything was handled like clockwork.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So, so many. But the landscapes of Ireland are incredible. Anytime we were outside was fantastic. I never knew there were so many colors of green in nature. "

Ward

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, excellent tour leader (Kelli), wonderful tour participants, made new friends, first RS tour I have ever taken myself, but will take them again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music in the Irish pubs. Especially a pub in Dublin where we met and talked to the musicians. And the Guinness was tremendous. "

Mary

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides Declan and Conacore were fabulous! Sharing their love for their country and its torrid, rich history. Ireland is a beautiful country, I see why other peoples wanted to take it over and I now understand why the Irish people wanted/needed to leave their country. this was my wow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the Irish history! Kilmainham Gaol, Book of Kales, Kissane sheep herding, the Coffin ship sculpture, the music sessions, Inishmore."

Douglas

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked my tour companions and our lead guide was excellent. The local guides he found were very informative and were a pleasure. I learned a lot about Ireland and feel a better world citizen for it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single moment stands out. The entire tour was a "Wow"."

Chad

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Seeing Ireland--past, present, and future--through the eyes of Declan taught me more than a semster in college.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Famine Memorial in Murrisk."

Fay

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned a ton. Declan Field was an outstanding guide. He added many experiences and knowledge about everything in Ireland. Good selection of sights to see. Hotels great. I highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband loved the falconry. Being a good Swede, I really enjoyed the Natl Archaeological Museum exhibit on the Viking village uncovered. P;us learning about the Vikings founding Dublin and their impact on Ireland. "

Julie

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Declan was a superb guide. I learned so much about Ireland’s history! The country is absolutely gorgeous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher"

Mary

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Comprehensive tour of Ireland with excellent guides and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprise musical event when we were in Dingle. "

Michael

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel like I should get college credit for what I learned about Irish history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingel Penninsula experience."

Peter

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best tour I've ever been on. Our primary guide, Declan and his mentee, Connor were fantastic, knowledgeable, and very fun. A well-laid out, very detailed, and fun itinerary, with excellent accommodations and delicious food. We covered a LOT of territory. There were many places I would have liked to stay longer. There is so much history and so much to learn. But that's how this type of tour is...as a famous comedian once said, "always leave 'em wanting more!" I want more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in Dingle and Declan arranged to have two musicians (guitarist and fiddle player) play our own private Irish music gig. That was great fun. But even better was when our guide Connor joined them and played for a long, merry time. Of course, LOVED visiting so many places e.g., being led on a tour of Kinsale with Barry, another fabulous Rick Steves tour guide. There were so many awesome experiences, it's very difficult pick just one. Cliffs of Moher was outstanding! Too many to note"

Judy

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour route was a great mix of city and country. The accommodations were beautiful, comfortable and the staff was helpful and friendly. Motor coach and driver, Alan, was excellent and Declan is a fantastic guide, along with the apprentice guide, Conor. The additional guides were also amazing. as We liked the balance of time with the group and on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “wow” moments it’s difficult to choose. The beauty of Ireland, the history, music, the friendly people. Especially enjoyed Kinsale and Barry, Dingle (and the musical performances arranged for us), Inis Mor & Dun Aengus, Falcon experience in Cong."

Kirby

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. The hotels were great, loved the coach driver and all of the tour guides. Food choices were good, and the Irish specialties outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the falconry, was a once in a lifetime moment."

Sandra

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first international travel and my first Rick Steves tour. All of the hotels were great, with a good breakfast at all of them. Our tour guide Bryan was a dream! Our bus driver Paul was ever the professional but also a great driver and very accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dublin was wonderful and so full of history. I could go back and spend a week there. "

Kathryn

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kirby

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country, wonderful people, horrible history of persecution.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Bruce

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our tour experience even though we had to leave the tour five days in due to COVID. We totally understand why we had to leave early, and thank our tour guide for helping arrange to get us back to Dublin so quickly for a flight home. Also, we were surprised and pleased that Rick Steve's Tours refunded a good portion of our tour cost back so quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I though the meals, accommodations and local tour guides where amazing."

Denise

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There were some lively parts to this tour, as well as the usual long hours of driving, interrupted by sometimes very minor sights. The highlights were high and the lowlights equally low!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Blasket Islands and people at the beautiful interpretive center was a great experience for me. The Dingle Peninsula was a highlight for me."

Mary

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about Ireland- the culture, the people, history, the struggles & the fun. Fantastic trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the day at Giant's Causeway and the exhilarating walk up Angel's staircase. Every day was a wonderful new adventure. I would not leave any day out!"

Barbara

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tour and I was very happy with it. More on the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery.all over Ireland."

Jim

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well managed

Kimberly

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In my opinion, this is the best tour format for someone like me (a senior solo traveler). Someone very knowledgeable plans everything and takes care of all the details so I can simply enjoy myself. There is enough flexibility built in to allow for my own special interests. But the key things to see and places to go are pretty much covered by the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle. I enjoyed the beautiful grounds and seeing the incredible castle. The guide at the castle was both knowledgeable and entertaining. He guided us through the experience and showed us how to signal the hawk to land on our gloved hand. That moment is one I will never forget!"

Joseph

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My wife and I have been on 10+ RX tours. This one was "OK," but it seemed to lack the "wow moments" that most of the others offered. Ireland seemed rather plane, compared to Scotland, Spain, Turkey, and so forth. The Guide, accommodations, local guides -- all were very good. I hate to say it, but Ireland seemed "dull."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The seaside cliffs were spectacular."

Dennis

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were very happy with the experience. The people we met at the hotels, restaurants, planned city tours and more were all welcoming. It seemed that the Rick Steves name was well-respected. The bus driver, Dennis, was professional and skilled. I have been the tour coordinator with Cascade Youth Symphony for their past 6 tours, and we have had coaches and drivers similar to this Ireland tour. Dennis ranks as among the best. Pascal was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Castlewood House in Dingle. The breakfasts and accommodations were wonderful. Pascal arranged for Naimh/fiddle and Gerry/guitar to provide a private music session for us at Castlewood. I will remember the Dingle experiences for a long time. "

Marcia

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour exceeded my expectations and I felt that we became well acquainted with Ireland thanks to thoughtful tour planning and the quality of our RS guide. I have worked in the travel industry myself and think Pascal did an outstanding job. Teamed with the expert driving of Dennis, we enjoyed seeing the beautiful countryside as well as some sites which were "off the beaten track". Local guides were excellent overall and went out of their way to provide us with a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was breathtaking and I especially enjoyed the views along the Slea Head Drive. I also loved the charm of Inis Mor and the visit to Dun Aengus. As an added bonus, the ferry boat ride was a blast! "

Louise

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. A great mix of history, culture, and beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to come up with a specific wow moment, as the whole experience was one big wow, but something I experienced that I didn't expect was the warmth, friendliness and pride of the Irish people."

Sam

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

good people, great scenery, excellent senior guide, highly qualified local guides, good food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cliffs of moher"

Thomas

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Annie was the very best guide. She was fun friendly well organized and informative. it is an impressive task to run a 14 day tour without a glitch. She pulled it off and we had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the hawk"

David

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw an amazing amount of the country in a short time. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and had a great sense of humor. I appreciated not having to drive and just being able to enjoy the sights, but the down-side was being on a strict schedule and not being to spend additional time where I probably would have if on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to music while having a few beers in the Tap House."

Anne

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well organized, informative and the hotels were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty hard to pick just one, but I’d say the Dingle peninsula was gorgeous. We hit it on a beautiful, sunny day and the wave washing up on the beaches was so beautiful. In a more general way, I’d say just driving through Ireland! I loved that we went on very few highways and instead meandered through the green, green countryside. "

Jack

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was most enjoyable to witness my ancestrial heritage plus enjoy the culture, scenery, history, foods, drinks all with a new set of friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was touring the Dingle Pennisula specifically Slea Head drive with teh stone-edged fields, rolling contrysides and Blasken Islands"

Stacy

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I are both 60 years old, recently retired, and have never been on a guided tour before. We loved getting on the bus each morning feeling relaxed, not having to worry about where we were going or how to get there. The other people on the tour were great, very down-to-earth and eager to learn new things. All of the tour guides were great, and we loved Ireland. The only down side is that we gave up some of our freedom and would have liked staying places longer than we were allowed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Giant's Causeway in the rain. We walked down the long trail first with views of Giant's Causeway, and then climbed around on the rocks around the Causeway. It was beautiful. We had all the appropriate rain gear, and the rain created a great atmosphere for exploring. "

Richard

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ann was awesome. We were lucky to have a great group of people who participated in nearly all activities, even Ann’s poetry event!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giants Causeway in the rain!"

Ann

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great group of people on the tour and our guide Anne and driver Pamela were Outstanding. We've been on one other tour before through England and Scotland and the tour is great for seeing all the sights with ease and getting the history - the only downside would be that it goes so fast. We know that's the price you pay to see so much of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed watching the border collie's herding the sheep, and loved how green and neat and tidy all the towns were."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

No worries for everything was planned to perfection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant’s Causeway was absolutely gorgeous. All sites and along the coastline were spectacular. Couldn’t have asked for a better trip for our family. "

Kathleen

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Throughout the tour, our guides shared Irish history, music, personal stories, details on Irish "troubles" and geologic information. All of this combined to give us a much deeper understanding of this beautiful island and her vibrant people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One night in Dingle our tour leader surprised the group by bringing 2 local musicians to play for us in the living room lobby of the B&B. It was magical! I imagine that this is how my Irish great grandparents' families gathered and shared music & stories years ago."

Nancy

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely more than expected. Declan made our trip an experience of a lifetime . Accommodations were wonderful and comfortable. Each day was an exciting new fun time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. It was obvious that much thought was given to the choices of places to see. Emotionally just reliving the experiences of the Irish peoples journey and the Titantic stories will never be forgotten"

William

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very Good, Knowledgeable guide and well organized. Everything was as good or better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the village of Cong and the surrounding area."

Lynne

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed any expectations that I had! Everyday was different in regards to experiences. There is no way we would have discovered some of these things alone. I also loved that we had plenty of free time to do as we liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the power of the mighty Atlantic Ocean while on the Dingle peninsula. Amazing!"

Diane

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Lolly, is an enthusiastic expert on Ireland. She gave us history, current events, folklore, family stories and great jokes. Our hotels ranged from great to adequate. Group meals were tasty menus of Irish fare. We enjoyed all the planned itinerary, even the more painful historical sites. We learned so much about Ireland, past and present. Lolly and the really good local guides made it all come to life for us, even though we have no Irish ancestors. We highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to decide because nearly every day showed us something new. We enjoyed the day trip to Inishmore, meeting a resident, and hearing his stories of life there. The Cliffs of Moher, and the Giant's Causeway were amazing too."

Kathie

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the beauty of the places we visited and the history. Lolly was amazing. She cared about our group and made the most of the experience. Her sense of humor was great. I loved having the local guides in addition to her as it added so much local color. Several members of our group got COVID but efforts were made to keep all safe and healthy. The coach was clean and Steven, the driver was great. It was fun and informative. I am looking for another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Giants Causeway because of its' beauty and challenging walk. There were so many times to look out and appreciate the scenery."

Celeste

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group tour experience. Tour guide, Lolly was truly amazing. We learned so much about Ireland and it’s history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the town of Kinsale and its charm. Also, the Giant’s Causway was amazing."

Jane

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience of the tour was amazing, stunning, fantastic; from the comfortable, clean couch, wonderful places to stay, fantastic guides, tasty food, jaw dropping landscapes, The people, The history all the best!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment I have a few, the sheep herding, the falcon, the museums, and Rick's surprises during our trip! "

Robert

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"views from Dingle peninsula"

Diane

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! beautiful scenery, outstanding cultural experiences, lots of history, congenial travel companions, and all the logistics taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many - having a hawk land on my arm, watching border collies herd sheep, seeing how crystal is cut, hiking to the hill fort in the Aren Islands, Barry's tour of Kinsale, attending a trad music concert in St. James' church..."

Julie

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 day Ireland trip was amazing and so beautiful! Great food, hotels and people were top notch! The wild Atlantic Way was a bonus I wasn’t even thinking about. I’m not sure I could only have one favorite of the whole journey, Dingle definitely makes the top 5, what a charming community and the people are so friendly. We sat outside and ate lunch with some local people who made us feel welcome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Torc Waterfall and people surfing. Being from the Midwest we don’t have any of those things close to us. "

Dan

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour! Well-paced. Interesting sights throughout. Much history. Local guides a font of knowledge and good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose only one.Nominations? The drive through the Connemara region was surreal. Barry’s tour of Kinsale. The Blasket Center (pride of Gaelic language). Titanic Experience (the extraordinary effort in building the ship). The coast and the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway…."

Martha

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was magnificent and our tour hit all the highlights. We wished it was even longer…we’ll have to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several…Inishmore’s harsh beauty, the Titanic museum, the EPIC center, being firmly bumped from behind by a ghost(?) at George’s Fort when no one was near me."

Judy

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great …a fun group of people ! Excellent Guide …Susie …she was personable , friendly and professional …really informative . Pam was our driver ..Amazing !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments ..from start to finish ..Trinity College and seeing The Book of Kells, The Cliffs of Moher …wow ! The Titanic Museum in Belfast . and so much more "

Ronda

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My very first group tour experience and it could not have been better! From our fabulous guide Susie to our wonderful driver Pamela to the sites and sounds it was better than my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have just one! It was so incredible to be in the land of my ancestors."

Lorie

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Inishmore To Inishmore island we went Time at ruins and graveyards we spent The ferry ride was rough I had had enough As over the barf bag I bent Johnny Johnny he brings in the sheep With his dog whom he guides with each peep On his whistle so small it’s hardly at all Til each ewe is secure in the keep ……………. Jonathan Jonathan shears like a pro Each lady wants him for her beau It’s a shame they all say He’s been taken away By a lass who has him in tow

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Susie Thirteen days have flown quickly past With a riveting lady who hails from Belfast Past Kinsale and Dingle she has traipsed us about Around Innish Mor and Galway we’ve found something else out Of a stone oratory and Viking cities and many a mystery She has interconnected Irish history The Spanish the French, and English of course Each trotted out in her fluid discourse Pam drove us round the island from Dublin to Belfast And now we’re at the end of our journey at last. "

Guy

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third tour so I knew what to expect. The tour met my expectations. Except I wanted to do the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren. Joe explained that the rope bridge doesn't allow motor coaches anymore. Anyway a bit frustrated knowing what is covered in advance and what is not. Pretty minor compared to the overall experience however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was on our free day when my wife and I were bicycling down country lanes and then walking up through sheep fields to the lovely views at EaskTower. And talking to the farmer who owns the land about his struggles with sheep farming."

Shelley

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very educational. Pace good. Sufficient free time. Guides outstanding. Loved the history and natural beauty. Our travelers jelled extremely well, and I'm thinking that Rick Steves attracts a positive type of traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was the walking tour of Derry that was not on the schedule, but Joe took us there during some free time. It should be added to the trip. The murals showing the troubles were haunting and learning about the civil war and the uneasy peace was stunning for us. Not a happy Wow moment but a significant one. BTW, a guide told us how much people there appreciated the personal efforts of Bill and Hillary Clinton to bring peace. We don't hear that in the US."

Judy

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was well written so we knew exactly what to expect and enhanced our experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thanks to books suggested by Rick Steves, reading “20 Years A Growing” made the Great Blasket Center and the Slay Head Drive incredibly special. My husband’s wow moment was The Giant’s Causeway. Actually, everyday was a WOW moment."

Patricia Kay

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cheryl

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS Tour, and it fulfilled all our expectations. Again, we enjoyed the guide's incredible knowledge about his country, the local guides were very interesting, the variety of activities on the itinerary were enjoyable and a great group of tour mates made this another amazing travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the Cliffs of Moher and the hike through the Giant's Causeway were spectacular, as well as both Dun Aengus and Dun Luce remains. "

Marianne

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides made our trip very interesting and our fellow travelers were fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the religious divide between the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland that still exists today "

William

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour. As with the first, the best part of the tour was the primary guide, Pascal. On the bus, he delivered a seamless blend of Irish history, humorous anecdotes (cultural and personal), Irish music, and helpful restaurant and site-seeing advice. He always prepared us well for whatever the next tour event was. Since the music was a big draw for me, his personal connections with Irish musicians really made the tour special. Hotels and restaurants were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually, the drive along the tip of the Dingle peninsula, climbing Dun Aengus on Inishmore and the Antrim coast were the most spectacular. The Cliffs of Moher, of course, also, but there was such a mob of people,it detracted from the wonder. The Slea Head Raod on Dingle made me feel like we’d found the Ireland I had heard about. The two most satisfying moments were the walking tour by Barry in Kinsale and our first dinner in Dingle with two young musicians Pascal had engaged to play for us. "

Joan

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got a good overview of Ireland and the weather was outstanding. Our guide, Pascal, was very informative and had a great base of knowledge in all aspects of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Pascal, arranged for a group of musicians and Irish dancers to perform at our hotel in Belfast. It was a wonderful experience."

Debbie

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal was a wonderful guide. He added so much to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry at Ashford Castle. "

Victoria

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Ireland tour was great! Our guide Pascal was just the perfect combination of professional, helpful and funny. I have to also say the combination of people on the tour was perfect. On this tour ( I have taken others) we sat and visited with everyone. Everyone was great. The island of Ireland is just what I always thought it would be, beautiful, green, historic and friendly!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt stopping at the Falconery was my favorite! What a great experience!!! "

Steve

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, guide, and itinerary. Balance of activities, bus time and group time was great. We learned much about the history of Ireland, enjoyed great food and local music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the giants causeway was spectacular. Fish and chips were a wow as well and never got old."

Carolyn

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best one yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and the people (locals, tour guides, staff, and our group/Pascal) "

Denis

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was extremely interesting and historically informative, with great guides at many fascinating stops. The tour group was congenial, and our tour guide excellent. The accommodation and food were all above expectations, and there were plenty of opportunities to do our own exploring. To cap it off, the weather was far better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really wasn't a "wow" moment, but the visit to the Kilmainham jail as very moving and left us with deep impressions of the tragic history of the birth of the Republic of Ireland."

Sharyl

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide, Declan, was outstanding! He possesses a rare talent of making history, culture and folklore come alive using stories, songs and different voices. I learned a lot and had fun at the same time. The local guides were good, too. And, our bus driver, Paul, received applause numerous times for his skill in navigating a large bus down extremely narrow streets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A magical evening concert of traditional Irish folk music held in a 13th century church. Such talented musicians!"

Ronald

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting history and places to see. Good music too. I never knew all the history of the struggles of the Irish people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Ken

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The movement on the tour was brisk, it was expected. One day to adjust (actually two, we came a day earlier (good suggestion), third day in rhythm. If we do another, we'll come earlier again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of little wows = a big WOW! making the Irish coffee, having a group toast on the cliffs of Moher, School of Falconry at Ashford Castle, bus leaving on time for the day, titanic museum (well done!), informative and funny guides (all of them, especially Declan), excellent accommodations, filling breakfasts and dinners and feeling SAFE throughout the tour (including Belfast). "

Carol

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved getting to know so much of Ireland, the people, the cities and small towns, the history, culture and the arts. The trip exceeded our expectations! Declan Field, our guide, enriched the trip with Irish song, history and folk tales. Every day was a new adventure and learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s difficult to choose one, but a definite highlight was a trad music concert in a small church in Dingle. The music lively music filled the church. "

Nancy

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was amazing. Our guide, Declan, was outstanding. I enjoyed learning about the culture and history of Ireland (while walking and on the bus) and hearing his entertaining stories. The Rick Steve guides in the various cities were also terrific. The tour was well organized, the accommodations were comfortable (especially Heaton’s in Dingle!), and the shared meals were all delicious. The free time allowed was just enough, as well. A fantastic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is not one favorite “wow” moment, but many! Loved the sheep farm and falconry experiences, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway, the breakfasts and private concert at Heaton’s in Dingle (and the concert at the church there). The Dingle Peninsula was probably my favorite area—so beautiful! Enjoyed the ferry ride and Inishmore. The Dublin and Kinsale walking tours were excellent. Enjoyed the Derry and Belfast tours, as well. Titanic museum was interesting. "

Patricia

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations! It starts with the guide, and Lynn was outstanding! She was extremely knowledgeable, with great stories and personal anecdotes! She was kind, funny, professional, so helpful and compassionate too! The breadth of the tour was outstanding too, from the geography we covered, to the historical, the political, the small villages to the big cities, and the majestic awe inspiring scenery in between. I cannot say enough about how wonderful that tour was!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One is very personal and the other is a totally foreign experience. Personally my solo walk to the lighthouse in Dingle where I sat for 35 minutes without seeing another person and absorbed the awesome beauty of the coastline, the ocean, the mist. Unforgettable. But in Belfast, the oxymoron of the Peace Wall was disturbing, sad and also unforgettable. In both instances, I was grateful. Grateful for the opportunity and grateful I don't live behind walls and gates."

Stephen

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sue

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned. Our guide Lynn Corden was very organized and knowledgeable. The people I met on the tour were interesting and fun to be with. There was time at every stop for some free time. The dinners and entertainment were outstanding! Our bus driver, Steven, was a fantastic driver and a great addition to our tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Northern Ireland with a guide that grew up there. I learned so much about the Troubles & WWII in that area. "

Gregory

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well paced, saw lots of sites and guides all very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"sheep dog herding"

Scott

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour in all respects. Lolly has set a bar for tour guides for us that I don't think will be met by our future guides, she is outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This will be an odd one, but when we walked though the gate onto the grounds of St. Multose Church in Kinsale it was like walking back in time hundreds of years. The wall around the Church obscures the view of the Church and graves, and once inside it obscures the view of the modern world. For me it was a sight and sensation I will always remember. "

Robin

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would rate the tour outstanding due to our amazing guide, Lolly, (as well as the other guides) plus the outstanding itinerary, but we had to leave the tour early due to Covid. Therefore, I deducted a point since it was very disappointing to leave early.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw so many wonderful sights that it's hard to single one out. "

John

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lolly, our guide, is absolutely first class and did an amazing job. We had great fellow travelers, making each day one to look forward to. All the towns and areas we visited were so beautiful and the Irish people so gracious and kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A collective wow moment for me was spending a week recovering from Covid in the wonderful little town of Westport, County Mayo, after leaving the tour with four days remaining. We fell into the gentle Irish way of life easily!"

Lynn E

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lolly made this tour what was to be expected and more. She was extremely knowledgeable and full of awesome surprises. And Pamela made us fear nothing with her amazing driving skills. I thoroughly enjoyed every stop and every accommodation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Giants Causeway "

James

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Antrim Coast"

Matthew

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour and we were able to see an excellent sample of Ireland. Our guide, Lolly, was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first night in Belfast included a special "surprise": The Belfast Story" cultural show at our hotel. This included tradiational music, Irish Dancing and a narrated summary history of Belfast. "

Delyse

Tour: 08/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. The quality of the guides, the lodgings, and the itinerary were outstanding for the price. I felt as if we really saw and learned as much as is possible in a 2 week period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments, but I remember walking along Slea head and seeing the beautiful vista with Blasket islands on the horizon, coming out onto the cliffs of Moher, the spectacular views from Eask tower, and having a hawk on my arm. Also, I witnessed a gorgeous sunrise with Scotland in the distance from Portrush. Our Amazing guide, and incredibly good weather made it all unforgettable. "

David

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country! Very friendly people, exciting and meaningful history, tour guide. Paschal, was outstanding. Tour was very well done and... as always... the fellow travelers were interesting and greet to travel with. Would love to return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many of them! If I have to pick it would be the Giants Causeway! Unique, beautiful, untouched."

Tammy

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I LOVED my experience with this tour. It was sooooo good that i kept asking those who've done other tours if all Rick Steve tours were like this. The people on the tour were exceptional and Pascal, our guide, was beyond exceptional. After having been in lockdown in what feels like years, this was a fantastic way to get back out there, visiting places, making new friends and traveling. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. I can't wait to go back to Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views, scenery, locals and friends i made on the tour - as well as our guide...just about everything was a wow! BUT, if i had to pick one thing i would say Pascal, our guide was phenomenal. I loved his stories, in particular when he cracked himself up before he could finish them on the tour. He had the bus laughing just WAITING for his story even before it began. "

Algie

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Ireland was amazing. We got to see several different locations and I cannot imagine having a better guide than Pascal. He kept us on track and always prepared us for the next stop. He was a great storyteller and shared a lot of his own personal experiences with the location. The longer bus rides were a mix of history, storytelling and music from or about the area that we were in. Overall, a great experience. A great mix of culture, tourism and Irish history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one as there were so many. As an avid hiker, I loved the hiking and the area around Dingle. Hiking up to the Eask Tower and the views from that location were amazing. I also loved the way that the farmland was divided into sections using the rock walls. It made for some great pics. I also have to mention the sheep dog demonstration. I loved hearing the history and legends of each area was very interesting. I loved the views from the mountain lakes and how calming that felt."

Diane

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved traveling around the entire country which is beautiful and the people are wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were too many to mention! SO much of the country is beautiful. "

Ben

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Always fun to see new places and meet new people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giants cause way was spectacular and the hike around it was enjoyable. "

Cheryl

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about the history of Ireland, it was fantastic. Our guide told traditional stories, sang songs, played recorded music; it was a rich experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Trinity College the old library and the Book of Kells. A second wonder was the World Heritage site the Giant's Causeway."

Janice

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was magnificent until day 11 when I tested positive for Covid and had to leave the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ashford School of Falconry was just unreal! "

Lisa

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour, especially the landscape, excellent tour guides, and Irish history discussions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the forested Connemara countryside on the western side of the island compared to the grasslands of the eastern side."

Carol

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Organized, well managed and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm "

Shirley

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and one my husband and I had been waiting for to celebrate our retirement. From the first night to the last our tour guide made memorable experiences a daily expectation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many but it might be the falconry experience in Ireland! This was a once in a lifetime experience. But the next one was being in Dingle, Ireland at Heaton’s Bed and Breakfast. "

Darryl

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No specific moment but a series of incredible moments."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to visit Ireland. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering fewer crowds, mild weather, and the full range of tourist fun. Summers come with longer days and better (yet still mild) weather, but larger crowds, which mostly affect Dublin.

Ireland / Dublin

Dublin Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Dublin (DUB). If you prefer to fly out of Belfast (BFS), select "multicity" on flight-booking websites. The coach from Belfast direct to Dublin Airport takes about two hours and departs hourly 24 hours a day. Your guide can help you book it when you arrive.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Ireland guidebook.