• 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
  • Portrush
  • 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 $3,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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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, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Galway, Connemara, Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery, 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!

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

  • 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 tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 29 group sightseeing events • Dublin walking tour • Trinity College • Book of Kells • Kilmainham Gaol • Rock of Cashel • Kinsale walking tour • Charles Fort • Sheep farm • Crystal cutting demonstration • Dingle's Slea Head Drive • Great Blasket Centre • Gallarus Oratory • Irish musical evening • Burren nature walk • Cliffs of Moher • Boat ride to Aran Islands • Aran Islands minibus tour • Dun Aengus fort • Connemara drive • Cong • Ashford Castle School of Falconry • Drumcliff • Derry coach and walking tour • Dunluce Castle • Giant's Causeway • Old Bushmills Distillery • Titanic Belfast • Belfast coach and walking tour • Discover Ulster Scots Center…and more
  • All group transportation from Dublin to Belfast
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • 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.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

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. Sleep in Dublin (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Dublin

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Dublin, learning about its rich history from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation to the proud and progressive city of today. We'll end our tour 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. You'll have the rest of the day free to feel the pulse of a city thriving with street poets and musicians. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Kilmainham Gaol and 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 less than a century ago. Then we'll continue on to the green Plain of Tipperary where we'll tour the ecclesiastical center that thrived in St. Patrick's time: the evocative ruins of the Rock of Cashel. Our day will end with dinner together in the picturesque harbor town of Kinsale, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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 (for its time) revolutionary 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. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: strenuous.

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 and one of the country's best traditional music scenes. Sleep in Dingle (3 nights, group may be split between two B&Bs). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

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 our 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 our home village, Dingle, with as much dancing and singing with new friends as we can handle. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

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, hire 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. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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, 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 tour the rocky moonscape of the Burren to learn about its unique ecosystem and hardy prehistoric residents. Tonight we'll share dinner together and sleep in Galway (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

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. Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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. Sleep in Westport (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

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 the nostalgic seaside resort of Portrush, where we'll have dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Antrim Coast and Old Bushmills

Today we'll explore Northern Ireland's spectacular Antrim Coast, marveling at the bizarre basalt columns and local legends of the Giant's Causeway. After taking time to fortify yourself with a wee dram at the venerable Old Bushmills Distillery, we'll visit the romantic, clifftop ruins of Dunluce Castle. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: Belfast and the Titanic

This morning we'll drive to Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland. We'll begin at the Titanic Belfast visitor experience, located on the very site where the great ship was built. After lunch, we'll join a local guide for a walking tour of historic Belfast. A visit to the Discover Ulster Scots Center will provide a glimpse into the rich heritage of this influential Protestant group, known in the United States as the Scotch-Irish. Then we'll board our coach for a rolling tour that takes us along reminders of the past decades' Troubles, including the striking political murals of Shankill and Falls Road. Our day will end as we kick up our heels at a tasty farewell supper together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Sláinte! Sleep in Belfast (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

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

Nancy

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music in Dingle!"

Wendy

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS tour and it was outstanding ! I cannot imagine how I could have seen more of Ireland or learned more about it's history and people than during this 14 day tour. Every part of the tour exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment but the Giant's Causeway was unexpected as was our glimpse into what life was like on the Blasket Islands."

Toni

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went on this trip alone at the recommendation of someone who has been on many Rick Steve's tours - alone. She convinced me that it was safe on these tours as you are never really alone. I got out of my comfort zone and signed up, granted I was scared, but I did it! It was the best decision I have ever made! Every stop we made, every hotel/bed & breakfast we stayed in, our Rick Steve's guide Pascal, and every individual tour guide, ALL were unbelievably WONDERFUL!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment would be The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland... Such an amazing site!!"

John

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth RS tour and fully met or exceeded all expectations. Pascal was a well informed and enthusiastic guide with plenty of pride for his homeland of Ireland. The pace was busy but enjoyable. The people were fun and well informed as expected for a RS group. Olive was a delightful addition to the tour as well as an accomplished coach driver. Ireland's history, while tragic, is a testimony to the perseverance of it's people. The scenery was outstanding, music great and Guinness cold.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with every RS tour I have taken, the "wow" is always the other people on the tour. They make the tour fun and are always seasoned travelers who have great stories of past travels and suggestions for future trips."

Michelle

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tenor of the entire tour was lets enjoy ourselves get to know Ireland and each other. I was well put together with numerous adventures all around the island. I don't know how you did it but the weather although rainy was perfect each time we had those Photo Opportunities producing thousands of lovely shots. Our tour guide Dara (more about him below) did a great job building us up for the experiences as in how do you cheer on an Irish Music group etc (ok out of words)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"two... sorry not just one - Giants Causeway - I love rocks and that place was magical. hands down magical Dara Got us there 30 minutes before the full on tourist crowds which made for some amazing photo shoots and explorative opportunities. Also seeing Fungi in the Bay at Dingle cool thing indeed - then since Dara is from Dingle he regaled us that evening with numerous photos of him frolicking with him when he was there non tourist times."

Penny

Leawood, KS

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was so much more than I expected. The people, the music, the diversity of landscape and our guide made it a extremely pleasurable and relaxing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the falconry at Ashford Castle was my favorite but there were many " wow" moments. The boat ride on the Dingle coast, the giants causeway and the hike to the top of Dun Aengus. It was all fun."

Tim

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour. I wasn't sure I would like it, but it was great. So much was taken care of for us by the tour guide that I would not be able to do on my own, traveling on my own without a LOT of extra work. We always walked into special tour events because everything was prearranged for us. The same for meals and even meals on our own time was taken care of if we wanted. Couldn't have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say I have one, but maybe four. The Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Ashford Castle Falconry school and the Giant Causeway. The Stunning beauty of natural sites and the special treat of handling a hawk was great."

Mark

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fun and exciting trip. We saw a lot of interesting places and learned a lot about the geo/political background of Ireland. The local guides were interesting and shared good information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry event was the neatest. If was fun to hold the hawk and watch it glide and land on all the people. The grounds of the Ashford castle were neat to walk through. Second was the Fungi tour. I loved the boat tour and the visit to various rock coves more than the short visit by Fungie. I like getting out on the water."

Steven

Hampden, ME

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steve's tour and best RS tour so far. It exceeded our expectations in almost every aspect. The scenery was exceptional, the food was overall excellent, and the itinerary kept us busy but not exhausted. Our fellow tour members were all friendly and we " gelled " into a close knit caring group. The biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the Northern Ireland part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say because so many fantastic moments. I think that the Giant's causeway and the Antrum coast was spectacularly beautiful. We were lucky to have good weather that day. My favorite moment of the tour was the Falconry visit. I did not know quite what to expect but it was one of the " coolest things" I have ever experienced."

Alan

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour lived up to expectations and then some. Except for a trip to Israel, this was the best guided tour I have taken. Just from reading the itinerary it seemed as if we would be spending lots of time on the bus but we were always learning, listening to music or enjoying the scenery. Even the rest stops usually had some point of interest to recommend them (thatched houses in Kenmare, Yeats' grave). The amount of ground covered in two weeks was amazing. I also appreciated the Irish music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falcon landing on my arm. Beyond words. Light streaming through the Gallarus oratory was quite a spiritual experience for me and I could imagine with ease the monks who prayed there thousands of years before. Arriving at the Giant's causeway ahead of the crowds so it seemed as if we had the whole place to ourselves. The almost perfect weather."

Donald

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland tour exceeded my expectations. The Irish countryside is beautiful and I particularly enjoyed the Cliffs of Moher and Inishmore. the trip to Inishmore was a high point and one of the reasons I chose this tour. Our incredibly energetic and and engaging guide, Dara, brought Irish history and culture to life with stories and discussion of contemporary issues. He saw to it that everyone had a good time. I particularly enjoyed the Irish music events he arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the falconry experience. I was just expecting to see a demonstration and talk provided by an expert handler. It turned out to be something very different. I had the opportunity to have the hawk used for the demonstration land on my arm, take a food reward, and then launch the bird to a nearby tree from which it would fly to the next individual. Everyone in our group got to do this. The experience was just amazing. We got to see this magnificent bird up close and personal."

Linda

Fairway, KS

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations, which is hard to do since this was my 5th Rick Steves tour. Dara, our guide, was exceptional! I didn't think the other guides I've had could be outdone, but Dara made it happen. He was especially engaging, funny, extremely knowledgeable, and made sure our every need was satisfied.I very much appreciated his personal insights and involvement of family. We truly got to understand the culture even better because Dara has such passion and love of his country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the falconry experience at Ashford castle was incredible. The Dingle peninsula boat ride to see the shoreline and catch a glimpse of Fungi were special, and of course the Cliffs of Moher and Giants Causeway were amazing."

Allan

Arvada, CO

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent variety of sites and activities. We were immersed in the culture and history of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local music on several evenings in Dingle."

Steve

Poway, CA

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Beautiful country and we lucked out with good weather most of the time. Our tour guide, Dara, was outstanding! The accommodations and food were all excellent! What really made the experience even better was the outstanding group of people we traveled with for two weeks. This was our 4th Rick Steve's tour and I would highly recommend this tour to future travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our trip to the Aryan Islands followed a few days later to the Causeway. Tremendous views and spectacular hikes along the coast."

Debbie

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I had wished for! Since this was my very first trip out of the US, I certainly chose the best company to go with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two - the view from my bedroom window in Dingle, looking at the bay and the mountains that came down and met the water. The second were the gardens at Ashford Castle. I would have been content to have stayed in either place forever."

Donna

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, terrific guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Special surprise concert at hotel."

Sara

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a nice trip. It was so full of great sites that we we didn't get a lot of time at all of them, so that was a little disappointing. It makes me think I'll have to make another trip and keep exploring. The history of Ireland is complex. Our guides did a great job sharing it with us. The people are warm and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites were all amazing but for me, my big WOW moment was walking into the Trinity College Old Library. This was the most beautiful library I've ever entered. It was awe inspiring. I could have spent hours here."

Lonnie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best of our eight R.S. tours, our guide was the outstanding. Great combination of history, story telling and entertainment. Declan was our guide and deserves five stars, he could sing, play and probably dance if we asked. Should be an instructor for your other guides on how to make a tour an enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Declan arranged a special concert for us at our hotel. Something we will not forget."

Harold

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After using RS books and guiding myself through more than 20 European adventures for the last 29 years, I was somewhat apprehensive about doing a tour with 26 other people (you can read this as not being in control). I found the tour to be totally relaxing and a wonderful relief from having to do it all myself. The group and our interactions and relationship was a real highlight. Our guide, Declan, was really terrific, as was our bus driver, Michael.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people of Ireland were wonderfully engaging and friendly."

Elaine

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Declin was an outstanding guide

Martin

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family tour group included our 21 year old daughter, 19 year old son and my wife and me. My wife has long wanted to tour Ireland and better understand her roots. With my last name being Schweinhart, I have always recognized Germany as my heritage, but a DNA test last year revealed 48% Irish ancestry and so this trip took on new meaning. Also, we thought our kids were done traveling with us but they both agreed that they wanted to see Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just so many to chose from. All of the music during the entire 14 days was top notch. ---the sheep herding dog demo, the Giant's Causeway, the family dairy farm, all of the castles, the charm of Dingle, the Guinness, the Irish whiskey, the Pubs, their food and character. But to nail just one---the beautiful scenery of Ireland; the cliffs, the stones, the green, these were definitely the WoW moments for me."

Craig

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour, and we'll keep coming back. Each is special and enjoyable in its own way, and this one was no different. The itinerary, guide and group were all exceptional, the best combination we've had so far. We covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of extraordinary sites. The local guides were knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to. The group meals were well planned and had a good variety of delicious and local options. I really felt that I got a good feel for Ireland's history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inishmore in the Aran Islands. A beautiful day on an isolated island with a long, fascinating history highlighted by Dun Aengus Fort from 1000 BC. Dramatic scenery, ancient ruins, ferry rides and excellent shopping all in one day! Some seals even came by to check us out when we stopped at the coast. Also, sitting in a pub one night with a handful of tour members and a lot of locals for the weekly "sing along" trad music session (and not knowing some of the songs everyone else knew). Drinking G"

James

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went because of my wife and friend's decision. I looked forward to it because of the history. Then I fell in love with the country, the people and the music. What an unexpected surprise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Now this is tough. There were so many: seeing the GPO The Irish stew at the Brazen Head pub, Dublin The wind blowing up water on the lake between Killary Fjord and Westport. Trinity College library. Breakfast at Castlewood B&B in Dingle. Having a falcon land on my arm at Ashford Castle. The east strand in Portrush early in the morning. The Crown Pub cubbies, Belfast. and no.1; The view from the top at the red trail before we descended the cliff stairs to Giant's Causeway."

Patricia

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though I have traveled internationally, this was my first "tour" experience. It was suggested by friends who visited Ireland in the past that a tour would be a more enjoyable experience because of the narrow roads, etc. The 14-day tour was a very thorough, authentic, and enjoyable experience. While the itinerary included a multitude of historical/notable sites and diverse experiences, it also included enough "free" time to individualize the experience and allow for solo or group leisure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one, but I loved the visit to the dairy farm and learning how technology has enhanced individual oversight of each animal for product safety and animal concerns. But in addition to learning about the industry standards that need to be met, economic influences, and all that goes into running a successful farm, it was special to witness the family working in partnership - not only on the farm but giving back by sharing time and expertise with under-developed countries."

Lynne

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Ireland in 14 Days Tour exceeded even my very high expectations for a Rick Steves' tour. The itinerary was packed with authentic experiences that made me feel I was truly getting to see the real Ireland and know the Irish people. Everything was brought to life by our wonderful Tour Guide, Cathie, who is an Irish treasure. She was a perfect guide in every way, but the fact that she sang Traditional Irish songs to us was a highlight of my time in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "wow" thing about Ireland was the cheerful, friendly, positive attitude of the Irish people. I didn't meet a "grumpy" person during my time there! :>)) My favourite "wow" moment was our stay at the beautiful Castlewood House, in Dingle, where we were treated to a superb dinner (in Heatons Guesthouse next door), followed by a private performance of Traditional Irish music, by the talented Muireann and Gerry, in the living room of the B and B. It was a perfect evening!"

Brian

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply outstanding in every way. The content and comfort were superb and the personnel could not have been better. The itinerary was perfect with more than one day at each location and the tour group was truly compatible. The people in Ireland were friendly and the views spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The emerald green landscape was always present and the history of the country and people were facilitating. The miles and miles of dry stonewalls were a sight etched in my memory and the Irish pubs were friendly and frequent."

Michelle

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really had a great time. As always all guides were fabulous. Accomadations were excellent. The itinerary was the best one that I was able to find.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with every rick steves tour I have experienced there were many wow moments. But as beautiful as the scenery was my wow moments were the interactions I had with the local people. They were so welcoming and warm and funny!"

Mary Kay

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on five RS tours now, and while they have all been great, this one was special. I feel like I really got to know Ireland – the history, the culture, the geology, the food and beer, the people, a little of the language and, especially, the music. Cathie Ryan is just a gem, Stephen, our driver, was a hoot, and the group was a delight. We even found things to laugh about standing on the Cliffs of Moher (at least, that's where they told us we were!) in the fog and rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow poignant – the GPO and Kilmainham Gael in Dublin; Wow joyful – the session in Dalton's pub in Kinsale and three nights of music in Dingle; Wow overall – the Hyne's dairy farm in Cork."

Dan

Colorado, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Cathie, turned a good tour experience into a spectacular one with her personality, knowledge, professionalism, infectious laugh, and especially her singing. She is truly a treasure and a superstar within the Rick Steves company. This was our second Rick Steves tour and the tour guides are amazing and a big step above other tour companies. The local guides are hand picked and terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments its hard to choose. A standout was the dairy visit. The passion of that family for its dairy operation was an inspiration, and a very good tour of their dairy."

Nancy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was unique because it combined the enjoyment of tourist sights, like the Rock of Cashel and the Giant's Causeway, with enlightenment through learning Ireland's religious and political history. I enjoyed the beauty and wonder of my surroundings but experienced many somber times as I was confronted with the struggles people endured in the forming of the Irish people and culture I was coming to know. It is a trip I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Hynes dairy tops the list because I was so impressed with their use of technology and the grass research they are a part of; secondly, having Cathie as our guide was one continuous 'wow'-her joy, knowledge and talent added so much! And lastly, Day 10 - the Connemara Countryside, was a beautiful combination of tourist sights and events (Cong/falconry) and sobering reality as we visited memorials of The Great Hunger. I also enjoyed The Titanic Experience, Dingle Crystal and the food!"

Jennifer

Somerset, NJ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been so sad to leave a place as I was to leave Ireland! This tour surpassed all others that I have been on. From the inimitable charm of the Irish people to the astounding vistas and the diversity of activities to the comfortable hotels and bountiful food to the captivating history and culture to my fantastic guide, driver, and fellow travelers, I could not find a single flaw in this experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is thinking of traveling to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the hawk walk at Ashford Castle. I have witnessed several bird-of-prey demonstrations, but they have all been strictly hands off. I assumed this one would be similar. I never expected to have the opportunity to put on the glove! For an animal lover, just standing close to a bird like that is cause for joy but to feel the gentle impact of the hawk landing on my arm was a poignant and exhilarating experience that I will never forget."

Mark

Zachary, LA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace of the tour was well done. I really enjoyed the mixture of history and culture of the areas provided by our tour guide, Dara, and each of the local guides. The lodging, food, and activities provided were excellent and enjoyable. Also, there were always options for activities and entertainment on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hawk Walk had to be one of the best "wow" moments. The guide from the Falconry school was good at handling the hawk and working with each of our group to ensure everyone was ready for the encounter. The grace of the hawk in flight was awesome to see close up."

Terry

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1st trip to Ireland and it was wonderful. This is our 2nd Rick Steve's tour and we'd recommend you. Dara was great, he always had good music on the bus which was about the area we were in or the artist was from there. Also he gave us good suggestions where to hear live music and where to eat.our bus driver, Pam was wonderful. A great driver and really nice person. I felt we were able to see a lot of Ireland and heard a lit of history. Thanks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I can't pick just one."

Catherine

Oakwood, OH

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an adventure! I loved seeing sites all over Ireland and meeting people on our tour as well as the natives. Ireland exceeded my expectations; it is as lush and green as I imagined and the castles, villages etc are beyond scenic. I definitely want to return to Dublin, Dingle and to drive again on the coast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A unique and big "wow" was the falconry school. It was so cool to hold a hawk on my arm; I did it twice and have really good slow motion pictures to capture the moment. Dublin and Dingle ( I could spend a lot of time at Milltown House ) were wows too and the Bureens and the pubs and the music and the scones. Almost everything was a "wow'."

Deborah

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of everything- history, culture, music, shopping, pubs, scenery and outdoor adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The concert and dancing in Dingle. Authentic and excellent music, a ten year old dancer who wowed us completely and a break with Irish coffee!"

Glen

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susie our guide) made this a great trip. She really knows Ireland (both parts). Accommodations were very good and in excellent locations for each of the towns and cities. As always I am amazed at the skill of our driver on the narrow and winding roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our falconry experiences at Milltown House (Dingle) and Ashford Castle. Our second "WOW" was when Rick dropped in on our farewell dinner."

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour reality was exactly as written up in the advance information. Loved how the tour brings the culture and history of the country alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the entire time we spent on the dingle penninsula"

Linda

Lewisberry, PA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time Rick Steve's tour participant. I couldn't be more excited to let you know how great the tour was and how great our guide, Susie Millar was. There were stops at both vibrant cities and beautiful serene villages. Our accommodations were wonderful, meals delicious (loved trying that full Irish breakfast) and enough free time to explore on our own. Susie provided the interesting history of Ireland from the past to the present as we traveled. We even had a surprise visit from Rick!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding the pub in Dingle with the name of our family lineage was a highlight. I loved the color green everywhere, sheep and stone walls. Susie's story about the sinking of the Titanic and her two pennies. Many "wow" moments."

Sandra

Charleston, WV

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, this tour provided the right combination of planned tours and activities and free time, with the extra bonus of several optional evening concerts and walks. We spent more time in the countryside than in cities, which is what I prefer, with spectacular scenic drives, stops in quaint villages and opportunities for exploring and taking photographs. All the tours of forts, castles, jails, villages, parks, and cities provided opportunities to learn the history of each area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly interested in opportunities to hear traditional Irish music, and this tour did not disappoint! Our tour guide went above and beyond to direct us to great pubs where we could enjoy music on our own, plus scheduled three optional programs (two in Dingle, one in Belfast) that were highlights of the week. Also the hawk walk at Ashford Castle was a highlight. Rick popped in for our last dinner in Belfast, so what could be more WOW than that!"

Judy

Enola, PA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We could not have had a more pleasant, informative and helpful tour guide in Susie. The places we toured and the hotels/inns we stayed in were great. I especially want to thank your staff for ensuring that the bedding in our room was feather-free. I feel the itinerary was spot on with the amount of time allotted for touring and then free time for us to explore on our own. The food at both breakfast and dinners was great. We were definitely well fed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village of Kinsale! Both my sister and I fell in love with this place."

Lesley

Sharonville, OH

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland tour was all that I have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour. Well planned and executed with fun and precision by our wonderful guide. Ireland is a beautiful country filled with delightful people. We were very fortunate with the weather, which was lucky

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle is fantastic!"

Gloria

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip! This is our second Rick Steve's tour and can't imagine choosing another tour group. We had outstanding tour members and everything was well organized as we expected. We loved our tour guide Susie! She is a rock star. The food was great and the scenery was amazing! I wish we could move to Dingle and live at Castlewood Inn! A big thank you to Susie, our tour members and Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Giants causeway was so beautiful and stunning. There were so many " wow" moments it is hard to pick one."

Margaret

Asheville, NC

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with RS and I was extremely happy. I had traveled with another tour op and there was no comparison. Everything went like clock work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Ireland..."

Clare

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience. So much more than I thought it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking at the Giant's Causeway."

Barbara

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We booked the Rick Steve's Best of Ireland tour because we wanted to experience all of Ireland. Many other companies only do the Republic of Ireland. This tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide Dara and bus driver Michael worked so well together that we felt like we got two guides! Each day of the tour was so well planned that we felt we arrived at each sight at just the right time, thus experiencing minimum crowds and no waiting in lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience at beautiful Ashford castle was amazing!"

Leigh

Ocala, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Ireland, and I guess all my life I felt like I had some attachment and that I would one day like to visit. From our first day in Dublin I felt like I belonged there. The tour was a perfect way to get a real feel for Ireland and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have just one WOW moment. Everyday was a"Wow Day",from the Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Mohr, Giants Causeway, Aran Islands, Irish music and Pubs.Our guide Dara made each day a" WoW Day" by making sure we all got the best experiences where ever we were, along with his stories , his love for his land was catching."

Joan

Batesville, AR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Ireland with tour guide Dara and bus driver Michael exceeded all of my expectations. Because of time constraints and reliance on Rick's books and videos on previous trips, we decided to give a Rick Steves' tour a chance. It was an excellent decision. The trip included an amazing amount of information about the history of Ireland, its people, politics, government, and culture. I was extremely impressed with how much fun and educational a group tour could be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when our group was in a Dingle pub, Neligans. Members of our group sang with local musicians, and learned to line dance. Before the night was over, locals and group members alike were singing, dancing, and keeping time with the music, with everyone totally engaged. This experience was what I hoped to have in Ireland; not just be a tourist observing local customs but being an active participant."

Raymond

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When we planned this trip we wanted to be sure we got to see ALL of Ireland and this tour exceeded our expectations. I really felt like I not only got to see all Ireland has to offer but more importantly, I got to experience Ireland. Every aspect of the tour was flawless and that is because of our guide, Dara. He brought his country to life and made sure we saw everything on the itinerary and more. The whole experience could not have been any better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music has to rank at the top of my WOW moments. Dara, our guide, arranged several evening music venues for our group so that we could experience a variety of instruments, vocalists, and styles to really get a sense of Irish music. From the Dingle music store concert, with decaf Irish Coffees, to the music nights in the pubs each offered us a chance to really experience Irish music. My second WOW moment would have to be falconry at Ashford Castle, a unique experience in a beautiful setting."

Joe

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everything about this tour came off smoothly. Everything was well organized. The pre-trip materials and the "no grumps" policy set the tone for tour members to be co-operative and open for surprises. Our guide, Dara, was a big jokester, yet he also was respectful to everyone, was very conscientious and organized. The various speakers were very informative and entertaining. Food was good. The accommodations were mostly very good--especially the Buswell and Europa Hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Giant's Causeway was the most spectacular. We had some fun experiences in the pubs."

Dawn

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland's beauty is bested only by the charm of her culture. Aside from busy cities, the intrinsic warmth of the Irish is as abundant as the rocks. After a week we felt like we had been gone a month, exciting and no trepidation. I rave to everyone to do this tour, 7 days aren't enough. Wonderful bus, great meals, just-right sized group. Full days w/flexibility built-in to soak in local flavor & fun. They have stone walls older than our country - really puts petty daily concerns into perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one describe the contentment of feeling at night that if I didn't wake up in the morning, that That day was my best ever? If I never trace my roots to Ireland I'll remain convinced that this is my ancestral home. The history of the struggles for freedom and loss often brought me to tears. The innate resiliency, humor, & music set me smiling until my cheeks ached. History is my husband's love, so the Dunluce Castle & falconry made his trip. I fell in love with sheep."

Karen

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations in many ways. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, helpful, and caring. Although, there were times when we were "on our own", there were always recommendations for places to eat or things to do. Additionally, I think we had a very good mix of people on our tour which added to the positive energy and elevated the overall tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have one specific "wow" moment as there were so many interesting, beautiful, and educational experiences along the way, with each different enough not to be truly comparable."

Deborah

Canton, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful that tour that exposed us to far more history, culture, and wonderful sites than my husband and I would have encountered traveling on our own. I especially enjoyed the natural beauty of the scenic route along much of the Wild Atlantic Way and the opportunity to visit the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway. Our Tour Guide created a fun and truly memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a historical perspective, our tour of Kilmainham Gaol was a very informative and moving experience. Our guide Dave did a great job bringing history to life and creating a meaningful tour. I appreciated the fact that our tour was among the first of the day so it was not at all crowded. From the natural beauty perspective, both the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway were fabulous but i enjoyed the more spacious and interactive exhibits at the Causeway."

James

Canton, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife (Deborah) and I had a great guide (Dara), a fun group, and nearly perfect weather (cool and sunny). The history, music, scenery and people made it memorable. We were able to see much more than we could have seen traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The Giant's Causeway was spectacular. The history which was presented at Kilmainham Gaol was very moving. We were fascinated by the ruins of various castles, and the part they played in the country's development. The music in the pubs of Dingle was amazing. The Titanic exhibit in Belfast was breathtaking. Our exposure to The Troubles experienced in Derry and Belfast helped us understand a complex part of modern Ireland."

Sandra

Danville, IL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic tour! Ireland is

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music in Dingle could not be bested. We went to a bar on Wednesday for music and dance, then the church on Thursday, and a music store on Friday. Each was wonderful in its own way. The falconry was a close second - - what an experience to have a falcon come to my hand! I loved it. And Dara's playfulness, his enjoyment of his coutry and his job, is close behind. It was a short two weeks!"

Stephanie

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's tour, and definitely not my last! My experience went beyond my expectations, in that I didn't expect to leave part of my heart in Ireland! The entire tour was smooth, efficient and full of adventure and learning opportunities. All the little details were taken care of, from smooth check-in in each hotel, to driving up in the middle of nowhere and finding our local guide standing there to greet us to arriving as a group dinners at fine dining local restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Giants Causeway, a World Heritage Site on the beautiful North Antrim coast really blew me away! Just imagining the geological event that caused these mystical formations to develop is really mind-boggling! And I enjoyed the hiking trails following the coastline East from the Causeway, it was a clear day and we could even see Scotland!"

Kathy

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Definitely the best tour I have ever been on. I have always wanted to go to Dingle, especially and the fact that Dara was our guide was great for me. He is so tied to all the irish music and especially great about making sure we saw the "real Ireland"...and we did. The local craftsmen, musicians, etc were wonderful. Wish the bus had had wi fi and it would have been easier to accompany my many photos with narrative...still sorting those out as to where they were taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure this was a "wow" but I was actually moved to tears as I sat in the sun at the Giant"s Causeway and listened to the birds and the softly whispering sea. Ireland is both rugged and gentle and very beautiful. I felt like I had come home."

Ann

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good mix of countryside and city. Lots of good music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose any one thing but loved the sheep farm."

Jon

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour, and as usual, it was fantastic. Seeing Ireland was much about the natural beaut and history, and not as much about buildings and art as we experienced in Italy and France. That this tour was so grand is reflected in that at the start of the tour (the first night!) my wife had a serious injury that potentially could have been much worse, yet we both thought by the end that this has been a fantastic trip. If someone missed the pub life, they really missed out!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, hard to pick 1. The Falconry school was hard to beat, coupled with the gorgeous walk to the hotel and on the hotel grounds. Giant's Causeway coupled with Dunluce Castle/The Wee Cottage came close. Third place goes to Cliffs of Moher/Barren or perhaps to the drive to and stop about Blasket Islands."

Charles

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara, the guide, and Michael, the driver, were worth the cost of the trip for entertainment without anything more. The local guides were all excellent. Everything we saw was justly included in The Best Of Ireland. Most remarkable, everyone on the tour was friendly and up for a party, definitely our best tour in this regard. The weather was also near-miraculous--14 dry, sunny days in a row--in Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't narrow it down to one."

Janice

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and it did not disappoint. Declan was an outstanding tour leader providing with his own personal accounts of growing up in Ireland, plus a history of the country. His musical ability, plus his sense of humor added to the joy and entertainment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the pub experience in Dingle. Not having experienced a lot of Irish music, I was surprised at how much I liked it. The beat, difference instruments and the people made it very appealing. We had a lovely concert in the Dingle Music Shop which featured a young married couple. She played the fiddle and he played an accordion type of instrument. We also had the pleasure of seeing a young Irish dancer, Declan playing the guitar, and the owner of the shop also performing."

Betty

Libby, MT

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a friendly country! Declan made the Irish tales come alive for us and shared in the wonderful music. We had a wonderful tour group and I would rate the trip as one of the best of my ten Rick Steves' trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments in this itinerary. As usual the days just seem to get better as the trip goes on. Spring and the beautiful wild rhododendrons, iris, and hawthorn made the trip fabulous for me as a gardener. I loved the small plants of the bog and the Burren. Maybe the WOW moments were the hikes along the cliffs and ruins."

Jeanne

Mason, OH

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour from every standpoint - tour guide, places visited, logistics, food and fellow travelers. We saw much more than we would have on our own - and we didn't have to do the driving! Our guide Declan translated his personal love of Irish music, art and history into our bus drives and tour stops and into our own hearts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days in Dingle - from the beautiful B&B with the amazing breakfast, to the extra Irish music experiences that Declan arranged for us, to the beautiful scenary of the Slea Head drive. Second place goes to the walk along the Giant's Causeway - amazing views on a beautiful day."

Douglas

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves' tour and we continue to be impressed. The guides are always top of the line, and hotel quality was the best we have experienced (not to say that prior hotels were not good, but they sometimes lacked elevators or good internet service). Having internet on the bus was great, but reception in the north was a little spotty. Rick continues to have a perfect balance of organized vs independent time, and he picks a great balance of places to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Irish music and the falconry visit."

Dave

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour experience. Declan (the guide) was beyond amazing - from his organizational skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge of everything Ireland-related, ability to help, etc, etc, etc. The itinerary was very good and well thought out. This is the first tour we've ever taken - and it was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to limit the 'wow' moment to one instant from the tour. So I'll give some impressions. The beauty of the country; the spirit of its people; the wealth of knowledge imparted to us by Declan."

Laurie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The was the smoothest tour I have ever experienced. In fact, it was too smooth. Travel to me is about the unexpected, the strange, the unusual. This tour flowed with no obstacles in a well trod path. I learned a tremendous amount about the history and music of Ireland, much of it from Declan, a true star guide. There were more additional tours included than I appreciate, many repeating the same history I had heard before. I would prefer a smaller tour with mixed nationalities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking along cliffs by the Blasket Center. Forget the museum[INVALID]get out into nature and sense the spongy ground under your feet, experience the wind and cold that these people lived with, meet other people not on your tour and not Americans."

Anne

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations and food at our designated hotels and restaurants. Declan is a superb guide with his knowledge and love of Ireland, his singing and story-telling, and unlimited energy! Our bus driver, Stephen, did an outstanding job of navigating the narrow roadways and getting us to our destinations in a timely manner. Bus ride was very comfortable and we had plenty of restroom stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I was just awed by the beautiful landscapes and the cleanliness of Ireland, all the sheep and cows. I particularly enjoyed the border collie herding abilities, the sheep shearing, and how each guide was so knowledgable about their particular areas of expertise."

Mark

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. First and foremost, our tour guide Declan was just great. He provided a measured commentary where required, sang, played complementary music, and above all, genuinely cared about the members of the tour and ensured our well being and enjoyment. The tour was thoroughly enjoyable and educational with highlights all along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was taking a hike along Dingle Bay past the lighthouse and up to the cairn. Wonderful weather and sights."

Pat

Clearwater, FL

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Declan, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone in the group was great. Of course, the sites were amazing. So, the guide, the people and the country ... all fabulous. What else is there to say? ??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was having a falcon land on my arm!! A close second was the Giant's Causeway."

Marcia

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time doing a tour and it was the perfect way to experience Ireland. I enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them, but mostly I LOVED seeing Ireland and having the whole thing planned for me. There were things we did on the tour we would have never thought to do on our own. Our guide Declan immersed us in the culture as only a native who truly loves his country could do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent in Northern Ireland exploring the Giant Causeway was probably the most wow of all the wow moments."

Florence

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations! It helped that we had sunshine on all but two of our days of the tour (and it wasn't bad weather on those days actually). Our group was cohesive and very friendly... and punctual. Lynn was just wonderful. I enjoyed her stories and explanations and her sense of fun. Pamela as our driver was also an added plus. She was so friendly and willing to share her opinions and experiences. I think it gave me a great overview of Ireland! Can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dun Aengus on the Aran Island.... for the views and the history. Loved Dingle too. The town was lovely to walk through and the hotel with dogs made it so homey and nice. The ability to go to pubs and enjoy the music at the various places was also outstanding (and I don't drink but still attended). Worst place: Cliffs of Moher It was crowded and commercial and it wasn't worth it...even for the views."

Donna

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is more than a tour, it is an education and opens up my mind and heart!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment would have to have been the hawk in the falconry."

Donald

Greenwood, IN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Generally very pleased. However would be better if tours begin and end in same city. Connections add time and travel complications. Fellow tour members were overall very compatible. Enjoyed all the opportunities to hear Irish music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Great Blasket Island and Aran islands and Dun Aengus. Also enjoyed Nat'l Archeological Museum in Dublin( not on tour). Outstanding NOT wow moment - Cliffs of Moher ( see below )"

Kevin

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent experience overall. I loved all the cities and sights we visited. Loved the insights provided by our tour guide; Lynn. She was extremely knowledgeable about all things Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to identify a single WOW moment. I would identify the highlights as the Rock of Cashel, Music venues in Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus, the Falcon Walk in Ashford Castle and our walking tours in Derry and Belfast."

Donald

East Greenville, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour exceeded my expectations! We had just the right amount of planned events as well as free time to explore on our own. Lynn was great! The local tour guides were great as well. But don't forget the bus driver! Pamela, thank you for driving us safely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was just around the next corner! This was our first time in Ireland and 'just around the next corner' was a new sight or adventure! Castles, monuments, churches, countryside, cliffs, ocean views, talking to locals, hiking, music, having a drink with new friends and learning the history and politics of Ireland. What a way to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary!"

Thomas

Alexandria, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were interested in learning about ireland...from history to culture to geology. Our tour did a very good job at presenting us with experiences to learn a great deal about Ireland in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing rocks! Seeing how the geology of Ireland dictated how the land was used. Seeing how rocks were used in buildings and fences. Seeing how the magnificent topography was shaped by the bedrock. Giants Causeway was mesmerizing."

Julie

Alexandria, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip! I felt like It was full of beautiful and new sights, great guides that taught about the history and culture of Ireland, a nice group of people to travel with, good food, great weather, and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved everything about our time in Dingle!"

Dona

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was not high on my list of places to visit, so my expectations were not high. All the sites that we visited were interesting and Lynn imparted valuable information about all of them. I also learned about the "troubles" and am able to appreciate what the Irish have been through and what they are going through. The fact that Brexit is happening now was also important. The sheep were a big plus. Lynn made sure that we also experienced Irish music in various venues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because of my children's ages, "The Princess Bride" was watched many times at our house. Seeing the Cliffs of Moher and learning that they were "the Cliffs of Insanity" and seeing them in person was a big thrill for me."

Donald

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour did not disappoint. It had city, country, beauty, history, and everything in between. Lynn, our tour guide, was simply outstanding. The itinerary was well researched. Thank you for another great Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music, flying the hawks, and learning about the complicated history of this island."

Mary

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and exceeded our expectations in every way. We research extensively before we take a trip and try to find the little hidden gems in the countries that we visit. This tour did all of that for us and even included some activities and sights we would not have seen on our own. For example - with the RS tour we went to Ashford Castle for the Hawk Walk. On Inis Mor, the little Leprechaun house was pointed out to us. I'm out of space with so much more to say...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was absolutely amazed by the Giant's Causeway. It was so much larger and more beautiful than I expected. I have never seen anything like this anywhere else in the world. It is truly a spectacular work of nature! We had plenty of time to walk all the way around to the seeming end, have a picture taken in front of the Organ, hike up the multitude of steps, and hear the story of the giants."

David

Redlands, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful scenery, weather and music. Though we toured mid-May there was virtually no rain for the two week journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flying a Harris hawk at the School of Falconryat Ashford Castle. Being a geology geek Giant's Causeway is also a highlight."

David

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour. As with most RS tours, there just isn't enough time to cover everything but this gives you a really good feel for the countryside, the people and the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Burren. The local guide did a great job showing us the unexpected flora growing in this very rocky area. Really could have spent more time there. And, of course, the "Hawk Walk" at the castle."

Curtis

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an outstanding experience on the Ireland 14 day tour. I did not know what to expect, but the incredible organization of the bus trips, hotel reservations, food venues, and the spectacular tour guide in Cathie and the safe driving (and assistant tour guide) of Mark were the best. The overall coordination of the Rick Steves' group to achieve a great experience for all of us was incredible - not having to worry about anything except being on time made for the best vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it was a "wow" moment, for different reasons along the way. I can list each of the towns, stops, or just watching the country side from riding in the bus as wow moments - but the entire trip was spectacular."

Gabriela

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was really beyond anything I expected. It was so well organized & orchastrated. We've used other tour companies but Rick Steves Tours surpassed them all. No complaints. If you are a healthy active individual this tour is for you. Some days there is alot of walking &/or stairs, cobblestone streets, and confined areas but all very doable, you can always take a day off & stay in the hotel but you'll miss out of what you came to see. (Just an option). We loved the buddy system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult question to answer. To many wow moments, from the hotels to the restaurants, to the towns, to the nature,to all the beauty Ireland has to offer."

Robert

Wheeling, IL

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was fantastic, particularly for those of us who had never been to Ireland and those of us who have roots there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First seeing Dublin, having never set foot in Ireland at all."

Mary

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves tour. The Best of Ireland trip was very well constructed. Our guide Cathie, bus driver Mark and the entire tour group were congenial. Reviewing all my photos and remembering the many activities that were included in the trip. Cathie is an exceptional guide. She prepared us for our activities, provided a list of activities that we could do in our free time, sang beautifully. Mark drove over many very narrow and close roads. Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW! There are more than 1 - - Visiting the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle and flying Puton, a 3 year old female Harris Hawk - Watching the Kate, the short haired sheep dog, herd the sheep given verbal instructions from her trainer in a normal voice (or whistle) - Visiting the dairy farm and seeing all the technology used - Jumping on a bog"

Amy

Vernon Hills, IL

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful... great guide and driver, incredible stops and sights, nice hotels, and a fun group with whom to share adventures. I was very impressed with the itinerary and how we were able to fit everything in while still having plenty of free time along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula and the Giant's Causeway were highlights of the trip for me... so much natural beauty and wonderful people."

Ross

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our first tour. Our tour guide shared so much Irish and local history at each location. The Tour Guide really made the trip. The tour group was from all over the country from different careers and backgrounds. Yet there wasn't anyone that I wouldn't love to sit down with and share a meal with today. While Cathie needed to keep a schedule to get everything in, it was really well done and never felt rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't know if I had just one. But visiting Blasket Island was a special treat."

Linda

Wheeling, IL

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our first European tour. I'd recommend it to anyone. It was packed with great events, but gave you freedom to explore on your own or to take time to go a different way. We, my husband and I just loved the whole trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wows to list."

Kathy

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful! We absolutely loved Cathie , our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable about all things Ireland, plus sharing her love of music with us was a real highlight! The tour covered all of the things that we wanted to see in Ireland and was just the right length. Our bus driver, Mark, was also wonderful and provided his perspective on Irish sports and good places to go and eat (like specific pubs).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the Hawk Walk. I wasn't sure I wanted a giant bird to land on me but after watching the others, I took my turn and was so glad that I did! My other favorite wow moments were at the Giants Causeway and Carrick a Rede. I was too chicken to do the rope bridge (heights are not my friend) but loved seeing everybody else do it."

Richard

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fabulous tour, guide and driver. Only prior such trip was twice with Trafalgar many years ago and this far exceeds those two. Seeing both countries in a coach with a toilet and only half full was great. Cathie was the best and provided many "potty" stops too. While it was expensive it was a good value and I would recommend it to anyone. The mostly 2 and even 3 nights at each stop were appreciated. Also, the no tipping policy and paid admission to all venues was appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure if there was any wow other than the whole tour and the whole island; perhaps Cathie was the wow. However, I wish there was a way to shorten the days and allow more free time or opt out of things. For example, my wife was so tired that she stayed back on day 12 and missed much that was so close. If the bus coach could have made a return trip to the hotel and back out again it would have been good. Too much was crammed into that day and too much time spent at the causeway and Dunluce."

Kimberley

Eastlake, OH

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip to Ireland was outstanding. Not only did our guide, Cathie , share her knowledge of Ireland, she shared herself. She told us personal stories about her life and family in Ireland. Cathie also sang songs of old, some in Gaelic, with her tremendously beautiful voice. I feel like we were friends.That she cared about everyone on our trip,shined through in her enthusiasm for Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dublin was great. Learning a lot of the history was really interesting, but my aha!moment was the Rock of Cashel. It was just the first of many sights Ireland, in my mind, would look like.Each stop was something unique."

Nancy

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I had ever taken an organized tour. I normally do it on my own with the help of Rick"s travel books. I did not know what to expect. From the moment I met our tour guide Cathie at the first get together and the people in our group I knew that I had made the right choice. I found the tour to be well organized informative every day full of adventure but enough free time to explore on our own. Posting the next days activities was the best. Our driver Mark was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think going to the falconry was the one of the wow moments. I had never done something like that. To have the bird fly onto your gloved hand and feed and then release. Wow. There were a lot of wow moments. The country and its people. They were so welcoming and full of life. The singing, the dancing , the Pub moments with the Irish people. What joy it brought to my soul. Seeing Belfast in the flesh after watching the news night after night was sobering to see and hear about the conflict."

George

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland tour was a wonderful experience. A great balance between cultural experiences, history, current events insight, cuisine and beautiful views of the Irish countryside. Pascal was excellent: he was knowledgable and enthusiastic to share that knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was feeling the depth, presence and reality of Irish history and identity. The past still lives in the present for the Irish."

Ina

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely fell in love with Ireland, from it's history to the wonderful people. I loved being the pubs, the music was so much fun, people singing, telling stories, I wish we had places like that here in the States. Pascal was just the best, he told funny stories, his suggestions for places to go eat or pubs to visit was always spot on! My sister got sick the second day of our tour and he went above and beyond to help her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was arriving in Dingle, I thought it was the cutest place I have ever seen and so beautiful at night. I wanted to move there and if I had the money, I would be moving there right now! I have to say just to have been in Ireland, with all it's history and beauty, every stop was a "wow" moment."

Sean

Kent, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

'Best of Ireland in 14 Days' is the famous Irish Welcome, delivered with style. I can't tell you how much fun we all had. The tour is historically comprehensive (Derry was a personal favorite), efficiently planned, with the right amount of free time to feel relaxed and on vacation. The personnel involved, from home-grown guide Pascal, and Dennis the world's best bus driver, to the guides at individual sites, were all first-class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In County Mayo, seeing the failed farms and potato fields from The Great Hunger. Pascal showed us where to look to see the ghosts of rows of ruined potato crops. All those families, farms, and people scattered to the winds, some of them my relatives. It was a very moving experience for me."

John

Montgomery, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good, learned a lot about Irish history

John

Kent, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was what I've come to expect from Rick Steves Tours: Well-designed tour with a good balance of guided activities and free time. Consistently good activities, excellent guides, and the benefits of a good tour group who know the ins and outs of a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First choice: The scenery and the story of the people of Great Blasket Island was amazing! Others: The reality of the Kilmainan Jail. I enjoyed Derry and Belfast more than I expected. The tour and guides really brought the reality of the troubles to life and provided very interesting context and background. It wasn't one moment, but the many enjoyable and interesting conversations with Irish people we met in pubs, restaurants and shops. We felt like honored guests in their country."

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is such a beautiful country with an intriguing history. I learned so much that I didn't know or realize about that history. I'd been to Ireland twice before and my favorite discovery was the town of Kinsale. I'd go back to that charming town in a second! Our tour group was terrific - and Pascal took it over the top. He took care of us very well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two mentions here. I loved all the traditional music. It was great that Pascal could arrange to have the music start earlier just for us! The night I got to sit next to the musicians and chat with them between songs was my favorite. My other mention is Pascal himself. He was so knowledgeable, but my favorite thing were his stories, whether real-life or fairy tale. I didn't dare go to sleep on the bus for fear I'd miss a story!"

Charlotte

Twin Peaks, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time loved everything we did. The hotels were beautiful and the food great. All the people in our tour we so nice made many friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the music in the bars. Watching the dogs move the sheep to a whisle. The whole country is beautiful very clean. When we shopped the people in the stores were very helpful. my wow moment i believe the dogs"

Sandra

Atwater, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour experience surpassed my hopes and stayed my fears of traveling on tour. The daily routine was energetic but not too full. Timing was great for me, not too early or too late. A group beginning as strangers ended as friends. LOVED IRELAND AND THIS TOUR!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entire Day 3 of our tour was my "wow". The visit to Kilmainham Gaol and the history of Irish independence, all throughout our tour. The Rock of Cashel and St. Patrick's Cross inspiring my faith and love of my church. The drive into Kinsale and the surrounding country is beautiful. The walk from Charles Fort back to town is lovely. The farmers market and friendly folk. The fun at Kitty O Shea's! Dinner at Max's Restaurant, cozy and romantic. Kinsale struck a chord in my soul. I will return!"

Debora

Mount Dora, FL

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour, guide, sites visited. Nice hotels and great food too! Really enjoyed the variety of places we got to visit and see!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and Ashford Castle"

Kathy

Matthews, NC

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ireland with Rick Steves. Our tour guide, Lisa \, was great & definitely was one of the reasons our trip was so wonderful! From Dublin to Belfast, our trip was filled with unforgettable images of beauty & the charm & hospitality of the Irish people. We appreciate Rick Steves' Tours providing such a rich, authentic experience of Ireland. We finished the trip feeling that we truly had experienced the "real" Eire!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments from our trip but I would say seeing the Cliffs of Moher & the Giant's Causeway were my favorties. I had seen so many pictures of these places and read so much about them before our trip. These were two of the places I wanted to see and they did not disappoint! They were both beautiful beyond words. The austere beauty of Ireland is beyond description! Each of these places was amazingly and starkly beautiful! The coast of Ireland is just amazing!"

Joan Elaine

Bedford, TX

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived Dublin two days early, time well spent exploring this vibrant city. We followed the RS guidebook from the time we arrived, finding bus to Buswell Hotel; heading out to Museum of Archaeology; followed by bountiful Irish stew, brown bread, and creamy Guinness at Duke's Pub. We were off to a glorious start. We enjoyed the diverse group on our tour and Lisa's guidance. She was enthused about her country, its history, music, food, and our enjoyment of these passions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wild Atlantic Way was day after day of WOW vistas, history, and culture. Breakfasts at Dingle's Castlewood Inn were like an exquisite food photo shoot and scrumptious to consume, visually and gastronomically. Each local guide was entertaining and informative."

Ed

Matthews, NC

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with great guide! Lisa was outstanding in every way. In addition, the local guides were also excellent. It is obvious that the contacts Rick Steves has with the locals is paying off in an excellent experience for all who go on the tour. I also liked the accommodations and the food. Finally, our bus driver, Steven, was a great too! I have no complaints whatsoever. A wonderful experience in every way. Will be happy to do other trips with Rick Steves!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the falconry we visited. Also, the Giant's Causeway was my favorite Wow moment!!"

Richard

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was an adventure. We had a great tour host Lisa \and a great driver. The tour guides in the individual towns were very informative. The food and music was wonderful. The Irish country is beautiful. I also really enjoyed Northern Ireland. There were so many wonderful experiences. I've been on a lot of foreign trips and this was my best trip ever. Thank you for creating such a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it's a tough question to pick one. So I'd probably have to say the concert in Dingle and the music in the pubs in Dingle. I'm going to have to say a close second was the visit to Cong with the visit to the School of Falconry. My third would be the drive through County Mayo to Londonderry."

Mary Ellyn

Appleton, WI

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. I was last in Ireland 25 years ago visiting the country and my relatives in Dublin and I didn't think that experience would be surpassed. But I have to say that this tour definitely did surpass my expectations. There was a great mix of being with the tour group and being on our own. We stayed exactly the right amount of time at each location. And the local guides were superb. Our hotel in Dublin was excellent. We went early and they were extremely helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several WOW moments: The music in Dingle. The blue skies in the Aran Islands. Hearing about the Troubles. Getting a current perspective on Brexit. The unexpected excellent meals!"

Dennis

Lexington, VA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We chose this option because we understood that it would provide a balance between guided and independent experiences. These expectations were certainly met. Our goals of learning the history of Ireland, meeting the people and experiencing the culture and cuisine were also met. It is a beautiful country and we would recommend this trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our most memorable moments happened in the the town of Westport where we were almost locked into the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church by the rector who was closing up for the evening. Once we made our presence known, Father Val ended up giving us a wonderful tour of the church -- including the history of both religious and political ideas of the country. We were delighted and grateful."

Thomas

Mount Dora, FL

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa had everything planned so that we never had to wait or worry. The people on our tour were fabulous! We felt comfortable and made many new friends. The locations selected were just amazing. Everyone of the hotels and B&B's exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I looked over the edge of the cliffs at Dun Aengus on Inis Mór, I was amazed! To see the drop to the ocean and realize that people built the structure there 1000's of years ago was....WOW!"

David

Appleton, WI

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Great crack" as Lisa taught us to say.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle experience of scenery, music and excellent food, plus we saw Fungie, which was surprisingly great fun."

Gary

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FOURTH RICK STEVES' TOUR. AS USUAL,OUTSTANDING. EXCELLENT USE OF OUR TIME. PERFECTLY PLANNED. GOOD PACE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CAN'T THINK OF ONE PARTICULAR "WOW" MOMENT, BUT ENTIRE TOUR WAS WONDERFUL. MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF IRISH HISTORY, CUSTOMS, AND DREAMS FOR A BETTER FUTURE."

Pat

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RSE Tour and as before, found it very rewarding. The fellow Tour members, guide, and bus driver, all interacted together and made the 14 days end way too soon. The Tour gave an overall excellent experience in covering the country of Ireland traveling to places prevously known and discovering those unknown. The hotels, group meals, local tour guides, all were excellent; the Irish people exceptionally polite - we abrasive Yanks should be humbled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two locations stand out above all the rest: Dingle - population @ 2000, 35 small pubs; nighly traditional Irish music in most of the pubs - some with local musicians who just poped in, grabbed a table, ordered pints, and played. 3 days there were very enjoyable both for the music and the food. Coog - absolutely beautiul with the river, waterfalls, forest, and School of Falconry at Ashford Castle. Easliy could have spent the night in those surrondings; and additional time with the hunting birds."

Mary

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time! Learned a lot. Made new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved my visit to Dingle!"

Penni

Macdoel, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience! Beautiful scenery, well told history, lodgings with character and a guide who provided well timed information, history and music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. The thrill of driving the Dingle Peninsula in the driving rain and experiencing the extreme conditions the Blasket Islanders lived in. The concert at the Music Shop in Dingle. The Irish Wolfhounds! The falconry at the castle."

Cheryl

Yakima, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is a magical place and the tour made it even more incredible. To be immersed in the history, culture and landscape made each stop more vivid and meaningful. At times I was moved to tears. Then there's the people you meet. First your fellow travellers. What a fun group! Dara,Pamela and all the local guides were full of passion, information and great humor. The chance to meet and chat with many locals made each day a new adventure. I had the time of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a few days of beautiful weather, we began our trip to Slea Head which is magnificent in itself. As we made our way, repotrs of Storm Hannah were announced. You could see the storm building and the waves were rant crashing against the rocks. By the time we reached Blasket Centre the rain hit with stronger winds. The walk to the Gallarus Oratory became a challenge but what a moment when we stepped into that silent, dry and holy place. Wild and elemental, it felt like the real Ireland."

David

Macdoel, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula."

Jennifer

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was better than I expected! The amounts of group time and individual time was the perfect ratio. I really enjoyed the music that was played on the bus. It was like a soundtrack for the trip. I liked the activities -- they were a good mix including historical-based, current events, cultural, and natural science (flora and fauna) activities. Dara was awesome and Pamela's driving was so impressive. All of that plus the other tour members made the tour one I'll never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I held a lamb at the sheep farm. I was in love!!! And I also chose to do a horse ride on the free day in Dingle. It was lovely and the scenery beautiful."

Steve

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and am interested in doing more Rick Steves tours. Generally, food and accommodations were good, the bus was comfortable and time-between stops was just right. Our guide was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Cong... both the scenery and the falconry class at Ashford castle. That area was beautiful and many of us felt we could have spent more time there."

Sheila

Sandy, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour definitely lived up to the outstanding Rick Steves reputation. Out tour guide Dara was knowledgable, entertaining, accessible and very attentive to every detail to ensure that we all had a meaningful experience. I went with my sister (we are 100% Irish so this was a "return to our roots" trip that was a lifetime goal for us both) and we appreciated the emphasis on Irish history and the struggles and triumphs that shaped our ancestors lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments but I particularly loved the opportunities we had to listen to the traditional Irish music because it brought back so many great memories of my mother and her siblings singing those rebel songs around my grandparents kitchen table."

Gary

Stateline, NV

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of fun. Learned a lot. Made many new friends and had a lot of laughs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our time in Dingle....made friends with the family with whom we stayed. Long hikes. Great music show. Delicious food."

George

Hamden, CT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary planned for the time we had provided a varied and fairly expansive of the country. Guides and driver very tuned in to providing a good experience. Group size was about right. always a good experience meeting interesting people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experienci.ng the coastline in all its splendor. Hiking The growing appreciation of how the long history of the conflict of religion and struggle for independence is part of the present."

Lansing

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beginning to end the tour was well organized and well paced. Group tours alternated with free time, group meals alternated with on-your-own choices, and easier days usually followed more challenging days. The activities and experiences were also varied. Our group of travelers was interesting, kind and upbeat. O

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the opportunities for hearing authentic traditional music in Derry!"

Suzanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As is usual with a Rick Steve's tour, the people we traveled with, as well as our tour guide, Dara, made the trip a positive, memorable experience. Ireland was jaw-dropping beautiful. Unique to this trip was the delightful Irish music enjoyed in the local pubs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of Ireland was stunning! Biggest WOW moment was the breathtaking beauty of the Antrim Coast and Dingle Peninsula."

Susan

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it exceeded my high expectations. A highly motivated group of people who enthusiastically were up for all the adventures. Small group of 28 people made this tour perfect. The places that were chosen for this tour were outstanding. So many opportunities to attend musical concerts as well. I will definitely take another Rick Steves Tour now that I have had a first hand experience with a high quality trip. The tour was so well planned out. Magical!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All my life I have wanted to see Ireland and this trip was fantastic from start to finish. The town of Cong with a visit to the Falconry on the grounds of Ashford Castle and the magnificent Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland were my favorites. Every stop we made was fascinating, but these two places were standouts for me. The entire stay in Dingle was absolutely wonderful with so many things to do and see. Really I can't pick a wow moment. Too many of them."

Jeff

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We connected immediately with the other members of the tour and with Dara. We enjoyed the cities and villages and the daily tours.

Kathy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. I was sick on both ends of the tour so missed a few of the activities but Dara, our guide, managed to work around our disabilities. Dara was full of stories & historical tidbits that brought the country to life. The people on our tour were fantastic. Very friendly & open to explore. The sights, sounds, & people of Ireland were all that I expected & more. The scenery was beautiful, the music was magical, and the people were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to isolate one so I will mention a few. The falconry experience at Ashford Castle was outstanding & not something I would have thought to do on my own. Our guide arranged extra activities for us. Some of the traditional Irish music opportunities were terrific: music at Dara's pub, Dara's Dad & his music store, & Crooked Trad in Westport were memorable. The boat ride to see Fungie the Dolphin & to tour the harbor was another bonus. Irish scenery is magnificent!"

Diane

Eustace, TX

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In May 2017 we took the RS 21 Day BOE tour and had such a great experience that we decided to take the RS 14 Day Best of Ireland tour April 19-May 2, 2019. We were so happy that we did. Our tour guide, Dara, connected with each and every member of our tour. Dara's in depth knowledge of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and his humor made each day full of new experiences and a greater understanding of the history of Ireland along with the modern culture. Highly recommend !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite Wow moment.....so many......holding a newborn lamb, hearing the waves crash on the cliffs from our boat tour in Dingle, listening to lively music in the pubs, walking in castle ruins, the "hawk walk" at the Ashford Castle in Cong, the rope footbridge, the fields of green with the endless stone fences - but mostly our guide, Dara, and our fellow tour members who made this adventure full of fun and laughter !!"

Tom

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. We had a chance to visit places that represent more than 1,000 years of human history. In addition to the scheduled stops, Dara arranged three or four musical events and concerts that gave the tour its own unique sound track.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a falcon (Harris hawk, actually) land on my forearm was as WOW as it can get. The Giants Causeway was the premier natural wonder. In Dublin, we walked through places where history was made during the 1916 Rising. We visited St. Stephen's Green 4 times. Each time we learned more about fighting that took place there. And our first lodging in Dublin, before the tour started, was part of it. A British intelligence agent living in Baggott Court was assassinated at the start of the Rising."

Maggie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well Dara made this the best trip I have taken with R.S. I have taken five tours with R.S. He made us laugh, and talked about the history and culture of Ireland. And of course he spent three days with us in Dingle. That was a high light of the trip. He Arranged concerts every night for us. Really great time. Another high light, was having the hawk land on my gloved hand and eat some meat tidbits. Then he looked around and flew off into the tree. Wow!!!! that was a first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just mentioned above the hawk on my gloved hand."

Jack

Eustace, TX

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good mix of big city and smaller seaside towns, I personally preferred the smaller but did also enjoy the larger city's and all they had to offer. Once again impressed with how fast all the tour members bonded and how total strangers formed an almost family like unit. Loved all the destinations but with a little less love for Galway. Well organized tour that makes me want to go back and take another look focusing what wasn't included on the tour, maybe spend time in the countrysid

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Trails around the Giants Causeway"

Vida

Onaway, ID

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am in love with Ireland thanks to this tour. Dara conveyed his love for his country through stories, history lessons and by sharing his knowledge of Ireland. The hotels (for the most part) were great, the food was amazing, and the scenery never failed to impress me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The endless expanse of green broken up by stone and hedge fences was more impressive than I expected."

Robert

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your advice to arrive a day early enabled me to visit the National Museum: Archaeology (Thursday), then Newgrange and the Hill of Tara on Good Friday when the Museum was closed. Dara was very accommodating and kind allowing me to arrive a little late on the first night after Newgrange. He was constantly patient and helpful with me throughout the trip in regard to my deafness, which must have been a nuisance, but he never showed that he felt that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a continuous "wow" for me. I particularly enjoyed the walks in and around Kinsale, Dingle and Derry, and the fine Irish music in Dingle. Including my pre-trip excursion, I would say visiting Newgrange, seeing the Brooch of Tara, and the Gallarus Oratory, the countryside on the Dingel peninsula and the up the western side of Ireland. I now appreciate much better the terrible history of Ireland under the British, and also how very far back civilization goes (Newgrange)."

Kerma

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time at all locations, even the weather was great for the two weeks. The local music we experienced was a high point on the trip. Leaning the history of the famine and the troubles was very insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep ranch where we watched the dogs herd the sheep and we were able to hold a newborn lamb."

Mary

Novi, MI

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The concert of tradiional Irish music that our tour guide hosted in his music store in Dingle. Top notch performers, quaint and intimate atmosphere and Irish coffees at intermission! It felt so "Irish." We really enjoyed it. 2. Giant's Causeway and the Rope Bridge. Dara got us to the Giant's Causeway early in the morning before the other tour groups so we had the walking trails to ourselves. I'll never forget walking out to one of the points for the spectacular view."

Nancy

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 04/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the content of the tour, loved our guide and thought the group was great. Thought the music experiences in the pubs were fantastic. Nice mix of scenic beauty, history and culture. We recommend the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were actually more than one. For sheer scenic beauty, I would say it was the day of the Giant's Causewat and the Rope Bridge and it wasn't even a sunny day! For sheer fun, I would say it was our time in Dingle. The concert and Irish Dancer at Neligan's and the concert at Dara's father's store was fabulous! Also loved the boat ride to see Funghi!"

Joe

Carson City, NV

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group with two outstanding tour guides. Cathie was a gem whose singing made the native music all the better, Paul was a good balance being from the North. The local guides added another dimension to the tour with their own perspectives. Our bus driver was also part of the family helping everyone and navigating those narrow roads with ease.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Crystal visor watching the crystal being carved by hand."

Mary Ellen

Sandia Park, NM

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything and more that I had hoped for! I learned so much and was overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the history of the country. I think there was a good mix of city and small towns and rural. The local guides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was when I was talking to Barry Moloney in Kinsale about my Irish roots and he said to me,"Welcome home." I was very moved by that as I had never felt such a connection to my Irish heritage."

Lynne

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Ireland in 14 Days far exceeded my expectations. Cathie is an excellent guide and made every event, every day, memorable. The choice of sightseeing events from sights in the cities to historic ruins, local farms and beautiful scenery was excellent. The local guides at the sights, on the walking tours and on the scenic drives were great. An added bonus was a stop at the Hynes Dairy Farm - what an experience to meet the family, see the cows and learn about day to day operations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "wow". I have always wanted to see the Emerald Isle and it did not disappoint. From the ruins of the Rock of Cashel to the scenic drives, Dingle and Slea Head, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the Aran Islands and Dun Aengus, and the Antrim Coast. My favorite "wow" moment would have to be walking the high (red) trail at Giants Causeway with Cathie and some of the group - the views were amazing."

Will

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and the largest group at 28. I've always particularly enjoyed the guides and the other tour members on these tours. We spend time around such pleasant and bright people. I thought the visit to the Bushmill Distillery before crossing the rope bridge was inspired scheduling, thanks for that. Having a guide break into song from time to time made the trip seem somewhat magical as Ireland itself seems more magical than real at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment. It was a tour of wow moments. I think the tour of Bogside in Londonderry was the most affecting. Kinsale was my favorite town. Kilmainham Gaol after Tommy Graham's discussion of Irish history was also emotional."

Terri

Uxbridge, MA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I had the best trip of my life. The guides, the views, the other travelers were pretty much the best ever. There was only one couple that I didn't feel took to the whole Rick Steves travel mantra. It was stated very clearly in the communications before the trip that the European, especially Irish, way was a more laid back pace. She would come down to breakfast and within 30 seconds was complaining that there was no one bringing her coffee. It bothered me a little.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That I got a sunburn in Ireland, during what is supposed to be the rainy season. Seriously, we managed to have the most beautiful weather while I was there."

Barbara

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, our Best of Ireland Tour wins top marks for my husband and me. We had gone on 3 fabulous Rick Steves' European Tours before but this one was the best. And this was largely due to our exceptional tour guide, Cathie. She is extremely knowledgeable about Irish history, folklore, culture, language but is also very warm, outgoing and eager to share her passion for this country..and what a beautiful voice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the Giant's Causeway was truly memorable. We arrived early so almost had the place to ourselves. After the visit, I had a lovely solitary walk high above the Causeway through such picturesque and typically Irish countryside dotted with sheep and newborn lambs. Wonderful!"

Wendy

Hyde Park, NY

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Ashford Castle, the Dingle Peninsula and the dairy farm...it was all great! There was no one wow moment"

Augusto

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An unforgettable 14 days and nights! It was an honor and priviledge to have Cathie as our tour guide - she was exceptional, awesome, and very knowledgeable about the Irish history, their struggles, and worldwide cultural Irish influence. She talks the talk and walks the walk, all tour guides should should join her 14-day tour, they might just learn on how to inspire and show their customers what touring is all about - it is about passion and experiencing it with an open heart.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the organically Peter and Paula Hynes family operated dairy farm. I learned so much about dairy farming in a sustainable manner, from raising cattle for maximum production through genetic selection to cattle gracing on carefully monitored pasture grasses for maximum nutritional benefits and milk production. It made my heart ache with joy when we were allowed to meet Trixie hairy coo! It was so cool, I finally got my lifelong wish to see and meet in person the hairy coo. Recommend it."

Harry

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed seeing so much of Ireland and visiting so many significant sites over the course of the tour. I especially value learning about the many injustices the Irish people have had to endure, in particular the famine years. The visit to the Hynes Family Farm was very interesting and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The Giant's causeway was EPIC. The setting is spectacular, the geology fascinating, and the view from the clifftop path was a continuous photo-opportunity. 2. Experiencing sixty seconds of terror overhanging the abyss while being blasted by gale-force winds on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was beyond memorable."

Michael

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Cathie is an Irish national treasure. We loved everything about our tour. The addition of the dairy farm stop was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many highlights it's hard to choose just one. We enjoyed the music scene in Dingle maybe the most. I really liked the hawk flying experience."

Peter

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent value. Will highly recommend to others!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathie inging original materials while driving through the beautiful Irish countryside."

Judy

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Cathie was the best ever. She was informative, fun ,and very organized.We got more than we anticepated throughout our time. Breathtaking .Would sign up again. Our bus driver Pat was a joy and got us where and when we were supposed to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry opportunity was amazing."

David

Hyde Park, NY

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour from start to finish. Cathie has great presentation of Irish history from the people of Ireland's perception. Paul's contribution was perfection complimentary to Cathies tour. Cathie's singing is a wonderful accompaniment to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathie and Paul's accounts of the life in Ireland as they grew up."

James

Nags Head, NC

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the entire experience. Locations selected provided a well balanced overview of Ireland. In general the hotels and the meals were very good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the little town of Cong and the relationship to the movie The Quiet Man was the most memorable wow moment. Others were close including Belfast and Dublin."

Wendie

Duvall, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Feast for the heart, eyes and mind!!!!! Ireland has such rich history. Our tour guides were fantastic in imparting information in a fun and informative way. Our coach driver, Caroline, was a dream! Funny and an amazing driver! Our weather was very good (so we got lucky as we were traveling in October) and the chosen stops and sights were well chosen and spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entirety of the Wild Atlantic Way. So spectacular!!! In Kinsale, we were bussed up to Charles Fort where we had a wonderful guide, then, since the weather was fair, we returned to town via the Scily walk and ended up in the Farmer's Market where I had a delicious "sidewalk lunch" shared with our fantastic tour assistant, Ben Green. It was the perfect day; sunshine, history, good food and new friends!"

Joan

Nags Head, NC

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be and MORE. We were very busy but with some down time too. I enjoyed that I was able to walk the towns,talk to people,shop,etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! I was happy to finally see Cong (Quiet Man) and go to Northern Ireland. The Giant's Causeway is breathtaking."

George

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great educational experience about Irish history where it actually happened. Excellent tour guide (Dara) and local guides to put everything in perspective. Accommodations, food and entertainment was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant Causeway and Belfast/Titanic"

Joyce

Hansville, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was wonderful and all the side trips to museums, sheep farm, hawk sanctuary,etc. were interesting and delightful. Dara Herlihy was very informative and fun. He and Ben made the trip truly special. Also our bus driver Caroline was terrific and a lovely person. At the end of the trip I felt as if we were all family or at least old friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was seeing the falcon do it's thing and having the experience of Pudding {the falcon}take off and land on my arm."

Deborah

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip to Ireland was a dream come true! I've often arrived home after a tour feeling that I've only scratched the surface in discovering a country's unique geography and learning its history. Not so after 14 days in Ireland! I couldn't have been more satisfied!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Antrim Coast ... breathtaking!"

Dayna

Ashland, OR

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Now going on 2 different trips with you all each being very different. I loved the group of people we travels with and all the guides!! Dara was a breath of fresh air, knowledgeable and crazy fun. I also want to give the highest compliments to Caroline our bus driver.You have a real gem there. Dara for me was just a blast and very engaging and had everything well planed out. Un like my hubby the hotel where we had to wear ear plugs was something out of his control.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all the outdoor breathing taking moments. Talking with the locals, going to tubs and talking with our fellow travelers."

Paul

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Dara, is a super star! He was entertaining, informative & willing to discuss controversial topics. The local guides were universally good to outstanding. This is our 3rd tour and this is the 3rd time we had a local guide who was breathtaking - This time it was the Dublin guide; previously our Paris guide in the Louvre and then Wolfgang in Vienna. The itinerary was ideal. We learned much more than we expected about the history & culture of the country. The meals were unusually good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asking for a WOW moment on this tour is like asking what your favorite note is in a beautiful song. You wove together so many memorable parts, that it's not possible to dissect out pieces without doing injustice to the whole package - it was that good! I guess the WOW moment was at the completion of the tour, relishing so many wonderful memories!"

Linda

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Ireland was amazing. We had a wonderful time. The country is beautiful. Our Guide Dara made the trip even more enjoyable, by making the history more relevant and relatable. The choice of the city guides was excellent also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many things to say that there was one "wow" moment. I was amazed at how the people survived living under the conditions that they had. I think the most upsetting moment for me was seeing the gates in Belfast, that were used to shutter the two conflicting sides. It just seemed so barbaric, even though it is reality. I have a hard time understanding how people use religion to declare war."

Sean

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not my first tour experience, but my first with Rick Steves. Outstanding trip, well led by a knowledgable & energetic guide, beautiful country filled with interesting & entertaining people. Definitely would book a Rick Steves again!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Live concert in Dingle (church, traditional Irish music). Runner-up was Giant's Causeway walk. Also, all of the local guides were OUTSTANDING!"

Marcelino

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Our experience was simply fantastic. We liked the allocation of group tour time with free time to do some individual activities. Dara was an outstanding guide who possessed the unique personality to provide an insight into the history and people of Ireland. The local guides like Barry in Kinsale provided great information about their local towns and regions. The tour was enhanced by the collection of a great group of friendly tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have more than one wow moment. They included the Slea Head Drive in an Atlantic storm. It was simply spectacular even for a guy who has a fear of heights. Caroline was a great driver. The walk up to the Dun Aengus Fort on the Aran Islands was fabulous. The multiple stops at many of the small towns gave a real flavor of Ireland. The experience of staring into the eyes of a hawk at the School of Falconry visit at Ashford Castle."

Dee

Lynden, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than expected, and my expectations were high. We travel alone a lot, but decided to do Ireland (first trip there) with a tour. We wanted someone else to do the planning and driving. Of course, that was done. But the "value-added" of the experiences that we wouldn't have had on our own made the whole trip worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many special moments and experiences, but travelling the Dingle Peninsula in a storm was unexpectedly spectacular. (Though you probably can't plan on that for every trip!)"

Martha

Phoeniix, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing two weeks. I learned so much from Dara and local guides, who provided ever deeper and broader layers to my understanding of the complexities and complicated history that resonates still today. Loved the time in the countryside, in small towns. Loved walking around. Loved the group dynamics, that provided space for fellowship and new relationships as well as solo time for own exploration. Comfy accommodations and solid eateries, music and dance at pubs along the way completed the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So so many but perhaps the dramtic drive around Dingle Peninsula during raging Atlantic storm. Impressive scenery that spoke to the marriage of elements and land, ending in poignant Blasket Visitor Center. Second might be the sunny walk in Kinsale back from the Charles Fort to town, with stop for lunch and a pint at the Spaniard. Walking and eating with new friends enriched that experience The drive through Doolough Valley"

Mike

Ashland, OR

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an Amazing Tour through Ireland.. Dara was on spot and excited to see everyone and knew what he was doing and talking about.. extremely helpful to anyone in my group that needed help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of moher.... and the falconry"

Mary

Houston, TX

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was exactly as advertised. Every aspect met or exceeded my expectations. Each hotel was very good. Each group meal was very good. Each tour stop or excursion was good to exceptional. The bus was very comfortable. Each member of our group (28 ppl) was enthusiastic, conscientious and prepared. I believe this is due to the website's thoughtful and thorough explanation of what to expect, i.e. strenuous walking and 'no grumps'. I have recommended this tour to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just how beautiful Ireland is, all the mountains and how green it is!"

Diane

Alexandria, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, lots of different stops/locations. Great guides including city guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The angry sea on the Dingle peninsula."

Ruth

Waialua, HI

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour and learned so much! I liked the planning that included a group meal for evening arrival in a new city and local guide for the following morning. Good blend of structured and unstructured time throughout the trip. Outstanding learning and support from wonderful storyteller and guide Dara and all of the local guides. Our driver Caroline was amazing--skillful and personable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula. All of our days there were wow moments. The many opportunities for traditional music experiences, the warmth of the people, meeting Dara's family and experiencing his bar Nelligan's, our hosts at the B & B, the food, and the beautiful stormy drive out on the Slea Head peninsula with huge raging seas!"

Cathie

Langley, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A smashing success! The tour guides were very attentive to the groups needs. The local guides were both informative & entertaining. Even while handling very emotional topics. The accommodations were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. The Happy one - All of day 6. From the crystal cutting demo to the stormy drive on the peninsula. And that was the day it felt like the whole group became friends. The Emotional impact one - The Coffin Ship Memorial."

Chuck

Lynden, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about Ireland, its history and its current status in the world. Dara was such a great guide, Caroline was a terrific bus driver and interacted with the group extremely well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the big "wow" was the Giant's Causeway, though it's really hard to narrow it down."

Diane

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience. Through the tour guide and local guides, I learned so much about Ireland's history. At every turn, there were beautiful vistas. The entire group got along so well and most importantly, I made new friends. It was like traveling with family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but our visit to the Falconry at Ashford Castle was a highlight."

Joan

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A joyous experience . Dara and Ben were lovely. A huge grateful thanks goes to our Busdriver Caroline Henderson fromFitzpatricks bus ,Caroline herself from Donegal .Rick Steves would do well to keep Caroline along she was wonderful. I can't say enough for the local guides and again very grateful. I thought I understood some of Ireland's history but the guides gave me a deeper more thorough understanding. I am a huge fan of the Rick Steves experience and very happy to be on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Caroline Henderson the bus driver (and all the tour)waiting for me when Dave and Mary from Huston realized I wasn't on the bus because I got lost on the only road to the rock of Cashel because I stopped to buy a sweater. Also I did love Dingle Kinsale Donegal the Giants Causeway and yes thank you for 2 days in Belfast ,Belfast does deserve two days.ps I haven't taken the sweater off since I bought it and I get great compliments????"

Barney

Linwood, NJ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had great fun, learned a great deal of history, culture, and politics, and gained a new perspective on some things about which I'd long ago formed an opinion. The entire group seemed to really enjoy each other, and our tour guide facilitated and promoted that from the very first time we all met together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience. For me, as beautiful and interesting as Ireland is, it was each and every interaction with the Irish that was the wow. Every single encounter, from the old dude on the bar stool next to me in some pub, to the person in the street of whom I'd ask directions, to the captain and crew of a ferry boat, each and every interaction was direct, a smile, a look in the eye from one person alive and right there on this earth to another. And the other person was ME. THAT was my WOW."

Brian

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first Rick Steves tour and we had high expectations. Our experience was outstanding. We appreciated the combination of structured activities and time to explore on our own. Lynn was an outstanding tour guide and we really appreciated the local guides providing the local history. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations. Ireland is a truly amazing country with rich history and this tour brought it to life for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moments where actually the activities that I initially did not have the most interest in. These included visiting the sheep farm and going to Ashford Castle to work with the falcons. Prior to the trip we were looking forward to the pubs, music and meeting the Irish people, however these activities were truly awesome."

June

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lynn was awesome, full of information and everything was taken care of. Great tour. Liked that the buses were not packed full. It gave us plenty of room to visit and relax. Sorry we were unable to do the Cliffs of Mohar, but understand the circumstances due to weather. The scenery was magnificent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the castles. It would be cool if the New Grange tour was added to the tour schedule."

Roger

Midvale, UT

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved having a knowledgable guide for the overall tour (Lynn) as well as multiple excellent local guides (kudos, esp. to Garvin in Derry!). Steven (bus driver) also helped greatly in being responsible, helpful, fun and knowledgeable. Enjoyed all aspects of tour, including cohesion, flexibility and amiability among other members of tour group. Unable to see Cliffs of Moher due to weather, but did not feel at all deprived. Especially enjoyed Kinsale, Dingle, Blasket Island, Causeway and Derry!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murals and 'Peace walls' in Derry and Belfast re: 'Troubles'"

George

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent, provided us with excellent local guides who explained the history of Ireland as it related to their areas. By not having to worry about transportation and housing we were able to see more of Ireland and understand the history more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot really say one thing stood out as the best because the tour was amazing at every place we went. I learned so much about the history of Ireland and its history."

Philip

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best tour guide. So much good information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The birds of prey."

Daniel

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time, Lyn was a terrific guide and our fellow tour members added so much to our enjoyment of our tour. Meeting not only our fellow travelers but meeting the local folks was wonderful. Learning more about the struggle that the Irish went through for their independence from Great Britain and the "TROUBLES" that Northern Ireland had and still have struggles with the partitioning which is most noticeable in the Belfast area with sectors being fenced off after 6:00 p.m.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several moments, I not sure which one I would call my favorite, but the Dingle peninsula, the Aran Islands, were among my favorites."

Arthur

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every aspect of tour. Lynn was well organized and all the other guests were personable, friendly, and cooperative. Plenty of free time for our individual exploring. Quick adjustments were made due to weather (Moher) and construction(Portrush). All local guides were outstanding, special treat that Lynn was a Belfast native and had fantastic perspectives about N. Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and N. Ireland. I now have a much different view of the conflict and struggles in N. Ireland, esp Belfast."

Don

Grayslake, IL

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 2 for 2. I've be on 2 Rick Steves Tours and both were terrific. All the guides were knowledgable, energetic, and deeply cared about their specific area /topic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I gotta go with the Falconry at Ashford Castle."

Debra

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all my expectations, as did the tour guide Lynn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castle wood House, Dingle"

Linda

Midvale, UT

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip. Were we to have done it on our own, we would never have been able to see, learn, and do as many interesting things, much less meet such interesting fellow travelers. Somehow, Lynn, our guide, and Steven, our driver, were able to organize everything beautifully so that we had a perfect blend of time as a group and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My family loves history and literature and the local guides sharing their history and love of community was often eye-opening and infused every experience with a much appreciated richness. I loved most the walks through the gorgeous land the walk in Kinsale along the coastline, the walk up to the medieval castle with views of the ocean cliffs on the Aran Island, the walk at the Giants Causeway. Breathtaking and invigorating."

Sharon

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Considering that I caught a cold early on the trip, I was able to enjoy so many special things that made Ireland come alive. To keep the pace in a run down body, I didn't get to enjoy as many late night pub music sessions. I did treasure all the musical events we did get to experience. The pace of the tour and the chance to hear about history and everyday life stories were such a good fit for what I could absorb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"driving on Dingle Peninsula"

Marcia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aran Island. The music in Dingle was also great."

Kathryn

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well organized and covered most of the sites I had wanted to see. Pacing was good ( strenuous one day, then restful). Accommodations and food were excellent. I had some reservations about traveling by myself this trip, but was quickly included by the group- like minded travelers who wanted to learn and share.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, cannot state just one. Seeing and hearing my first robin at the star fort. Had been following a group on FB -Ireland from the Roadside - people seemed to love the robin and now I know why. INISHMOR!! Slea Head drive, Dingle (really any drive with Pamela), Gallarus, Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the sheep dog, Ashford and the hawk, Giant's Causeway, DunLuce, Titanic museum, and The National Museum I know,, the whole tour"

Virginia

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good time on our tour. The history is fascinating, the countryside beautiful, and the people were extraordinarily kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose just one favorite. Every day when riding through the countryside we were delighted with the views of stone walls, grazing sheep, and that wonderful GREEN! Listening to the music of Mat and Maeve in Dingle or listening our wonderful local guide in Kinsale were also highlights."

Carol

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks in Ireland. As this was our first group trip we wondered how the balance of free time vs group activities woul work out. I am pleased to say the balance felt just right. We enjoyed the tour and felt we saw more and were able to enjoy the trip more because most of our time was planned out to maximize what we saw and what we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I:not sure I could pick just one.. Inishmore and the Aran islands were most intriguing. Ashcroft castle and the falconry school. The Titanic exhibit"

Barbara

Honeoye Falls, NY

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed the tour very much. We will definitely consider a Rick Steve's tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed walking back to the falconry and having the chance to work with a hawk."

Connie

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have had a better time. Susie set the tone for the whole trip. She was warm, approachable, fun, helpful and "Extremely" knowledgeable. From the very start Susie laid the foundation of the history of Ireland, it's people and rich culture, in a way that was easy to follow and understand, including the timeline as to how Ireland evolved. Pam our bus driver had a sparkling personality and was a great driver always feeling safe. Thank you to both Susie and Pam for making our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't possibly name just one. "WOW" was several times a day. Amazing scenery "WOWS", amazing experience "WOWS" and amazing people "WOWS". Now that we are home and reflect back on the incredible trip, all I can say is just one gigantic "WOW"....!"

Jan

Redcrest, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything I had hoped for. A beautiful country and such warm, welcoming people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The School of Falconry and hunting with Black Pudding was amazing. The Titanic Museum was awe inspiring. The Giant's Causeway was spectacular."

Bonnie

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized, fun, informative, and more than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far it was at the Ireland School of Falconry when a female Harris Hawk landed on my arm."

Holly

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first multiple day group tour and it was wonderful! I enjoyed all the people with whom I traveled, the guides, the hotels/lodges/inns, the food (!), the music, the locals and so much more. I foresee many more Rick Steve tours ahead.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm... The Harris Hawk at Cong or was it the beautiful homes of Kinsale? No it was the cliff fort on Inishmore. But then again the Dingo Peninsula and the music shop "Siopa Ceoil An Daingin" in Dingle... Oh dear to many WOW's to choose from."

Jimmie

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 4th Rick Steve's tour, and again it was "Great". We clicked with all the group members which can be hard to do, they were awesome. The weather did not always cooperate, but we all found a way to make it fun. In this case in a "Pub" :). Then comes our guide Dara. He knew his country and the history extremely well and made it come alive. Also, our bus driver Dennis, all I can say is he was amazing. We never felt unsafe when he was operating the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, but the people of Ireland were the most friendly and helpful. Wow moments, the Cliffs of Moher and Aren Island cliffs."

BARBARA

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and our first international travel. Overall it was a fabulous experience. We were a little disappointed in our guide although he warmed up a little by the end of the tour. We loved all of the sights that we saw, and I highly recommend this tour. I would be OK to skip the Burren. The local guide was very passionate about the area, but I would have rather had more time in our destination town. We had great local guides at each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher was my favorite Wow moment. We had a beautiful sunny day and the views were spectacular. The Hawk Walk was also super fun!"

Mary

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour. It was amazing. The tour, the itinerary, and our group were all great. It is difficult to describe just how beautiful Ireland is. Our tour guide Dara was excellent. He was not only very knowledgeable and guided us effortlessly through our tour, he shared great tips in how to enjoy our off time. Our driver Dennis was also great. He was friendly and always up to a chat in his off time, and kept us safe on those very narrow roads. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was actually the Irish people. They are really as friendly as everyone says."

Clement

Blakely Island, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second trip with Rick Steves. Went to Italy in 2013 and now Ireland in 2018. Trip was great. Good group of people and very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Would and have recommended to multiple people. Hope to go on Spain trip in a couple of years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First wow moment was waking up to sound of beer kegs being unloaded outside our window. We had been awakened in Italy on the first morning by the sound of church bells. Guess it let us know we weren't back in Italy. Second wow moment was discovering one of the couples we had gone to Italy with in 2013 was also on this trip. We renewed their friendship and had two less names to learn. Third wow moment was discovering a couple from my wife's home town who were good friends of her brothers."

Celia

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Ireland tour was awesome! Our tour guide Dara and bus driver Denis made the trip so memorable. It was a fast paced tour however we also had down time to explore Ireland on our own. Dara is very knowledgeable and thorough. He made sure to explain facts and info on each town that we visited. Denis is a great bus driver! He drove us safely to each location. I enjoyed seeing everything on our group itinerary with the exception of the walking tour of the Burren. It was boring in my opinion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have too many wow moments to pick just one. Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway were incredible sights! I felt like I was watching a 3D movie, the colors and shapes are really breathtaking. The Rock of Cashel and the Aran Islands were another wow moment for me. I also enjoyed the Titanic museum in Belfast and the Ashford Castle falconry. The Old Bushmills Distillery was a fun place to visit. The group dinners were another wow moment as the food was so good and plentiful!"

Marjorie

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I had a nice time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Holding the Harris hawk in Cong."

Leslie

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour. My first tour was in 2017-"My Way Alpine" tour. While I very much enjoyed the different locations we visited, I tend to be more of an independent traveler. Having to stick to a time schedule at our various stops was the one downside of this particular tour for me, but I can appreciate that a "My Way" tour may be difficult to pull off in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway. The weather didn't really cooperate while we were on the Dingle peninsula,but I'm sure that if the weather had been better, this would have been definitely another "wow" moment for me."

Colleen

Woodstock, GA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. Dara, the tour guide, is absolutely wonderful as is the bus driver Dennis. Dennis is a driver with plenty of skill on those skinny roads. Dara made us walk a lot but we gained no weight! We saw all the sights, had plenty of free time and plenty of exercise! Weather was not good, except for a beautiful sunny day in Belfast, but you don't go to Ireland for the weather. The group was great. We were all 55+ so none of us felt like we were fish out of water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I have a wow moment - the sights were all so good, they were fabulous."

Paul

Woodstock, GA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves personnel, tour guide Dara and Dennis the bus driver are great ! Dara did a great job in giving us info on Irish history and culture, as well as helpful info on where to eat, find an ATM, and where to find good trad music. Dennis is an "all world" driver, who got more than one round of applause for his skill. Dara, and all the local guides were enlightening and dispensed their message with wonderful Irish wit. Hotel choices were smart, and well-located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive north from Leenane was spectacular."

Beth

Schenevus, NY

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved seeing the various types of terrain Ireland has,as normally,photos only show the beautiful green, rolling hills with pastures separated with hedges or stone walls. The wonderful experiences our tour offered were so varied, interesting, educational and fun !! Our tour guide, Dara, was great, as were all the local guides. Thanks to the Rick Steves Tours for making such a wonderful adventure possible !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one choose a "favorite" from so many !! Since there were 2 of us we are suggesting 2 "wow" moments. The majestic and awesome Cliffs of Moher and the hike up to see the fort on the isle of Innishmore. What a view !!! But then the walk on the barren, stony Burren is not to be forgotten, which was made so fascinating by our local guide while there !!! Of course, what would a trip to Ireland be without the total Irish pub experience, with step dancing, fiddles, singers and more."

John

Waverly, IA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the itinerary. It gave us a great mix of learning about the culture and history as well as experiencing the beauty of Ireland. The local guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got an impromptu lesson on how to drink Guinness at a local pub in Dublin. The people in Ireland are so welcoming and willing to be helpful."

Norma

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW, Where do I start. I just got back from the 14 day Tour of Ireland. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The tour guide Dara was fantastic!! keeping us informed as we traveled from town to town about the specific area's history, music, local food, entertainment, etc. He was awesome!!! Ireland itself was also amazing!, the people, the history, the beauty of the land, just cant's say enough! This was my first Rick StevesTour & I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Farm watching how the shepherd handled the dog and sheep, was awesome, but I really cant't pick just one, the amazing views of the landscapes, the mountains, the ocean views, amazing places !!! Just love them all."

John

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have known several people that have taken a Rick Steves' tour in the past so I knew pretty much what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. It was well planned out with great places to see and visit. Adequate open time was provided to mix with the trip agenda so we could have some other activities by ourselves or with some other friends we meet on the tour. Dara did an excellent job of touring us through Ireland. His knowledge, dialogue, and music as we went through the tour was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dara and some of the tour guides provided great history of Ireland and I now understand better why my grandmother and her sister got on a ship at 20 years old to immigrate to the United States in 1902."

Kathleen

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best tour guide, Declan, and driver, Caroline. My husband and I were so happy with everything. We loved the places we visited. Lots of outdoor experiences. A good mix of organized tours and free time. Our first ever Rick Steves tour definitely exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved all the natural beauty of Ireland. But the wow experience was being able to interact with the falcon one-on-one. I knew we were going to visit a falconry but didn't realize we'd be allowed to participate in the flights and landings."

Regina

Forestville, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is an amazing place and this tour gave me the opportunity to see it up close and it turned out to be beyond my expectations. The key to making Ireland come alive was our guide Declan Field. He told us Ireland's story, played the range of Irish music and talk of his country with passion and commitment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving on the Slea Head Drive, hanging slight over the edge, turning to look one way at the green field on one side and the blue water on the other."

Kenneth

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Ireland in 14 Days Tour was everything we had hoped for and more. The music, the history, the scenery, the people of Ireland were outstanding. Declan did a masterful job of introducing us to the wide variety and range of Irish music and musicians while on the bus and in the pubs. The history of Ireland, as Declan explained, was interesting, complex and hopeful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was crowding into a pub in Dingle, finding a seat with my Guinness and enjoying the locals Irish music. That to me said "where else but in Ireland"!"

Mark

Meridian, ID

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. Looking back the tour exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Harris hawks at Ashford Castle. Being able to interact one on one with a Harris Hawk on the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle was a unique experience."

Rebecca

Meridian, ID

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt very much at home in Ireland. The people were cheerful, friendly and helpful everywhere we visited. The scenery was photo-worthy at every turn. Our accommodations were very comfortable and spacious and well cared for. The food was delicious, especially the breakfasts! Our guide, Declan Field, was very knowledgeable and kept us on our toes as he regaled us with history, music, and always a twinkle in his eye! Caroline, our coach driver, was also very knowledgeable and very accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eye to eye with a Harris Hawk at barely arm's length felt very holy to me and has to be my favorite moment."

Nicholas

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations. The pace was perfect--just the right mix of regimented time and free time. Declan is a gem. His knowledge of Ireland and Irish music are encyclopedic. The guides for specific areas were impressive. Hotels and dining spots were well chosen, not a dud among them..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeway"

Frank

Bloomingdale, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour was very good. Our Tour Guide Cathie was exceptional. It was very obvious that she loved what she was doing and her love for Ireland. Very informative about the history and people of Ireland. I must also give a lot of credit to our bus driver Steven. Very personable and excellent driver. Each stop was very interesting and I felt as though I did see "The Best of Ireland" All hotels were very nice also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giants Causeway"

Kenneth

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland in 14 days tour was an amazing experience. From the first day on when our guide Cathie stood atop the statue of Molly Malone and sang "Cockles and Mussels" to us to the last day learning about the Troubles in Belfast, we were treated to a memorable time. The beauty of Ireland and its welcoming people made the trip relaxing even though we seemed busy every day. It was obvious that the trip was well planned out .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were several, the Giant's Causeway stood out on top. We loved that there were options for people who might have been tired, and were able to ride a shuttle. We chose to hike and enjoyed the 2 hours given to explore."

Michael

Riverwoods, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good, very interesting, an excellent cross-section of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dublin city scenes, Trinity U. library, Book of Kells, jumping up and down on the bog."

Kristine

Riverwoods, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a thoughtful, inventive and very full experience of Ireland in all it's complexities. The exposure to the ancient and current history of Ireland was extremely valuable especially as the country faces the Brexit issue. How a group as compatible as ours was got together is mystery. A very congenial touring experience! And that's quite a lot to say after 14 days together!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't point to any singular experience - there were many, different WOW moments for me. From the Irish wolfhounds in Dingle to Cathie singing soulfully in an ancient church. How can one forget the sadness in the Kilmainham Goal and the monument to the vicitms of the Great Hunger in the Connemara countryside? the stunning beauty of the Irish coastline? listening to Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven on the to the Giant's Causeway? the joy in bog jumping? the fun of the Ghost Tour in Kinsale?"

Marcia

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. Better than I anticipated. But a thank you goes out to all the others in our group that signed up for that date. They were a great group. And not enough can be said about Cathie. Except - she deserves a raise. What a charm she is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always more than one, but we took the eco boat trip out of Kinsale, and it was fantastic. Better than the Cliffs of Moher as we were up close to them. Beautiful. And seeing the Blaskets by sea was very interesting."

Melanie

Owatonna, MN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip! The depth of music, history, culture and especially the history of emigration was so interesting and unexpected. Our guide Cathie was amazing! Her knowledge, experience and gift of sharing her music at the perfect times added much to our journey through Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was not expecting to find out more about my Irish ancestry but discovered a more correct way to spell a great grandparent's surname ! This should help with further research."

Cordelia

Durham, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 3rd RS Tour so I knew what to expect. Since I have gotten older,the stamina aspect of the tour was more taxing. However,by the end I had been steeped in so many aspects of "Ireland" that I was thankful I had been part of our most congenial group. I won't forget the pain and pride of Kilmainham Gaol, the Atlantic churning just below the walls of Dun Luce Castle, jumping on the bog and the bus itself hopping along on the roadways built on the bogs, the endless neat cottages and sheep!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of little moments. Not all occurred while with the group. One instance happened when my two friends and I helped a woman from Moscow at the airport in Belfast on our way home via Heathrow. We were all a bit unsure about the Gate/Group. Tatiana haltingly approached us for advice; I ended up getting to know her a bit before boarding our mutual plane. She flashed a thumbs up and a "thank you my American friend" to me. That was a "wow" moment NOT on the itinerary!"

Ernest

Rockford, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great. Cathie was a wonderful tour guide. It was a great introduction to Ireland. The local tour guides were great also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free day in Dingle where Joanne and I did a 3 hour boat tour, enjoying the seals and dolphins. The music and Irish dancers were a great addition to the tour along with the beautiful scenery."

Linda

Bloomingdale, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-paced. We had the right amount of your time and free time. We feel like we saw all of Ireland! So much lore than if we had tried to do it on our own! And having a guide with us when needed was so beneficial! Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland! I couldn't stop taking pictures!"

Michael

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a lovely tour: great tour group, fabulous guide, gorgeous scenery. It hit the trifecta. History was covered at every stop and on the coach. The complete package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie between Kilmainham Gaol and having a hawk land on my gloved arm."

Mary

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The history of Ireland has long been confusing to me. Now, thanks to Dara and our many guides, I finally understand why it has been so difficult for me to grasp the various conflicts in Ireland's history. I look forward to reading more about Irish history to cement what I learned. The combination of history, culture, arts, city, country, old, and new made this a very memorable and enjoyable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one. The first was leaving Dublin, arriving at the Rock of Cashel, and seeing gorgeous green fields stretching off to the horizon. Visiting the School of Falconry and having a Harris Hawk land on and take off from my arm was a huge lifetime "wow" moment. Finally, the drive around Slea Head Peninsula was one "wow" moment after another. It was a stunningly beautiful day."

James

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded the already high bar set by earlier tours. Dara was the best guide we have had. He was so knowledgeable and provided us with a view to the local culture we could never get by ourselves. He quickly got to know us and his guidance on additional activities and experiences on our free time was on target with our personalities. Our driver Pamela also was exceptional and participated with the group so she became an integral part of the team. She really enhanced our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Falconry lesson was an unexpected and exceptional experience."

Donald

San Tan Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choice of towns and cities to visit. I would have liked to have just one more day to explore Belfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falcons and hawks of Ashford Castle."

Robert

East Lyme, CT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful country, people we met along the way were pleasant and helpful in answering our questions about their country. Easy travel via bus through the countryside, safe feeling with our driver ( Pamela) , navigating the narrow roads. Felt we got a good glimpse of Ireland in a very short time--14 days, wish it was longer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was the bright sunny day on Aran Islands, second WOW was all the music we heard in the pubs, on our boat ride, and church concert night."

Janice

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Ireland, our 6th Rick Steves tour, and I couldn't have been happier with our guide Dara, driver Pamela and our journey around Ireland. The pace of the tour was perfect as well as the amount of walking, accommodations and food. Our amazing guide Dara made sure we had the opportunity to hear wonderful Irish music nearly every where we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced a myriad of wonderful new places on this tour and only with going through my pictures was I able to remember everything. Our visit to Ashford castle, experiencing the falconry school and taking the hawk walk truly was a very special event."

Payton

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, from the scenery, to the music and Irish dancer in Neligan's Pub in Dingle, to the falconry at Ashford Castle, it was all fantastic. Please consider "talking up" the optional/on your own, "multi-media/dance/music" performance in Galway at the small theater. I thought it was a wonderfully intimate production, well done with Irish dancing beyond the hard-shoe clogging. There was quite a bit of the soft/ballet type dancing as well as a 4 piece band of musicians which were top quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"School of Falconry at Ashford Castle. This was a unique and thrilling experience for me, something I would never have discovered if I were doing my own tour organizing. Thanks again Rick and staff, for providing such marvelous travel activities on your tours."

Dennis

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the overall tour was fantastic. The tour went as described in the material reviewed before signing up. The actual tour was better than described. Our group was very compatible and there were no issues with the group. The history relayed all throughout the tour peaked my interest and I plan on reading more about it at home. I can not think of any improvements to the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but to name one I would say the working of the dogs at the sheep farm. Simply amazing!"

Diane

Port Ludlow, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara made this tour very memorable. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious. His love of Ireland and his desire to please the tour members were outstanding. The scenery was beautiful, the Irish people were friendly and the history of the country was very interesting. The music, the food and the tour members were wonderful. We were very lucky to have such an informed tour director and conscientious bus driver. They had to be the best pair to staff this Best of Ireland Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive around Slea Head was so beautiful. When I think about Ireland and the scenic coastline, this drive met all of my expectations. The sun came out in wonderful locations, which made for a very scenic day. The movie locations that we passed made for a picture perfect drive!"

Joel

Selah, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had just come from Scotland on a self-guided tour and I was great to get to Ireland and have someone else do the driving and also most of the thinking. The itinerary was good and allowed us to see the countryside and also get some of the history. The only reason I did not give an "Outstanding" rating is personal preference of spending more time in the smaller towns and countryside and less in the larger cities. The music and the small pubs were really fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands were stunning. We had a perfect day."

Julia

Plantation, FL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I expected a professionally run tour but this exceeded all our expectations. The tour guide Dara was exceptional; Pamela the motor coach driver did a great job and was personable as well. The itinerary was well thought out and filled our days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole day in Connemara including the falconry and the walk through town to see the quiet man sites. Also the musical experiences were unexpected and the musicians were so talented. Also driving through the tidy towns and finally becoming acquainted with and making friends with the people on the tour."

Carrie

San Tan Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels were very nice and comfortable. Town of Dingle was bustling and easy to get around. Although I enjoyed the time at Cliffs of Moher, it was so over-run with tourists that it took some of the enjoyment away. Aran Islands was quaint and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Falconry was amazing. Which we had more time to explore the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle."

Rita

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my 10th Rick Steves Tour. As always it was outstanding. However, this tour was different than most of our previous tours in that the focus was fantastic scenery versus ancient or famous sites and museums, which is what we prefer. Not that this is a complaint-it was just a different focus. It also focused on the music culture of Ireland, which was wonderful and something not experienced before on previous RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dingle at the White House Pub/Bistro there was an entire wall of memorial pictures and artifacts in honor of the New York Fire/Police Dept. members who lost their lives during the terrorist attack on 9/11. That touching memorial wall brought tears to my eyes, and it clarified the point our guide Dara emphasized over and over on the close connection Ireland has to the USA because so many people from Ireland have immigrated to the US."

Janis

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end everything went as laid out and planned according to all the information and correspondence from Rick Steves. Overall it was an amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to put into one, but one wow moment was the view from the ruins atop the climb on the Aran Island."

Gregory

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland What a beautiful country. Learning about the history and culture of the island was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to lessen to as we toured. As is always the case with Rick Steve's tours the local guides where fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW- the country side and the small port villages WOW"

Judey

Albany, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group meshed together instantly before Pascal even entered the room so it made for a most pleasant traveling. There were several couples who had either traveled together before or who were from the same town but everyone was very fluid in terms of interacting with others. Put that together with an exceptional tour guide, a Rick Steves Itinerary and Ireland, and the experience wildly exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several 'wow' moments. Here are some of them: - Dingle - all of Dingle but especially the trad music concert which included some dance; taking a boat out to see , Funghi, where we stayed at Connemara, the food, the people, the conversations! All of Dublin & Dingle Carrying a Harris hawk on my arm at the falconry school! Watching the sheep herding by the dogs and the sheep shearing Epic Museum, learning more about the Famine (on our own time) Visiting the 'wall' in Belfast"

David

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience with the best tour guide (Pascal), and bus driver (Dennis). They took great care of us, very attentive, and protective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the last dinner we had together in Belfast. The whole countryside and coast is a wow."

Lori

San Bruno, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew the natural beauty of the country would be a highlight for me and I was not disappointed. I was in awe at every turn of the bus and every stop we made. It is simply a breathtakingly beautiful country. Pascal, our tour guide was the best. His humor, knowledge of history, and storytelling were additional highlights of this trip. Our bus driver, Dennis was just as amazing and a delight to have on the trip. The tour group was great and we had a lot of fun getting to know one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moments included hiking up to Dun Aengus in Inishmore - the view once you get up to the top was stunning. The Giant's Causeway was another WOW moment. The formations, hiking trails, and views of the coastline were mind-boggling. The natural beauty of the country, history, music, people, and food were all extraordinary and created one big WOW."

Peter

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was exceptional. The guide was both knowledgeable and courteous. The local city guides were experienced and professional. The bus was clean and almost new. The driver was amazing, a true professional and very cautious. We loved Ireland and can't wait to book another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Dingle tour guide. In an hour, he taught a history course that could be described as college level."

Sue

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, this tour exceeded our expectations. What began with reluctance about an organized tour, booked because of fear (terror) of driving on the "wrong" side of the street, ended in new friendships, wonderful cultural experiences and sobering historical awakenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my husband dangle over the edge of Dun Aengus trying to get the perfect picture! Is he crazy? So many wonderful sites and sounds! Music especially. From the private session at our Dingle hotel to the concert in town, to the Pubs holding session, all good. The Falconry at Ashford Castle; an unexpected treat! Wouldn't have taken anything out. Although my husband was not excited by the sheep farm. Definitely a tourist moment. (OK, we ARE tourist :( )"

Inna

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more interesting than I expected. I knew, Ireland is a beautiful country, lovely pasture fields with flocks of caws, ships, with beautiful horses on. There is amazing scenery of the nature of Ireland, there is so peaceful country, and, unfortunately, with very very sad history, Viking raids, invasions by England for over 4 centuries. And after all, the endurance of Irish people, their love for life, Irish beautiful music, their hearty songs and dances tell of their life passion

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Irish music and river dance! Also to learn about history of Ireland. Visiting Ireland I understood that you can learn the true history of any nation, not from movies about that nation, country, not from some outside media reports, not from history books written by the most famous historians but who did not belong to the nation, who did not live their life. Only who live there know the true history, and it is not just history for them, it is real life."

Terry

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment our group got together, we bonded. Part of the overall experience was just this special group, the BEST TOUR GROUP IN THE WORLD. I loved the history, the beauty of the country, the exercise, the variety of experiences, the food, and the time to explore on our own. It all made for a great time. It was our first Rick Steves tour, and probably not our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think learning about the Great Famine throughout the tour's 14 days, and how life changing it was for Ireland as an historical era, was so enlightening. The whole history was so amazing. As for places/things to see, the scope of the stone fences and their place in the culture was so interesting. The Cliff's of Moher, Aran Islands and Giant's Causeway were all spectacular. The music/entertainment was great!"

Janet

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to experience and learn about Ireland and its history. We were looking for a tour that was well planned and allowed us to sit back and enjoy which was exactly what we got!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience in Dingle was wonderful. The wonderful music, the town and our accommodations were great."

Marguerite

Richmond, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We looked forward to this Tour for over a year, and it did not disappoint. This is by far the best tour I have ever been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, loved the town of KINSALE, so beautiful, and appropiately winning the Tidy Town award. The Michael Collins Ambush Memorial site very meaningful to me, we calim him as a distant cousin. The lovely Guest House in Dingle, The Cliffs of Mohr,, and the Titanic Museum. Just to mane a few."

Kathleen

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic from start to finish! Well paced, extremely informative, food and accommodations excellent, very good allowance of free time. We left Ireland with a better understanding of its history and appreciation of its natural beauty and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trinity College and the Giants Causeway."

Kevin

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb. Every aspect of this tour exceeded my expectations. Declan, our tour guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. Having been born and raised in Cork he had great sense of place and great pride in his being Irish. Caroline, our driver, was amazing in her abilities to navigate some of the most demanding roads I have ever seen. And she did it with ease and, again, a great sense of humor. The lodgings were excellent, perfectly located and plush. Included food was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALL of the west coast of Ireland."

Nancy

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! We had a great group of people from Canada and the US. There was lots of extra room on the bus so we were never crowded. I always felt I had enough personal time as well as touring time. The agenda was fabulous and our guide Declan and bus driver Caroline made the trip everything it could be! I chose a tour because I wanted to enjoy the scenery and surroundings and culture without having to figure out what to do or what to see. The accommodation were all good to great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truthfully my wow moment came when we stopped in front of "The South Pole Inn" I never expected to actually see this place in my lifetime. I have lived in the Canadian arctic and know the story of the incredible Endurance and Shackleton expedition. I wish I could have seen the inside and had a pint in honor of these amazing men. To hear Declan's story and see his photograph of his grandfather with Tom Crean as well as the statue with his puppies was an absolute hi-light for me."

Dan

Richmond, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Declan is a wonderful guide. His knowledge of Ireland, and stories about where we were going and what to look for was very valuable. To me, it seemed that Declan personalized this trip with each person on the tour, a rare gift. The bus, coach, we were in was very comfortable. Our driver, Caroline, is a true professional in handling the bus in all conditions we had, from general driving, city driving, winding roads, etc. The group of people on the trip were enjoyable to be sharing this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite moment was spending time in Donegal because my grandmother was born there. My next favorite moment was everything we did on the tour."

Lee

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed hearing about Ireland's turbulent history. Very much enjoyed the Pub life and Irish music. Beautiful scenic views and countryside. Accommodations were first class . Trip dinners were great with the only exception the first group dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The panermatic seaside views. Beautiful country and loved our stay in Dingle."

Katherine

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I expected the beautiful scenery, but I equally appreciated the fascinating history of Ireland, the engaging storytelling, hearing Irish spoken on the street, and so much more. In other words, the culture. A suggestion: 26 people is too many for a tour group, in my view. It adds to the time taken for logistics (toilet breaks, crossing streets, etc.), cuts down on one's unstructured free time and reduces group flexibility.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the falconry and having a Harris Hawk swoop down to land on my gloved arm!! Other great moments: singing along with everyone in a pub to the traditional "Wild Mountain Thyme" being played by bevy of Irish musicians. Enjoying the unbelievable green rolling landscapes and seascapes of the Dingle Peninsula."

Glenn

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. All have been great, but this was the best one yet. One key reason was the venue itself: Ireland offered a delightful combination of fascinating history, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and wonderful live music. The other key reason was our Rick Steves tour guide, who was truly outstanding. He was knowledgeable, helpful, talented, a good story teller, and just downright likable. He implemented the Rick Steves format (which we love) perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no single wow moment, but rather a series of them as our tour guide was able gradually to connect the dots of the long and complicated history of the Irish people and their relationship with the U.K. He was able to do this with a combination of interesting "lectures" (often when riding the bus) and visits to key sites from that history."

Jeffery

Troy, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow what a trip! It was very informative and packed with so many things to do. Declan was such a great guide. He was knowledgeable. The man was a walking enclopedia on Irish history. He plays the guitar and sings to us on the bus. What can't he do. As usual we met some a great people who we hung out with together. No grumps just a great group of people. Can't forget Caroline the bus driver which we all relied upon to get us safely on those narrow roads. Even the day we had gale force winds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hawk at the falconier. So neat we all got to have Hawk land on each persons arm."

Amy

Troy, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip. Declan was an outstanding guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Ireland. I learned so much. The accommodations were beautiful and the food was excellent. I would reccomend this trip to anyone. I don't have a single complaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to pick out a wow experience it would be the falconry experience. That day was absolutely amazing."

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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 your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Dublin and out of Belfast ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Belfast has two easy-to-access airports. There are also hourly buses from Belfast to Dublin Airport if you prefer to fly in and out of Dublin.

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.