• Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
    Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle, Ireland
    Dingle Town
  • Pub musicians, Kinsale, Ireland
    Irish Musical Evening
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Ireland
    Rock of Cashel
  • Dublin Walking Tour
  • Dublin's Liffey River

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Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour

from $2,395 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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Tight on time? The Heart of Ireland in 8 Days — Rick's personal "best of" distillation of our two-week Best of Ireland tour — starts in Ennis (just down the road from Shannon Airport) and ends in Dublin. Each day along the way, in the good hands of your Rick Steves guide and local experts, you'll be amazed at all you'll experience in a mere week of touring the Emerald Isle: must-see historical sites, charming towns, music-filled pubs, artisan visits, and walking tours — including the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Adare Village, Dingle, the Great Blasket Centre, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, the Brú na Bóinne archaeology site, crystal cutting, whiskey tasting, and more. Join us for the Heart of Ireland in 8 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

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 20 group sightseeing events • Ennis Friary • Ennis orientation walk • Cliffs of Moher • Village of Adare • Irish music evening • Dingle's Slea Head Drive • Crystal cutting demonstration • Great Blasket Centre • Gallarus Oratory • Irish whiskey tasting • Dingle harbor cruise • Rock of Cashel • Kilkenny walking tour • Kilkenny Castle • Glendalough • Dublin walking tour • Trinity College • Book of Kells • Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum • Brú na Bóinne archaeology site…and more
  • All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
  • 7 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 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/interrupt 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

We'll gather together at our hotel at 2 p.m. for a meeting. Then we'll take an orientation walk around Ennis, beginning with a tour of the Friary. Afterward we'll get to know one another over a hearty "Welcome to Ireland" dinner together. Sleep in Ennis (1 night). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Ennis to Dingle Town

After breakfast, we'll pack up and board our comfy bus, setting course for Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. En route we'll stop to visit 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 and County Limerick's lovely village of Adare. At the end of our drive we'll arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle. Tonight we'll enjoy a gourmet dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes. Sleep in Dingle (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula

It's a great day to experience some of Europe's wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sites. 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 situated Great Blasket Centre, where we'll get a close-up look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. Upon returning to town, we'll see Dingle from another angle and hopefully meet its famous dolphin, Fungie, as we take a boat cruise around Dingle Bay. The remainder of the evening is free for you to soak in more of Dingle's charms and enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Boat: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny

Today we'll bid goodbye to Dingle as our bus transports us across the Emerald Isle. On our way we'll stop to tour one of Ireland's most historic and evocative sights: the Rock of Cashel. St. Patrick himself was here more than 1,500 years ago, and ever since, the Rock has been the spiritual heart of Ireland. From the craggy remains of the cathedral and castle to the views stretching out across the Plain of Tipperary, this is where the Irish in you will stir from head to toe. Upon arrival in Kilkenny, we'll meet a local guide for a walking tour of the medieval town center. Your evening is free for dinner and traditional music in one of the many atmospheric pubs. Sleep in Kilkenny (1 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Medieval and Monastic Heritage

This morning we'll visit Kilkenny Castle, a symbol of Norman occupation since the 12th century. After a walk through its restored Victorian interiors and extensive parklands, we'll head further back in time with a visit to Glendalough, Ireland's most impressive monastic settlement. We'll visit the iconic Round Tower, ruined churches, and the lakes that give Glendalough its name. Then we're off to Dublin, where we'll get oriented and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Dublin (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: The Historic Heart of Dublin

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Dublin, learning about its often calamitous history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation, to its remarkable literary legacy, to the modern city of today. We'll end at Trinity College for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin's other world-class sights, such as the National Museum or Dublin Castle. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Prehistoric Tombs and Dublin

Today we'll drive an hour out of Dublin to one of Europe's premier archaeological sites: the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne. Predating Stonehenge by a thousand years and the pyramids at Giza by 500, these massive "passage tombs" of Newgrange and Knowth are windows into a mysterious, pre-Celtic Ireland, just as it was pulling itself up and out of the Stone Age. This afternoon we'll return to Dublin to tour Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the final resting place of more than one million Dubliners, including many of Ireland's national heroes and heroines. Tonight we'll compare notes and celebrate our marvelous week together over a farewell dinner. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can fly out of Dublin's handy airport, or for those not ready to return home yet, Dublin is 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 Heart of Ireland in 8 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) 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. Navigate cobblestones and difficult terrain at ancient sites.

Reviews

Randall

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

High expectations were exceeded. The layout of the tour exposed us to the beauty and culture of the country. Very comfortable accommodations (with one exception) and fabulous food. Itinerary was excellent. Got to see and experience more than we thought possible in one week. Now, about that Dara guy, who could ask for anything more? as the song goes! He was born to entertain, guide, teach and literally love life! Patty and I delighted in him. Couldn't wait to see what he had in store for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Naming one wow? Come ON!! Not possible!The first night in Dingle at Dara's pub. The singing playing and especially the dancing! WOW!! The scenery, especially the coast and the history of life on the islands off the peninsula."

Debora

Essex, MT

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st RS Tour & it was a great experience. The group bonded well & our leader, Dara, was exceptional. He loves Ireland & I learned to love it too. The experience was such that I want to ale more RS Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to say which was my favorite. The history, landscape, people... I felt spellbound almost every minute. Perhaps, the family influence in Dingle & experiencing the music & dancing there."

Donald

Asheville, NC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations and I will recommend to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night in the pub were Dara arranged local musicians and an x-Riverdancer to perform for us. What a fun and special evening with the locals."

Joy

Asheville, NC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

loved the outstanding knowledge of our tour guide, and how he immersed us in Irish culture! it is a beautiful country!! We had a great group - everyone interacted with other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Riverdance performers and musicians - up close at Nelligan's!"

Gina

Pacific Palisades, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the biggest asset of RS is the people.Everyone I met was a pleasure to be with and fully engaged. Dara was a sensational host and guide. He's an encyclopedia of information who kept all 26 of us thoroughly entertained, educated and organized during our 8 days together.Caroline, our driver, was equally impressive. She was always positive and fun to be around.The local guides were awesome and informative. Hotels were OK. I would have preferred another day in Kilkenny and a diff hotel

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was my favorite stop. The scenery was breathtaking and it was lovely to see how preserved the peninsula has remained. I loved Slea Head Drive and was mesmerized by its beauty. My only wish was that we could have stopped at the little petting farm and held baby lambs.We all fell for them. I really enjoyed our B&B and their gracious hospitality. Meeting Dara's family, Neligan's, the singers, dancers and Music Shop were all major highlights. Lots of love and great vibes in Dingle."

Stephanie

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I loved it! Stephen, our tour guide was excellent and I so appreciated his organization, thoughtfulness , professionalism and the fact that he connected with everyone. His knowledge, storytelling, sense of humour and his singing gave us Ireland! Thank you Stephen!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle! I loved everything about it : from the drive through the mountains and seeing it for the first time to pulling away that last morning. . We were fortunate to have not only perfect weather, but a full moon on our first evening at Miltown House. The Druid circle, sunshine, good food, music, the overall ambience of the evening, the people and of course the Dingle Gin and Tonic. Magical! I would have loved another day there."

Valerie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to see and do so much! Accommodations were first class. Stephen McPhilemy is an excellent tour guide with his stories of the history of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David Geaney dance in a pub in Dingle. Amazing!"

Michael

Cypress, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour. I've travelled independently to Europe several times before, so a guided tour was a new experience for me. Ireland is certainly a magical country to visit and the Tour itinerary, activities, and professional guides really heightened the magic. I think "immersive" best describes how I felt during the tour. There were lots of up close and personal moments with fellow tour members and Irish locals that really enhanced the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private Irish music performance at the Dingle B&B with the setting sun on the bay in the background is still a fond memory. Heavenly music, beautiful setting, and camaraderie of my fellow travelers made it super special."

Karly

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very impressed with the tour as a whole and dealing with Rick Steeves. I found the whole process in signing up to be easy and the company to be very informative, helpful and accomodating. The organization was great and the online tools to help with planning/packing was perfect. Our tour guide, Stephen, was very impressive. He was organized, relatable, funny, and somehow managed to make every person feel very welcome and took the time to connect with each one individually.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was one major wow moment, rather many enjoyable. My favourite night was the first night in Dingle with the whiskey tasting, home made dinner (amazing chowder and lamb stew) and the live music!"

Jeannine

Lufkin, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour, and it did not disappoint! I will be traveling with them again. It was of great value considering that all room arrangements as well as attractions were prearranged and paid for in advance. The entire tour was well-organized, very little time was wasted, and this is appreciated. It was very educational, and piqued my curiosity to get back in to some history books!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall serenity and beauty of Ireland."

James

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again we had a wonderful Rick Steves tour experience. This was our fifth Rick Steves tour, and we are even further convinced that a wonderful experience will happen each time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the cliffs of Moher - a spectacular sight aided by perfect weather. Sunny, clear, and calm. I couldn't believe we were gazing from a high cliff at the Atlantic Ocean. Adding to that wow day was the first evening in Dingle. Great B&B, Druid experience, whiskey tasting, Irish music by talented guitarist and singer/flutist, and tasty home cooked group dinner. What a great day! My wife liked feeding the lambs on the way to Blasket Island, a very fun event added by Stephen."

Rozalind

Spokane, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour. We saw a lot in a short amount of time. The guide was great and had great things for us to see and experience. I have been to Ireland before but didn't want to drive and enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle is always my favorite and our guide has more connections there since he lived there. It was great to feed baby sheep, see a world champion Irish dancer and enjoy the views of Dingle."

Margaret

Twinsburg, OH

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very satisfying tour. We visited so many interesting sites, and I learned a lot about Irish history and culture from both our tour guide and the local guides we used.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the 'wow' moment was visiting Glendalough. The drive through the mountains to get there was magnificent and the site itself was amazing. We visited on a cloudy, misty day which only made the site more atmospheric. It was truly memorable."

Rebecca

Hoover, AL

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was nothing short of fantastic! With Stephen as our host, guide, navigator, storyteller and historian, I believe we were given a full experience of Ireland. Details such as timing for arrivals and departures were handled with precision with plenty of time devoted to each stop. We couldn't have imagined a better trip. We covered so much of Ireland but we were given time to savor the beauty and culture of Ireland as well. My only regret is that we could extend the trip for another week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit in Dingle was a definite highlight, loved the festivities and hospitality at Milltown House and the local pubs. Our time Glendalough would be a close 2nd or tied memory of the trip. Daily I was blown away by the countryside views, the greens, the yellow horse in bloom, the rock walls and the precious sheep that dotted the landscape!"

Patricia

Arlington, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Ireland, I was so pleased with the experience on our tour. I was also impressed with the interest and knowledge of Stephen McPhilemy regarding genealogy. My grandparents were Irish and I had never explored that part of my tree. The town of Adare was especially helpful in that regard. I loved the Irish landscape of varied shades of green. I was really disappointed in Dublin when trying to view the Book of Kells. Too many people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was getting to feed and hold a baby lamb. What a precious moment. Had to lie when I returned to US because they want to know if you've been to a farm!! This is one area that was especially aided by Stephen's knowledge of the area. Also seeing the beautiful Atlantic Ocean was another Wow moment."

Debra

Celina, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, what a wonderful way to experience Ireland. The beauty of the country, the friendliness of its people. It was a pleasure to be led by our guide who willingly shared personal stories from his youth and his vast knowledge of his country's history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments compete with personal favorites: 1. DINGLE the two days spent there were the best days on the tour. It is such a pity the time in Dingle was reduced from three to two days. 2. Glendalough the history and the beautiful hike to the lake. Most of the tour group enjoyed a picnic that was suggested by our guide."

Bryant

Lynden, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting New Grange."

Emily

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. I enjoyed the leadership of Stephen. He was always aware of the group needs and individuals. He is very knowledgeable and knows the history and inside stories of Ireland. He is an excellent guide.

Donna

Randolph, MS

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUTSTANDING!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I possibly pick just one?!"

Gerard

Redmond, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every aspect of our tour experience. Everything was well planned and executed to perfection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time we spent at Milltown House in Dingle was extraordinary with whiskey tasting, traditional Irish music and dance, a Druid experience, a author's reading and a fabulous meal. All this surrounded by beautiful scenery and two Irish Wolfhounds. WOW indeed!"

Ruth

Ocala, FL

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RSteves tour was amazing thanks to the guide who lives with his country's history and personal stories of what it was like growing up in conflict. His ability to take the serious and weave in stories of humor helped to keep me engaged. I always wanted more. The evening of entertainment at Millhouse was beyond expectations. Dingle was the highlight. The second evening of the tour we felt comfortable to introduce someone traveling in the group, awkwardness overcome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Irish step dancing, music, Millhouse evening"

Susan

Lynden, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Ireland. We got to see and do much more than we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was very impressive to go to Newgrange. To actually visit a site that is older than the Great Pyramids!"

Johanna

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide Fantastic bus driver!! We got a great overall impression of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two that come to mind immediately. 1. Tap-dancing : Monday April 23 2. Visit to New Grange: Saturday April 23"

Barbara

Middleton, WI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Lynn, was excellent. The tour sites, activities, excursions, accommodations, and most local guides were quite good. Consider adding the stained glass windows at the Diseart in Dingle to the tour. Our driver was excellent, very friendly, kept us safe. Great help with luggage - nice of him have water available, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula is gorgeous, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. New Grange is so impressive - my favorite site."

Susan

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Really enjoyed Dingle and the Slea Head Peninsula.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two. Irish music at the Music Shop in Dingle and New Grange. That was a magical experience. Just our group in the interior. i put my name in the Winter Solstice lottery. A third wow was Glen de lough. So beautiful"

Kim

Naperville, IL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough was beautiful, plus lots of history. Many folks in the tour didn't take the walk around the pond and missed some of my favorite views of the trip."

Marianne

Pittsboro, NC

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was at first hesitant about going on a tour for my first European experience. I was concerned that the pace would be too slow, the content boring and the accommodations substandard. I could not have been farther off the mark. Lynn set parameters for time and location, but within those parameters, we were able to set our pace to our own preferences. The guides, docents,and Lynn were informative, witty, and added personal perspectives. The accommodations varied from excellent to standard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't answer this because each day was filled with "wow" moments- a few snapshots were the Cliffs of Moher and Dingle Town and the Rock of Cashel. I loved the sites we visited during our walking tour in Ennis and our guide there was amazing."

Bonita

Lanark, ON

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent in terms of organization, pace and planning. We could not have asked for a better tour guide, Lynn was awesome! The local tour guides and our driver also added to our overall good experience. We were extremely pleased with the ground we covered in the time available and the accommodations for the most part were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us, we loved the Dingle Peninsula and even though it was a blustery day, Milltown House made us feel very much at home. Deirdre and Steven were exceptional hosts. The entertainment arranged by Lynn was memorable. We also were very impressed with Newgrange and the tomb passage."

Matthew

Hoover, AL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Ireland was fantastic! By far the best feature was the local experts at each city/region we went to. Even though Lynn was fantastic (and provided us with daily shots of Baileys :) to warm us up)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle! We absolutely love this town. Milltown house was a fantastic place to stay, complete with Seamus, the gentle fury giant."

Lawrence

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found the tour to be very educational. This was my 1st tour, so I had no preconceived expectations. Lynn Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable.The only part i didn't like was the hotels. with the exception of the OLD Ground in Ennis, the rest were disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but one that stands out the most was the Slea Head Dr. and Great Blasket Islands."

Marilyn K

Middleton, WI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Dingle peninsula, dinner at The Left Bank, and the town of Ennis."

Nancy

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour. So we had no expectations. Overall it was a good tour. We learned a lot about Ireland and it's history. The country side is beautiful! Traveling by bus was great and the driver did a really good job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the drive along the Sled head coast drive."

Kathleen

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The history was very good... our tour leader, Lyn, was very knowledgeable. We had 3 good weather days, which were beautiful. The bad weather days were amazing... I've never encounter wind that strong. So the scenery and history was great.... would have liked more direction and free time in towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Book of Kells, New Grange and the Cliffs of Moher."

Ellen

Middleton, WI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a good experience. Lynn, our tour guide was very organized as well as knowledgeable. I had been in Eastern Ireland once before for a few days, on our own. I felt that I had missed the real Ireland. This tour found it. For the most part, the days were well thought out. We were engaged but not overly busy. The literature sent in advance was well done, describing the amount of walking, hotels, ideas for group cooperation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the countryside. As stated earlier, we tried it on our own. Driving in a car does not let one see over all the hedgerows. The taller bus allowed that. I was amazed at the skill of Allen, our driver, negotiating through some very tight turns on the Dingle Penninsula."

Kim

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour an excellent tour. Been on both ireland tours. I never can get enough of Ireland. Lynn did a wonderful job as our tour guide. Gave us lots of history on ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love the west coast of Ireland. Dingle is probably my favorite and scenery along slea head drive and cliffs of mohet"

Carolyn

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, have been to Ireland several times before but saw new places on this trip. Well organized, wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at Neligan's Bar (pub) in Dingle for an Irish music and dance performance--I could see the champion dancer's feet up close and loved the spirit of the place."

Vicki

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time I've traveled solo and you made it so easy! Dara was the frosting on the cake in a tour I personally found a little on the slow side. The elegant dinner, Dara, the cliffs, Dara and Dingle all made for wonderful memories. I found out I enjoy more of the big city life with a sprinkling of history and monuments. There was one hotel I would suggest you take off your list but that vote was unanimous within the group and heck if I can remember which it was. Dara will remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle (Dara) and Dublin. Diving into the true lifestyle,making friends along the way and the lodging here was breathtaking!I did leave saying that if I ever saw another cemetery and was going to die! lol"

Janet

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I had been watching Rick Steves travel shows for years, I had never taken a tour. My sister and I decided we wanted to see Ireland but did not want to drive. We never considered any tour other than Rick Steves. We were very pleased.

Kristine

Duluth, MN

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so much fun on this tour. I didn't expect to enjoy Ireland as much as we did. I didn't expect to enjoy the food but I really did. Lots of fresh fish and so many options. Dara was a fantastic tour guide and a great ambassador for Ireland and for Rick Steves' Europe. His knowledge and love of the people and the culture of Ireland made this tour special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In a word...Dingle. We loved Dingle. Wish we could have stayed there longer. We loved the accommodations at the Milltown Inn. We had a fun evening at Nelligan's Pub with Irish music and River Dance, and the next evening at Dara's music store, with Irish Music. Forever more when I hear Irish music I will think of Dara's Uncle Shamus and his heartfelt ballads and I will smile."

Cathy

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, terrific agenda & amazing experiences! I especially enjoyed the two days in Dingle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the ancient "passage tombs" - amazing!"

Marilee

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the whole tour and I especially enjoyed visiting Dingle with Dara. It was very special to meet his parents and Uncle Shamus and to visit his music shop and pub. Our hosts at the B&B's were very friendly and accommodating. I would have loved to have had more time at each place, but we got a great overview in our 8 day tour. I felt our time was well allocated for the most part. The tour through Kilkenny Castle was a little rushed, but I understand there is a schedule to keep.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange was a special experience and I was very impressed with how they used the busses to manage the crowds of people. I felt we could enjoy the peace on the site without feeling that we were in a mob of people."

Jeremiah

Richardson, TX

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. My only regret is that we didn't have the time to do the longer Ireland tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher, The Rock of Cashel and Glendalough were all gorgeous and I probably took 500 or 600 pictures at those three sites alone. Having some free time to just walk around Dingle, the concert at the music shop, and the Irish dancing at Neligan's Bar. The overall vibe in that town was great, and I want to go back."

Hugh

Duluth, MN

Tour: 04/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very good. We especially liked our time in Dingle and would have liked to stay there an additional day, it was so much fun. I can't say enough good things about our tour guide Dara. He made this tour fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there were any "wow" moments, just a lot of very good times. I enjoyed Ennis, Dingle, and Dublin. Our tour guide Dara was the "wow" on this tour."

Terrence John

Ellison Bay, WI

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am happy that this was a very historically/culturally oriented tour. We did get a chance to shop, but the emphasis was on seeing the country and uncovering the history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entry into the Newgrange passage tomb. The structure was fantastic, and being in that ancient place was outstanding."

Brenda

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was extremely pleased with our tour guide Stephen. He had experience, humor, patience and a wealth of history on each stop we made. The other guides we encountered we knowledgeable but just didn't have the enthusiasm about the area. The housing arrangements were great! Each had their own bit of charm and character. Had a bit of hot water problem in hotel but forged onward. Sites were spectacular! Wait times for entrance were minimal. Wonderful travel companions also. We all got along famously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mill Town Bed and Breakfast was like being in a fairytale book. The host was outstanding and the food was delicious. Our room was quaint and charming with a very comfortable bed and fresh linens. The stop at the Glasnevin Cemetery was so inspiring. I have traveled all over the world and this was one of the most awe inspiring cemetery's that I have visited."

Terrance

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland tour was a fantastic experience. All went very smoothly from the get acquainted meeting to the dinner the last night. We felt that we were able to learn many new things about Ireland. We especially appreciated the free time we had so we could visit areas on our own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to enter the tomb of ancient Newgrange really impressed me. The structure built circa 3500 BC clearly showed the intelligence of the ancient people."

Jeanne U

Ellison Bay, WI

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Okay, it rained and it drizzled and it was on the cold side every day, but it was still a great trip. The only sight that could not be enjoyed in its beauty was the Cliffs of Moher, way too foggy and rainy. But our group was valiant and determined to enjoy it all. I could see why people would want to visit Ireland. I especially enjoyed Dingle, the Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, the ancient tombs at Bruna Boinne, and Glasnevin. Book of Kells disappointing, the library there though was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three wow moments...Glasnevin and Bru na Boinne and the library above the Book of Kells exhibit."

Michelle

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! I enjoyed the history, the sights and most especially, the people-tour members, local guides, Stephen and the locals. I'm lucky enough to travel often. This is my third RS tour. My absolute favorite thing about a RS tour, this one included, is that the added experiences, the little things on the tour - a baking demo, meeting local authors, a musical performance - these are the things that truly make the trip - things I wouldn't be able to do on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dublin. Ok, so it's not a "momment" but who knew? I loved the energy and mix of history in Dublin. Oh, and pubs..also not one particular moment but visiting with the locals and enjoying the Irish hospitality was really wonderful."

Jennifer

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations- Stephen was an outstanding guide and we loved all the locations, tours and accommodations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our dinner at the B&B in Dingle and all the special guests and surprises!"

Susan

Zionsville, IN

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a relatively short trip, I was very satisfied with the quantity of experiences we had in Ireland. We were able to visit many of the things I had hoped to see, while still finding time to immerse ourselves in the Irish culture. I felt that the tour gave us many unique opportunities and views of Ireland I never would have otherwise experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose just one, but I suppose my favorite "wow" moment would be when some tour members went to a bar in Dingle to see a Britain's Got Talent competitor perform a short dance routine along with the live music. It was the sort of thing I don't think I would have ever otherwise found, but was truly amazing to watch. I was so grateful that our guide, Stephen, was so knowledgable about the area and able to recommend the bar to us for the night."

April

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our third tour with your organization. Unfortunately Hurricane Ophelia interfered with our visit and we were unable to visit the Cliffs of Moher which was the site we most wanted to visit. The staff and service at both the Old Grange Hotel in Ennis and Milltown House were delightful. We arrive a day early and basically saw all that that Ennis had to offer before the tour began. Loved our time on the Dingle peninsula and the visit to New Grange. Would prefer less time in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to azure sea and sky the day after Hurricane Ophelia hit and the opportunity to complete the Slea Head Drive loop in perfect weather. The scenery was dramatic. An emotional experience, especially driving past the famine fields and derelict famine houses. Reminded me of all the pain and suffering our ancestors endured. The visit to the Great Blasket Center was interesting and thought provoking."

Larry

Randle, WA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my first guided tour. I liked the small group size and the people were interesting to talk to. My overall experience was good. Note: I do not rate many things Outstanding. very good and good are GOOD.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because of weather we did not see the cliffs of moher and the crystal cutting demo. I would say the highlight of the trip was the trip around the dingle peninsula (slea head drive)."

Peter

Wareham, MA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable and exciting adventure in Ireland. We had the opportunity to be a part of the first Irish hurricane in 52 years during our stay. It did interfere with one major event on the tour, in that the Cliffs of Moher were closed to the public on the day we were scheduled to visit because of the weather, however our tour guide, Stephen quickly planned a couple of alternative activities to fill in the void. Overall it was an outstanding trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with any Rick Steves tour there are many "wow" moments on a trip like this. I think the tour around the Dingle Peninsula was a high point, as well as the trip to the ancient mound at Newgrange. This was a trip were there was the big spectacular moment, as much as there were many smaller, very interesting things to see and do over the course of the trip."

Patricia Ann

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! What a memorable trip! We have previously traveled to Ireland independently, but our tour guide, Steven, made our tour unforgettable. Even though we experienced a hurricane which hadn't occurred since fifty years ago, we loved every day of our trip. On Monday, practically all of Ireland was closed. Steven used his Dingle connections to provide us with an interesting talk from the "Chef Interrupted" author, entertaining Irish music, free drinks, and an outstanding dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour around the Dingle peninsula was awe inspiring. The scenery was spectacular. We learned many fascinating facts about Irish culture and history."

Rick

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, our third Rick Steves' tour. Hurricane Ophelia threw us a curve and we didn't get to see the Cliffs of Moher. The entire country shut down for 2 days. Oh well, things happen, but tour guide Stephen worked hard to make adjustments. Free wine always helps. The rest of the trip was great which goes to prove, not even a hurricane can stop people from having a good time. Beautiful country, great people, wonderful culture. Highly recommended tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Which one? Driving into the eye of a hurricane? Dingle? Seamus? Slea Head Drive on a perfect blue sunny day? Meabh on her button accordion? Tap dancing David? The pubs? Bru na Boine? Trinity College? Stephen singing on the bus? But if I have to pick one "wow", it's the people we met and the joy of spending one week of our lives together. Thanks to all for a great trip."

Bonnie

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour but hurricane Ophelia messed with our trip. We missed the Cliffs of Moher and crystal cutting. Our room in Dingle at the Connemara was subpar compared to Milltown where the majority of the group stayed. The owners were charming and the breakfasts were great though. I loved the Irish people and our guide, Stephen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The one sunny day we had was when touring the Dingle peninsula. It was fantastic! The scenery and learning about the Blasket people were great. I also loved the harbor boat ride and town of Dingle, which was so charming and picturesque. We, also, took a tour of the prison in Dublin, on our own, which was intriguing."

Michele

Villa Hills, KY

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was absolutely fantastic. I think the biggest reason for that was due to our guide Stephen. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about everything Ireland, but also personable and made all of us feel welcome in his country and in his home. The sites along our journey were breathtaking at every turn and I have so many wonderful photos and stories to share with my friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful 50th birthday!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly I found the Kilmainham Gaol to be the most interesting place I visited. Although a sad place, the history of what took place there gripped my attention. The fact that the figures held there and some executed there sparked an ongoing fight for freedom was so touching."

Tom

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. This is our second Rick Steves' Tour and our expectations were high. Our guide, Stephen, is a national treasure. He handled the adversity of Hurricane Ophelia when other guides were "sheltering in place." Unfortunately, rain was our constant companion and the high winds meant we missed seeing the Cliffs of Moher.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a Guinness at Tom Mack's Pub in Dingle while watching Brian Walsh make my leather belt by hand is at the top of the list which includes the following:touring the Dingle Peninsula on our one sunny day; watching Irish Dancer David Geaney perform after a tasty group meal at the Out of the Blue Restaurant in Dingle; meeting Seamus the Irish Wolfhound."

Paul

Harrington Park, NJ

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a wonderful lunch in Cashel Rock at Chez Hans Café, probably our best meal of the tour. Our guide didn't recommend it and I don't believe wasn't in Rick Steves' book."

Ali

Arden, NC

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. Stephen was very entertaining and thereby good at educating us on the beleaguered history of Ireland. Dara was a joy to have around, he brought a new and interesting perspective to many things. The group was great - very cohesive, while being composed of very different types of individuals. It was great fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Blasket Islands was an eye opener."

Joan

Euless, TX

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour, our guides and our tour group. We were introduced to a country we thought we knew and were 90% wrong about. Ireland has such a rich and complicated past. Oddly I found the people somewhat like American's. They take immense pride in their culture and their country. I want to go back and explore. And I'm addicted to treacle bread. I've been going through withdrawal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An evening of music and Irish dance at Milltown House"

Karen

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, everything was really great. We weren't sure what to expect from a tour and found the tour members very friendly. The logistics were seamless and we loved to quick check-ins at the hotels and the entertaining talks on the bus. We also liked that our tour guide arranged tour times to avoid the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was learning about the history and culture of Ireland. I didn't realize how much I didn't know before I went. I loved how our tour guide welcomed questions, no matter how basic."

Warren

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour from the first day to the last was a wonderful experience. Of course, we only scratched the surface of Ireland's great history and culture in 8 days, but I can't wait to return and explore more of the country and its people. Both Stephen and Dara are great ambassadors for Ireland. They definitely showed a passion for sharing the history and love for their country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "Wow" moments, but our days spent in the Dingle peninsula was especially memorable. I was enthralled with the areas quiet, unspoiled beauty-magical! Also our stay at The Milltown House B&B was a "wow" experience. Our hosts were so warm and welcoming and it definitely was not a "cookie cutter" tour experience."

Eileen

Ridley Park, PA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime. It was a chance to see the country where my parents were born and to experience its beauty and culture firsthand. I travelled with my husband and our oldest daughter. We had a great time. I was always a little hesitant to travel in a group as I felt that seeing the big tourist attractions was not my thing. I like the idea of going off the beaten path in order to see and experience the people and the landscape as well as getting to know more about the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was when we first arrived in Dingle. Our Bed and Breakfast was located along the harbor and it was just beautiful! The sunsets were breathtaking and it amazed us how tides worked there."

David

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. We will not only be back for another RS tour, but we will go back to Ireland! I look forward to seeing northern Ireland with Stephen as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the time spent in Dingle more than any other portion of the tour and am very happy it was late in the season so as to miss the hoards of tourists."

Gary

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first European tour and about halfway through the experience I realized it was a bargain! Our guides were friendly and informative, shepherding everyone with care. The lodgings and meals were excellent. We saw all of the places listed on the tour and MORE! The tour exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. Some included the Irish storyteller, the Cliffs of Moher, the beauty of the Dingle peninsula, live traditional music and the Book of Kells. I also won a book by Trevis Gleason! However the best "wow" moments were listening to our guide Stephen singing on the bus. What a delight!!"

Mary

Yucca Valley, CA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 66 y/o and not in the greatest of shape, yet all the activities on this tour were within my capabilities. I was fearful that I might be left behind, which, now, I know was silly of me. The lodgings that were provided were great and the people/staff who ran the hotels and the Bed and Breakfasts were most pleased that we were there. We always felt "at home" anywhere we stayed or at any of the places that we visited. Stephen and Dara were incredibly well-educated, quick-witted and generous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was at our Dingle Bed and Breakfast when Stephen had arranged a life concert and dance performance by some of his friends. As I was sitting near the musicians I could see the great pleasure on the faces of my fellow tourists. It was one of those "above and beyond" times that only a local could have arranged. Of course there were other "wow" moments, but that was my favorite! Thanks again Stephen!"

Bill

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Backdoor Tour and I was very impressed with the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amount of information and personal experience our tour guide shared with us along the trip."

Dale Rogoff

Providence, RI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Our tour guide Stephen was very informative and knowledgeable about Irish history. The tour provided a nice overview of Ireland. Our tour group consisted of nice, friendly and engaged people. There was a good balance between structured time and being "on our own". Our excursions were planned so that we arrived before great swells of "other" tourists which was good. Even though our tour was not at the height of tour season there were still crowded venues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say there were so many, but the Dingle Peninsula was a standout."

Robert

Springfield, MO

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Ireland twice before and for longer trips on our own and covered much more ground. This trip was a wonderful contrast...knowing more and seeing less. My wife kept repeating this! The biggest single factor was our guide, Stephen. He has extensive knowledge, a wonderful fashion of presentation and his timing is amazingly humorous......I suspect only an Irishman could accomplish this and Stephen must be among the very best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say three...... my favorite stops were the the Gallarus Oratory, the Kilmalkedar Church and Newgrange."

Elizabeth

Springfield, MO

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded Expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the highlights included in the Tour were Great!"

Marilyn

Calabasas, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative and fun. Interesting participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Newgrange"

Marc

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing historical structures"

Bruce

Providence, RI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better experience and introduction to Ireland. Excellent itinerary and delivery on what was advertised. Excellent accommodation. Excellent tour bus service. Positive from start to finish. Should we return again, we have an great foundation to build on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Top of my list is probably the Dingle Peninsula, the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast."

Linda

Salmon Arm, BC

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great . The weather good . I wish the tour was longer as I realize there is so much to see in Ireland. There were so many places we wouldn't have seen if we hadn't been on the tour. The music Stephen organized in Dingle was so good, especially Laura Kerr the fiddle player and the pipes player and the Irish dancing champion Danny......Great guide .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment was the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Penisula.....so beautiful and wild."

Dan

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland Tour was just the right mix of informative Irish history, local culture, country side viewing and a large city experience. As usual the tour group was small in number, which encouraged individual interaction and a richer experience. All the guides were very knowledgeable particularly in the subject of the often turbulent Irish history. The eight days flew by and I left having a much deeper understanding of Irish life past and present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the darkened tomb passage way at New Grange realizing this incredible structure was built over 5,000 years ago! It was a very humbling moment."

Vicki

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and first post-retirement travel for us as a couple. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Rick Steve's guide, the other guests and the beautiful country of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment - the beautiful countryside and the historic structures, especially Newgrange - amazing."

Susie

Port Gamble, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the pastoral beauty of ireland is hard to beat! the accommodations and the events planned were perfect and always fun... bus driver.. dennis ..excellent.. and as well the usual roomy bus... rick steves "tour takers" are always special .. no whiners...real and practical people who want to take care of themselves .. the real winner ... stephen!!! an awesome guy.. a bit of a rogue and perfect guide.. very professional.. fun and a true historian... we all loved him!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the cliffs of mother..."

Rick

Salmon Arm, BC

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is the third Rick Steve's tour we have done. Each of the tours we have done have been quite unique as are the guides. Each guide adds a little bit of himself or herself to make the tour experience unique. In this case Stephen is definitely Irish and a businessman but he is also a comic with his tales of the Campbells. Very memorable I enjoyed the balance of history and unique areas we saw as well as the B&Bs where we stayed and the superb breakfasts and other meals we were treated to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first wow moment was the fresh fish we had at the Blue Anchor in Dingle. The second was Dingle itself."

Mary

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really appreciate the fact that all tips are prepaid. Get so tired of having the envelope passed day after day on other tours. Thanks for taking care of your people, Rick!

Steve

Columbus, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Pascal was a great guide, the sites visited were excellent, and the fellow tour members were all great and we made a nice little "travel family".

Marcia

Hammond, IN

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I aslway hesitated to take a tour with lots of people I didn't know. The only tours I took before were one in college and another 12 years later with one of my college professors as tour guide to the Soviet Union. However, my Ireland tour was so much better than I anticipated. The group was great, Pacal was great. Each of the local guides was great. I will, and already have, recommended Rick Steves' tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the Cliffs of Mohr. We arrived very early in the morning so the landscape wasn't crowded with people, the sun was shining and the views were spectacular."

Robert

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my wife and my second Rick Steve's tour. Again, it proved very organized and fun. We really appreciate the opportunities for both great guidance as well as free time. The location of hotels were perfect. Food provided was excellent. Pascal, our guide was knowledgeable and fun. He provided a nice balance of what we might do when we had free time. The other guides at Dingle, Tim and Steve were great as well. We will continue to recommend Rick Steve tours to others! Thanks!

Terrell

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything excellent. This is my second RS tour and certainly won't be my last. The tour schedule provides a good balance of together time and free time. The emphasis on learning new things, not just seeing places, makes for an educational as well as an enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Drive around the Dingle Penninsula - wow! A lovely surprise was the chapel with the stained glass windows in Dingle. They are exquisite."

Kathryn

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal and Pamela (our driver) made an excellent team. This was our second Rick Steves Tour and we are already discussing where we will go next. I felt safe and well cared for. The itinerary was thoughtful and well-paced. I appreciate the intellectual content of the tour as well as the fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music of Dingle was quite memorable."

Anne

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the music in Dingle. I really enjoyed being in two smaller Irish towns, Ennis and Dingle. Attractive towns and very manageable to get around. I loved the dolphin ?? watching boat ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher. Just amazing. So glad to get the opportunity to see them."

Nancy

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding Rick Steves tour with compatible travelers and a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many--the spectacular Slea Head Drive with it's breathtaking scenery of the Irish coast, the Cliffs of Moher, the Blasket Centre, and the Irish music opportunities in Dingle, especially hearing the composer, Luke Kelly, perform one of my favorites "The Holy Ground" at the St. James Church Folk Concert. Also, Glasnevin Cemetery was astounding with a great guide."

Dean

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to Ireland and it was awesome. I enjoyed not being connected to other tour groups and having time on our own. The meeting times and agenda were simple and everything made it seem as if we were on our own even though part of a tour group. The tour guides setup everything needed for everyone, whether group dinners or outings which were fantastic. The tour guides were a wealth of knowledge and very personable which made the trip even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula...was the best!!!"

Stephanie

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never done a tour before. Always going on our own but too chicken to try to drive on the left side of the road and wanted to see the Irish countryside. We had done trains in other countries but that wasn't really feasible in Ireland. We thought it might be a small bus but after spending a week together we think it was a very good idea to have a bus that had plenty of room, a restroom and cold water available. Staying 3 nights in one place was good too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several... The music in Dingle. Especially Rosie Makenzie' s private performance at Milltown House. New Grange, Culture Night in Dublin, Trinity College, Glasnevin Cemetery, (the guide, was excellent.) Visiting Fungie in the bay of Dingle, Serenaded by an Irish singer onboard!"

Renee

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

First tour ever, loved Ireland and everywhere we went. Would have liked more time in Ennis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Book of Kells, Trinity College and Cliffs of Moher"

Marilyn

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves' tour (first was Italy about 8 years ago). We like the pace of these tours and that everything is taken care of. That enables us to just enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and the Slea Head drive (glad Pascal was driving and not us!). LOVED Dingle!!! Probably our favorite part of the trip. It's a beautiful town, easy to get around in and the people are wonderful."

Mary

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, the tour was well planned and well paced, and both guides were fantastic. They were both knowledgeable and personable. We packed a lot into an 8 day tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher are stupendous, and Lynn got us there before any one else was there! However, standing inside the ancient New Grange structure was profound."

Frances

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour. I expected it to be wonderful, and it was! I felt that this tour had more "extras" than average. We had the private meeting with the folklorist, the private concert with the fiddler, the singer on the boat, the concert at the music store, the concert at the church, the story of the antarctic explorer, the whiskey tasting, the glass-cutting demo. Wow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were on a boat in the Dingle harbor, and the captain turned off the motor. There we were with the beautiful scenery and the sounds of the waves and the gulls. A local musician stepped forward and sang a lovely song in Irish about a little boat.(Óró mo Bhaidin)It was magical."

Tony

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever. Small towns. Small hotels. Lynn, our guide took care of everything. Best seats, best restaurants, never a wait.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fell in love with the town of Dingle."

Beamar

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved Ennis and could have spent more time there.... The hotel in Dingle was very sweet but the room on the first floor, even though it had great views from the wrap around windows, made closing the curtains a must because of privacy issues. I opted for the upstairs room with a twin bed. The music was wonderful but I have to say that the story teller was past his prime. Dublin was fine but after enjoying the smaller villages, I found Dublin to be a dirty city. th

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall scenery was my wow moment."

Jeanette

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our overall trip was awesome. Stephen was a great guide who was able to mix his wealth of knowledge and history of Ireland and expressed that knowledge passionately with genuine pride and love for his country,. I love Ireland, and in spite of it's In-climate weather, I once again felt a sense of peace and serenity while being a visitor on it's soil. The tour was organized in such a way that the beauty of Ireland was truly showcased and it's history was made fascinating and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that I don't have a favorite "wow" moment. Every aspect of the tour inspired me whether it was the majestic Cliffs of Dover or sitting in a club listening to traditional Irish music."

Jennifer

Leonardtown, MD

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour, our wonderful guide, Stephen and very fun and interesting tour group members. It was well-organized, flowed well, entertaining and a good mix of scheduled and unscheduled time. SUCH a beautiful country, great music, but 'tis the Irish people that are the jewel of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many, but I have to say that I was really wowed by Rosie McKenzie (Cape Breton top fiddler) and Tony Delaney (Dingle's finest Irish bagpipe player) who did a special performance for us in the intimate setting of Milltown House in Dingle.They were so good and so fun; I wanted to jump up and start dancing a jig!"

Jill

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed the whole package! The accommodations were nicer than expected, Stephen was a wonderful guide - very informative & funny! I didn't expect to laugh so much. We were lucky to be with a group of very compatible people and enjoyed their company. Loved the sights in the itinerary and cultural experiences chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh gosh, such a hard question. I guess I loved seeing all the "Pubs" and experiencing the music & culture"

Richard

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was fantastic- being a history major and Native, his stories and knowledge of Irish history was amazing. He also arranged some special experiences- bread making by Dierdre, Tommy and Saundra O'Sullivans in the courthouse pub, and David Geaney"s Irish dancing at the Dingle pub. The pace was just right- the folks on our tour- we had a lot in common, the physical activity was fine - enjoyed walking out to Gallarus Oratory in the pouring rain! also enjoyed the free time on our own in pubs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 course dinners with the group, Dick Mack's Pub in Dingle,Trinity College and the National Museum.the prison and New Grange! Guinness every day and the tour at the top was a great view of Dublin! Boat ride on Dingle Bay and seeing Fungie!"

Beth

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely impressed with every aspect of our tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and kept everything running smoothly. The accommodations were comfortable, clean and very nice. Our bus was comfortable and our bus driver, Alan, was friendly, and highly skilled at handling some of the tight Irish roads, I never felt uncomfortable on any of our rides. The included meals were delicious and I had an amazing time on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were more "wow" moments than I can count. There were several activities that were optional, but I took advantage of and found enjoyable. We learned how to make Dierdre's scones and bread, we were entertained by outstanding local talent, such as musicians Rosie & John, Tommy & Saundra at O'Sullivans and the Irish dancer David Gaeney. It was also just nice getting to know the Irish wolfhounds! I would say everything on the trip was a "wow" moment."

Kirke

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great from start to finish. Stephen McPhilemy was an awesome guide throughout the tour. It was a great learning experience, but also a really good time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Dingle was probably the highlight of the tour."

Wanda

New Albany, OH

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed Ireland, the greenery, and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Book of Kells"

Tom

New Albany, OH

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth tour. We enjoyed Ireland, the scenery, and its wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The champion Irish dancer. Unbelievable energy and precision in his skill."

Judy

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 5th RS tour, the Heart of Ireland did not disappoint. Excellent organization, itinerary, hotels, meals, and, of course, friendly tourmates who mixed well. I really enjoyed our guide who sang for us on the bus and educated us on Irish history, culture, politics and shared some of his personal history. All of this made the tour come alive for me. Our local guides were very good and I enjoyed our expert bus driver, Alan, too. The itinerary, designed to give us the best of Ireland, did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula and the Slea Head Drive was spectacular on a sunny day with blue skies, we were blessed with great weather. Around each hairpin curve was another ahh! moment. Seeing the ancient churches, the beehive huts, the Cliffs of Moher, Adare, the tidiest town of Ireland in 2016, the Rock of Cashel, Dublin and the Book of Kells and the Trinity College Library. All amazing sights! Not to mention the many shades of green in the countryside or the sheep and cows."

Jeanne

New Hope, PA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was a great guide. He arranged for lots of things not on the official itinerary. eg, we were invited to see how scones & bread were made at the B&B on Dingle Peninsula. He arranged for David Gaeney (who was on Britain's Got Talent) to do Irish dancing & Rosie MacKennzie to perform on her fiddle, and we got to visit a farm of his friend. It was fun to hold the little lambs and feed others with a baby bottle. The scheduled stops were great, esp GlenNevin cemetery.

Marguerite

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this is my fourth tour I noticed the lodgings were a bit nicer. LOVED all the hotels and B&B's we stayed in. Stephen loves his country, was extremely knowledgable and went above and beyond to keep us happy, entertained and fed! Would recommend and will continue to travel with you in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DINGLE!"

John

Jackson, NJ

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour pace relaxing as well as fully eventful. Tour director was continually engaged to ensure we saw the best attractions or restaurants/pubs at each stop. This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I was glad for the minimal stops and pressure to purchase souvenirs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour director's presentation of Ireland's historical events."

Susan

Westminster, MD

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lovely tour of Ireland with a very compatible group of seasoned (mostly Rick Steves' veterans) travelers. Enjoyed having 3 nights each at 2 of our 3 hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing a "home away from home" ambiance at Milltown House. A home cooked meal, a reading by author Trevis Gleason followed by fiddler Rosie Mackenzie and step dancer David Geaney all in one night makes it an experience to remember for years to come!"

John

Westminster, MD

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyable and enlightening! A compatible group, and a good mix of "sights": the rugged scenery of the Dingle peninsula contrasting with the very urban atmosphere of Dublin. My wife and I both felt a strong "sense of place" in Dingle and its environs. The history of the Irish struggle for independence was a revelation to me also... I left the country with a desire to learn more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "triple bill" of author/chef Trevis Gleason, fiddler Rosie Mackenzie, and step dancer David Geaney in one evening at Milltown House, Dingle. All after a group meal that had the feel of a family reunion. Also (although Rick Steves can't take credit for it) when the sun came out after a rain squall at Newgrange, revealing the Irish countryside in all its glory."

Mary

Freeville, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

When I told our guide, Stephen, that the Heart of Ireland was my 10th Rick Steves tour he asked why it had taken so long for me to get there. I responded that I wanted to "save the best for last." While this probably won't be my last tour, it will certainly rank as one of the most relaxing and enjoyable. Ireland is easy on the eyes and as comforting as a familiar memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments in Ireland. The countryside was a living, breathing postcard in every imaginable shade of green. Sights that particularly resonated with me were the Gallarus Oratory – a small 8th century marvel of perfection in stone – the Long Room in the Old Library of Trinity College – the repository of over 200,000 books and looking like the inspiration for the library at Hogwarts – and the town of Dingle where I would gladly take up residence."

Katherine

Bethlehem, NH

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been incredibly lucky and blessed to have experienced four terrific Rick Steves' tours. Not only do we love not having to worry about any details or arrangements, we would have never, ever experienced the adventures each tour has provided. Heart of Ireland did not disappoint, we had a terrific time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "Dingle Days". The food, the harbor cruise, the beautiful crystal, the sheep farm on Slea Head drive. Hope it remains quiet and quaint for many years. Rock of Cashel, what we could see of it through the fog, was impressive"

Margaret

Kent, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our third tour with Rick Steves and it was very good, but not as good as other trips we've taken. Other tours dove deeper into the technical history of the area; while there was a lot of historical information provided for this tour, the majority of the information had a tendency to focus on the political aspects of the area. I would have much more enjoyed hearing about the foke lore and mystic of the area. We passed by many ruins on our adventure, but most were not called out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pub Crawl and listening to Irish Music played by the locals. Very talented people in those small towns!"

Helen

Unity, SK

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience our ancestors where from Ireland and was great to hear all the history that is there in Ireland . our tour guide Steven was the greatest and so n Knowledgeable which was great . His humor and stories of,growing up as a child was so interesting . A real entertainer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Dublin with the hustle and bustle of people and the old buildings that are still standing with history to go with them .. the friendliness of all the locals !,"

Brian

Unity, SK

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think my answers would be the same as my wife's She sent hers in! I enjoyed Steven as a tour guide as well ! Entertaining and very knowledgable.

Kelly

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

over all we learned a lot about Ireland and through our tour guide got a good idea of the past present and future of ireland. we loved the pubs and "characters" we met along the way, also the music was enjoyable . the bus tour was a nice time to relax and see the scenery and catch up on sleep if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the country side greenery."

Carol

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For me it was magical. Although it was short, it was packed full of entertainment, guided tours, history, education, and new experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle. I loved the atmosphere and charm of the town."

Tim

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a wonderful experience on this tour of Ireland. This tour provided an opportunity to explore the charm, history, and beauty of the "wild" west coast of Ireland and to experience the contrast between the small villages and towns of this area versus the scale and energy of Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" experiences on this tour. One of them was an incredible music session at a small pub in Dingle that was both entertaining and moving. Overall, the music and charm of Dingle were amazing."

Wendy

Silverthorne, CO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find Ireland so friendly, musical, green and enchanting. The tour took us to very different and interesting destinations and historical places. The group was fun, the bus was very comfortable, the bus driver quite skilled, and our guide Stephen was the best in the world! All the local guides were knowledgeable, fun to listen to, and interested in our questions. The hotels and B&Bs were comfortable, great locations, and had friendly staffs. It was over too soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the concert at the Dingle Music Shop. The music, the stories, the Riverdance dancer that performed, and the violinist from Canada, were all awesome and entertaining."

Laura

Bangor, PA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Ireland's countryside is gorgeous. This was our third Steves tour and we enjoyed it but would have preferred to spend an extra day in Dublin instead of Dingle. We had such limited time in Dublin that only Trinity College was included. Our guide took those of us who wanted to go, to the National Museum of Archaeology. I would recommend breaking the group in two and having a tour of the museum. I would do the same for the National Gallery of Art. We had 1/2 day to fit that all in on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular and the National Gallery of Archaeology had amazing artifacts."

Rachel

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour experience. It was my first time visiting a foreign country with a tour group. My prior travel experiences to other countries was primarily with family. We explored these countries on our own which required a great deal of planning. With a tour, the planning was essential done for us but with Rick Steves' we had considerable free time to explore on our own which was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was not one particular site but a combination of the "sounds" of Ireland. I was fortunate to arrive in Ennis at the start of Ireland's annual music festival "Fleadh". We spent our first afternoon in Ireland listening to the young musicians playing the harps. In addition, my friend and I spent several evenings listening to the melodies of Irish musicians in various venues including pubs culminating in the River Dance performance at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin."

Barbara

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with Rick Sieves. I enjoyed every place we visited, but found that I wanted more time to savor each site. The places we stayed, dinners provided, the comfort of the bus, tour guides and sites we visited were all a class act. Some of the places I had visited on previous trips to Ireland but this time I enjoyed them even more because I was given additional information by either our guide or a local tour guide,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, Dingle, Dingle! The area and views are spectacular and the friendliness of the staff at the B and B is like none other. Diedre is a wonderful chef and I really enjoyed the meals she and her staff prepapred. The town is walkable and Stephen made arrangements for transportation to and from the town to our BnB if we wanted to take advantage of the offer. One night we attended a small concert at the Dingle Music Shop. The trad. music and friendly atmosphere made the evening so enjoyable."

Sarah

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience through the Heart of Ireland! We hit some really nice highlights without trying to cram too much into our time together. I appreciated the smaller tour group size: it made traveling, visiting sites, hearing tour guides and experiencing the wonder of Ireland much more enjoyable. Our tour guide, Stephen, was wonderful -- sharing with us his love of his homeland. The history, the people, the music, the stories, the pubs...everything about Ireland was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the Dingle Peninsula. I never expected such beauty. It was absolutely stunning and I enjoyed having enough time to take it all in. And our local tour guide was fantastic (Tim I think his name was) -- providing genuine insight, stories and points of interest that I would have other wised missed!"

Brandon

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I had one moment, but I loved the city of Dingle. Amazing people, great scenery, all in all a really unique place to visit."

Rose

Malvern, PA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much thanks to all the knowledgeable guides. The tour was a good blend of scheduled and free time. Everyone was helpful and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery."

Jim

Elverta, CA

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed Stephen introducing us to family members and community members, authors, Druids, and musicians. Witty and intellectual, Stephen made the time on the bus pass quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Newgrange was inspiring, and the fact that Stephen had experienced the actual December 22 light show made it all the more special."

Douglas

Holly Springs, NC

Tour: 08/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of Ireland. IT was great to have a big bus for only 24 people so we could move around and even is some cases a person could have their own row of seats. Most other tours I have been on the bus is usually full

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history around the island of Blastery and what the people have to endure. I really liked the museum. Alsom that America was so well liked by people of Ireland. You would see American flags everywhere and so many people in Ireland had relatives in America. At no time did we feel unsafe or afraid to say you were from America."

Carol

Columbia, MO

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland tour was great and it was different from other Rick Steves' tours that I have been on in that there was more focus on landscapes and scenery with a healthy mix of history and relevant sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Dingle Peninsula! We had great weather that day and it was a spectacular sight to see."

Julie

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and will not be my last. Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and an amazing tour guide. The pace was perfect and our group meshed well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery on Slea Head Drive."

Marilyn

Kailua, HI

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good people to travel with and wonderful view of the natural environment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"New Grange. I would like to go back."

Joseph

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am filling this out on behalf of our family (Joe, Carrie, Jack, and Ben). This was our first overseas trip as a family and we could not have done better. Our trip to Ireland with Stephen as our guide was a wonderful experience. Carrie and I have been on 2 other Rick Steve's tours but never with such a guide who could relate so well to the places we visited and the people we were able to meet. His insights on the people and his knowledge of Irish history made this a tremendous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, and Stephen as a guide"

Luanne

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second time in Ireland. The first was 2009 and I couldn't wait to return. Such a charming country --the friendliness. I loved Dingle and the whole peninsula but actually the whole trip was wonderful.Stephen just made it seem like we were a welcome guest of all his friends. I think this is the impression I always had of Ireland as a place that welcomes visitors as friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving to and then arriving in Dingle -just about the most charming little town you could ask for -- Every fun little thing we did there for the three days made it hard to tear ourselves away."

Gretchen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a great time! Loved it from start to finish. Ireland is so beautiful, the people are so friendly and history is so accessible. I expected to enjoy the trip. I did not expect to have so many breath taking moments. Our group had an age range from 13 to 76, a great representation of different parts of the country and different political persuasions and everyone really enjoyed each other and listened to each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Dingle and looking across the bay. The Cliffs of Mohr. Our tour of the countryside on Tuesday and seeing the early Christian oratory and the cemetery. And New Grange! Oh all of it."

Jane

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I and two adult daughters just experienced 8 magical days in Ireland with Rick Steves tours. We loved Ireland ! Being there shows you why it is called the Emerald Isle... so beautiful with so many shades of green. We love the RS style of touring. For us it is the perfect balance of organized group tours and plenty of free time. Now that we are home and recovered from jet lag, we will go through the RS catalog to plan our next European adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive was definitely a "wow" experience! So much natural beauty. I made a photo of my daughters standing in the grass at one of the stops along the drive. It turned out so beautiful that my artist friend is making it a painting. It will be a treasured memory. My thanks to our bus driver Allen who made such smooth maneuvers around curves and narrow areas that didn't seem possible."

Glenn

Kailua, HI

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Given our tour was only 8 days, we saw and experienced a lot. Steven was a great guide and very knowledgeable about Irish history and political history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange and the Kilma....cemetery in Dingle. Tim was a terrific guide on that day."

Laurie

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour and my husband's first. It exceeded the expectations of us both. Our guide, Stephen, was knowledgable and experienced. It's clear that he loves his work. Ireland is beautiful. Stephen shared his love of the beauty and history of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wer so many happy experiences. I loved Dingle the most. Stephen arranged a private concert for our group and the performers were wonderful. Touring Dingle with our guide was like having a good friend introduce us to his inner circle of wonderful people."

Greg

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal tour guide (Stephen). His knowledge and ability to deliver information in an entertaining way made the trip. Great accomodations and food, but best was Stephen's ability to put us in situations where we interacted with the rest of the tour goers and people of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and town of Dingle."

Scott

The Colony, TX

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. The tour had a great balance of activities and free time. All of the local tours and spots we visited were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moer was my favorite stop. We had plenty of time there. We also got there very early to beat the morning rush which was nice."

Holland

Valencia, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. Ireland is beautiful and the tour did a wonderful job of showing us its beauty and history. My only "complaint" was the order of stops on the tour. Dublin is a crowded and bustling city, a drastic change from the days we spent in Dingle just before it. It was a bit jarring going from Dingle to Dublin. I think Dublin would be better as a first stop and then Dingle could be the beautiful, peaceful retreat afterwards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive and the Cliffs of Moher. Both showed us the beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer."

Donna

Littleton, CO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Ireland was an exciting, informative, and fun-filled experience! I loved the quaintness of Ennis and Dingle, the traditional music, the ancient sites. When friends ask me how my trip was,I bubble over with one story after another of something I saw or did while in Ireland. I'm still bubbling! Such a fantastic week! Dara was awesome! He kept the bus trips lively with his sense of humor and interesting with his knowledge of his country. He worked so hard to keep everyone happy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At one point, while on the boat ride in the harbor of Dingle, we were in the area where the harbor ended and the ocean began. The waves suddenly were swelling and dipping, taking the boat right along! Up and down, with the ocean water spraying me in the face. It was exhilarating! Didn't have the chance to experience that growing up in Midwest USA! The passage tomb at Newgrange is another. Actually entering one of the tombs is unbelievable! Its the stuff movies are made of!"

Kevin

Littleton, CO

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well worth it. Dara is very good at going to places you might not see other wise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"New Grange"

Holly

Oxford, OH

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour. Excellent guide. Dara was exceptional. The group itself was compatible and fun to be with, the accommodations were great and the meals provided ranged from good to great..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle coast."

Evelina

Oxford, OH

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing time! We could not have had a more attentive tour guide than Dara! I only wish that the tour started in Dublin & perhaps had a night or two to spend in another Irish village. More time enjoying Dingle would also add to the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle!! Especially the evening music concerts! Again, many thanks to Dara for providing us the chance to experience the local flavor."

Carrie

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour! Enjoyed the group we were with and Dara was fantastic! There were some places we wished we had a little more time at. However, I also can appreciate the travel logistics with needing to keep us moving to get us to the next destination. Dara was knowledgeable and took good cared of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment is hard to pick out. Ireland is such a beautiful country with wonderful people. I enjoyed the various places for their own uniqueness. Dara gave us the insiders tour of the music scene in Dingle and that was magical. From the Riverdance (with Tim?) to the concert in the music store (loved seeing your musical family) to the beautiful church concert. Well done!"

Wendell

Napa, CA

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

liked it. Dara was exceptional guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cliffs"

Jonna

Medford, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

With the support of Joe our guide and Stephen our driver, our travels were made simple. Really enjoyed Ennis and Dingle areas. We even had a private concert with an Irish music duo at our Dingle Town hotel. This eight-day tour works well to be combined with your own pre or post-tour additions. (We added an extra day in Ennis before; plus a day in Dublin and a trip to Wicklow/Glendalough afterwards.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our driver pulled out his detailed map and helped us find the tiny villages where our ancestors lived. The meal at the Cloister Restaurant in Ennis was one of the best."

Barbara

Harwich, MA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my husband and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed good company and great food. Our tour group was full of fun, friendly and adventurous people. Having some Irish roots this trip was (in part) a nod to that side of my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not identify one moment but overall the west coast of Ireland is breathtaking. From the green fields, grazing cattle and sheep to imposing ocean vistas. Very few unspoiled coastlines and landscapes remain in the world and I'm very glad I was able to see it. I realize the tour route was designed to emphasize this beautiful unspoiled land, nevertheless I hope that Ireland continues to cherish it's rural character."

Walda

Medford, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour. Packed schedule but learned a lot in just 8 days about the land of my ancestors which is why I went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one. Harbor cruise at Dingle, as I am a water person, was one of them. Knew nothing about the Gaelic language beforehand."

Justin

Kenmore, NY

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. Couldn't have asked for better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moore were so grand and amazing. Definitely my favorite part."

Rosemarie

Kenmore, NY

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was really wonderful. We stayed at places I couldn't possibly have known about, just lovely. The tour group was what I had expected, a bunch of intelligent, like-minded people who know about Rick Steves because they watch their local PBS station.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two favorites. I don't know that they were "wow" moments, but they were definitely my favorite: 1. The dinner together upon our arrival in Dingle at the Milltown Guest House with Irish music afterward. The 2 musicians were wonderful and I loved hearing the Irish bagpipes. 2.The Irish music concert "Siopa Ceoil" at a pub(?) off of Strand St. in Dingle. The first two guys were wonderful - Seamus and Donough. Seamus's sister sang for us, then his daughter and grandkids- all wonderful!"

Mary

Hyde Park, VT

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and it did not disappoint! We loved Joe, our travel companions and the Irish!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I never realized how oppressed the Irish Catholics were. Learning the history helped make sense about Irish emigration. Another Wow was the food... much better than I expected. Irish people, wow,wow , wow, so friendly and interesting!"

John

Kenmore, NY

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic - from the planning to the logistics. It was 8 relaxing, informative and enjoyable days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our harbor tour in Dingle. The "wow" moment was being on the water, surrounded by Dingle Bay listening to Irish music by our guitar player, but the "wow" was our guide Joe belting out an Irish tune."

Deborah

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was fantastic - from our guide, Joe, to our fellow travelers. The places we stayed, the food we ate, the activities we took part in were all perfect. Everything was in place for us-from hotel and restaurant reservations to event bookings and tours. We got a great taste of Ireland and also had plenty of free time as well to explore on our own. Loved learning all about the history of Ireland as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Joe singing Irish tunes and Donaghue (spelling may be incorrect) playing the guitar in the boat tour around Dingle Bay - didn't even matter whether or not we saw Fungi the dolphin!"

Gustave

Harwich, MA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour which was carefully controlled (in a positive sense). The guide, Joe, clearly enjoys his work and this is reflected in the way he interacts with tour participants. We met some very nice people on the tour and expect to get together with a couple of them in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The music was outstanding. We had a couple entertain us at the guest house in Kinsale who were very talented, as were other musicians at a music store concert. 2) The Irish countryside is breathtaking."

Linda

Edwardsville, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fulfilling on cultural, historical, visual and personal levels. The Irish people are delightful. The other tour participants were interesting and engaging. Joe was excellent as a guide and arranged special "extras" such as the guitar music on our Fungie search. The sites we visited plus Joe's narratives on our bus rides provided a wide swath of Irish history. Bus, accommodations, food all excellent. Choice of sites to visit also excellent. Loved the walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "zen" moment: waking up to the bay view at Clonmarra every morning. Favorite food moments: Clonmarra's breakfasts and final night dinner at BANG. Favorite "wow" moment: beehive huts & the Slea Head tour"

Carmen

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, educational. Loved our tour guide (Stephen). He brought history to life. He's also a good singer, great story teller, and a wonderful host. Loved the people we traveled with. (we usually do.) The sites were memorable, We should have done one of the 14-day tours. So much to see, so little time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula. It must be the best kept secret. What beautiful scenery! Enjoyed our local guide on the drive, a retired police chief (?)"

Glenn

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide Stephen was fantastic, he made the bus trips very exciting and interesting and the B&B in Dingle was amazing. He did organize some good tours and entertainment for us. Three days in Dingle seemed too long. The boat trip wasn't very exciting and the music entertainment in town was not very good. The main entertainer was drunk and then had his grandchildren on stage playing instead of himself. Almost too much focus on the Dingle area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling to the various historical sites in Ireland was great. Two stood out in my mind. Trinity college and the Book of Kells. Secondly, Bru na Boinne. Both were amazing."

Jonathan

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The natural beauty of areas like the Dingle peninsula and the cliffs of Moher were spectacular and the rich history of Ireland came to life at the sites and in the stories told by the guides. The meals were excellent and featured local foods and preparations. The group was friendly and interesting as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A view from the bus: Patchwork fields on the green hills bound by stone walls and hedges, with cows and sheep grazing as they must have looked for a thousand years."

Stephanie

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am used to independent travel and this was my first tour, so traveling with a group took some adjustment. Overall, traveling with a Rick Steves tour was an excellent experience and one I would consider doing again. I appreciated the benefits of having an organizer, a driver, a roomy bus, and local guides and intimate knowledge. I would have changed some of the planned activities and paced a few things differently. Overall I loved my trip to Ireland, a truly magical and compelling place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many....The day trip around Slea Head made me feel like we went back in time. Between the drive into Gaelic-only towns, the Gallorus Oratory, the ancient church and cemetery, and the Great Blasket Center, the experience gave me insight into ancient Celtic culture that one could never get from reading a book or hearing stories or lectures. Being there, I really felt what it might have been like to live in that landscape thousands of years ago. Quite magical and very wow!"

Christopher

Wasilla, AK

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour and fantastic vacation! I've been to Ireland several times before, and it's my favorite country outside the US. Decided to do something different this time and do my first Rick Steves tour. There was a very good mix of organized/guided activities, and free time to make my own choices. Itinerary was very good for the available 8 days, including basing out of one location twice (Dingle, Dublin), for 3 nights each to reduce the need to pack and move during the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but surprisingly the one that stood out more than any other was the library at Trinity College, above the Book of Kells. Walking into the library, I was just FLOORED at the vast space. It was so magical, seeing the multiple floors, rows upon rows of shelves of antique books, the architecture, and the classic decor with rich, dark woods. I love that style, and it was perfect. Honorable mentions- Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, Stephen's personal tour touches."

William

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. More of a cultural and landscape experience than great monuments, cathedrals, etc. Stephen's local knowledge, attention to detail, and storytelling made the tour very special. Some critiques below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Feeling briefly like a "blow-in" in Dingle while sharing food, music, and the landscape."

Margaret

Cary, NC

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed me to relax and enjoy Ireland. I felt like a kid again - go outside, play all day, and show up for dinner which somebody else cooked beautifully. We learned something everyday. Listened to new music. Tried new eats/drink. Slept soundly. The tour balanced exposure to history with intimate colloquial gatherings. It was a satisfying range in a short time. Ireland is a beautiful country with friendly people and rich history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first night is Dingle. We stayed at this charming estate. On our first night we were served a feast of local delights. Our chef was creative and generous; we dined on such a variety - seafood and lamb, salads, desserts. Then we were entertained by 3 talented musicians. I felt so special to be a part of this small gathering. They chatted between songs, some of which were old favorites and some new pieces. The musical improvisation was amazing. Second WOW moment - singing on the bus."

Kathie

Omaha, NE

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent travel experience with our first Rick Steves' tour! Stephen was an experienced and charming host. He arranged special events that included cooking demonstrations, tasting events, special stops that made breaks so much more than a mere rest stop and then where were the special entertainment events that were SO FUN! He shared his knowledge of his country and its history along with its music and we won't hesitate to take another Rick Steves' tour due to Stephen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We traveled with such a lovely group of people and experienced beautiful Ireland, making it very difficult to choose just one moment...but if I have to select one, it was the evening with 3 local musicians at our B&B in Dingle that was particularly outstanding."

Marilyn

Lakeway, TX

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so much more than I expected. Stephen was phenomenal and the sights were spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher Dingle Rock of Cashel Stephen providing so much detail on the history of Ireland, the people, the religious and political troubles over the centuries. Very informative the B&B in Dingle - OMG! the beautiful Irish music and musicians! the people on the tour - so friendly. Everyone was friendly and social. Stephen singing to us on the bus!"

Eric

Cary, NC

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, I was impressed with the pre-tour preparation and communication. Then, once we got there, Stephen was wonderful--friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with. The tour provided an excellent mixture of valuable sites and experiences with some time for individual adventures and exploring. We got a chance to see sights, listen to traditional music, understand Irish history and culture. And we got to see a bit of the diversity, complexity of Ireland. Truly great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me[INVALID]there were many of them. I loved the scenery of Dingle and the skills we saw there (from breadmaking to glass-cutting and whisky-making and traditional music). All the way through to the final rickshaw ride to a wonderful dinner."

Sarah

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rich Steve's tour, I have zero complaints! It was educational, intimate, and SO much Fun!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was an overall "wow"! However Bru na Boinne was definitely "wow"!"

Dennis

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was just great! Stephen our tour leader did a wonderful job of delivering very interesting and useful information in a concise and often humorous way that kept things interesting but not tedious. Accommodations were very good and right where the action was in typical Rick Steves style. Logistics wee handeled senselessly with seemingly little effort. The bus was great with a good sound system and plenty of room for everyone. Just a great and memorable overall experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle a peninsula. The town of Dingle was a bit touristy for good reason but the sights and pubs wee fabulous including the local music."

Kenneth

Crete, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extreamly well done. Stephen our Guide was awesome! The best place was Dingle with the most wonderful experience and people you could ever imagine. Dingle could be a Trip all by itself. Add another day if you can, its worth it! The Irish people were Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Best "WoW" moment was meeting and interacting with the people in Dingle they were what made the Trip!"

Rachel

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything from the agenda to the fellow travelers made it an amazing trip. We got to experience a variety of places, food and people that make Ireland so wonderful. Stephen made sure our time was filled with the best of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite memory from the tour was during our time in Dingle...I don't know whether it was the private concert at Milltown House or the fresh fish dinner at Out of the Blue or simply that it felt like we were being hosted at Stephen's home with all his favorite things. The Dingle Peninsula was AMAZING."

Cheryl

Crete, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, Stephen. Great bunch of tour members. Beautiful country, beautiful people! So friendly and full of life! Music everywhere - tour exceeded expectations. I have been to Ireland before but this time the soul of the people and their nation came through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one moment but many: Traveling through the beautiful countryside The tranquility of the country- sooooo quiet The hotels and B/B always smelled so good! The coasts with their breathing views The scones and coffee The pubs with the live music The history of the struggle of the Irish independence The friendly people everywhere- no grumpy attitudes Comfortable transportation, comfortable accommodations, great food Stephen added so much to our trip - even singing on the bus"

Jodee

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the experience was amazing. It was a well-organized tour with a range of activities and a balance between planned group events and opportunities for independent exploring. In a relatively short amount of time, I learned a great deal about the Republic of Ireland, was exposed to history from pre-Celtic period to the present day, interacted with residents of Ireland living in different areas, had great food, heard great music and saw spectacular scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one particular moment, but in general, my "wow" was all that I learned about Irish history - from our tour guide, from other guides, from museums, from guidebook. I feel much better informed. The Newgrange visit was also pretty awesome - just thinking about how old it is and how important the sun and winter solstice were to ancient folks."

Teresa

Decatur, GA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland did not disappoint! We covered a lot of ground in a short time, but it never felt overly rushed. It's never ideal to travel in a big group, but this one was as efficient as possible. There wasn't too much standing around and waiting -- or feeling overly herded! And I loved the emphasis on local, local, local. I felt less like an annoying tourist and more like a guest. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive along the coast was beyond stunning. It would have been nice to be a little LESS scheduled that day, so that we could have spent more than a few minutes taking in the view and breathing the air."

Patrick

Rockaway Park, NY

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I took the 8 day tour of Ireland for our honeymoon. The trip was lovely. Our tour guide was Stephen. He was funny, knowledgeable and went out of his way to help us if we had any needs or concerns. The tour itself was breathtaking. Ennis, the Dingle Peninsula and Dublin were scenic and captured the heart of Ireland. The people were friendly and the weather was ideal. My wife and I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. But if I had to pick one it would be the Cliffs of Moher. The view was spectacular."

Catherine

Midland, TX

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and was everything we expected. The group was a great mix of ages, and backgrounds but we all had the same sense of adventure, love of history and desire to immerse ourselves in the Irish culture. And what was the best way to do that?? Why, a pub crawl filled with local music, pub grub, Guinness and whiskey!! Stephen, was fantastic! He shared insights to Ireland's history, political struggles and current affairs as well as leading the bus in Irish folk songs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle. All of Dingle. The Milltown House, the meals, the live music, the weather, the boat ride, Seamus the Irish Wolf hound, the music concert, Foxy John's and more. But if I had to narrow it down, I would say having a private concert of traditional Irish music at our B&B was amazing."

James

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. We've always watched the show and used the books. There were many positives to the tour, starting with the size of the group. It was very comfortable for bus transportation, tours, and dinners. The guide, Lynn, was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the Cliffs of Moher and our evening at Siopa Ceoil."

Janet

Richardson, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on my 8 day tour of Ireland. It is such beautiful country! Loved seeing all the lush landscape and animals along the way. One of the highlights for me was going out on Dingle Bay and spending time in Dingle. An unexpected treat on the trip was all the Irish music we got to experience throughout the tour. Our tour guide, Lynn, did a great job with coordinating it all for us to enjoy! We had a good group of people as well which made it fun. Can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher was my "wow" moment, hard for anything else to compare with that! I also had a very special 4th of July in Ireland, it couldn't have been a nicer day! Dingle is just such a charming town. I just want to spend more time there."

Regina

Aptos, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew I didn't want to drive in Ireland and was glad to have the guidance of our excellent guide and driver. The trip was terrific and I wasn't sure that a tour would be the right choice. I was pleasantly surprised. This is the best way to see the best of Ireland - I can't imagine trying to get the same experiences without taking the tour. It was perfect. Lots of different choices and helpful answers to all of our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fireworks for the Fourth of July over Dingle Slea Head Drive Intimate music performances were amazing and you can't experience Ireland without music, storytelling and dance. It was magical."

Lauren

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland tour was wonderful! This was my first Rick Steves experience and I loved everything about it. Our tour guide, Lynn, was friendly, knowledgeable and so great! The stops and sights were spaced out in a great sequence and the food/accommodations were lovely. Really enjoyed meeting all the people on the tour and would recommend Rick Steves tours to everyone!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved, loved, loved Dingle--would go back in a heartbeat! The Rock of Cashel was spectacular and being able to see the countryside and small towns while traveling were some of my favorite moments."

Gail

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steves tour and I continue to be wowed by the variety of acclaimed sights, interesting activities, and generous free time. The hotels were very comfortable and the group dinners were outstanding. The tours are an excellent way to hit the highlights of a place and leave with plans and ideas to come back. I absolutely loved Ireland; everything we did and saw was truly wonderful. I hope to return to this beautiful and friendly country time and time again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part was the special musical events our guide arranged for us in Dingle. We attended two local concerts and had beautiful singers/musicians perform for us privately on two other occasions. Dingle is a wonderful town, my favorite stop on the tour."

Heather

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with our accommodations and the Restraunt we went too. I felt I got too experience a lot of the wonderful things Ireland has to offer. Lynn was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. She went out of her way to make a birthday and an anniversary special. She took time to try to make each of us feel she really wanted to know us. Our driver Denis was great and went the extra mile for us too. We met several other Rick Steves tour people and were impressed with them as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. Stephan from Milltown house and Lynn and Denis made the 4th of July a special day for all of us from America. Even the people at Siouan Ceoil an Daingin in Dingle made our visit on the 4th a special event, in addition to the wonderful people that performed for us. I especially enjoyed the River Dancer who came and danced for us.WOW!!!"

Richard

Leawood, KS

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good travel plan by Rick Steves which was executed in a quality way. As a result we liked Ireland so much that we plan to come again soon. Our guide Lynn worked very hard to make sure we were 100% engaged every step of the way. The accommodations were very good. We like the Rick Steve philosophy of travel and plan to do France and Germany next. Thank you Lynn for making this a very enjoyable trip to Ireland !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "wow" moments: - Dingle group dinner. The food and service at that restaurant was very good. - Thanks to Lynn being able to go and experience Riverdance."

Wendie

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved starting in Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, and Dingle was the highlight. Glasnevin and Newgrange were worth doing. Would have liked to see Cork. Would have chosen less time in Dublin[INVALID]pub crawls were fully booked by time we started in Ennis. Wish that there were an option to do 10 days maybe overall which would include Belfast and the Giants Causeway/Antrim. 14-days is too long to take off from work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"waking up in Dingle -- sky was gorgeous, Milltown Inn was lovely, including Soercia and Seamus, Deirdre and Steven. Also loved all the music in Dingle."

Jeremy

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was fascinating and Roxanne did an excellent job making the best of it. The weather was reasonably cooperative which helped tremendously. The Dingle area was definitely the highlight of the trip for me, nice small town atmosphere, interesting history, great music, etc. I was particular fascinated by the political history of Ireland throughout the toour.While Dublin was interested, our stay was marred by tramway construction outside our hotel window which made sleeping somewhat difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a big fan of Irish music (and a beginner/intermediate uilleann piper myself) I would have to say the concert and other music in Dingle."

John

Franklin, MA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience! Every aspect of the tour--the accommodations, the tour bus and, especially the tour guide, Rozanne, was terrific. We really enjoyed the commentary that Rozanne provided. She gave us plenty of information but not too much. Just right. The various local tour guides were all very interesting and very entertaining as well. We appreciated the fact that there was sufficient "on your own" time since there was so much to do in Dingle and Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was enthralled by Newgrange. The thought of how it was built, how old it was and what its function might have been was fascinating. We also thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the National Museum in Dublin."

Linda

Maitland, FL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

My tour experience was probably a reflection of the fact that I am not very well traveled. I was not prepared for the "study abroad" feel that came from all day history lessons. I thought the weight of the history lessons sure kept the "fun" factor of the trip to a minimum. Can't have fun in the pubs at my age if I have to be at breakfast at 7:30 so I can visit a graveyard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our leader was the "WOW" factor of our tour."

Mary

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience! We brought our daughter, son, and daughter-in-law with us, and everyone had a wonderful time! The accommodations were amazing! We had a guest house in Dingle with a view of the harbor and gourmet breakfasts cooked to order. There was a great mix of local guides who showed us the best of Dingle and Dublin. Our tour leader, Roseanne, was amazing. She made sure everyone was well taken care of and was full of wonderful ideas and suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Dingle. The harbor, the pubs, the peninsula...it was all storybook perfect. The Cliffs of Moher were everything we had heard and more - they simply take your breath away."

Donald

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A nice balance of small town charm [INVALID] where we encountered the concert performers of the previous evening working in shops [INVALID] and Dublin sights: museums, Trinity College, Dublin Castle,etc. Our tour guide was wonderful: warm, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, interacting on a personal level with every member of our group. There was also a nice balance between scheduled events and unexpected moments; like "the world's fastest Irish dancer" demonstrating his skill on a 5' x 5' dance board.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really struck by the charm of the "tidy towns", Ennis and Dingle, and the authentic warmth of the residents. Also, the conveyed passion of Irish citizens regarding their past and present history. The concert performances in Dingle were delightful. I could also mention meeting Rick Steves outside a restaurant in Dingle where, I understand, he was checking things out for future tours."

Michael

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rozanne was both an informative guide, but more importantly, demonstrated a genuine care about the different people and personalities on the tour. My wife and I both enjoyed the rural aspects of Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula (we even had a Rick Steves sighting in Dingle!), and then the urban hustle of bustle of Dublin. Rozanne was able to move the herd along in a timely and fun manner and was able to show us all a great time over the course of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Personally, I met Jerry O'Brien at a concert in Dingle on the day we arrived. He was the reincarnation of my father, who passed away 15 years ago. I was able to speak with him and found out he was born just 20 miles from where my grandmother (my father's mother) was born. While he didn't recognize my grandmother's maiden name, I did get to take his picture and sent it to my Mom, who swears he is the reincarnation of her husband (my Dad)."

Megan

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible. A wonderful experience in Ireland with a flawless tour leader, Rozanne!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a "wow" moment, from the Cliffs of Moher, to seeing Fungi the dolphin up close in Dingle. We loved the local tours, especially the Dublin city tour. Plus, having Rozanne as our leader made everything even better. She was so knowledgeable and lovely - it was great to get to know her!"

Jennifer

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoy traveling with ETBD because of the great guides, carefully crafted itineraries and the types of travelers your tours attract. This experience was no different. We had a fun group of travel buddies and our itinerary was laid out to maximize the use of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought that I would be underwhelmed by our visit to Newgrange, but it ended up being one of my favorite sites of the tour. I was impressed by the engineering work and the fact that it is older than Stonehenge. It was a very cool experience when the guide turned on the beam of light in the tomb to simulate the winter solstice and very humbling to think that people 5000 years ago experienced the same thing."

Susan

Bountiful, UT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. Dara, our tour guide, was very good and took good care of us. Ireland was beautiful and I enjoyed the parts of Ireland we visited. Everyone on the tour was very friendly and we enjoyed their company. Dara suggested we sit with different people during our meals so we had an opportunity to get to know everyone. The places we stayed were very good. They were very clean and the atmosphere was great at each place. The food was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow moment" was the beautiful scenery we enjoyed as we traveled on the bus to different places. I enjoyed the Dingle peninsula and the area around the Grange very much. The food was also super delicious."

Laurel

Cleveland Heights, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour. Our guide Dara was a delight and the fact that he grew up in Dingletown was a big plus. We loved the music, the people, and of course the scenery. We were sad to leave Ireland. It felt like home. The explanations of the Irish revolution and the reasons for the conflict was very enlightening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the fields to get to the lighthouse on Dingle bay. The cliffs were so beautiful. I had envisioned hiking through the Irish contryside when anticipating our trip, but was afraid we would not have that opportunity since we were traveling with a group by bus. I was so pleased with both the group activities and the amount of free time for exploring. We loved both"

Rebecca

Helotes, TX

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ny overall experience was great.I learned alot of history about Ireland. The country side was beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow momment was riding on the speed boat to see the porpuse, the seals and other wildlife."

Tom

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide went above and beyond to help each tour member get the most out of their experience. From arranging multiple Irish Music experiences to individualized recommendations for things to do and see and eat, to spending some of his free time socializing with tour members, it was a great experience from beginning to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing a "River Dance" performance (one dancer) on the bar (not in the bar, but on) in Cronyn's Pub in Dingle."

Donald

Helotes, TX

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. We always seemed to be on time but never felt hurried. The tourists in our group got along very well with each other, and we lucked out on the weather. I liked the mix of small towns, countryside, and big city. The mix of free and organized time seemed just right. I enjoyed learning about the history of ireland and irish people's views on the USA. The irish people were unfailingly polite, friendly and unpretentious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Near the end of the tour when it dawned on me that ireland is so much more than green, catholic or protestant."

Cecilia

Shellsburg, IA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves' Heart of Ireland Tour helped me to fall in love with Ireland. This trip had a little bit of everything anyone would want to see and do in Ireland[INVALID]an amazing land with a rich history, incredible natural beauty and a beautiful culture. Through this tour, I became educated and enriched by the history, language, music, people and sites of Ireland. So glad that I was able to share this most memorable experience with a group of wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments to choose from that I will have to categorize them. My favorite natural site "wow" moment was seeing the Cliffs of Moher. We arrived just as the fog was rising up out of the ocean and as it gradually cleared the magnificent views were awe-inspiring. My favorite "wow" cultural experience was access to amazingly talent musicians and performers in Dingle at the 3 different music shows at J. Curran, Siopa Ceoil, and St. James Church. Also Kilmainham & Newgrange."

Arlyn

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is just as beautiful a country as I imagined. We really enjoyed Dara as our tour guide. He was very helpful in planning our free time activities and helping all with transportation issues. It was so nice to spend time in his hometown, Dingle. This is our second Rick Steves tour and while the scenery in Germany, Switzerland, Austria was also outstanding, the difference was the leadership of Dara in making our trip to Ireland special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say our first morning out at the Cliffs of Mohr. A close second would be our time in Dingle and the various musical events we attended."

Alicia

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best trip I could have asked for. Everything was well prepared and planned. The locations were excellent and I loved having such in depth stays in each location. I loved having free times to balance out the time and so each person could do what they wanted. I will say that I felt we had TOO much free time in Dublin. That was my one sour note on the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher! I audibly said "wow" so many times. It was breathtaking. Besides that, the music and scenery were my top memories but those were more over an extended time length."

Dave

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience With Rick up to joining the Heart Of Ireland tour had been limited to his vast PBS exposure sharing his enthusiasm for the european theater (with a peek at Iran). We then began reading and benefiting from the well written guide books for years. So ... we now are as impressed with the well run and planned tours. There was a well balanced itinerary of structured and free time that also came with plenty of recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During the countertop river dancing we happened to be seated behind the counter with the band offering the perspective allowing us to also see the reactions from our tourmates..... As enchanting as the Flying Leprechaun."

Susan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the Rick Steve's (RS) 8-day Heart of Ireland tour. Ireland was beautiful, the weather was surprisingly sunny, the people were very friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious and plentiful. While we didn't see as much as the 14 day tour, I think we did a credible job of experiencing what Ireland has to offer. We had a wonderful group of people on the tour. A nice mix of ages and backgrounds. We enjoyed each others company and socializing together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow experiences were at Moher and at Slea Head--beautiful! I loved seeing the coast line and wished we had a few more opportunities on the 8-day tour."

Diane

Saint Petersburg, FL

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip and tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one particular "wow" rather I loved the extras that Stephen worked in to our schedule (Irish Musicians and David Geaney)."

Nicole

Lynn Haven, FL

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip far exceeded my expectations. The purpose of the trip was to spend time with relatives that I don't get to see often in a beautiful country where our ancestors came from. I thought that I would really dislike riding ina bus to see tourist attractions but it wasn't as I imagined at all. The bus trips were short , pleasant and very entertaining. Our guide sang to us and he has a beautiful voice. When he wasn't singing he told us stories that made me cry laughing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several Wow moments. The most amazing was watching the dancer from Britains got Talent dance for us at his parents Pub"

Jay

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Stephen was a great guide. I particularly loved Dingle, Dublin and the Irish music and dancing in the pubs. The Rock of Cashel was a bit of a disappointment. I felt rushed and the local guide was not very good. The Hotels were uniformly excellent. The organized meals were excellent as well. I would like to see you work in Kilkenny and some neolithic cairns, just the standing stones with a capstone. I find them very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think exploring Newgrange was the highlight for me. I would have liked to seen some of the others nearby as well."

Cathy

Murrells Inlet, SC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 1st Rick Steves tour - what an amazing adventure. The Irish landscape is stunning and its people warm and gracious. Our guide, Dara, was a part of our group, not just our guide. The accommodations were quite comfortable, and the tour members became our friends within a day. It is so important to pack light, as it is just easier to get around. All of the suggestions given in the planning stages were spot-on. I can't wait until our next RS adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula. How one place can be so beautiful is beyond imagination."

Anne

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Before the trip, we had a vague idea of what to expect. We've watched the shows and used the guidebooks on previous trips to Europe, but this didn't prepare us for the tour experience. From our arrival to our departure, we were delighted, amazed, amused, awed and educated about the land and the life and times of the Irish people. Our tour was more like a visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle & the Slea Head Drive."

Donna

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 8th Rick Steves tour and I had a great time. The views from the Cliffs of Moher and Slea Head Drive showcased the natural beauty of Ireland. Dingle was picture-perfect. We had fun in Dublin and free time to explore the pubs, Kilmainham Gaol, and Guinness. Our guide Dara did an exceptional job. Dara's love for his country was apparent as was his desire to share it with us. I have been lucky to travel with many excellent RS tour guides and Dara ranked as one of the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the time we spent in Dingle. We enjoyed three nights of traditional Irish music in three unique settings. I especially liked the concert at the Dingle Music Shop, meeting Dara's family, and indulging in their special Irish coffee! I also enjoyed the demonstration at Dingle Crystal. Our accommodations at Milltown House were great and the staff could not have been nicer. The Irish people were friendly and welcoming and made for an unforgettable tour experience."

James

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good hotels, good food (both group meals and on-our-own), good coach and driver, and of course a great trip leader Dara Herlihy. Expected rain in Ireland didn't interfere with any scheduled or spontaneous events. Good mix of organized and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, and we were there early enough (1st coach in the parking lot) to enjoy."

Russ

Okatie, SC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were absolutely delighted. Our Guide, Dara, made the experience more like visiting friends and relatives than a country we had never been in before. 24 strangers quickly became acquaintances, then friends. It was fun to travel with this group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula. The Slea Head bus ride was incredible, as were the views!"

Donald

Murrells Inlet, SC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed visiting Ireland. We were taken with its beautiful countryside and the Irish people themselves. Being east coast American we have virtually no mid evil structures and history so it was interesting to see structures that dated back over a thousand years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, we live in the low country of South Carolina so a view like the Cliffs of Moors is not available. I very much liked the university and it's library."

Barbara

Dayton, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was delighted with every aspect of this tour. I loved the mix of small town, countryside, city. I loved the personal experience of meeting people "up close and personal" in Dingle and the opportunity to explore on our own in all three venues where we stayed. Tour guide Dara was excellent in all ways - balanced, compassionate, helpful beyond the basics, knowledgeable, efficient and effective. All other guides were excellent as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the impromptu stop at the music shop in Dingle after a rainy walking tour and boat ride. Irish coffee, music, more stories, and a couple of other tourists dropping in who wanted to do their Irish dancing --- and were welcomed warmly and encouraged to do so! My love is people connections and this trip brought many!"

Janis

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was wonderful. Ireland is a beautiful country. The trip was organized well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Undoubtedly the Cliffs of Moher and the DIngle Peninsula tour. I had seen pictures of the Cliffs but seeing them in person was wonderful. I was also quite taken with the wild irises. They were beautiful and especially with a iris/sheep in the field combo."

John

Winchester, TN

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is a stunningly beautiful country and our tour presented it in such a wonderful manner! The places we visited and the things we learned were exactly what we hoped for. Cathie, our outstanding guide, is such a warm and friendly person. She is not only a great guide for Rick Steves but a great ambassador for Ireland! Overall, well done Mr. Steves and staff!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was all the Irish music everywhere we went! What a surprise since I'm not a musically inclined person. The wonderful music in the pubs, in our hotels, in the music store, and the concerts we attended was just unforgettable. Eclipsing them all was the wonderful voice and spirit of our guide Cathie! Her songs are so heartfelt and moving, especially so when you hear her in person. A fantastic experience."

Linda

Meadow Vista, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized, efficient, timely, and informative. We loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment when Cathie Ryan burst into song was a wow moment, however the stunning wow moment was in the ancient Gallarus Oratory as we stood in the dim light and Cathie sang an old Irish hymn."

Michael

Gordon, TX

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was my 1st, and it exceeded my expectations. I never expected to be able to integrate so closely with the people in the towns. It did not take long for Cathy to distinguish herself as a great guide due to her Irish history and all the people she knew personally. There is nothing that I can say except it was all great in every aspect from the hotels, the food, the entertainment, Cathy as our guide, the local guides, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to name. Other than the spectacular scenes and country side, I think I was just generally "wowed" by the spirit of the Irish people. They go to bars in a different way than I have known in the USA in that they go for their music, story telling, and as a way of life of just being happy no matter what else is going on in their lives. They have such a positive attitude about life."

Lois

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Cathie Ryan's guiding, amplified by her performing for us at several key moments during our tour. Lots of soul and even amazing humor. In Ireland, for me the high points were the ubiquitous traditional music and the neolithic chambers at Bru na Boine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above, please."

Mary Jo

Burns, OR

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, compatible group, beautiful country! I loved the short bus time, and spending 3 nights in Dingle and Dublin. One suggestion: How about starting the tour in Dublin and ending in Ennis? Dingle was like paradise: gorgeous B & B, music everywhere, small town feel, walkable, natural beauty everywhere you looked. Dublin is a big city which was torn up for light-rail construction. It made navigating difficult, both for walkers and bus drivers. Dublin first, then relaxing small town Dingle

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head drive was just one wow after another! Being inside the "passage tomb" at Newgrange, Bru'na Boinne was also a wow. And Cathie standing on the sculpture of Molly Malone in Dublin, singing the song and leading us in the chorus was another!"

Brenda

Marquez, TX

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is a beautiful country with warm, friendly people. The 8 day Ireland Tour gave me a quick overview of the country, and Rick Steves tours. I would love to go back to Ireland, and to go on more Rick Steves tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula was amazing, beautiful, breath taking views!"

Xanic

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! Cathie was great tour guide, the people in my tour group were great and the sites and local Irish people we met on the tour made the trip unforgettable. I feel hooked on Rick Steves European tours and cannot wait until I am able to go an another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going on the boat in the Dingle Bay to meet Fungie. I read our itinerary but I did not want to research too much into it so I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised on all experiences. But the boat ride to meet Fungie was super fun, I was amazed how a single dolphin could be so friendly and want to interact with three boats full of people ready to take a picture or video."

Lynda

Tustin, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was my first tour experience and wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed all of it and the group/guide interactions. I did not like the tour ending in Dublin or the Dublin hotel. I think the tour should begin in Dublin and work in reverse order plus Waterford and another whiskey distillery should be included. I did enjoy the Dingle crystal tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was fabulous, along with the Dingle boat ride and the ferry ride. The Ennis hotel was possibly my WOW moment."

Cindy

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially loved the storytelling."

Venita

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was so excited to see Ireland and meet her people. We enjoyed the people, food, Dingle, music in the pubs, and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music played right among us, not on a distant stage .We also loved being the only group in a pub - with Billy Keane sharing and entertaining us all. It was meaningful to have Cathie sing in a tiny church as we remembered those injured in Manchester. It was fun to use local words in conversation."

Wendi

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience! Our tour guide was amazing and she set up some special "treats" for us. 8 days was a good introduction to travel outside of the U.S.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were more stunning than any photo could ever be. Our tour guide had also invited a couple of local musicians to our B&B. They were amazing! Their chemistry and the intimate setting made this so special. Truly Amazing!"

Benjamin

Lexington, KY

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Granted this was my first tour so I have nothing to compare it to, but I had an excellent time and would do it again in a heart beat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moments were all thanks to our amazing tour guide Cathie. Her Amazing singing would always bring life to the places we were visiting, along with her bright spirit. I wouldn't trade having her as out guide for anything."

Vicki

Enterprise, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience in Ireland was absolutely marvelous. The people, pubs, landscapes, song and dance, even the food (a bit of a surprise) was super. History was brought to colorful life by the enthusiastic local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was definitely during the Dingle Harbor cruise when Fungie the resident dolphin leaped up beside our boat and entertained us for a good half an hour or more. Fungie is an Irish Charmer!"

Donna

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was some what apprehensive about doing a tour that wasn't mainly focused around running, hiking or biking, but this was beautiful and very entertaining tour. There was a perfect amount of group time and individual time. The group was the correct size and with some very amazing people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the most WOW about the tour was the scenery and the history!"

Jayme

Otsego, MN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I was impressed to say the least. I enjoyed that for every new town came a walking tour. Our guide was helpful in letting us know what was going on in town, where the best spots to eat were and where we could find the most lively pubs. I couldn't have imagined a better guide. Stephen was amazing. His Irish pride is apparent, his connections within the community provided us some truly amazing experiences, and his historical knowledge was nothing short of impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"DINGLE! Scenic views aside, our tour guide who lives there, did an amazing job pointing out the must see hot spots in town. I loved the quaint pubs where you could get a belt made while enjoying a beer. All of our food was great and the music (and dancing - Dingle Pub) was even better!!"

Laurie

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first tour of any kind so really didn't know what to expect. I thought it went real well. Would consider another tour in the future. We had great tour members and enjoyed the dinners with them. I liked the organization of the tour. No wasted time. I enjoyed the free time we had to explore on our one or just rest!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite wow moment was just the beauty of Ireland. So green and beautiful."

Becky

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time on a guided tour and I have to say to was a very pleasant experience. Having heard reports from various people on different tour companies, I was expecting something not as accommodating as the Rick Steves tour the Heart of Ireland in 8 Days. The tour guide Stephen was very knowledgeable,intertaining,and helpful. I felt we had enough time to ourselves, as well having great tours. the bus rides weren't too long. The group we had was equally as nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time in the pubs at night with all the great music, dancing and people. The pubs in Dingle were the best. Also the last night in Dingle ,with the gourmet dinner, the Author reading and the 3 musicians concert just for our group was very enjoyable. Dingle was by far the best place. The history and countryside were also great."

Geri

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good except for the Dingle b/b, All but seven of the group got to stay in the Middleton House, which had two common areas, a bar and a large eating room. The seven who stayed in the Clogman B/B had no common area, except 4 black chairs at the end of the breakfast room. We felt isolated from the rest of the group, not part of all the inside jokes, and the guess the best way to describe us would be THE POOR RELATIVES. I never really felt comfortable the rest of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall landscape"

Ann

Canby, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My trip was very enjoyable. I loved the quaint towns, and beautiful scenery. I think Rick Steves Tours does a great job of coordinating the best sites into a comfortable schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was Bru na Boinne. It's hard to explain the feeling I had being in such an ancient place. It was amazing. Being so close to the stone carvings done so long ago, and wondering what they mean, and what the people were like. I think it is what I will remember most about my trip."

Susann

Sidney, BC

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For my first visit to Ireland, and first time on an organized tour, I was really pleased with my Rick Steves' experience, and particularly impressed with our guide Stephen. From the first day in Ennis to the last in Dublin, I was immersed in Irish hospitality, delighted by charming storytelling, thoroughly entertained by knowledgeable local guides and exceptional musical performances, awed by the spectacular scenery, billeted in great accommodations and sated with awesome dining!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"'WOW' moment? visiting Curraghchase my Irish ancestors home since 1657 and paying my respects at my namesake poet/author Aubrey deVere's gravesite. Stephen arranged an excellent taxi driver who navigated 'local' roads, waited while I climbed fences (consistent with 'Irish custom' of avoiding entrance fees) and knew the site of the grave in Askeaton. If not for Stephen's personal interest in his client having the best Irish experience possible, I might have missed this priceless opportunity!!!"

Rosemary

Tuckerton, NJ

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very Happy with this tour and the Guides involved. They were a joy to be with and created a very congenial atmosphere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"New Grange"

Matthew

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe is the quintessential Irish gentleman. He truly loves Irish history and culture and thoroughly enjoys sharing his heritage. He was an absolute delight. Talking to Lynn was very enjoyable, as an american my understanding of Brexit and its effects on The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is very lacking. She was able to explain the political difficulties in an understandable way. The Guides made the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Dingle Joe arranged for a soloist on our boat ride to see Funghi. The singing was amazing but in the silence I noticed one member of the group in tears from the beauty of the situation."

Karla

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a lovely trip. A good mix of group activities and time to do things on your own. I feel like we saw a lot of the best of Ireland in a fairly short time. I loved the time we spent in western Ireland and "out in the country." Dingle was our favorite town. We love traditional Irish music. I also loved the many tours of Romanesque and Gothic churches. And Irish people really are friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one "wow" moment! New Grange was the highlight of the tour for me. To be standing in a structure built before the pyramids was amazing. I also really enjoyed a concert of traditional Irish music at St. James Church in Dingle. It wasn't an "official" part of the tour, but Joe told us about it and got tickets for those who were interested. Wonderful!"

Diane

Owings, MD

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We have used his guide books and advice for over 20 years. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having a tour guide and no worries about driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when we took the tour boat in Dingle and Joe had surprised us with a local female vocalist who sang four beautiful songs. The boat Captain turned the engine off and the total silence, with the background of the water and seagulls, and her beautiful voice was truly magical."

Mark

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour. The value of the tour experiences for my money has always been there. The guides, tour members, and hard to duplicate on your own experiences keep me coming back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music of Dingle and in particular the singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh who sang on our cruise of Dingle Bay. Being out on the ocean listening and watching her sing several songs in Irish - was so magical, touching, and unexpected! Amazing voice and performance. The scene and her singing is still clear in my ear and minds eye... Great job by our guide Joe to arrange that! I am still listening to her CD. These "extras" of one of the things I really appreciate about the tours."

Anthony

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Joe and Lynn were great and we were fortunate to have a great group of fellow tourists to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed so many sites, but I think Newgrange was awesume."

Jana

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our (my husband and me) fifth Rick Steves tour and once again we were so happy that we chose to go on a RS tour. We met engaging and fun tour members and our guides were terrific (as we have come to expect!). The value is always there when we take one of Rick's tours. One idea to consider: have the tour begin in Dublin and end in Ennis. I think the travel thrills will build even better by doing this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head drive. We were blessed with fabulous weather (in fact, the trip was blessed with great weather for the most part and we were surprised at how little rain we expereinced!) That drive is so striking in its beauty. Another moment was walking into the Trinity College library. All those books, all that knowledge in a grand and stately setting just made my entire body quake."

Mike

Tobaccoville, NC

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent job on planning and great guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Ann

Tuckerton, NJ

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip! Our guide and tour apprentice, Joe and Lynn were fabulous. They were so knowledgeable and informative every step of the way. We did many different types of things on our tour and it was very enjoyable. All the hotel accommodations and restaurants were great. The tour bus was very comfortable and our drivers Alan and Pamela did a great job too. We are looking forward to our next Rick Steve's Tour. We recommend it to all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments but Cliffs of Moher and Dingle Peninsula were beautiful. Joe Darcy had a wonderful Irish singer come on our boat ride in the harbor and sing for us. That was special."

Donna

Tobaccoville, NC

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time traveling with a RS tour and it was great! We enjoyed the mix of 'together' time with free time[INVALID]-it allowed us to go back and see something in more detail or enjoy something else that the tour did not cover. Our group got on well and we tried to sit with different people on the trip so we could meet them all. The meals we had together were really good and allowed us to try new things we would normally not order off a menu.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Mohr (breathtaking views), Newgrange (5000 years old!) and the ancient monastic sites we visited with the beautiful Celtic crosses."

Susan

Washington, NH

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour, and I brought a friend along. It was such a good way for us to see Ireland without the stress of driving. Tour guides, Joe and Lynn, were knowledgeable and shared their love for Ireland and its people and culture. We loved the Irish countryside, friendly people and cultural sites, especially Ennis and the Dingle Peninsular. Local music was fantastic, and we were glad Joe offered to buy us tickets for a non-tour concert in Dingle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day trip along the Slea Head Drive and the visit to the Great Blasket Center was the highlight of our trip. We were blessed with perfect weather, an awesome bus driver and non-stop views of the beautiful, unspoiled landscape. Joe even did an Irish jig for us overlooking the cliffs."

Fredrick

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour and guide Joe were outstanding. Tour provided a variety of sights and points of interest. Tour group was very cohesive and supportive of each other. I would highly recommend this tour to any first timer to Ireland to get a good lay of the land.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Dingle Crystal being cut before our eyes. The master craftsman working was a sight to behold. True artistic craft that needs to be seen to appreciate the quality of the crystal pieces."

Nancy

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found Ireland more beautiful than expected. I loved the small towns Ennis and Dingle. The people I interacted with were happy and helpful, the food was delicious too. The coach was comfortable and a welcome time to relax after climbing and walking a lot. Also I loved seeing the countryside and listening to Pat's stories and music while traveling. I'm glad we saw Dublin but it was very big-city-ish. The hotel and their breakfast was only ok but we did see some great stuff in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't settle on one wow moment but I did say "wow" when we opened our bedroom window at the Skellig Hotel and there was a cow right there! ( I'm a city girl) The scenery everywhere was breathtaking. None of my photos do it justice but I remember how I felt. Walking into the Trinity College library was another "wow". Then there's the experience of squeezing into the Newgrange tomb. I yelled something going around the Slea Head Loop,not wow,not fit for print."

Patty

Valrico, FL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very nervous about our first trip to Europe. We could not have been more pleased with our guide, our group, our excursions and our daily transportation. The other people on the tour with us were fantastic! It was so much fun getting to know everyone and sharing a meal with them! We are looking forward to our next Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Dingle! The combination of beautiful green hills and the lovely ocean views together made the location so memorable. I loved the laid-back attitude of the people in the town. It was very relaxing."

Ron

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall enjoyment was compromised, by delayed luggage, mine four days, my wife's arrived three days after our return to US. Loved the smaller towns, country side vs under construction Dublin. A little of a "forced march" schedule but understand the need to stay on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The New Grange passive tombs at Bru'na Boinne with the simulated winter solstice sunlight penetrating the darkened interior chamber. The Slea Head drive around the Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Mohr, Blasket Islands, all fabulous. The wonderful personal tours."

Jane

Fishers, IN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Pat, was outstanding in his knowledge, creativity, and organization in leading our group through so many fun activities yet keeping us safe and on time! We enjoyed a wide range of authentic Irish experiences in our 8 days of fun, but equally he established a sense of community from our first get-acquainted session as me met not only our temporary "clan", but also our travel buddies as we formed surprisingly fast friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are really too many to choose only one, but for me I would have to say the Dingle Harbor tour of the beloved dolphin, Fungie, while being serenaded by an Irish lass was my favorite of all. It was the epitome of Ireland lore and arts combined."

Ken

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

It is a good thing this is my third Rick Steves Tour, because, if it were my first, it might be my last. The itinerary needs work As for itinerary, how can a "best of" tour spend three nights in Dublin and only see The Book of Kells

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bru na Boinne"

Margaret

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First Rick Steves Tour. Would recommend your tours. Had a great time. Met many fun and interesting people who were on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Bru na Boinne and the Newgrange tomb"

Dorothy

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to our terrific guide, Pat, my tour was great. Great accomodations, food and transportation. The weather was sunny every day and in the mid 50's. Dublin was an exciting city with much history and many things to explore. For myself, I prefer the time we spent in the town of Dingle. Beautiful country. Friendly people,fantastic real Irish music. The best part was just walking around the town and, of course, meeting Dingle's very own harbor dolphin!!! Can't wait to go back again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing structures that had pre-dated the pyramids and wondering how they could have been constructed so many years ago and by whom."

Vicky

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steve' tour, and each one has been exceptional. I love the multi-dimensional benefits: the expertise of the guide, the wonderful Irish experts that led us and shared with us, the history, culture, music, scenery, the ease of showing up for a wonderful dinner and breakfast and hotel accommodations. I love the fellow tourists and sharing with them and having them be our photographers, sharing their favorite places. Love the balance of being with the group and being on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Billy Keane at his tavern and sharing with him and then getting to see his Dad's play. But that being said, so many other wows: Newgrange, St. Patrick's cross, being serenaded on Dingle Bay; the music, sharing with the other tourists, the hike in Dingle to the Lighthouse, the botanic gardens in Dublin."

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Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Ireland: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. The town of Ennis, where our tour starts, is an easy half-hour bus ride from Shannon Airport. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Shannon and out of Dublin ("multicity" on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, bus trip, or additional overnight stay in Ireland. Both Shannon and Dublin are major transportation hubs, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

Note: If you plan to spend a few days in the UK as part of your itinerary, you'll find a better selection of post-tour Dublin–London flights to choose from than pre-tour London–Shannon flights. The Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook and the Rick Steves London guidebook have London sightseeing, hotel, and restaurant suggestions.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Ennis before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Ireland guidebook to get oriented. Wander the city center, join a day trip to the nearby Burren, try a pint in a cozy pub, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

If you plan to spend extra time in Dublin before or after the tour, here are suggestions for sightseeing that we will not be doing as a group: Kilmainham Gaol (book in advance), National Gallery, Dublin Castle, Dublin Writers' Museum, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. For details and other possibilities, see the Rick Steves Ireland guidebook.

Packing

Many of this tour's activities are outdoors, and Ireland's weather can be unpredictable. We recommend you pack along a rain jacket and a warm layer for underneath it (light sweater or microfleece liner). Also bring comfortable walking shoes with good traction.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.