• 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 boat 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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

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 night). 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

Una

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our guide,Stephen ,was the best . The bed-and-breakfast in Dingle was exceptionally beautiful and well run.The Cassidy hotel in Dublin was not up to par -especially the plumbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to know our driver Carolyn was the highlight of this trip for me. She is a delightful person!"

Jackie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour guide and bus driver (Caroline) were fabulous. Can't say enough positive. I was extremily disappointed in the accomodations. I don't expect much, but when R Steves rate a hotel as 2 out of 5 in his guidebook and then books us into it, it's pretty sad. Concerns included: 1 hotel had 3 flights of stairs without elevator access. This was difficult for the young yet alone the elderly (85yo and 91yo). In another hotel booked on the 3rd floor. No air, 85 degrees without relief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle - Need more time there."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought our tour was well conducted and filled with many interesting activities. Our leader, Stephen, was patient and informative. My teenagers were a bit restless at times, but when are they not! My 90-year-old mother had a good trip and I am thankful for that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite spots on the tour were the Castle Rock and Glendalaugh."

Calvin

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Warm, welcoming, energetic, well-paced, full of history and learning, this was a great trip. All aspects were great. Accommodations, the guides, the others on the tour, all fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding Irish musicians playing in a pub on the first night, having "happy birthday" sung for my wife; after that, all the rich history and scenery, all across ireland."

Frank

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was our third Rick Steve's tour and it was every bit as great as the past ones. Our exceptional host Dara, made our visit quite entertaining. Next stop ...... Greece!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The live Falconry exhibit was fantastic as well as the continuous Irish music throughout our trip."

Marianne

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steve's tour. Our first tour was outstanding and I did not think we could be that lucky on our next tour. But we found out that every tour we have taken has been outstanding and just plain fun. The people that were on all the tours we're very pleasant and congenial traveling companion. The hotels and food where excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falcon exhibit! The sights/music and the whole experience."

Susan

Mclean, VA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and Dara was an exceptional guide. We lucked out on the weather, so we were able to enjoy visiting most sites in dry, if not sunny, conditions. I particularly enjoyed sites in the western part of the country: the Dingle Penninsula, Dingle Town, the Cliffs of Moher. Group activities there were the most unique, including a falconry demonstration, intimate music experiences and a visit to Dingle Crystal for a glass cutting demonstration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably participating in the falconry demonstration, although the scenery on the Slea Head Drive and visit to the Blasket Center came in a close second."

Steven

Mclean, VA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. I learned a lot about Ireland's history and culture. The selection of cities and sites was well-planned, and none of the coach rides was overly long. We lucked out on the weather, which was a big plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The varied experiences in Dingle combined to make our time there a highlight of the tour. In addition to staying in a very nice inn, we enjoyed all of the activities in Dingle: two performances of traditional Irish music by several talented musicians, up close and personal; an exquisite farm-to-table dinner at the inn; a participatory falconry demonstration at the inn; a crystal-cutting demonstration; and a boat ride in beautiful weather in Dingle Bay to see Fungie the dolphin."

Elli

Owings Mills, MD

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I mostly enjoyed the exposure to Irish people and culture. The Pub music scene was unique and Irishmen from all walks of life were kind, funny and very kind to us. What enhanced the tour experience was the other group members who were very nice and friendly. The tour guide was on top of things ensuring our experience will be great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Laura singing in A Hole in the Wall."

Tawnia

Torrance, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I learned so much about the history and culture of Ireland. I enjoyed visiting the different towns and cities, and all of the historic sites. The other members of our tour group were really great, easy-going, friendly, and easy to talk to. I feel a real connection to the country. I think I left my heart in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole two days in Dingle were "WOW"!! The Peninsula is just beautiful, and the town is a perfect European, seaside town. The Slea Head Drive was amazing. I particularly loved the personalization that Dara and his family infused into these two days: visiting his bar, meeting members of his family, the concert at the music shop with his uncle. These were unequivocally the highlights of the whole tour. The falconry at Milltown House was also an awesome surprise!"

William

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Covered a lot of ground in a very comfortable bus. Enjoyed the rapport between tour guide Dara and outstanding bus driver. Other tour members were very pleasant and helpful. Very well organized arrival and departure arrangements. Itinerary was what I expected. Dingle is beautiful. Hotel location great. Consider skipping Kilkenny and wandering more south, perhaps Cork or Waterford. Although I use a walking stick for steps, I wouldn't classify any of the walks as strenuous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful green countryside and seeing the dolphin in Dingle."

Kristy

Davenport, IA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a delightful blend of getting to know Ireland - learning its history, experiencing its culture, receiving the hospitality of its people - and becoming friends with people who were strangers at the beginning of the week, all led by personable, capable, kind and caring guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments of the trip were the evenings our tour guide Dara arranged for us to be with his family in Dingle. We met Dara's mom and enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by his friend Diedre. We spent an evening in Dara's bar, Nelligan's, complete with music and Irish dancing performed by a local family, and were treated to a concert by Dara's Uncle Seamus in his dad's music shop. It's one thing to see the sights of a country, but to be invited into the lives of its people is a rare privilege."

Thomas

Davenport, IA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much about Ireland in such a short period of time. Coming into the tour, I was apprehensive about spending 8 days with 26 other people I had never met, especially with such a jam-packed itinerary. But the schedule, Dara's personality and knowledge about Ireland and his experience as a tour guide quickly helped put all of those concerns to rest. I also think the no-whining policy was very effective - IT WORKED ON ME! HA!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the drive around the Dingle Peninsula and the evenings activities in Dingle were my favorites. Hard to top meeting Dara's family and visiting his bar in Dingle."

Brian

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed my first organized tour on my third fourth trip across the pond and second in Ireland. I really felt like I got to experience what it means to be Irish and who the irish people are by going to Dingle and Ennis. Our tour guide was fantastic, full of the craic, but also professional and took great care of the tour members. We had great meals, most memorable was in Ennis at Ye Olde Ground, and we ate very very well. Accommodations in Kilkenny would be only negative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle bus tour. What a beautiful place to explore. I live in scenic Portland, Oregon but this was a breathtaking experience. Seeing the old famine huts and empty potato fields juxtaposed with ocean views and green pastures was really rewarding."

Ori

Owings Mills, MD

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was an overall enjoyable vacation. This is my third Rick Steve's tour (best of Europe my way, and Scandinavia) and this was by far my least favorite. Ireland was amazing. It is an amazing country which far exceeded my expectations. The trip was well designed, with great hotels (esp dingle and ennis) and great sites. This trip however was held back by several stops and by the tour guide. See below for further details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus trip and stops along the Dingle peninsula."

Cathleen

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Firstly this was our 3rd visit to Ireland so we had seen many of the sights 2 x before and that is why I'm not giving an outstanding rating. Overall I had a great time and that was mainly due to our terrific guide Dara. On various other tours the bus rides seeme long but with Dara's stories and jokes during the bus trips it seemed to go fast and with Caroline as our driver we felt pampered and safe. We especially enjoyed the Skellig hotel and the beautiful ocean views throughout our time i

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed Ennis and our stay at the Old Ground Hotel-- the dinner that evening was superb.It was a great start!"

Penelope

Victoria, BC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed all activities especially scenic and musical aspects of trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riverdancer Tomas Se dancing 3 feet from us in Dingle! We did an impromptu performance of Scottish Dancing and it was an honour to share the stage with Tomas and Seamus Begley in concert at Michael's music shop."

Mary

Temecula, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were hesitant before our trip as we usually travel on our own. However, we had the best time ever. It was nice because the group seemed to be very like minded travelers. We really bonded with the small group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle with Dara (sp?). He set up so many activities, best was Irish Dancers. He was so personable, we felt like family."

Diane

Dayton, OH

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good group camaraderie, knowledgeable tour guide who was able to use his connections for us to see unusual things such as the birds of prey demonstration and the dancers and musicians in the pubs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher were beautiful. Loved the Irish dancers in the pubs. Really enjoyed the whiskey museum experience which was opened just for our tour group."

Sue

Tigard, OR

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour. This is my 4th. I found this tour to be less physically demanding than the others (Rome, Sicily and Greece). The itinerary was perfect[INVALID]just enough time to see the highlights in the cities where we stayed. Dara, our guide, was more than accommodating and has the wealth of knowledge known for the RS tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange and the Dingle Peninsula. Sorry...I can't name just one!"

Jon

Rock Island, IL

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very Good tour. I would recommend it to anyone. Dara was very knowldegeable and did not leave us much time to become bored at any stop. Hotels and meals provided were above average. A good bus driver who was also familiar with sites, and friendly, was a plus. A nice variety of sites demonstrating history and culture over a wide time period. There was maybe one too many castles/churches. I would trade one castle or church to make a stop at a national park or nature preserve.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Museum of Archeology was most amazing. The "bog" people and Celtic artifacts wqas impressive."

Nuria

Fall City, CA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher!"

Allison

Gilmer, TX

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I loved the people in our group. Our guide, Dara, was amazing! This trip was a great way to see so much of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a "wow" moment for me. Ireland is beautiful...something different in every little village. I loved the historical sights and the ever changing landscape."

Pat

Johnston, IA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent in all respects. except maybe the rooms in Kilkenny. Kelford Inn was not great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Cliffs of MOher, the falconry demonstration the Bru na Boinne"

Martin

Tigard, OR

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Well planned and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having an afternoon working with Falcons, owls, and an eagle."

William

Gilmer, TX

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very well planned and executed tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent on the Dingle Peninsular"

Steven

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the concert in the music shop in Dingle"

Robert

New Baltimore, MI

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first experience of a tour. It was above and beyond my expectations. Our tour guide made this trip educational, fun and challenging. We had a fun group that made this trip even more enjoyable. The heart of Ireland, to me, was the small town experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in awe of the Cliffs of Mohr. The beautiful countryside and the people and music of Ireland enhanced my tour experience."

Michael

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very we'll designed and we saw a lot of Ireland in the limited amount of time. This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and Dara, our guide, was the best guide I've had on any of the tours. I didn't care for Dublin very much but I understand the tour has to go there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dingle peninsula< beautiful scenery and great people."

Holly

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the tour and meeting people from all over. It was our first tour experience and we were not disappointed. It was a fast paced tour...maybe a little too much. I think we could have used a little bit more downtime. We did love it and would consider doing another tour at some point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was my favorite part. From the Slea Head drive to Dara's family bar and his Father's music shop in town and all the performers he arranged for us. He made us all feel like we were good friends visiting him and his family."

Joanne

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though I had previously traveled to several of the locations on this tour, having a tour guide and someone else driving made the experience much better. I no longer had to worry about driving on the opposite side of the road and think about going in the opposite direction in traffic circles. Instead, I could sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery and listen to Dara explain what we were seeing. Dara also provided an excellent perspective of Ireland and the Irish people as we rode along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two nights of Irish music and dancing on the Dingle Peninsula. For me, these were the two most memorable nights of the tour. :-)"

Lorraine

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What tour? It was so amazing Dara made us feel like we were there visiting our extended Irish Family, guiding us in on the best of the Irish culture from food, to music, to pubs, to old history, storytelling to current new politics!! Dara made this trip unforgettable, let me say he was exceptionally giving of himself by sharing his family and experience as an Irishman. He was not just a guide, he was a provider of all the best of an Ireland experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip had numerous WOW moments, but our 3 days in Dingle with the local people, the Falconry experience, the fabulous dinner at the Milltown House, the narrated drive of Slea Head and the Pub musical experience with Seamus were unforgettable WOW moments. Dara immersed us in the best of an Irish/Dingle time. It was difficult to leave Dingle, we all would have given up a day of Dublin for more Dingle."

John

Reading, MA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour far exceeded my expectations. This was our first tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The sights, food, drink, and activities were all far better than I imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the falconry demonstration in Dingle. This was a great and unexpected bonus. I'll never forget holding a golden eagle on my arm."

Wendell

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Ireland tour was a great experience and our guide was the best. He kept things moving while making it lively and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Cliffs of Moehr"

Emily

Reading, MA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being our first tour we had no idea what to expect. Dara changed all that within the first 24 hrs. His knowledge, pride in his country, and amazing dispostion was so tremendous it's difficult to put my thoughts into words. He made every one of us feel as if we were part of his family.The tour was beautifully planned and [INVALID]d.Our bus driver, Michael, embodied hospitality. The group meals were outstanding and Dara's ability to "mix" us all in was skillful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula driving tour was spectacular. Our guide, Tim, was truly a great source as he pointed out so many aspects of the landscape. I loved the stops we made and the knowledge he imparted.The personal touches along the way, a homemade raspberry square snackat one location, made us wonder how could this possibly be planned with any more detail. The landscape in and of itself is beautiful but the way it was shown made the experience all that much more amazing."

Wendy

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second Rick Steves tour lived up to my first experience. I received an excellent value for my Ireland trip with a great group of congenial fellow travelers, good meals, freedom to explore on my own, and increased understanding of the history and culture of the Irish people. I learned so much of Ireland which I never expected such as the mound passage tombs and the Blasket Center. I comprehend the merging of Christianity with the earlier pagan society in the Celtic cross. And I saw Fungie!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry was an unexpected and absolutely awesome surprise. The opportunity to have an eagle, hawks and large owl fly to my arm was phenomenal. I had recently watched a PBS documentary on a British woman resume her dormant falconry skills with a new falcon. To have a small inkling of her experience was simply the cherry on top of an ice cream parfait for me."

Stanley

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was surprisingly enjoyable. I got to see the places I wanted to see, and many more. I learned more than I could have expected about Ireland, its history, its politics, its culture, and its people. Dara provided so many opportunities to experience all of this. It was especially valuable that he was from Dingle, and allowed us to meet his family members. He also provided a huge amount of great surprises. I can't say enough about how well he made it go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. But as a student of nonviolence, I was particularly wowed during our walking tour of Ennis. We learned of the Catholic emancipation, accomplished without violence. We learned that Parnell introduced what we now call a boycott, one of the key nonviolent actions. And all of this was centered in Ennis. There was so much history that I can only imagine every tourist is going to have a moment where they just say "wow", as I did many times."

David

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara made the tour experience Outstanding. We went with another couple who have been on several other Rick Steves tours, and they also said without exception, Dara has been the best tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Dingle Town and the Dingle Peninsula. That was the very best of the whole tour."

Jean Ann

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Dara, driver Michael, and the tour group made it a fun, interesting week. I would not have seen as many sights nor learned as much about Ireland on my own. There was a balance of planned activities and free time and it was a pleasure not to have to figure out the details and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be when I realized what a great week it was going to be with all we were going to see and not even realizing all the unplanned sights; the scenery, countryside, Kingdom Falconry, Irish people and pubs, and experiencing the culture of the small towns. I loved the Dingle peninsula, Glendalough, Newgrange and everything we saw."

Ruth

Chesterfield, MI

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never having taken a tour before, we truly did not know what to expect, however each day was even better than the day before. Rick Steves' Tour truly delivered as we can't wait to take our next adventure. Our tour guide, Dara Herlihy, was remarkable. Not only did we come away learning about the Ireland culture and her people, but he made us feel one with the country. We yearned to learn more, to experience more, curious on what the next small village had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments, it is truly hard to pick one. The town of Dingle and its people truly stole my heart. From the Musical Evening at Neligan's listening to Padraig & Michelle and watching Tomas perform Riverdance steps, to the Dingle Crystal showroom, experiencing Falconry first hand which was such a surprise and delight, to the musical night at the Dingle Music Store. We definitely had the luck of the Irish with Dara as our tour guide. Two nights were not enough!!"

Steven

Springboro, OH

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent; truly got to see real Ireland and culture. Will do another tour for sure in future

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the music in the Pub at Dingle and the music concert"

John

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations partly due to the unusually warm and sunny weather which showed us the rugged beauty of the country at its best. Our days were filled with the itinerary items as well as extra surprises such as a birds of prey demonstration with an opportunity to participate and a couple of memorable musical evenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The musical evening at Dara's father's music shop. Irish tunes and songs were played on various instruments by Dara's Uncle Seamus and his fellow musician as well as Dara's aunt, cousin and her three talented children. We will always remember Dara's father playing a beautiful tune on his accordian as we waltzed."

Hee Young

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very good overall. Our tour guide was awesome and bus driver was outstanding. People on the tour were very friendly and everyone got along so well. Very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was awesome to see Cliffs of Moher finally. The weather was very clear which added to the dramatic moment. That one hour at the Cliffs went by so quick. I wish I had a little more time in Cliffs of Moher. So, I could just seat there and stair at the water and cliffs. Dingle Pennusula was beautiful as well. My only complaint is that we only stopped at couple of spots. If we stopped a few more times at a different view points, it would been better."

Jayne

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It Was Amazing! This was our 4th Rick Steve's Tour, and we scheduled Best Of Scotland in 10 days which starts the day after this one ends! That's how much we love Rick Steve's Tours! Dara, our guide was SO MUCH FUN! He brought our group together, he took care of everything any of us needed, we had beautiful weather to see the Cliffs Of Moher! We fell in Love with Dingle! Dara owns a Pub there & we were entertained with music & a gentleman from Riverdance! Amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We Loved Dingle! It was beautiful there and we so enjoyed the Pubs! Our guide set up a Falcon demonstration along with other birds which was awesome! The cruise around Dingle was beautiful. We had a great time visiting the Pubs and looking around Dublin too!"

Linda

Red Bluff, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Dara was outstanding!!!! I cannot compliment Dara enough on his knowledge of Irish history, his upbeat & positive personality and people skills. All the hotels, restaurants & [INVALID]ions of sites were wonderful. This was my first Rick Steves' tour & I am definitely hooked. The combination of group activities & free time were well balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the special moments on the tour was our visit to the Dingle Music Shop owned by Dara & his father Michael. A concert was arranged & our tour group was invited. We had the special treat of Dara's sister & her children performing for us & local residents. It was special because it was a true "local" event & not a staged venue for tourists. We also had the treat of visiting Dara's pub in Dingle (Neligan's) & again we mingled with the local's for more of the genuine Irish life."

Arjun

Springboro, OH

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful for the kids. Dara was wonderful and including my children. The tumor was very engaging for them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"His favorite moment included watching the dancing at the pub, seeing the glass factory, and the bird watching"

Jane

Vandalia, IL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my first tour after traveling out of the country several times on our own. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The pacing (how much and what we did daily/when we had breaks, etc.) was excellent. Our traveling companions were cordial and timely. The coach bus was comfortable and our driver, Pam, is a kind and talented driver. It was nice to not have to hassle with tickets and reservations. The choice of areas/placed visited was well thought-out. !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dara made all the difference with the best part of the trip being part of his community (family, friends, bar, music store concert) in Dingle. Dara is upbeat, kind, caring for each member of the group, knowledgable about Ireland and right-on in terms of organization. We arrived in country 2 days early (Galway/Aran Islands) and stayed 4 more days in Dublin. Our day-trip to NI (WIldRover) showed us that all guides are not as good as Dara. :-)"

Priya

Springboro, OH

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely wonderful. This tour truly give us a sense of Irish culture and the people which I think most tours do not always do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best experiences were in Dingle, seeing Dara's pub, watching the dancing, music concert. The bus was excellent The meals were also great The best feature though was our guide Dara"

Agnes M. (Nan)

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gorgeous weather, exceptional guide, friendly tour partners (two from a previous R.S. tour) and a great bus driver. The Ireland of today is as beautiful as my memory. Dingle peninsula is breathtaking: stone-walled fields, rugged coastline, sheep, cows donkeys, all part of the real-life scene. Blasket Center so informative. Dublin busy, noisy, youthful, vibrant. Places between are historic beyond realization and filled with stories they are unable to tell. The guides interpreted so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The traditional music provided by Dara's talented family at his father, Michael's, music shop and at Nelligans. These members included his Uncle Seamus and a special performance by his visiting cousin and her three children. What musical genes! At Nelligans, Padraig and Michelle played fiddle, accordion and others while one son played the bodhran drum. Highlight was their Riverdance son, Tomas. He swept us away both nights. Truly wow!"

Betty

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, but it will not be our last. The weather in Ireland was not what we expected or hoped for. Since we live in the desert, we were looking forward to a bit of rain and cool. However, once we met our guide, Dara, the fun began and little things like weather became secondary. Dara took good care of us, and treated us to so many extras--great restaurant choices, access to the most lively entertainment and music, and lots of patience and good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but we especially enjoyed visiting Dara's pub in Dingle and having "front row" seats near the musicians and dancer. We also got a bonus visit to a falconry exhibition in Dingle. Being a bird handler myself, it was great to interact with the hawks and other birds."

Lakshmi

Springboro, OH

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The kids had a great time. I think greater than expected. Lakshmi being a 13-year-old did not have as many people I think to interact with but still had a wonderful experience with Irish culture

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think her favorite part with seeing the Irish dancing"

Janet

Andover, KS

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent - very knowledgable and fun. We had just the right amount of touring together & exploring on our own time. I enjoyed the quaint hotels and being immersed in the Irish culture & the food everywhere was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two come to mind. Our two day stay in Dingle was memorable with falconry, whiskey tasting, Irish dancing & music & scone making. Also our last day at the Glasnevin Cemetery & Bru na Boinne - New Grange."

Patricia

Ida Grove, IA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen took great care of everyone. He is a very knowledgeable guide. I came down with a severe cold at the beginning of the trip and also couldn't walk very well because of a foot injury prior to booking the trip. Stephen made sure to inform me of how much walking was required at each stop and where I could take a break when needed. Stephen also had a great sense of humor and had fun sharing his childhood experiences with the group when we traveled through different parts of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The B & B at Dingle was a definite WOW moment! My husband and I have an Irish Wolfhound that we were missing very much as we traveled. When we walked up the driveway to the B & B and two Irish Wolfhounds came out to greet us, I lost it! I wanted to stay in Dingle at the B & B for the rest of the tour. Diedre's cooking was top notch; the accommodations were incredible and the 2 wolfhounds made us feel right at home!"

Eric

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first day in Dingle I: 1) Caught a falcon 2) Tasted Irish whiskey 3) Ate a locally sourced meal 4) Performed a Celtic ritual 5) Listened to Traditional Irish Music 6) Watched a famous Irish dancer 7) Saw an Irish rock band 8) Went on a pub crawl So I'll go with that one"

Allan

Greenwood, SC

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful visit of Ireland. I wish I could have taken the longer trip. Maybe it will happen in future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Gallarus Oratory and staying at Dingle were my favorites."

Diann

Temple, TX

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ireland was unseasonably hot, which made standing around in the sun listening to the guides unpleasant. Also, there were issues with non air-conditioned hotels. The sites chosen were very interesting and varied. The activity levels were balanced and flexible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Dingle peninsula, especially the wonderful accommodations and varied activities there."

Steve

Columbia, MO

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great experience and were able to see and learn more about Ireland than we would have if we had gone on our own. Stephen is a great guide that went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to limit it to just one "wow" moment as each stop along the way had a "wow" moment."

Kim

Elkhorn, NE

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide Stephen was fantastic and really made the tour! The motor coach, driven by Michael were equally impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Dingle was exactly what I would expect a friendly Irish town to be. I enjoyed staying at the B&B and I was impressed that Stephen was part owner... it was like he had invited us into his home. I especially loved the extra activities like the "birds of prey"show."

Marsha

Medford, OR

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was wonderful. It was a great mix of village and city, coast and interior sites. Stephen gave our group insight into culture and history with humor and story- never boring. (in contrast ,the woman guide in Kilkenny was excited about her city's history,but overwhelmed us with too much info.) Stephen has a real gift to be a great guide- watching that everyone was comfortable with the pace. The city guide in Dublin got going too fast and two of us 70 year olds with shorter legs asked to

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Gallarus Oratory and the passage tomb at Newgrange. Both were so other worldly and fascinating. I would have skipped the cemetery and toured all the pasasage tombs with that outing. Stephen guided us to see the bog bodies in the Natural History museum- again a "wow" moment- so well displayed."

Kirsten

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Newgrange; I love learning new things and I had never, ever heard of the place before. Just amazing."

James

Ida Grove, IA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Steven was a delight. Knowledgeable and helpful, he always has a future as a storyteller. They were great! The area of Ireland we traveled was charming and replete with interesting history, sites and personalities. Now if only Rick could exercise some influence on the weather. It was much warmer than we hoped. Thank the travel gods for Dingle with cooler breezes and a delightfully restful atmosphere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although difficult to pick just one because I liked the area of the Blasket Islands but loved the falconry exhibition when we were in Dingle."

Margaret

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went with my mom who is 89 and my sister and the tour was so smooth... There was not any contention between the 3 of us and when you get 3 women who are strong willed from the same family.....well enough said. The trip was well organized and gave us enough down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moehr."

Kathleen

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was magical,and Lisa was instrumental in making it that way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle music scene--Niamh and Peter, being pulled up by Tomas for a Riverdance lesson at the Scopa Ceol Music Store, Bru na Boinne, Book of Kells... The list goes on...the craic..."

Harold (William)

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

first-timers with Rick Steves' Tours had an excellent overall experience, in every way! The week was exhilarating: an immersive dive into Ireland's diverse places and peoples, with richly descriptive and evocative guidance from Lisa and a half dozen superb local experts. We are deeply grateful for the skillful and knowledgeable, personable and playful leadership of Lisa, and also grateful for our really fine group and our camaraderie across the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You will not be surprised to hear that "wow" moments were frequent, and frequently surpassing...the previous one! Sandy[INVALID]"When we visited the Gallarus Oratory, it brought together the whole Dingle landscape/seascape with such a unique emblem of the ingenuity, determination and rugged faith of Ireland's people over centuries." Bill[INVALID]"For breathtaking panoramas, the views on a stunningly beautiful day in Dingle, but a different kind of 'wow' was our spirited music night at Siopa Ceoil.""

Henry

Yardley, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and Lisa was very good. The information and stories she shared made the trip. I was also taken by how the group bonded during the course of the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stone Age Passage Tomb at Newgrange was an exceptional treat. Even though I was familiar with it, seeing it in person and actually entering the tomb was overwhelming."

Tom

Levittown, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Unfortunately - it was disappointing. This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour - and we were so happy with our first - we talked 6 of our friends to join us - and I was embarrassed. The driving factor were the last two hotels in Kilkenney and Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula."

J John

Henrico, VA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ove the yeas I have traveled the globe, but this was clearly among the finest tours I have ever taken. Lisa did an excellent job leading the tour and the local guides were excellent (the Dublin guide was a standout). My wife and I are already discussing taking all of the family on another trip next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to top the first day in Dingle with the wonderful people fine lodging, great dinner, Irish whiskey tasting, and good Irish music. One example of how nice people were is that at the whiskey tasting when the bartender and I talked a bit about the differences between the Jameson and the 10 year Jameson, he refilled my glass with the good stuff. The only marginal aspect of the two days would be the necessary boat trip to see Fungie the dolphin... but the scenery was good."

Kevin

Yardley, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

First time on tour. Good for me since I would not have elected to see of the sights or dive into the details of others. Daily timeline was tight at times. Maybe not pushing to get into hotel before 5 would have felt better. A little too much bus time for me plus the 'fear of using the toilet' left folks a little put off. Bus driver was great and people felt confident in his skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle - could have stayed longer there."

Elizabeth

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience, from start to finish, was 10/10. This was my first bus tour and I was apprehensive not knowing what to expect. The tour guide, Lisa, as well as the drivers we had (Tim in particular) were all positive, professional and courteous. Eight days was a great exposure to the Republic of Ireland and the history, knowledge and information we gained along the way, packed a lot into the eight days. I am so glad I took this tour and I enjoyed Ireland so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment had to be the scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher. What I especially liked about this eight day tour was we travelled to the coast, the city centres, the farm areas, and a national forest. A perfect blend in my view."

Marie

Yardley, PA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great first experience! We saw so much of Ireland, met great people and the weather was wonderful. Lisa was very knowledgeable. So were most of our individual guides. The hot weather presented a problem with some of the hotels, as it was hot!! Who would have expected 90 degree days in Ireland?? The hotel in Kilkenny was a pit. Pretty awful. If we had not been with a tour, we would have walked out of that hotel!! Would have liked a little less moving around and more down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Dingle, the Slea Head drive, Cliffs of Moher.....but my biggest wow moment was Newgrange. It's just fascinating."

Gordon

Carlock, IL

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good overall experience to 'see Ireland' it's people, culture and country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several--Craggaunowen and Kells"

Carol

Gold Canyon, AZ

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual,everything was well planned and went off without a hitch. We had a great experience....meet wonderful fellow travelers and had a terrific tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know, I'm not sure there was a Wow moment.....Slea Head drive was spectacular. The ancient tombs of Bru na Boinne were interesting plus the Newgrange Nd Knowth...enjoyed Dingle."

Rose Anne

New London, CT

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked everything about this tour. I had a great time. It was interesting and the tour guides were knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Willow

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places our guide took us we're abs beautiful and he seemed to know so much about the history of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment from our trip was being able to hold birds of prey at our second dinner together."

Mary

Kent, OH

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the falconry demonstration. I am an animal lover, and I know that I will not have the opportunity to get so close to those beautiful birds again. I also enjoyed feeding the baby lambs, our guide's Irish Wolfhounds, and the boat trip in Dingle Bay. Naturally, all were animal oriented!"

David

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding travel experience. We wanted to place our travel dreams in the best capable hands, particularly for our daughter's first time in Europe. The Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour did not disappoint. The result is a lifetime of unforgettable memories. The Rick Steves team was first rate from start to finish. Absolutely magical!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we enjoyed each and every minute throughout the week, the Dingle Peninsula was my personal "wow" destination. The Slea Head drive provided some of the most breathtaking natural beauty anywhere in the world. I've traveled through seven other countries in Europe, and this was the single most outstanding experience for me."

Stephanie

Langley, WA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. The sites that we went to were varied and extraordinary. Stephen was awesome and the history lessons he gave us daily really gave us context for the sites we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the top of the Rock of Cashel looking over the entire valley and just feeling awe-inspired by all the history and importance of that site."

Randi

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful time. Stephen was a tremendous tour guide. So knowledgeable, funny, and relatable. Not a question was unanswered. I found myself having questions about a certain place, and instead of asking the museum tour guide, I'd ask Stephen! He always knew!

Deborah

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and my husband and I had a great time. Along with 26 others we saw a beautiful country, had delicious food, and made great memories. I felt we had a great balance of structured activities and time to explore on our own. Our guide, Stephen, was extremely knowledgeable about Irish history which made the trip extra enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the countryside scenery was the wow moment. The Slea Head drive is beautiful! We were fortunate to be at Cliffs of Moher on a sunny, warm and windless day. That made for another wow moment."

Susan

Grand Isle, VT

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. Breathtakingly beautiful country; record-breaking gorgeous weather; friendly, welcoming locals; fun, exciting and educational tour stops and local guides; a nice mix of open, interesting travelling companions; a smiling, helpful, professional bus driver; and the most amazing, funny, knowledgeable, gracious, personable tour guide ever. He was able to show us Ireland through his eyes with all his love and pride of his homeland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anything and everything on the Dingle peninsula was amazing. The beauty of the countryside, the boat cruise with the dolphin, the falconry at Stephen's home, the scrumptious dinner and hospitality at Milltown House; the quaint streets of Dingle, the dancing and music in the pubs and feeding the lambs. Perfect."

Jane

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my Ireland trip. I would have never gotten to see or comprehend the significance of all the sites on my own. I enjoyed all the places we visited. Our tour guide and bus driver were the best. All the dinners provided by the tour were excellent. I have never done a tour before, but would definitely consider future tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the birds of prey that we got to interact with at Stephen's Bed & Breakfast. The whiskey tasting was fun as well. I also loved holding and feeding the baby lambs. Another highlight was the evening with Seamus & his family singing, as well as watching the champion Irish dancer -- the Irish coffee served there was the best in Ireland."

Wendy

Salem, OH

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip to Ireland with your Heart of Ireland tour. It was filled with so many memorable moments! We loved that it was a smaller group than other tour groups have, which made it easier to get to know each other. We also had an easy time staying together. I loved that we did the out of the way places, and did not go to the Blarney Castle. I also loved the way that it was all organized so nicely. It was an effortless trip - no driving, no getting lost!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to list them all! I loved Dingle, and wished we had spent more time here! I enjoyed the unexpected moments, like our time with the falcon expert, feeding the sheep, and time at Stephen's inn. I absolutely loved the boat trip around Dingle's harbor! It was breathtaking. And I loved the Blasket Island experience. I also enjoyed the singing on the bus and the stories!"

Jennifer

Kohler, WI

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was phenomenal. I am a traveler who loves to do and see "all the things", and this trip was just that. From beautiful scenery, to traditional music, to historical settings, museums, small towns, big cities, delicious food, it was all magical. Our tour guide Stephen planned many extras and surprises for the group. Stephens storytelling and knowledge-sharing on the bus was so entertaining and interesting and made the bus rides fly; we did not want him to stop!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in Ireland was my life dream come true. But my personal highlights where in Dingle, it was just so beautiful and peaceful and charming. I took a few mornings to wake up early and explore more sites on my runs and I have no regrets (connor pass and the trail to the lighthouse for others interested) Glandalough and the cliffs of Moher were magical and would loved to spend more time exploring and hiking."

Lisa

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour went beyond my expectations. Our guide was very knowledgeable, whitty, and always helpful. He enhanced the tour with his personal stories about the places we visited. He also included many extra activities that were not part of the tour. We learned a ton, laughed a lot, and will never forget it.

Clarence

Salem, OH

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our itinerary and the fact the our guide did stick to it. I would have liked a little more down time in Dublin but that is minor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments was the extra special things our guide did for us. The falconer, evening concert, arranging our visits to sites when they were less crowded. I know my wife enjoyed feeding the lambs."

Erin

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was wonderful family time and our guide was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was so quaint, fun and very friendly"

Patsy

Lancaster, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Dara was terrific! Pacing was comfortable and activities fun and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience and the two evenings of music and dance in Dingle."

Kristen

Monticello, MN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed the tour. I didn't know what to expect as I had never been on a guided tour like this before but it was very nice to have everything planned out for us and not have to make too many decisions. Ireland is a destination that my family and I have been wanting to go on for quite some time and it turned out to be a great choice to do it on a Rick Steves tour. We experienced the culture and it truly felt authentic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I very much enjoyed the Dingle Peninsula. Learning about the Blasket community that I didn't know existed was amazing and also the falconry. To see those incredible birds up close and even hold them was something I will never forget."

Deborah

Jensen Beach, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we began planning this experience until the very last breakfast on our departure morning, we were impressed by the attention to detail given to every aspect of this tour. As this was our first tour, we weren't quite sure what to expect. I must say that our Rick Steves' experience exceeded all preconceived notions that we held. Our guide, Dara, the accommodations, the food, the size of our group, our transportation, and activities were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the town of Dingle and its surrounding area. When I return to Ireland, it will be to this peninsula so that I may enjoy the countryside and the friendliness of the town and the Irish people."

Ron

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Dara, made the entire experience great! If I had any complaints, it would be that we spent a lot of time traveling and didn't have much free time for exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music and Irish dancing in Dingle. Handling the birds of prey."

Marc

Mechanicsburg, PA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and our first trip overseas. We had an incredibly wonderful time. We had fun. We learned a lot about Irish culture and history. Our tour guide, Dara, was outstanding. The accommodations and food provided were generally excellent. It was an incredible experience even despite the two foggy dreary days in western Ireland. Brú na Bóinne, the falcon/owl/eagle experience, Dingle,and Glendalough were impressive experiences for the entire tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne has to be my "wow" moment.Never heard of these tombs until we took the Heart of Ireland trip. How could you not be wowed standing in the exact spot that humans stood over 5,000 years ago. Much older than the Pyramids or Stonehenge. It's just a very small stone built domed area accessed through a very narrow and short stone lined passageway.People must have been much shorter and smaller 5,000 years ago! Very impressive construction. Falcon/owl event close 2nd."

Jeffrey

Jensen Beach, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all my expectations. My wife and I are not normally organized tour type people. So we where cautious about signing up for the tour to Ireland. After the first day we know we had done the right thing and it got better and better as the trip when on. Ending on a high note, we are ready to try another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the Dingle Peninsula. What a beautiful place and everyone was so friendly and helpful."

Sandra

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was pretty close to perfect. The accommodations, the restaurants, the tours. and most importantly, our guide Dara Herlihy were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one for me. Just "being" in Ireland was a dream come true. I would say that the evenings we spent in Dingle were my favorite. Going to pubs, walking around and enjoying the town."

James

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time experiencing a group tour package, and we travelled with several other families. I was not sure what to expect, but was extremely pleased with the overall experience that was provided. It is obvious that customer satisfaction is a priority with your business, and that was a refreshing finding. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, with friendly staff and excellent accommodations. I would definitely book through Rick Steves' again for future trips of this nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. First off, from the minute we walked in to the first meeting, Dara made us all feel welcome and comfortable. The experience with the bird handler was a wonderful surprise and was unexpected. The bird handler was very informative. I understand this was a new experiment with the package, and I highly recommend that you keep him as part of the overall package. The food served at all of the locations which was included with the package far exceeded my expectation. Great guide!"

Sara

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been a Rick Steves fan for many years, I had every expectation that our trip would be great. However, this trip surpassed every expectation. We honestly couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. It began with our wonderful guide Pascal, our talented coach driver Allen and the fun chemistry we had with everyone in our tour group. With the exception of one hotel, our accommodations were lovely. Every stop on the tour was beautiful, engaging, educational and truly authentic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to pick only one "wow" moment. However, the afternoon we spent at Milltown House guesthouse in Dingle with Kingdom Falconry was an unexpected surprise that my family and I will always remember. Never in my life - much less on our tour of Ireland - did I expect to get up close and personal with such magnificent birds of prey. Everyone had the opportunity to learn about each of the birds and hold all but one of them. Eric, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly."

William

St Paul, MN

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! My wife and I had a tremendous time and had a ton of fun. The entire trip was great and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall scenery, Ireland was such a beautiful place. Rapidly changing from place to place which gives it its charm."

Douglas

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to book a Europe tour. I was a little concerned I wouldn't find the structure and closeness to other travelers enjoyable but my concern never came to fruition. The tour was a remarkable experience. I attribute this to Pascal. He showed my wife and me more than we would have ever experienced if we had traveled through Ireland on our own. I particularly liked his entertaining and informative talks as we rode around the country. I learned so much about Ireland's culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the stop in Listowel to eat lunch at John B. Keane's pub was a wonderfully memorable experience. The pub was a quaint local establishment that served us plates of ham, chicken, and veggie tea sandwiches while we listened to Billy, the owner, tell us what it was like growing up in the pub. The stories were a hilarious venture into Billy's special experiences. On this pub stop, we were able to experience the country's culture rather than just visit it."

Elizabeth

Mason, OH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. We had a great group that was always respectful of the schedule times and very friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed "off the beaten path" experiences such as the story telling at Billy Keane's bar in Listowel, the falconry session, bourbon tasting, crystal cutting demonstration and the Riverdancer in Dingle."

Teresa

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is an excellent way for a first time Ireland traveler to experience as many facets of Ireland as possible, in an easy and comfortable way. We had a fantastic time being part of this tour. Although the pre-tour email info regarding the "name games and buddy system" gave me pause to question whether the tour was going to be more focused on social than I wanted, it turned out to be a quick way to account for missing people and an immediate connection to someone else in the larger group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were everything about the Dingle Peninsula: from the falconry experience upon arriving, the quant guesthouses overlooking the bay, the two nights of Irish music and dancing, the drive along Slea Head Road and the Blasket museum, to the boat cruise on the water viewing the landscape from that perspective. All was a gigantic "wow" experience."

Joseph

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was outstanding. Pascal was exceptional in every way. Except for the one night stay at the Club House Kilkenny, everything was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Cliffs of Moher or the drive along the Dingle Peninsula."

Elizabeth

Westlake, OH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw things I doubt I'd have seen had I not been on a tour -- Glendalough, Newgrange, and Glasnevin Cemetary, to name a few. These were a bit more off the beaten path but all highlights of the trip. I've been to Europe three times previously (never on a tour) and have never interacted so much with the locals. That was definitely a benefit of this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Glendalough for its remote and stark beauty. I loved that we got to go inside St. Kevin's small chapel."

Peter

Westlake, OH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well-organized Nice pace (rarely felt rushed) Good balance of group activities and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick, but I would have to go with the Newgrange passage tomb visit. I have never experienced such a close interaction with an ancient culture."

John

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my wife and I have been "disciples" of Rick Steves for many years and used his guide books all over Europe, this was our first Rick Steves' tour. Actually, it was our first group tour ever. The experience was wonderful. We became a family. I could talk at length to any person on the tour. We were all different, yet we all seemed to have similar interests and a similar philosophy of touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The raptors. Holding a golden eagle."

Gary

Havertown, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful Adventure

Shannon

Lindsborg, KS

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly and was well planned. I liked how our guide took care of any fees for tours that we took, so we just enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two nights in Dingle were great. Then the picnic at Glen de Lough (sp). I guess there are just too many to name."

Daniel

Brandon, MN

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Rick Steves Heart of Ireland Tour was an overall excellent experience. We had an excellent guide who knew not only history, sites, etc. but also presented them with an actual Irish point of view. The sites and experiences were appropriate and enjoyable with just enough time to do our own adventures. The lodging locations were well planned and of acceptable quality, especially for seasoned travelers who have some flexibility. The tour group make up and size was a real plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally enjoyed visiting the beautiful Glendolough area and experiencing the small extra adventures provided by the guide such as the bird show."

Jim

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and a group of people who liked to have fun. That's a combination that is hard to beat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mounds that mark the change in the winter and summer solstices. I guess we're not as big deals as w may have thought."

Tom

Milford, OH

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was wonderful and we had a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people, the pubs, the music of Ireland...all memorable for a lifetime."

Joy

Lindsborg, KS

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful 8 days. Felt so immersured in Irelands history and culture, Everything went very smoothly and we never felt rushed or hurried.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our visit to Dingle. We had so many "special" moments there. The area is beautiful and Stevens added extras like learning to bake scones and the additional musical opportunities were very appreciated. The Lovely boat ride was very enjoyable."

Joan

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide..He made the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle area."

Stuart

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle,"

Elaine

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour but it won't be my last! I am not a seasoned traveler, but love the RS philosophy and when friends said they were doing this tour, I jumped at the chance to join them. I'm so glad I did. The tour included many things both on the schedule and "extras" that were so special, such as the falconry experience in Dingle, and other tips and stops that persons traveling not with a tour could never experience. Had a Great Time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's hard to narrow it down to just one. Every site we visited was a "wow" but the whole experience in Dingle was hard to match; the welcome at our Inn, the (optional) whiskey tasting, the falconry, the special concert by local musicians, the reading by a local author, the food, Dingle gin and tonics, the harbor cruise, and friendships forged among tour participants made it an unforgettable place. The whole Dingle peninsula was amazing and beautiful."

Theodore

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was organized with good free time activities. Group leader Stephen connected well with all group members. He has good insight about the history of his country and has a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride into the hills and valleys, especially in Dingle and Glendalough. The bay cruise in Dingle to see Fungie the dolphin. Cashel and the castle tour. The falconer demonstration and opportunity to interact with falcons and owls."

Gabrielle

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Words can not Express how much we loved our tour! Stephen was awesome, knowledgable, funny, and informative! We did more on our trip than we ever imagined possible! This is not a trip of leisure. But a trip of doing, and we DID Ireland. Castles, history, food, sight seeing, history, friars, church, you name it we saw it. There was so much extra thrown in that thank God for cameras to help you remember! I wish we had another day in Dingle. Dingle was great. But we lacked time to explore there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The birds. We held hawks, orks, and the golden eagle. The people on the trip. Our tour guide. The bed and breakfast in Dingle. Ennes, I loved Ennes. The food the tour provided was outstanding. How much we saw in those 8 days!! The beauty of Ireland was breath taking. The baby lambs!! I had lots of WOW moments!!"

Faith

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the small size of our group that allowed us to get to know one another and travel easily together as a group. The amount of pre-booked activities and free time each day was just right. The small town experiences were the best. The biggest disappointment was the crowd at the Book of Kells. It was hot and we could hardly get near it to see it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time on the Dingle peninsula was the best. Loved the Milltown House B&B and the extras we experienced there. Falcon flying, the private concert and the food were fabulous. Beautiful views from the harbor cruise and the bus tour of the peninsula."

Thomas

Allentown, NJ

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely weather all through tour days. OUTSTANDING.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in Dingle, falconry experience, good food, golf on the bay, Live Irish music performers, taste of Dingle irish first batch. OUTSTANDING!"

Katherine

Irwin, PA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was nothing short of amazing. We got to experience the majority of the island without feeling rushed. Everything was just so well thought out and planned - all I had to do was sit back and experience all Ireland had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many - Dara was so informative and shared enough information and history to enhance our experience. The boat ride in Dingle, the music performances, the dancing, the landscapes it was a perfect vacation."

Geri

Alamo, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute. Dara was especially knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Ronald

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and professionally conducted. The tour guide, Dara, was highly skilled and very personable[INVALID]like traveling with a friend. And the bus driver excelled at his job and brought a welcoming and friendly personality each day. All of the tour stops were well chosen and the hotels were of good quality except the one in Kilkenny was a bit lacking. The restaurants for the group meals were all excellent especially the one at Left Bank in Kilkenny selected personally by Dara.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was at the Dingle B & B sipping Dingle gin & tonic looking out over Dingle bay with two young Irish lasses playing Irish tunes in the beautiful 70 degree F weather that we experienced for the entire tour.Only a few hours of rain in Dublin for the whole trip."

Mack

Belleview, FL

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour far exceeded my expectations in every way. The scenery we saw, the cultural exposure , the history we learned about was so much more in depth than I expected. The travel stress I usually expect in foreign travel just was not there. Everything that was scheduled for us just worked out as planned. No delays, no confusion. All admissions, all check ins, all meals...everything was ready for us with no snags or delays.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic beauty and majesty of the landscape especially in route to the Cliffs of Moher and to the Blaskin islands. It was just astounding (as was most of the landscape in Ireland"

Steven

Woods Cross, UT

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we started our tour in Ennis to the last day in Dublin was surreal. This was our last leg of our Europe adventure and after being home for a couple weeks now; we still feel as though it was a dream. My advise if you are planning on visiting any part of Europe; Ireland would be a must visit and a must Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a wow moment from the Cliffs in Dingle to city wide visit of Dublin... but if I had to narrow it down; I would say the one night stay in Kilkenny! The hotel was a little sketchy, but it was only one night and the sights and history out weighted the hotel experience! The Kilkenny Castle is a must see and the restaurant Dana took us was amazing!"

Mika

Alva, OK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. Rick Steves tours are my favorite because of the balance of culture, activities, and impromptu experiences. Our guide, Dara, was personable (without being over the top), witty and an absolute wealth of knowledge about his country's history and current situation. The accommodations have been upgraded since my first Rick Steves tour in 1992.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening spent in Dingle at Miltown House is what pops into my head first. The evening was beautiful, we had a fabulous meal. The two local musicians who played and sang absolutely made the evening. While they were playing, Seamus and Siecha (sp), the Irish wolf hounds romped in the background as if dancing. This was not a spectacular sight seeing, learning moment but one of relaxed local beauty. Those are the moments I like best. True Rick Steves!"

Michael

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and my first visit to Ireland, and both were excellent. Dara was an outstanding guide with his knowledge of Irish history and his calm but sharp sense of humor. His education at University College Dublin was a valuable asset as was his love of Ireland. We were lucky to have him. We were also lucky to have the best weather in two years for our tour. The towns and sights on the itinerary were well chosen--all were worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment I entered the old library at Trinity College Dublin was quite emotional for me. I had entered a cathedral of learning and could sense the efforts of architects and faculty and students to preserve and expand our knowledge of human beings and our universe. I said to my wife that this venue made the entire trip worthwhile. I also must say that every person we met in Ireland was amazingly friendly. On our first day in Ennis we met two strangers on the street who were quite kind to us."

Marjorie

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with the two previous tours we've taken, our guide, bus driver, and itinerary were outstanding. We experienced many different and beautiful places and sites, rich cultural experiences, as well as a greater understanding of the Celts', Vikings' and Scots' influence on a culture that escaped Roman influence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were so many WOW moments, two stand out: 1) the EPIC Museum in Dublin was incredible and captured the tremendous resilience of the Irish people in a unique and interactive way; and 2) the prehistoric archeological site and surroundings at Bru na Boinne were fascinating."

Richard

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As before, a very nice group of traveling companions. The tour guide (Stephen) was very good, providing history and details of the various destinations. As before, I liked the mix of free time with scheduled activities. Also,a nice mix of countryside (beautiful) and city experiences. Bus trips were comfortable and an excellent driver (felt very safe).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula was wonderful. The scenery, accommodations, boat trip in the bay(Fungie sighting), Irish music concert were great. Also an unscheduled interaction with a falconer was really fun."

Joanne

Granger, IN

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites were outstanding--beautiful and well-chosen. I felt we got a wonderful sample of the treasures of Ireland. The pace was perfect! We learned a lot about the history and culture of Ireland. I don't think I would have learned as much on my own. The tour guide was great--knowledgeable, entertaining, thoughtful! I would go on another tour in a heartbeat. It is hard to believe that one could have such a perfect experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to choose a single moment, but forced to choose, I would select the tour of the Dingle Peninsula. I loved all the time in Dingle and touring the peninsula. I loved the small town, the beautiful scenery, the info about the Blasket Islands (we got all three books the tour guide recommended), the harbor tour, and the music."

Dennis

Hastings, MN

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

damn good. all was better than i expected

Favorite "WOW" moment

"nothing really.. all was great"

Sue

Hastings, MN

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Everything was so well organized and went very smoothly. OUr guide was ferritin. Everyone on the tour was very sociable and and friendly and seemed to get along very well. Things couldn't have been better. (And how Stephen the bus driver handled the bus on those very narrow roads was amazing. He did a great job !!!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one moment, but we love the days we spent on the Dingle peninsula. If we ever go back, we would probably spend 90% of our time on the west coast of Ireland."

Rebecca

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Stephen was a great guide, the driver was outstanding, a great group of people, and we loved the itinerary. Lucky to have mostly great weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. Going inside the tomb at New Grange was amazing. Also, the Irish music concert in Dingle and the raptors at our B&B in Dingle, which were optional activities Stephen added were great."

Sarah

Rosemount, MN

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With the exception of one hotel that I believe was recently added to the tour (see #11 for more comments about this), everything was wonderful! Our guide, the sites, the transportation and reservations, the timing, the food - I can't think of one thing that wasn't well-thought out or perfectly planned. There were people in the age range of 20's to 70's on our tour and all were able to handle the daily trips with no problem. Highly recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to mention. Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history and when the tour is led by a great guide, every city and castle and whiskey becomes a wow. Unfortunately, some of the things that you'd think would be awesome weren't even visible (the Book of Kells, for example), but the LIBRARY and the Museum of Archaeology and History were brilliant! There's no one "wow" moment. You just have to go and experience it for yourself!"

Walter

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and foremost we really appreciated our guide Stephen. His commentary about the culture and history of Ireland, his knowledge of the areas on the tour and others we asked about, his willingness to allow us to tag along "after hours" for a local experience, the special surprises he was able to line up, and his great story telling and sense of humor were priceless. Ireland is a beautiful country with an incredible history and warm and welcoming people. Each stop on the tour was well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to choose just one but the tour of the Dingle Peninsula and Cliffs of Moher were spectacular."

Abigail

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-Dingle was a highlight for us, spending time with the falcon trainer and holding all the big birds, dinner at the bed and breakfast with musicians. - Feeding the baby sheep. - Visiting the St Patrick's Rick Cashel. - Listening to Stephen's stories on the bus about how he met Rick Steve's and his daughters attending a wedding where they had to wear outfits from India."

Frances

La Grange Park, IL

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, and I am highly recommending it to friends. The format works very well, with plenty of walking interspersed with bus time. The format is also very conducive to meeting and getting to know fellow tour members. Stephen is an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by the countryside of Ireland--very green, patchwork of fields, lots of sheep, dotted with ruins of castles, monasteries, and churches. Lovely!"

Ann

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great introduction to Ireland. Everything I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"loved the Blasket Islands visitor center and the views as we traveled there! Beautiful - even on the one rainy day. The views and history were right up my alley."

Ruth

Panama City, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. I really feel like we saw a lot of Ireland and experienced a lot of Irish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the stunningly beautiful scenery and brilliant blue water on the Dingle Peninsula drive. Seeing the library at Trinity College and the Book of Kells."

Janice

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was unforgettable. Every day was full of interest and humor. Our group was open and companionable and I attribute this to our wonderful guide, Joe Darcy. Joe loves his country and loves to share it with us. He is very well informed in current and historical information. He brought himself which is a wonderful gift. He is a warm hearted man who loves to share a "laugh wit you". He sings, tells great stories. He was also able to organize and keep our trip on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved looking out on the Blasket Islands. I could have stayed over night.I loved the concert in Dingle. I especially loved that Joe went out of his way taking a few of us to the Sweny Pharmacy and we read outloud from James Joyce the Dubliners"

Janet

Brandon, MS

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived in Ennis a day or so early and walked around Ennis, and we also ended up taking a bus to Shannon to do the Bunratty castle and dinner. I know Rick doesn't recommend, but we actually had fun. The rest of tour went well once we started with Joe, our guide. We had previously done the Rome tour with a Rick Steves group, so this trip had more bus time, though the views were outstanding. I wished I had time to sit on one of the beaches and soak in the views, but it is a little chilly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one: Cliffs of Moher, the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne, Chester Beatty Library (we did on our own time), the town of Dingle, Slea Head Drive, Glendalough monastic settlement, the beach by The Blasket Center with view of the Blasket Islands."

Wayne

Panama City, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very stunning. Very good tour group and excellent guide. I liked the Old Ground hotel in Ennis but not the city tour. I didn't like Kilkeny, especially the hotel (too small and too old). Great hotel in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking down from the Cliffs of Mohr to the ocean. Also, the vibrant green all over Ireland."

Bonita

Howard, PA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time- Ireland was just beautiful and we couldn't have asked for a better and more knowledgeable guide than Captain Joe and our bus driver Mike was great!! Joe was just wonderful and has so much personality and just a fun person! Plus he lives and loves Ireland! We had a great group of people and beautiful weather! For only a week we did and saw so much! The Dingle Peninsula was a highlight for me!! Thanks for another great tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula and the Slea Head Drive! Just beautiful!!"

Harvey

Kentwood, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was terrific, a wonderful blend of learning about Irish history, seeing the beautiful land and communities and experiencing Irish culture and hospitality. This tour packed great variety into 8 days. Tour guide Joe was outstanding. The planning was excellent, we saw so much as a group and yet had some time to ourselves too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Glendalough monastery and surrounding landscape. It was a window into another place and time with an opportunity for a good long contemplative walk."

Hannah

Kentwood, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. I liked the small towns we visited the most - Ennis, Dingle, and Kilkenny. These towns offered a genuine view of Irish life and culture. I enjoyed the different tours we took, although sometimes we received an overwhelming about of history. I thought there was a good balance between time with the tour group and time spent independently. I also liked getting to know all the interesting people on the trip as well as our excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was at the Dingle peninsula. I had a free afternoon and decided to go for a walk down the shoreline in the warm and sunny weather. I felt an incredible sense of peace and appreciation of the beauty of Ireland during this walk. On one side of me was the calm water with the dolphin popping in and out of the waves. On the other was rolling hills dotted with the ever-present sheep and cows. I appreciated greatly that opportunity to take in the landscape."

Janelle

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized tour. I learned a lot about Ireland. We saw such interesting places, some natural and some manmade. We were introduced to Irish culture through music, stories, art, and history. And we met interesting and friendly fellow travelers. Joe was a knowledgeable and helpful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wows" choosing a favorite is nearly impossible. I can narrow it down to two (kind of): Newgrange archaeological site and the Book of Kells. I knew about the Book of Kells, but seeing it is so powerful. I knew nothing about Newgrange...that was a bold new bit of information. Seeing it was spectacular. I loved the music in Dingle and the Blasket Island Museum..."

Raymond

Portage, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a well done tour. Good time planning of activities and sufficient free time.

Carolyn

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was fabulous. Stephen was a fantastic guide. This is a bus tour. Stephen sang on the bus and told us stories both historical and personal to keep our interest. The history was fabulous. The scenery was dreamlike and the activities were more than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough was amazing but so was Bru na Boinne and Glasnevin. All three are places i may not have ventured to on my own without Rick Steves. The hike to the two lakes was in fantastic weather and just mystical. Entering the ancient burial mound and seeing the light enter the tomb was chilling. The amount of Celtic crosses at the cemetery was spiritual and breathtaking. The porridge at the B&B in Dingle with Bailey's Irish's Cream is what dreams are made of."

Anita

Leaburg, OR

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and like our others we found it excellent. Being only 8 days it was pretty intense and packed with activities, less free time than our other tours but I wouldn't give up anything that we did. It just whetted our appetite for more of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one wow moment out of so many but my very favorite was in Dingle at Nelligan's Pub. We went as a group to a couple pubs for traditional music and dance. A young man from Dingle was dancing that night for a mostly local crowd. He had previously danced with Riverdance and he was fantastic. It was noisy and crowded and just "so Irish"! You could never get that kind of experience on a typical tour."

Candace

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Stephen, really made the trip. Ireland has lots of great things to offer - the sights, the history, the food(!) - and Stephen made it all come alive. His knowledge of history and sense of humor was really fantastic. Alan was also a great driver - he maneuvered the coach around some really tight turns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stephen invited us all over to his house in Dingle for an optional bread making (and eating) event plus a falconry display. So wonderful to be invited into his home and see things that were not on the itinerary. As for the planned itinerary, the Newgrange site was really remarkable - to think that the site is 5,000 years old and is now a heritage site - it's amazing."

Debra

Williams, AZ

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, as you undoubtedly know, Stephen is an outstanding and excellent tour guide. I don't think there is a better guide for any Ireland tour, and his presence and knowledge and love of Ireland (preferably a united Ireland!) and wicked sense of humor absolutely made the tour, and all the extras he included in it, an amazing and unforgettable experience for myself and my traveling companion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most definitely Newgrange. No, it had to be the Falcon Experience at Milltown House in Dingle. No, for sure it was dinner at Random on the last night. No, now that I'm thinking about it, it was the Dingle peninsula and the Blasket Islands. No, I would have to go back to Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains. Well, you know, it's hard to say!"

Joyce

Aptos, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. Ireland is a beautiful country and the organizers of the tour showcased some of Ireland's loveliest vistas and its signature character.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't just choose one. Each visit to every place offered its own unique experience. Learning about the hill people on the islands out of Dingle, being in Dingle, the falconry and whiskey tasting, the castles, the antiquities, the stories, Dublin, the pub, music and dance experiences, the cliffs, the views out the window. and Stephen's wonderful stories and singing as well as his fine historical knowledge. What can I say....it was a rich experience. And meals and accommodations were terrific."

Maureen

Flushing, NY

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed touring in Ireland. The country is beautiful & the people are warm & welcoming. I wished I had more time so I could have seen more but I did get a taste & will get back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula. The boat ride out to the Blasket Island with a history of the people who lived there was so real I could feel their struggles. The visit from a local falconer with his birds of prey was also wonderful. Another Wow was the visit to Newgrange, entering the burial mound."

Kathy

Kingman, AZ

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip out of the country and my first bus tour. I had an amazing time and will definitely use Rick Steve's again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day holds special moments but the day we were in Newgrange stands out for me. I felt honored to be at such a special site. I'm not a deeply religious person but going inside the structure was quite spiritual for me."

Wayne

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fun packed tour. Stephen brought the tour to life with his deep knowledge of the history of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher although I wished the fog had lifted but it broke enough to provide some dazzling glimpses."

Francis

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countryside was everything we imagined it to be. The Irish people we met were every bit as warm and charming as we hoped they would be. The hotels were nicer than we expected them to be. The mix of scheduled and free time was perfect. Steven was informative, helpful, and one of the best (and funniest) story tellers I have ever met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about our visit to Glendalough, from the bus ride there, to the picnic and hike, to the private tour of the site, to the Visito Center. A splendid day."

Mary Jo

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, allowing scheduling for bathroom breaks. I think that many companies can organize a tour, however, what sets the Rick Steve's tours apart are his guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bru na Boine, north of Dublin. The antiquity of the site was amazing."

Tim

Jasper, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was excellent, he has a true passion for role. Very enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and experience at Stephen's home with falconry/birds of prey."

Edward

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

See comments on my wife's evaluation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See comments on my wife's evaluatioan"

Anthony

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply wonderful. Dara is a star, surpassed only by his dad and mother (whom I had the pleasure of speaking to by phone while she was in Spain, at our last night of the tour dinner in Dublin). I also go a picture of myself with his father, former mayor of Dingle (sister city to my hometown of Santa Barbara, CA.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pre-tour day in Ennis stumbled onto a pub with a bunch of musicians who had gathered to jam. Really over the top. On the Tour, Dingle all around - hotel, food, Nelligan entertainment including Thomas's mom), free food night out at Ashes."

Lizabeth

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had done the research and thought I knew what Ireland would be like, but I never expected to feel so at home in this amazing place. The Irish people are some of the friendliest people on Earth. Everyone I met had a smile and a helpful attitude. I worried that I would not like the Irish food, but every meal was delicious and mouthwatering. I loved every minute of this tour and I especially loved our tour guide, Dara. He made the trip so memorable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was standing on the Cliffs of Moher. Looking out over that vast sea, I couldn't help but wonder what other explorers felt when they encountered these sentinels of rock. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and serenity of this breathtaking place. Did these early explorers feel the same way? I will definitely come back."

William

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, amazing guide, wonderful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a toss up between our visit to New Grange, and the Seamus Begley concert at the Herlihy Music Shop in Dingle."

Kathleen

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful tour with Dara and all the other travelers. The planning was spot on and any problems that cropped up were dealt with calmly and professionally. We enjoyed the mix of history, music and nature that the tour offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when the lights were turned off to simulate the winter solstice during our visit to New Grange (a prehistoric monument). It was humbling to know that thousands of years ago other humans were in that exact same spot having a very similar experience."

Cheryl

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jam packed with interesting, fun and educational events. All at a wonderful not-to-fast/not-to-slow pace. The group we traveled with, especially our Guide Dara and coach driver Carolyne, made for quite the memorable travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How at home I felt with the Irish people. Felt like everyone was a cousin."

Ed

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour companions and tour guide (Dara) were top notch! Everyone on the tour made an effort to get along with each other and seemed truly interested in learning about Ireland and the Irish people, not always the case when one travels in a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the Cliffs of Moher was something I had seen pictures of, but the reality was so much more breath-taking. A second highlight was the town of Kilkenny. I wasn't expecting much, but thought this was a place I would like to come back to. Lucky to have been there on a Thursday while the Farmer's Market was open."

Julie

Edgewood, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all my expectations. I learned so much about Ireland's history, geography and their culture. Our group blended beautifully which made the experience even more memorable. I left Ireland with a deeper understanding of the Irish people; their resilience, wicked humor, love of music and dance and their warm hearts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""There were so many memorable moments, but for me the "wow" was Dara, our guide. He made Ireland come alive by sharing his country with us. Going to Neligans bar in Dingle and listening to the musicians and watching the river dancers was an unforgettable experience!!! Being welcomed by two Irish Wolfhounds at Millhouse was a favorite as well. Our time in Dingle was magical! Learning about the Gaelic Blasket community was a surprising highlight for me"."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

June

Galesville, WI

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was glorious music (both joyful and heart-wrenching), beautiful (and sometimes eerie) scenery, and history that both amazed me and made me tear up at times. Our guide Stephen was a marvelous storyteller (and singer), and threw in a great sense of humor for good measure! Every European experience is different, but Ireland for me was about history, pubs, and music. It did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew I was "in the moment" when I found myself in the Celt pub in Dublin encouraging a group of German tourists (there for music and whiskey) in the singing of "Nay, No, Never . . ." (a song I had only recently learned:), clapping my hands with great enthusiasm:) Normally, I'm a wee bit more subdued!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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!"

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"

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."

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"

Donna

Randolph, MS

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUTSTANDING!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I possibly pick just one?!"

Bryant

Lynden, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting New Grange."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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.

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Celine

Dover, NH

Tour: 04/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In this 8 day tour, I feel I got a fine taste of Irish culture, history, geography and its wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 4: Scenic hills/mountain views of Kerry from bus as we travel out of Dingle eastward."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Marilyn

Calabasas, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative and fun. Interesting participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Newgrange"

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."

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..."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!

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."

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!

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."

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."

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."

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."

Weather

Ireland / Dublin

Dublin Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Shannon and out of Dublin ("multicity" on flight booking websites). Ennis, where our tour starts, is an easy half-hour bus ride from Shannon Airport.

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.

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