• 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 River Liffey

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Heart of Ireland in 7 Days Tour

from $2,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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Tight on time? The Heart of Ireland in 7 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. 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, village of Adare, Dingle, the Great Blasket Centre, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, crystal cutting, whiskey tasting, and more. Join us for the Heart of Ireland in 7 Days!

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

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 18 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Village of Adare
  • Dingle walking tour
  • Irish music evening
  • Dingle's Slea Head Drive
  • Crystal cutting demonstration
  • Great Blasket Centre
  • Dingle Falconry Experience
  • Gallarus Oratory
  • Irish whiskey tasting
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kilkenny orientation
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Glendalough
  • Dublin walking tour
  • Trinity College
  • Book of Kells
  • Kilmainham Gaol (when available)

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
  • 6 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and 3 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

We'll gather together at our hotel at 2 p.m. for a meeting and orientation. Then we'll take a short drive to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you'll find yourself leaning into the wind, teetering on the very edge of Europe more than 600 feet above the churning waters of the North Atlantic. Afterward we'll get to know one another over a hearty "Welcome to Ireland" dinner together.

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

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 County Limerick's lovely village of Adare, brimming with thatched cottages and flower gardens. At the end of our drive we'll arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle. After a walking tour, we'll enjoy a dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Dingle.

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. We'll return to Dingle for lunch together and a visit to the Dingle Falconry Experience for an intimate introduction to their majestic birds of prey. The remainder of the day is free for you to soak in more of Dingle's charms and enjoy dinner on your own.

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

Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny

Today we'll bid goodbye to Dingle as our bus transports us across the Emerald Isle to Kilkenny. 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 take an orientation walk through the medieval town center and 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 enjoy dinner together in one of Kilkenny's atmospheric pubs.

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

Day 5: Glendalough and Dublin

This morning we'll head 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. On the way we'll learn lessons of Ireland's recent struggle for independence at Kilmainham Gaol (when available). After arriving at our hotel, we'll take an orientation walk before setting you free to experience Dublin's lively dining scene on your own.

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

Day 6: The Heart and History of Dublin

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Dublin including a stop at Trinity College for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a creative jolt that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. We'll continue on, learning about the city's 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. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin's other world-class sights, such as the National Museum of Archaeology or Dublin Castle. Tonight we'll compare notes and celebrate our marvelous week together over a farewell dinner.

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

Day 7: 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

Melissa

Tour: 06/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all the areas we were taken to. We had guides that were informative and engaging

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were a sight to behold. "

Kenneth

Tour: 06/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about the tour. The sights, accommodations and especially the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn’t really have a “wow” moment."

Susan

Tour: 06/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just the right pace for us. Tour guide and all other guides were well informed and personable. Hotels were nice and food was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough Monastery. Amazing that it all remains intact. I hadn't realized how long such sites were viable as communities."

James

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so pleased with the entire tour. Our tour guide was very informative and we enjoyed his sense of humor and the history he provided to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher"

Lori

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just how green Ireland really is!!"

Jennifer

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

from start to finish our tour was exceptional! the hotels/bed and breafast establishments were top notch. every meals was wonderful. the guide was very organized, informative and funny. Our bus driver was outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all the little extras that our guide thoughtfully planned out were fun and exciting. The scenery in general was wowing me every day "

Constance

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was both fantastically fun and relaxing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to interact with Billy Keane in his dad’s pub in Listowel…and the falconry/ owl experience…and Gearoid talking to us as we traveled on the bus…and going out to spot the humpback beyond Dingle Harbour"

Paula

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very impressed, I learned a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the scenery! "

Louise

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the trip! We've taken Tauck tours with our family costing over twice as much as this tour, and I was so impressed with the experiences offered and our guide. It was a great trip, we'll do another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head road and the Blasket Islands - then the falconry experience - then the humpback whale sighting off Dingle on the boat trip - then the Cliffs of Moher! The Dublin walking tour was fantastic too..."

Colleen

Tour: 05/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent on All accounts!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rock of Cashel"

Julie

Tour: 05/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. There was plenty of free time along with the structured events. The restaurants and accommodations were all top rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the World Champion Irish dancer at a bar in Dingle. Seeing up-close Celtic dancing was an absolute thrill!"

Sophia

Tour: 05/31/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Connor was nice, knowledgeable, and organized. Brought a lot of local pieces into it which was great. Loved the first 2 hotels and food was great. Aldo loved the Irish players at Milltown. It was nice not having to navigate a country we’ve never been to. Ireland is stunning. Cliffs of Moher and Dingle were our favorite. Everyone we spoke with was so nice which was surprising and has pride in their country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery was breathtaking. Could not have picked better places to show us. Loved the Atlantic Way and Basket islands. Just incredible thinking we were literally on the edge of the country. Amazing "

Deanna

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was very nice. We took the 7 day tour and probably would opt for a longer one covering more of Ireland. The stops in-between stays were just ok and Dublin was disappointing, with not very interesting tours (book of Kell and a walking tour) and lots of pubs. Tour guide was ok.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula overall, with a great B&B, crystal cutting demonstration and falconry demonstration (my favorite)."

Gaston

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We usually plan our own trips. Using this tour made for a more relaxing trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula and shoreline. "

Kellene

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was good but not as impressive as other Rick Steve tours we’ve taken. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable but very matter of fact. The hotels were okay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula "

Jennifer

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

John

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Educational awakening to what Ireland has gone through over the centuries. The country was lovely to see, all very lush. Scenic shots at waterfront and at visited religious sites made for some fine picture captures. Dingle was my favorite portion of the tour. The falconry was a lot of fun. For all the history that was touched upon, there was too much for me to completely absorb and appreciate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry"

Bethany

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive and the Dingle Peninsula in general were my favorite. "

Sherrill

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational and enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Irish countryside and coastlines"

Tim

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 7th RS tour. Everything was great, hotels, tour bus, and itinerary. Our guide was a lovely man, Robert, but he did not live up to our past guides. This was his 2nd time guiding with RS and it showed. He did not communicate our schedule well, several people on the tour were confused about where they needed to be and when. As someone who'd been on tours before, I fielded many questions about what to expect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crystal demonstration was very cool. I appreciated seeing a craftsman doing his craft up close. Also, the Irish musicians and Irish dancer were fabulous. We were lucky to see such talented people."

Paul

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had an enjoyable, relaxed week exploring southern Ireland countryside. The hotels and eating places selected were all very good. The days were packed with interesting things to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moher was very impressive."

Frank

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really impressed by the geography, history and culture of Ireland. We experienced a great mix of nature, ruins, demonstrations and current events. And yes, we ate and drink wonderfully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was probably the Dingle peninsula and Aran Islands. The beauty of the North Atlantic and rocky coast land with the inland hills shrouded in clouds and rain was amazing."

Esther

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Irwin

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The combination of the itinerary, hotels, meals, fellow travelers, guide and local guides provided an enjoyable experience that met our expectations. We learned a lot about Ireland's history and economy and how much its climate dictates its "personality". This was our 7th tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the falcon landing on my arm. My wife's wow was the Slea Head Drive. "The scenery was spectacular and having the local guide on the bus to point things our ans to add context to all we saw made the drive truly memorable.""

Marie

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, hotels, planned events were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Ireland and seeing the ruins in Ireland was outstanding, but my wow moment from this tour is the Kingdom Falconry falcon/owl experience. The women shared their passion for the birds. I thought I would be afraid, but it is a highlight of our time in Ireland, and I would encourage everyone who has a chance for a falcon experience should take the opportunity, and learn more about these amazing birds!"

Elaine

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that we hoped it would be. Our tour guide Robert was a bit subdued at first, but was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. When he started singing Irish songs in the middle of a city street, I knew that my first impression was wrong. The itinerary was full, but informative and fun. The little "extras" like the whiskey tasting, the pub visit and the dancer made it even more special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula was breathtaking, as were the Cliffs of Moher, but my favorite moment was the 45 minutes I spent speaking with a security guard in the archaeology museum in Dublin on our own time. Harry brought me a chair and gave me access to a phone charger, and we proceeded to chat about all sorts of things. He epitomized what I thought of as a "typical" Irish person - friendly, funny, and opinionated but polite. "

Brenda

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time on a group tour! Overall it was really enjoyable. Lots of pros and cons to a group tour, as I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private performances by poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice and singer/songwriter Mickey MacConnell at the John B. Keane pub."

Paul

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to see some very interesting sights and also a taste of the local history in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the shorelines of Ireland."

Marie

Tour: 05/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never taken a tour before this one. I have traveled extensively but prefer to plan my own itinerary. The tour exceeded my expectations! I will definitely take another Rick Steves tour. I was completely satisfied with all aspects of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I can pinpoint just one wow moment. Maybe the overall hospitality of everyone involved with the tour- Robert, our guide, all the other tour guides along the way, and the amazingly warm and friendly Irish people."

Brian

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic time touring with Gearoid. His knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm about every town/attraction we visited was awesome. This was my first Rick Steve’s tour, and it definitely won’t be the last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite “wow” moment was the Dingle Peninsula. Gearoid recommended a boat tour during our free time here and it left me speechless!"

Margaret

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gearoid was fantastic. He set the tone for the tour and he made it fun. He was very organized. His humor, history and stories were really great! I left my charging cord and adapter in Ennis and he figured out a way to get it to me in Dublin! And he re-scheduled our Guinness tour for us to meet the schedule better. I loved the little towns and all the history. The meals were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry/bird experience was fantastic. The boat tour, something we did on our own, as recommended by Gearoid, was also stunning. The extras that Gearoid offered: our own private dancing performance by the gentleman in Dingle. The preseco toast. Visiting the local bar and hearing the stories from the bar owner were also great. "

Tom

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and it exceeded expectations. The itinerary was well planned out and provided ample time to enjoy every stop while being practical with the time. In our minds a significant part of the experience starts with the tour guide and we struck gold with Gearoid. Growing up in Ireland and specifically Dingle provided a personal, intimate perspective for the entire tour. We can’t say enough about the pleasure it was to see and learn about Ireland through Gearoid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher stand out for me. We had crystal blue skies and perfect weather for the experience which can easily have been cloudy or rainy. We know it was somewhat rare to get such a clear day and with the cliffs it provides such a panoramic view that is tough to describe due to its splendor. It really is impossible to properly describe what a beautiful landscape it really offers."

Margaret

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip itself was amazing, but what really made it special was the tour guide and the driver. We felt safe, relaxed, and able to enjoy every moment of scenery and culture because we were in such good hands. We are already researching our next Rick Steves tour because this one was so wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was probably dinner on Wednesday night. It was such a lovely restaurant, the food was great, and that was the moment when we realized everyone on the tour really had become new friends. We were all conversing easily and excitedly about the trip, and about life beyond our trip. It was exactly what you hope for when you book a group tour in country that is new to you."

Karen

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I woke up every morning waiting for what the day would bring. All my expectations were met. Loved Ireland, the people, history, etc. Joe, our tour guide, made us all feel comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but the beautiful drive along the coast was spectacular."

Denisa

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was so impressed that I am enthusiastically recommending his tours to everyone I know. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and able take us to area he was raised. This made my experience feel much more authentic and personable. I was on a seven day tour but I felt we covered many of the places I wanted to see and being led by knowledgeable local guides provided the right amount of historical knowledge with a local/national perspective that I loved!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the John B. Keanu Pub for a talk by his son Billy. Completely unexpected and wonderful. The weather also fantastic so we had beautiful scenic views throughout our trip."

Marshall

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Great guide (Joe), bus driver Pamela, and great group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost too many to mention: Dingle town and peninsula drive, Blasket Island interpretive center, visits to pubs established by famous Irish writer and Antarctic explorer, falconry, traditional Irish music, terrific restaurant choices (included in the tour). "

Elaine

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group, excellent guide, beautiful country. Nice hotels, but a hot tub would have been nice. Very nice meal selections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs. "

Thomas

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my 11th RS tour and it lived up to what I expect of my RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Irish Uprising in 1916 from the local guides."

Carla

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Joe our guide was courteous, knowledgeable, and funny. Accommodations were exceptional. Coach driver Pamela was experienced and pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Lynette

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned. Accomodations were awesome. Scheduled meals were delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive. Falconry experience. "

Denise

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour offered a wonderful mix of being on a guided tour and having freedom to do some exploring on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive along the Dingle Peninsula was breathtaking!"

Tyler

Tour: 05/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Went to Ireland and all I got was a sunburn :) Any day where having blue skies would make the experience better, we got (very lucky). Lodging was always at a great centrally located place. The Milltown house in Dingle was the best place to stay thanks to the wee baby Sheamus wolf hound that lives there. Plenty of stops along the way to experience locations off the main roads and hear stories from people who live there. Sad to leave but look forward to future trips. Thanks for everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle plus blue skies plus Slea Head Drive is the best. All the stops along the way added to the feel of the trip."

Heather

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fantastic time and can't wait to go on another one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire experience in Dingle! Staying at Milltown House, falconry, live Irish music, the gorgeous harbor town!"

Alan

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first travel tour, usually we plan trips ourselves, and it exceeded my expectations. Lots of great activities yet still had plenty of free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head drive on the Dingle Peninsula "

Catherine

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked all the hotels we stayed at and the coach was fantastic as well. The Rock of Cashel and the Dingle Peninsula drive were my favorites."

Allen

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and our tour guide (Kelly) was very knowledgeable, dedicated and shared her enthusiasm throughout the tour. Our bus driver (George) also was very pleasant, courteous and did get a great job getting us around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Mower and the countryside in general, especially in and around the Dingle area."

Janet

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide gave excellent insights into Irish Culture and interesting side notes on the towns and scenery we were touring. The bus drivers was fun-loving and very attentive to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The elective Wildlife Sea Safari tour in Dingle. The tour guide of the boat was fantastic and made the two tour very memorial. We were able to get up close to pods of Basking Sharks, Dolphins, seals lounging on the beach. We were in the middle of flocks of sea gulls, and puffins. The guide would relate stories about the myths about the Dingle Bay area. The John Keane Pub manager, Billy, was a "HOOT"!! He kept us laughing with his stories concerning the pub's local clientele. Funny!"

Dawn

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! The tour guide was knowledgeable and glad to answer any questions. I really enjoyed how different tour guides from the local area were provided. That added to the experience immensely. The group was so friendly and we enjoyed each and every person. The accommodations and food were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular and the weather was wonderful that day. The falconry experience was amazing! Those gals who handle the birds were wonderful. George, our driver, did an amazing job navigating those narrow roads in a huge bus. Kudos to him! The musicians that played for us in Dingle were so enjoyable. We had such a fun time with them. Kilkenny Castle was the big surprise how they had it staged inside. Loved the Rock of Cashel and the guide was amazing. Loved the Dublin walk. "

Laurence

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my first time overseas. The entire trip was organized and carried out to perfection. Both Kelli and George were excellent guides. The food and the weather were better than I hoped for which made the vacation that much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the streets of Dingle was my favorite part of the trip. The people in the seaside town were very friendly and the food was very good."

Thomas

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning when we all meet for the first time, you v could tell we were going to have a great time. Kelli, our guide, created a greats atmosphere and she was extensively knowledgeable about all the places we traveled to and kept us organized and on time! We always felt comfortable and not rushed. Accommodations were outstanding, the meals were very good and our driver George was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The Cliffs of Mohr and the architecture of the cities and towns were what I thought were amazing! "

John

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliff of Moore"

Beth

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful green Ireland, has an interesting history told by knowledgeable guides. As always our travel companions were friendly interesting people. There was so much to see and learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry on the Dingle Peninsula and the Epoch museum in Dublin. (Visited on our own) . The Cliffs of Mohr did not disappoint. The music, the music, the music!! "

Donna

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebekah

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, very nice fellow travelers. The bus was comfortable and the sights amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our private concert that Dara arranged. It was great!"

Victoria

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, the Book of Kells, the countryside"

Tina

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour, the tour guide, and our fellow travelers. Also appreciated the bus driver who was also so courteous and friendly. I appreciate the careful thought put into our itinerary which avoided tourist-clogged sites and gave us a great sense of Ireland today and in the past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour director, Dara, arranged for two musicians to give our group a private concert of Irish music in Dingle. It was wonderful to watch and listen to them play up close and to be able to talk to them about their instruments and music."

Tommy

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first tour and we loved it. Our tour guide, Dara, was very professional, prepared, and very attentive to everyone in the group. I was impressed by the fact that almost everyone else on the tour had been on multiple prior Rick Steves tours. Some had been on over 10 prior tours. That's a lot of satisfied customers. Our hotels and B&Bs were very nice and all of the breakfasts were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Dingle stay - both the town, the B&B, and the tour around the island - all made up my "wow" moment. Also, our tour guide arranged for a private concert for us of traditional Irish music and that was pretty neat. "

Anne

Tour: 05/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-guided. Great places to stay. Really excellent food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry lesson in Dingle was such a surprise! Unsurpassed!"

John

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized and helpful tour guide (Kelli), well thought out itinerary , and a great balance between many fun and memorable educational experiences as well as opportunities for free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite wow experiences was our time in Dingle, which included a delicious group dinner, an informal concert of traditional Irish folk music, and a chance to see falcons and hawks close up, including having them land on our gloved arms. A truly great time!"

Amy

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I was overall impressed. I have traveled with the help of his guide books throughout Europe, but the tour made things easy and also full of sights and activities. Our tour guide was amazing and shared so much history that made the trip more fun, interesting, and educational. The tough parts were moving from place to place and getting up quite early most days, and a bit of motion sickness on the bus. But overall it was great and I would do another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent in Dingle was pretty magical. Driving the Slea Head route and taking in the scenery, the falconry experience (not something I would ever think to do on my own), and then a private dinner with a whisky tasting and musicians playing traditional Irish music. "

Debbie

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had more than one!! The Falconry experience was amazing. Loved the Rock of Cashel…so much history. One of my absolute favorites was the private tour Kelli gave us in the Museum of Archaeology. Her information was so fascinating and helped fill in some the historical background for Ireland. She was the best!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Blasket community. I never knew they existed and was fascinated by their history and story."

James

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wild Atlantic Way"

Pamela

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour is great for couples or friends traveling together, not as much fun if traveling by yourself

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula "

Susan

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 10th RS tour - never a disappointment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"parts of the Slea Head Loop Drive"

Tom

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Dingle ~ Slea Head "

Sarah

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am Irish, and I loved this tour. With family members, we learned so much about Ireland. It was beautiful and despite the cool weather SO enjoyable. Enjoyed the other travellers and the tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be Cliffs of Moher. Gorgeous, majestic and the weather cooperated !! It was sunny. "

Debra

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide provided interesting narration and great music while on the bus. Everyone was warm and pleasant to be with. Loved the RS buddy system as a way to keep track of the group. All stops and highlight visits were well planned. It was a great way to experience a place/country where we were not willing to drive ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A favorite experience for me was the first rate concert musicians arranged by Dara. In addition the stunning Slea Head drive and the Blasket Cultural Center. "

Jane

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great. I wish it would have been have been around a time of year when the weather was more sunny that overcast. I would have liked to seen the sites with clearer skys.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the birds at Milltown"

Doretta

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exploring Ireland with this group was amazing. Dara was our tour guide & everything was planned so well. Tours, hotels, dining & the little extras were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle ~ beautiful beyond words & the bnb was magical. "

Michael

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was outstanding. From the Guide, Dara, to the sites, the scenery, the accomodations, the group experience, the transportation (especially the Coach operator/magician George!). Can't wait to go on the next RS adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually, the Cliffs of Moher, we were fortuante to have a sunny day and they exceeded expectations. However the Irish people we met along the way, provided countless, gentle 'Wow!' moments."

Lisa

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an exceptional time on our 7 day heart of Ireland tour. I had always wanted to take a trip over to Ireland and this brief 7 day tour did not disappoint, will be returning to visit on my own soon. The people & scenery were spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide amazing guide Gearoid treated us to several local activities that were superb. A ferry ride (gorgeous), a tour of the Dingle harbor and cliffs (also gorgeous), an evening of traditional Irish music for just our group (this was the highlight for me) and a sample of traditional Irish dancing (simply awesome)."

Jesse

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jennifer

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time in Ireland and my first time travelling to Europe solo. This was a significant adventure for me, one that will live in my memory forever. I loved the accommodations, the meals, the sites and the history. Our guide, Gearoid, was very knowledgeable and provided great tips/information about each stop along our journey. I felt safe, taken care of and the whole tour was very well-organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved Dingle. The town is wonderful and the falconry experience was truly unique. Our guide also arranged a boat ride around the Burnham Cliffs in Dingle, which came with amazing views and even a personal concert from an accordion playing crew member!"

Jeff

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great first experience with Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, what a place and everything we did there."

David

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was beautiful and super friendly. A great time. Our guide Gearoid did a fantastic job. Kudos also to our bus driver John. I even came home with a sun tan!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew nothing about Dingle so I had no expectations. Every aspect of our stay there was a sweet surprise."

Cyndie

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Gearoid did an amazing job of arranging for us to see neat sites and some extra things as well like the ferry across the Shannon river, the river dancing (tap) demonstration, the falconry experience, and so many more things. The food was absolutely fabulous and the bus driver John--I don't know how he can navigate turns like that. AND he was so kind to all of the tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, for me the most "wow" moments were John's driving. The man can parallel park a bus. He can navigate such tight turns you are certain you will hear something scrape but you never do. All while staying calm and being friendly to us. "

Mark

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

tour was great well organized and tour mates were very friendly had a fantastic time only issue was we must have caught covid sometime somewhere towards the end but brought it back with us duty free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" we enjoyed it all but the birds of pray at the falconry had to be the best part of the tour for us."

Gary

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time - loved every minute of it. The weather was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our favorite 'wow' moment was the falconry experience at Dingle. The falcons were breathtaking but the owls really hit a spot for us!!"

Stephanie

Tour: 04/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Falconry experience in Dingle. "

Jaime

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a wonderful week in Ireland. I enjoyed our different experiences and Pascal was an excellent guide. I especially enjoyed our time in Dingle and the peaceful setting of that lovely fishing town. The views on the Cliff of Moher and on Slea Head drive were stunning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was the highlight and I really enjoyed the falconry experience. I also appreciated the Trinity Library and the Book of Kell’s in Dublin. "

Jennifer

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the Ireland tour gave me an unique way to see Ireland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Holding a Owl and seeing the small down of Dingle "

Donna

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveled with 6 family members - was great to spend quality time in a beautiful country on a RS tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A sunny day at the Cliffs of Mohr, a boat tour in Dingle followed by the beset fish and chips from a truck near the water. Hearing Pascal tell stories of faeries and seeing faerie trees and forts. "

Thomas

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a great group of people and our guide Pasqual was just so kind and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little town of Dingle and our wonderful little place we stayed at. "

Paul

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it was an abbreviated 7 day tour, I thought I received a thorough overview of life in Ireland. Pascal was effective in outlining the history, customs and current day challenges facing the Irish people. There was enough down time during the tour to enjoy what I wanted to accomplish outside of the tour schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was a highlight, boat ride on a sunny day was special for me. "

Suzanne

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was informative, bus driver was professional & countryside & small towns were beautiful. Restaurants/food chosen for the tour was very good..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea head drive was my wow moment."

Maureen

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. First of all, we had sun five of the seven days — most unusual for Ireland! I liked the pace and the constant flow of history shared by our guide, Joe. He’s lived quite the life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head drive in Dingle. "

Kathryn

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything went very smoothly and we were able to see a lot in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a free time activity suggestion from our guide, a boat ride in Dingle. The weather was perfect and we saw lots of wildlife and the islands from a different perspective. "

Christen

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic overall. Our tour guide, Joe, was absolutely wonderful. Patient, knowledgeable and very personable. He made the trip better! The bus driver, Pamela, was also fantastic. The hotels we stayed in were lovely. There was always a vegetarian option available to eat at group meals. Breakfast was fantastic. I really enjoyed the homemade dinner we had in Dingle. The weather was perfect. I wouldn’t have changed anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Mohr"

Rebecca

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was my 9th tour with Rick Steves. The weather and scenery were wonderful. I enjoyed all the local guides. Our tour guide was dour, not very helpful, talked frequently about the “colonizers” and how they’ve altered everything in Ireland. We didn’t even see much by of Adare because it was all “colonizer's’ architecture “ and not very Irish. Several of the guests who were on a Rick Steves tour for the first time said they wouldn’t use this company again. Previous tour guides have been great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the museum near Skellig Islands was really fascinating. Itcwas a window into the islanders’ lives atvthat time in history."

Michael

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end you couldn't ask for a better tour. The pre tour emails and literature took away any apprehension about the tour. Our guide Joe did a fantastic job of keeping us on schedule, making sure we knew what to expect at each stop, and providing informative lessons about Ireland's history and culture. The meals were all tasty and plentiful and the accommodations were beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I chose this tour because I wanted a multi day adventure in the Dingle peninsula and this tour did not disappoint. The Slea Head drive was beautiful as was the town of Dingle. The planned activities and stops all made you appreciate the culture and beauty of the area and provided motivation to learn more once I arrived home."

Michael

Tour: 04/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well planned, with almost every important site visited in each city. There was enough "free time" to see other places in each stop if you had a special interest. The Irish people were VERY friendly everywhere we went. The small towns, Adare, Dingle, Cashel & Kilkenny were really special. The Guides in Dublin were excellent & informative. Joe, our Tour Guide, was OUTSTANDING!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were "biggest" WOW, but each small town had its special charm."

Jane

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first official Rick Steves tour. We have traveled using his books for many years. We enjoyed the tour very much. There were no "grumps" on our tour. We had a fantastic guide Stephen and fantastic bus driver George. George drove down roads we would never consider and he made you feel comfortable with his amazing ability. Stephen made the bus rides go fast with his history lessons and amusing anecdotes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Maher were spectacular as were some of the other scenic sights. I'm torn between the Raptor presentation and the music provided by a family at the Miltown guest house in Dingle for my favorite. Tough choice as both were outstanding. "

Ann

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen McPhilemy was outstanding in organizing our tour each day. We knew what to expect. He shared so much about Ireland with us (culture-music and dance) and history. I also shared with us something about his roots growing up in Ireland which was a treat. He was very generous with group meals and introducing us to other famous friends he knew. Throughly enjoyed meeting him. The other people on the tour also were a great group of people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So enjoyed meeting and seeing Thomas O'Shea dance for us, who dances for Riverdance and meeting his family who played music and sang for us. Incredilbly talented family! "

Christine

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! We learned so much about Ireland from our guide Stephen and other local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula: its beauty and fascinating history. "

Warren

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first, but not my last. On a scale of 1-10, I rate it as a 12!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its a toss up between the outstanding tour/ sights and the magnificent entertaining from our tour guide, Steve .His funny and informative stories were as fun as the actual tour. "

Valerie

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Steve made the tour really great. He is funny, engaged and can sing. I would go on a tour with him again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr were worth the hike. We had a clear view on a warmish day. "

Robert

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic - the places that we visited were a great combination of beautiful and historic. The people were lovely. The guides were all very knowledgeable and humorous. Stephen, the main tour guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving around the Dingle Peninsula."

Jennifer

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had an excellent time. Just the right amount of planned events with "free" time. Stephen McPhilemy was great as was Robert O'Branion (sp?)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With the help of the lady proprietor at Milltown House (sounds similar to Belinda only longer), we were able to make Saturday night mass at St. Mary's Church. We were able to hear mass in English with Gaelic tossed in. Next would be the Cliffs of Moher."

Sheryl

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was different than other tours we have taken in that the guides were fantastic and we came out of the tour with a much better understanding of the complicated nature of Irish history and politics and how that history is impacting the current residents.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed all the activities at Milltown House including the whiskey tasting, Irish dancing demonstration and Irish music demonstration."

Laurie

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the guide to the places along the way, I could not have asked for a better first time to Ireland experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Dingle at Milltown House -- listening to Irish music and seeing the five-time world champion dancer. Dingle was absolutely magical."

Virginia

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide made the trip interesting and exciting. Steve added so many funny and apropos anecdotes that he had us laughing more often than not.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that our stay in Dingle was a big wow for me! Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough were amazing"

Larry

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group and a very good guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher."

Chad

Tour: 10/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guides and tour leaders really make the experience a Rick Steves experience. While I always have expectations to stay local most of where we stayed exceeded previous trips hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconery - DO IT"

Will

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Ireland. Geroid was an excellent tour guide and made our time very enjoyable. His stories and history lessons were entertaining and educational. Uncle Rick has to know that Geroid is a keeper. Overall, we had a very good time. There were no travelers in our group who made things difficult, everyone got along well and we enjoyed meeting all of them. The tour was a lot of fun, the towns where we stayed and sights there were a lovely experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was seeing the cliffs of Moher on a clear day and watching Dave the fabulous Irish dancer do a short routine for us. The Aviary was also just great to experience, even in the drizzling rain. "

Kenneth

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything, itinerary (sites visited), accommodations, tour bus, dining and overall pace were spot on. All of these were made better by our guide Gearoid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher on a sunny day"

Susan

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the right length for me. I loved the Irish country side and all the Irish history we learned from our trip guide and the local travel guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive to Glendalough & the Powesourt Estate. I loved the rolling hills. The grounds on the monastic settlement were stunningly beautiful."

Robin

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From booking, travel guide, transportation, hotels and information provided was done in a thorough, and professional manner. I left here feeling prepared and ready to relax and be in the moment of the experiences of this adventure. I will only travel internationally, utilizing Rick Steve's Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard one, since there was so many to pick from. To pick one seems unfair to all the special surprises and sight that we went to. "

Laura

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip and learned a lot about the history and customs of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several - cliffs of Moher, Falcon Experience, the small towns of Dingle and Kilkenny"

Carol

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Ireland was above our expectations! While an unpleasant change in airline flights/detours on the first leg of our trip, thanks to Rick’s recommendation to travel with carry on luggage we were able to make it to Dublin WITH our luggage. The balance of the trip was filled with great memories, a fabulous guide, a congenial group of fellow travelers, and a love of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many “wow” moments. 1) The vast green grass landscape resembling patchwork quilts, divided by rock walls and filled with sheep. 2) Pub hopping with two other tour couples as we shared pints of Guiness (or Dingle Gin and Fever-Tree tonic!), while savoring the music, 3) A deeper appreciation of Irish history, 4) Trinity College."

Sam

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher!"

Sue

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell in love with Ireland on this trip. Saw great parts of the country. Had great experiences. My group was awesome and our guide outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr. Just breathtaking. Like stepping into the pages of a movie "

Ann

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the guide, the people, some of the great food, and all the different shades of green made this trip so memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive and the Great Blasket Center, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, Powerscourt Estate Japanese Gardens."

Carol

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, weather, and s very well organized tour with a great group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Dingle"

John

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had heard good things about Rick Steve's tours from travelers that we had met on European trips where we used the Rick Steve's guidebooks. We did not want to face driving on the left so we decided this was the time for an escorted tour. The tour exceeded our expectations in terms of the quality of the hotels, provided meals, and attractions. Our guide, Dara was very knowledgeable and personable. Both he and the other guests on the tour made for a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected all of the natural beauty, the countryside, seascapes, and mountains to be great. I was surprised at how we enjoyed the pubs, especially the Guinness Storehouse. Also, I did not expect the quality of all of the food that we had."

Patricia

Tour: 10/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend this tour. Dara, our guide, gave us good insight to Ireland. He found other guides that provided great information to the areas we were visiting. We were with a good group of people. There were 23 of us. A very manageable size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle is what you think of when you say Ireland. The town and country side are stunning."

Danny

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized , awesome guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Billy, his pub, his story "

Rebecca

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very hestitant to go on a tour but I loved it! The tour guide was great as was the bus driver. I enjoyed the pace of the tour. We were definetly busy! Joe, the tour guide, was very knowledgable. His stories and history lessons were a joy to listen to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Penninsela was gorgeous! The people were fantastic and the seaside town was charming. Our stay at the B&B in Dingle had many quirks from our door not shutting to the house dogs howeling at 4 am, but it made it all the more charming!"

Melissa

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From day 1, everything exceeded all expectations! Our tour guide Joe and coach driver George were absolutely amazing! The knowledge of history that Joe shared with our group was very impressive! He was so courteous and made sure that everyone had all of the information needed to continue with the next days agenda. He and George were both very welcoming and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt spiritually connected to the beautiful Cliffs of Moeher, as well as the beauty of the Blasket Islands and drive through the Wicklow Mountains. The landscapes were breathtaking the entire way! Pictures do not do these amazing sites justice, one MUST see them with their own eyes!"

Mark

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very positive, especially quality of guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula bus tour"

James

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent information, experiences, beautiful country, fun side treats (pub storytelling, Irish Whiskeys, etc.), Joe was great and so was the bus driver and bus size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry at Milltown B&B."

Cynthia

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the individual tours were what we were looking forward to. Time on those individual tours were usually to short in time though.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Mohr were fantastic. Still not enough time allotted for exploring. "

Donna

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour offered a balance of history, on site experiences, and reasonable travel time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rock of Cashel was a profound internal spiritual experience for me. "

Kristi

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it by far surpassed my previous experience with another tour company. The bus was nicer, the hotels were nicer, the food was much better. There was a nice combination of guided tours, as well as much-needed time to ourselves, to explore the cities and to enjoy the culture. Our tour guide was excellent and even provided little surprises for us! I appreciate it, not having to get up at the crack of dawn every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide and surprised us with a trip to a local pub where we met an author, and enjoyed tea, scones, and a wonderful story. "

Randy

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide put it over the top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow down to one. Loved everything about our Dingle days & evenings"

Michelle

Tour: 09/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gearoid was awesome, the country beautiful, people were wonderful, and Mark did a fabulous job driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head drive. "

Steve

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour of Ireland 🇮🇪 was wonderful, smooth and relaxing view. The days were filled of learning history and life of the people of Ireland. We were with an excellent guide that kept us excited each day filling moments with knowledge and fun and excitement about the trip. The group we were with had fun and was excited to walk and see the next areas of Ireland. We had excellent hotels and meals to keep us healthy and safe. We always knew the timing and schedule of the day. It was a blast!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the absolute beauty of Ireland’s greenest grass filled with lambs everywhere over rolling hills for miles. We were transported into another world."

Saul

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Laurie

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great week in Ireland with a wonderful group of travelers! Our tour guide Dara provided great details, music and history throughout out travels!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head drive on the Dingle peninsula was beautiful and a true highlight of the trip. Thanks to George our driver!"

Rachel

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was hands down, the absolute best tour I have ever been on. The knowledge of our guide, the locations we visited, combined with the restaurants and local activities made this such a memorable, fun, and meaningful trip. I wish I could go back tomorrow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, some of my favorites; Sea Head Drive, Powers Court, Dingle and spending time listening to local musicians will stay with me forever. I absolutely loved every minute. "

Alice

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide was excellent - personable, knowledgeable, patient. Bus driver also excellent. Hotels were good, would not consider each one a four star.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough."

Ellen

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was entertaining and very informative!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience at Middleton House is Dingle was my biggest wow moment! I was amazed that I could have a peregrine falcon and owls land on my hand. Such beautiful birds. It was fantastic to get up close to these incredible creatures. "

Kim

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal was an amazing tour guide and did an outstanding job of providing us with so much of the history of Ireland, how things are currently as well as personal entertaining stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher and the Rock of Cashel were two of my most favorite wow moments. However, the little things were so much fun as well such as the Dingle crystal cutting demonstration, meeting Billy and visiting his pub, the music entertainment at Milltown House as well as the whiskey tasting there. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Paschall, was outstanding. Weaving in all the Irish history and stories worked perfectly with the absolutely beautiful tour. The Irish people are so kind. And talented. The food and we ate a lot off tour, was fantastic. Hotels were great. I loved the Irish and the history and am so proud to learn about my ancestors who are the most resilient people. The music, the writers, the artists. It is a beautiful Courtesy and kindness. I have recommended Ireland to everyone. It is special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place was a wow. Ennis, Dingle, Blasket Center, the Rock of Cashel. All of it. So old and beautiful. But I had to dig the kleenex out on trad Irish music. We had a singer in Dingle when it was super rainy with a gitarist. It was beautiful I wept silently. Another wow was at Gendenlough seeing a fawn nurse the doe among the stones. I have deer all over my yard at home. Rock of Cashel. Just haunting beauty. The pop up Hunger museum in Dublin. The British starved the Irish. Trinity Library"

Amy

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind, and it was perfect! Well thought out, good pace, and Pascal was amazing. He took Ireland’s offerings and made them all better. His knowledge and storytelling ability are what made this trip, without a doubt. Anyone can drive you around, but he brought it all to life and gave us insight to true Irish life now and in the past. Don’t let him go!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Dingle stay was amazing. From the Irish Wolfhounds, amazing birds, and crystal demo, to Slea Head drive, the music, and discovering Dingle gin - 10 out of 10. Only wish we could have been there when the pups are born!"

Patricia

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I THOUGHT THE TOUR WAS VERY WELL RUN. VERY ORGANIZED AND FUN.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE CLIFFS OF MOHER"

Linda

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so impressed with the way the whole tour was planned & coordinated.The bus ride, our tour guides, the scenery, the speakers, the hotel accommodations, the food and the people were all so amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's hard to pick one, but the first one was flying over the lush green fields of Ireland as well as our first stop, The Cliffs of Moher. That was breathtaking!"

Steve

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide and his assistant were both fantastic, energetic and highly knowledgeable of the areas of the tour, the sights, suggested side visitation locations, museums and restaurants in the area. Pascal, our main guide made the tour magical by being able to tell us stories of his personal life and personal experiences in Ireland. Connorcur (spelling) was fun and provided us insight in his knowledge of rugby, his musical background. Their ability to lead us (timely) from site to site was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rock of Cashle trumped by the solitude of Glendalough (the most peaceful place on earth - that I've seen or heard)."

Thomas

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was very impressed. Our tour guide Pascal and his trainee Conner were great. Pascal was not just well versed on Irish history, he had a great way with story telling and with people. It never felt like a "canned" script

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the falconry demonstration was the most "wow". It really was fabulous."

Shirley

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. The tour guide makes the trip and Pascal was congenial, knowledgeable, organized and empathetic. Great combo. Our second trip but first tour in Ireland and we learned “a ton” from Pascal about Irish history, culture and politics while traveling between stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having traveled in Ireland, and also having read a bit in Irish history, many “wows” had already been experienced, e.g. Kilmainham prison. This time, the lives of the Blasket Islanders were my wow. I have undying respect for the spirit and resilience of the Irish people wherever they may live. "

Steve

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with how organized & informative of the overall tour. The accommodations & meals were excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful green terrain and the rock walls were all breathtaking. Our guide, Pascal was very knowledgeable of the history of Ireland. He did a wonderful job!! "

Edward

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was filled with wonderful memories. Pascal is a great guide and storyteller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the majestic birds of prey land on my arm."

Tony

Tour: 09/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was just enthralled with the history of Ireland. To the point that I couldn't wait to read more about it when I returned home! Our guide Pascal was terrific as were all the local guides! Enjoyed the group of fellow travelers. Personally I enjoy the countryside and the drive on the Dingle peninsula was special along with all the rock fences. You see pictures but in person a whole other experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle drive and the rock fences were "wow" moments for me. However the history of Ireland from the Vikings to current times is just powerful and is a WOW moment all of its own!!!! Pascal was just amazing sharing his knowledge with us all."

Greg

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time touring Ireland under the organization of Joe (and safe driving by George). One aspect we love about Rick Steve tours is the guides and their special moments they bring that are unpredicted but amazing. Joe brought several of those moments for us, including meeting Billy and taking a ferry over the Shannon River. The planned moments were really great, including wonderful sites and local guides and a Falconry experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had an incredible stop on our way to Dingle to meet Billy, the son of John B Keane, a famous playwright in Ireland. He wrote plays that were about the people in Ireland. They were publicans and Billy still owns and operates the pub he grew up in. Billy was a delightful story teller and had great stories about his parents and his life growing up. He is also a writer of his own accord. It was wonderful!! Top marks for our guide Joe for arranging for us to visit his friend."

Jeff

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had some very special experiences based on connections our tour guide had. Tour was fast paced but I hear that is typically for an 8 day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really to many to list. If I have to pick it was meeting Michael in his Hole in the Wall pub in Kilkenny. It was a magically evening. Dingle was beautiful. We had so many great conversations with Irish people that we met along our journey. "

Susan

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so fortunate to have Joe guide us through Ireland! Through him we learned about themany facets of life in Ireland, the personal and politics of it, and the transitions in lifestyle the country has faced, and how Ireland has weathered and moved through those tomimes. We were treated to local musical talent, conversation with the son of writer John Keane, and delicious, personal meal experiences. Our group was cohesive, fun and interesting. Simply a wonderful trip experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Blasket Islands/ Dingle Peninsula portion took my breath away - I wanted to dive in deeper there, get a greater feel for life in that area, hear more and see more."

William

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like the previous two Rick Steve's tours I have done (Paris & Rome) I had an unqualified excellent experience. Our guide Andrew was particularly knowledgeable, funny and engaging. Andrew shared just the right mix of serious history enlivened by good stories, humor, and attentiveness to our needs. His rapport with our wonderful driver Mark was a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Cashel for it's grand location and impressive history."

Kim

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. This was my first time in Europe and being on the tour made it practically stress free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of wow moments. Probably my top two were the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula."

Dave

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrew our tour guide made for a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moher and the drive around Dingle peninsula."

Timothy

Tour: 09/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every moment, seeing the sights of Ireland, but relaxing and not worrying about renting a car, driving in a different country.

David

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Kevin church"

Nancy

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide, Gearrod, and driver, George. Good group of travelers. Pleasant accommodations. Fine choice of stops overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula. "

Robert

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, every site was an experience in itself. Our guide Gearoid, even threw in a couple of extra cool surprises that were not listed on the tour. Our bus driver George worked miracles with that bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aviary / Falconry experience was just too cool?Three large birds landing on our hands, amazing! And a 45 minute conversation we had with an Irish couple at Murphys bar in Dingle. Wonderful to actually get to talk with them, learn about their lives and families. Isn't that part of the point of the tour besides seeing great historic sites."

Lori

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time- learned so much about Ireland and it's history and saw so many beautiful sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula and Dingle town- loved the Millhouse Inn"

Brad

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and our guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The birds of prey demonstration. "

Janice

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Out of the 3 Rick Steves Tours I have experienced, this one was my least favorite, although it was good. Maybe because I preferred Sicily and the south of France in general over Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3–Falconry at Milltown House in Dingle, Glendalough and Blasket Centre. "

William

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour was fine but could have been better if some things were omitted and others extended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery around Blasket island and museum. Also the singer and guitarist at the Milltown house."

Debi

Tour: 09/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I joined the tour along with 5 family members (cousins) in Ennis. I was a very hesitant tourer mostly due to the bus part but our skillful yet cheerful driver and the well paced commentary and music as we toured made it a very relaxing way to get from one place to tour. As relaxing and educational as the tour was mostly I learned organized tours are not for me, yet maybe in another 10-15 years. For me, there was too much time spent eating. I also acknowledge that is most likely unique to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part was Dingle. It was the perfect size town for me. I like small towns that feel like when you walk about you are walking with local people. There we had enough time to wander about on our own and find our own interesting spots. My one cousin and I sought out independent book stores in each town. The stores and their curators were unique and interesting. Also in Dingle there was enough time for a run along the bay. Definitely would have preferred to eat on our own each night."

Mark

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a group tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The itinerary was great, our guide Stephen, driver George and all the other tour guides were terrific. The history, culture and scenery of Ireland were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just 1 but the Slea head drive was magical. Also the 2 wolf hounds at the Dingle airbnb were priceless. "

Richard

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. We have no complaints and found the tour to be first-rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher on the first day of tour."

Allen

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

We arrived at the hotel (very nice, by the way) in Ennis Ireland and my wife tested positive for COVID before the group meeting. I reported to our guide and we did not take the tour. I tested positive a few days later. We quarantined in Ennis for several days and then in Dublin for several more days. We had very mild cases so we felt okay and made the best of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were pleasantly surprised by Rick Steves generous refund policy. I did not remember reading about it and assumed our entire trip cost would be a loss. Thank you."

Karen

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Pennisula"

Judith

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well done and organized. Guides were so knowledgeable and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful country, we were lucky to have gorgeous weather while there."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ireland and the Irish people were amazing! We had a great group of fellow travelers! However, the tour, at times, seemed rushed with little time to explore and savory the local culture. We would have joyed two days in Kilkenny and one less day in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the rolling green countryside!!!"

Kathy

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with great transportation, accomodations, tours, and guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Kingdom Falconry experience in Dingle. As a birder, it was wonderful to see the birds up close!"

Randy

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Small enough to be an intimate group for dinners and breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really had to be the scenery, it was incredible. Our bus driver George’s ability to maneuver our bus through the countryside was outstanding. "

Joseph

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My perfect first trip to Ireland. We enjoyed fantastic accommodations and gained much knowledge of history and culture that on our own we would not have been possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry exhibition "

Joey

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves tour, and it continues to and a perfect way to travel for those who are a little bit nervous about doing it on their own, plus not wasting time trying to plan a trip. My family went this time and was enjoyed by all, with ages as young as 19 and as old as 65. I like that the tour had a mixture of organized activities and gave us free time. We enjoyed all the specialized guides that were added on the trip and our tour guide, Anne, was fun and amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and the peninsula. The Dingle Falconry experience, the Cliffs of Moher and the guide at the Glasnevin Cemetery was witty and very interesting making the cemetery also a “Wow” moment. "

Terri

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing sights and history, trip of a lifetime, great food!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, Powerscourt Estates"

Robert

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

We joined the tour in Ireland on 8/20. Had a great meeting with Suzanne. We went to cliff of mahar! Beautiful! We had a wonderful dinner with our group. The next morning my husband wasn't feeling good so for precaution took a Covid test. He tested positive. We were kicked off of tour. There are no Covid restrictions anywhere. We made arrangements to fly home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having to leave the tour after 1/2 day!"

Lisa

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time doing a tour group. I cannot believe what I have been missing. The tour was perfect in every way. I loved not having to worry about details like parking and where the restrooms are located!!! We had so many unique experiences that I would not have been able to do on my own. All of the other tour members were incredible…truly no grumps in the group. I can’t wait to do my next Rick Steves tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The slea head drive was incredible. Loved the retired police commissioner giving the tour!!!"

Carolyn

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations! Learned so much about iIreland with great lodging and transportation and a super fun (no drama!) group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trinity college library!! Gorgeous with amazing history "

Heidi

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first international trip and my first Rick Steve's tour. It was everything I could have hoped for and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that the knowledge that each of our tour guides had was unbelievable. There was no doubt that they wanted this to be the BEST trip ever."

Sandra

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Suzanne our guide was amazing. She was super organized and kept us informed at all times. She had helpful tips for us for a day trip to Howth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was a beautiful area and I enjoyed our time there. Would have liked a little more time in Adare. "

John

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Dara. Wonderful tidbits about history, music, etc. Great suggestions for places to eat, and very much enjoyed the guides he brought in for wandering around Dublin (Mary) and Glasnevin. I think Glasnevin had more impact as we'd visited the GPO the previous day and gotten some understanding of the history. I loved Dingle, our BnB, with a definite highlight being the visit to the aviary and getting to play with the Harris Hawk and Barn owl. Blasket Center also amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Visitor Center, Dingle peninsula generally, Glendalough, Dara's history about the statuary at Powerscourt. Trinity College Library. "

Andrea

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Ireland, the people, the history, the scenery. Our guide, Dara was fun, helpful and knowledgable. I felt safe with a highly competent driver. The accommodations were excellent. I felt we got a good feel for Ireland in a short 8 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breath taking landscape of the Dingle peninsula"

Timothy

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

A nice trip, and nice tour group. The tour guide was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Ireland's landscape was amazing. Both the west coast and interior are stunning."

Nancy

Tour: 08/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything; the people, accommodations, food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ireland and the Irish people "

Robin

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned more than I could have expected and saw parts of Ireland that I could not have accomplished on my own. The knowledge of the tour guides was exceptional, presented with humor and professionalism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Library of Trinity College and seeing the Book of Kells on the tenth anniversary of my mom's death was humbling and magnificent for she loved books like no one I have ever known."

Janie

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Professional, educational, fun. First time visit to Ireland. Between the guidebook and our guide every single aspect of our trip was covered. Our guide, Suzanne, was one of the best guides I've ever encountered. We were in great hands on the road with our driver George. The local guides added so much character to each location. I loved that as we walked the streets with them, people were calling out their names and waving hello. Excellent adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, as the sun came out. Rainbow that ended in Dingle Bay. "

Scott

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guides, loved the accommodations, loved the Irish music group provided after the dinner at our BnB, very skilled driver, our guide went out of her way to meet needs and accommodate special requests and she managed a large group with great skill and compassion

Favorite "WOW" moment

"everything was so wonderful it was hard to choose but I guess I liked being in the small town of Dingle best and driving the peninsula and meeting the craftsmen at the Dingle Crystal factory (and buying an anniversary gift for my wife!)."

Timothy

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moyer and Slayhead Drive"

James

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Powerscourt gardens"

Mark

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, well managed, accommodations were in the middle of the "action" (a good thing), and our leader was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher were stunning in the beauty and their size. "

Patricia

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our wonderful guide, Suzanne, and bus driver, George, made our tour informative, organized, comfortable and safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher was breathtaking! "

Amy

Tour: 08/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Suzanne was a great guide and our group was wonderful. All accomodations were comfortable and the itenerary was perfect, giving me a good taste of the different parts of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our night in Dingle being entertained with Irish music by the talented family of musicians. They were lovely people who shared their talents with us in a small setting. It was great! "

Dawn

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful tour of Ireland! We really feel our goal of being immersed in the culture, history, natural beauty and citizenry of the country was accomplished.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the Rock of Cashel (from a historical perspective) and the Cliffs of Moher (from a natural beauty perspective) were our favorite parts of the tour. "

Theresa

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every trip event was well organized. Our guide, Pascal, was a wealth of knowledge regarding this amazing country and a great storyteller. The walking tour guides were all very informative and true experts on their town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many .... watching David dance in his Dingle Pub, the Falconry presentation, the group meals, meeting and making new friends, Pascal's history lessons, the beautiful countryside and mountains to name a few."

Margaret

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and everything went very well. The guide, the bus, the bus driver, the sights, the lodging, and the overall experience was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Dingle Peninsula - the cute towns, the beautiful countryside, the ocean, the crystal cutting, and the culture. My second favorite was Glendalough - so beautiful!"

Joseph

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a bit rushed. I would rather have spent more time in the central mountain area and coastal communities than three days in Dublin. Great scenery and Paschal was extremely knowledgeable. His friends in the various cities and counties really made the tour personal. George the bus driver was AWESOME. Back to timing, in my opinion, two days per city is better than a a rush through two, an area, and a quick overnight. Hard to relax, but a great history lesson.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the pride and history that this people has for its country and heritage. As an American, I find this important. Glendalough! "

Scott

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip!!! It was fun and exciting and educational, lots of things to see and experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was foggy depending on what elevation we were at, I was totally enthralled with the drive through the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough."

Deb

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the history and cultural immersion of Ireland. Seeing the places and sites I spoke about during Irish dance performances cemented my love and enjoyment of the country and the people. I enjoyed the wide variety of activities, and the times I could be on my own with my family. Our tour guide and bus driver were fun, helpful, and very knowledgeable. The local guides also did a great job telling us the stories of their towns and country. We came home with many memories and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments for me. The Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, and the Book of Kells really stood out. But it was so much more. The Irish people are so friendly and helpful."

Aileen

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to take the Heart of Ireland tour for our anniversary. We were very pleasantly surprised to find everything so well tailored to us. The accommodations were superb! Couldn't ask for better places to stay! The food was also absolutely incredible. I have a dietary restriction because I'm a vegetarian but this wasn't an issue in any of the places we went for a meal. We were thrilled with our experience and all the details that went into making is special for our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was a combination of the absolutely beautiful hotel rooms (European rooms tend to be tiny and these weren't) and the amazing quality of the vegetarian dishes served to me. Those two items may seem small compared to the inundation of culture and experiences presented, but it means a lot to be in a space where you feel wanted and are made comfortable. "

Susan

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was all that and much more than I expected. I saw so much, learned so much, and enjoyed every day. Everything went off without a hitch, and our tour guide, Pascal, was amazing. I feel like I experienced the essence of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Something I didn’t expect was the falconry in Dingle. I never imagined I’d have a falcon or a snowy owl on my arm!! I also loved the crystal cutting demonstration in Dingle."

Brian

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a fantastic experience to travel the southern part of Ireland and have a great guide to tour us around. We learned a lot of history, got to do some really cool tours, and had the opportunity to learn about each cities unique culture for each place we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The different architecture, castles, and landscape were awesome. Favorite was either Rock of Cashel or Glendalough. "

Madaline

Tour: 08/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was overall great! I enjoyed getting to meet the other people on the tour and the experiences from day to day the tour provided. I loved the falconry experience and just driving around to see the country side! I definitely want to return to Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we were at Glendalough was a wow moment. As much as I love the city, something about nature just fills me up and gives me peace. I enjoyed the history lessons throughout the week too as it gave me a greater appreciation for Ireland. "

Randy

Tour: 07/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed Kelly our tour guide and the insight she provided on those sights we visited. Only downside was the weather very rainy and grey, no fault to the planning that went into the tour....just bad weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting and touring the town of Dingle, the tour guide was very good and really enjoyed the church and stain glass we saw. "

Thomas

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided tour although we have used your books for many years. We were not sure what to expect but from day one to the end, it was a wonderful experience. From the lodging, to the transportation, to the activities, it was grand. But most of all was the quality of the people. Every single person associated with the tour was exceptional, particularly Gearoid and the bus driver Pamela. The balance of events was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tom truly loved the hawk demonstration in Dingle. He is a major bird lover and to get to actually hold these wonderful creatures, even in the rain, was special. We never thought we would get to see the variety that was there. Excellent! Mary really enjoyed the stories told by Billy in Listowel. It brought a lot of insight into the Irish spirit and the importance of people like John. We appreciate Gearoid's ability to get us to see special people."

Roberta

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steve's and we did not know what to expect but the three of us in our family had a great time. Great hotels, guides, experiences and new friends along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but seeing my son's face light up when a hawk landed on his forearm in the pouring rain made the trip for me! Falcon Experience on Dingle Peninsula"

Patricia

Tour: 07/28/23

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and it was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when I realized that for 8 days I didn't have to worry about any details like where to eat, or how to get from point A to point B, or to tip or not-to-tip."

Kenneth

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour. Good hotels. Needed more time at Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traditional Irish music from the 2 musicians who played for us at the inn in Dingle."

Rita

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was a good exposure to Ireland for first time visitors. The guide was knowledgable and friendly. The bus was clean, and the driver was pleasant and skillful. The accommodations were good, and the tour was wall planned and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohur."

Cormac

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoy the locations and the views

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Mohr"

Joann

Tour: 07/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt like we can away with an historical appreciation of Ireland that was different from our history books! We were immersed in the culture, food options, construction, lifestyles...on and on and on. And our guide, Gearoid...the BEST.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private dance in Dingle by David"

Bob

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pascal was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. I would have preferred one less day/half day in Dublin but other than that it was really a great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the trip around Slea head road and the visit to the Blaskett Island center. "

Jennie

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing and knowledgeable! Learned so many historical facts about Ireland and saw so much land!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Dingle and where we stayed!! The bird of prey show was amazing!!!! "

Jason

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fantastic tour! This was our 3rd time and as always it was well done and provided a wonderful experience. Pascal our guide was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and the Slea Head Drive are of course the big jaw-dropping scenery spots, but the entire countryside was just beautiful. We had 6 in our party and at end we asked what was everyone's favorite: "City (Dublin) or Country?" and 6/6 all said they enjoyed the country the most."

Barbara

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal, our very personable tour guide, was an engaging storyteller who provided detailed, historical information about Ireland. Connecting with other guides also enhanced our experience. We met some wonderful people and experienced and learned so much more than we would have travelling on our own. The hotels were well chosen with very clean and comfortable rooms, friendly staff, very good food and in great locations. Our driver Dennis provided us with a safe ride on a really nice bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each experience was a diverse "wow" moment from the beautiful scenery of the Cliffs of Moher and the charming seaside town of Dingle, to areas of historical interest such as Trinity College and Glasnevin Cemetery, to glass cutting, whiskey tasting, our music evening, and the falconry experience. We appreciated the well organized, fun-filled days combined with some afternoons and evenings to explore on our own. Because the tour group was small, we had the opportunity to get to know everyone. "

Sharon

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and hopefully it will not be our last. Transportation, accomodations, food, and activities were exceptional. Our guide, Suzanne, was knowledgeable, personable, engaging, and extremely helpful. Our driver, George, was also excellent. We felt there was a good balance of the group events and free time. The entire tour was seamless, and we enjoyed having everything planned for us. Our group was fun, considerate and friendly. It was a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I experienced a WOW moment every day. There wasn't any "sight" that we thought wasn't worth seeing. Some of the best highlights were: Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, Slea Head Loop, and the Falconry Experience. We also thoroughly enjoyed Riverdance in Dublin on a free night. Glendalough, the Kilkenny Castle, Glasnevin, and the after dinner entertainment at Milltown House were also terrific. The guided city tours in Dingle and Dublin were well done and helpful. An overall WOW trip! "

Maria D

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was."

George

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choice of venues, adequate unscheduled times were much appreciated, tour guide and bus driver were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the Cliffs of Moher"

Rakhee

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, I loved everything we did on the tour...felt it was very well run and a good balance of tour activities and free time.. Suzanne our guide was excellent in handling everything, friendly, and super helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we walked into Ennis, I could not believe how friendly and how it was so easy to walk this town...did not feel touristy at all..everyone was so friendly. The town of Dingle and the Slea head drive was really WOW"

Cathy

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour and tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery."

Andrew

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide, Suzanne, and efficient, we’ll organized tour of Ireland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Glendalough site."

Kurt

Tour: 07/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful balance of planned activities and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a Harris Hawk alight on my outstretched hand"

Kerry

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful. Everything was to notch

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ground hotel, book of Kells, dry stacked oratory. "

Kevin

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the pacing of the tour as well as the quality of the experiences, guides, accommodations, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to to choose just one as they all were fantastic in different ways. For natural beauty, difficult to beat the Cliffs of Moher but also loved hearing the stories of Billy in his pub and exploring the town of Dingle."

Deborah

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick just one, but the Irish stepdance demonstration has to go to the top of the list and followed by local musicians later in the evening was perfect."

Joan

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was great! He was so authentic and loves his country and enjoyed sharing it with us. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Ireland was the wow!! I never imagined that it was so beautiful or green. We really enjoyed the beginning of the trip., Traveling through the countryside, and stopping in the smaller towns and back dingle peninsula the entertainment in Dingle, the Irish dancers, and the music provided at the hotel felt very authentic."

Linda

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Garth

Tour: 07/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Brian was very knowledgeable, fun and sincere. All the specialty guides were also great. We enjoyed the free time to explore on our own and with our new friends. It was definitely a wonderful hasty lesson.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough and the Rock of Cashel. But just the passing landscape was spectacular, especially going to the Blasket Center."

Bill

Tour: 07/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed my first Guinness

Laura

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Kelli made every day better than the previous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coach ride from Dingle to the Blasket Island museum!"

Nancy

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip! From our tour guide, Kelli, to bus driver, George, the sites, the food, the hotels - 5 stars all around!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments - especially Dingle falconry, whiskey tasting, private show with local musicians!! Tour outside Dingle with Thomas!! "

Teresa

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I toured Ireland for 2 weeks in 2008 with my two adult children and we followed my newly discovered Rick Steves guide to plan and take our self-driving tour. It was wonderful. Since then I've purchased RS books for many countries in Europe to use on river cruises, a Baltic Sea cruise and other self-driving tours. All were wonderful. The benefit of being on a RS tour was a wonderful guide and excellent presenters in places we would have missed on our own. The only problem is time limits!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh dear. The falconry demonstration in Dingle and Glasnevin Cemetery tour on Day 7 and the tour of Dublin on Day 6 were all outstanding. Hard to choose!"

David

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with the tour experience and the amount of downtime to have with our family. We felt that we saw everything that we expected and more. Our guide Kelli was so knowledgeable and friendly. She went above and beyond. We did wish that there was one more day in Kilkenny. We didn’t even have a complete day there. We heard that next year’s tour is shorter and think that is a mistake.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head drive was incredible "

Michael

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great driver, exceeded any expectations, ease of transition on hotels and destinations,side trip extras ; birds of prey show- (hands on for all who wished to participate), glass cutting, wolf hounds, ferry crossing replete with dolphins, historical insights by our guide, visit to story telling pub,could go on but we never had a down moment, Rick Steve’s’ Tours is worth ever Penney, over delivering at every turn in the road traveling thru the verdant countryside, thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too Not fair request, too many!"

Melissa

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

excellent, especially the first half, great tour guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive & Blasket Islands"

Greg

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, accommodations, and activities were excellent. I feel like we experienced a great cross section of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering a small pub/restaurant with several other members of the tour during free time. The guide had given us the "lay of the land" and we used that knowledge to explore our own and find a hidden treasure. "

Julie

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything on the tour was positive, the brand new tour bus with an excellent driver, the fantastic tour guide with his informative talks and helpfulness, the amazing views and historic sights, and a friendly tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed exploring the Kilkenny castle and the streets of Kilkenny. Having the time to explore the castle at our own pace was nice and then taking in the gardens and park outside the castle was peaceful. Later exploring the streets of Kilkenny we came across parts of the historic city wall and fortress and moat. Seeing first hand the changes to the city from a medieval fortress to a grand castle to a vibrant Irish city was a “wow” moment for me."

Cole

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide and bus driver did an outstanding job

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time we spent in Dingle and driving to see the islands on the west coast. "

Susanna

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

really fine and a good balance

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Blasket Island people"

Mark

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! A great balance of tours and activities with both current and historical perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher."

Michelle

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very organized and made traveling safe and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling the countryside of Ireland. Seeing all the beautiful landscapes. I really liked the Cliffs of Moher and being in small towns like Dingle."

Henry

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Riverdance"

Sharla

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. From the first day to the last I felt very comfortable and taken care of. Everybody was kind and professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide arranged for us to have time listening to Billy Keane in his pub. He was a wonderful story teller. An experience I will never forget."

Sharon

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good combination of major sites and culture/history awareness. The West side and East side are much different- appreciated the West side, with less people. While Dublin was busy, the time was also appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally enjoyed the private trad music experience, made available at our Dingle lodging. Additionally, meeting Billy in his pub, was a "one of a kind" experience."

Robert

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it-- Ireland is a beautiful country with remarkably friendly people, and great music!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several-- Cliffs of Mohr was outstanding. And I added the Atlantic puffin to my bird list! But also outstanding was the tour of the Dingle Peninsula, and the music in Dingle!"

Pete

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well paced and full of plenty of things to do, both within the group and in personal time. Our tour guide was terrific - personable and approachable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest WOW moment was the Cliffs of Moher, and we happened to visit on a sunny day so the views were gorgeous."

John

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peg, and I and our Grandson Simon had a great time. The 28 people in our group were interesting, positive and adventurous. We were the oldest members but didn’t feel pressured or left behind, even during the long walks. Our guide Geroid provided knowledge, humor and safety. The rolling history and geography lessons were very valuable. George was a great helper/driver. Everyone was prompt and considerate. We appreciate more Ireland, the land of our ancestors. We are sad but proud of our heritage

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I met and chatted with Irish people everywhere. Friendly, kind, full of wit and good will. Young students, musicians, people in bars and on the streets. People connect in Ireland like no place I have been. At the Poet’s Corner in Ennis a musician answered my questions about Yeats by singing a song by him. In Dingle brilliant musicians entertained our group and sent us to experience set dancing at Neligan’s. At EPIC much info about my ancestors in genealogy session. Magdeline memorials. Kilmainha"

Anne

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything and more than expected. The tour guide set very clear expectations at the beginning, which helped the tour run smoothly and efficiently. The variety of experiences was very good, helping to understand the culture and history. All the guides and staff at the venues were friendly and helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special performances of local musicians and dancers that came to our guest house. (It’s hard to pick just one “wow”)"

Jenifer

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this tour with my Mom, Dad, and Sister. It was a wonderful trip! Our tour guide Garoad was funny, knowledgeable, and made the bus rides fun! I truly enjoyed learning about all the towns, history, and information about Ireland! My only change would be to NOT stay in Dublin for so long. I prefer the smaller towns like Dingle! More time at the gardens! Thanks for a wonderful time! Loved our wonderful coach driver too! He was a champ maneuvering the bus around very tight corners!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Dingle, the Falcon experience, visiting the gardens, the Cliffs , the bed and breakfast in Dingle, the castles.. loved it all! "

Patricia

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to Ireland many times, and wasn't sure that I would see and experience anything "new" this time, especially since I only had a week to spend, but I wasn't disappointed. This was my fifth Rick Steves tour, and the only week-long one, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The guide, Pascal, was outstanding, and his delightful, humor-filled banter kept the group cohesive, and all of us even rooting for his home team, Monaghan, in the Gaelic Football tournament!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vistas along Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula were absolutely spectacular. We had the perfect weather - morning rain, followed by crystal blue skies and huge, billowy clouds, and then the crashing blue-green waves and green, green hills, dotted with tiny stone cottages framed by ancient stone walls. The scenery was beyond breathtaking."

Marcia

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got a good overview of Ireland's history, past and present! We experienced the beauty of the island with a wonderful group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Epic, the Irish Immigration Museum. It was a fun and informative experience. "

Carole

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Pascal, was wonderful. He is very knowledgable and shared loads of information with us all along the way. I lived in Ireland for 7 years, more than 30 years ago, and while we visited places I had been before, this tour allowed me to experience them in new ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sunday in Dingle, always my favorite place to visit when I lived there, was brilliant. The tour of Dingle Crystal, followed by the spectacular drive to Slea Head in gorgeous weather was delightful. Later the falconry experience and whiskey tasting with the Dingle distillery were entirely new experiences that were highlights of the trip. I also loved the time we spent in Listowel visiting with Billy Keane."

Robin

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were welcomed by Paschal, the tour guide, during the initial meeting. He was very well organized, described details of the tour and then had all the participants introduce themselves. Paschal kept a very positive atmosphere throughout the tour for all of the participants. Every stop was preceded wiht information, history and current information about the area. The information provided gave us an opportunity to thouroughly immerse ourselves in the experiances of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say it was one moment, the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, and Rock of Cashell were all wow moments that were so impressive. "

James

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was extremely well organized. Tour guide Pascal Fitzpatrick made the entire experience highly enjoyable and informative. Lodgings were all first-class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle is my favorite part of Ireland. I am glad that we got to spend two days there. The trip around the Dingle peninsula was enhanced by having a local Irish-speaking guide, and the stop at the Blasket Centre was wonderful."

Dorothy

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not expecting to like a Rick Steve's tour so much. This was my first. The literature implied a significant "low ball" mode of travel - Carry your own bag, be prepared to climb lots of lodging steps, etc. Yet I found the the tour excellent in every way. Pascal was the absolute best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Dingle Peninsula"

Martha

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked and enjoyed all the places we visited. Our guide was excellent, the meals were OK, the Hotels were better than what I expected and the coach was comfortable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Cliffs of Moher "

Jane

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our trip was outstanding. Our tour manager, Pascal, was excellent. We learned so much about Irish history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula was amazing! "

Leah

Tour: 06/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour, and would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to explore Ireland, learn about Irish culture and history, and see as much as they can in the time allotted!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving the Dingle Peninsula and the tour of Slea Head Drive. The views were stunning, the history of the Great Blasket communities was fascinating, and I liked that we have multiple stops to walk around, see the stunning views, and explore! "

When To Go & Weather

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

Ireland / Dublin

Dublin Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Shannon (SNN) and out of Dublin (DUB) — "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.