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

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Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour

from $2,395 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2019

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Ennis Friary • Ennis orientation walk • Cliffs of Moher • Village of Adare • Dingle walking tour • Irish music evening • Dingle's Slea Head Drive • Crystal cutting demonstration • Great Blasket Centre • Gallarus Oratory • Irish whiskey tasting • Rock of Cashel • Kilkenny walking tour • Kilkenny Castle • Glendalough • Dublin walking tour • Trinity College • Book of Kells • Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum • Brú na Bóinne archaeology site…and more
  • All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
  • 7 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

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

Day 2: Ennis to Dingle Town

After breakfast, we'll pack up and board our comfy bus, setting course for Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. En route we'll stop to visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you'll find yourself leaning into the wind, teetering on the very edge of Europe, more than 600 feet above the churning waters of the North Atlantic and County Limerick's lovely village of Adare. At the end of our drive we'll arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle. After a walking tour, we'll enjoy a gourmet dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes. Sleep in Dingle (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula

It's a great day to experience some of Europe's wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sites. We'll start our day with a crystal cutting demonstration from a master craftsman, then hop aboard our bus with our local expert to follow the famous Slea Head Drive, our vote for the most beautiful road in Ireland. We'll stop to tour the strikingly situated Great Blasket Centre, where we'll get a close-up look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. The remainder of the day is free for you to soak in more of Dingle's charms and enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny

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

Day 5: Medieval and Monastic Heritage

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

Day 6: The Historic Heart of Dublin

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

Day 7: Prehistoric Tombs and Dublin

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

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Heart of Ireland in 8 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

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

Reviews

Yuchen Lu

Green Valley, AZ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was well organized and Lisa was a great tour guide. I believe we all enjoyed her very much. Ireland sure is beautiful and the history of the country was amazing. All was great . The only hard thing for me , 72 years old, was the distance we needed to walk for the last two, three days to get to places as scheduled. Thanks. It was a memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rolling hills , do green and fresh !"

Micheala

Ponce Inlet, FL

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time our tour was well organized and educational and of course fun We went to castles and churches and archeology sites with music and pubs thrown in

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was when we went to the falconry in Dingle We got to have a hands on experience with all the birds enjoy a Dingle Gin and Tonic and kiss a couple of the cutest wolfhounds"

Steven

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kieran and Hailee were absolutely superb. Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"40 shades of green! Awesome!!Dingle drive."

Mary Anne

Mentor, OH

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour. As always, the tour was exactly as promised with a great guide, a well-planned itinerary and a good group of fellow tourists. Definitely money & time well-spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't possibly pick one - drive around Dingle peninsula, Newgrange, Cliffs of Moher were all "wow" moments."

Diane

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed tour group experience and visiting Ireland more than I could have hoped for. Travel on bus was both educational and entertaining learning about Irish history, culture and current events. Stephen's wicked humor, limericks,poetry recitations and singing were icing on the cake. Comfortable with group on comfy buses, good timing for nice rest stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stephen added experiences not on tour such as falcon experience, wiskey tasting, concert in Dingle, feeding the lambs. Food was delicious at group dinners and service excellent. I was a bit apprehensive about traveling alone but it was a welcoming group and I was never sad being solo & was invited to join others @ meals & during unstructured time & made new friends."

Elizabeth

London, ON

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had planned the tour about six months ago. After a few trips with other tour companies, we find that the RS's tour format best fits our tastes. Dingle was my favorite place. It was a lovely little town. Our B&B had beautiful flowers in the garden and the breakfasts were nicely presented. I took many photos of the garden and the breakfast plates. I even picked up a business card for our return sometime in the future. Our guide Stephen arranged some additional activities in Dingle. I liked the

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were breath-taking. I have watched the cliffs on TV many times, but I was finally there in person! It was my "wow" moment from my trip."

Cynthia

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed learning the history and values of Ireland and experiencing the lush green scenery. Hotels and meals provided were good. Stephen had great stories of growing up and living in Ireland. I also appreciated Stephen setting up an afternoon with falconry experts, and also an evening at the Dingle Music Shop! Ddrawback of the trip was the last day we were in Dublin and we went to Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. It was a little windy, but still enjoyed it. Wish we could have had about 30 minutes longer there."

Vishakha

New York, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience with RSE in Ireland was great. As promised, the days were active and we did/saw/learned a LOT. I'm happy I chose this tour. It had a good amount of tour time & free time. I really appreciated that. I also enjoyed the small tour size & the little hotels. The only one part that didn't work for me was the day we got to Kilkenny. After an already long day, the almost 2 hour tour of Kilkenny felt v long for me, it wasn't gripping/exciting. It was the only not so great experience I had

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm trying to decide exactly what was the "wow" part of this trip. I don't think I can pick one. Cliffs of Moher! Glen da loch! Knowth! Blasket center! Lots of great stuff. But maybe I can. SLEI HEAD DRIVE. I wish we did more there. Maybe a walking tour!"

Mary

River Forest, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The country was beautiful, the "special" events were such great fun and our guide was the best! The people of Ireland were so very friendly and helpful. Such a great people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher were fabulous. Their size and the dropoff were amazing."

John

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and in fact, our first tour ever. We have traveled in Europe on our own, but thought to try a tour this time, and we were not disappointed. In fact, it added so much depth to our understanding of the country, something we never would have had on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry demonstration at Milltown House in Dingle. It was a welcome surprise, and something we would likely never have experienced if it hadn't been for the tour. And we loved the tour of the Dingle Peninsula. So beautiful."

Mario

Katy, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was a blast from beginning to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher!"

Carolyn

Ocean Springs, MS

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time. I have traveled the US extensively, but this was my first trip to Europe. Had been wanting to go for years, so we decided to start with Ireland. The "Emerald Isle" was beyond what we expected. This tour hit all the high points and was extremely well planned. Other than soaking in all the beauty of this spectacular country, we were totally immersed in the local culture thanks to the wide range of itinerary activities. The Irish must be the friendliest people anywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unspoiled scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast was jaw dropping!"

Thomas

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tremendous tour. Great tour guide, Joe. Clearly exceeded my expectations. This was my first tour ever and I think overall the experience was outstanding. The other members of the tour were simply wonderful; we intend spend time with two of the members of the tour. The pace of the tour was perfect; not to fast and not too slow. I would highly recommend a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kilkenny Castle. Wow."

Elgin

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Learning about the history of Ireland, and then seeing the beautiful countryside, quaint towns, Dublin, and friendly likeable Irish people was remarkable. What really made the tour enjoyable was having a friendly and witty tour guide along with a wonderful tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A WOW moment? It had to be the scenic Slea Head Drive because of the beautiful scenery."

Frances

Lemont, IL

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the beauty of the countryside. Could have had one less day in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blasket Island area was beautiful!"

Ronald

Rochester, MN

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second RS tour (Ireland) met and exceeded my expectations based on an outstanding, excellent first RS tour in Paris. Late May in Ireland was not crowded, and the locals were not burned out ,yet, on American tourists. Ennis is a good starting point as Shannon airport was impressive. Dingle was good and the Dingle Crustal Factory tour was a nice touch. The DCF tour is something RS includes on a tour that a "run of the mill" tourist wouldn't even know about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While leaving Ireland, the opportunity to go through USA Customs and Border Control at DUB airport was surprising."

Jeanine

Rochester, MN

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the group experience and love the variety in expert guides in the different locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher."

Lori

Washington, DC

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we had a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, and walking the trail at the top."

Fran

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my seventh Rick Steves' tour and it ranks as one of the best! Ireland is absolutely beautiful and the people are friendly. Each day of the tour was interesting, and I wanted to stay longer in every city along the way. Joe is a great guide: caring, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun. Fellow travelers became friends by the end of the tour - it was hard to say goodbye!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were amazing! Really appreciated being the first guests of the day to the site so we could explore without crowds. The Slea Head drive was breathtaking."

Patricia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. I would recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved so many aspects of the tour. One of the wow moments was the Falconery Experience in Dingle Town. It wasn't part of the tour but our guide recommended it and we took advantage of it during some free time."

Laura

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful and well planned. Learning about Irish history, traveling through amazing countryside and staying in quaint towns exceeded expectations. The Irish people are so friendly and welcoming. Loved our tour guide, Joe Darcy. He was so caring and provided such great wit! We met such nice people in our tour group as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and the Slea Head Drive were fabulous!"

Katherine

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I appreciated the camaraderie, the smooth arrangements for food, lodging and sightseeing. Overall experience was outstanding and would definitely recommend to others. Plus we had sunny weather almost the entire time; can't beat that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most breathtaking moment was at Trinity College, just after seeing the Book of Kells, when we entered the Library reading room upstairs. It was a multi-sensory "wow". Visually dramatic, with the three story height, the sound being somehow simultaneously absorbed and reflected by all the books, and the slightly musty smell of accumulated centuries of knowledge. Could have stayed there indefinitely just soaking up that atmosphere and that heritage."

Douglas

Annandale, NJ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There were now "wow" sights on this trip like the Parthenon, Eiffel tower or the coliseum so we felt the tour made a successful effort of getting us to know the Irish people and traditions. That was the "wow" part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"see above"

Linda

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Pascal was a great guide and very professional to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the beautiful countryside and especially the town of Dingle and the tour of the Dingle peninsula. The other second part of the wow was that we had Sunny weather and you feel like you want to get outside and explore."

Judith

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As wonderful as I thought it would be, it turned out to be even greater in every way possible. It was an incredible trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. From the hotels and food where we stayed - to our incredible guide Pascal - to all the local guides - and to all the excursions, it was fantastic."

Lonald

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal was terrific in keeping you looking forward to the next event.The hotels were very easy to deal with in staffing , accommodations and locality.The weather that Pascal ordered was on spot with only 1/2 day of rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the falcon flying experience. The trainers made it very easy and comfortable to get up close to these amazing birds."

Joan

Canton, GA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having perfect weather for a week in Ireland started us on a great journey. Pascal was the perfect guide combining knowledge of the areas we traveled and detailed information regarding the areas we visited. This was our 8th RS tour and we followed up Ireland with the Scotland tour. Lots to consider with 2 tours traveled. Pascal had a broad knowledge of the area we toured and was able to keep us informed about the historical background of the area. I also noted of higher quality than previous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose one favored event of so many we enjoyed. One of those favorites was the visit to Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. It felt like being back in time or part of a tv program with the wonderful setting."

Lucy

Hamden, CT

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, very comfortable and had added surprises that increased the experience. The bus was much larger than needed allowing for passengers to spread out and there to be empty seats which was great. The food was surprising excellent. The tour guide, Pascal, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and very thoughtful. The sites we saw and people we met were all incredible. It exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one but I would have to say the falconry experience. It was not part of the advertised itinerary. I have always disliked birds and been a bit afraid of them. I was very comfortable in participating - and I knew I could have chosen not to without any issue. Some people did. No one judged or cajoled them. I was so glad I did. The birds were amazing."

Margaret

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a great time on this tour. Pascal was very knowledgeable, and was very thorough in taking care of all of us. The people on the tour were fun and friendly, and this made for a great week. The sights were spectacular. Pascal gave us so much information about the history and the culture. Also, Mark, our driver was very skilled at navigating the difficult roads. I am already thinking about going back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. I especially loved the scenery of the Dingle peninsula and Dingle town. Dublin was fun, and the EPIC museum is impressive."

Jana

Brownfield, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and the guide Pascal shared his wealth of knowledge with us. I liked the variety in the places we visited, ruins to cities and even falconry. I enjoyed letting others organize and getting to enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the Cliffs of Mohr. Walking around and getting the different perspectives was wonderful. One thing that was especially spectacular was watching the birds hundreds of feet below us as the circled."

George

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have friends who have taken Rick Steves tours, a few who have been hosted by Stephen , and a couple friends who work or have worked for the company. They all reassured us we would love the experience, which we did. Am an introvert by nature, so I had reservations about participating in a group tour with 25 strangers. Everyone couldn't have been nicer. There wasn't even that "one person" in the group who could send things south.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my wife hold a baby lamb on a farm on the Dingle Peninsula. It was the highlight of the trip for her, which made it the highlight of my trip."

Amy

Fort Mitchell, KY

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was an amazing tour, so much packed into 8 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is so hard to decide. I love the cliffs of Moher and Kilkenny, but I would have to say that my "Wow" moment was at the Rock of Cashel. Stephen made the place come alive for us with his stories of the past."

Marc

South Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the knowledgeable guides that were chosen and the [INVALID]ion of sites to visit. I doubt that we could have gotten an in depth experience on our own and just by reading a guide book.We came away from the trip with a feeling that we got our money's worth and then some.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one- Glendalough rates very high."

Morgan

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good. I would have preferred that the group dinners were alternate nights. We had 3 group dinners in a row.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sliegh Head drive and the Dingle Crystal Factory tour"

Stephen

Cocoa Beach, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. The tour guide (Stephen) was excellent (knowledgeable, funny, courteous, patient, helpful. Great food, accommodations, comfortable bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say."

Linda

North Bend, WA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe was excellent as was Patrick the driver and additional guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! Beautiful scenery, so much history, fabulous tour guide, friendly people, group group on our tour. Our bus driver was also great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trim Castle Dingle peninsula and drive Blasket center Cliffs Guinness factory Kilkenny castle"

Larry

Malone, NY

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th time in Ireland We were delighted to see that the magic was still alive and that there was so much new to learn: the history, the music, the food, the pubs; but most of all the people of this most welcoming of countries. Joe was fantastic, providing insights, singing and telling stories as he led his merry band of "craic addicts" from one adventure to another, all while appearing to enjoy himself as much as we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, the town, the scenery, and the music. If you can only go one place in Ireland it should be Dingle."

Susan

Haddonfield, NJ

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, joe, introduced us to The beautiful country of Ireland. We have a great group of people on our tour. We saw the amazing countryside, the fun nature of the people, historic sites. The accommodations, for the most part, were exceptional and the restaurants [INVALID]ed for our group dinners were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula was breathtaking"

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good tour guide, Good historical perspective, Great tour route and scenery , Too busy and not enough free time to explore on our own, Mixed bag on local tour guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Last Castle, Cliffs of Mohor and landscapes"

John

Bowie, MD

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, another great Rick Steves trip. this was our third Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint! Our tour guide, Joe was a wonderful host, guide and full of Irish history. Ireland is a beautiful country with the friendliest people. We had a great time no matter where we were and all the places we visited were filled with Irish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher were just spectacular. The scenery is breathtaking."

Esperanza

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exactly as promised and more. Our guide Joe was amazing and very knowledgeable. He shared stories with us to explain the significance of the sights and was always able to answer our questions. Our bus driver was steady and proficient in driving our big bus to our multiple destinations on the Ireland roads. I cannot convey the piece of mind that our driver brought us as we smoothly transitioned from spot to spot. We were a tight group by the end of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our dinner meals and the Irish Whiskey at the South Pole Bar. We were warned that the food would be okay. Dinner meals on the tour were the best! The hotel accommodations were better then expected, other then the Kilkenny hotel. Sights were as beautiful as expected."

Angela

Morristown, NJ

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the tour to Ireland. I did not know what to expect when traveling in a group of 28 where I knew only 2 others. Everyone was so nice and friendly (no grumps). There were only a few very minor complaints making the trip just about perfect. Our guide Joe was amazing- he is so knowledgeable on the history of Ireland (he knew all the dates!), his storytelling is so exciting, he knows how to run successful tours in various locations, very warm and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula was just beautiful!"

Anne

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 05/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour experience in Ireland. I appreciated starting off in Ennis, a smaller town with a lot of local charm. We actually returned there after the tour to enjoy a music festival. I enjoyed the opportunity for engaging with the locals in the many pubs, and I tried my first Irish Coffee! By the time we arrived in big city Dublin, I was ready for it. I have never traveled in a country where I felt so welcomed as I did in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed going to the James Joyce Center in Dublin, and reading aloud from a James Joyce novel. This was a Joe Darcy special! Thank you, Joe! I also loved the musical evening in Dingle, and the long walk my husband and I took along the waterfront path that started at our Dingle hotel."

Debra

Round Hill, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first organized multi-day tour so I don't have any basis for comparison to other tours...Rick Steves or otherwise. Although my husband and I had a good time, I'm unlikely to book another organized multi-day tour in the near future as I prefer the more spontaneous aspects of personal/private touring and less bus riding. Our tour guide and bus driver were very good and we experienced a nice sense of camaraderie with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the falconry afternoon in Dingle and the overall beauty of the Irish countryside."

Susie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding trip. Love having everything taken cared for by the guide. Vacations can be a lot of work preparing for them, and we feel this is one of the best selling points about the Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of this tour is the Irish landscape and historical ruins. Fascinating to learn about the various sites we visited."

Jennifer

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well organized, educational, and fun. I felt as if I didn't have to worry about a thing because our guide and our driver took care of all our needs. We showed up when we were supposed to and everything else was taken care of. I am usually the itinerary creator and schedule keeper on our vacations, and it is daunting and exhausting. It was wonderful to have someone who knows the right hotels and restaurants and sights handle everything for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can choose just one moment because each of them were so "wow" in different ways. But I loved the birds of prey at Milltown House in Dingle because this is something I've always wanted to do. The Cliffs of Moher were fabulous, though I wish we'd had more time. The Rock of Cashel is amazing, and the monastic city tour of Glendalough (and the lake) was fascinating."

Mary

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever and I was apprehensive, especially since I was on my own. I had always wanted to visit Ireland and being introduced to it on a Rick Steves tour was perfect for me. The pace, variety of places and activities, comfortable accommodations, and interaction with the other friendly tour members and our fantastic tour guide Stephen all made this trip worthwhile. The organization, communication, and Stephen's knowledge, humor,stories and singing made it thoroughly enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive was my favorite, including the visit to the Great Blasket Centre. The whole day was amazing and memorable. Our driver was great too!"

Brahma

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in dingle peninsula, knowing about blanket island people, their culture and heritage."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just as expected, a good experience of rural and urban Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Dingle Peninsula and its coastline was amazing."

Natalie

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! Not only was the itinerary filled with amazing places, but the extra items that Stephen put together and organized were outstanding and really gave a more intimate flavor of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a "wow" moment...the entire trip was "wow." I especially enjoyed the Dingle Peninsula if I had to choose. The scenery is quite picturesque and I especially enjoyed the extras: dinner at the B&B, musician/singer, dancer, and feeding the little lamb!"

Ellen

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I totally enjoyed learning about the history of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful pastoral scenery was spectacular. Cities are always interesting for the cultural aspects, however, driving through the countryside was absolutely marvelous."

Raymond

Monument, CO

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with an outstanding guide. Accommodations were great and we enjoyed Stephen's outstanding historical knowledge and sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trinity College Library"

Carla

Columbus, KS

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour of any kind. My first time out of the USA. I have always dreamed of visiting Ireland and after my son visited Italy last year, he encouraged me to take the trip I've always dreamed of. So, I started saving my money to take a trip to Ireland. We watch your tours on our PBS channel, and decided to try a tour with Rick Steves., knowing you have been there and know the interesting places to see . So glad we did. It was so wonderful !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am so sorry. I cannot just pick one moment. I was in "wow" the whole trip. Loved the people of Ireland and their beautiful country and heritage."

Janet

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to take a group tour but this exceeded all expectations. Stephen was very knowledgeable about Ireland and also made good use of local tour guides. The bus,, B & B's, and hotels were very comfortable . The Dingle Peninsula was stunning and I loved roaming the small villages. Stephen also arranged a visit to a sheep farm where we fed lambs and a stop in a pub to hear stories from one of Ireland's premier columnists. Fellow travelers were delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire bus ride on the Dingle Peninsula. Just stunning."

Donna

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best group tour I have ever experienced. We covered a Lot of ground, but had a bit of time on our own. A very nice balance. There were a number of unexpected extras, which I loved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, with the Oratorio coming in close second. We had good weather and the cliffs were like the Grand Canyon, undescribable by word or photo."

Brenda

Slidell, LA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Stephen, was absolutely awesome. I cannot say enough about him and the experiences he introduced us to. So many extra things not on the itinerary, but never feeling rushed or pushed to participate in the extra if we chose not to. The entire tour was wonderful from start to finish. We stuck to the itinerary with time along the way for extra viewing, engaging with the local culture, and always learning from our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was engaging with the Falcon and Brown Eagle while at Milltown in Dingle. The birds demonstration was an unexpected surprise and clearly, everyone in our group enjoyed the experience. It was educational and entertaining. Really, the entire stay in Dingle was wonderful, and I would certainly like to return."

Cherie

Guelph, ON

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

INCREDIBLE! To say the very least of the experience I had on my trip through The Heart of Ireland with Rick Steve's Tour. Our Tour Guide, Stephen, was amazing! Very knowledgeable in the history of the sites we visited and shared fun facts and song as we traveled from town to town. He was passionate about the history of Ireland - and that was so evident in him - he truly loved sharing his knowledge with us! THANK YOU STEPHEN! We loved our bus driver! I made friends for life on the tour as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh man - that's tough. I absolutely LOVED everything on the West Coast - Dingle Peninsula and will be back there again one day! MY WOW - was visiting Bru na Boinne - standing on burial mounds that predated Stonehenge by 1,000 years and the pyramids of Giza by 500 years!!. Standing silently on these passage tombs, looking over the land was....simply breathtaking."

Tim

Gallatin, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip with a fantastic guide Stephen and fantastic driver Patrick. I would do this trip again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"besides the scenery...I would have to say the extent of Stephens "general" knowledge, his historical knowledge and his timely, witty & subject related personal stories"

Walter

Mt Desert, ME

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to see the countryside and cities and meet the people. Both objectives were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The burial mounds at Knowth."

Marie

Monument, CO

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour size was perfect and our tour guide Stephen was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I heard Dingle had a sister city in the US which was Holyoke MA which is where my husband's family come from."

Lillian

Solon, OH

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was terrific [INVALID] a wonderful blend of beautiful scenery, fascinating history, lively music, ample spirits and friendly fellow travelers who embodied the Rick Steves "no grumps" golden rule. The secret sauce that made this tour unique was our amazing guide Stephen. He not only told us Ireland's history and the significance of sites, he connected us to what it means to be Irish through his love of his home and his usually hilarious and sometimes touching personal stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Dingle was probably the biggest "wow." Aside from stepping inside an early Christian chapel built of dry stone and enjoying the lovely Slea Head Drive, we also: watched crystal being cut, enjoyed a private dance demonstration and two wonderful musical performances, fed lambs, handled raptors, petted Irish wolfhounds, and learned to bake scones. Whew! Stephen really knows how to showcase his turf! My other favorite experience was singing rebel songs on the bus."

Carl

Calgary, AB

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was good. Enjoyed all the stops and the tour guide was knowledgeable and made things fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the music in the Dingle stop."

Carol

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fantastic. As someone who has been to Ireland 10 plus times I learned so many new things and saw so many new places. The food was wonderful and the hotels were exactly as described quaint and in a great location for exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved feeding the lambs in Dingle! And the cliffs of Moher were breathtaking and something you need to see in real life."

Lauren

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience in Ireland. Lots of nice people and a knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved walking around Dingle and Dublin. We enjoyed the concert in the bookstore in Dingle."

Carmen

Tyler, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like going home. This trip was about people and experiences. It gave us many opportunities to be a part of the local community and that is what we loved most.The Irish people are very kind and helpful. You feel as if you are with friends and a part of the scene. The hotels were clean and welcoming. I loved how we could open our windows and feel the fresh, cool air. The country is beautiful!! I would just love to go back and do it all again with an Irish Coffee in my hand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly, holding the lamb. I am not a dog person, but now I know I am a lamb person. He was so cuddly and clean!! Next to that, The Cliffs of Moher. I loved experiencing the wind and waves along with the incredible sight. Of course going to the pubs. I will really miss that. I loved drinking a Guiness and singing along with the band. The music was so uplifing and uniting."

Teri

Cleveland, NC

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful first experience with Rick Steves Tours and our first trip to Ireland. What an amazing place Ireland is, and the tour, the guides, and our fellow travelers made the trip one we will remember for years. The accommodations, the meals, our wonderful guide, Stephen, and all the stops along the way exceeded our expectations. Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive and the Blasket Islands Interpretive Center. What remarkable people the islanders must have been, and what a fine tribute to them the Center was."

Alan

Everett, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great but people on the tour who had previously been on this tour stated the trip use to have an extra day in Dingle. I believe the itinerary could be adjusted for less bus travel per day. Kilkenny was fantastic but it felt rushed. This was our second Rick Steves tour (Munich, Salzburg and Vienna was our first) and we liked it more than the first tour. The guide, Stephen, was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was the most memorable part of the entire tour. The B&Bs (Milltown House and Clonmara) were perfect and created an amazing atmosphere. The falconry, live music, Druid ceremony/ritual and the entire town of Dingle was just fantastic. At this point in the trip the group was more friendly as we have gotten to know each other over the past few days."

David

Solon, OH

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If you like a wee bit of whiskey mixed with Cromwell, culture and music, this is the tour. Better still, take the tour with Stephen McPhilemy[INVALID]the best tour guide in the world. His riveting retelling of the siege of Clonmel where the Cromwellian force breached the walls into the O'Neills trap of a v-shaped killing fields and where Irish won the day (but not the war) against the model English army puts you in the scene.Poignant, funny, circumspect, somber, lyrical, jaunty[INVALID]this and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, wow. Okay, the city is nice-- but the tour packed in more moments in a day than James Joyce's Ulysses. Druids, ruins, falconry, belt-making in a pub with the one of a kind Dick Mack, glass cutting, a private concert with outstanding musicians and a guide who explained the troubles with moving anecdotes."

Elizabeth

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I planned the trip not expecting anything that I haven't seen before and came home telling family and friends it was the best travel experience I've ever had

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Have to really think on this one. I guess it would be the afternoon we spent in the front lawn of the B&B in Dingle and the lovely dinner that followed."

Andy

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a perfect tour - the right length, the perfect guide, and great traveling companions - to say nothing of magical Irelend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle!!! especially interacting with the locals both human, animal and avian."

Gary

Mendham, NJ

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the quality and the pace of the tour was great. We saw a lot and learned a lot. Spacing of free time was perfect. Our guide was fantastic. I left having a much better understanding of the history of Ireland and present day challenges. Loved that the group size was kept to only 25. Accommodations were good, and were great in Dingle. Everyone was just lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle... loved the town and the fact we got to do falconry."

Peggy

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very enjoyable. I liked the pace and felt very well taken care of. The accommodations and food were phenomenal. I liked the balance of information, humor and socialization. I've already recommended it to my brother and his wife.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It surprised me to find that the Birds of Prey adventure in Dingle was my favorite. I expected to just watch, but to participate in the way we did was awesome. In general, Dingle and Dingle penninsula was my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the feel and experience in Dublin."

Andrea

Silver Lake, OH

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was good, but a felt a little 'canned' since we were following the 'standard RSteves Intinerary.' I had sense that Pascal and the other guides simply did their same spiel and the group faces just changed. This is TRUE, of course, but that sense led me to feel that as individuals we weren't particularly of interest. I know that volume doesn't allow for a lot of serendity, but that was a loss for me. We were always feeling somewhat rushed to make sure we got to the next tour appointment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to the Cliff of Moher early was great and the hurricane force winds and being able to safely see the cliffs was spectacular. I also really enjoyed the Rock of Cashel and hearing about the dense history there. Free time in Dingle was much appreciated. A highlight for me, but of little interest to some, was the falcon demo and getting to hold the birds. I LOVED that."

Melissa

Somerville, NJ

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was wonderful. I really feel like I got a great glimpse of life in Ireland. The guides knew how to share information and history while still being entertaining and relatable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in Curran's Bar in Dingle talking with James Curran about life in Ireland and Dingle while enjoying a pint of Guinness was incredible. It really felt like we got to experience what it would be like to live in Dingle."

Kathy

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful mix of things to do & see in Ireland. We loved the variety of places we went, loved our guide Paschall, and our fellow travelers were lovely people, as they always are on Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a large eagle land on my arm for the Falconry demonstration."

Janice

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is such a beautiful country. My mother had visited many years ago ~ she said it had every shade of green imaginable. She was correct! The group was made up of wonderful people. We all had fun together. I turned 65 in an Irish pub ~ only way to do a big BD! Pascal was great ~ he took wonderful care of all of us ~ entertaining stories ~ it was fun to meet the other guides who did local tours and also Rick Steve's tours. It was a guide family. Always felt safe with our wonderful driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula. The Carriage House was charming ~ rooms were spacious and beautiful. The dinner amazing. Breakfast ~ sooo great. The town was charming. Loved the music at the pubs."

William

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought Pascal did a very good job. Steve the bus driver was also great. Would not change anything except maybe going to Trim Castle while we were in the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula Slea Head drive. Beautiful day."

Beth

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a new wow moment. Who would have guessed that we would end up having lunch with Billy Keane and learn stories that gave shape to both his and his father's body of written work? Before going to lunch I did not even know who John B Keane was! Who would have thought that I would be able to hold a golden eagle or have a European Owl fly to my arm or that I would learn how to pour a Guinness from James Curran in Dingle?"

Anne

Hobe Sound, FL

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it was great. Everything was perfect, the places we visited, the hotels, the camaraderie...and of course our terrific guide Joe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive was about the most beautiful scenery one can imagine."

Ricardo

Mascoutah, IL

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Ireland, and I could not be happier with the experience. The tour included a look at scenery, countryside, small towns, medium cities and Dublin, and gave us a great opportunity to interact with Irish people in different settings. The exposure to the Irish culture and history was priceless and it would be difficult to imagine a friendlier people. The only thing the tour did not do was satisfy my desire to spend more time in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view at the Cliffs of Moher was beyond description. I could have stayed for hours walking along the cliffs and enjoying the scene of the countryside, cliffs, and sea. The visit to the Cliffs far exceeded my expectations."

Andrea

State College, PA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was truly wonderful! I never thought that I would love Ireland and the people so much. Our group really got along well from day 1. We had a lot of laughs together. We enjoyed getting to know everyone.The itinerary was well planned. The hotels were great and centrally located. The coach was extremely comfortable. Joe made sure that we followed the itinerary without feeling rushed.There was plenty of free time, too. I loved every day in Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tomb at Newgrange was just amazing! The experience inside the tomb was incredible. I do have to say that The Dingle Peninsula was spectacular! We were fortunate to get a clear and sunny day. Ireland is just a beautiful country!"

Michael

Sayville, NY

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although there is a lot of bus riding, the experience was exceptional. The bus driver (Pam) can only be described as the most amazing driver I've seen. That said, the only thing I do regret was not seeing more of the southern portion of Ireland. The Ring of Kerry was an attraction I thought could have been incorporated into the trip. Again, Ireland had so many beautiful sights I'm sure getting them all in would take more time. All in all the tour was great. This was our fourth Steve Steves

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The accommodations were unbelievable. Each was well above the standard and the Castle Rock was the closest one could come to a five star hotel (personally I think it was a 6 star). The Cliffs of Moor were by far the wow on this trip."

James

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a great tour. Dingle was a highlight with the fabulous hotel, the day trip along the coast,the live music and pubs. Ennis was a bit of a dud, it is close to Shannon airport, but for those of us on the west coast of the US, getting to Shannon airport requires changing planes. We ended up flying direct from SFO to Dublin and took the train to Galway. We spent a couple fun days in Galway before taking the train to Ennis. Maybe swap Galway for Ennis on the tour?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic "wow" moment was a tie between the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula and the Wicklow Mountains. The cultural "wow" moment occurred when I dropped into Dick Mack's Pub in Dingle one late afternoon for a pint. There was a guiter player singing Irish songs and when he finished, a group of local women in the pub started singing Irish ballads. Then, a young Irish couple on holiday came in with their 3 month old and the mother sang an Irish song to her baby."

Alice

Mascoutah, IL

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first visit to Ireland and it was truly memorable. We were treated to great scenery, history, rural culture, city culture, and the great personality of the Irish people. For a first visit it gave us a well-rounded experience and a desire to come back for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The general beauty of the Irish countryside took my breath away. From the coast to lakes to mountains to the lovely pastoral farm lands, it was just one picture postcard moment after another."

Debra

Elk Grove Village, IL

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been wanting to visit Ireland for 10+ years. Finding time to plan is difficult due to the work/travel schedule i maintain. I spontaneously decided to do this tour and it was a wonderful experience (this was my first organized tour.) For me, it was a great mix of having time to myself before and after the tour and meeting great people from around the US....all while enjoying the fantastic sites of Ireland and mingling with the warm-hearted and fun Irish people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall natural beauty of Ireland is difficult to grasp in photos alone. The scale of the terrain, the colors of the water and landscapes, the history and craftsmanship everywhere create a continuous "wow" feeling in person."

Robert

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fourth and shortest Rick Steves tour still ranks among the best. It was full of memorable sites and activities with less bus time than some of the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Natural beauty: Slea Head Drive Historical site: New Grange"

Stephen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

never a dull moment, saw very beautiful countryside and stunning local landmarks that I had never seen nor heard of before. learned Irish history that until then had been sort of vague. traveled with a great group of people and with a guide who worked non-stop to see that the tour was a success. sparked my interest in Irish history,from prehistoric time to the present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" was learning the history of Ireland and all that we did, and saw from the tour guide and the local guides. the guides were a wealth of information,sharing stories with interesting facts and humor, and most important, they firmly believed in what they did, the facts and stories they relayed, and their love of their land,past and present"

Jo

Littlestown, PA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As my first tour, I was unsure what to expect. But this tour was fantastic,. U saw incredible sights, heard information that I had not heard before, and had accommodations that were very nice. Overall experience was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one "wow" moment as every day brought new and exciting sights and experiences. From the cliffs to the castles and churches, all was fantastic. I enjoyed the night events and all the beautiful scenery."

David

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Knowledgeable, interesting, entertaining, good story teller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was not on the tour. Went to hear Donna Taggart concert. She was amazing."

Neal

Littlestown, PA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The directions from the bus stop in Ennis to the first hotel could have been more descriptive. Maybe mentioning that it was directly across the street from a very, very tall church? After flying all night & very tired, it was so great that the Old Ground Hotel allowed us to rest in their lobby & had us checked into our room by 10:30am. So nice and appreciated. We absolutely loved the towns and smaller cities more than Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough. The bus ride to it had us wondering what was so important to see. This was impressive, and so great to see that it was preserved so well. That old cemetery was neat."

Suzanne

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour and Ireland is tied for first place for being the best tour EVER...it was like everything connected on this trip...the history, the culture, the music, the people...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was seeing the book of Kells...I had been to the Isle of Ilona on my RS tour of Scotland...and to have been where the book was written and then to see the book, it was like all the dots connected...my journey had come full circle..."

Tammy

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I loved it. The 8 days Heart of Ireland tour was fun, active, informational and educational. I loved learning so much about Ireland's rich history! The group my husband and I were with were fun and friendly. Our guide, Pascal was outstanding! He was fun, looked after all our needs, extremely knowledgeable and had an excellent sense of humor. Michael, our bus driver was fantastic too! He was obviously very experienced and took good care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing inside the tomb at Newgrange watching the light creep in and light up the whole place. Knowing that it was built 5000 years ago is mind boggling!"

Deborah

Fremont, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. This was my 3rd Rick Steves tour, and as always, what made this tour great was the unique and well thought out sites to visit, knowledgeable tour guides, and the fantastic group of traveling companions that come to be friends over the length of the trip. We learned a lot about Irish history, we laughed often, and we lucked out with fantastic weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour such as the fantastic views from the Cliffs of Moher, and the Rock of Cashel, standing under the Viking ceiling in Kilkenny Castle, walking the wooded paths at the monastery in Glendalough, and watching the light pierce the tomb in Newgrange. Along with this were the unscheduled surprises that added unique experiences like the storytelling at the John B. Keane Pub, music nights in Dingle, and the whiskey tasting in Kilkenny."

Julie

West Linn, OR

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful, especially the tour guides and the food. I loved the town of Kilkenny. We had a great tour and outstanding dinner. We just wish the hotel was better. We had the room that was farthest from the entrance, up and down many staircases. It also had the most uncomfortable bed. If you could find another option in Kilkenny that would be my suggestion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two wow moments. The top experience for me was Bru na Boinne. How amazing to get to enter the tomb that was built 5000 years ago. The second wow moment was holding the birds in Dingle. Very cool!"

Susan

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have to count this among my favorite Rick Steves tours! From the awesome guiding by Pascal, to the incredible driving skills of Michael, this was a truly cohesive and fun group. As the only person on the tour who didn't know someone else, I was a little concerned at the beginning. But I was "adopted" and was never alone for meals. We saw so much - a lot was packed into 7 days! I definitely feel like I got my money's worth. I've been wanting to see Ireland for a long, long time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. The Cliff's of Mohr were awe inspiring and it was SO windy! I didn't have a good hair day the entire time we were there :-) I also really enjoyed the Rock of Cashel - it was our lone sunny day and the ruins looked stunning against the bright blue sky. And I can't forget the Falconry - an amazing experience!"

Maureen

Bothell, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th RS Tour and one of my favorites. A really great tour group. Although we didn't have as much free time as some of the other tours, there isn't anything I would have wanted to skip just to explore something on my own. Pascal is an amazing guide and his knowledge of Ireland's history, culture and politics made for a truly memorable experience. I learned so much. Plus his stories still make me laugh. Our driver Michael was wonderful and along with Pascal made a fantastic team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day seemed to be a "wow" moment. Loved Dingle and the visit to Newgrange. The Book of Kells was amazing. Also our visit with Billy Keane was very fun. He was delightful."

Arthur

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good group, Great guide and Ireland was much more interesting then I thought.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange and the Dingle Peninsula"

Jeanne

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another homerun by RS Tours. The range and number of activities was perfect for a tour of this length. It was a great value for the price. I learned so much about Irish history, culture, and politics. As RS hopes, I returned home exhausted so it must have been an excellent tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Billy Keane and hearing first hand about John B. Keane's life and work as a writer. I'm a fan of John B's "the Field" so this was very special. Billy, himself, is charming, interesting, and witty...a journalist and writer. It was an utterly delightful couple of hours. A close second has to be Bru na Boinne and being able to actually enter a tomb that was built before the Pyramids."

Frank

West Linn, OR

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with a tremendous guide. Pascal gave us a real understanding of ireland's History and culture. I'v Already recommended it to a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Newgrange."

Susanne

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour and did not disappoint. Ireland is charming and we really enjoyed the mix of activities. Ennis was a good place to start since we needed to be accessible to airport or train. Dingle was awesome, Kilkenny could be missed although we do need a stopover before Dublin. We loved Dublin and stayed there an extra day. Pascal and our driver Michael were both outstanding, bus time is always enjoyable when the guides have such great stories to tell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head loop drive and the Irish music night in Dingle at the pub come to mind. Many more, the passage tomb was thought provoking, I was surprised we got to actually go inside."

Jane

Franklin, NC

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well thought out tour with enough activity and interesting sights to completely fill 6 days,but maybe a little rushed. There is not much time to explore additional interests like we had in Italy and Scotland. The first and last day are not really "tour" days, since one is a later day meet and greet with brief walking tour, and the last day is only breakfast. I know you have a 14 day tour, but maybe you could consider a 10 day tour which would essentially be 8 days. Think about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Book of Kells and library. Astounding to see such history preserved."

Susan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic. Saw so many great things that it's hard to remember then all! Fun group to travel with too. Stephen McPhilemy was the best tour guide in the world! He kept us entertained with stories, songs (yes... we sang on the bus!); and recommended local restaurants (yum), entertainment and places to shop. He gave the tour that extra touch! And Pat the bus driver was super! He had a few jokes/stories too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise Falconry Experience with Eric at the Milltown House B & B in Dingle. The birds were wonderful, lovely, and what eyes! So glad I had the courage to let them land on my arm! What a memory!"

Leonard

Pagosa Springs, CO

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation trip to Europe and first Rick Steves' tour. It was a wonderful experience. If we had done this on our own, I do not think it would have been nearly as good. Having a good guide is the essential key in my opinion. I was concerned about whether I would have any problems since I am 73 years old, but all the walking was really easy and I am in relatively good shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the falconry experience in Dingle. I have read books where falconry was included and just seeing how well the birds were taught in person was something I will not forget. Holding the Golden Eagle and the Harris Falcon was exhilarating. The falconer himself was very informative."

Margaret

Pagosa Springs, CO

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The itinerary was very well designed and truly did capture the heart of Ireland. I had read a lot about Ireland before the tour so I enjoyed seeing and experiencing what I had been reading. The number of people on the tour was perfect and allowed us to spread out more comfortably on the bus. The hotels and food were great, and I especially enjoyed staying at the B&B Milltown. The tour allowed me to experience Ireland, not just see the famous tourist sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments it's hard to pick just one. What stood out the most for me were the outstanding tour guides. Stephen was very knowledgeable about the country, history etc., and he brought the country alive with his commentary,anecdotes and songs. All but one of the local tour guides were great too. The bus driver Patrick was fun too, and it was amazing to see him navigate the narrow crowded places he had to take the bus."

Larry

Tehachapi, CA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In our case we revisited several places we had seen before. Of course we learn more each time. This was our second tour with Stephen, and I was more impressed than ever at his broad knowledge of so many subjects both in and out of Ireland. I consider myself a critical individual, and I have not always been charmed with the guides, but he is one of the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stay at Milltown House, enjoying the Wolfhounds, holding an eagle on my arm, and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Dingle Falconry put on a most impressive show. I never anticipated holding an eagle on my arm."

Theresa

Tehachapi, CA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had taken the longer Ireland tour in 2010, so were very happy to find we had Stephen as our guide again on this trip. We got to see some places we hadn't visited before, and got to go back to Dingle again (one of the main reasons I wanted to take this tour). I was happy to get back to Ireland and enjoyed this tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always hard to pick out one moment, but I have to say it was the Falconry Experience at Milltown House in Dingle. I didn't know what to expect, so was delighted and surprised to watch Eric's demonstration with his birds. They are amazing."

Robert

Irving, TX

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and companions had just completed a Scotland tour hosted by your company and we were a "we bit" fatigued. This Ireland tour was really special and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Your guide was a wonderful tour leader - one suggestion for improvement is to include much more music during the lengthy bus trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several and it's difficult to name just one - perhaps the hawking event or the visit to a music event in Dingle during their food weekend festival. The bed and breakfast at Dingle was also a great delight. The group dinners were also very enjoyable and the visit to see the book of Kells was also a highlight"

Ceann

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I attended the tour with my mom, sisters and aunt. We had a great time and our guide Stephen took it to the next level! He is very passionate about Ireland and it shows on the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher was very beautiful!"

Carrie

Manchester, IA

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! I really enjoyed having Stephen as our tour guide, as he made it fun & interesting for all ages! Patrick our bus driver was top notch & made the trip for us a great one!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Dingle, the small town feel like home! The hospitality at Stephen's place & the small local establishments."

Deborah

Tyler, TX

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great fun and the group was very easy going and cooperative. I appreciate the "no grumpy" rules Rick Steves announces in the beginning. The weather was perfect! Thanks Stephen for arranging that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Dingle and the Milltown House. I would have liked to spend more time there, perhaps on another stay! The Falconry was superb! Also loved the Great Blasket Centre. It was very moving."

Duffie

Tyler, TX

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was excellent by explaining Irish history while the bus was moving from point to point. Irish history is full of conflict and his explanation put it in perspective. This made each site we visited that much more meaningful. We new the back story upon arrival.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle of Kilkenny restored to its former glory, esp. the library."

Diane

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ireland was beautiful. Guide (Stephen) was wonderful. please skip the dolphin harassment tour!! it was awful. Dingle would have been more enjoyable if we didn't arrive there during the food festival. Seems that would be a weekend to avoid. I feel we missed out. Hotel in Kilkenny was tired and worn and dirty. Local guide (frank) was rather 'off color' in his jokes. Bus driver (Pat) was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula was beautiful as was Glendaloch."

Richard

Hanson, MA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "Rick Steves" adventure and I was not disappointed. It was everything I thought it would be. What I great group we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher. It was the "a hah" moment of the trip."

Melodie

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Well organized. Appreciate the comprehensive instructions on directions to the hotel and "need help." Lisa was a great tour guide. Liked the activities, and that no add on costs for activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Bru na Boinne."

Warren

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was nicely organized and conducted. It exceeded my expectations, thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle location and tour."

John

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! Loved the variety with the small towns and beautiful countryside compared to the city rush of Dublin. We had an exceptional guide. She was pleasant and engaging, inclusive and fun. She helped make the tour great. Loved the Cliffs of Moher and Glendalough especially. Also enjoyed the tour of the grave site in Dublin. It was a superb experience - so grateful for the opportunity. Also so blessed by the other participants - lovely people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our final meal together with the Irish storytellers and musicians."

Madelyn

Johnsburg, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had just finished our London tour with Rick Steves, and we were pretty tired. However, this tour starts out much slower and there was bus riding where you could relax and enjoy the scenery. So, they blended well together. Since Dublin was at the end of the tour, we were ready for the "city" again. The people on the tour were very nice and friendly, and the Irish people were so welcoming. On the whole, it was a fun and memorable time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was definitely "wowed" by the Dingle Peninsula. We did a nice variety of activities there and the scenery was beautiful. After a fun day we were sitting in the pub, enjoying a beer, and listening to Irish music and I really felt transported. I was equally wowed by the scenery and walk up to the lake at at Glendalough. We had a perfect day, and I wished we could have stayed longer."

Mary

Corpus Christi, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. Lisa was an excellent guide and really helped make the experience enjoyable. She is very personable and very knowledgeable, a great combination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Dingle peninsula and seeing the beautiful landscape."

Janet

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour surpassed my expectations. We learned and experienced much more than I could possibly absorb and it left me with a desire to learn more about Irish history and culture.

Cherilyn

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had one of the most easygoing groups I have ever traveled with. No latecomers, no complainers, no divas...generally delightful. The locations were stunning and the food sublime. Even the weather cooperated most days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were enjoying the boat ride to find Fungie in Dingle Bay and he did not appear for a while. The sunlight on the cliffs was just beautiful and then the captain cut the boat engines and Lisa introduced us to a young woman who sang acapella as the waves lapped the boat. It was absolutely lovely. And then Fungie showed up!"

Donna

Hanson, MA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and my first trip to Europe. I was very happy with the overall experience and felt that we had a great trip. From the hotels to the meals to the itinerary and especially our guide everything was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the entire trip and again because this was my first trip to Ireland Each experience was a wow moment"

Adam

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great. Very good group to travel with and almost always left on time to each site. Did a good job of providing a variety of sites and some free time to balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the cemetery in Dublin likely qualifies as my "wow" moment. The tour guide there provided interesting stories along with a great sense of humor. It helped cement the legacy of Daniel O'Connell. Honorable mention to the pub music in Dingle, which was amazing."

Frank

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional. We learned so much about the history, culture, music and people of Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two for me: (1) EVERYTHING Dingle (falconer, whisky tasting, B&B, gourmet dinner at the B&B, Gaelic music and dancing, and Slea Head Drive) (2) the structure and passage tombs at Newgrange and learning that this site is older than Stonehenge!"

Maureen

Wayland, MA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience. The nicest part about it was it was not on the itinerary, was totally unexpected and the setting was absolutely incredible."

Susanna

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've appreciated RS guidebooks (and suitcases!) for over 10 years, but this was our first tour. Such a treat! Great mix of seeing sights and free time to explore. Got a better grasp of the history of Ireland. Stellar guide, driver, and group to travel with who enriched our experience as we got to know each other and heard each other's perspectives. One member started a Facebook group so we could share pictures & stay in touch during & after the tour - helps me continue to process it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry; the O'Se family music & dance presentation at our Dingle B&B; the Duo musical evening at Dingle's Neligans. Such amazing talent, arranged just for us."

Diane

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour, and I hope it won't be my last! The personal knowledge of the tour guide -- Stephen -- added great depth to the experience. The size of the tour made it possible to get to know each member and spend time with each. And, although no one at Rick Steves had anything to do with the weather, it couldn't have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula was my favorite part of the tour. But the wow moments were the Falconery visit and the music event following dinner that same night."

Martin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked that all transportation, hotels, site visits, and some of the meals were arranged for us. It made for a stress free traveling vacation. All of the tour guides were knowledgeable and cordial. The entire group was friendly and a joy to be with. All the sites we visited were fascinating; Ireland is an amazing place. Loved the land and the people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Town, Dingle Peninsula, Blasket Center and the Cliffs of Moher were my favorite wow moments. I will visit Ireland again."

Ruby

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was outstanding! Starting with the welcome in Ennis to the parting Dinner celebration in Dublin the experience was first rate. Stephen was warm and welcoming. He shared his great knowledge of Ireland, it's people, culture and history! I loved the experiences of feeding the baby lambs and the Irish music and dancing. We had a great group who quickly bonded and made the experience one we will always remember! Our accommodation were wonderful and the food was always amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved the history of Ireland and would have to rate Newgrange as outstanding! Indeed to say that I especially appreciated our bus driver Dave and his outstanding driving during our tour! We were safe and comfortable."

Thomas

Cokato, MN

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour package is of incredible overall value. When I consider the investment made in the package price and all we got from it: the store credit, excellent pre-tour communication, top-notch lead guide and guest guides, amazing shared meals, convenient and beautiful hotels/B&B, and the choices of sites and experiences (balance of planned and "on your own" time). Overall, a great value and helped create amazing memories for my wife and me for our 20th wedding anniversary trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh...so hard to choose! I guess my mind keeps going back to Glendalough. I could spend a week there just soaking in the nature, the peace, the history, and the people. Due to the itinerary, we didn't get a chance to see the areas and villages around the main friary ruins and cemetery. (no complaints...we needed to get to Dublin, which was also great). Would go back in a heartbeat."

Gail

Bedford, NH

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Steven, was amazing. He was knowledgeable and educated us in the history of Ireland, both medieval and modern. He had a wonderful personality, and made each of us feel very welcome and comfortable. He made our extraordinary tour very memorable. Our tour group consisted of people from all over the country. We congealed as a group from the very beginning, and totally enjoyed each other's company throughout the trip. In fact we still communicate through Facebook. Thank

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the Cliffs of Moher. It was spectacular."

Kimberly

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! We were blessed with beautiful weather,lovely hotels and delicious food and wonderful tour mates and a great tour leader! We very much enjoyed the beautiful Irish wolfhounds, the falconry experience and feeding and holding baby lambs. We were exposed to gorgeous scenery and lovely castles! Loved this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were amazing as was the falconry experience in Dingle! Also loved the Irish singing and dancing at the bar in Dingle. It was all "Wow"."

Michele

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd Rick Steves tour, and it did not disappoint! I traveled with my mother to celebrate her 80th birthday, so it was so wonderful to just be able to know that someone else was driving those narrow roads (Michael was awesome), and listen to Stephen regale us with stories of Ireland, and enjoy the amazing experiences. The destinations, experiences, and extra touches were spectacular as usual! You all [INVALID]d an unforgettable and special time for my mom and I to experience together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was great, difficult to pick just one, but our tour of the Dingle Peninsula, including bottle-feeding adorable lambs (the farmer was definitely counting lamb heads as I got back onto the bus!), beehive huts, crystal cutting, Blasket Centre, oratory, and just the amazing scenery, was wonderful. I do have to give Stephen props for all the special touches, such as the falconry demonstration, whiskey tasting, and amazingly talented family of musicians and RiverDancer!"

Timothy

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our exceptions.Our tour guide (Lynn) was exceptional as well as the tour guides at each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle - the private concert, the town, the food and definitely the room. I did not expect the food to be so good and was surprised to have a private concert with the caliber and musicianship of Muireann Nic Amhlaiubh and Douogh Hennesy. I'm a fan of Celtic Music and they were fantastic."

Becky

Cumming, GA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been on another Rick Steves tour and wanted to share the experience with our grown children, so we took them with us on this trip. It was great being able to share the beauty of Ireland and the good-natured joy of the Irish people with them. We loved the small, family-size tour group and the friendships we formed in such a short time. We really enjoyed learning about the country and its culture (especially the music) as we traveled across this beautiful land. We had a blast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking a favorite wow moment is hard, but the Cliffs of Mohr and Newgrange are tied for our faves. The Cliffs of Mohr are an indescribable sample of God's breathtaking creation while Newgrange is an unbelievable testimony to man's brilliant creativity and skill. There were no fancy computers or tools when that burial chamber was constructed thousands of years ago!"

David

Bridgeton, MO

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lynn was a very knowledgeable and friendly tour leader. She provided us a vast history of Ireland, through each stop she continued to share the local history of the territory and brought us into the Ireland's history. Also, Lynn's encouragement for us to get to know our other "tourmates" has lead to new friendships throughout the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Mohr were spectacular. Dingle stay was impressive, from the rooms, to the private music and Dingle Crystal tour."

Tracy

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. I can't think of any of the activities/site visits that we did that I would rather have skipped for something else. The trip was very full: scenery, history, music, culture. Everything fit together beautifully. Our guide Lynn was great fun and so was our tour group. I was surprised at how much travelling with others enriched our overall experience; my husband and I really enjoyed our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The passage tombs - to be able to enter such an ancient structure was quite a "Wow." Also Trinity College, Cliffs of Mohr, and our Dingle music. Also the Hole in the Wall pub performance."

Diana

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all we had hoped for: great scenery, a chance to learn about Irish culture, very good food, nice hotels and great people. Having a guide and a driver made us able to relax and enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm.......It's hard to choose. The Slea Head Drive on Dingle Peninsula was gorgeous but I also found the tombs of Bru na Boinne a fascinating look back at some of Ireland's earliest history."

Shannon

Georgetown, KY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a lot of fun on the tour! The tour members were fun and the guides were informative. The bus driver was wonderful. My favorite part of the tour was on the western side of the country (Dingle was wonderful!). The group dinners were spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was going to the Cliffs of Moher. It was beautiful there! I also really enjoyed the Slea Head drive."

Patti

Youngstown, NY

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Ireland. We thought we would rent a car and drive around the island for a week or two. After talking with friends it became clear that perhaps we should re-think the driving part. And I'm so glad we did! This is our 4th adventure with Rick Steves' and it was fabulous! We had a large group of well traveled individuals, thoughtful, warm and funny! We covered a lot of ground and saw many remarkable sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Dingle! The drive along the coast, the Blasket Islands and the stories told by our local guide while on the bus. Beautiful!"

Patrick

St Marys, ON

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great trip. I think we lucked out with the weather, because it only rained one day in the 14 we were on the Emerald Isle. Our tour guide, Joe, was good, always helpful and informing. The days were busy, which I like, and there were always lots of other guides when we were in an area that needed one to explain that part of the country. Our group was good. We were the only Canadians, and the other 26 were from the U.S. Based on my experience, I would take another Rick Steves trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wanted to see the Dingle Peninsula area, and it was a highlight for me. Really, the whole trip was good. The areas and everything we saw was well thought out. I like being busy on these bus trips, and this trip met my expectations. We were always ready for bed at the end of the day. Really like the Rock of Cashel, hadn't been there before in Ireland."

Arthur

Coronado, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked every minute of the tour. It was well planned and executed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guide in Dublin who looked like Tim Conway from the old Carol Burnett show. He was funny and wicked."

Janet

Coronado, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent right from the beginning. Expected more rain...was pleasantly surprised that we had good weather, esp. at the Cliffs of Mohrer. Our group was very congenial and I enjoyed meeting everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Believe it or not, I loved the cemetery and the botanical garden. Especially, enjoyed the scenery from the bus."

Eileen

Felton, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Irish adventure was exciting and educational. We traveled with a wonderful group of people with an excellent, educational and fun loving guide, Joe. We felt safe with our bus driver Michael. The town of Dingle was my favorite destination. Our days were packed full of adventures. None of the walks were too strenuous and the beauty of the countr ywas most enjoyable. I enjoyed the geology of the country and the archaelogical ruins.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Ireland and realizing, I was in my grandmother's home country. In some towns it was like stepping back in time and I could picture the people surviving in tough times. Dingle was my most exciting town from the buildings to the music and the people. Ireland is full of people with great senses of humor."

Dianna

Corona Del Mar, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe made this trip a huge success for us. He was knowledgeable, organized and fun! The itinerary was a good combination of landscape, towns and history. Ending in Dublin let us see the big city life which included historical sites and plenty of pubs and good food! We really enjoyed the music. The concert at the Dingle Music Shop was great fun as was the entertainment at the Milltown House. It all helped us learn about the people and their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle coast was amazing and staying at Milltown House was a real joy."

Laura

St Marys, ON

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Not our first coach tour, done many, but first with Rick Steves. The tour was good. It was very busy, there was a lot of walking. I enjoyed making a carry-on work for a 10 day tour. I don't think I will ever bring a big suitcase on a tour again! The sites were interesting, the hotels, b&b good, not fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really wanted to spend time in Dingle, so that may have been the highlight. The scenery is so beautiful. And we had lots of fun on our cruise in Dingle harbour looking for Fungie. That was probably the wow moment for us."

Patricia

Maitland, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steves tour --and certainly won't be the last. Our tour guide had everything so well organized ---and kept us all in line. I know that much care is taken to make our trip the best.

Kevin

Conroe, TX

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour. I was surprised and disappointed to see that the number of travelers in these "small" groups continues to get bigger. Our group had 28 members assigned to it. I'm hopeful that this trend will reverse and the numbers get back down to the 24 member group level that made traveling with Rick Steve's tours so attractive in the first place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula; Slea Head Drive"

David

Leawood, KS

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was great. This was our first tour experience and we couldn't have been happier. Joe was a wonderful guide. He made sure each of us on the tour were enjoying the trip. He made great choices for dinners together and had good suggestions for meals on our own as well. The hotel choices were great. It was always fun to see what the next hotel would be like. All of them were delightful. We enjoyed our time with others on the trip as well as the time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Dingle was the most enjoyable. The hotel was great, the activities planned were really fun and the scenery was fantastic."

Leslee

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour. I had been to Ireland once before, with a different tour company, but I felt that this Rick Steves tour gave me a much better feeling for the people and history of Ireland. This tour was not at all "touristy," i.e. just being taken from one major sight to another without connecting to the local people. I especially liked the more unusual stops, like Glasnevin Cemetery, after hearing about the heroes of the Irish revolution.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling on Slea Head Drive, with a steep drop-off and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the rocks, hundreds of feet below. The stormy day made it even more dramatic. Sitting on the left side of the bus, directly next to the cliff, I was thankful for our very capable bus driver! That drive made me very aware that we were on the western edge of Europe."

Joe

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great quick overview of Ireland. As usual for Rick Steeve's tours, the tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tomb at Newgrange was the highlight for me."

Kristin

Aliso Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very good experience on the tour. Our guide, apprentice guide, and local guides were all very good. Generally, the accommodations were good and the food was excellent. It was neat to hear some local musicians in Dingle but I was hoping for more "traditional" Irish music. The countryside was beautiful and I enjoyed visiting Dublin too. There was a good balance of group and free time. We got some rain (two storms blew through) but that's what makes Ireland the "Emerald Isle"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from my tour was visiting the Cliffs of Moher. Even though we were there during the remnants of Tropical Storm Helene (which made for some dramatic, wind-swept pictures) it was still awe inspiring."

Soren

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip through the heart of Ireland. Stephen was a delight with always something interesting to share with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A golden eagle rested on my arm."

John

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Green Ireland lots of rain, good for Californians. Amazing visits - beautiful tidy towns, rich history everywhere brought to life by guides. Irish stories by guides and musicians in pubs and shops. Spectacular scenes in Moher and Dingle peninsula, windy, too. Great Blasket Museum super; our assistant guide playing Irish pipes. Sheep and cattle in the green fields. Sampling local drinks and foods. Incredible ruins going back thru medieval to the stone age. Wonderful Irish hospitality!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two events are particularly memorable for this tour; Watching a falconer and handling his four large birds at guide's home in Dingle. Visit to the stone age rock dome tomb, bru na Boinne. Experiencing the effect of the sun lighting the darkened tomb center as on the winter solstice."

Sandra

Springfield, IL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great experience. Our tour guide, Stephen, was outstanding! Well planned, very historic, thanks to Stephen, great food and all but one hotel were outstanding. Would highly recommend Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Coast was spectacular! It was very generous of Stephen to welcome us into his beautiful home."

Karyl

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour. Greatly appreciate the way the tour was designed. We covered a lot of territory. Would not mind spending a little more time in Kilkenny and really enjoyed the tour overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Peninsula"

Sally

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 15th Rick Steves' tour and despite the weather-the U.S.east coast hurricane finished up in Ireland-we had a very good time. The group didn't develop the usual camaraderie but were very nice. As always, the guides were wonderful. Stephen is a great story teller and has a very nice singing voice, too. Kieran was a great musician and I really enjoyed his playing and explaining the pipes.I learned a lot of Irish history and its significance. Ireland is a very beautiful place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the day we spent at Stephen's guest house where we were treated to lunch, a whisky and gin tasting presented by Stephen, a fantastic experience holding a hawk, falcon, owl and golden eagle-absolutely amazing. This was followed by a delicious 3 course meal with all kinds of food, an Irish bagpipe concert and explanation by Kieran and a reading by a local author suffering from MS from his very interesting book."

Susan

Camden, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour made me want to go back ! A great variety of things to do and see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The concert at the Dingle Music Store. Great music ! And a dancer from Riverdance ! I had a front row seat. The night was magical."

Elizabeth

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my tour of Ireland! It was incredibly well organized and our guide Stephen truly made it special through his extensive knowledge and humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so MANY! Each location had its own "wow" moment. The evening at Milltown House in Dingle was incredible and so memorable, as was the evening of music at The Music Shop in Dingle. Newgrange was awe-inspiring."

Kim

Richmond, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour gave us a more personal view of what it means to be Irish, to be part of the diaspora and how the history of the island influences the way forward. Ireland's story is far from complete, it is a very dynamic country. We could not have learned so much from a tour geared only to showing us the famous tourist spots. Thanks to Stephen for his in depth knowledge of all things Irish, and for the selfless way he shared personal stories that brought us into the Irish family life. He's superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange. The way the tomb has been renovated and the simulation of the sunrise was amazing."

Dave

Romeo, MI

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Lisa and Michael the bus driver were great and very attentive.

Harold

Cocoa, FL

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I think the trip was very good. There were a lot of things covered and I like the fact that we stayed in smaller towns and were exposed to the local culture.

Noreen

Arden Hills, MN

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great 8 days. Loved the Irish countryside, the music, the walking tours and our tour guide. We also really liked our fellow travelers, good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think there were two different wow moments. One was seeing the Irish seascape. The second was learning more about Irish history."

Robert

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we had a wonderful time. Lisa, our guide, is very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information as we traveled each day to our destination. We certainly learned a lot about Irish history. The accommodations were exceptional, the local guides were charming, and we experienced a lot in a short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Dingle Peninsula and touring the Blasket Island visitor center. We also enjoyed seeing the Chester Beatty Library (toured on our own) in Dublin which was every bit the rival of the Book of Kells exhibit."

Jeanne

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were great at every location and Lisa was wonderful. I enjoyed the balance of time on our own and group time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Black Abbey was a "wow" moment. I especially enjoyed all the outdoor experiences. Dingle,Blasket Islands, Glendalough."

Judy

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful country, wonderful guides, good stops, excellent music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the vivid green on the hillsides of Ireland."

Patrick

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish our tour of the Emerald Isle was first rate. Our tour guide (Lisa), the places visited, the accommodations, meals and overall atmosphere were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's an abundance of candidates for "wow" moments with this tour and a challenge to narrow it down to one. Probably the evening of music at the pub in Dingle is that moment. It was everything and more that one would hope for in an Irish pub; captivating music, enchanting pub ambience, people dancing, and engaging conversation. Of course the rest of the Dingle peninsular is amazing, too. Irish is the everyday language. The scenery is breath taking and a great Blasket Island museum."

Kathleen

Moraga, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

5 star

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lisa our guide"

Loretta

Cocoa, FL

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had never been to Ireland and would gladly return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Irish culture throughout this tour !!!! Great people, places, and appreciation of their amazing history !"

Darcie

N Kingstown, RI

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no simple WOW moment. The whole trip was delightful The cliffs of Moher of course are spectacular. So is catching a glimpse of the porpoise in ........ (sorry I'm haveng a brain freeze). Well, as I said.....the whole trip ws great. I wish that I had signed up for the lower one !!!"

Mary

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was outstanding in every way. The tour guide (Lisa) was amazing. Funny, patient, knowledgeable, and generous. The group of people traveling with me were lovely. The meals and hotels selected were great. Great locations were included on the itinerary. We were given excellent pre-trip instructions about packing, etc. My only complain is that the hotel in Kilkenny was not good. But I understand that this stop has only recently been added to the tour. The food was not good either.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How amazingly green Ireland is"

Charlene

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect from start to finish. Although only 8 days, I feel I really experienced the highlights of Ireland. The people were so warm and friendly, the food was outstanding and their culture is so interesting. Roxanne was great in sharing the history of the Republic of Ireland. Our tour group was liked minded and adventuresome and got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the time spent in Dingle and the tour we took to the Great Blasket Center. Our local guide was so entertaining and well informed about all the stops on the Slea Head Drive. It was fun to attend the two evenings of music, one at the church and the second in the music store. It was very touching when the music store owner had us share a moment of silence because it was the anniversary of 9/11. Being too jet lagged to go to the pubs at 9:30, these early venues were perfect."

Louise

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rozanne, our guide was excellent. She had a pleasant personality, delivered great commentaries, well-organized and available to help you individually. There was a good balance between tour time and free time. The hotels were excellent. The tour sponsered meals were delicious. The tour bus used out side of Dublin could have provided more leg space. I liked the bus in that it provided enough space for individuals to sit separately if they so desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were the lovely Dingle evening concerts and our 1/2 day in Glendalough walking to the lake and visiting the monestic settlement."

Cynthia

Louisville, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a dream come true for me. When I was a little girl and discovered that I had some Irish ancestry in my family, I decided that was pretty special and wished I could go see the "Green Isle". Then I met and married a man with the last name of Murphy. That sealed the deal and for our 40th Wedding Anniversary, we joined his sister and husband-who have been on Rick Steves tours in the past and always raved about the quality of them. We were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the various green of Ireland from the air as we flew in. Then seeing it again as we rode our bus to the Dingle coast and saw the Cliffs of Moher."

Deborah

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was fabulous. Our group was a really terrific group which of course just made the trip even better. I really loved the small towns we visited, and would have liked to have spent more time them. If I had to change one thing I would have preferred to start in Dublin and end in Ennis. I think the time in Dublin could have been a day shorter and an extra day in Ennis would have been amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my... There were so many. I would say the Dingle Peninsula. There was so much to see and our weather could not have been any better. It was a beautiful day and ended with traditional Irish music in a small concert hall. It was just the perfect day. Although the Cliffs of Mohr were also terrific!!!"

Nancy

Brownsburg, IN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Kept us very busy. Little time to recoup at hotel before on the go again. We did see a lot however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery, i.e. Cliffs of Mohr and drive along coast."

Margaret

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised. After 20 years of travel through Europe using Rick's guides, I was uncertain if a tour would be right for me. I envisioned the meals to be a step above back-packing faire, only to be delighted by the excellent meals we enjoyed. This tour certainly offered an exhaustive itinerary, and I was uncertain if I could keep up at 68 years of age. No problem. Our group might be classified as a bit older, so we were pretty much all going at the same pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Town: local music Glendalough: serene, contemplative venue Glasnevin Cemetery: Extraordinary final resting place of so many Irish luminaries. Our guide, Seamus was very informed and imparted a certain Irish impishness in his smile that helped lift the mood when hearing the often tragic stories of those interred in the grave yard. And, The Glasnevin is as captivating as the Pere Lachaise in Paris. Only tidier!"

Robert

Louisville, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour of Ireland was a great experience. I saw and did mant things that I would have not done on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pub experence with the Irish music."

James

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding overall. Everything we expected. The Irish countryside, the places we visited,the Irish people, the food, the pubs. Cannot imagine a better tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we visited the Blaskett islands area was my favorite. Overlooking the islands and the sea and the blue sky was simply amazing. Realizing how tough a life the Irish people had because of both the political situation and the famine and immigration really hit home for me during that day."

Denman

Providence, RI

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Smooth and fun; only glitch was heavy rainin Dingle during tour of bay in boat with poor canvass cover to keep out rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Trinity College Dublin and Book of Kells 2. Beauty of Dingle peninsula"

Susan

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 8 day tour of Ireland. We had an excellent, informative guide, Joe with a great sense of humor. The tour group was very compatible. The weather was a little bit of everything. We particularly enjoyed Dingle & the beautiful drive around the Dingle Peninsula. The hotel in Ennis was lovely, the B and B in Dingle was very nice with a delicious breakfast, the hotel in Kilkenny was not up to the usual Rick Steve's standards & Dublin's was well-located & comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music and dance presentations in Dingle were charming and the drive around the Dingle Peninsula on a particularly sunny day was outstanding."

Carol

Millcreek, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotel in Kilkenny was awful.we sat in the bar and there were holes in the wall, peeling wallpaper and an exposed 220 wire beneath our feet. The public bathroom adjacent to the bar was filthy. Only one faucet worked in my bathroom,and in the alley beneath my window was a bar with outdoor seating and the talking and singing as very loud until 11:30pm. We could have skipped the boat trip in Dingle. I wish we could have taken the boat trip from Doolin beneath the Cliffs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the Dingle stay and tour and the musical evening in Dingle town."

Margaret

Providence, RI

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Ireland, a place I have long wanted to visit, but never managed to accomplish. The tour gave me a splendid introduction to this beautiful land and and its lively and exuberant people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one particular "Wow" moment, but several highlights: 1) the scenery on the Slea Head Drive around the Dingle Peninsula 2) the two successive musical evening in Dingle 3) Dublin! Our walk around the city, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells exhibit 4) the warmth, friendliness and irrepressible humor of the Irish people"

Linda

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was wonderful. Our guide Joe was perfect. He kept us very busy and filled our day with wonderful Irish history, and great sights. We really couldn't have asked for anything more from him! I do wish we had a bit more time in Dublin. It seems that with so much to see and do there we should have had a bit more free time or one more day. We missed some of the museums because we were so busy. Though I liked seeing the tombs I felt it was a long day lost. would like to see more of Kilkenny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Blasket Islands ! Fascinating and beautiful. The Cliffs were fabulous..we had clouds so sure it would have even been more beautiful on a sunny day. Loved the added music to a couple of our days!"

Barbara

Francois Lake, BC

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, it is important to say I trust this company. Key to enjoyment for me. It was our first RS tour and it met every expectation and exceeded a few particularly our guide for the week. The pace was easy and the stops were quite interesting. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow was the Dingle peninsula. The whole "package" from the Clonmara Inn to the concert in the Music Store was wow!! Also loved seeing how the crystal was made. I have dreamed about seeing that since I was young. It was always the standard for fine crystal in my family! Now I own two lovely whiskey glasses. The "lowest" time was the concert and entire evening at Milltown. Unforgettable to see the pride on that Mom's face as here son danced his Irish heart out for us. Thank you!"

Linda

Salina, OK

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every activity and location. I felt like I was getting a locals point of view about his country, county,and town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and the countyside were what I most liked about the tour. Also the trip to the cemetery in Dublin was a super surprise."

Timothy

Salina, OK

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a little skeptical about using a big tour company. The prices seemed a little high and we weren't sure we would like having our activities planned by someone else. From the minute we met our tour guide, Joe, we knew we had made the right decision. Joe made Ireland come alive for us. We saw and experienced Ireland in a manner we could not have achieved on our own. It was a perfect experience of Ireland and left us wanting more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One evening Joe arranged an amateur music concert for us at a local music store in Dingle. The young performers were amazing. The venue was compact and personal. The talented performers entertained us with Irish songs, dance and music. It was marvelous. We are still talking about it. Thank you, Joe!"

Claudia

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Joe, and Michael, our bus driver, truly made this a memorable tour! From the very start, this group seemed to enjoy one another's company, which truly made it special, and Joe Darcy was the best when it came to local history, amusing anecdotes, and musical entertainment on the bus rides through the pristine Irish countryside. The lunches and dinners provided through the tour were amazing, and so were the venues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive was spectacular, and the sun came out for us that day and sparkled on the water. Thankfully Joe took our group photo there! The Great Blasket Center remains a favorite of mine with its poignant history."

Sharon

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Joe Darcy, was fabulous. Our group was terrific. I felt that we spent a bit too much time on the bus. The chosen hotels were generally fine, except for the one in Kilkenny - Kilford Arms. It was shabby and dirty. Facilities were dingy. No need to spend a night there. Less cemeteries and churches, and more museums would be better. Restaurants chosen were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday dinner on Sept. 11, with singing, a cake, and lovely gift from Joe."

Linda

Newtown, PA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Tour Guide was a lovely, knowledgeable fellow that was well informed and funny. There was too much driving for our liking, but we were happy to have seen the towns we visited. We did not go on the last day's bus trip to the ancient site and cemetery and felt that we made the right decision staying and extra day in Dublin and visiting the sites we could not fit in the day before. Some of our fellow travelers wished they did the same. We have seen similar sites at Stonehenge & Norway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tour guide in Dublin was amazing. A raconteur who cajoled, informed and had a laughing for 3 hours. He was extraordinary It was also a great treat to see Thomas, the Irish river dancer perform."

A Marie

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was out second outstanding RS tour. The Irish tour was great in spite of some wet and windy weather at the beginning. Joe, our guide revealed all the best of the country [INVALID] great food, music, the big outdoors, historic spots, current events, and he made it easy to connect with the others in our group. A+!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Dingle bay area -- beautiful scenery, lovely guest house, fantastic local music and a wonderful little town."

Teresa

Vadnais Heights, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Our son suggested Ireland when we had done a DNA test and Irish came up in my background. It wasn't on my top 5 tours, but it became the best tour we have been on. It was a perfect blend of old and new.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Stephen talked about growing up in Ireland and the news that I had watched about Ireland became real."

CATHERINE

Natick, MA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide. He knew a great deal about the history of Ireland. He sang and entertained us with of Ireland. The bus was very comfortable and our driver Michael was a very safe driver. Very much enjoyed the extras of being able to hold a baby lamb and bottle feed the lambs as well as the falcontry experience. Loved that it was a small group touring. Loved seeing all the abbebies, castles and country side. Highly reccomend the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Newgrange. Seeing a structure that is 5000 years old. Seeing how the stones are layered and still keeps the elments out. Enjoyed the demonstration of light entering the tomb every December 21st."

Jan

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was very good and I enjoyed it very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the town of Dingle. Stephen showed us a good time at his property with the falconeer, dinner, whiskey tasting. The town was very charming. Also saw an Irish dancer and a Irish duo, which were very good. Even though they would not sing Danny Boy. Also loved feeding the baby lambs."

David

Natick, MA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour and did not know what to expect. WE had a tremendous tour guide (Stephen) who made the tour exceptional - informational but not boring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry experience"

Kary

Lebanon, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Stephen made this tour a great trip. He added a lot of personal experience and knowledge that added to the tour. The two days in Dingle were my favorite part of the trip. The time spent at Shephen's B&B for dinner and falconry was very special. My son and I visited Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin on our own and I think you should consider adding that to the tour. I have been on three other R. Steves tours but this was the first one that was only one week. We saw a lot in a short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was the time spent in Dingle. Since Stephen, our guide, lives there our visit had an extra dimension. The musical performance, the food, the boat tour, glass factory, falconry and the beautiful scenery combined to make this my favorite time on the tour."

Joel

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is beautiful and we lucked into great weather for most of the tour. I am glad we were able to spend so much time on the west coast as the combination of ocean, sky, and landscape is almost hypnotic. Our tour guide was able to introduce us to the tragic and the triumphal in Irish history. Each town we visited had a special character but for me, Dingle was the most appealing. In addition to the 'Fungie' (the dolphin) cruise we were able to participate in a falconry demo. Great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Blasket Center was very special, not only for the 'wowness' of the physical environment, but the center itself is so well thought out and presented. It was moving to think of the lives of the very tough and creative people who lived on the island until life on the edge could no longer be sustained."

Karen

Fair Haven, NY

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a good experience overall. I felt that I got a feel for the history of Ireland and its culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the countryside of south Ireland."

Karen

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour that allowed me to see an abundance of Ireland's highlights. Our guide Rozanne was very knowledgeable and kept everything running smoothly. Our bus driver Pascal was awesome! I don't know how he navigated the narrow and windy roads! Every place that we visited was full of wonderful surprises!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would like to say everything! Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, and Bru na Boinne took my breath away! Also, the entertainment that we experienced in Dingle was exceptional! The trio with Seamus Begley was amazing, and the duo at Nelligan's was also wonderful. But when it comes to my biggest "wow", I would have to say watching Tomas O Se tap dance!"

Judith

Charleroi, PA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! We saw so much and learned so much about Ireland and its people. A wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music! Our evening of Gaelic music in Dingle was wonderful. And add to that the best Irish coffee ever---a "wow" moment!"

Bud

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rozanne did a wonderful job of leading a congenial group of travelers through the sights and experiences of the the Emerald Isle. Logistics went very smoothly. Most hotels met high standards. There were six members of our family on the tour and it was the perfect way to bring us all together without the stress of planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An unexpected additional event - Rozanne arranged for an interactive session with a master falconer where a hawk, two owls, and a golden eagle flew in a guided manner from person to person."

Jana

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing adventure. Ireland is truely a beautiful country. My experience was especially enhanced by the knowledge and personsal touches our guide provided. We saw and learned alot...but I never felt rushed. The pace of the tour was perfect, our local guides were amazing, and our accomodations and meals enhanced the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW monment was the local 'concert' in a small dingle music store. Local talent that tours the world, with the added WOW of a special guest performer, one of the singer's young daughter who was a true talent with a beautiful voice. It was a small intimate venue with relaxed personalized performance that I didn't want to end."

Laura

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience! Well paced and full of surprises. The group was great and we loved Rozanne, Aine, and Paschal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! The landscape everywhere was breathtaking - our driver took us through some very picturesque scenery. My favorite was Dingle - the peninsula, the history, the music! We stopped for a photo opp and I just stood there and took in the beauty of the coast, the land, all of it. One unexpected amazing visit was Newgrange! Completely in awe. I learned so much every where we went. I wouldn't have wanted to miss any part of it!"

Alysia

Millcreek, UT

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 2nd RS tour and this one was much better. Dara was an excellent guide who used his local connections to schedule some very unique and local experiences - things that I never would have thought to arrange. For example, the music events and falconry experience in Dingle. For the most part the lodging was good to very good except for the Clubhouse in Kilkenny. Surely, another place could be found that was nicer. The Inns in Dingle were wonderful with excellent food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected interesting tour of the big graveyard in Dublin. The days in Dingle were also my favorite (I could have stayed another day there)."

Lynn

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little apprehensive about traveling solo on a guided tour. I was especially worried about being rushed from one site to another in a frantic mob! Thankfully, that was not the experience I had in Ireland. I appreciate the way the days were organized with just the right amount of activity and time to really enjoy each experience. Our tour guide, Dara, was relaxed and knowledgeable, and he managed to herd cats without ever losing his cool!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a very hard question, there were several! I think the visit to the falconer in Dingle was very special, something I have always wanted to do. I also enjoyed the musicians who came to our inn while we were in Dingle. I loved Newgrange, it was so exciting to go inside the mound."

Kathleen

Kingsville, OH

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful country . Had my first half pint of Guinness in Ennis. Enjoyed the walk around town. Old ground Hotel was so nice. Really enjoyed the Dingle peninsula & town of Dingle. Kingdom Falconry was so much fun . I think I could have skipped Kilkenny. Hotel was not very good but enjoyed the Kilkenny castle & the farmers market. Dublin was lots of fun. Had some good whiskey at The Whiskey museum....who knew you should sniff & swirl! Enjoyed the walking tour of Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula was so beautiful. Exactly what I expected Ireland would look like. Also the Cliffs of Moher. Super windy that day but view was breathtaking Murray's pub in Dublin. Not part of the tour but wonderful Irish band & dancing"

Brynne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Dara McCarthy, was the best guide I have ever had on a trip. Everything went very smoothly. Everything was beautifully arranged. All of the sites of interest, accommodations, meals were ready and waiting for us! Dara gave us lots of information about the area we were in but not too much info. He was very easy to listen to. He played us music from the region. Dara had a good sense of humor, was very knowledgeable about the history of Ireland. He took very good care of us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling the Irish countryside and seeing the beautiful green fields which seemed to go on forever. It was beautiful and relaxing. I also especially enjoyed the very old friary and the site of the Easter Rebellion in Dublin. I enjoyed being in County Meath because my great grandparents emigrated from there."

Robert

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a delightful tine on our tour. We fell in love with the Ireland presented by our tour guide, Dara. We loved every feature of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the three days we spent in Dublin. Especially, visiting the site of the Easter rebellion and the national cemetery."

Keith

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Hotels were inconsistent - 0 to 4 stars. Old Ground Hotel, Ennis - severely water damaged bathroom and brown, water stained carpets outside bathroom. Room 211. Unacceptable. Castlewood House, Dingle - solid 4 star. Club House, Kilkenny - 0 star youth hostel. Ancient and dirty. 16 of 19 on Tripadvisor. A fire trap. We checked out and stayed at the Hibernian at our own cost. Cassidy's Hotel, Dublin - 3 star at best. Feeling uncomfortable in your accommodations really puts a damper on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle. Atmosphere and activities were very good. Accomdation and included meals were excellent."

Wendy

Rochester, NY

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

i injured my foot the day we left home, so i was uncomfortable and couldn't keep up the pace most of the time. one person had a terrible cough and we were afraid of getting sick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the bus driver, alan, get around the tight corners."

David

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am from Utah, so seeing a country so green and pristine without a bit of rural junk was very refreshing to me. Our tour guide, Dara, made the trip: always charming, conversational, responsive, respectful, and knowledgeable. Although he denies it, he's also a great dj: he introduced each new county we entered with a discussion of its history, notable natives and musicians, and sampling of the local music with an elegant detailed introduction to the tunes, with a perfect amount of quiet time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, ruins and wilderness walks at Glendalough, walking the shoreline in Dingle to the lighthouse, local pubs with trad Irish bands, sing-a-longs, and a generalized craigh(sic); local people in bars seem so friendly. The falconry demo in Dingle was a real joy; having a hawk land on your gloved hand for a morsel was new, at least to me."

Jessica

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality was very good. I feel like I experienced a lot everyday but it wasn't overwhelming. The hotels and food were great. The people were all very friendly. I can't wait to go on my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The music shop night was the highlight of the trip. It felt like an intimate authentic Irish experience."

Robin

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was awesome. I loved the variety of the tour experiences. It was well-paced except for Day 4 which was very long as we left Dingle in the morning and did not check into our hotel in Kilkenny until 6:30pm. Each day was a new adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite WOW moment was on our bus on Slea Head Drive traveling to the Great Blasket Centre to learn about this incredible group of people."

Thomas

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we enjoyed the sites we visited, the tour guide,the bus driver, and the meals we had. With the exception of Kilford Arms Hotel in Kilkenny, we enjoyed the accommodations. The B and B (Heather) was exceptionally clean and the view from our room was beautiful. The meals there were fresh and delicious We could easily have skipped the Kilford Arms Hotel. The hotel was generally run down and our room was dirty. The overall experience could have been outstanding if not for Kilford.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The accommodation at Dingle ("Heahter) was our favorite. The New Grange tour was our WOW site."

Jennifer

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This fast paced tour was a wonderful introduction to Ireland. From the first meeting in Ennis, it was clear that Stephen is an outstanding guide. He did a great job of leading, sharing, educating, and entertaining our group through a wonderful range of sites that ranged from the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula to the historic Rock of Cashel and then on to the pubs of Dublin. I left wishing for more time in this wonderful place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle was the destination highlight, with the WoW coming from the combination of gorgeous natural beauty, a bustling town with a plethora of options for dining and live music. The concert at the music shop was intimate and special.- it really seemed like an experience that was accessible because of Rick Steves local connections."

Russell

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never done one before, I was very skeptical of an extended group tour. But Stephen proved to be the gold standard that all other tour guides should aspire to being. He was informative, insightful and a pleasure to be around. The tour itinerary was entertaining, educational and offered an exceptionally diverse set of experiences. I would not hesitate to take another Rick Steves tour and would not hesitate to recommend "Heart of Ireland" and Stephen to our friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far, Newgrange was the most breathtaking event of the tour. ALL the events were enjoyable, but the idea of standing inside a small chamber buried within a giant mound of earth and stone built over 5000 years ago was simply incredible."

Elline Grace

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A week of well-planned, fun-packed activities, history learning and new experiences. It is my second year spending birthday on a RS tour and I cannot think of a better treat than this. Great company of seasoned travelers, delicious foods, excellent accomodations (except in Kilkenney which was so-so), knowledgeable, funny, singing tour guide, skilled bus driver who accompanied us to one of the pubs in Dingle. I managed to checked off my list of musts see/do in Ireland and have experienced moore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a new "wow experience. Slea Head drive, Newgrange, Oratory and Dingle topped my list. I surprisingly enjoyed all the activities in Dingle --interactive concert, river dance performance, cozy B&B with excellent foods and service, pubs, falconry, boat cruise even feeding lambs."

Thomas

Pulteney, NY

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour filled with memories of the beautiful country, its people and its history. Our tour guide, Dara, was exceptional with his historical knowledge and making sure that we had every opportunity to experience the local culture, music, the pubs and the food. This was much more than a tour to just see the sights. We saw and learned a great deal thanks to Dara.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one as it seemed like every day was a wow moment. The view from our B&B in Dingle was exceptional, and even included a falcon, eagle and owl exhibition that was great! The bus rides on the narrow roads were amazing and especially the breath taking ride out to the Blasket Islands by the Bee Hives. Great job Caroline! I suppose being in Dublin during the Pope's visit when his "Pope mobile" passed within 2 blocks of our hotel needs to be my list as well."

Marsha

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour, and primarily because of Dara. His knowledge of the language, his scope of friends and family that we met along the way, made it unique and very special. How many people can sit at a pub Friday night in Dublin with your tour guide's uncle, and the next night, that uncle is singing for the Pope!! the sights were wonderful, but it is the people we will remember most.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Holding a golden eagle, hearing our guide's uncle sing for us, the food. There are too many."

Constance

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi, our tour guide was terrific! He created an atmosphere that made us all get to know one another to the extsent that we exchanged email addresses and pictures. For me that greatest thing he did was look after my needs when something the group did I could not manage to do because my bad back prevented me from walking a lot. The tour itself was wonderful. My husband and I would chose Rick Steves' again when we travel to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites chosen were good, and the restaurants gave us excellent meals. Only one hotel, which was for only one night, was not a good one. I understand that it must be difficult sometimes to book a good hotel for travellers (If my memory serves me, that was the one-night stay in Kilkenney."

David

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th Rick Steeves Tour and it was as good as it gets

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day - all day"

Jan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Our tour guide Dara was fantastic. Learned a lot of history, as well as, some of the native language. Experienced the native music first hand through his talented family. Dara made us realize how important family is in Ireland. This was my fifth Rick Steve's trip and definitely my favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the village of Dingle. The concert in Dara's music shop was a definite wow."

Erna

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Ireland tour was a colourful explosion of sights, sounds, song and story, bringing to life the history of the Irish people. We were immersed in tales of tragedy and triumph through walking tours. We were regaled with jokes and stories by our very animated and energetic tour guide, Dara. Several bonus events added to the already excellent tour experience. We stayed in small towns and in the big city, and each place had its unique charm. Meals were outstanding. Tour members were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from! Falconry: these amazing birds alighting on our arms[INVALID]incredible! Trinity College tour[INVALID]the Book of Kells and the library! The Cliffs of Moher[INVALID]the clouds parting just in time to see the view. The concert at the music store in Dingle[INVALID]so wonderful! Looking for Fungie in Dingle[INVALID]great fun to be out on the water."

Sue

Rancho Murieta, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such an amazing trip, ALL of it, sincerely!!! Our guide, Dara, made the trip so excellent with his passion and pride for Ireland, his Irish heritage and family, old Irish music, Hurling, history etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the Irish people in pubs and Dara's family. I took away a real appreciation for them. Their wit, gift of gab, sarcastic humor, and friendliness. Wonderful people!"

Johnson

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it exceeded our expectations in every way. All details were taken care of and executed seamlessly. If there were glitches, we were never aware. We were fortunate to have an experienced and engaging tour guide, as well as fellow tour members who were friendly and easy to travel with. We were prepared to enjoy the natural beauty of Ireland, but we came away with so much more, learning about history, music, culture, food, economics and politics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We didn't have one wow moment. Instead, every day held moments we will never forget: Watching the final 20 minutes of the National Hurling Championship from a pub in Ennis; breathtaking landscapes around every turn; an Indiana Jones trek into a site that predates the pyramids; seeing evidence that man has been in relationship with a higher power for centuries; having to navigate closed-off streets because the Pope was in town!"

Robert

Plymouth, MI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Irish countryside and friendly people."

Joseph

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a very good time. The tour was everything that was promised and at times, a bit more. The group was nice and everyone was friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps just seeing the beautiful Irish countryside. The old castles and ruins were interesting as well but it would be hard to isolate just one moment with such wonderful things almost everyday."

John

Sarver, PA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed seeing the beauty of the forty shades of green of Irelands countryside. Our tour guide was the best one we had of our three Rick Steve's tours and the nicest group of people of our three tours! We would have preferred spending a little more time in Dingle and less time in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the cliffs at Moher!"

Catherine

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't think of one thing that would have made this tour better! Stephen's stories, commentary, history lessons, and connections to local people were the icing on the cake. I thought being with a larger tour group would be cheesy and wasn't sure how our group would do. We LOVED every minute and can't wait for another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have tried to come up with what I think was my favorite part of the tour. I honestly think our entire Dingle visit was my "wow" moment. The added bonus opportunities there with falconry, dancing, bread making, and sheep holding really made us feel like we experienced "real" Ireland."

Erin

Naperville, IL

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one. It would probably be the little extras our tour guide set us up with....the falconry experience, feeding lambs, the best irish dancer in the world stopping by during dinner"

Douglas

Naperville, IL

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think I have smiled this much in a long time. We covered a ton of Ireland that left me both satisfied and wanting to return. On a normal trip we would self guide and arrange day guides and trips. It was so nice to have someone handle it for us while building in chunks of time where we were on our own to explore or pursue an activity we chose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time at Milltown House in Dingle. We were greeted by the house dogs (two Irish Wolfhounds). Note: If you scratch Shamus on his cheek just below his ears he tends to lean into you. We then got to experience falconry (bucket list check off), Irish Dancing, Irish singing and a talk with a local chef. Can I add that the food was terrific. Especially the scones. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the small pubs in town where a pint can lead to a real conversation."

Amy

College Station, TX

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic experience on this tour of Ireland. I've recommended it to everyone I've told about it upon our return. The tour was very well-organized, our tour guide was was great, food was fabulous, and our tour group was very friendly and fun, just the right size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eric the Falconer in Dingle was our favorite experience. He and his birds gave us an experience of a lifetime for us animal lovers and bird enthusiasts. But many of the other activities were also "wow" moments!"

Keith

North Potomac, MD

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great historical info conveyed, great sites, great food... all around a good tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I could limit the moments to a single wow... very much enjoyed the scenery while traversing between towns, very much like the small town/ village feel of many of the places. Stopped at an awesome castle, just to use the bathroom, but Stephen organized an awesome hour tour of the place, which was a serious bonus (versus just driving past the place). Newgrange was pretty awesome... unfortunately just saw fog at the Cliffs of Moher. Dublin was cool (Guinness and Jamison tours, and more)."

Tom

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and it lived up to everything our friends had told us about it. I'm used to travel on our own, doing lots of research so that I know where I want to go and what I'm looking at. Having a guide like Stephen made that simply go away, and the result was delightful (more below). I've never been to Ireland before, but we knew it would be beautiful (and it was) and that the people would be more than friendly (and they were).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The competition for this award is too broad and too close. We loved Dingle (everyone loves Dingle), though I was blown away by how hard the living would have been with the rocks and the steepness of the slopes. Seeing the houses simply abandoned because of the famine, whether through death or emigration, really brought home the desperateness and the tragedy of those times. The Book of Kells must be a perennial contender for "wow" moment, and it certainly was for us."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Una

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jackie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle - Need more time there."

Jody

Rehoboth, MA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seeing Ireland has been something my husband and I have wanted to do for some time. I'm glad we went, and it was too short. I wanted to do more but the days went by way too quickly. I will have to return to see more of the country. Ahh, time to see it all is elusive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fog at the cliffs of Morhe, very very foggy, could not see a thing. That was wow how can fog be this bad!"

Steven

Mclean, VA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The Ireland tour was our third Rick Steves tour. The tour guide was great. We heard about a lot of Irish history and music. We saw a good number of places we would not have visited on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Drive around the Dingle peninsula and the Wrapter event at the B&B on Dingle."

Susan

Mclean, VA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Albert Lea, MN

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour. Our guide Dara was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive around the Dingle Peninsula was pretty spectacular. Bus driver Caroline was great."

Frank

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with two of our adult kids, we all thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Our guide Dara was outstanding, loved hearing him talk about the history of each place we visited and was especially great to hear the music from each area. We love the size of Rick Steve's tours and the fact that they are guided. We always learn so much. They also attract easy going nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Dingle experience. It encompasses two of my favorite things about Ireland, the indescribably beautiful views of the sheep and countryside, and the views of the shoreline . We saw lots of both on the dingle loop drive. Also the authentic music night we had at the Dingle music shop. And we loved the incredible surprise from Dara of our falconry experience. It was also my favorite accommodation at the Milltown House."

Marianne

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Calvin

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Temecula, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Penelope

Victoria, BC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed all activities especially scenic and musical aspects of trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathleen

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

Note: If you plan to spend a few days in the UK as part of your itinerary, you'll find a better selection of post-tour Dublin–London flights to choose from than pre-tour London–Shannon flights.

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