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

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Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour

from $2,595 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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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. In the good hands of your Rick Steves guide and local experts, you'll be amazed at all you'll experience in a mere week of touring the Emerald Isle: must-see historical sites, charming towns, music-filled pubs, artisan visits, and walking tours — including the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, village of Adare, Dingle, the Great Blasket Centre, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, the Brú na Bóinne archaeology site, crystal cutting, whiskey tasting, and more. Join us for the Heart of Ireland in 8 Days!

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2022

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What's Included

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

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

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Village of Adare
  • Dingle walking tour
  • Irish music evening
  • Dingle's Slea Head Drive
  • Crystal cutting demonstration
  • Great Blasket Centre
  • Gallarus Oratory
  • Irish whiskey tasting
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kilkenny orientation
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Glendalough
  • Dublin walking tour
  • Trinity College
  • Book of Kells
  • Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
  • Brú na Bóinne archaeological site

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
  • 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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

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

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

Day 2: Ennis to Dingle Town

After breakfast, we'll pack up and board our comfy bus, setting course for Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. En route we'll stop to visit County Limerick's lovely village of Adare, brimming with thatched cottages and flower gardens. At the end of our drive we'll arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle. After a walking tour, we'll enjoy a gourmet dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes.

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

Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula

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

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

Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny

Today we'll bid goodbye to Dingle as our bus transports us across the Emerald Isle to Kilkenny. On our way, we'll stop to tour one of Ireland's most historic and evocative sights: the Rock of Cashel. St. Patrick himself was here more than 1,500 years ago, and ever since, the Rock has been the spiritual heart of Ireland. From the craggy remains of the cathedral and castle to the views stretching out across the Plain of Tipperary, this is where the Irish in you will stir from head to toe. Upon arrival in Kilkenny, we'll take an orientation walk through the medieval town center and visit Kilkenny Castle, a symbol of Norman occupation since the 12th century. After a walk through its restored Victorian interiors and extensive parklands, your evening is free for dinner and traditional music in one of the many atmospheric pubs.

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

Day 5: Medieval and Monastic Heritage

This morning we'll head back in time with a visit to Glendalough, Ireland's most impressive monastic settlement. We'll visit the iconic Round Tower, ruined churches, and the lakes that give Glendalough its name. Then we're off to Dublin, where we'll get oriented and enjoy dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Dublin.

Day 6: Prehistoric Tombs and Dublin

This morning we'll tour Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the final resting place of more than one million Dubliners, including many of Ireland's national heroes and heroines. Then 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, the massive "passage tombs" of Newgrange and Knowth are windows into a mysterious, pre-Celtic Ireland. Late this afternoon we'll return to Dublin and set you free for exploration and dinner on your own.

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

Day 7: 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. Tonight we'll compare notes and celebrate our marvelous week together over a farewell dinner.

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

Day 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

David

Mankato, MN

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The accommodations were over the top in each city! Meals provided by the tour were excellent! Stephan was a font of knowledge and very entertaining! Bus driver, Allan, was better equipped to navigate the Irish roads than I!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle... music, food, quaintness, Dingle Peninsula with Blasket Island history, Dingle gin and whiskey."

Bercedis

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Rick Steves website implied that our tour group should feel like friends, that we'd should occasionally try to hang out with people outside our own traveling party. That didn't happen. With the exception of 2 women, we had minimal contact with other folks, although we tried. In fact, at the end of the trip one of those 2 women told me that I was the friendliest person on the trip. What a hoot! I'm introverted and shy, but the website led me to believe that I should try to connect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night life of Dublin."

Maryanne

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland and it's people are amazing so it is hard to go wrong. The tour was pretty smooth if an adjustment to Irish time (I thought only Italian time was a thing). The tour guide is clearly a professional with a strong knowledge of history and current events. Very entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher even in torrential rain. To be there nearly by ourselves it was a spectacular moment. And we beat the Germans!"

Gerard

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. We had a great tour guide, Stephen. He is knowledgeable about everything Ireland, passionate about his work and has a good sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This may sound gross, but seeing the burnt and decapitated head of Oliver Plunkett. I mean WOW!! how do you top that? It's unforgettable!"

Dawn

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour! Our guide was amazing, kept us on track and had amazing insights on the history and politics of every place we visited. Each hotel we stayed at was comfortable and close to the activities. The bus driver Alan navigated the small roads so smoothly that I never worried about being on the 'wrong' side of the road. ?? My fellow travelers were an awesome group. We connected with a couple of them during the trip, but didn't connect with others until the last dinner, which was a shame.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Glendalough, but wish we could have spent a little more time there. It was raining when we arrived, but the skies cleared just when we left the visitor center to walk around the area. My husband and I walked toward the lakes, but had to turn back before getting to the lake to make sure we didn't miss the bus."

Joe

Asheboro, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great way to experience Ireland from the coastal towns to the city of Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Slae head drive and Bru na Boinne"

Scott

Asheville, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was an incredibly knowledgeable guide, and I personally think he missed his calling doing stand up comedy. I was very impressed with how the guides everywhere dealt with minor inconveniences making them so the tour members did not even notice them. This is my third European tour, but first with Rick Steve's. The professionalism and knowledge of the Rick Steve's group is what set's them apart!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was conversing with a bar tender in Dingle. This was where I realized that in certain portions of the world political conversations are not taboo, but welcomed. Not only that, differing view points are encouraged because it makes the conversations more interesting."

Cherryl

Newport, WA

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was great. We are very happy with the service. It was so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Rome was full of the history of the area. You need to be sure and keep our guide and not lose her."

Mary

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful view of ireland w our guide, joe. From introductions in ennis 'til farewells in dublin, double thumbs up! Every detail was covered even flapjacks in kilkenny. Joe introduced our themes, sang, encouraged limericks, culture with james joyce, many wonderful on site docents. It was grand and fun mixed together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wows from history. However meeting river dance dancer and his mom and dad and sister was pretty special. They can dance!"

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled through Ireland before years ago by ourselves and enjoyed the experience. This tour put what we saw within a historical and cultural context that we missed earlier. We enjoyed all of the tour guides, some more than most.. Joe is a winner, keep him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite site was the Glendalough settlement and my favorite moment was watching the dancer from the Riverdance performers."

Beverly

Coquille, OR

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour in a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Travelling the Dingle Peninsula on a beautiful sunny day. Plenty of photo opportunities."

Michael

Newport, WA

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fun and great way to get to know what it is really like in this part of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dingel what villages were really like. The people were very special and they were very friendly."

Bonnie

Palmetto, FL

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe was delightful. Well versed, a great sense of humor and quite talented. Our locations were splendid and the scenery beautiful. Would have preferred a little more time in Kilkenny and perhaps a little less time in Dublin. Thought we could see a lot in 8 days but 10 would have been ideal. Had my own time constraints so chose a little less time. All in all this Rick Steves trip did not disappoint and the traveling companions were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher."

Richard

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour. Learned lots about Ireland and it's unique history, as well as current events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular."

Jill

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful way to experience Ireland for our first time! The locations visited and distance traveled was perfect for the length of the tour. There was a good balance of structured and free time. We experienced Ireland's history, culture and natural beauty. But most of all, the people and their charm!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Glendalough which combined history, religion and natural beauty. The hike was wonderful!"

Suzanne

Orangeburg, NY

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Ireland before but knew many people who had and raved about the country. Overall I loved it, both the natural landscape and the towns and Dublin. Although we didn't speak to that many Irish people, those we spoke with were very friendly. Clearly people love their country. I enjoyed just about every aspect of the trip - the scenery, our guides, the activities, museums, the bus ride, accommodations and food. Only the weather which was often drizzly could have been improved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm, hard to say as there were many. The Cliffs of Moher were stunning. The weather was dramatic with a stiff wind and a constantly changing sky. The design of the park and visitor's center was beautiful. It was great that we arrived early in the day, maybe the first bus, and so didn't have to contend with crowds. Enjoyed the Newgrange burial mounds outside of Dublin. Would have liked more time there but understand that it wasn't possible."

Mark

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience in a beautiful country, great guide (Stephen). The tour had a nice pace, nice selection of sites, and enough time to go out on our own or with a few others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many favorite moments, difficult to pick. Certainly the cliffs of moher and the Dingle peninsula brought out some wows. And the surprises in Dingle--the eagle, falcons, and owls; and David Geaney's performance in the living room at Milltown House. And of course Stephen's many stories and songs on the bus."

Gregory

Suisun City, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time, the time flew by.

Danette

Newton, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved that everything was planned from start to finish! Even with the pre-planning, our guide - Stephen - was able to "throw in" a few extra stops along the way. I also enjoyed meeting the other participates on my tour from all over the US & Canada.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone asks me what my favorite part was. That is so hard to pinpoint! I loved it all! I especially enjoyed the nights we were able to hear authentic "jig - Irish music" as I am an avid dancer and music lover! I also enjoyed being outside and seeing the countryside, learning about the history of Ireland and important events."

Carol

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The places we visited, our guide, the hotels and group meals were wonderful. There was a good amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr were spectacular."

Lucy

Oneonta, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide! Loved everything. Spectacular immersion into Irish culture, music and history. I was worried that the bus riding would be tedious and involve too much sitting, but each day's riding was broken up into segments with touring various areas at each stop. Our wonderful guide Dara while on the bus would share the history of each area we were riding through, accompanied by all kinds of music played by or composed by someone connected to the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many: Singing "the sounds of silence" acappella in the Hole in the Wall bar, falconry, watching the various musicians in the pubs and at the Music Shop, the glass cutting, the Dingle seascape, the whiskey tasting (I thought I hated whiskey), the Glenlevin cemetery,painted woodwork ornaments in Kilkenny Castle hall, the beauty of Glendalough area,the ancient Bru na Bonne tombs, the gold ornaments at Heritage Museum in Dublin."

Yvonne

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall it was good to very good. Schedule was adhered to and check in and out of hotels a breeze. Busses were very nice. Thanks for giving us room to "spread out". Very large festival going on in Dingle, so was unable to experience the charm I was so looking forward to. Please don't schedule Dingle when this festival is going on. Their gin is our new favorite!

Jim

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met and exceeded all my expectations. Dara was an exception tour guide. Olive did a great job driving the bus. Accomodations were very nice. The meals were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anything that Dara, our tour guide recommended. The music in the pubs was excellent. The Falconry in Dingle capped off one of the best days I've had in a while."

Ellen

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ireland and Dara, tour guide, made the trip! Ennis was a little jewel; surprising since I had been through the town before. We all enjoyed it as brief as it was. Further, I enjoyed the Bus experience from Shannon Airport to Ennis. It was so special, chatting with the driver and observing the relationships with his passengers and then the passengers with one another. Dingle, I love! Visited there before but each time, the physical beauty stands out. Also, enjoyed the local guides everywhere!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming so close to my Grandfather's homeplace in Tipperarey as we drove from Kilkenny to Dublin. Relearning the Irish Independence struggles and finally seeing their leaders again in Dublin. The cemetery in Dublin was remarkable! And, the archelogical visit was amazing too."

Joanne

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fabulous, from beginning to end.

Randal

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour overall. Great itinerary, locations, hotels, guides, history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Facts about Irelands history. Wow!"

Joanne

Gillespie, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara was amazing. I started the trip by leaving our passports in Ennius. He took care of everything! Olive was a fantastic driver and had a wonderful sense of humor. We enjoyed eating with both Dara and Olive. That is a great idea to have them eat with us. Also we had a great group to tour with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rock of Cashel Hole in the Wall in Kilkenny -- very entertaining!,,"

Robert

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The local guides brought out an appreciation for the Irish history and beauty of the country. I would have rather had an extra night in Ennis, Dingle or Kilkenny than in Dublin. The friendly and talkative locals really made the trip enjoyable. Like all Rick Steves tours, only having 25 people on the tour made the bus rides comfortable and getting to know your tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were breathtaking. Dingle was my favorite overnight. The crystal cutting demonstration, falconry at Milltown House and the Dingle Distillery tour (on our own) were highlights of the trip."

Susan

Snyder, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-paced while packing a lot in. As always on any "touring" vacation, you would like to spend days rather than hours at a given site, but that is a compliment to the great places visited, not a complaint about time allotted. I truly loved Ireland: the history that is too often tragic; the surprisingly wild geography; the culture (who doesn't love the literature, pubs and music); but most of all the people, who are charming, witty and as interested in you as you are in them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Mohr/Slea Head Drive/Falconry Exhibition in Dingle/Bru Na Boinne Sorry, can't pick just one. Dingle itself was wonderful, even though it was crowded from the annual food festival. Great pubs and musicians."

Joseph

Oneonta, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! Everything was well organized, on time and of high quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When a golden eagle landed on my arm at the Falconry. Another when we got off the bus to enjoy the view of the Dingle coastline."

Joseph

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! Everywhere, especially rural areas, people were friendly, engaging and unfailingly polite. We had the #1 Ireland guide in Stephen. Great info, stories and songs. Entertaining, educational and humorous. His compatriot Dennis kept the wheels on the bus going round and round up and down twisting, steep and narrow roads. Loved the mix of rural/coastal and Dublin. When the sun comes out, the beauty of Ireland overwhelms the senses. Good travel buds. Our 4th RS trip, won't be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher (even on a windy/rainy morning), Dingle (and Dingle gin), Milltown House (which provided a relaxing atmosphere, along with great food and drink and the birds of prey experience), the crystal cutting demo, the sun dappled Blasket Islands, The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, Dublin (and its pubs) and the tombs of Brú na Bóinne."

Mary

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to Ireland. We loved walking around the quaint little towns and popping into the Pubs. People were so friendly everywhere we went. The country is so beautiful! We had a really good group of fun people traveling with us. With Stephen as our guide, we felt we experienced the best of Ireland and it's culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher. Breathtaking."

Tom

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen is fantastic, knowledgeable, witty and did a wonderful tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Robert

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Expectations were exceeded daily. While given a lot of information about upcoming activities, it never ruined surprises. Each day was something to look forward to. Events each day started and ended at a decent hour. I never felt rushed or bored. The pace was comfortable and balanced. We never spent too much time on the road, and we had sufficient time at each stop to experience and explore at our own pace. We saw a lot of churches, castle ruins, and gravestones, but each site was unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coastal Dingle was enthralling. The quaint seaside town oozed charm and character. We spent two days there, but I would gladly spend more. The visit (especially the coastal drive) to the Blascaod centre and then Gallarus Oratory was spellbinding. As a first time visitor to Ireland I was impressed with its rugged beauty. It often felt we were the only tourists and had Dingle to ourselves. Discovering and experiencing Irish traditional music was enchanting."

Deborah

Landisville, PA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves trip so we had a general idea of what to expect. The itinerary, bus experience and overall tour were excellent! Stephen was an outstanding guide and made Ireland come alive for us! We enjoyed his Irish songs and appreciated his insight about Ireland in the past and current Irish issues. The trip was timely as everyone was discussing Brexit and implications for Ireland. We have a deeper understanding for Ireland and its' struggle to be independent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Irish rolling countryside while listening to " 40 Shades of Green" by Johnny Cash. The moment is etched forever in my mind! 40 Shades of Green is now on my playlist and makes me smile!"

Joseph

Elyria, OH

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was beautiful, lives up to it's title the Green Isle. Tour bus driver, Olive did such an amazing job driving all those narrow roadways! Learned so much about the history and culture of Ireland. Joe, our tour guide was funny, very knowledgeable and really gave us a taste of being Irish for a week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the New Grange site and realizing it was older then the pyramids!"

Bruce

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of interesting places in the short time we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the tour was informative, but I liked the Dublin tour quite a bit. Very well done."

Barbara

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and well organized. Also he was a great speaker. Each day we spent on the trip was varied, and meaningful. Overall it was an excellent way to see the countryside and to learn about the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride around the Dingle Peninsula."

Robert

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a revelation. Historical facts I had been aware of were explained, amplified, and placed in cultural context. Scenery and villagrs, towns, people were wonderful. Travel companions were all great and every single tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and Itook a short hike on the coastline opposite Basket Islands. The waves pounding the rocKY shore, the long Feely green grass, blue skies and fresh wind combined to create an exhilarating, spiritual moment."

Carolyn

Elyria, OH

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve's tour with my husband and it did not disappoint! It was a wonderful experience with each day a new adventure. From our first meeting as a group that first day to our last dinner together it was nothing but fun. What a beautiful country! Joe our guide was fantastic, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. Our tour group was great, new friendships made. Olive our tour bus driver was equally superb even, as we said, kicka _ s! So many great memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula. Words really cannot describe how beautiful that part of the country is. And we had picture perfect weather that day to make it even more spectacular. It was just plain breathtaking!"

Gay

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful Ireland did not disappoint! Even with rain I loved it. (Was prepared with rain gear)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were breathtaking! Just amazingly beautiful!"

Lynda

Pine River, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely wonderful time. The rain seemed to not be much of an issue because I was having such a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Blasket tour was a surprise and so fulfilling to experience. Of course it really helped because it was a beautiful sunny day, but offered a real perspective on Ireland and it's history."

Cheri

Roswell, GA

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Schedules were well-kept. Briefing Information locations and Irish history on-site was valuable before hand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr for its beauty and mystery."

David

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite the rainy weather the trip was a delight. Excellently organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coastal scenery around Dingle. Plus the Emigrant Museum in Dublin that wasn't part of the tour."

Russell

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joe and our driver, Olive, made our trip outstanding. We were able to enjoy the history and learn the culture of the country and its people because of these two individuals. Olive kept us on time and Joe did a great job of teaching as we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Dingle Peninsula. The scenery was incredible and everything we learned was interesting."

Steven

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good mix of activity and free time. Saw all the "must see" sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the drive on the Dingle Peninsula."

Joy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a lovely group of co-travelers and our tour guide was very knowedgeble. We had a bus problem and he handled it very efficiently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night in Dingle, Ireland when we heard local musicians and watched a young girl dancingmto Irish music."

Allison

Sherman Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I even start? I never wanted my tour or Ireland to end! It was really well planned and I feel like we made the most of our 8 days in Ireland. Stephen was an excellent guide. He was so funny, helpful, straightfoward and extremely knowledgable. It really was invaludable having a bus and a guide through our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a meal prepared for us by a Michelin-star chef in Dingle at Milltown House! He specially made a vegetarian meal for me which was so delicious. Add in the beautiful setting, it was amazing."

Michelle

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FLawless, perfect. Best learning experience to know Ireland. The learning was presented by some of the best Irish wit I've heard, ever!, in my Irish family, by the guide, Stephen! On time, safe travels throughout southern Ireland with great drivers. Local guides equally excellent as Stephen! Fantastic experiences everyday with local people as well as the museums and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Dingle. Bed and Breakfast homes were full of love and warmth from the locals. Felt so absorbed by their care and culture. I have traveled much but this was an experience that was truly special. These homes provided wonderful foods, one group dinner prepared by a chef, a presentation by a wonderful writer,and wonderful experience with falconry. There were three beautiful dogs to welcome us too. They provided dog affection for those of us who were missing our own dogs back home."

Carol

North Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The caliber of historic sights and the organization of day trips was excellent. The guide makes or breaks the entire tour however and our guide leader Stephen will remain the most memorable of the trip. His humor, his patience, and his endless stories passed the time riding on the bus and provided an honest and authentic sense of Irish culture and history. He brought each sight to life for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Dingle, walking through the towns of Adare and Ennis, the Cliffs of Moher, Sled Head Drive and the Rock of Cashel."

Timothy

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was just an incredible tour guide. He made everything so wonderful.

Alysa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a great introduction to Ireland. I had never been before and I enjoyed learning about the culture and history from our guide. I felt that this tour was much more relaxed than other RS tours I've done in the past with less walking and an easier pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was the time we spent in Dingle. I enjoyed the music and the experiences we had there."

John

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour in addition to using your guidebooks for self-touring Italy X2, France, and England and Scotland. All have been great. The tour was well organized and Stephen our guide showed a wealth of knowledge relating to the trip. Particularly interesting was his teaching of a broad history of Ireland from prehistoric times through the present day. It was light hearted and never too much at a time. He shared his own experiences of "The Troubles" without any malice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trinity College's Museum was exceptional in many ways. The pre-historic bodies preserved in peat bogs were really something special, as was the Viking exhibit and the gold jewelry display. The EPIC Museum of Irish migration in Dublin was a great site- I suggest it be most highly recommended as a free time activity for almost anyone."

Janet

Elburn, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's tour exceeded all expectations! It was an example of reality actually meeting or exceeding the promise of marketing brochures. Loved the small group, the centrally located lodging with character and the overall content of the tour. Not a detail was overlooked. Everything was well organized and executed flawlessly. What a treat to have all the planning, logistics, and decisions of a complicated trip handled by professionals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was not just one moment---but rather a collection of moments. It has to be riding through the Irish countryside in our comfy bus while listening to our guide's informative and entertaining "stories" and background information. What a wonderful way to learn so much about Ireland--both the history and the current environment."

Barbara

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the sites visited BUT the informative commentary of the history and legacy of the sites made each visit memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The character, beauty, history, and all over "people warmth" made the town of Dingle sit deeply in my heart!"

Judith

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with the entire tour - it exceeded my exceptions, which were quite high. I found the size of the group and everyone adhered to the general principle of not complaining and rolling with the punches. Given a bus breakdown on the first day on the bus, I would say that we were tested in that respect and passed with flying colors. I was extremely pleased with the high quality of the group dinners and I thought generally the amount of time spent at various sights was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be Dingle and the opportunities that Stephen arranged for us. The B&B was an exquisite setting. The chance to be part of his falconry program was a fun extra. Really my 'wow' moment extended beyond Dingle to throughout the tour as Stephen offered us a totally entertaining way to get a better understanding of Ireland today and its history. In Dingle, the concert by his friend, the reading by another were great examples. His stories carried on that theme throughout the tour."

Christina

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful! Dara is an excellent guide and you can tell he loves showing his country to people. Everything went smoothly. I learned so much about Irish history and saw so many interesting and beautiful places. The tour group quickly jelled into a group of friends, making the whole experience that much better, especially for me as a solo travellor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry!!!! This was listed as a 'bonus' activity, and what a fabulous bonus it was! We thought it would be just a demonstration, but it was participatory. Everyone who wanted to got to don a glove and have a falcon and then an owl land on their gloved hand. And I held a giant 13-pound eagle on my glove, too. Since I had just read "H is for Hawk", a memoir about training a goshawk, this event was truely special!! Thank you, Dara!!!"

Ross

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara was great. Loved Olive, our bus driver. Friendly tour group of diverse people but like minded people who enjoy history, and learning about other cultures. Bus was confortable. Dara had a great system of integrating music, history, etc., within every place we went. His preparation and attention to detail was why we love Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle. Could have spent more time there, hiking and shopping. Loved the pubs and local musicians. The concert and dancing at the Dingle Music shop was so enjoyable/special/memorable."

Patricia

Beverly, MA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad and I'm very happy I picked a Rick Steve's Tour. My entire experience was excellent from meeting my tour group and guide Dara. That group meeting was warm and welcoming and set the tone for the trip. Hotels had there own wonderful flavor about them,many delicious breakfast choices, bus extremely comfortable. Dara and guides very knowledgeable. I haven't learned, seen, laughed or eaten this well in along time. My world has opened up because of this R Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough was my wow moment. Experienced the river, stunning grounds and peaceful, spiritual acres of natural beauty. Daras idea to picnic outside was a good one because the weather was sunny. The round tower and tour of cemetery was a good way to take me back to the time some of the old structures were built. Fascinating to learn how long they have stood the test of time. Guide here was knowledgeable & detailed. Made me want to learn more about the Monks who lived here."

Amy

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well organized and a truly fun experience. The scenery was outstanding and the Irish people were welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend the (8) day Ireland tour for anyone that wants to see the countryside like a local. Having local guides in each city is fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a "favorite" because there are so many. But included in that list is Dingle in general, Irish music both organized and unorganized, the National Cemetery, Book of Kells, the Mounds and the FOOD!"

Stephen

Paso Robles, CA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good tour. Our 6th with Rick Steve's. There were not as many wow moments as we've experienced on past tours.

Janet

Paso Robles, CA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting discussion about Irish history. Loved the green coutryside

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music in Dingle pubs; visit to cemetery in Dublin; last supper in Dublin"

Richard

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience in Dingle"

Margaret

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen did a fantastic job of being our tour guide. He made history come alive through his narriative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really loved the falcon presentation and the owls. They did a wonderful job. We enjoyed being in Dingle and the Cliffs of Mohr."

William

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was full of wonderful moments, including beautiful scenery, great beer and really friendly locals at pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. My favorite part, though, was hearing about Ireland's history from our guide - who was not only well versed in it, but who also told funny and compelling personal stories about the last 30 or so years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I never expected to experience falconry first hand anywhere. That the opportunity was provided on this trip was awesome. The birds were amazing."

Carol

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was surprised at every step with the quality of the tour, our tour guide, our accommodations, the careful planning for our needs, the excellent food at each of our dinners, and the extras our guide provided for us. Truly a wonderful experience. Our bus driver, Olive, won applause for her driving skills on narrow streets and roadways. But most especially, our guide, Stephen, was funny, warm, knowledgable, and took us all under his wing. The tour couldn't have been better planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dingle, Stephen was able to get the top Irish dancer in World competition to dance for us, and we were the envy of folks back home for having seen him. He also gave us the chance to have eagles, falcons, and owls sit on our gloved hands in Dingle. Unexpected and amazing! But the tour, as planned, was exactly what I had hoped for; I learned so much, fell in love with Ireland."

Mark

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephen was so passionatel about his country it became contagious. He was informative and responsive and well aware of the idiosyncrasies of our group. He brought Ireland to life from medieval times to the present. He did a magnificent job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle falconry was the wow for me but I loved the whole Dingle experience. The dancer was amazing as well."

Martin

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Stephen made every day enjoyable, educational and entertaining with his stories

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to top to musical pubs in Dingle"

Susan

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive down the Dingle peninsula."

Sara

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Ireland tour exceeded my expectations. The people, the landscape, the pubs, I loved everything about Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience in Dingle was one of the coolest experiences of my life!"

Louis

Sister Bay, WI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Guide Stephen made the tour especially enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable, a great story teller and very funny. He pointed intricate things out to us that really enhanced the quality of the tour. Not only that, he really got into his subject matter with enthusiasm. All of the hotels and B&Bs were exceptional especially in Dingle. Clonmora was particularly enjoyable. The Falconry was a fun activity as well. Olive was a very good driver and handled that bus on narrow roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moment was Dingle with its beautiful restaurants, shops, seaside marina and entertainment at the music shop. The singer and the Irish Dancer were a real treat."

Penny

Hoover, AL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour of Ireland, my grandfather's homeland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St Patrick's Shrine."

Mary

Shady Cove, OR

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Experience was great, but too short of a trip to see a lot. Loved Dingle and Kilkenny, but was very disappointed in Dublin. Too crowded and dirty. Ended up going to a movie in our free time. Still very sad that you include the last day as a "day". The dinner the night before should be the last "day". A lot of people have left by morning and all leave that morning anyway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the library at the Book of Kells. Really astonishing."

Ann

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have travelled extensively. Tour guides make the experience and Pascal was as good as I have experienced. I enjoyed all our stops. My biggest negative was several of our hotel stays. (See below.) While I liked our local guide in Ennis, I thought the Priory tour was boring and should have been optional, at best. I didn't think that the cemetery tour in Dublin was worth the time. Would have liked to have had more time at the Cliffs of Moher. I felt like we did a lot of backtracking while driving

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps being among the first to arrive at the Cliffs of Moher."

Anna

White Salmon, WA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pascal's knowledge and energy made this tour amazing. It helped, of course, that our fellow travelers were great companions. This was my second RS Ireland tour - the first being the 14-day full island tour in 2011. This recent tour gave me a little repeat but that was fine since it was some of the best parts - Dingle and Rock of Cashel etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience was pretty WOW. I knew of the association of the falconry program relationship to the Milltown House because I follow Stephen McPhilemy's FB page for the hotel. But, stopping and enjoying it was a total surprise. It was amazing. Another wow was Glendalough and Newgrange."

Jeffrey

Landenberg, PA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very strong tour, driven by Pascal's passion, story telling, and organization. First RS tour so we had pretty high expectations that were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Mary

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all great! Had a wonderful time and saw so many things! Had great tour guide and city tour people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula"

William

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Our Guide, Dara, was great and I recommend him and this tour without any reservation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guides, the accommodations, the coach, the entertainment were all top notch."

Nancy

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour after many years of traveling independently, and our group agreed that we are now believers! From not having to plan and not having to drive to great hotels to the information shared while on the bus, it exceeded our expectations in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Rock of Cashel. But also seeing the warmth and friendliness of the people - from hotel staff to people in pubs to store clerks, everyone was so welcoming and helpful. People in the smaller towns would come up to us on the street to see if we needed directions."

Bj

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We all loved this tour. We were especially impressed with the seamlessness of it. We credit our tour guide, Dara, for this. I loved not having to book so many accommodations and at the same time,this was an active tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rock of Cashel with its setting and history. I could feel the past there overlooking the Plains of Tipperary."

Eileen

North Augusta, SC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned. It was nice to not have to worry about anything! We were so busy but it was so informative and exciting. We had a great group and all looked after each other. Dara was wonderful. Would love to redo it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose! But really enjoyed our walk around Dublin; and loved Dingle! Our local tour guides were amazing! And the B&B in Dingle was so lovely."

Elizabeth

Afton, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic!! Ireland is such an absolutely beautiful country!! Everyday was well planned with ride time, tour time, on your own time and bathroom and meal breaks. Dara was so knowledgeable and gave us so much history and background for each place we saw. I learned a lot! He also played some great music on the bus, usually connected to the area we were in at the time. We had a great group of people on our tour and Dara was very fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several! Dingle , Slea Head drive, The blasket Islands, The green countryside with the sheep, Glendalough, Wicklow mountains, Rock of Cashel, Powerscourt estate, and the energy level in Dublin, And of course the everpresent Irish humor and wit!!, cant beat it!!! Some of the local tour guides were so very funny!!!"

Kathryn

Potsdam, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

(Don't tell Dara, but he was so very Outstanding!! It could go to his head! Just kidding.) Dara made the tour so educational, fun, interesting and care-free. He made us feel welcomed and cared for. He is so knowledgeable and proud of his country and passed that on to us. He seemed to know everyone in the country! And everyone seemed to really like him! For very good reasons!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula was beautiful and the village was just as I imagined an Irish village to be. I felt at home. It was wonderful."

Rick

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara, our guide, was incredible. Loved his choice of restaurants, music and poetry on the bus and seamless management of our tour. Local guides, especially Mary in Dublin, were excellent. Accommodations were terrific, especially the inn in Dingle.

Louis

North Augusta, SC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the fact that I was on a tour. The traveling from place to place was an added pleasure, since I didn't have to drive and we received valuable information on the way. And, after we arrived at our next destinations, each local tour was great also, with wonderful hosts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best was the cliffs of Moher and the Dingle peninsula. I love the coast line and it was breath taking and the history and local culture and people made it a joy. Outstanding."

Kathrine

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never taken a Rick Steves tour before but I was very impressed with the tour guide Sara's knowledge of the history of Ireland. He did a fabulous job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the Dingle Peninsula, the countryside and views were spectacular and the bus driver Michael waa fantastic."

Jacque

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour very much. It was the right amount of walking and bus travel. We especially enjoyed the bus driver, Michael, and our guide, Dara. In addition each of the site guides was exceptional including the Whiskey Museum in Dublin, Mary the walking tour guide in Dublin, the gentleman who was our guide at Glasevin Cemetary, etc. ALL were entertaining and informative with lots of charm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clif of Moher were amazing, but I also was in awe at every hill, field, sheep herd, etc. Each bend in the road brought more to look at. I'd say the one road and views that really stood out for me was the narrow road on the Dingle Pennisula. That was WOW for me."

Leslie

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so interesting and well organized! Stress free traveling and our guide was so good! We all loved Dara. All of the people we met in Ireland were so funny and sweet. Thank you!!

Kathleen

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Dara was a wealth of information on Ireland's culture and history. The accommodations were all very nice and the group suppers were superb. The bus was very comfortable also.The local tour guides were also top notch. I am so glad I did not attempt visiting Ireland on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus tour along the Dingle coast - WOW!"

Bob

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's a great place with good people. Dara did a particularly good job w the history and cultures. He was forthright and balanced and dodged no questions. He did a great job and I commend him. We were in Dublin at the time of the Gaelic football tie breaker- a very special event and one necessarily scheduled only a week or two in advance. This routinely is a significant cultural and historical event and as a tie breaker, more so. Our final dinner was scheduled during this. Flexibility would -

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-have been good. Dara did his best to enable us for the event-really above and beyond. For his sake and ours a change in venue or time would have been best"

Jeff

Medina, OH

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. This was our 1st tour ever with any tour company. We have always done our own planning an logistics when travelling. We have used Rick Steve books since 193 on our travels abroad.

Amy

Apo, AE

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning my Mother and I felt well cared for. The hotels were true to description. Our Guide Pascal was amazing. He took such wonderful care of us. I loved all of the Irish history that we were exposed to. I can tell that Pascal truly loves his work because he went the extra mile to schedule extra events not on the schedule that added greatly to the experience. I don't think I want to travel any other way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Falconry we went to in Dingle. I have always wanted to do that, and I was an amazing surprise to find that we got to hold so many Birds. The members were so knowledgeable and gave a great performance. But, really it is hard to pick just one event!"

Deborah

Sierra Madre, CA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1st tour ever. I tried not to read up on the trip too much so that I could experience the trip as it unfolded. It was well planned and Pascal was a great guide. He never seemed to tire of explaining everything to us. The local guides have a a different perspective and insight which was very much appreciated. Overall it was a well oiled machine and everything seemed flawless from a participants perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were directed to a pub in Dingle that was touted as having the best Guinness. I don't normally drink beer but tried it. And it was like nothing I ever tasted before. It was even better than what they poured at the Guinness factory"

Deb

Kearney, NE

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it was even better than I had anticipated. Great tour guide, hotels, meals and planned activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first "wow" was just seeing Ireland for the first time. The beauty of it was stunning!"

Virginia

Manchester, NH

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour and traveled alone. Fabulous time! Completely educated on Ireland, loads of fun, great food, great weather. So sad to leave! Comfortable travel, lovely people.....would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many of them but peering at Kilkenny Castle at night on a walk."

Barbara

Dumfries, VA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour ever. We have been on many tours with other companies but this one really was the best. We met so many wonderful people on this trip and plan on keeping in touch with two other couples. We are already talking about another trip with RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ireland was wonderful and the people were so friendly and welcoming. All of it was a "wow" moment."

Bonnie

Holland, MI

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This entire evaluation is for myself and my husband, Don. All was well organized. We had a great group of travelers and a fabulous guide. We learned a lot about the history, the policies and culture of Ireland. We laughed a lot and had experiences we would not have had as independent travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one! For a natural "wow" the full rainbow over Dingle Bay was spectacular. the loop drive around Dingle Peninsula was the big "wow" with fabulous views and ruins and learning about Great Blasket Island and its history. For our particular tour, the evening in Kilkenny at the Hole in the Wall pub singing and sharing was an evening that will never be duplicated."

Ralph

East Setauket, NY

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were awed by the cliffs of Moher, and thoroughly enjoyed the Irish culture, friendliness, warmth and music and good time vibe at the pubs. We especially liked the private concert we got at Dara's music store."

Janet

Farmville, VA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour, It was everything we had hoped it would be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First seeing the Cliff of Mohr."

Jennifer

Easley, SC

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been on a tour, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I hoped to learn a bit about the culture, and maybe some of my heritage. I got that and so much more! I learned the history and culture of this beautiful country. I met her people and fell in love with them. I can't say enough about this tour. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it ended. I fell in love with Ireland. I will be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Dingle! There were so many wow moments, but Dingle was amazing! Our guide, Dara, introduced us to his family there. We watched Gaelic football at his pub, listened to beautiful Irish music at his dad's music shop, performed by his cousin. How could you not fall in love with a place where you are made to feel like family?"

Anne

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip to Ireland was more than I could have imagined. From the time I met up with my tour in Ennis I knew I had made the right chose. I came to Ireland to visit the birthplace of my Grandparents and find out what Ireland is like today. Every place we went every stop along the way was great I would not change a thing. I accomplished my mission and so much more. I have totally fallen in love with Ireland and the Irish people I plan to return next year at this time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in Dingle I got a call from home letting me know that my good friend Mary's son had passed away. We were about to attend a concert at Siopa Ceoil An Daingin A music shop in Dingle featuring local artists The girl singing Cuisle found out what happened and sang a song in Gaelic or Irish my friends first language and dedicated it to her. The people there were so supportive .I had just met them but I felt so at home. WOW!!"

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned about Ireland, espeically the culutre, history and spirit of the people. Stephen was a very professional and polished guide. We enjoyed the baking Demo in Dingle and the music and dance presentation in Dingle. Also the Falconer was pretty amazing. Enjoyed Kilkenny castle and dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus rides with Stephen were really excellent; his singing, story-telling and hunor were lovely. The countryside, the castles."

Kevin

Grapeview, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sorry for delay.. Good news is that I rarely go a day without thinking about the Tour. What a great experience and would definitely do another tour with the Tour group. Lisa especially made the Tour special from her approach to leading the group, to engaging individuals and making sure everyone felt included. She has a Talent for guiding and also create a welcoming space within which to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick but my favorite town was Dingle and being able to spend a couple days in the a community to get to know it better than a quick pass through. Also loved the Glendalough Park and Monastic site. Want to go back and hike there."

Nancy

Festus, MO

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery"

Jennifer

Moorhead, MN

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour with Lynn was nothing short of amazing. It was the perfect mix of fun, educational, inspirational, relaxing, and adventurous. I was nervous going as a single traveler, but Lynn and the rest of the travelers were welcoming and kind. I also enjoyed the mix of guided tour time and independent exploration time. I can't wait to go on my next Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula were stunning!"

When To Go & Weather

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

Ireland / Dublin

Dublin Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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

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