• 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 $2,295 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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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

2020

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 walking 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 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 2020
  • 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 a walking tour around Ennis, beginning with 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

Elizabeth

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We not only toured the Heart of Ireland but experienced the heart and soul of Ireland. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, we were immersed in the culture of a land filled with people fond of their history, literature, music, food and drink. And they shared it all willingly with us. Every tour and experience gave us a real sense of not only Ireland of the past but the Ireland of today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the natural wonders were breathtaking, I truly loved hearing multiple generations perform traditional Irish music at our concert in the little music store in Dingle. It doesn't get any better than that!"

Scott

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second trip with your team and we will be excited to use you again. Having everything planned and scheduled makes sure you get the most out of a once in a lifetime trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Gerrie

Des Moines, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

People, music, history and scenery. Stephan's awesome-detailed and entertaining! Above and beyond, he videoed my whistle at the Cliffs of Moher and gave us a late-night Dingle ride home. Mark drove the bus skillfully. Enjoyed all the tour members! During independent time I took a lesson with Francis at Custy's and went to 6 pub sessions. Chatted with locals at the bar in Dublin. Hotels were great, charming B&B, castle view in Kilkenny, central in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a musician the music wowed me. Some of us went to pub sessions almost every night. Live music was great. At the cozy Dingle Music Center the show had nationally known guests Sean Gavin and Seamus Begley who went to play at a pub later. The "trad" music spoke to the heart of the Irish people and me."

Stephen

Eugene, OR

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent experience, helped by our un-Irish sunny weather, but mostly due to our fantastic guide, safe and smooth driver, selection of hotels and restaurants, and timing to avoid crowds. Greatly impressed with the organization of the tour and the personnel involved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The combination of a wonderful meal including seafood chowder and Irish stew, whiskey tasting, and a song rendition from our guide Stephen was amazing. Additionally, just seeing the deep, deep green as we traveled the west of Ireland was soothing to the soul."

Kathy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. I don't know how they can have so many wonderful things in an 8 day tour. In particular we loved the Raptor experience with the Raptor sanctuary trainers. Having a Hawk or a Peregrine Falcon land on your arm was amazing. Walking on areas where Vikings were buried, seeing ancient building fortifications that existed since the 1200's and gaining understanding of Irelands hard fought history was a bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Mounds that were ancient burial grounds from 300-3000 BC were incredible."

Barbara

Arlington, TX

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful few days! Our experience was completely positive. We were shepherded around the island by GREAT guides at a pace that was neither too slow nor too tiring. The agenda included so many amazing sights and the narrative was entertaining and educational. I felt as though we got an excellent, if brief, look into the authentic culture of Ireland and I understand so much better the history and struggles of the country. It made me love Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among so many amazing sights it's hard to choose a moment. Loved seeing the ancient structures, the quaint streets, the GREEN countryside, the sights and sounds of Dublin. But looking out over the coast of the Dingle Peninsula was something I'll never forget."

Jane

Conway, NH

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not be happier with my Rick Steve's tour! It was well organized, with great tour guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a wow moment. I particularly liked the tour of the Dingle peninsula."

Patty

Conway, NH

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. My sister and a friend accompanied me on this epic trip. I felt welcomed in every town we visited. The locals bent over backwards to make our visit memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I pick a wow moment? There were so many! The Gaelic tunes in a session in Dingle, Irish step dancing for our entertainment, Whiskey tasting, in Dublin. Relaxed breakfasts in a bed and breakfast with the ghost of Robert Mitchum breathing in my ear. Spectacular scenery on the west coast."

Rhoda

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Dara was a great guide. All of our accommodations were great except the one time we stayed one night. That hotel was horrible. So, glad we did not stay more than one night. The bed was horrible. Loved all the historic sites and the historic information. Food was incredible and loved all the music in Dingle. The one concert at the music shop was a bit tight and too hot, but the music was great. I would have liked a better selection of sights to see in Dublin. Would do another trip with you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I really liked the Dingle Penisula. Also, Dingle Town was so fun. Also, I loved the Rock of Cashel"

Michael

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara was a fantastic guide and kept us informed, educated and entertained. I didn't get much from the Kilkenny city tour, but the rest were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry demonstration at Dingle was the best."

Nancy

Auburn, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second R S tour , 8 day Ireland, and it was great. We enjoyed our Tour guides , Dara, knowledge of Irish and Gaelic history along with his music while we moved along with the bus from Ennis to Cliffs of Moher and onto the Dingle peninsula. Accommodations were all excellent along with every meal scheduled Loved the crystal glass cutting experience and the Shea Head Drive that lead to the Aran Island Celtic peoples history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery from the bus ride was beautiful. Colorful villages and some stops for lunch lead us to our next town and what the town offered up. Surprises at each stop over. Our last RS best of 21 days of Europe spoiled us, but this 8 day Ireland experience was just as great. The guides make all the difference!"

Minerva

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour itinerary was fantastic and highlighted the beauty of Ireland. Dara was informative and entertaining, presenting Irish history and culture in a way that makes me want to return. The bus rides never felt long. Everything was well-planned and organized but there was also quite a bit of flexibility as well. There was a balanced amount of free time and group activities. Kilkenny walking tour was a waste but all the other walking tours and guides were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dingle, the falconry experience and the evening of Irish music that Dara arranged for the group will remain unforgettable. Also loved the Blasket Visitor Center and Brú na Bóinne. My biggest "wow" moment, tho, will have to be all the wonderfully warm and friendly Irish people I met."

Alan

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great itinerary. Very good guide and great fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blanket Island visitors' center."

Shelby

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. We loved the experience and greatly appreciate all the time and energy the guides take into making our trip a wonderful one. We are huge believer in the Rick Steves tour experience and thank you for providing us another fantastic European trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few: 1. The bus drive around Dingle Peninsula - our driver Olive is an incredible woman! The way she maneuvered our large tour bus on the curves and narrow roads was amazing! The scenery was beyond anything I've ever witnessed and exactly how you imagine Ireland looking. 2. The private concert in Dingle with traditional Irish music. It was very intimate and felt like we were a part of their family. I loved this experience."

Mary

Eugene, OR

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were delighted with Joe as a guide. It was my second trip to Ireland and he made this time a much Richer experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Patrick's Cross was fantastic."

William

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We squeezed a lot into an 8 day tour. We had an excellent guide, Joe Darcy, and a wonderful group from all parts of the USA and a great family of four from Canada. My only regret is that the tour had to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Dead Zoo", the Natural History Branch of the National Museum. It really is out of the 19th Century. The only comparison I have for it is the much smaller natural history museum at McGill College in Montreal."

Diane

Ossining, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 8 day Heart of Ireland tour was wonderful. We visited places I would not have visited on my own. Everything, from the bus driver to the tour guides was excellent.

Peggy

Fort Washington, PA

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed all aspects of the trip-- the beautiful scenery, crossing the River Shannon, seeing historic sites, and hearing the guides' insights into Irish history, culture and politics. The tour members were all congenial and good buddies. We researched our Irish ancestry at Epic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment, I enjoyed all, especially the Cliffs of Moher, the Book of Kells (my 2nd time) and Bru na Boinne. Fortunately, we had lovely June weather. By chance, my "buddy" identified an ancestor in the Dublin cemetery and verified her lineage in the cemetery museum."

Theresa

Yonkers, NY

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every aspect of the trip. Joe was attentive and responsive to everyone's needs. He was also well informed and hilarious. The overall tour plan was excellent....enough activity and enough on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" were the Cliffs of Moher. I also really appreciated meeting the local musicians, dancers and authors. Each local tour guide was also first rate--warm and funny."

Jeffrey

Goshen, IN

Tour: 07/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with how complete the service was, from the preparation material, to the site locations within the tour, to the competency of the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to pick one "wow' moment it would be seeing the Book of Kells. I had read about it in my history of Ireland reading many years ago and to see it in person was exciting and spiritual. Secondly, the Dingle Peninsula - its overall beauty, charm, and history."

Allison

Roanoke, VA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this trip. First time with a Rick Steeves tour (longtime lovers of his radioshow and books). Will be looking to Rick Steeves in the future for more tours. Will likely be trying a "My Way" tour in the future as not all events/food were aligned with our interests. (Can't please everyone!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two of my favorite sites were the Book of Kells (literally moved me to tears) and Knowth. I loved the Book of Kells because I am a Christian, and an Education for Ministry graduate - and I had read a book about it prior to visiting. Knowth was amazing - simply because of its age, and then because of its art!"

Karen

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved that our tour started with smaller towns in Ireland and ended with the big city. Seeing the coastal beauty of The Cliffs of Moher and towns such as Dingle and Kilkenny gave us the beauty and greenery of Ireland. Anytime we mentioned to anyone where we had been in Ireland, they always had good words to say about these small towns. Our trip ended in Dublin, the big city of Ireland. This was definitely a contrast to the previous small towns, but there was a lot to see and do as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Dingle. The people were friendly. There was beautiful scenery since this was a coastal town. We walked the shores in the daytime and visited the pubs in the evening. I would definitely return to Dingle."

Gregory

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just right for our family in terms of the length of the tour as well as the amount of free time and touring time. We did wish we had one more night in Kilkenny which could have been offset by one less night in Dublin. Our tour guide, Lisa Tully, was fantastic and brought such great energy to our tour. Her knowledge, bright personality and wonderful demeanor contributed to an overall wonderful experience for our family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was in touring the area around Dingle and the Blasket Islands. This was amazing as we encountered some stunning scenery and had a wonderful visit at the Blasket museum."

Bernadette

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 2nd time overseas, 1st time in Ireland, 1st time on a tour, & 1st time traveling with someone who has never done any of this. The "Taste of Ireland" tour fulfilled exactly what I needed. Eased us both into the "hows and whats" of Ireland while minimizing my direct involvement is setting all of this up. The balance of places and activities, with free time to explore was great. I would recommend this tour to others having similar traveling needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ireland itself. If narrowed to one place, Cliffs of Moher, although the nature areas were awesome. And for me personally, the various conversations I had in the peace and quiet of the early morning hours while having my morning walkabouts for coffee."

Katherine

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had fun exploring and learning about Ireland. We experienced first hand their beautiful culture. With the help of the tour guides we also learned of their history. What impressed me most was how welcoming the Irish were to the tourist and how they thought highly of Rick Steves Tours for giving them exposure to share their land.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The pictures of the Cliffs of Moher do not do it justice. Seeing it in person was absolutely breathtaking!"

Catherine

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad and my first Rick Steve's Tour. I loved that we had a friendly and knowledgable tour guide (Lisa), a competent bus driver (Dennis), and access to several expert local guides at each stop to enrich our experience. The hotels were always comfortable and fantastic, and the tour hit all the right places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was visiting the Bru Na Boinne Nowth ancient tomb complex, and touching a giant stone with a prehistoric carving that was 5000 years old."

Linda

Cypress, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland Tour was an exceptional experience. The incredible guide and guest guides, pristine countryside, historic sites, lovely hotels and inns, excellent food, wonderful tour members, and great weather all added up to make this trip a once in a lifetime adventure. Seeing Ireland has always been a dream of mine. The tour made it all possible in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher will always stand out in my mind as a big "wow". It is such an unspoiled and picturesque destination."

Stephen

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our very first tour with any operator and my wife an I had a great time! We would definitely do it again. In fact, we heard that Rick Steves is doing a tour of Turkey and this is a destination that my wife has wanted to do, but for security reasons I was not comfortable with the idea. As part of a Rick Steves tour I will consider it. I think the overall experience was very good. From our tour guide Stephen and his knowledge of Ireland it made us feel very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments that I'm not sure there is one in particular. We did not expect to be flying falcons and doing that at our bed and breakfast where we stayed while enjoying a gin and tonic from the distillery right across the street made it feel as if we were with family. Having a chef come in and cook us a meal and seeing bread made right in the kitchen made me feel at home."

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great mix of activities with just enough downtime. Stephen our guide was fantastic, a great storyteller and very entertaining. I learned so much about the history and culture of Ireland, and really enjoyed all of the activities. The tour size was an advantage, the accommodations were good and the food was excellent! This was my first Rick Steve's tour, and Stephen set the bar high for tourguides; I'm already looking forward to planning my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the stay in Dingle was my favorite part"

Lyn

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful program of guided portions, optional activities, rest time and free time to make the tour feel customized for an individual experience. The Irish people went out of their way to be helpful, cheerful, and quite funny. The 27 tour members were team players, and we had no cliques or incidents.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher and Slea Head were beautiful. We got very lucky with the weather, and the sunshine made the greens and blues very vivid."

Kris

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again the Heart of Ireland in 8 Days tour proved to be outstanding. The hotels, buses, daily excursions, and all the added adventures Stephen arranged were great. This was my 3rd tour and I have loved all of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Falconry show in Dingle was really cool. That is something I would never have thought to do on my own. We had a beautiful day for it and to be able to watch these birds of prey perform and then have a chance to put on the glove and have them land on each one of the tour members was unforgettable. I even have a slo-mo video of the bird landing on me to view years from now."

Tom

Dayton, OH

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and found it to be an excellent way to not only enjoy but to learn an great amount about Ireland. Our tour guide Stephen not only had a vast knowledge of the country, but was entertaining as well with his singing and his story telling. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher....pictures really don't do this landmark any justice. You have to visit the Cliffs to appreciate there grandeur."

Mark

Lisle, IL

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Kieran made it a seamless experience. His knowledge of the country and their music made for a most enjoyable trip. You are blesses to have Kieran in your team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Intimate music concert and the time spent with the birds of pray. Fantastic having a Golden Eagle on your arm."

James

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time visiting Ireland. Tour was well-organized and tour leader was clearly knowledgeable in the country's history, culture and customs. Guest tour guides were excellent in Ennis, Dingle, Kilkenny and Dublin. Food was outstanding. Hotel accommodations were less than expected based on previous Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus tour, with stops, through the Dingle peninsula was amazing."

Diana

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour exposed me to a great breadth of Ireland, from the rugged coastline of the Dingle peninsula to the urban excitement of Dublin. I loved the natural & ancient sites of Glendalough, Slea Head drive, & Bru Na Boinne best. I could have used more time at those places! The traditional music played in the pubs in Dingle and Ennis was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head drive was spectacular! The rugged cliffs, rocky shores, fields dotted with white sheep, 40 shades of green, and ancient sites were all I ever hoped to see and more! The road is very narrow and without a shoulder, and my wow moment came when I looked out the bus window & saw straight down - far down - to the crashing waves below! It was definitely a thrill! It was great to enjoy the scenery from the bus window and leave the challenging drive to our talented bus driver Michael!"

Joy

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' guided tour after many independent European trips using his guide book recommendations and it did not disappoint! I loved the mix of big city, small town and countryside as a way to get a feel for all of Ireland. Our guide, Kieran O'Hare could not be beat. His love for Ireland, personal experience living and attending college there, and his contacts throughout the country made this an extraordinary experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a tough question because I have two. I loved the Slea drive along the coast for its' rugged beauty and the story of the Blasket Island people, but our private concert of Irish music in Dingle was really special since we were able to hear Kieran play the pipes with musicians he had known for years. I felt like I was in the middle of the movie, "Once.""

Samina

Bronx, NY

Tour: 07/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Surpassed expectations. Tour leader was very knowledgeable, conscientious and made sure that we knew important themes and historical figures, artists and sites. Lively, current, smart, and humanistic - would highly recommend. Finally, tour leader was supportive and respectful of dietary allergies and made sure that we had alternatives. We felt safe, understood and that we were in the right tour group! This was not a typical tour of Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to recount! Each day begin to build meaningfully on the activities of the last. We connected to various important aspects of Ireland, such as movement organizing, and the great significance of the land to life and even death!"

Cara

East Lansing, MI

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first-time Rick Steves tour won't be our last one! The tour was extremely well organized yet fluid enough to adapt to weather. Dara was outstanding - fun, energetic, smart and kind. He paid attention to each of us, and always put us first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening the to extremely talented musicians and watching the energetic dancers on both of our nights in the Dingle Peninsula. All were amazing. Thank you Dara!"

Doug

East Lansing, MI

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. I was impressed with the group, especially there curiosity and openness. I was also glad that they were all physically able to engage in all the activities. Combining rural west of Dingle with urban Dublin was an excellent idea. Tour guide was solid, professional and fun. Local guides were very, for the most part. I do think that the transition from Dingle to Dublin needs some thinking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being entertained by Seamus Begley with friends and family was a true highlight, followed closely by the music and Irish whiskey tasting at the Herlihey pub. Howth was also very compelling."

David

Vestavia Hills, AL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I was very pleased with the experience. You did the little things needed to show us you value our time by going the extra mile to ensure our vacation was enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the beauty of the country stood out every day. This will seem odd but last night on the Discovery Channel there was a segment on Killkenny. They told the story our local guide told us about the lady that poisoned several of her husbands and eventually her servant was blamed for witchcraft and burnt at the stake. Anyway, making this connection was a fun moment."

Mary

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "8 Day Tour of Ireland" was fabulous! The gorgeous countryside, the warm people, the lively pubs/eateries, the music ... all filled our spirits and souls!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was actually several moments ... viewing the incredible beauty of the country! From the countryside to the coast line to the "Tidy towns" ... it was breathtakingly beautiful and charming! (Dingle was our overall favorite town!)"

Patti

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What I enjoy most about Rick Steves tours is the opportunity to connect with and learn from people.This tour had tons of that! From Dara's leadership and guidance peppered with his true passion and love for Ireland and the people, history, culture, music and food and many local guides and welcoming hotel staff. I've never been to a place so welcoming! Now I know why people rave about Ireland. Rick Steves travelers are also some of the coolest people I've met. This was a wonderful vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Irish people created these daily. A few that were extra impactful were: Chats with the front staff gentleman at the Ground Hotel. A discussion at the Clare info center with two local ladies. A private tour in Ennis with Ollie. Meeting Dara's family and the local music experiences in Dingle. The discovery of books, music and movies thanks to Dara to continue learning. The Jeannie Johnson tall ship, GPO Witness museum and Museum of Emigration after hearing the local history & stories."

Mitchell

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We found the tour to be a tremendous experience. Of course, there was Ireland, which was wonderful, but the entire tour was well organized and well thought out. We debated quite a bit about doing the organization and driving ourselves or taking the tour. We are so glad that opted for the tour. What made the tour special beyond the having the details organized was the truly outstanding tour guide, Dara Herlihy, and the wonderful fellow tour participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula was my favorite part of the tour. Prior to the tour, I was looking forward most to the Dingle Peninsula so this was not a surprise. However, Dara's connections in Dingle made the evenings special. The traditional music and dancing were excellent and fun (Nelligans: Meabh, Gearoid and Niamh; Siopa Ceoil: Seamus and Donogh). The mornings and evenings were also lovely at our guest house on the bay."

Tracy

Roseville, MN

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Any expectations I could have had prior to the tour would have been far surpassed. Ireland is beautiful, the people are friendly and gracious, Dara was a joy as our guide, and we had a fun group of travelers. The music in Dingle was wonderful. This tour was an add on to another tour I took the following week, and it was the most enjoyable of my two weeks in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, hard to pick only one....music in Dingle, falconry experience, Slew Head Drive, the old library at Trinity College, the scenery."

Richard

Riverside, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 3rd RS' trip and uneven compared to the others. Examples include sandwiches that sat on a warm bus for 5 hours (coolers?) before lunch. The boat ride on the agenda for Dingal was changed to a $15 (10 paid for by RS fee) concert at Dara's father's store. Instead we went to a pub (music was free) to watch the World Cup. During our introductions I expressed my interest in W.B. Yeats. On our own I discovered a world-class Yeats exhibition (since 2006) at the Dublin library.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We liked wandering around Dingal, and the falconry demonstration was engaging. We enjoyed the Blasket Centre and the Gallarus Oratory. The Kilkenny castle was amazing. We also enjoyed St. Stephens Park in Dublin. Our favorite destination was Glendalough - the dramatic combination of history and nature."

Susan

College Station, TX

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I do a lot of traveling on our own. We were hesitant to book a tour but decided that we really needed to be able to just enjoy a trip for once and not have the worry of planning all of the details. Ireland has been on our list of places to visit for awhile because of my husbands family tree. Dara Herlihy was a fantastic tour leader and the other tour participants were very fun and made the experience even richer. Overall experience was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a ton of wow moments. Really loved the town of Dingle and the drive around the Dingle Peninsula was incredibly beautiful. I also loved the day we spent at hiking around Glendalough."

Julie

Richmond, IN

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My son and I have been on five Rick Steves tours and this one was definitely one of the best! My mom joined us this time as well. We really enjoyed Ireland and going places in Ireland that would have been difficult to navigate on our own. We continually choose Rick Steves because of the focus on history and culture and because of the knowledgeable tour guides and local guides that make everything so fun, interesting, and easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dara arranged a falconry experience for us. I never really thought I would like falconry, but it was actually really fun. It was definitely one of the highlights of our tour. My mom absolutely loved it! And we also got some great falconry pics! I also thought the Library at Trinity College was amazing."

Beth

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very good tour of Ireland with a nice mix of scenic country drives, interesting historical sites and informative city walks and museums. The tour was well-paced and provided a good introduction to the Irish culture and its friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head Drive was amazing! The morning was wet and rainy, which for me just made it seem more Irish. The scenery was spectacular, and I was intrigued by the stories at the Blasket Centre. Bonus that the sun came out in time for a Dingle gin & tonic at the falconry center."

Julie

Conway, AR

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations and coach were excellent. Our tour director was great too. I especially enjoyed the music he chose to highlight various Artists from Ireland. Overall, a good balance of group activities and the freedom to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Mohar and the Dingle Penninsula."

Paul

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry session held in Dingle. Actually, everything about Dingle, it's a wonderful town and area, including Blaskett Island."

Timothy

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is exactly as advertised--a fast-paced introduction to the spectacular country of Ireland, its history, music, and the people and their way of life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the Cliffs of Moher were the highlight, in large part because the weather was sunny and absolutely perfect when we were there. We appreciated the chance to get to the cliffs early in the day, and we had plenty of time to explore. The Slea Head Drive was spectacular, also."

Nicholas

Treasure Island, FL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour, saw amazing sights, learned many things about the history of and modern day Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular. Almost every view from either the bus or one of the stops we were at felt as if it were in ultra HD. Even at the old grounds hotel it seemed like the grass was a little greener."

Rosetta

Indooroopilly, QLD

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour leader (Dara), very good hotels, very good food. Tour was accurately described in the information. Happy I did it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bru na Boinne and Glasnevin Cemetery. Loved the aura of history and souls that had passed through those places."

Angela

Avon Park, FL

Tour: 06/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was fast paced and comprehensive. The scenery across Ireland is spectacular. I would not have wanted to navigate the roadways on my own. Kudos to our extremely competent driver Olive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular. Everything about the Dingle peninsula - lodging, food, pubs, crystal cutting, falconry."

Anne

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a short but enjoyable tour we were so grateful to have been on. It was so nice to travel by coach from where we could see the countryside better without the worries of driving the narrow roads ourselves. Dara was a wonderful guide and always available to answer questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. He also gave us a great taste of his Irish sense of humor!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the natural beauty of the Dingle Peninsula and all the very ancient sites on this tour. Irish history is fascinating but so much of it quite sad, and so I wouldn't describe my response to learning it (or rather putting the pieces I knew together) as "wow". I think I might have preferred this tour even more in reverse with Dublin first and the rural areas last because I felt I had a much better grip on Ireland's history after the Dublin visit, giving context for the rest of the trip."

Susan

Lawreneville, GA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the entire tour. Everything was well planned and Dara did a great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite moment was in Dingle. The town is lovely and we felt honored to meet Dara's parents and have them sing and play for us. We loved the couple that played for us in the bar, and the world champion river dancer. We also loved the Milltown Hotel, which was right on the water."

Nicholas

Richardson, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond superb, this was my first time with Rick Steves and it will not be the last by any means. The care, consideration, planning, and thought that went into the whole experience was very evident each and every single day. Dara was amazing, Pamela never ceased to amaze me with her driving skills, all the guides were the cream of the crop, and all the people we visited with very warm. It truly made me proud of my own Irish roots and exemplified what the country is about and stands for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day in the country side; my breath was constantly taken away by the scenery. I always felt this serene sense of calm and well-being with the beauty of my surroundings. I never did and I never will be tired by it."

Edward

Granger, IN

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RSE tour and it more than lived up to our expectations. Our tour guide, Dara, was outstanding. He was a true local and obviously had an amazing love for and knowledge of his country, Ireland. We had a great group and by the middle of the tour it was like you were traveling with extended family, everyone was intellectually curious and enthusiastic to experience new adventures. It was very organized, the hotels were way better than expected and the meals were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula and the locals we met, many of Dara's family, really made the trip so real. Falconry and Glendolaugh were also "wow" moments. When our driver, Pamela was negotiating the Dingle passes and an oncoming car could not get out of the way, Dara got out of the bus and drove that person's car backwards up the hill so we could pass the treacherous curves, that was a classic Dara moment one that we all will never forget!!!"

Thomas

Frisco, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th tour with Rick Steves Europe ... we just booked our 5th tour because of the incredible value! A great itinerary combined with exceptional local guides, most importantly our leading guide Dara. Dara took the time to engage each member of our tour, to ensure a memorable experience. We recommend Rick Steves Europe to our colleagues, friends, and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the faces of our family (including three sons, our Mom, and my wife's brother) take in the scenery, appreciate their ancestry, savor their meals, engage in talk with and laugh at the jokes told by Dara Herlihy!"

Kelly

Frisco, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the entire experience. Dara Herlihy was an excellent tour guide full of energy,& knowledgeable. He has the true heart of a tour guide. He was very kind, accomodating, Fun and full of spirit. We loved all his stories that added to the experience. We were there for milestone birthday's and he made an extra effort to make it a fantastic experience. The tour guides were knowledgeable and excellent as well. I loved the gorgeous scenery as well. All the places we went to were spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea Head drive was spectacular and breath taking. Tim the tour guide was excellent. The bed and breakfast in the Dingle Peninsula, Clonmara was wonderful. The host family was excellent, the meals were presented well and delicious. The Falconry experience was beyond our expectations. The topping on the cake. Seeing a world Irish dancer, as well as the family of talented musicians and singers."

Andrew

Friday Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fast-paced, exciting, and truly most enjoyable tour for me and my family. I now appreciate and understand a whole lot more about Ireland, its history and culture - often quite a different story than that learned during my time in Northern Ireland over 50 years ago!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On Slea Head Drive, a road so narrow around tight bends and cliff faces that buses/trucks may only travel clockwise, our bus came face to face with a car at the worst possible place. No way could the bus back up, leaving that task to the car driver who obviously could not handle the situation and got in a panic. Our gallant guide Dara jumps out, opens the car driver's door, takes over the car, proceeds to reverse at high speed for about 1/4 mile, then calmly reenters our bus to great applause!"

Rachel

Canoga Park, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fourth Rick Steve's tour, and by far, the best tour I have been on. The itinerary was full, but did not feel rushed. There was a good mix of countryside/small town living and city life. The stop in Dingle provided an excellent introduction to Irish culture with music, dancing and pub life. This was my mom's first time out of the country and watching her fall in love with traveling, thanks to Rick Steve's, meant the world to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the drive through Dingle peninsula. Words can't describe the beauty of the Dingle coastline. Definitely a drive I will never forget."

Brianna

Cresson, PA

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip! We had a great tour guide who told great stories and showed and told us so much of Ireland. It was stress free and very well organized!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just learning all the history and seeing some very old site!"

Joseph

Easton, PA

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1st and foremost, our tour guide, Stephen McP, was excellent - professional, knowledge, personable and witty. He even could sing a little. Highlights were Dingle, Cashel, Kilkenny, Glendalough & Dublin. Less interesting were Ennis, the Blasket Center, and crystal cutting. Is Galway too far to begin the tour there? More time at the Cliffs of Moher - to walk further down the trail - and in Kilkenny would have been nice. The North Star hotel in Dublin wasn't very conveniently located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Technically not part of the tour, but the most fun I had was on the Musical Pub Crawl in Dublin. As mentioned in the tour book, these 2 local musicians were really funny, as well as very talented. Glendalough was beautiful, and the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher were all impressive."

Philip

Cardiff By The Sea, CA

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was very enjoyable. We learned about Ireland's history and it's effects on our present world. The tour is well planned and organized. Our guide, Stephen, showed us unique places and things, so that we could get a glimpse of what the country is about. Wish we could have done some more outdoorsy/nature activities, such as biking, hiking, or kayaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the coast line. My favorite places are at the waters edge."

Kenneth

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great education by our guide on Irish history. Some amazing natural sites and vistas, as well as ancient human forts, churches, monuments and memorials.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher."

Rick

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible tour, even though we arrived a day late due to American Airlines. Stephen McFilemy was a tremendous guide, and kept in touch with us via FaceBook while we were trying to catch up to the tour group. The Irish people both natives and immigrants) could not have been friendlier!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was an unscheduled stop to kill a couple hours in Drogheda on the way to Knowth. I had mentioned to Stephen that I was Catholic, and he asked me if I wanted to go to the local church to light a candle and say a prayer. I said sure. Little did I know that St. Peter's Church contained not only the preserved head, bones, and prison door of St. Oliver Plunkett, who was executed in 1681, but also a small, wooden relic of The Crucifix! Both very big deals to a Catholic. Miraculous!"

Alicia

Canby, OR

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! It was an action-packed week. And we had lovely weather to boot. My only wish is that I would have scheduled more time in Ireland. . . I was so sad to leave!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick any one moment. I think I fell in love with the people and culture more than anything. It seemed that everyone we encountered was warm and engaging. The pubs and music were great! As for places, Dingle was probably my favorite stop."

Nancy

Stoystown, PA

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned from sights to meals. Steven our guide was knowledgeable about everything. He was fun and included everyone. We had a great group of friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs and Dingle"

Donna

Windber, PA

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's so hard to put into words how wonderful our trip to Ireland was. The country is so beautiful and the people are so friendly! The group we were a part of was so nice. Our tour guide, Stephen, was awesome! He is such a great storyteller and shared so much history as we traveled. He also taught us Irish songs (he can sing, too!) that made the pubs more fun because we could sing along. I could go on and on but I will just say that this trip so much fun and I hope to go on many more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, there were so many "wow" moments. I liked every place we went, but my favorite was Dingle. The peninsula is beautiful and the view of the bay from our hotel was great. My favorite pub, Kyteler's, was in Kilkenny. The musicians were great and we had so much fun singing along with the songs Stephen taught us. I miss Ireland and our group so much!"

Merlin

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1. Great tour guide - Stephen McPhilemy was interesting, experienced and hard working. Very personable. 2. Wonderful people on the tour - all were easy to get to know and interact with. 3. There was the right mix of guided and non-guided experiences. 4. The sponsored meals were always good, and there was a lot of variety when we were out looking. Stephen's suggestions made it easier to navigate the locations and food choices. 5. Ireland is such a wonderful location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We landed a day ahead of the tour and found our way to Ennis. We had no idea it was such a beautiful, historic town. As we explored, I was surprised by how many people resembled my family. It seemed like every time we turned a corner there was someone with the same facial features, complexion, and stature- even their teeth. I checked a map and realized how close Ennis was to Tralee, where my grandmother was born in 1900. That was a real wow moment for me."

William

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 06/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third RS tour and definitely my favorite. Ireland has so much to offer as a destination, and with a talented guide like Stephen and an enthusiastic friendly group to share the experiences with, it made for a great travel adventure. The amazing landscapes and seashores, idyllic villages and fun interactions with the locals made for a great experience. One tweak I might suggest is starting the tour in Galway instead of Ennis, taking one of the Dublin days to spend an extra day there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour had several "wow" moments. Easily, the Cliffs of Moher, Sleigh Head Drive, and the Rock of Cashel were truly amazing things to see. But I believe the whole experience of being in Dingle was the highlight for me. Every thing about our experience in Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula was what we had hoped Ireland would be."

Niraj

Manalapan, NJ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour with Dara. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and very much part of Irish culture. This guy even has a bar and a music store which she used as part of his tour experience. I found this to be a unique and exceptional aspect of this tour. He was very personable and knowledgeable. This is our second tour with Rick Steves. I have actually been reading Rick Steve's tour books since 1990 and now I regularly take his tours as my children are grown up enough to appreciate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I got to see the cliffs of Mohr..."

Marie

Halfmoon, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was planned perfectly. We saw everything that was important to see. Dara Herlihy was outstanding. he helped in every way he could; knowledgeable, funny, and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Dara's knowledge of Ireland and being around happy Irish people was great."

Nancy

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland greatly exceeded my expectations. Dara made all the difference! He really knew each person very quickly and offered so many "extra" choices. The two optional music nights in Dingle made the trip even more special. And, the falconry at our hotel in Dingle was amazing. I thought that this tour would be relaxing and just show us lovely things. It was so much more. The hotels were all wonderful, but the animals at Milltown house in Dingle made a big hit with all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wonderful memories! The Slea Head drive was amazing. We did have fantastic weather that day. Views were spectacular. I loved the music nights. They added so much to the fun times."

Jessica

Orange Park, FL

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

10 out of 10! Our tour guide Dara was very knowledgeable about the country. The area itself was amazing, and the prescheduled stops/events were not overcrowded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would have to be our first night in one of the puns. We were lucky enough to listen to the locals singing. The entire pub was singing. I was blown away by how much everyone cares about their country. It was beautiful and profound."

Garrett

North Highlands, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour, and it was a great experience. From our guide Dara, to our amazing bus driver Olive, to a great group of merry travelers every day was a good day. Almost all of our group looked at every event and stop with a level of joy for the experiences. Great music, great camaraderie, and a healthy dose of Irish humor was only made more special by the beauty of the Irish countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opportunity to take part in the falconry experience was a bucket list item for me, so that was extremely special. I was awestruck by the beauty of Glendalough. But one of the things that truly stands out was the visit to "The Hole in the Wall" a small Irish bar in Kilkenny with a loft/attic area where people gather to sing songs and tell jokes, to interact not as Americans or Irish or French or wherever one might have come from, but as human beings."

Robert

Halfmoon, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled very successfully on our own in the past. (3Trips) In each case we used Rick Steves materials. Our trips were between a month and 2 weeks. We did a Rick Steves Tour to save on planning time and to get better access to important sites, local tours, museums, etc. We were most pleased with the itinerary, the schedule, the hotels, and restaurants included. Our guide was outstanding!!! We truly feel that Rick Steves provided a quality tour on all the important parameters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY favorite "wow" moment was learning about the 1916 Uprising in Dublin from the local tour guide; and then going with our guide to the Confession Box Pub where plans where made for the uprising; and then to the Post Office to see the bullet marks/holes."

Catherine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous at every level: Dara and the local guides were excellent Dara builds community so I felt connected to every traveler in our group the sites we visited were interesting and beautiful the food was delicious the music delighted me the immersion in local culture made the trip very special

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falcon experience at Milltown House in Dingle."

Sandra

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour of Ireland. Dara, our tour guide, was very entertaining and helped us with anything we needed. We loved his stories;jokes; and info re Ireland's history and current events. His orientation tours were extremely helpful for when we went off on our own exploring. We could not have asked for a better tour guide. We also loved our bus driver Olive, who had amazing driving skills on the narrow roads in Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moher were a "wow" moment with breathtaking views. Even with the high winds, we managed to take some beautiful shots of the cliffs."

David

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great, the itinerary was great. The only thing I did not like the amount of time on the bus(but I understand it was like that because of the fact that the towns are far and few between). I would definitely recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone. Thanks,David Reinecke

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohre were beautiful"

Cathy

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Ireland trip. Our Guide, Dara was absolutely THE BEST! We loved being in Dingle & meeting his parents, seeing his store and watching him interact with the locals. Of all the places we stayed, Dingle was the most enjoyable. Dingle lodging: easy to walk to/from town. The bus was comfortable and the driver, Olive, was exceptional. I was great to connect with a friend/colleague in Dublin. Liked staying at a place for more than 1 night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the EPIC museum in Dublin."

Clement

Elm Grove, WI

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of Ireland during One Week Tour. Perhaps will sign up for the Two Week Tour when I retire! Both Tour Guide Dara and Driver Olive were friendly, upbeat, and full of energy. A great combination!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dara was at his prime every day, with stories, entertainment, history, and humor, as only Dara can express. Knew when to step it up, knew when to step it down. He was at his best in Dingle! He single-handedly made the tour Awesome! He reminded me of a child in a candy store: smiling and having a ball every moment!"

Sandra

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have heard wonderful comments about the Rick Steve tours. R.S. Ireland tour was my first R.S. tour and it did not disappoint in any regard. Dara Herlihy our amazing guide welcomed us the first day and set a relaxed tone to our group. He went through the tour basics and got us prepared for our tour and he was there every step of the way for us. Ireland was amazing, from our guide(s), to the transportation, hotels, food, and the kind people of Ireland. Outstanding!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Dingle. I remembered saying to someone, if the tour ended now I'd would leave a happy person and it was only our 2-3 day of the tour. The fact that they spoke Gaelic was charming to listen to. The town was quaint and easy to get around. It happened to be the home of our guide Dara and we were so lucky to be introduced to family, music, laughter and yes dare I say some dancing in the pub!! Slainte!"

Marilyn

St Louis, MO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the entire tour from the beautiful landscapes, to the friendly Irish citizens, the wealth of knowledge of all the tour guides, to suggestions by Dara on restaurants and taxi, to the food, fun night life, and music. Ireland was as beautiful as I expected. The tour had no hitches. It all fell into place perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slea head drive tour was my "wow" moment. The sights were beautiful, we were able to get out and see sights along the way. The guide provided botanical, historical, landmark, historical details. I also enjoyed the Blasket island museum. The Gallarus Oratory was another amazing historical site that day."

Gail

Ball Ground, GA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very information, gorgeous weather and very personable guide, Dara. First time in Ireland and glad I wasn't with a huge tour group. The tour took us "Off Grid". For the most part avoided the "Tourist Hot Spots".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"German Tourists in Dublin asking me for Directions in Dublin. Since I was a "Lone Wolf" Solo Traveler, and ""blended" in the with " Natives"having stereo typically Irish Characteristics IE Red Hair/green eyes and acted I like I lived there all my life, I enjoyed and relished in the part of being a Dubliner. Even though I probably send the Germans the wrong way! The Blaskets Islands Area felt a very strong connection there."

John

Venice, FL

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip! We were blown away by Ireland's rugged beauty and 40 shades of green. The Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula and the castles, ruins and cathedrals along our way to Dublin were all outstanding places to visit! Most of all Stephen was a fantastic tour guide who definitely enriched the whole experience with his humor, storytelling and kindness! We can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again we were enchanted with the beauty and majesty of the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle peninsula and the Whitlow Mountains! Loved all the sheep and cows!"

Nancy

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour, as we toured Italy 2 years ago. We would never travel Europe any other way! Everything is taken care of & we were able to just enjoy ourselves. We had a fun & friendly group of 15 Americans with the best Irish tour guide. Alan, our bus driver, was a very kind man with impressive driving skills, especially during our detour through the Wicklow Mountains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were definitely a highlight with the incredible views. Falconry at Stephen's B&B was an exciting experience in a beautiful setting."

John

South San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Mr.McPhilemy was the heart and soul of Ireland. We experienced the culture, history and magic of Ireland in a way that was personal and enriching. We were blessed with a small group, 15, This gave everyone more "space" It also allowed our guide to really shape his tour to who we were rather than some rigid schedule.( which I doubt is this companies style) I really felt that Steve invited us into his home, which he literally did at one point.Alan was a great driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many.Real Irish music and dancing in a small theater that Steve arranged.Sharing his "birds with us.(The experience of a 40lb golden eagle on your forearm! )The sacred mounds were powerful and the majesty of the cliffs."

Nancy

Rolling Meadows, IL

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Ireland and Europe for that matter so I really had no idea what to expect! Thankfully all of the Rick Steves resources came in handy as I prepared for my trip so once I got there I felt ready for anything! Stephen, our tour guide was fantastic in so many ways! He gave us a wonderful history lesson at each place we visited, added humor where appropriate and was always providing additional insight he thought was relevant. Stephen brought this tour to life!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to pick just one it probably would be our evening in Dingle listening to Gaelic tunes, sipping Irish coffee and watching two amazing Irish dancers! "The Music Shop" was an inviting, warm and intimate setting where we got a top notch performance along with your typical Irish welcome. Michael, the owner was as excited to play for us as we were to be there! The music consisted of an accordion, a violin, a guitar and of course singing by all three musicians! It was a stellar performance!"

Daneen

Chicago, IL

Tour: 06/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to Ireland previously, but this tour made me see Ireland in a different way. Stephen, our guide, set the tone by providing context to certain events in Irish history as Allen, our driver, expertly motored us through the countryside. Stephen's descriptions of historical events breathed life into events that had transpired generations or centuries and set the stage for the next stop. This trip exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Stephen invited the tour group to his Dingle B & B, I was blow away at his hospitality He poured Kerry Beer and Dingle Gin to tour members. Then, as we soaked in the beautiful view, he offered Dingle Whiskey as his wife passed out delicious scones. Next, we participated in falconry where tour members interacted with barn owls and a falcon. Set against the bucolic Dingle Bay, it became almost surreal to me, and it has become a cherished memory for me."

Angela

Mequon, WI

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Being our first tour, we really didn't know what to expect but was looking for the "backdoor" experience. I think in Dingle, we achieved the backdoor experience. However for the rest of the tour, well it was a little disappointing. I had very high expectations given all the wonderful reviews and being a Rick Steves admirer for years. I do not think at this point we would choose to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The accommodations at Dingle, the Clonmara and the drive around the Slea Head Dr. Also the music concert in Dingle."

Art

Mequon, WI

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall I enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to friends. I found the group size to be fine and would not like a tour with a larger group. Most of our hotels were okay except for Kilkenny, which was terrible, and I would never stay there again or recommend it to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"we found Dingle to be the best part of the trip and enjoyed our whole time there. The drive we took around the Dingle Peninsula was great."

Regina

Jonesboro, AR

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!Did tons of fun stuff that I never would have done if I had just gone to Ireland by myself. The guided tour was well worth it and everyone was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it was excellent, but Trim castle was probably my favorite because we got to go to the top of the castle. The views were spectacular. Those stairs were narrow!"

Nora

Christiansburg, VA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went so smoothly. Well-organized, excellent guide, wonderful accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. While in Dingle, Kieran arranged for two musicians (sorry, can't remember names) two play for the group. Their songs, friendliness, and stellar talent was incredible. The Cliffs of Moher were breathtaking. Photographs can not do it justice (glad it wasn't raining!). The Glasnevin Cemetery was incredible. I do believe I could have stayed all day and listened to our excellent host."

Ann

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun group, great guide, bus driver...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music in dingle. Falconry was an unexpected delight."

Gerald

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip which my wife and I really enjoyed. Kieran was excellent, both in terms of his knowledge and entertainment skills. Amanda was also excellent and fun to be with. Particularly enjoyed the music, including the live entertainers as well as the recorded music he played on the bus. Bus driver was also very good. Accomodations, other than for the Kilford Arms Hotel in Kilkenny City, were excellent. The Kilford Arms was an extremely tired facility, with our room being particularly dirty

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula tour."

Douglas

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because this was our first guided tour, we didn't know what to expect. Our arrival at Shannon airport was uneventful and a quick taxi ride took us to our hotel in Ennis. All the hotel and BnB accommodations were similar to our previous Europe experiences. The places selected for the tour gave us a good understanding of the both the Irish people and their history. The bus was amply outfitted for our travel with plenty of room to spread out and converse with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the many wonderful experiences was the traditional Irish music event that Kieran organized at the music shop in Dingle. We saw some singing and dancing to traditional Irish songs followed by some Irish coffee. Kieran even played his Irish bagpipes, which I had never seen before."

Patricia

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour of Ireland! Our guide, Kieran did an outstanding job in so many ways! The trip was organized in a way that we experienced so many opportunities such as working with a falconer that had trained an assortment of wild birds that ended up with us holding them on our own arms as he offered food to them. Fantastic! Irish music offered after supper that was so beautiful. We bought 2 CDs to take home too! There was time to explore a variety of towns, filled with so much history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the countryside, seeing the ancient stone walls built so long ago that still stand, and the hand built cottages. By the sea we saw so much beauty and a new way of life from so long ago. Fantastically beautiful views of the ocean as we explored every day. Going to an Irish pub to enjoy original Irish music, Irish beer,and to hear bagpipes and singing with the happy crowd. So much fun! We made so many good friends on our tour, and so enjoyed each other's company. Wonderful friends."

Jeannie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was great. We were aided by having mostly nice weather which makes sightseeing much more interesting as sights are more visible and the sun always makes things look more beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Dingle Peninsula. The history of the area was fascinating - the B&B was great and the falconry show fascinating. Loved the Dingle Glass Factory and the cutting demonstration. Ennis was a lovely little town and a great place to begin our tour. At Davy Byrns pub in Dublin it was Bloomsday, June 16, and we were treated to lovely local color and singing by men and women who were having such a good time!"

Matt

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful way to see Ireland and learn along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the area around Dingle."

Jamie

Blacksburg, VA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was outstanding overall! I've never been on a tour so I wasn't sure what to expect. The quality of the food, accommodations, and activities went far beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can pick a favorite. I loved the music on the sun porch , and the concert at the pub in Dingle. The Falconry was really cool. All the historical sites were awesome. The Dingle peninsula was probably my favorite part, but it was all wonderful."

Mary

Highland Park, IL

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've always wanted to go to Ireland, but decided to do a tour because I wasn't really interested in driving myself. I've seen Rick Steves on TV for years now and really relate to his sensibilities. This tour did not disappoint on any level. The tour bus was very comfortable, our driver, Steven, was wonderful. Lynn, our guide was very well organized and good at her job. The others in our group were very pleasant to get to know, I enjoyed them very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive was absolutely stunning. Blasket Islands. Cliffs of Moher. Dingle. I loved the music in the pubs."

Kerith

Fishersville, VA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Completely amazing! Ireland is now officially by far my favorite country in the world (I truly thought nothing could top Rome, Italy but Ireland has done it!). Although 8 days was a pretty quick pace to see the Republic from one end to the other, I was very surprised that I did not feel rushed. There was plenty of time to gawk at everything, ask questions, and feel in the moment. Lynn was fabulous and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many responses on here will say "Cliffs of Moher" or "Rock of Cashel" but honestly I'm gonna say the Irish ceol (music) show in Dingle. We listened to traditional Irish music (which just makes you want to dance!), had delicious Irish coffees, and were taught songs in Gaelic. Since I knew a little Gaelic already, I was asked to pick a Gaelic song and the musicians actually played/sang it for me! Even more magical, a cat jumped in my lap! It felt like the quintessential Irish experience."

Mary

Modale, IA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience so going in I was not sure how I would like it. I have traveled independently and have always cringed when I saw multiple tour buses parked at a site. I thought this tour was great because we were able to get to sites early in the day before the crowd. We had travelers that were all on time so no frustration there. The tour took us to sites that I may not have gone to if I had I had planned the trip on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Cliffs of Moher was my favorite wow moment. I loved hiking up the trail and breathing in the beauty and grandeur of the moment."

Danielle

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher - really breath taking! Could have stayed up there all day."

Robert

Fishersville, VA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good craic! My wife and I turned 50, daughter graduated from college, son opened new business, Irish heritage on both sides, so this was a perfect celebration. Saw so much beauty, packed so much in, ate and drank and heard so much good stuff, learned so much history, liked and loved our group and guide so much. Blessed by such great weather. We love the Irish!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Siopa Ceoil. True Rick Steves moment. Unassuming music shop, real trad music, daughter knows Gaelic, requests song, group performs on the spot unpracticed, shop cat relaxes on wife's lap. Good craic! Dingle Slea Head Drive. Thought it would be Cliffs of Moher, even better than I imagined. But absolutely fell in love with the Drive, ready to move to Dingle now!"

Elizabeth

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the Rick Steves' travel philosophy, and have used his guide books on two prior European trips. This was my family's first group tour, and the experience was amazing! Our guide and bus driver were friendly and extremely knowledgable about the history and culture of Ireland, the sights were amazing, the hotels better than I expected and the included meals were wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The towns of Dingle and Kilkenny were my favorites, with the day of the Slea Head Drive providing the most amazing scenery of the entire trip. Slea Head is a definite "must" for any trip to Ireland!"

Mary

Placerville, CA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the entire tour. Especially enjoyed the knowledgeable local guides who really had a handle on the history of their areas. Seeing Ireland for the first time was magical. Being on a Rick Steves Tour let us feel like we were really experiencing the people, culture, environment and wonderful food that locals enjoy. I have been on other tours that do not give as much individual time to explore on your own. Our RS tour gave us time and opportunity to explore the local towns & cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Cliffs of Moher in person were amazing! I knew they would be beautiful but being there was so much more than I expected. A picture cannot do justice to being there in person and experiencing how gigantic they are and how beautiful the scene is with wind blowing and birds gliding down along the cliffs. Looking out at the horizon I felt like I could see the curvature of the earth. I also enjoyed the interactive exhibits at the Vistor's Center which were very sophisticated."

David

Placerville, CA

Tour: 06/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience with the right blend of guided tour and time on our own. The sights to see and the Hotels were well chosen, interesting and a feast for the eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was the cemetery where Michael Collins and the other founders of the Irish Republic were buried, it was like visiting Arlington."

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 !"

Tim

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding overall. Our Tour Guide, Lisa, was phenomenal! Great city tours (one exception - will tell you about later). Loved the historical perspectives from each tour. ALL the accommodations, both hotels and restaurants were excellent. At certain points we felt a bit rushed. A little more "on your own" time might have been nice, but an 8-day tour will probably have some feelings like this from schedule limitations alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three "wow" moments. First, the authentic music arranged at the Bed and Breakfast in Dingle (the quality was unbelievable). Second, of course, the Cliffs of Moher where the views, wind and overall experience is truly breathtaking. Third, the Slea Head Drive scenes were amazing."

Gail

East Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the tour. Our guide Lisa Tully was so approachable and knowledgeable about Irish history. She helped our group really come together! Based on tour reviews before we traveled, we were afraid that the hotel would be sub-par in Kilkenny, but it seemed that the tour scheduler must have listened to the feedback and switched the hotel. The hotel was just fine in Kilkenny and every other destination for that matter!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Bru na Boinne. It was so interesting and hard to believe how intelligent and creative people must have been in 3200 BC!"

Mary Ellen

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a life time! The tour guide was excellent, the country beautiful. We learned so much history & the ways of the Irish people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been asked that many times since I returned home & it's been hard to single out one moment. I think the overall spirit & beauty of Ireland is the thing I have taken home."

Patrick

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was great,the bus was nice and clean,our accommodations were fantastic and our tour guide was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot give you one wow moment everything we saw was a wow moment"

Holly

Dallas, GA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second RS tour. Lisa was an eager, enthusiastic guide! We covered a lot of territory and saw some really great places. Beautiful and dramatic views everywhere you look, several memorable moments that Lisa arranged for us, and incredible weather! It was so great to really experience the authenticity of Ireland and get immersed in the culture - historically and geographically, along with folklore, music and absolutely adorable villages. Even learned a little Gaelic along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three: 1. The musicians Lisa arranged for us in Dingle. AMAZING. 2. Slea Head Drive. BREATHTAKING. 3. Our local guide in Dingle, Stephen, was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed his orientation tour of the town and his hospitality/chats at Milltown House."

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"

Deborah

Butler, PA

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one particular moment. We loved the beautiful countryside and the charm of the small towns of Ennis, Dingle, and Kilkenny. Ireland did not disappoint in any way!!"

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."

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."

Elissa

Allentown, PA

Tour: 05/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first solo travel experience and it was fantastic! The group was friendly and fun. We quickly became "family". In our free time, I was confident to explore on my own. There was always someone inviting me to join them if I wished. The food at the group meals was great and lots of it! Our tour guide was excellent and knowledgable. I particularly enjoyed the added excursion at the Falconry. Looking forward to my next Rick Steves' Tour!

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."

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."

David

River Forest, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 5th RS tour and a favorite. We heartily endorse touring as "temporary locals" to provide insights on people and their cultures. The warmth and humor of the Irish people (in particular our guide, Stephen) are justifiably well known. Stephen added some unique extras to the tour - falconry (!), trad music concert, whisky and cheese tastings in Dingle - which further personalized our tour. His recommendations regarding "off the beaten path" experiences and restaurants are "spot on".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ireland is a truly beautiful land with a tragic history and both were presented to show how each has affected the Irish people. The Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough, Rock of Cashel, the Book of Kells, and Dingle (including falconry) were all favorites."

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."

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."

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!"

Anne

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour ever, so we went in with some reservations. But, we were very pleased! It was well organized, but not stressful. Our guide Stephen McPhilemy was knowledgeable, pleasant, and funny! Our driver Mark was also lovely.There were definitely some sites I would have liked to spend more time at, but I completely understood the time restrictions. We especially appreciated the fact that we had a good mix of tour time and personal time. The people on the tour were very pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights on the Dingle Peninsula."

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!"

Shihua

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is the 2nd time for me on RS tours and 1st for my husband. I had Outstanding experience the first time on tour to Slovenia/Croatia. That was my first tour ever and I always used that tour as a yardstick to compare with others later on (I had done 12 others since 2011). In terms of education/history/cultural experience, that one was always on the top. But this one was a little disappointing. Local guides were fine. Lodging was good but we would like to learn more about Ireland.

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

Patricia

Salida, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was much more than I expected. Joe Darcy was an amazing guide, and shared so much history with our group. He's engaging, funny at times, and an incredible 'true' storyteller. Everyday was packed full of interesting sights, and activities. All of the tour guides at the various points of interest were really good. I can't believe how much we experienced in a one week tour! The meals were really good, the music was amazing, and the accommodations were very nice, for the most part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, I can't really name one favorite 'wow' moment. There are so many WOW moments throughout Ireland. It's an absolutely amazing country. It's been on my husband and my bucket list, as we both have Irish grandparents. And, each day, we would think that what we did and saw was the best ever, and then the next day came, and we felt the same way again..."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

Elisabeth

Mundelein, IL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it exceeded my expectations. Pascal was knowledgable and really knows how to tell a story. The pace of the tour was exactly as I had hoped with many group activities balanced with time to explore on our own. Our group was from various backgrounds but we blended well and enjoyed getting to know each other. I highly recommend the Heart of Ireland and my only regret is I did not have time to stay another week for the Best of Ireland tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's hard to choose. My most unexpected surprise was the falconry demonstration in Dingle. Seeing the majestic birds up close was quite a treat."

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."

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."

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."

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"

Debbie

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Well paced. Enjoyed the 3 days in Dingle. In Dublin, we did EPIC Emmigration Museum and Guinness Experience on our own and highly recommend. Literary Pub Crawl was a bust. Actor reciting done on the street along the walk; Pubs too crowded to go in to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crystal tour was a favorite. Feeding the baby lambs and the bird experience were special and unique."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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?"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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..."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer 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 customer 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.