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

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Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour

from $2,595 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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

Dates & Prices

2022

2023

What's Included

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

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

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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
  • 7 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

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

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

Day 2: Ennis to Dingle Town

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

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

Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula

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

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

Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny

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

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

Day 5: Medieval and Monastic Heritage

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

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

Day 6: Prehistoric Tombs and Dublin

This morning we'll tour Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the final resting place of more than one million Dubliners, including many of Ireland's national heroes and heroines. Then we'll drive an hour out of Dublin to one of Europe's premier archaeological sites: the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne. Predating Stonehenge by a thousand years and the pyramids at Giza by 500, the massive "passage tombs" of Newgrange and Knowth are windows into a mysterious, pre-Celtic Ireland. Late this afternoon we'll return to Dublin and set you free for exploration and dinner on your own.

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

Day 7: The Historic Heart of Dublin

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Dublin, learning about its often-calamitous history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation to its remarkable literary legacy to the modern city of today. We'll end at Trinity College for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin's other world-class sights, such as the National Museum or Dublin Castle. Tonight we'll compare notes and celebrate our marvelous week together over a farewell dinner.

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

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Christopher

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was comprehensive and very entertaining. I felt we covered a great deal of Ireland in an efficient manner, but still did not have too much urgency - which allowed a decent amount of time to enjoy each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each town and park was very impressive - however the falconry exhibit in Dingle was unexpected and literally eye popping."

Rob

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Pascal, was great in informing us on the history of each site. He was well organized and really knew his country well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment was experiencing the Cliffs of Moher. Spectacular!!!"

Sonja

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was wonderful. I wish we would have had 1 more day in Kilkenny but I'm not sure which location I would take out. Our guide Pascal was excellent. Very professional and helpful when trying to arrange extra curricular activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the rock of Cashel and the book of kels library."

Patsy

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fabulous experience. Very well curated. Our guide Pascale was efficient with time and a real pro all things Irish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment(s) were on the Dingle peninsula. The setting is stunning, and the people are extraordinarily friendly. The Falcon, Hawk, Owl and Eagle experience is unforgettable."

Shelly

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized; personable & knowledgeable tour guides; outstanding pre-trip RS staff responsiveness; mostly terrific accommodations & staff amiable/helpful; restaurants food/drink spectacular; relief at not needing to tip along the way

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, Ireland Milltown accommodations “extras” experiences. And, sad to say, making history at being in Edinburgh at the Queens death. To an end, the people of Edinburgh couldn’t have been more industrious, kind, respectful & helpful under extraordinary circumstances impacting their town in desperate circumstances. Missed a few scheduled tours but our tour guide, Martin, calmly did his utter best to make up for it."

Pamela

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations and was not disappointed. Guide was fjm and imformative. Trsvelers were a good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle glass cutting"

Dennis

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour with Rick Steve's but it won't be our last. Well organized and informative. Lodging, provided meals, activities and staff were as good as it gets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in Dingle."

Karen

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a nonstop opportunity to connect with the Irish people, from a guy who kept us entertained with conversation during a music session in Ennis, to an elderly couple we sat next to in Bewley's Oriental Cafe in Dublin, to a young mom and her son at a Sunday "Ukulele Hooley." Our guide Gearoid, took great care of us, and I appreciated his humor and knowledge of Irish history, culture and Gaelic sports. I think George is the best bus driver on the planet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gearoid arranged for tea and scones with Billy Keane at John B. Keane's Pub in Listowel, which was a hoot. Falconry, Irish dancing by David Geaney and a concert at Milltown House, not forgetting the gentle giant Irish wolfhounds. The drive around Slea Head and Glendalough for exquisite scenery."

Jessica

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Ireland tour was a great experience. Our group was friendly, and our guide, Gerald, was knowledgeable and fun. I was happy with all of the hotel choices; Clonmara B&B in Dingle was exceptional. I also really loved hanging out with the Irish Wolfhounds next door at Milltown House, as well as the group dinner there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick. The weather was perfect for our tour, so every stop was beautiful. The Dingle peninsula stands out. The Slea Head drive was breathtaking, and we had a demonstration of Irish dancing, and wonderful musicians, after dinner in our B&B on one of the nights. I also really enjoyed touring Glasnevin cemetery, and learning more about the Irish Civil war."

Susan

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed my first visit to Ireland, and as usual, the local guides were stellar. The tour experience as a whole was less enjoyable than the nine previous RS tours I have been on, however, in part due to the failure of other tour members to comply with Covid policies. While our guide was fun, informative and helpful, it was his first RS tour and I missed some of the characteristic RS tour elements (like the buddy system).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough and Glasnevin Cemetery were the highlights for me, and are sights I really want to revisit in the future."

Robin

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was excellent. Since almost everything was set up for us (hotel, travel, meals) allowed us to have a relaxing vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was the unexpected surprise demonstration from a 5 time world champion Irish dancer that our guide arranged for us."

Diane

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was just perfect. Timing, weather, tour guide, accomodations, extra treats!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, but there were so many.... Newgrange, the beauty of the countryside"

Pamela

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed my tour from beginning to the sad end! I say sad because I hated for it to end! Our tour Guide, Gearoid O’Connor was wonderful. He was organized, professional and knowledgeable about what we were seeing. He kept us on schedule at all times, and always let us know what was coming next for us and what we were going to see and do. He was very approachable and genuine, and quite funny at times also! He definitely made it a good time for all! I was happy with hotels and meals too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula was amazing, and I loved the countryside everywhere I looked! I’m looking forward to my next visit."

Kirsti

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough and the dingle Peninsula"

Lori

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first Rick Steves Tour and I thought it was fantastic. I liked having the tour, but your own personal time too

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I especially loved the town of Dingle. Garoid made arrangements to have his childhood friend, David Geaney, dance for us at our B&B. Outstanding!"

Teddie

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband & I enjoyed every aspect of our first Rick Steve’s tour. Our guide Gearoid had a great personality & was knowledgeable about the history and culture of Ireland and the many places we visited. The local guides also added to a great experience. The hotels and the meals provided were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to visit Bru na Boinne and the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange"

Tom

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First RS tour and was a bit reserved taking a tour with a large group. This quickly changed after our first meeting with our guide - Gearoid and meeting my fellow travelers. The key to a successful tour is the guide and we had an amazing one. He was extremely knowledgeable, great sense of humor and provided the local view of Irish history and events. You know when you are having a good experience when half way through the tour you are already planning a return trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot possibly pick one....the people, history, pub atmosphere, music and the amazing sights we experienced. Okay, if I must pick one, it was the Slea Head Drive day. Amazing scenery, perfect weather and a fascinating history lesson."

Edward

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Garoad, did a fantastic job and made the overall experience very enjoyable. Since he is from Dingle, he was able to set up some entertainment that I don’t expect other guides might have been able too. Those two days in Dingle were the highlight of my trip. The bus driver George was also a very good driver, very professional, and very personable. A very good team Garoad and George are, making the entire trip a memorable and positive experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dingle Garoad set up 5 time world champion Irish Dancer, David Geaney, to come dance for us, followed by a lovely show by a local singer and guitar player. For me, it didn’t get any better, than seeing these two beautiful representations of Irish entertainment, truly memorable."

Lisa

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was probably my favorite vacation ever! I felt so immersed in this beautiful country that I did not want to come home. The stunning views exceeded my expectations. The food left me so full but craving more. The people made me laugh and smile until it hurt. What a vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My absolute favorite part of the trip was staying in Dingle (what a picturesque town) and the drive around the coast."

Beth

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed because our guide, Stephen, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island. I also enjoyed the fact that we got to experience things that I would not have known about had I not been involved in a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my “wow” moments was meeting a gentleman with my surname. I knew I was of Irish descent, but finding out about my ancestry was incredible!! I also loved the town of Dingle!"

Delane

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Charming accommodations, fantastic guides, outstanding bus drivers! Rick Steves tours are always top notch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were breath taking. They really give you perspective on life."

Katherine Ann

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really love Dingle."

Brenda

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. This was our first experience with a guided tour so I was a little unsure about what the benefit would be as opposed to doing it on our own. We learned so much from our guide that we would not have had we done it on our own - it was well worth it!

Vern

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is a delightful country. The Rick Steves tour drew out the nuance and accentuated the joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sun rise over the bay in Dingle"

Nancy

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, nice mix of people, wonderful things to see. And the food! My waistline will take a while to recover, but it was worth it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved seeing Newgrange"

Phil

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guides (both for the tour in general and for specific places) were super knowledgeable about the country and its history and offered a down-to-earth perspective on the things we saw and did. It was like becoming a local for a short period of time, rather than just being a tourist and looking at spectacle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dramatic scenery on many of the drives between towns and other destinations, most of all the rugged beauty of Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula. It was easy to see why people are so fiercely loyal to the places they call home in Ireland."

Margaret

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 6th Rick Steves tour. Ireland is a breathtaking place with its 40 shades of green. Stephen and Gary our guides were knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. We love the Rick Steves tour model: professional guides, small groups, free time, surprises, a perfect mix of history and culture, great food, comfortable accommodations, and skilled coach driver. Quality all around. You must see Ireland. Now I wish we had booked the longer tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Dingle Peninsula was our “wow” place, but Stephen, our guide, made this whole experience a “wow” experience for us! The stories he told about Ireland’s history and his own experiences, the singing, and his skill in preparing us for what we would see were what made this tour memorable. Wow!"

Craig

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One thing is for sure...what Rick Steves Tours say you will experience, you will experience! They simply are not like other tour operators. You will go places and experience the culture in a way that other tours can’t provide. For example, our guide was a native of Ireland and studied history in college as well. GREAT combination for a tour guide! Finally, they spend a tremendous amount of effort making sure you’re fully prepared for your trip. This is so valuable for less experienced travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though the scenery and culture we experienced was amazing, I have to say the biggest "wow" moment for me was our tour guide Stephen. His native and studied knowledge of the history and culture of Ireland really "connected the dots" and brought the trip to life for me!!"

Thomas

Tour: 08/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falcon event."

Giana

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I was very pleased with the sites we toured were excellent. Hotels were fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the views of the countryside were amazing. Also enjoyed Dingle very much."

Pamela S

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves Tours. We used his books for many overseas travels. The ease of preparing for the tour was the EASIEST travels we've EVER had. We truly enjoyed visiting all the places on our tour. Our guide, Kelly was so friendly, knowledgeable of past & present and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"to see the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. My pictures will never do justice to seeing the actually site."

Pam

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great introduction to Ireland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Dingle area."

Virginia

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Rick of Cashel"

Melvia

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour! The guide was exceptional & each day I learned more about Ireland, its history and its culture. Each day was filled with activities but there was also enough downtime that allowed me to assimilate what I had seen. It also gave me an insight into what my ancestor had suffered in order to leave in 1840. Also many of us on the tour had ancestors who emigrated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was filled with "wow" moments! The Cliffs of Moher, the Great Basket Centre, The Rock of Cashel, the Newgrange Mounds and Tombs and the Glesnevin Cemetery were outstanding.."

Elijah

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. I had never been on a tour before, so I did have thoughts such as "be ready for the other people, as they might be unbearable" before going. Boy was I wrong, and I am so glad I was. I enjoyed everyone's company and the guides were extremely well prepared, experienced, and pleasant to talk to during the tour and during free time. This was one of the best trips I had, if not the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Dingle, and driving through Sleigh Head Drive. That whole day was just perfect, the Dingle Crystal tour was genuinely interesting, the drive was beautiful, and having free time to walk around Dingle was fun and enjoyable."

Daryl

Tour: 08/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliff's of Moher"

Jeremy

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time and was very enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Understanding the the regions history from prehistoric times to present."

Helen

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-planned and well-executed. We packed a lot into the 8 days but it didn't feel rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the B & B's in Dingle had to be the highlight of the trip, with the wow moment being listening to two talented Irish musicians."

Susan

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara was an excellent tour guide, gread recommendations and just really knowledgeable about history and the locations we saw. Also, loved the music he played to tie in with the tour on the bus. We had a wonderful group on the tour. Gearoid was training to be a tour guide and we were so lucky to have him along for the ride as well. We were even offered a boat tour of Dingle thanks to Gearoid in our free time time in Dingle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have no good answer for this. I enjoyed every aspect so much. Everything was really special. Loved the falconry experience and the history at Bru Na Boinne, Rock of Cashel and Glendalough. Perhaps learning the history of the Blasket Islands and the scenery that went with it, if I really had to choose."

Elizabeth

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland is so special and this was my 4th RS tour and probably my favorite. Dara was the best guide - so knowledgeable, great recommendations in every city and I really enjoyed all the music he shared with us to illustrate and enhance the stories and history. We lucked out and had a second guide, Gearoid, who was finishing his training and is from Dingle. It was so great hearing from him about his hometown and I loved the boat ride he took our group on, great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments on this one for me - Glendalough, falconry in Dingle, and I really enjoyed the Slea Head Drive and learning about the Blasket Islands."

Julie

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was great and consistent with other Rick Steves tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the falconry"

Kathleen

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every minute of the tour was fabulous, the guided, the itinerary, the hotels and restaurants, even the bus driver made this a great vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle peninsula, loved every minute."

Debra

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It went well and the weather was very cooperative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a tie. The falconry at Dingle and the meeting of Billy Keane"

Luanne

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide, places visited, tour group -- all great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Dingle peninsula."

Haley

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded expectations by all accounts. Beautiful scenery at every turn. Met so many wonderful Irish people who engaged with us in meaningful and enriching ways. Each day was immersive and educational in a variety of ways. And the guide, driver and group were so fun to be with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Started the first day with the most spectacular scenery on the way to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, listening to our guide's fascinating commentary on the way there. I thought, "how can this get any better?" Every day was just as fabulous."

Peter

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleasurable to see the land and the people and hear the histories. Tour had special events scattered in that made it very special. Just riding in the bus over the narrow roads was quite exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private concert by two local musicians in Dingle. The guitarist was excellent as well as the singer. The intimate setting allowed us to really hear and appreciate their music."

Brad

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well structured with plenty of activities and sights but also ample free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falconry at Dingle"

Regina

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eight Days of Ireland that I wish never ended. I loved every minute of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher"

Jennifer

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was my first tour. All of the reviews were great but I still was unsure of how it would go. It was an overall great experience. The group was a great mix of people of different ages from all over the USA. We learned so much about Ireland, past and present. Everyone we met was knowledgeable and kind. The weather was great and the food was delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Falconry in Dingle was my favorite moment. It was not on our original itinerary. It was an unexpected surprise that I enjoyed very much. The birds were beautiful and the the falconers were very knowledgeable and friendly."

Ann

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The many special touches and local experiences offered by our tour guide, Pascal, gave me insights into the culture and character of the people and places we visited. An example would be the tea and scones we had at John B. Keane's pub in Listowel. On day 3 we had a demonstration at the Dingle Crystal operation; the Falconry experience at our lovely B&B at Milltown. Pascal arranged for an intimate, private session with 2 Irish musicians following our dinner, and a whiskey tasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The preservation of the medieval and monastic sites and how they were an integral part of the lives of the people. Pascal did an excellent job of giving us history lessons along the way to help us understand the struggles of the people and how resilient they are."

Dorothy

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Ireland is such a beautiful country and our tour guide Pascal was excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. Of particular note was the Monastic settlement at Glendalough, the Rock of Cashel, the falconry experience in Dingle and the Cliffs of Moher. Yea iso enjoyed visiting with Billy Keane at John B Keane's bar."

Kevin

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring Ireland was amazing the landscape was more then I imagined. The people were super friendly and the food excellent. Our tour group was meant to happen we left with so many friends and further connections. The hotels and B&Bs were beautiful and accommodating. Pascale our guide was above and beyond amazing and so knowledgeable on everything Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was amazing I had several wow moments The Cliffs of Moher were breathe taking. Dingle was my favorite place of all. The food, people, pubs, shops and views were perfect. Slea Head was very beautiful and emotional. The Guinness brewery was incredible and all the churches were stunning."

Shelley

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Ireland is a beautiful country! We enjoyed learning about the history of the areas we visited, and learned how much and why they despise the British! So many horrible things done to them, its no wonder they are still so bitter towards them. Covid-19 had a negative effect on our experience, we lost 6 people in our group to Covid, and suspect there could have more with developing symptoms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr were breathtaking and stunning! Absolutely beautiful, I could have stayed all day!"

Pam

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour I have previously researched and made my own plans. I went alone on this trip and I was very happy with the openness and inclusion of the members on the tour. I loved the tour because I felt like the hassles of transportation, buying tickets, parking , finding the best hotels and food were already in place. I was able to relax and enjoy myself on this tour. The bus riding was broken up into 1-2 hour sessions most of the time with interesting stops for coffe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one is hard to choose but I liked hanging out with my tour friends in a local pub and being entertained by the locals with funny stories in Dingle , countryside views of the farmland, cliffs, and sea, castles and breakfast at B&B was also a wow!"

Susan

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I were overwhelmed with every day, every sight from start to finish. That we had sun the whole time was an unexpected bonus. Our tour guide, Dara was amazing, full of knowledge. I loved the music he played to accompany us through areas it had connections to. The tour group was so much fun and all easy to get along with. My daughter is celiac and it was wonderful for her to eat almost everywhere. A huge worry of mine removed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle, definitely!! I could have had the wonderful coach driver, George, take my bag off and leave me there."

Lee

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Bus rides seeing the scenery were good. The time on our own to explore was good. Some of the walking tours were average

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher, music and falconry at B&B, walking Dingle"

Janice

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Dara, was amazing! He was so knowledgeable, funny, and attentive to us all. The places we visited were stunning, I could not get over how beautiful Ireland is. I found the people so helpful and kind. I am celiac and had no trouble with the food. By law they need to show allergies, and almost all restaurants had a gluten free option and we’re accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle!!!! Fell in love with the town."

Michael

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another top-notch Rick Steves tour! Ireland is wonderful on its own, but the tour gives you so much more than you would probably ever get on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a perfectly preserved 1,300 year-old stone chapel on the beautiful Dingle peninsula."

Lisa

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations, very well organized and filled with fun activities and information about the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amount of knowledge, information and culture the tour guides shared with the group. It kept my attention for 8 days."

Allison

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Everything went off with a hitch. Loved the guide, the tour, the hotels, the sights and the meals. Our bus driver George was a star too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really found Dingle to be a surprise! A darling town with a very cool, hip and laid back vibe. Delicious fish & chips. We loved the B&B and the falconry school."

Mary Kay

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. The right blend of activities and free time. We also liked the blend of urban and lovely rural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful Irish countryside!"

Pat

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides (we had a “seasoned” guide and a newly-hired one who is an archaeologist) who knew the country and were happy to share their insights and talk about anything. We had good accommodations (loved the B&B in Dingle), good conversations, and plenty of time on our own. Plus, our buns driver, George, was delightful and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Long Room library as part of our Book of Kells tour at Trinity University in Dublin."

Susan

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Ireland tour was everything I hoped it would be. Loved the quaint, friendly small towns and the excellent museums and historic sites in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple “wow” moments on this tour including a surprise falconry experience in Dingle that was AMAZING, an unexpected small group tour of the National Archaeology Museum with our co-guide Kelli and our visit to the Newgrange burial mound."

Erna

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved how our tour guides were able to adapt and overcome due to some external issues: an international tournament that impacted our itinerary. Really appreciated the personal stories about growing up in Ireland , and the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry demonstration in Dingle. Really impressive display!"

Thomas

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs"

Kaye

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. A second night in Kilkenny would have been nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moher."

Susan

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved learning about the current politics/environment one minute and the pre-historic and early Christian history the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music in Dingle--following a fascinating day along the Dingle peninsula. Loved learning about the Blasket islands this day too!"

Donna

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really nice. First time to Ireland and found Dublin very walkable and the countryside beautiful and peaceful. Low key but cohesive group with Stephen as a great guide. Very experienced with deep knowledge and love of Ireland and his work. Kelli as a guide in training brought cool archeological perspective and gave a side tour of peat mummies in the museum. Lots seen and accomplished in a short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. The Cliffs of Mohr, town of Dingle, falconry, Fun change of plans with bus onto a ferry."

Charlotte

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am only 14 so everything was a "wow" moment but I especially liked the Cliffs of Moher. I wish I saw a puffin but maybe next time."

Steven

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wide variety of attractions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Irish countryside"

Chris

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! Stephen was an amazing guide; Kelli added valuable historical info; George was calm and capable behind the wheel; and we had a friendly group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything in Dingle (especially Dingle Crystal, falconry, and the musicians' visit); dinner and Kytelers Inn in Kilkenny; Newgrange."

Andi

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was wonderful! I have visited Ireland several times but never before with a tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything Dingle!"

Richard

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Our guide, Stephen, made it an great experience. His knowledge of his country is extensive and he presents it in a fun way. Can't imagine anyone better to represent Ireland. His pride and love for his country really showed, which made for an outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially like the experience in Dingle. The town seems like a quintessential place to see in Ireland. I loved the bonus entertainment we got from the birds of prey show and the Irish dancing by one of Stephen's acquaintances."

Maureen

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I made it to Ireland but my suitcase did not. I had so much fun I didn’t notice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"New Grange"

Patricia

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed everything we did and the towns we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cliffs of Moher we're pretty spectacular."

Kenneth

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience! We really enjoyed getting to know the Ireland we had always heard of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We joined our bus driver in a pub in Dingle; we were in a small room in the front of the pub, then the nightly live entertainment performer walked in, set up, and started playing! It really felt like he was just playing for the five of us there."

Kathy

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best part of our tour was meeting fantastic people, along with beautiful sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange (and Giant's Causeway, which we did on a separate tour)."

Rita Yolanda

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all of them"

Lisa

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally beyond my expectations! Expert tour guide, absolutely wonder accommodations, and well organized tours, site visits!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle! Loved everything about the town and our visit. Would have loved to stay another day. Especially loved the walking tour of the town, the visit to Dingle Crystal and the Milltown House!"

Michele

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to be touring with a small-ish group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking into the eyes of an owl that landed on my arm during the falconry demonstration in Dingle. Runner-up: standing in the central chamber at Newgrange."

Theresa

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great tour with wonderful people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Newgrange"

Lee

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are a lot of great memories…our tour guide, Dara, was awesome. We met some really interesting people in our group. One person turned out to be a very distant relative. The hotels and bed and breakfast were very charming and in central areas for walking. Ireland is such a beautiful country. We experienced so much that I’m still processing it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The musicians at the Old Ground Hotel were spectacular. I also was wowed by our performers in Dingle at the Milltown House. They were mesmerizing. Standing in the Trinity College Library gave me the chills…but I love history and old books. Overall, I was enthralled by the culture…we met many people in Ireland who were friendly and talkative, and made us feel welcomed to their country. By the way, Guinness is better in Ireland."

Haein

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! I really appreciate learning about Irish history and culture, which was the focus of Rick Steve's tour. It was well-planned and organized to help us understand the beauty of Irish culture. Our tour guide, Dara, was great--very helpful and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour, and hope to return for another of Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many but here are a couple: being inside a Neolithic burial site and having a delicious seafood chowder at a restaurant in Dingle"

Jeffrey

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great-from beginning to end. Not a bad meal and not a bad bed along the way. Both are very important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love Dublin!!!!!!!!!! and all of its rich history. I loved Trinity College and seeing the Book of Kells."

Peter

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It all went pretty well. No "trip logistics" hiccups, good weather and fun sightseeing. nice people on the trip abet with one annoying exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendalough (sp?)"

Abigail

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved the tour! guide was amazing. all the sights were great and hotels were so nice! food was good too!! Unfortunately got COVID right at the end but I am well recovered now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea Head Drive"

Susan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend our tour guide Pascal. I was happy to see mostly railing to hold on to when climbing so I felt safe. The hotels were excellent and the breakfast and dinners meals were wonderful. I liked the free time we were given each day to do our own thing. I felt good that I was able to keep up with the group in walking and hiking. I enjoyed sharing with all the tour group. I would love to live in Ireland. They are ahead of US in Climate Change and Justice. The people are all friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher scenery and the Irish singing in the Wellington Pub in Dublin"

Mary

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, Pasqual and coach driver, George! Well organized. Also, all onsite tour guides were great, very knowledgeable, and friendly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Landing in Dublin, Slea Head Drive, first glimpse of Rock of Cashel, music session for tour group, music Dingle Crystal, whisky tasting, Glasnevin, Bru na Boinne, basically entire tour!"

Carl

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything went very smoothly, thanks to the professional planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the down home Irish humor of Billy Keane at the Listowel pub where he entertained us."

Ryan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, Pascal is an amazing tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole of Ireland is amazing and full of historic beauty"

Judith

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything: the beauty of the countryside, the sites we saw, the food, the people we met, and last but not least, our guide Paschal was great. Also liked the combination of structured time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Billy Keane. He was a totally unexpected treat, talking about life with candor and humor. Also loved our stay in Dingle and Newgrange. It”s hard to pick!"

Sheldon

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was well organized and informative. The people were nice and the guide was good and really knew his country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no “wow” moment but the Dingle peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher were very scenic"

George

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pacing was very good. However, our group was too large, we mobbed a couple of the restaurants and site attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Foremost was the falconry experience."

Catherine

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It by far exceeded our expectations!!! We were continually informed of the historical facts, the cultural perspective and exposed to the true “Irish” heritage through the experience of our guides. The pace interspersed walking & bus at just the right combination. While we logged 60+ miles, it never felt exhausting and every provided meal was wonderful!! Never did a tour before but think there’s no going back to planning on our own. In short the best vacation EVER!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle for certain and Dingle Crystal tour by far!! Loved the falconry & the whiskey tasting too!! Also meeting Billy Keene was just a fun extra!!!"

Kezia

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour of Ireland with an experienced, friendly, and capable guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rock of Cashel and Dingle AND Billy Keane's bar (loved that!)"

Chris

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just superb. Great guide and driver. Finely tuned itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many highly enjoyable parts, the stop at Billy Keane’s pub and wandering the streets of Dingle were high points."

Teresa

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves tour guide Pascal, was amazing. So knowledgeable, knew everyone everywhere we went, and was always happy to help in any way. There was an excellent mix of planned time and free time. All of the tours and destinations were amazing. Hotels were top notch with the exception of Dublin where I had a few complaints, but it was probably due to staff shortages. Overall outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of course! Especially the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula drive"

Mark

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned from start to finish. We couldn't have asked for a better guide than Pascal, and George did a fabulous job driving our bus through some tight roads/turns. There were great choices in restaurants and hotels. The group blended together perfectly with no grumps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher and Slea Head drive both had outstanding scenery and opportunities for pictures."

Melda

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was what it was billed as, the heart of Ireland. We got to experience the heart of this great nation. Through its history, people and places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to single out just one, but the biggest is the love the Irish have for their history and places."

Donna

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great — the guide, the hotels, the sites, the mix of tour activities and free time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to choose just one."

Susan

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful combination of history, culture, experiences and fun! Good balance of planned itinerary and free time. The assistance of a knowledgable guide to advise on questions regarding how best to use free time. Third Rick Steves tour for me, will definitely be going on more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bru na Boinne: walking around, on top of and into the neolithic mounds and imagining their builders' understanding of the world, and the mysteries about their culture, from the 5,000 year old structures they left behind."

Pat

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a fun tour, I learned a lot and made wonderful new friends. It was very interesting to learn about Ireland' history from Pascal and other local guides. We also found it to be a very beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the city of Dingle and the peninsula nearby."

John

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an awesome time! The hotels were comfortable, the food was tasty and authentic, our tour guide Pascal was great, and it seemed like everyone in our group got along famously!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The passage tombs of Knowth and Newgrange were particularly moving. Hard to believe that something that predates the pyramids of Egypt can be found in Ireland. Also, the fact tht the Gallarus Oratory was built 1200-1300 years ago without mortar is still intact!"

Dan

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the pace and ‘extras’ . Never a bad meal or hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The talk with Billy and the cliffs of Moher and Dingie"

Charlotte

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and the things we love about them continue to be true: you get to see so much because of the transportation, tickets,etc being already handled. Ireland did not disappoint--gorgeous country! Hotels were quite good with no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I usually think it is silly when people answer questions like this with "Oh, I couldn't pick, I loved it all!" But my favorite was not a single specific thing--it was all of the Irish countryside. The "40 shades of green". The patchwork pastures and the sheep. And those beautiful stone walls that have stood there for so many years, symbols of strength in adversity and a calm consistency."

Maureen

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Stephen McPhimy was outstanding, George drove like a pro. The bus was very cramped (leg room, not over crowded. Its as like more hours on a coach flight than a comfy excursion. Many-

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many- The falconry demonstration, the Irish Wolf Hounds, The Dingle Sea Safari, the walking tour of Dublin. It wasn't on the tour but we saw eels in the River Fergus in Ennis. Food at Old ground was the best, as was that room."

Cheryl

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour since we hadn’t been out of the country in 6 years. Irish countryside was beautiful and liked all the Irish towns we visited, especially Dingle. Would have liked another night there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Sea Safari recommended by our guide Stephen. It was so much fun and we saw so many dolphins, seals, puffins and even a minke whale. A truly exhilarating experience!"

Virlin

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour with informative and cheerful guide, Stephen McPhilemy. Ireland was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out."

Dennis

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Ireland in 8 Days tour. It was a great mix of rural western Ireland and the big city feel of Dublin in the east. The people of Ireland were just great and made us feel at home. Our tour guide was very entertaining, and we came away with a better understanding of Ireland's history and current affairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was when we used our free time to go on the Dingle Sea Safari. The boat ride took us out of Dingle Harbor, past the southern portion of the Dingle Peninsula to the Blasket Islands. During the safari we saw the beautiful scenery of the Peninsula and the Islands from a sea level vantage point. The cliffs were quite spectacular. We were amazed at the marine wildlife we encountered. We came across hundreds of dolphins, scores or seals and puffins and a minke whale."

Sharyn

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very comfortable. Nice variety and lots of built-in options.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Birds of prey demo and Rock of Cashel."

Donald

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this trip so much! The daily itineraries we're just the right amount of activity and I felt like we really hit the highlights for the regions of Ireland we were in. An excellent experience, I only wish it could have lasted longer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher actually brought me to tears with their splendor. It was everything I hoped to see in Ireland, and it was the absolute perfect way to open the trip and introduce us to the country."

Samuel

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience of my first RS tour was great with the exception of the broken "Whisper" system. This really put a damper on the walk around tours. However I do to do other RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Slea Head Drive took my breath away!! It will always - in my mind's eye - be Ireland to me!!!"

Lori

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves tour, 8 day tour of Ireland.. we could not have had a better tour guide than Pascal! He was very informative, knew his history and was just the most fun person to have been our leader! Can’t say enough great things about him, our bus driver George and the tour as a whole… loved every minute of it! .. will definitely consider another Rick Steves Tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Have to say our favorite “Wow” moment had to be the beautiful, majestic Cliffs of Mohr… simply stunning! I think I used up my IPhone battery just taking pictures that day!"

Peter

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a brief, although terrific, introduction to Ireland. Our guide, and local guides, were outstanding. The hotel choices were among the best of any of our tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful countryside of Ireland."

Frank

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, my experience was a great and positive one. Our tour guide and driver were excellent. The tour itinerary was well composed. Ireland is beautiful, and this is a good introduction to the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to narrow down. There are different types of moments that are wows. The Slea Head Drive stops and Glendalough were big wows. Sitting in a pub in Dingle with my wife was a wow."

Lyle

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was first class all the way. Enough time was allotted to visit all of the planned sites, with ample time also for exploration and shopping on your own. Guide was happy to suggest things to do in free time, Joe, our guide was informative, funny, and easy to work with. Stephen's outstanding skills in handling the coach were greatly appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "forty shades of green". Slea Head Drive was incredible and I really enjoyed the visit to Newgrange"

Elizabeth Anne

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

nice hotels, good food, nice group and knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the pretty countryside."

Patrick

Tour: 05/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe so my eyes were wide open. The Irish people and their love for music were enchanting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to perform with a local music group on a box drum. I'm a musician and was invited to take part in the "jam". My first gig in Ireland! Excellent!"

Sheila

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, great things to see, great guides, nice travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty"

Larry

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dara and the driver George worked well as a team and very helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All experiences and hotel accommodations were wow"

Patricia

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The experience was well planned and I enjoyed the guide’s information. My favorite was Dingle area. I wanted more tours in Dublin

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Falcons and the private music concert"

Lois

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Friendly people. Great itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula is so beautiful. I could spend a week there and be amazed every day."

Candace

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. Dara was great. Our bus driver, George, always had a smile and was driver extraordinaire. I learned so much about the history of Ireland and the sights I got to see were breathtaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am sorry I cannot give one wow moment from the tour. I had several. I enjoyed the little towns better than Dublin. Big cities seem to be the same. I loved Dingle Peninsula the people, the shops and the history."

Kenneth

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience, it was our first but not our last, Our tour guides were outstanding, so full of history and general info.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slea drive and the Dingle area.....wow!"

Mark

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were very impressed with the knowledge and friendly professionalism of our main tour guide, Joe Darcy. The other tour guides in the various towns and cities were of equal caliber, Dara McCarthy to name one of them. The variety of hotels and Inns was very enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and we felt safe with our driver George. For our first Rick Steves tour and our first trip to Ireland it was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to pick one it would be listening to the Irish musicians at the Milltown Inn with the Dingle Harbor waterway glistening in the background was just magical."

Susan

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either newgrange or glendaloch"

Amy

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful scenery. Made new friends. Learned a lot of Irish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Dingle peninsula."

Timothy

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Variety of interesting people & places

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neolithic site"

Carolyn

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were so excited to finally be on a Rick Steves tour again. Ireland was every bit as beautiful and lush as expected. The Irish people shared their warm hospitality, talents, and humor. The food and drink were delicious, and our accommodations were close to the action and comfortable. Activities were varied, informative, and fun. The weather was even quite pleasant. As usual, we especially enjoyed meeting and interacting with our fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Whenever I travel to new places, I am in awe of just about everything. That makes it difficult to pick only one “wow” moment. I was particularly inspired by the breathtaking scenery at the Cliffs of Moher and Slea Head Drive. My man made favorites were the Rock of Cashel, Gallarus Oratory, and the passage tombs, Knowth and Newgrange. Such natural beauty and amazing history!"

Susan

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Joe, had the balance just right: efficient with trip details, handoff’s to other tour guides, and kind attention to my new-knee husband who was a slow determined walker at age 75. Fearless singer from the bus front microphone, as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Atop a few major visual sites: Brun A Boine grassy roof of the biggest reconstructed burial chambers from 2-3,000 BC, walking at the Cliffs of Moher, and the Rock of Cashel with stupendous views, not easy in a relatively flat country! Ah, having to detour through the Wicklow Mts back roads, too."

Sonja

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people, amazing guide. Everything was thoughtfully planned. The hotels were lovely and the bus was very comfortable. It’s impossible to see a country in a week, but we’re given a sense of Ireland, saw important historical places, and experienced some of the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One evening in Dingle, we sat in Milltown House atrium listening to the musicians play concertina and elbow pipes while we sipped on Dingle Gin & tonics and tapped along to the beautiful Irish music. That was pretty special."

Sarah

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went to Ireland with my mom and dad, and thoroughly enjoyed the Rick Steve's tour. My family went to Italy in 2017 and used a travel agency - we got ourselves everywhere, but would have tour guides meet us in each city to show us the important sites. Having our tour guide, Steve, with us the whole time + a friendly group of people was awesome! Steve had amazing insights and talked about interesting stuff that made me fall in love Ireland even more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle. I loved Dingle. I went to Dublin in 2014 and thought I saw "Ireland". Real Ireland is everywhere outside of Dublin."

Tami

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely way to travel - all the details are done for you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Dingle was a great treat! Loved the activities hosted at the B&B"

Emma

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ireland was picturesque, the tour and coordination by Stephen seamless, and the history incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 nights on the Dingle peninsula. What may, at first, appear to be a sleepily coastal town soon shows its majestic beauty in the surrounding nature, its charming town brimming with friendly locals, and fun pub culture."

Margaret

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour of Ireland! The itinerary, the group of people, the guide Stephen-all added up to a wonderful travel experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three way tie between learning about Newgrange, walking the Cliffs of Moher and taking in the vistas of the Dingle Peninsula!"

Nancy

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and fantastic guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stay in Dingle with the nighttime singing, dancing and falconer."

Linda

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful, start to finish

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula b & b"

Judi

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just the right pace for an introduction to Ireland. Never spending too much time on a bus. Excellent tour guide. He was the perfect blend of stand up comedian and historian. And we loved the bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quadruple whammy of: handling falcons and owls, a performance by a world champion Irish dancer, a concert by a couple of spectacular Irish musicians, and a druid ceremony. All in the same evening. In the magnificent town of Dingle."

Ellen

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. One of the best part was my fellow travelers. Everyone was very respectful and enjoyable to be with. The tour was not overly ambitious and the towns that we visited were perfect for a week in Ireland. I thoroughly enjoyed the free time. My tour guide, Joe Darcy was wonderful, so knowledgeable and entertaining regaling us with fun and educational stories. The other tour guides were also terrific, especially Mary our guide in Dublin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I could pick one. The Cliffs of Moher for sure but also the countryside in Dingle"

Coletta

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever! The people,,,,both Irish and the Americans on the tour! Joe Darcy is an outstanding guide … he kept us moving, laughing and enjoying not only the trip but each other. We saw all the sights - Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and the Peninsula, the Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, Newgrange and Knowth, Dublin- and the free time was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pre-Celtic Ireland inside the tombs demonstration of the sun rise or was it set(?) made me realize the intelligence of early man. But the people were the real WOW. From our fellow travelers to all the guides that Joe Darcy arranged especially Mary in Dublin. We happened upon Rod Stewart and she didn’t hesitate to try and engage him to speak with us, but he was having a “private moment “ and walked away. Mary was the Rock Star of that encounter and she kept us laughing. Also, the Irish family …."

Karen

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we loved it! It was my first trip to Ireland (my husband had been before), and I believe I got a great introduction to this beautiful country. Our tour guide, Joe, was outstanding - he was knowledgeable, funny and caring. Surprisingly, several members of our group contracted Covid while on tour. Joe handled their situations with kindness and compassion, all while keeping us remaining members on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I loved each area we visited, probably my favorite stay was at our Bed and Breakfast in Dingle. We had live entertainment at our group dinner there - a local Irish family who played lively tunes on their accordions and flute. Their adult son had been on tour with River Dance before Covid - he "wowed" us by dancing high-stepping jigs and reels. The following day we had a Falconry experience on the grounds of our B&B - so cool to have falcons and owls flying to our outstretched arms!"

Paul

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Joe Darcy was an excellent tour guide and we really enjoyed the tour up until several of us came down with Covid. At that point, there was a breakdown in RS support. We have suggestions for improvements in that area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have been our time spent in Dingle - what a beautiful place! Unfortunately, that was overshadowed later by the fact that several people on the tour contracted Covid. So our wow moment was the recognition of just how easily transmission can occur - even for people vaccinated and boosted."

Tom

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Oustanding except for Covid, which infected about 1//3 of our group. We were lucky to catch Covid only on the last day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glendaloug"

William

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was excellent. The tour provided experiences that we would not have been able to duplicate on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cliffs of Moher - we were fortunate to have good weather"

Rachel

Tour: 04/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of lovely Ireland. The hotels were delightful, the other tour members were friendly and interesting, the pace was perfect, the tour guide, Joe, was charming, calm, and knowledgeable, the experiences were fascinating, and the bus driver was skillful. We had nice weather nearly the entire time. Especially loved Dingle and the Slea Head Drive, also Dublin. This was our fourth RS tour. Looking forward to our fifth scheduled for September!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry can't choose just one. Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and Slea Head Drive, Irish Dancer, falconry experience, whiskey tasting."

Angela

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour from the minute we met in Ennis! Stephen was so informative. I love the history that he provided to us throughout the trip! Ireland was beautiful and we had a very fun group of people to travel with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the amazing views while riding in the bus! The sheep wither their lambs, the hills and valleys with castles along the way."

Patricia

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Mike

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry in Dingle and the scenery on the drive around the Dingle peninsula."

Arielle

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are not enough ways to describe how wonderful this tour was, but I can say with full confidence that I am now a tour PERSON! This was my first experience with a guided tour, and it exceed all expectations. I loved not having to make any decisions and just putting all of my trust into our tour guide's hands. I found the schedule and pacing of the entire 8 days to be perfect, with enough time to wind down or explore on our own when needed. 10/10 already recommending to everyone I know!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise falconry experience is one that I will never forget! Dingle was already the most magical little place, and to participate in something so unexpected was just the cherry on top of a beautiful destination!"

Cynthia

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed cities and had very knowledgeable & entertaining tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Irish step dancing performance at Dingle Pub"

Elaine

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour - both the week long tour guide and the local guides were great. Good value; good mix of time with activities included and then time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night in the Dingle Pub. We sang along with Irish songs because Stephen had taught them to us on the bus. There were multigenerational Irish families hanging out, singing and dancing, and of course the champion Irish dancer!"

John

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time overall. It was a big group (28) but everyone complied with COVID recommendations, was respectful, and enjoyed each other's company. Would be glad to travel again with this group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to pet two genuine full grown Irish Wolf Hounds, which was probably not intended to be a tour highlight but was for me."

Neal

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide entertaining and wealth of info on everything in Ireland…like-minded curious and fun traveling mates…ambitious but not tiring pace…good local guides…

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one wow moment in a gentle country like Ireland"

John

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exceeded expectations. I expected sightseeing, which was good, but I didn't expect the singing, limericks, and Irish lore. I came away with an appreciation of Irish history, land, and people. There was plenty of fun and laughter during our free time (spent mostly in pubs!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic drive around the Dingle Peninsula. More sheep than people and the windswept landscapes reaching to the blue Atlantic. I feel that I had experienced the Ireland of legend."

Jill

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour exceeded my expectations. Had not done a guided tour like this and it was well organized and our guide was very knowledgeable. I was glad that we had free time to explore on our own. Enjoyed Stephen teaching us Irish songs, twice we were in pubs and sang along on songs he had taught us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dingle Peninsula bus tour was fabulous. We had a beautiful day which probably contributed to the scenery. Enjoyed the Dingle Crystal demonstration also. The falconry demonstration was unexpected and unique as well. Loved Dingle!"

Jill

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was perfect in every way! Everything was so well thought out in advance that we really felt like VIPs visiting old friends in Ireland. Our guides and driver, Stephen, took excellent care of us and taught us so much about the history and culture of this beautiful island.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First night in Dingle at Milltown House - falconry, Dingle gin and tonic cocktails overlooking the lawn while meeting Irish wolfhounds, Seamus and Ogie. Music that evening by a local couple. Simply fantastic!"

Joseph

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour, we have always aspired to booking one, and now that kids are in college my wife and I can get away without them! (sorry kids) We lucked out and had two tour guides, Stephen and Paul. Both were friendly, knowledgable, entertaining, and memorable. The tour bus was a brand new Mercedes coach, with an experienced driver. Hotels were all comfortable, and check in/out all taken care of. The sites we visited were exactly what we wanted to see. Very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was Dingle experience. Hotel was beautiful - Milltown House - and we participated in falconry, had a specially prepare dinner and musical performance, as well as meeting a world champion Irish dancer and watching him perform at his family's pub. This combination could not have been arranged without the expertise of RS and his guides."

Marilyn

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great introduction to Ireland & our guide Stephen was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle Bay was gorgeous as well as the drive along the coast. The falconery was great fun. Seeing David Geaney dance was definitely a highlight."

Victoria

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip could not have been better. The only problem is that it ended too soon!! Stephen and Paul were absolutely incredible. In addition to the beautiful sights, I learned so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Dingle."

Susan

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were unduly worried about rainy weather -- we had a few sprinkles, but nothing that slowed us down. Definitely chilly and windy though. We covered lots of ground in 8 days and were hustling, but did not feel overwhelmed. I feel like Irish history was coming together for me by the end of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle falcon/owl flights, Rock of Cashell, Cliffs of Moher, general pub atmosphere and extremely friendly Irish folks."

Carl

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was informed on day 1 that this was the first RS Ireland tour after a 2 year pandemic hiatus, however, our guide Stephen handled the tour like a Pro. The bus rides between stops were entertaining with our Irish guides offering their unique witty perspectives on their homeland. This was my first visit to Ireland and 31st country that I've visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Dingle and hiking to the lighthouse on my own or the stop at Glendalough and seeing the lakes and mountains."

Debbie

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! I was nervous about group travel - I tend to prefer independent travel, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Our group was very congenial, yet we had time to ourselves if we wanted it. I will now pursue tours for future European travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle! The Dingle gin and tonics with a rainbow! Amazing!"

Dawn

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bercedis

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night life of Dublin."

Gerard

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Mankato, MN

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maryanne

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Asheboro, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Asheville, NC

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cherryl

Newport, WA

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Newport, WA

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular."

Beverly

Coquille, OR

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour in a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Palmetto, FL

Tour: 10/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher."

Mark

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Suisun City, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time, the time flew by.

Carol

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Mohr were spectacular."

Suzanne

Orangeburg, NY

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Danette

Newton, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ellen

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Gillespie, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fabulous, from beginning to end.

Randal

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Facts about Irelands history. Wow!"

Robert

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lucy

Oneonta, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Oneonta, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Snyder, NY

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Yvonne

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/04/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Tom

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Mary

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cliffs of Moher. Breathtaking."

Joseph

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Landisville, PA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the drive on the Dingle Peninsula."

Cheri

Roswell, GA

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Pine River, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Elyria, OH

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride around the Dingle Peninsula."

Gay

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Russell

Katy, TX

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Elyria, OH

Tour: 09/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

North Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Elburn, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alysa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Allison

Sherman Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Beverly, MA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Paso Robles, CA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting discussion about Irish history. Loved the green coutryside

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Paso Robles, CA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Christina

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falconry experience in Dingle"

Ross

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louis

Sister Bay, WI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive down the Dingle peninsula."

Margaret

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sara

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martin

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to top to musical pubs in Dingle"

Mary

Shady Cove, OR

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anna

White Salmon, WA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Landenberg, PA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle"

Penny

Hoover, AL

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour of Ireland, my grandfather's homeland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St Patrick's Shrine."

Kathleen

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Potsdam, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louis

North Augusta, SC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

North Augusta, SC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathrine

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dingle peninsula"

Bj

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jacque

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Elizabeth

Afton, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

When To Go & Weather

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

Ireland / Dublin

Dublin Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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

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