I also enjoyed feeding the baby lambs, our guide's Irish Wolfhounds, and the boat trip in Dingle Bay. Getting our laundry done there was wonderful for 15 euros for whatever we could stuff in the bag. I really love the iternary and the participants were so very funny and kind. It was much warmer than we hoped. And while on travel, having all the details of transportation, sightseeing, accommodations and many meals taken care of for me, freed me up for truly taking in the whole of Ireland and meeting great travelers along the way! About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.
Join us for the Heart of Ireland in 8 Days! Our experience was simply fantastic. It all helped us learn about the people and their culture. He added a lot of personal experience and knowledge that added to the tour. I enjoyed making a carry-on work for a 10 day tour. Our tour guide and bus driver were the best. Plus, the weather was beautiful. Our tour guide was able to introduce us to the tragic and the triumphal in Irish history.
Good for me since I would not have elected to see of the sights or dive into the details of others. And I loved the Blasket Island experience. The town of Dingle was my favorite destination. Much older than the Pyramids or Stonehenge. Would highly recommend Rick Steves Tours. We had a perfect day, and I wished we could have stayed longer.
I demanded all my linens and towels be changed and not by that housekeeper. Our driver Caroline was amazing--skillful and personable! As far as places, they were probably The Cliffs of Moher and Duncluce Castle. The scenery was photo-worthy at every turn. What bothered me most was mid afternoon when my room was finally ready, the halls were literally filled with dirty laundry bags and the hallway carpets were not particularly clean. Very much enjoyed the extras of being able to hold a baby lamb and bottle feed the lambs as well as the falcontry experience.
I think the most upsetting moment for me was seeing the gates in Belfast, that were used to shutter the two conflicting sides. I wanted to do more but the days went by way too quickly. I also loved seeing the sheep herding and then getting to visit with and pet the dogs there as well. I had some reservations about traveling by myself this trip, but was quickly included by the group- like minded travelers who wanted to learn and share. Hotels and dining spots were well chosen, not a dud among them. It was a wonderful experience.
Kingdom Falconry was so much fun. The tour guide and coach operator were great, and both of them made the tour quite educational as well as pleasurable. The people that were on all the tours we're very pleasant and congenial traveling companion. I like having a tour where everything is planned out and I don't have to think about rooms and transportation. Also driving through the tidy towns and finally becoming acquainted with and making friends with the people on the tour. The hotel in Kilkenny was a pit. It is simply a breathtakingly beautiful country.
The participants at least some of us are older and steep stairs are a problem. This made each site we visited that much more meaningful. We were lucky to have had clear viewings and occasional sunshine. But I'm not sure, it's really hard to favor one thing. The hotels were of higher quality than I had expected which was a pleasant surprise. Dara, the tour guide, is absolutely wonderful as is the bus driver Dennis.
I was equally wowed by the scenery and walk up to the lake at at Glendalough. Dara was very knowldegeable and did not leave us much time to become bored at any stop. And having a guide with us when needed was so beneficial! I don't have a single complaint. Then we'll take an orientation walk around Ennis, beginning with a tour of the Friary. We did a nice variety of activities there and the scenery was beautiful. The beauty of Ireland and its welcoming people made the trip relaxing even though we seemed busy every day. The group my husband and I were with were fun and friendly.
The bed and breakfast at Dingle was also a great delight. Accommodations, the guides, the others on the tour, all fantastic. Enjoyed the walk around town. This was our first tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The pub was a quaint local establishment that served us plates of ham, chicken, and veggie tea sandwiches while we listened to Billy, the owner, tell us what it was like growing up in the pub. I highly recommend staying a night or two on the islands. Then we'll balance-off this peacefulness with a visit to a local sheep farm, marveling at its talented dogs in action.
Our days were filled with the itinerary items as well as extra surprises such as a birds of prey demonstration with an opportunity to participate and a couple of memorable musical evenings. I guess I am lazy but I just prefer to settle in to one place and not have to move if it's not more than a night or two. However the surprise River Dance performer at our music night was amazing! The scenery was spectacular so it is hard to isolate one thing. Can not ship to International Addresses. The talented performers entertained us with Irish songs, dance and music.