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Jul262011

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Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

The Abbey was beautiful and worth seeing, however not on this tour. The train portion was wonderful and provided for beautiful scenery and a chance to see the countryside. The train guides were very helpful and easily accessed. However, the coach guide was the worst I've ever experienced on a tour. The tour bus (Lolly Tours) was a ramshackle vessel that had no shock absorbers and was noisy, hot and uncomfortable. Compared with other busses we saw at the Abbey, this one had definitely seen better days (like in the 80’s). The guide spoke incessantly into his overhead microphone about everything except tour-related facts. He told ridiculous unrelated stories and jokes that only he understood. He also stopped constantly (4 times each way) for picture opportunities which caused any visit to Galway Bay to not be possible due to time running out. It was advertised that there would be a harbor lunch in Galway, no such thing happened, in fact we saw none of Galway, but multiple stops to look at green hillsides of no note. I believe this tour operator ruined the trip and should never be used by Viator again - absolutely a waste of time, money and not at all as advertised. Take the train by yourself if you wish to view pretty scenery. The Abbey was nice, but not worth the money for that to have been all that we saw, and truly it was the only thing we saw. Between the bad tour bus and tour guide, we regretted every hour until we returned to the train depot at days end.

Jul242011

Tour/Activity

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Very much enjoyed this tour for the money. However, if you expect to actually be IN the pubs while the actors share their literary factoids, forget it - most of the tour/storytelling took place on the street near the pubs. We would hear the "stories" then be sent inside on our own for a drink - very boring. We thought we be enjoying a pint whilst listening to literary facts related to that particular pub. Not even close; but entertaining, even if not as advertised.

Jul232011

Tour/Activity

Glendalough and Avoca Day Trip from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip was fabulous! The tour guide was on time, well-informed, kept everyone organized and was very entertaining to listen to. The coach was comfortable and cool (it was a hot day) and the stops were relevant and timed right. We especially enjoyed being able to wander through Avoca for a couple of hours on our own and found Glendalough to be completely worthwhile even though we had no idea what to expect there. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

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