Norman Foster was probably the best tour guide that I encountered. I enjoyed the trip more because of his attention to details. Darren on the Conemarra was also excellent. We did experience fog on the Ring of Kerry segment but everything else went OK. I liked the Noraville B and B in Kellarney but it was not conveniently located to the downtown area costs 6 Euros for taxi. The Kelarney Court Hotel was nearby - good pub.
The 4 Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail tour were fantastic.
We had a wonderful, funny, informative tourguide Norm who kept everyone on time so we got to see all and more then expected. The places we stayed in at night were all first class. We had wonderfull weather, not a drop of rain, which made this trip extra special. Highly recommend it to everyone.
This tour was amazing! Rail Tours staff were organized and went above and beyond to make sure we all knew where to be at which time. This tour was fabulous due to the tour guide 'John Beaumont' who suggested extra things to do and even arranged transportation to do them sheep herding and The Spirit of Ireland show. The only complaint I would have is in the B and B in Killarney 2 nights. It was musty and had mould in the shower. If you have a chance to pay more, I would suggest the 'International Hotel' as it was beautiful and it was the meeting place for all activities while in Killarney.
We absolutely loved this tour. The hotels were much better than expected. Our tour guide for the first three days was Norman who was a wealth of information. He would recommend eateries and things to do during our evenings in addition to providing stories and legends about various sites we visited. We can't wait to return to Ireland and will definitely take another Viator Tour.
Excellent. We were disappointed with nature as we could not see anything ,Cliff of Mohr, due to
The entire trip from start to finish was professionally done and beautiful. For those considering travelling in the winter months I can tell you it is still worth it. This tour was certainly a highlight of our trip to Ireland. Thank you Rail tours for making it all so easy.
This was a terrific tour of Ireland! The tour guides were incredibly well informed and fun. My favorite part was the Connemara Rail Tour. I tried to put this tour together on my own but I could not match the price. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling alone or in a group.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! From start to finish, we loved this tour! Our Rabbies tour guide, "Wee" Peter Falconer (last name?), was amazing and really made our tour truly special. He was always super entertaining, informative, and helpful. The scenery was spectacular(!), and the tour was run very well.
Had beautiful weather so scenery was outstanding! Driver/Tour Guide Denis very nice, well versed in local history and tidbits...really funny. Very enjoyable day
Great trip for someone traveling solo and not wanting to do all the driving myself. Well organized. Good traveling and hotel accomodations. You can choose to take these as single day-trips from Dublin or combine them in a multi-day trip which I would recommend as it gives you a chance to spend more time in the smaller towns outside the crowds of Dublin.
Met a good friend of mine in Ireland just last week, she is currently backpacking through Scotland and England and needed a break. I told her not to worry about a thing, I’d book everything. I found a site in the US called Viator and started to read their reviews of trips in Ireland and decided to pre-book Railtour’s Grand Atlantic Tour and in addition made a last minute decision to book their trip to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway. I couldn’t be happier with my trip. Dave was our tour guide the first day and once we departed the train, John became our bus driver. Dave was extremely knowledgeable about all our stops and was more than willing to take photos for us. Michael ended the tour on the first night getting us on the proper train into Killarney. Catherine picked us up at the train station and brought us to our accommodations for the evening. The next morning we boarded a bus for the Ring of Kerry tour. Dennis was the bus driver, he too was very knowledgeable. The third day of our tour had us meeting up with Dave again to do the Cliffs of Moher. Tom was our bus driver on this tour. Our fourth day was suppose to be to Connemara, but the company needed to cancel it due to construction, etc. in that area. In turn we were offered the Aran Island tour at no extra cost. The fifth day of our tour we met up with Branden at Connolly station and boarded the train to Belfast. Allen met us at the pickup sight with his bus and off we went. If you’re going to Ireland you’d be foolish not to take a Railtour tour. The company and their employees, especially those mentioned, will make your trip a memorable one. Thanks to all who assist making our trip a fantastic and memorable experience.
Meng L USA
It was a well organized trip filled with great scenery. The guide was helpful. A conducted excursion is much easier than doing one on our own.
This really was a great tour and a great way to see the country. Not sure the last day was worth it but all in all very good. All tour directors were timely, knowledgable and funny. Great trip!
Overall a very well organized tour, although if issues arose there was no customer care as too many people are involved. A very great way to get a taste of Ireland via train and bus. Of course it is subjective but it would have been to have more stops in some places, or more time in others. Note that the first two nights we were put up at a 'Bed and Breakfast' as Killarney was fully booked. The tour involves a lot of walking, stairs if you want to enjoy the stops to the fullest so be aware before booking.
Went very well, met us at station and the tranfers to bus and hotel went well. Good B and B and Radisson hotel in Galway. Weather could have been better. Guide rode with us back to Dublin on train.
Very well organized and very good itinerary accomodation very good . We were unfortunate to have some heavy mist and rain several days but enjoyed the trip
tour was very informative with beautiful scenic routes. the Acara B and B in Kilarney was very nice with wonderful breakfast. The Imperial hotel was nice but bed was too firm, it was located in the heart of Galway. But make sure you have everything when you leave because you won't see it again.
I enjoyed the tour very much. the tour guides were all excellent and very helpful. beautiful things to see everywhere. I skipped the last day but had good company on my way back to Dublin. the only complaint that I had was not much help carrying/pulling suitcase. it was large and heavy and for almost $800 I thought there would be more help. one is pretty much on one's own during the whole tour, with lots of getting on/off trains and buses. lovely people on the tour and I did enjoy it very much.
Robert Q USA
We were exhausted after three days of the four day tour, so we returned to Dublin from Galway City. Since this packet was made up by cobbling four one day tours together, with sleepovers and connections (well done), it has the disadvantage of leaving little time free for shopping or private explorations. The sites covered were very worthwhile. For us there was a bit too much in the packet. Drivers and guides were excellent.
Maxwell W New Zealand
It was a great experience, but why do you put older men in charge of the tours and trains? They go through hell to get everything on time at the return train journey.
The tour went smoothly and our guide was effective.. But there was no excitement in the "guiding". The "script" felt "robotic" or impersonal. The fist 2 nights in Kilarney we stayed in a wonderful b and b.. The hotel in Galway was not as nice.. We requested a different room and was lucky to get one.
Heavy rain for the "Ring of Kerry" trip so not much can be seen. Weather is unstable throughout the trip.
If you want to sit back, let someone else take control and simply enjoy your vacation, this trip is for you. I tried to put together a similar itinerary myself and the cost was coming out for much much more. Admission to all the places you visit, accommodations and breakfast is included. Also, you aren't paying for gas and have a professional driver who is used to driving around the narrow Irish streets.
Our tour guide was really nice and made sure he got to know everyone personally. He was very knowledgeable and had tons of interesting stories to tell about the history of places we passed by. Not only that, you also get to meet interesting people and make friends.
On the flip side, since places are really far from each other, you will be sitting on the bus for hours. If you or on limited time for a vacation you probably want to spend every minute doing something or seeing something. That can be a bit hard to do sitting on the bus for two hours simply being driven from one location to another. Also, the schedule is tight so you wont get to spend too much time at the stops.