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For my first time in Ireland I spent a decent amount of time in Dublin and then went on this tour. Must say, the two day tour was probably the best money spent in a while. Norman is an amazing guy and probably knows the name of every person in the country...at the least they probably know him. Tim and Kevin the bus operators were also great...and most importantly kept us safe on the twisty roads of the Ring. Looking forward to my return trip!!!
I can't say enough about this trip. We actually extended our tour and included Cliffs of Moher because we were having such a great time. Jonathan, our guide, is a true Irish gem and should be lauded. What a treasure trove of Irish history, and funny too! I would go with him anywhere! The history and natural beauty of Ireland is not to be missed.
Norman was a wealth of know and his enthusiasm for trains was evident. I was able to add an addition day to see the Cliffs of Moher. Wish I could have stayed another day to go to the Aran Islands. Rail tours are well designed and fun to use the trains instead of the couch the whole time. Thanks NORMAN!!!!
a very well professionally run tour of an amazingly beautiful county, Ireland. The people are lovely and caring. Highly recommended tour.
This tour was excellent! Our tour guide,Jonathan, was awesome. He was full of knowledge regarding the region, myths, and history. We loved it! He gave us plenty of time to get our pictures, see the sites and do our shopping. We even stopped at a few extra sites. Thank you for a wonderful time.
The tour was wonderful and the tour guides were very informative and helpful. They all had wonderful sense of humours. We loved visiting your beautiful Ireland.
We enjoyed the tour, thanks to John, the tour leader, for taking such good care of us.
Wonderful tour of the south of Ireland. My favorite town was Killarney and I wish I could have stayed there longer. Our guide for the Ring of Kerry was terrific -- Michael was well informed, personable, and did an outstanding job of giving us a wonderful experience despite the weather. We did have bouts of rain but that did not take away from all the sights.
This 2-day trip was the highlight of my stay in Ireland. I liked the Blarney Castle but because of a bad leg was not able to climb to the top to kiss the stone. Instead I walked over to the Woolen Mill and went shopping and ate lunch. Fair prices for good quality items. The B and B was the Fairview Guesthouse. A very lovely place to stay with breakfast and internet. There were many shops, restaurants, and pubs close by. There is also a nice woolen shop at the end of the street near the Pharmacy which I discovered when I had to get cold medicine. The second day was the Ring of Kerry trip and it was one full day of beautiful scenery. I enjoyed looking at the very green country fields plus seeing the mountains and bays together. This tour is a must do.
Everything went so smoothly. Peter, our tour guide, was wonderful and clearly passionate about his job. He took us to places that the tour normally doesn't stop, and the experience was that much better. The train ride is a bit lengthy from Dublin, so make sure you bring something to read or amuse yourself -- although the countryside is entertainment enough. We had enough time at each stop to explore and get a better sense of County Kerry, from the small villages along the Ring of Kerry to the bigger city of Cork. The B and B arrangements were awesome, Eugene at Noraville B and B was an awesome host who made sure we were taken care of. Overall, this is a great option for those who want to see the Ring of Kerry without making all the arrangements themselves. You'll be well taken care of and you'll have a terrific time!
Our guides were warm, wonderful people who took good care of us. The grounds at Blarney were stunning as was the entire Ring of Kerry tour. We loved our hotel in Killarney. We loved all the quaint towns we stopped in along the way. We will return to Ireland and book trips through Viator again!
It was beautiful, great trains, great tour guides (except for one woman who spoke to fast, and did not seem to care about people understanding her) the scenary was beautifull
Jay Hsu USA
It's interesting but a little challenge to change the train ride to bus or vice versa. The scenic view was fantastic. I would recommend this to my friends.
I thought this tour was excellent.
Stuart F USA
This was a great tour! We had plenty of time to see everything and shop for everything. I would definitely recommend this trip to all who go to Ireland.
Margaret J USA
This trip was amazing. Every step along the way was perfectly planned, and there were people there to help you with anything you needed. The accommodations were adorable and quaint; all the tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable. At one point, I think part of the tour was late and we missed a train, but we didn't even know anything had changed until later on. Everything was so smooth, and they got us everywhere we needed to be without skipping a beat. It also wasn't too planned - there was plenty of time to do your own thing, every second wasn't orchestrated. As for Ireland, it was magnificent! The Ring of Kerry was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen in my life. This is definitely a tour of a lifetime!
Erin J USA
Ah, this tour was so cool! Well worth every penny! Our tour guide was incredible! So funny and laid back. A must do is the Blarney Castle. I kissed the stone and I recommend that to anyone to do. But the stairs are very steep and wound around a lot. So be careful of that if you get dizzy easily or are out of shape. But to walk through that thing was amazing! On the tour you must sit on the right side of the bus to get the best views.
Really enjoyed the trip. Day 1 was the best. Day 2 was a bit tiring. You were on the bus all day with a few rest stops, but they were so short all you could get done was use the bathroom. I would have liked a bit of time to at least be able to buy a souvenir.
Adrienne A New Zealand
It was a very interesting trip. A lot of the scenery reminded me of New Zealand.
The staff worked hard to make it enjoyable.
The rail tour was amazing and gave us a better look at what Ireland has to offer. At first, we were unsure of where the meeting place would be, but the information emailed to us was detailed enough that we were able to find our tour group easily at the Dublin Heuston Station. We didn't realize until half way of the tour that we were all mixed together for example, groups that booked a one-day tour but included parts of Cork would be with a multi-day tour that included Cork, Blarney, etc. So it is important to pay attention to who your guide is.
Bob, our tour guide, was amazing. He is so knowledgable about each town, places to eat, and where to go next time you visit. He is much older so certain movies he may mention, may not ring a bell with younger customers.
The B and B we stayed at was over the top. To me, it wasn't your typical B and B, it was a 4-star hotel, the Internation Hotel. I had an awesome view of the streets, which was a change. The complimentary full Irish breakfast was great too.
The information given to you also didn't state this, but you really don't need to pack little snacks like a sandwich, except for a water bottle. On day 1, we had lunch at the Woollen Mall Center and dinner we ventured out and found a really good place for Thai food. On our last day, we had a complimentary breakfast and for lunch we stopped at The Ring of Kerry Restaurant.
Overall, I'd do it again. I'd go back to the Blarney Castle. It was beautiful. But either way, Ireland has so much to offer that I only made a small dent.
John, the guide, makes the trip worth while. He is one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable people you will ever meet in this kind of activity. The Cork and Blarney Castle portions of the trip are definitely 5 star. As for the second day, if you experience inclement weather, which always looms as a possibility in Ireland, you might find the second day around Kerrry a bit long, even though the scenery is beautiful and the bust makes some pretty interesting stops.
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