My husband,12 year old daughter and I did this tour. We were visiting Ireland for 4 days and felt that this would maximize our time in this beautiful country.
I highly recommend this tour. It is very well organized and all the tour people are very caring.
We started at Dublin's Heuston rail station and were met by Jim who had our tickets and vouchers. He traveled with us on the train to Galway and pointed out different towns, midlands, the Shannon river etc. At Galway station we were met by Anthony who kept our luggage in the hold room and then walked us into town. We spent 4 hours in Galway walking around, having lunch and high tea and took a tour of the town. We went back to the station to pick up our luggage and to meet the coach.
The coach took us to Bunratty village for our overnight stay at at The Bunratty Castle hotel. We had time to freshen up and walked over to the castle for a Medieval Banquet. It was a lovely dinner with a mead reception, food eaten without utensils and live music entertainment.
Next day we joined the tour from Dublin and Limerick and headed to Bunratty castle, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway bay and finally ended at Galway rail station.
The trip was excellent but I felt a bit rushed and would have liked more time at the cliffs and at the castle.
We returned to Dublin by train. Our guide accompanied us and the other travels from the tour. He ensured that we all got seats and space for our luggage. He also surprised us with some refreshments on the train.
On the whole we had a great time and met a lot of wonderful people.
This was my first trip to Ireland and I decided to take it solo. What a smart decision to book through Viator. The tour staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was always on time and the transportation was top notch. I realized how important it was to have a tour guide when the train from Galloway to Dublin was delayed due to an accident. Our guides were there for us problem solving and informative. Thank goodness for the local tour company and their team. I can't wait to book my next return trip to Ireland thru Viator!
Cindy L USA
This was the best tour to take if you have limited time in Ireland. My friends said the train trip was fantastic. They loved the dinner at Bunratty and the hotel accommodations were perfect. They loved the time in Galway and also were lucky with the weather. The lunch at the pub was perfect, with the waiter helping one of them charge their cell phone and he brought back candy to their table. What a perfect gentleman. Hard to find such superior customer, but this tour met all expectations and beyond. If you are visiting Ireland, do not miss this one!
My husband Oliver and I recently took a 2-Day Western Ireland Tour from Dublin and had a fabulous time. The train trip from Dublin to Galway was very comfortable and relaxing. We had about 4 hours to tour Galway and found it to be very compact and easy to get around. We also had lunch at a traditional pub and the food and atmosphere were enjoyable. We then met the coach for our trip to the Bunratty Castle Hotel. In fact, we were the only people on the coach! We arrived at our destination and checked into the hotel. We were very pleased with the quality of the room and the hotel itself. We walked the short distance to the Bunratty Castle for our medieval banquet. What a wonderful evening! The food was great and the entertainment wonderful. The next morning we met the rest of the group for our tour of the castle and grounds. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the castle and explore on our own. We then boarded the coach for our trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Our guide, Brendan was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He told us all about the Cliffs and about the town of Doolin where we would be stopping for lunch. We were then back on the coach on our way to the Cliffs. We were fortunate that we had a beautiful day for our visit as we learned that the previous day was rainy and overcast and not great for visiting. The Cliffs are spectacular and the Visitors Center very informative. We especially enjoyed the Postcard from the Edge exhibit. We then continued on our way to visit the Burren. What an unusual landscape. It felt like we were exploring the surface of the Moon. After a brief stop to see Galway Bay we were back in Galway for our train trip back to Dublin. Our guide, Brendan accompanied us on the train and continued to give us tidbits of information. We had an absolutely fabulous time and would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
Perfect combination of free time and structure. We saw a lot over the course of just two days, and it felt relaxing at the same time. Friendly escorts and guides. The hotel was clean and comfortable. The bus drivers maneuvered narrow roads with finesse. So glad and grateful that I did this tour.
The guides were helpful and there was plenty of time to explore on your own. The train/coaches were comfortable.
The feast at Bunratty was really fun. Good food and entertainment...Way better than I expected. Great adventure!
Did this tour with our 15 year old daughter and it was all great. The guides were wonderful, Patrick was informative and so friendly. The cliffs were lovely and luckily it was almost sunny!! The Abbey was the highlight, we were not excepting that and it was beautiful, wish we had more time there! Staying over in Galway was a nice break, might need to go back and see that again! Our guide ( Sean) at the end of the tour made sure we knew where we were going and got off at the tram stop to make sure, made the trip even more special.
Would highly recommend this tour, even families with teenagers!! Viator was a positive experience again. Thank you
This tour was so much fun and we saw so many things in a short time, but got a real feel for the area, both by train and bus. The guides we had on each had us well prepared for the things we experienced. One was Robbie and the other Jim, bus driver was Mike. We saw Galway, a charming city, The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and even enjoyed a great medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, and explored Bunratty Village before we left the next day. Had lunch at a Pub in a little village and gorgeous scenery along the way. Viator is very well organized and take care of everything so you can just enjoy the trip. When I needed to change the day of a trip departure, I was able to reach someone quickly on the phone. They were very accommodating and took care of it right away.
Sally met us at the train and traveled with us to Galway. She was very informative and made sure we had everything we needed. Tony met us in Galway and provided us place to store our bags. Then he showed us to Eyre Square and the main strip where there is shopping, pubs, street performers, etc! The place was beautiful and Tony recommended a few places, so we hit them all in our four hour layover. Our bus arrived and John took us to Bunratty Village where we were able to check in and get ready for the medieval dinner, which was awesome and I highly recommend! The next day, we met the rest of our group for a tour of Bunratty Castle, then headed to the Cliffs of Moher. Beautiful spot! We headed back to the train and back to Dublin. All in all, it was a great trip and would highly recommend to anyone.
this was our 2nd tour on our 3 week trip. I was a bit concerned, when the tour guide picked us up and rode with us on a train to the city of Galway, then handed us off to another guide, the who handed us off to the city for several hours. We the boarded a coach bus, with only 5 people and headed to the castle. It was a bit confusing what and where we to be that evening and the next morning. After we figured it out, we loaded another tour bus that apparently had picked up others and headed to the Cliffs of Moher. The tour guide was great, lost of stores and history through the the trip to/fro. This tour guide rode the train back with us to Dublin. All the tour guides were great, had sense of humors, great smiles and loved their jobs. The hotel was nice, large hot breakfast was included as well.
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