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Wonderful tour. Very busy tour but worth it for first timers to Ireland. The accommodation was great for the price much better than expected.
This was an awesome tour! We fit a lot of towns and villages into the 4 days. The b and b's that we stayed at were also very good. Our driver, Freddie, was also great! He had some funny stories and he pointed out the sights we might have missed from the bus. He was hilarious and had the entire bus laughing!
Great tour and our guide and bus driver Leigh did a great job. Everything ran smoothly and activities were organised along the way. Countryside is spectacular so this trip is well worth it. As with most bus trips you have limited time at the designated stops but with a short trip this is expected.
This was an incredible experience. We would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see the beautiful country of Ireland. The accommodations at the Bed and Breakfasts were very comfortable. The first day we experienced the beautiful scenery of SW Ireland and spent the night in Galway with time to explore the town. On our next day, we went to the Cliffs of Moher which were truly spectacular. The views and the winds were equally impressive. The dinner at the Randy Leprechaun Pub next to the B and B was really great. On the third day, we took the drive around the Dingle Peninsula with the very narrow !! roads, and the views were amazing. We took a wonderful carriage ride through Killarney State Park and spent the night in Killarney. Our final day was spent traveling to Blarney Castle, which was unique to say the least, and finally a great tour of the Guinness Storehouse with a pint of Guinness!! What a great way to end a truly memorable 4 days. Our review would not be complete without an acknowledgement of our outstanding driver and guide Rory. He made the travels extremely interesting, and his driving skills were impeccable!!
Val, the tour guide, made this adventure an amazing experience. Extremely informative, very funny and great singing voice. Anyone hesitating, don't think twice, just book it.
Great trip with Paddywaggon Tours. Our bus driver Rory was also our very knowlageable guide. The places we visited were well chosen, beautiful scenery, a great taste of Ireland.There are different levels of accommodation on this trip which means all different ages of passengers from backpacking youngsters to senior citizens which makes for a much more interesting bus trip than many others we have taken. Sometimes you get a great room sometimes not so good, but all part of the experience of travelling. This is a no frills bus trip where you are often left to your own devices, carry your own bags, eat where you want to, do as you like.We left our suitcases at the Paddywaggons office and only took our backpacks with enough clothes for 4 days which made getting on an off ther bus and into our rooms a lot easier. We really enjoyed travelling this way and would highly recommend it to independant travellers. Great trip. Great fun.
This tour was all that it was advertised to be. The tour went to a variety of locations. The overnight stays were in a nice variety of cities, and villages. The lodgings were great all were very clean with great breakfasts. Our driver, Freddie was humorous and informative. We would definitely use Paddywagon Tours and Viator again.
This tour MADE our trip to Ireland. It was amazing how much we saw in 4 days. We did the B and B Economy option and were super pleased with the places we stayed at. The main B and Bs were booked so they put us in some that were a little farther away from the city center still walking distance but the customer service and folks that run those were incredible. The only thing I would say is that I wish they assigned rooms to people ahead of time to avoid the chaos of picking where people stay when you get to the city.
This tour is perfect for the adventurous young couple that wants to see more of local Ireland, pub hop a bit in the towns, and explore the different sites. There is a lot of scenic bus time and a lot of walking if you chose to walk the sites, but it was well worth it and we met some incredible people along the way. Our driver Bryan was also awesome and made the experience even more fun. We debated renting a car and doing this tour ourselves or going with Paddy Wagon and we 100 are happy with our decision. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Ireland!
Our driver and tour guide Malcolm was amazing. He provided us with so much information, and was quite approachable. We were able to see so much in only 4 days. The B and Bs were lovely and provided internet to us guests. The breakfasts included were a perfect start to a full day of travel.
A wonderful tour. The driver was knowledgeable and thorough. Beautiful sights. Wonderful experience.
Do this! Ireland is beautiful and the people friendly. I took the tour beginning on April 24th. Cannot say enough about our driver, Rory. His excellent narrative and attention to our having good time made me feel glad that booking this tour was an excellent choice. The scenery is awesome. I just pointed my camera and have some great photos. The scenery does it all. We stayed in clean, friendly B and B's, ate in good restaurants and pubs. Guiness tastes so much better smoother in Ireland, and the visit to the Guiness Storehouse on Day 4 topped it off beautifully. My mother's family came over from County Mayo, so it was also a meaningful experience for me as well.
Our guide, Brian, was great. We got a taste of south west Ireland without having to drive on those roads! However . . . the literature made it sound like we actually visited some places where we only had a chance to photograph from the road. Ashford and Dungaire Castles I would have liked more free time in the places we did stop - we only had a short time to walk in the Burrens because another tour member specially requested we go back and get off the bus. It was raining at the time but hadn't been raining when we originally drove past without stopping. We skipped the photo stop at Bunratty Castle. From the literature I assumed the jaunting cart ride at Killarney National Park was included in the price but we had to pay separately. At Dingle we had to choose between taking the boat ride or visiting the shops - not enough time for both. Some people ate lunch first and did not have enough time to do the boat ride. At Blarney we only had enough time to either explore the gardens OR kiss the stone - didn't even have time for lunch at the site. Could easily have spent longer at the Cliffs of Moher. I felt like we were hurried along so that we'd get to our evening stop before traffic increased - would have preferred to spend more time AT our stops and less time at our overnight spots.
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Was a great tour, seen everything as promised in description, customer service with Viator is exceptional from US
Excellent tour guides. Recommend for young folks looking for a fun way to see Ireland.
We booked a 4 day 3 night tour of Southwest Ireland through Viator. Paddywagon Tours are budget tours, and this has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, costs are reasonable. One the minus, youll definitely notice that corners are cut. The tour was conducted on a standard full size bus, with nearly all seats occupied, with a driver who also acted as our tour guide. He was competent and cheerful, but at times overloaded not his fault, he was doing two peoples jobs.
Paddywagon saves costs by combining and intermingling tours our tour had, at various times, folks from 1,3,5, and 6 day tours. Some folks signed up for overnighting at hostels, others for B and Bs. We had 3 nights, and quality of the B and Bs varied. All our rooms were clean, but as one would expect, the rooms were small. We were promised private en suite bathrooms for two nights we had these, for the third the bathroom was off a common hall next to our room, which is less private than promised. Other than the lack of a bathroom off the bedroom, the third B and B was pleasant the Irish couple that ran it were some of the nicest people you could imagine and the view quite lovely.
Our bus was nearly full, and Paddywagon used 4-6 B and Bs each night for our tour members. Between this and the fact that folks from different tours we intermingled, there was a lot of down time while the driver drove from one B and B to another dropping off tour goers, and we often had to wait for the bus. This was annoying, but the nature of the beast. It did substantially reduce the time available for sightseeing, though.
The bus was modern with good air conditioning, but the seats seemed closer together than usual this may have been my imagination but things were cramped.
There were a few extra cost items not mentioned when we signed up. One event was a concert, the Celtic Steps, in Killarney, which was 27.50 Euros/person we signed up and this was well worth it, the concert was a highlight of the trip. Highly recommended. Another was a boat ride at the Cliffs of Moher. This was 15 Euros per person. We signed up, and this was a mistake it was the low point of the trip. The boat was small, and the water rough a number of us were uncomfortable, and a few truly sea sick. Further, the views from the boat were hardly worth it the standard viewing site on the cliffs themselves offered a far better experience. Paddywagon should skip the boat ride and have the bus proceed elsewhere.
We had been promised twice over the phone by Paddywagon employees that when the tour was over, we would be dropped off at or near our hotel in Dublin which is also near the pick-up site for the start of the tour. They reneged on this, and dropped us off some miles from our hotel, we had to take a taxi at our expense.
While Ireland is incredibly beautiful, the tour itself was so-so there was a lot of driving, which was expected, but some of the stops were much too short. For example, we stopped in the beautiful village of Adare, but only had 15 minutes more time would have been better.
This is the price of all the time wasted driving between B and Bs and figuring out who to drop off where and organizing luggage. Most of the stops were made were worthwhile, except for the last one: the Guinness factory tour. This is one of the most popular tourist sites in Dublin, which is difficult to understand. The tour is a disappointment. Its held in a dedicated museum building, but about the only useful exhibit is the bar on the top story where you get a free pint of beer. The views of Dublin are great, and Guinness is a fine beer, but its probably best served in a pub. The Guinness tour is basically a two hour advertisement.
At most stops, we were on our own. In Galway, we got a fine walking tour from our driver/guide, but otherwise we were left on our own. A major disappointment was Blarney Castle. We had 90 minutes for the visit. I went straight to the castle, but the line was long. I waited on line for about 40 minutes, but when I reach the interior spiral staircase which leads to the famous Blarney Stone, I had to turn back, for fear of missing my deadline to return to the bus. Once you start on the spiral staircase, I was told there was no room to turn around.
So There were no disasters, the tour fit our schedule, and the price was modest. Our driver/guide knew how to drive a bus, and knew his way around. But the tour is definitely economy class. Next time, Ill fork over some more money, and move up a notch.
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