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Intimate 20 passenger van is a great way to roll through the countryside. As a photo enthusiast this tour was a delight of landscapes to capture. Although some rain and fog prevented some great shots the contrast is awesome. I learned a lot of History along the way. I am not Irish but will come back some day to learn more.
We really enjoyed our 5 day tour of Ireland with our wonderful guide, Tom! He was able to enlighten us on the vast history of this beautiful island while showing us the top sites. It was like having our own personal guide book talking to us! Besides all the castle and churches some of my favorite stops were: Cliffs of Moher even after hurricane Ophelia these cliffs were breathtaking meeting locals and holding a lamb, and walking about some of the very old stone forts. It was so nice to sit in a warm and dry van equipped with charging stations to watch the county side roll by! By the end of the trip I felt like we were family and truly became part Irish!
This was a phenomenal tour! It was a wonderful way to see A LOT of Ireland in just 5 days. It touched on many of Ireland's must-see places. I loved how this was a smaller tour- just 16 passengers on a touring van. Tom was our driver/tour guide and he did a marvelous job! We had some inclement weather, so Tom was able to rearrange a couple of our days, so we wouldn't miss anything. I think this was one of the things I appreciated most. He gave us options and we were able to choose between some things. It made the trip very personable. Something I don't think you could do on a 50 passenger bus. Tom was extremely knowledgeable on the history of Ireland and gave great talks as we toured. We chose the option of staying in the B and B's, which were very lovely, but I think if I was to do this again, I would choose the hotel option, because it seemed that the hotels were closer to the city centers of the little town's we stayed in. We were able to walk into town from the B and B's as well, it just took a little longer. I would highly recommend this tour if you only have a short stay in Ireland. It was wonderful to leave the driving to someone else- especially on the very tiny country roads we traveled on. I would not want to have been driving. Fantastic tour!
Although we had an unfortunate communication confusion between Viator and the local operator just prior to our departure from the states, the local operator Rabbie's was superb in managing a resolution that resulted in a very special experience with Tom on our 5 day tour. Tom was so knowledgeable and caring, he taught us a lot while showing us so many beautiful places. Reading the history of Ireland will prepare you to enjoy the trip in more depth. ireland is rich in beauty, history and culture. The tour made us want to learn more and return for another Rabbie's tour with Tom again.
This tour was the perfect way to see Ireland for the first time. I saw much more than anticipated but it gave me a good idea of where I would like to explore more in the future. Patrick, our driver, was a delight. He was very enthusiastic about his country and we learned so much about the history of each area we visited. Loved listening to him sing Irish songs as we traveled. The bed and breakfasts were very nice.
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We had a great time on this tour, Patrick was an amazing guide and person, so glad he was ours.
This tour packs in a lot, well worth the price. We were blessed with beautiful weather so we didn't miss anything, and Patrick made sure we knew what we were seeing and always gave a bit of history.
Three sleeping choices, hostel, B and B or hotel. We would choose the hotel next time. The B and B in Killarney was outside of town a little bit on a very busy road, not very restful listening to the traffic.
Everything was as promised in the tour description, it was a great experience.
The small group we traveled with was fabulous. A tour is a must do in a new place. Jerome was great! Full of stories and information that we never would have know had we been on our own. Hotels were top notch and well chosenand I am picky about my hotel experience. Night life near hotels was full of local flavor, full experience of local culture. Jerome made sure we were familiar with the town and he showed us around before he left us for the night. Would book this kind of tour again without hesitation. Comfortable large van for travel. A1 experience.
It was great! John was very informative and fun. He told stories of history and made you feel a part of the experience. The tour gave you all the highlights and breathtaking views. The smaller bus made it possible to get to know others on the trip. I enjoyed every minute!
We loved this tour. Patrick was awesome and gave everyone so much personal history about everything we saw. We loved hearing things from his Irish perspective. I also appreciated that he seemed to keep everyone on track time-wise, which can sometimes be a nuisance with tours. We really enjoyed it, and felt like we saw SO much of Ireland in 5 days. My personal recommendation would be to not do this on the heels of another tour, as we were wiped out after the 5 days. Although, we did stay up late each night because we enjoyed the pubs and the community and culture there that we didn't want to miss out on that. I'd highly recommend it. The only thing that was tricky was because it's a highlights tour, there were so many places we visited that we just wanted more time! Not a bad problem to have though.
This was our first bus tour Rabbies bus tours. and I believe it was so great that any other bus tour would be disappointing. First and foremost was our bus driver/guide/narrator Patrick Foley was Irish, great driver, prompt, very positive and full information. I felt very safe
Oh I must not forget he was very entertaining included a song or two. He also gave us great suggestion on making the most of our time while on our excursions off the bus!
The van allowed about 16 passengers which made it easy to get on and off the bus.
The tour operator had our choices of places to stay ie hotels B and B and Patrick knew how to get to and from each establishment and was never late picking us up in the morning for our next excursion. In short I think we were treated like kings and queens. He remembered our names within two days.
The van was super clean and had enough over head space to accommodate our day packs.
The scenery was the best I have seen, the Atlantic wild coast was spectacular!! We travel alot and have been to several coastal treks and felt like this was one of the best.
Many happy travels to the people that read this review. Our motto is never stop exploting.
This was a small van that carried approximately held 15 people so there was no long wait to get on or off the bus.
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