5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry - Reviews

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citicat2 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

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.

Cassi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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!

Brenda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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!

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

jprccm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

Cheri United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

Ann Marie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

bettym.morrill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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!

LISA F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

Kathleen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

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.

Kathy Elmer

This was a small van that carried approximately held 15 people so there was no long wait to get on or off the bus.

Bec

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Really great!! : Great way to see the country side of Ireland. It was also really lovely that the tour was only 16 people! Nice small group!! :

Leia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Best 5 days ever! Saw so much in that time, split between photo stops and longer sightseeing stops. I fell in love with Ireland. And loved the small group of 16, everyone got to know each other and was really friendly. John, the driver and tour guide, was very funny and knowledgeable, made sure everyone was set at B and Bs every night. B and Bs were all great! Would highly recommend this tour!

Merrie USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We loved our tour of this beautiful country and enjoyed the commentary of our charming guide, Patrick. The Rabbie's small group tours are a great way to see the country. Be aware that it rains a lot along the west coast of Ireland. Most of the sights were still very impressive even in the mist, but some views such as the Skellig Islands were too obscured by fog and mist to be visible. This is in no way a criticism of the tour and Patrick went out of his way to point us in the direction of interesting things to see and do no matter the weather!

Lindsey F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

AMAZING! We had the absolute best time on this tour. Patrick was the BEST and most AMAZING guide. We were so excited! It was just the right balance of planned activities and free time. My only wish is that it was a couple days longer. We saw things that we wouldn't have discovered on our own and felt a bit off the beaten path. Patrick was incredibly informative and funny! We got to see some of the very best sights, perfect views, and had amazing weather. Next time we go we're planning to try to hire out a private tour through Rabbie's with Patrick as our guide. Definitely will be taking many more Rabbies tours and possibly this one a second time!

Laura R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Mike is the man. With his hilarious storytelling and wit, it was one of the most entertaining, fun weeks ever not to mention the trip of a lifetime. Five days is a long time to spend with anyone but never once did I get sick of Mike. If you do this tour, you want Mike to be your guy!

Fady S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Absolutely magical trip. Our driver Mike was fantastic and absolutely hilarious. He made sure to point the important things to us, sparkled with some family stories that just made everyone laugh uncontrollably. We also lucked out because everyone on our trip gelled together which made it so much more fun. I highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky, Mike will be the one to show you around.

Sara T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

LOVED this tour! Mike (our driver and tour guide extraordinaire) was awesome. The van and small group size was awesome. We got to know our group members and go places big busses can and #39;t. The things that we saw along the way and the places that we stayed were so great! Overall, an incredible experience

Lolly United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour was wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. He truly loves his job! Traveling in a smaller group was extremely enjoyable. Small note: the back of the van was not the best as the seats are very tall and seeing anything but out the side window was limited. Each of the locations we stopped at and visited were beautiful and very interesting. We had a fair amount of time on our own to eat and a little shopping. Even though were covered a great deal of territory driving on this trip each destination was worth the drive. Each destination brought different experiences. I traveled alone yet felt part of the group I traveled with. We did have a group of people join our group part way through which was not ideal.
I would highly recommend this tour for your first time or not visiting Ireland. I really felt like I saw the countryside and the towns. At the Cliffs of Moher I truly was emotional at the beauty. I felt like I was on the edge of the earth on one part of the Ring of Kerry drive. The visit to Blarney Castle was enjoyable as well. Finally, don't forget the many religious sites and ruins as they were in abundance but never tired of seeing them. This trip was truly a potpourri of travel experiences and I can't wait to return to Ireland or take another Rabbie's tour to another amazing country.

jnmenon Bahrain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Ireland.

Our driver and tour guide John from Rabbies was an absolute STAR and such a delight to be with. A gentleman and thoroughly entertaining one at that. Every moment that we spent on a bus ride was filled with banter, fun, historical knowledge and went above and beyond call of duty to ensure all 13 of us had a great time! John was definitely the highlight of our trip and always had a tale to tell wherever we went.

The mini-bus we rode in was quite comfortable and John captained it quite marvelously.

My wife and I absolutely enjoyed the trip and the group we were with were simply adorable and fun loving! We all got to know each other so well over the 5 days we spent and am pretty sure we will all keep in touch with each other.

The weather was on our side at almost all destinations and so this was a big plus!

The bed and breakfast accommodation could not have been more perfect and absolutely made our trip all the more worthwhile.

We saw so much and got a lot of history behind what we were seeing. You have the evenings free to visit the pubs and hang out in town so it truly had everything you could possible need!

By the time the tour ended, it really felt like leaving family. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. If this is your first time Ireland, or if you want a better view and understanding of the country, then this is the tour you should go on! You will be taken very good care of and will leave with a greater love for this beautiful country.

If you are fortunate enough to have John for your guide then you are in for a real treat! He is legendary!!!

I will definitely be taking another Rabbie's tour in the future.

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Outstanding trip and itinerary and the beautiful weather we had was a bonus. Key to the trip was our Guide, Eoghan Owen Slattery. Being a native of the Dingle area, he was a wealth of information to include facts and entertaining local lore. His knowledge from floral and fauna to the history of the region made our trip a wonderful educational experience. This combined with his friendships with local pub and shop owners throughout the tour helped get us in doors and experience Ireland in ways that were much deeper than anticipated. The trip ended up being much more than just sight-seeing and involved a greater appreciation for the history and culture of Ireland. The Jury's Inn in Galway and the Fairview Inn in Killarney were very nice and the staff very accommodating.

Tommo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Ireland. Our driver and tour guide Patrick Foley was brilliant and filled every day with banter, fun, historical knowledge and went above and beyond to make the 16 customers on his bus have a great experience. The weather was incredible so this was a big plus to see the beautiful sites on the tour. The bed and breakfast accommodation was our choice and we had no regrets. We cannot add any additional suggestions to make this tour better and we are actively telling our friends who are making a trip to Ireland in October this year to take this same tour. We rate this tour 5 stars and Patrick Foley 6 stars. Tom Pickard, USA.

Paula P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Ireland's natural beauty was enhanced by our tour guide Patrick as we toured the country. Patrick's outgoing personality followed by his wealth of history and information made for a fabulous 5 day adventure. I recommend this tour and suggest you request Patrick as you won't be disappointed....enjoy and have fun!

Rebekah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Our tour guide, Patrick, was AWESOME! I couldn't have imagined a better guide. His love for his country just shines through and he was shared so much knowledge about Ireland that I would not have learned anywhere else. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. If this is your first time Ireland then this tour of the SW is perfect. You will get a true view of Ireland and see some of the most beautiful countryside. And if you are lucky enough to have Patrick as your guide you are in for a doubly good experience!

Kelly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

I am normally not a fan of tours because there are so many people and you don't get to spend much time wherever you are. This tour with Rabbie's was the complete opposite! The group was only 16 people maximum number and because we were in a smaller bus we could go places that the larger buses could to get to. Even though the tour was short, we saw so much and got a lot of history behind what we were seeing. You have the evenings free to visit the pubs and hang out.

My tour guide, Patrick, was AWESOME. His love for his country just shinned through and he was so knowledgeable of Ireland. He was so much fun. He sang and danced for us as well as educate us about their sports. I was planning on visiting where my Grandmother grew up the following week after the tour and I talked with Patrick about this. While the tour group was off looking at another castle, Patrick looked into the various bus routes and gave me some possible ways to get to that village. He certainly didn't have to do that and I was so touched that he did.

I traveled alone so by the time the tour ended un Dublin, I felt like I was leaving family. The tour group got along so well and it made me wish I was jumping on the next tour!

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. If this is your first time Ireland, or if you want a better view and understanding of the country, then this is the tour you should go on! You will be taken very good care of and will leave with a greater love for this beautiful country. If you are fortunate enough to have Patrick for your guide then you are in for a treat! I will definitely be taking another Rabbie's tour in the future.

gracelin814

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Great tour, well organized. Our local guide Patrick is such a great guy who is knowledgeable and humorous. The whole group had a lot of fun!

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