Ireland Tour Reviews & Experiences

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Dear Stephanie,

Margaret and I are just back from our trip to Ireland, and I want to tell you how wonderful the arrangements were. Every place we stayed was as nice as we could have wanted and some were far beyond anything we expected. The route you selected worked perfectly for
us and gave us a great opportunity to see many parts of the country. I would not have guessed how difficult the driving would be and was very glad that you kept our daily driving distances
down. (We rented the Garmin and could not have survived without it.) We had the impression--and indeed one of our hosts actually told us--that irishtourism.com is highly thought of by hotels and B & B's and that we were treated well because of it.

We loved Ireland and its people and hope to return some day. In the meantime, thanks again for all your assistance.

Richard Wiebusch, Southborough, MA. USA

 

Ronan

Great Job on the Tour! Our family had a great time and was treated so well.

Hotels/ itinerary and especially the tour service - Second to none. Michael Prendergast; our tour driver was exceptional. He worked so well with the shortened trip to ensure we saw everything that would give the most thorough view of what Ireland had to offer and than some. The hotels were great and the

Staff we met were very helpful and thoughtful.

If you need any documentation or survey I would be happy to fill it out.

Thank you again and all the best.

Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran, New York USA

 

Tina......just got back from dropping my brother off at the Orlando Airport so he could fly back to California.

His comment on the trip was that this was the best vacation he'd ever had in his life.

I Did want to let you know that every one of your recommendations was especially sound and this tour could not have been better arranged or coordinated. Would recommend to anyone to take this exact same tour with Irish Tourism. There is not a single thing I would change with this tour and your efforts truly made this visit to Ireland wonderful. The three center tour provided us time to relax, enjoy the atmosphere of each location, and really get to talk to and enjoy the people which turned out to really be the highlight of the trip. Everyone we met was friendly, positive, and fun.

Thank you very so very much for everything. I'll attempt to send you some photos in a separate email.

Ray Duncan, Ocala, Florida

 

Cathal,

Sorry for the delay in replying, I had a huge workload to come back to.
As far as the trip is concerned, only one word to describe it, FANTASTIC!

Everything was really exceptional, the accommodations, the food, the transportation, the people, the Guinness and especially the Golf! I think you can expect us back for some more punishment, probably in 2013.

I want to personally thank you and rest of the Irishtourism team, on behalf of all of my group, for all your hard work and for making our trip a truly memorable experience.

Thx

John

PS Feel free to use us as reference at any time.

John McEwan, United States

 

Hi Cathal,

Yes we all got back safely and what a thrill for us to be in Portrush and watch Rory win the U.S. Open. And to add to the thrill we had Darren Clarke tee off behind us the next day at Royal Portrush...(we let him play through)

Everyone totally enjoyed the trip of a lifetime. Thank you to you and Irish Tourism .com for making everything so easy.

All the hotels and courses were ready and welcomed us, the Irish hospitality is second to none and our bus and bus driver Jim were first class. Jim became part of our group.

I would recommend you to anyone going on a golf trip to Ireland. Should we ever do it again (and I hope we will) we will certainly use Irish Tourism.com.

Thank you

Harry Reid, Canada

 

Hi Stephanie

Thank you for your email – we only arrived home at the weekend so have been busy catching up at work and home.

The holiday was fantastic. Ireland is very beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly. We loved every minute of it and the accommodation you organised was excellent, especially the Manor House in Killarney which was superb and the B&B in Galway where our hostess went above and beyond what we expected. The Ring of Kerry and Connemara are just gorgeous and we would love to go back there again.

We hope to come back to Ireland in April 2010 as part of a large insurance conference. I have already given some of our colleagues your details and if you can suggest some other parts of Ireland that we can visit then we will organise this through your company.

Once again, thank you so much for everything you did to make our holiday in Ireland so memorable. We cannot fault a thing. I will try to send through some of the hundreds of photos we took (not so good on that side of things.

Robyn Udy, Wellington, New Zealand

 

Cathal,

Hello there and I hope all is well!

I wanted to thank you for putting together such an awesome trip (mcreynolds group) for us last week. I'm sure I can speak for our entire group by saying it was a trip of a lifetime. In fact, Andrew said to me half way through, "please don't tell my wife, but this is the best vacation I have ever taken". Hilarious...

On a personal note, I want to make sure you are aware of the tremendous job Willie did for us from start to finish! I was incredibly impressed with the way in which he carried himself! You are fortunate to have an employee of such tremendous character and I will go out of my way to recommend your company and Willie's service.

Again, thank you and I look forward to our next trip!

Best regards

Christopher B. Lundmark, USA

 

Cathal:

Thank you for the e-mail. What a trip!!!! I can only speak for myself, but I would be very shocked if there are any different view points as everyone truly seemed to have a trip of a lifetime.

First and foremost, let me start by saying how terrific Willie was! He really felt like a member of the family. I hope that the gratuity we gave him met his expectations at a minimum. We were very unsure about what was appropriate, so we took our best guess. I hope we were not short because we truly did love having him as our driver/friend. He went above and beyond the call of duty in putting up with a whole lot of nonsense and being extremely flexible any time there was a change in plans. I would highly recommend hiring him as much as possible and we would love to have him take us around on our next trip. The bus was also very comfortable and met all of our expectations.

All of the accommodations met or exceeded our expectations as well. I think the Castle Lodge was everyone's favorite. Gerry and Edyth(sp?) were incredibly friendly and went way out of their way in accommodating us. I am not sure if you heard, but they let us order a Philadelphia ice hockey playoff game which started at midnight and Gerry stayed up watching it with us. They also went out of their way to make sure we had egg sandwiches to take with us on our way to Baltray. Moreover, the accommodations were very nice as it was a very new facility. Further, Malahide is such a great town and the B&B was a short walk from the center. I highly recommend this B&B (in fact I have already recommended it to friends traveling to Dublin).

The other two B&B's were very nice as well. We did not make the same connections with the owners but I think that was largely because we did not spend much time in them at all. We would literally arrive to go to bed and depart shortly after wake up. Susan at the Brier's House was very friendly. The Anvershiel House was great because it was a short walk to the waterfront in Portrush. We ate both nights at the Harbour Bar which had excellent food and was very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend the Harbour Bar to future groups. I would also recommend Quinn's pub in Newcastle (beautiful woodwork) for drink. We did not eat at Quinn's because the kitchen was closed the day we went there. One downside to the Brier's House was that it was not within walking distance to the town. However, this was a minor glitch as the cabs were very inexpensive. This fact would not keep me from staying there again or recommending it.

Lastly, the golf courses speak for themselves! Wow! Every course we played was fantastic and unique in its own way so it is really hard to compare. It is like comparing Michelangelo to Van Gogh. However, for the sake of having fun, if I had to rank, this would be it:


1) RCD

2) Portmarnock

3) Island Club

4) Portrush

5) Baltray

6) Portstewart

7) Royal Dublin

I am sure that everyone's rankings would be different. I am also sure that if I played the 7 courses again the rankings would be different the next time.

Cathal, thank you for all that you have done. There is no doubt that I will contact you when it comes time for our next trip. To be perfectly honest, I believe our (at least my) next golf trip will be to Scotland to play the Old Course. Realistically, I am thinking that it will be no earlier than 2012 but more likely in 2013. However, there is no doubt that the first trip after that one will be to the Southwest of Ireland. If I have my way, the trip after that will also be to Ireland, but to the Northwest. In the meantime, I will try to send anyone even thinking about a trip to Ireland your way. I hope this feedback is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else I can do. Thanks again!

Sincerely yours,

Andrew

P.S. Of course, Gibneys was fantastic!

Andrew McReynolds, USA

 

Cathal-

Meant to write sooner

We had an absolutely wonderful trip

The golf courses were great

The hotels were all better than expected

And the directions were a good as they could be(driving was quite an experience)

We're already talking about trying to do it again in a couple of years!

I'll recommend you to anyone who needs a recommendation

Thanks for all your help and a job well done!

Don Ecken, Louisville, KY

 

Hi Tony! Everything was absolutely great. Thank you so much!

The accommodations were excellent, especially in Oughterard and in Bunratty.

There was nothing about the trip that was bad or "downright ugly".

We were especially delighted with our guide, Hal Craven. He was so friendly, interesting and fun to be with. He taught us much about Ireland's history, culture, landscape, people -- if and when we plan another trip, we would like to book him again, if possible. Oh yes, and the van was incredible.

We were all very happy with the trip and have already recommended your services to friends and family that are interested in taking a future trip. Thanks again, Tony. Maybe we'll see you again at Irish Fest in Milwaukee this year!

Kathy Johnson, Chicago, USA

 

Hello Tina,
Concerning my journey in Ireland from 13.08 to 24.08, I thank you very much because I went home charmed with my Irish stay.
I liked your splendid country and especiallly the kindness of Irish people.
All was easy forme during my hollidays and all was perfect.
I wish you well and a very good continuation.
Best regards,

Hélène Joncour, Notre Dame D'oe France

 

Hello Tina,

Just returned from our vacation in Ireland and I was so impressed with the beauty and
granduer of the southwestern part of the country. Ireland truly is an
Emerald Paradise! Thank you so much for your kind arrangement to my
travel plans and your professional, courteous touch to handling all of my
questions and concerns leading up to my departure for Ireland. I enjoyed
myself immensely on the tour. Driving was every bit as hectic as the
masses have said it would be. But I survived.

The B&B's were excellent.

Thank you again for all you have done and, who knows, perhaps I can make
it back to Ireland one day. In the meantime, I will offer to my friends
and family to call / e-mail you should they ever hint to interests in
visiting Ireland for themselves. I'm sure after I show them all of the
pictures I had taken while there, many will want to book their vacations
right away!

Scott Senko, Maryland, USA

 

Tina,

My girlfriends and I had the most wonderful trip! Ireland was absolutely beautiful, even with all the rain. I drove and had a ball on all the narrow roads and the opposite side of the road and all!! The people were fantastic and so helpful and kind. All of the places we stayed were nice and clean and the people were friendly. We especially loved the B&B and hostess at Doolin. All of the places were within walking distance of a pub which made it nice in the evenings. We happened to be in Kilkenny the night they won the hurling championship so it was one big party in town and everyone was in high spirits. We even all got kissed by Irishmen that night! Yoohoo!! Thank you for making our vacation such a wonderful experience. We plan to come back next year, so we will definitely contact you again if we do.Thank you again, Tina, for giving us the best trip of a lifetime!

Nancy Caldwell, USA

 

Hi Liz,

Ireland was wonderful. I had a fantastic time. Even though it rained every day, it didn't dampen our spirits. It was much better than I could have imagined.

Bunratty was beautiful. Our other hotels were more than adequate. Our last hotel was gorgeous! I thought I was in Buckingham Palace. Our dinner there was a fantastic affair. It was fit for a king. They spared no expense to make our stay a more than memorable one. And the Irish Stepdancers! They were the icing on the cake.

Aer Lingus was A-1. They got us there on time with no problems, and returned us to the USA on time as well.

When I arrived at Bunratty, they were very nice. They said it was too early to go to my room, but they would do their best to get a room ready for me.

Then in the afternoon I went out and had a bite to eat at the Creamery. The food was delicious. Then I toured Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park.

I can't wait for my next trip to Ireland and I will start saving right away. I would definitely travel with you again.

Thanks again, Liz,

Joan McDermott, New York NY

 

Ronan, I am attaching three group photos from our great trip (June 15 to June 25). You have our permission to use them on your web site.

The first photo # 539 was taken in front of the B&B in Oughterard, Co. Galway with our 9 passenger van.

Left to Right – Alan & Beverly (my sister) Smith, Wilmington, NC; John (my brother) & Linda Bender, Springfield, Ohio; Shirley & David Bender (myself) Mesa, AZ.

The second photo # 372 was taken in McDermotts Pub in Doolin, Co. Clair across the street from the B&B.

Left to Right - Linda, John, Beverly, Alan, Shirley and David

The third photo # 420 was taken Poulnabrone Portal Tomb just south of the Aillwee Caves in The Burren while we had a little snack.

David Bender, Mesa, Arizona

 

Dear Ronan,

Once again, we had a PERFECT time in Ireland, and thank you and your company for making it all the more enjoyable.

Feeling right at home in our favourite hotels from past years, and the pleasant additions of Dublin and Killarney made the stay fantastic.

My nephews' first visit to Ireland has only stirred within their souls a love for their family's roots, and the desire to get back there as soon as possible.

My thanks, again, for everything.

Dennis McCormack, Massapequa, New York

 

Dear Stephanie,

We, first of all, send you our sincere thanks for the planning of our trip to Ireland last month. The planing was perfect, the hotels first class, the car very good and finally, the guide driver, the most wonderful person we knew in this two weeks in your country.
He is a very educated person, incridibly helpful, courteous, and allways ready to atend to our needs. You know, in a country we visited for the first time, sometimes we felt lost and a litle bit ignorants, and he tried to show us all the best you have there, including, guessing what we like to see and know. He was very patient with us, considering the language barrier, for our english is a litle bit not satisfactory.We ask you to notice our delite of having him as our companion to the company he works for.;
And to you, we say we will tell our friends who want to visit Ireland to do through your companie, and ask for your help.

Tereza Koch Cavalcanti., Brazil

 

Hello Stephanie:

The trip was excellent, couldn't have asked for better weather and the people were overly friendly.

Our favourite place was in Doolin, Susan was amazing. The four of us agreed that the experiences in Doolin; Cliffs of Moher, O'Connor's Pub, boat trip to the cliffs were our favourite experience.

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Inn in Killarney, how could you not - great rooms, great food & service. The town itself was beautiful and a nice place to spend St. Patrick's Day. While there we went horseback riding (Killarney Riding Stables) it was a nice way to spend the morning and the scenery was breathtaking.

The Hotel in Kinsale was a perfect location, overlooking the harbour. The town itself was a great town to walk and explore. We hooked up with a local, who offers tours of the town and offers a history lesson, he was a great resource while in the town.

In regards to the rental vehicle, we all agreed that the driving on the "wrong side of the road" was an interesting experience and where glad that we opted to rent an automatic vs standard transmission.

The package that you provided with all of our reservations, itinerary etc made checking in a really smooth process, we had no problems with any of the hotels, B&B's or car rental.

So in conclusion, I can only say on behalf of myself and travelling companions that we had no complaints, concerns or other wise. In fact I have advised friends and family that have enquired that the trip went smoothly thanks to your company and in more particularly because of you.

Thanks for all your help and assistance

Joseph Van Der Klugt, London, ON, Canada

 

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you so much for planning our outstanding holiday in Ireland.
All of the accommodations were spotlessly clean, especially the B&B on our first night, which I am convinced set the stage for everything else to be so perfect. All of the host and hostesses were fabulous. We could not have asked for better weather. Our day on Dingle was a bit chilly, but we were prepared. The only rain we encountered was overnight one night and for a brief few minutes while driving one day. Other than myself coming down with Shingles, the whole trip was gloriously memorable and the Emerald Isle now holds a very dear place in our hearts.

I look forward to a return visit to
see favorites again and to explore things that we missed. Thank you,
Thank you, Thank you again for putting together such a wonderful
itinerary for us and for arranging our wonderful lodgings.

Blessings,

Jill Jones, Kansas, USA

 

Liz,

We had a great time. We found the countryside gorgeous, the people friendly, the food good, and even the weather cooperated to some extent. In particular, we fell in love with Kinsale (the view of the harbor from the Hotel was magnificent) and Killarney. At the B&B in Killarney, the proprietor saw that we had booked with your agency and commented that we had
chosen the premier outfit. She told us that yours is a top-notch operation;
there is never a problem in dealing with your agency.

For the high point of our trip, we managed to get my 87 year old mother to climb the stairs in Blarney Castle to kiss the stone. It was slow going, but she made it and is glad she did. The attendant in the gift shop said they certainly didn't get many 87 year olds up there; she couldn't remember one.

This trip gave my mother a present she has wanted all her life. It was a dream come true for her, and I thank you for making it happen so pleasantly. Your choices in accommodations was superb. I usually enjoy the B&Bs when
I'm touring, but you never really know what you are getting. The B&Bs you booked were all outstanding, particularly the B&B in Killarney and the one in Dingle.

Any prospective travellers contemplating your service would be wise to book
through you.

Doug Moellering, Austin, Texas, USA

 

Hello Tony.

The tour was a great value for us, that you have the conversation with Peater around the farm visits.

The trip has been well planned and we were lucky with the weather. All the members of the group has a very good experience.

At last we will thank our driver, Thomas. He was the right person for us, flexible, knowing a lot, telling a lot, kindly, patient and safe to drive

We will not hesitate to recommand Irish Tourism to other guests - thank you.

Best regard

Valdemar & Grethe, Denmark

 

Hi Tina

Sorry I haven't got back to you sooner. You did a wonderful job with our hotels/B&Bs. Our only wish was that we could have had more time at each stop. However we covered a fair bit.

Our only disappointment was that we didn't have time to go to Kylemore Abbey. We hadn't bargained on the large amount of travelling and sightseeing we were doing from Limerick over to Cliffs of Moher, through Burren country then out to Clifden. We dropped our gear off at the B&B in Clifden and drove out to Kylemore but it had closed and next morning it didn't open till 9.30 by which time we felt we wouldn't have time to get all the way back to Dublin for Tom and Andrea to catch their flight. So all in all that was mismanagement on our part, we would have been better off staying in Galway and seeing what there was to see round there. There'll be another time.

So thank you very much for the part you played in organising our holiday and also for refunding Margie and Andrew Logan's share of the accommodation.

Diane, NZ

 

Dear Liz,

Just a few lines to tell you what a wonderful holiday I had in Ireland on the Mystical Tour. I really enjoyed every moment of it. Such a nice group of folks and so friendly. Our guide and driver, Michael, was excellent, very informative and helpful. I learnt so many more things about Ireland and the people in one week, much better than the books I had read. I have so many happy memories of the tour, we were also very lucky with the weather, and shall certainly look forward to another trip in the future and will certainly recommend your tours to my friends.
Thank you again for all your help.
Very best wishes,

Thelma Roe., Pistoia Italy

 

Tara: just got home from Ireland. The peoples of Ireland are great, had a great time,even in the rain. The B&Bs were very nice. Towers had one of the best hambuger and chips Ive had in many years. The B&B in Bunratty fabulous comfortable and the owners are very nice. Id like to thank you for your help and I have alot of pictures of my trip and would be willing to share with Go Ireland, if so send me a mailing address and I'll forward a CD. Thanks again..

G Nelson, Summerset WI

 

Dear Irishtourism.com

Try as we may we could not find anything downright ugly, or even bad for that matter. We had a lovely time, all the places we stayed were great, especially the accommodation in Cong. Ann was lovely and helpful. A lovely place, food and landlady.

It really was a good way to tour Ireland and we enjoyed it greatly. The people are so friendly and helpful, especially when Geoff was injured.
Hopefully we shall return one day and continue where we left off. Thank you again for all your help.
Best regards

Cynthia and Geoff, Boston Ma

 

Hi Stephanie,

We recently returned from our honeymoon that we booked through you and I wanted to write you and thank you for all your assistance and help in planning this trip. We had an AMAZING time in Ireland and plan on returning sometime in the near future again. We will DEFINITELY use Irish Tourism Dot Com again as well, and I can't tell you how awesome the package was and what a GREAT job you did for us!!!

Other than the hotel in Killarney, all of the other hotels were EXCELLENT, and in particular, the Castle in County Clare, and the hotel in Bunratty, these were our absolute favorites!! The Hotel in Dingle also gets an honorable mention!!

The breakfasts were all excellent, the car rental went very well, and your tour booklet that was included was outstanding!!!

Again, THANK YOU for all of your assistance, and we promise to be repeat customers!! You will hear from us again when we return to beautiful Ireland!!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Terry & Jean Murphy, New Jersey, USA

 

Hi Tony!
We had a wonderful trip and all the guys thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Thank you for putting together great itinerary. We did have have the normal Irish Weather for a few days (Ballyliffin) during the second half, resulting in us passing on playing at Castle Rock. But that was O.K with us.
We had great weather at Portrush - just as it was at County Down. Though I played better at Rush than at Down - I think Down is more superior to the Rush! I am certain this debate will never end!
With regard to the hotels - all of them were great - Ballyliffin Lodge, Bushmills Inn were exceptional. As I did mention to you we did not have hot water in the morning at Sandhouse Hotel. But those thing do happen.
Joe was great, punctual and very obliging to all our requests. He did take us on some side trips ....Bushmills brewery, Giant causeway.........etc.
THANKS AGIAN FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT TRIP!
Shall keep in touch!
Regards-Radha(:-)

Dr. Radha Krishnan, Vienna, VA

 

Stephanie,

Our vacation was wonderful. The lodgings in Kilarney and Kilkenny were incredible! My sister and I found the B&B in Kilarny especially to be everything we were hoping for in our vacation. Mary was a delight! The food was wonderful and her knowledge of the area was exactly what we needed to give us direction with our plans. Service at all of the places we stayed was above par but Mary went above and beyond. The views from our B&B in Kilkenny were worth the stay entirely. I only wish we'd had more time to soak in more of that town as we did in Killarny. Thank you for your diligent work in making our trip everything we hoped it would be.

Our time in Ireland was relaxing and refreshing. Thank you once again for the lovely time.

Melissa Vinyard, San Pedro, Califormia

 

Hi Tina,

We had a wonderful time in Ireland! The hotels were lovely, and we especially enjoyed the manor houses. Top-notch food and service! The travel itinerary you sent us provided lots of options for our daily adventures and was an excellent reference. Driving wasn't nearly as scary as I had imagined! It took about a day to get the hang of it but were both quick learners and the car was returned without a scratch. The hardest part was keeping our eyes on the road with so much beautiful scenery! We were very lucky to have excellent weather during our trip so we got to enjoy some hiking, horse riding and golfing.

Thank you for your help in organizing an incredible and memorable holiday!

Jim & Kat Dillon, Westminster, Colorado

 

Ronan: What a fabulous trip.. Lynette and I were so pleased with everything you had arranged. Of course, we did not get to see many areas as thoroughly as we would have liked, but that simply means we need to come back. I will fill you in on more impressions later but at the moment you may note for the record, that upon our return I will be playing golf.. Had a good look at Portmarnouck, Royal Port Rush and Lahinch. I can’t wait to get back and hit a few!!!!

Hope you are well and again thank you so much!

Fred & Lynette Crawford, Houston,Texas

 

Dear Tony ~
Thank you for your Note. We arrived back in California last Friday evening and are now emerging from the jet lag fog. Thank you for checking in to be certain that all was going well while we were in Ireland. I appreciate your asking for feedback. I was planning to write to you.

First let me mention that John Fleming, our driver/guide, was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed his company throughout the week. He was consistently punctual, flexible and unfailingly courteous. He offered wonderful suggestions about places we might like to see. When he offered suggestions he never pressed us to follow his recommendations. But he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that we quickly discovered we especially enjoyed all that he suggested. Since John is from County Kerry he gave us a wonderful perspective, from many points of view, about the area. Also, we never had concern about his driving skills. We feel ourselves very fortunate to have made John's acquaintance and to have been in his very capable hands for seven days.

We so enjoyed the variety of accommodations you arranged for us, Tony. Hayfield Manor, Loch Lein Country Hotel and Ballynahinch Castle all were superb and their staffs welcoming, friendly, and helpful. Each property was furnished beautifully and we felt well cared for and relaxed at each place. The one disappointment was Hotel Gresham in Dublin. This hotel was so far below the caliber of the others that we were happy we had only one night there. I assure you that the staff at Hotel Gresham were very nice and helpful, but our room was totally lackluster. David looked at some of the other vacant rooms on the floor and noted that at least our room was larger than others. The furnishings were 1960's utilitarian, non-distinctive (think Soviet era blockhouse architectural style). We overlooked the roof and ventilation system of the building next door. The bathroom was big enough for one only. After our experience at Ballynahinch and other places this accommodation was a low point. I would not recommend that you reserve at this hotel for others.

Believe me, Tony, our disappointment with the Dublin hotel in no way affected our overall experience of the tour you arranged. Thank you very much for all the effort you put into making certain that we were pleased with your arrangements. I will mention your request for photos/videos to David to see if he has something to contribute to your website. Also, I am willing to be a "solid reference" for you and Irish Tourism if someone who is thinking of booking with you would like to talk with a person who has experienced your service.

Thank you again, Tony. You and John made our visit to Ireland a truly memorable experience.

Sincerely,

David Sachs, Palo Alto, CA

 

Hi Stephanie!

I’m writing to tell you that we had a fantastic time in Ireland. Vehicle was really good – collection and return went smoothly. All the accommodation (and our hosts) was excellent (although I’m not sure they could quite take in the fact that our family of 8 were all on holiday together, with an age range from 18 to 79!). We’re now all on diets after the magnificent Irish breakfasts every day – back to the ‘real’ world is hard! The Spring weather was kind to us – one day was a bit grim, but that was the day we were staying at Westport so we took advantage of the leisure facilities there.

The ‘highlight’ was our meeting with a seal pup –I think it was at Malin Beg – am enclosing a couple of photos – one of the pup with my 18 year old son who, despite being a ‘grown-up’, was delighted that the seal came out of the water to spend about 40 minutes with us!

Thanks to you and Ronan once again for your excellent and efficient organization of our trip.

Best regards,

Annella Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, England

 

Dear Tony,

We've had a wonderful tour thanks largely to your meticulous planning and choice of accommodation. The hosts were all extremely helpful and friendly - and, by the way, they spoke highly of your organisation.

As requested, I have attached a few photos, some of my husband and me - we're becoming less photogenic as time goes by, so there aren't many! Also, something went wrong with our camera towards the end of the holiday, so I couldn't take any of Galway, which we loved.

One disappointment - not in your hands, but perhaps you communicate with them - was the information at the Kerry National Park Visitor Centre at Mucross. They don't sufficiently meet the requirements of walkers. As in our own Peak District National Park, I was expecting to see racks of maps, booklets and leaflets on suggested walks of all kinds. There was nothing of this kind and all the assistant could suggest was a limited number of low level walks. Well, we don't come to the lovely, mountainous landscape of Kerry to walk on a tarmac path round a lake! She did mention another car park higher up which we decided to go to out of curisosity and when we got there I saw a walker who seemed to know what she was doing, and she told me how to get up Torc Mountain. That turned out to be a highlight! When we went to the Visitor Centre a couple of days later, I spotted an insignificant, hand written description of how to get up Torc Mountain at the bottom of a notice board, but if it was there on our first visit, it hadn't been pointed out to me. Yes, I know, I must write to them myself!

On the last lap from Galway to Dublin, we felt that Newgrange might be a bit too much, so we called in at two places not far off route - Tullamore Heritage Centre, where a generous sample of Tullamore DEW, or Irish Mist are included in the admission price, and Trim, where we were in time for a very interesting guided tour of the castle.

Thank you again for a lovely first taste of Ireland. We hope to come back.

Best wishes,

Hilary Whitemore, Derby, England

 

Hi Liz,

Thank you for your part in making my Irish Traditions tour such a success! The tour was beautiful!Our tour guide/driver, Tadgh Murphy, was outstanding! He was informative, friendly, funny, patient ... everything you would hope for (and almost never get) in a tour guide.
I'm going back! Again, thanks Liz! I'm very impressed with CIE, Irish tourism, Ireland, everything green!

Jeanice Davis, Houston TX

 

Hi Stephanie,

Had a wonderful time. Everything was great. The B &B and hotels were wonderful. I would recommend booking with Irish Tourism. Thanks for setting up a wonderful experience for us!

Sandy Wing, Illinois, USA

 

Tony,

I just wanted to thank you for you assistance in planning our golf getaway weekend.

We had a great time while in Ireland. We met some interesting people, had some great food, and most of all played some great golf in great weather!

Michael Rosenzweig, New York, NY

 

Thank you for your wonderful assistance and for sending us on our way. We all enjoyed our travels and we took many of the roads less traveled to our next distination. The lodging throughout the vacation was wonderful and we enjoyed each place and the people there were wonderful. Your company did an outstanding job with everything you recommended.We saw rainbows, had wonderful weather (except for 2 days) and met some relatives. After 53 pubs, many pints of Guinness and some lively conversations we were ready to board our plane and come home thourghly happy with our Ireland Vacation.

Thank you!

Robyn & Dan Scott, Virginia, USA

 

Hi Stephanie,
We had a great time and P.J. was the delight of the trip! The itinerary was just right for a first time. I am absolutely thrilled that we spent most of our time out in the country. The hotels in Galway, Dublin and Killarney were very nice. The people at the hotel in Killarney were exceptional and they really went over and above to take care of us. The view was spectacular and it made up for being so far out of town.

We had a great time and plan to come back again and fly into Shannon (as you had suggested) and stay in a Castle. P.J. got us reservations for tea at the Castle on Monday and we had a blast. What a beautiful place! Thanks for a great trip.

Sandra., New York, USA

 

Everything was wonderful! I do not have one thing to complain about. The vouchers were extremely easy to use and we never had a problem getting into any of the B & B's. All of the B & B's were wonderful...very clean, great people and excellent food. We were very happy with the entire experience and will definitely use the service again!!! Thank you for all of your help.

Kind regards

Robin Weidinger, Detroit, MI

 

Hello, Tara!

We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Hike and Bike Tour last week in Ireland. We loved the Kerry peninsula, and in particular, Kilarney National Park.The biking part of the trip went flawlessly, except for us not being accustomed to riding on the left side of the road. Thank heavens we were mostly on not very busy roads! The Friday boat and jaunting car trip on the Kilarney Lakes and through the Gap of Dunloe were a real highlight! Thanks so much for all your assistance. Even the weather cooperated to help make wonderful memories for us of our Irish adventure!
Take care!

Steve and Ruthanne, Ardoch ON

 

Hi stephanie,

Our time in Ireland was simply wonderful.

Aislinn and I have had the greatest time.

the bed and breakfasts were of a particularly high standard.

the only small problem we encountered was with the car rental company eurocar, but we didnt mind that one bit.

We really appreciate that you guys were there to support and advise us during that and after a couple of hours we were on our merry way driving a car from a different rental company.

By the way, i've noticed that you have returned the money for the car rental. thanks for the great great service.

We are definitely returning to Ireland.

Highest regards.

Martin Caarels, Zaanstad, The Netherlands

 

Hi Stephanie,
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back with you. My sister and I had a fantastic time on our trip. The weather (with the exception of the morning heading to see Clonmacnoise and then heading to Dublin) was absolutely great. We were able to see the Cliffs of Moher within an hour or so of arriving in country. We did run into a spot of trouble leaving Doolin when I got the car stuck while trying to allow vehicles coming in the opposite direction more room, but fortunately, someone was kind enough to stop and help get us out. We also ran into a small traffic jam on our way to Galway on one of the smaller county roads when a flock of sheep escaped from the field, but we thought it was great. Other than that, there were no problems driving around. We managed to see the Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway, and Bunratty Castle (the medieval banquet was great, highly recommend the experience) while out on the west coast. It was cold and rainy when we were at Clonmacnoise, but it was worth freezing to check out the ruins. We both had a blast in Dublin, and were able to see everything we wanted by using the Dublin Tour's Hop-on Hop-Off bus tour. Being able to walk five minutes down the street from the hotel to Trinity College (where we checked out the Book of Kells and the archives), pick up the bus and paying for the ticket once on board made traveling around the city very convenient (and the bus driver/tour guides were a riot). In a single day, we managed to tour Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Warehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and cruise Temple Bar (hit up the Hard Rock Café too). As for our accommodations, you did a great job with the selections! Our time spent at the Connemara Hotel was awesome- everything from the facilities to the dining was fabulous and Henry and Elaine were gracious hosts (so sweet and accommodating). Our Dublin Hotel was just as fantastic, and we loved its proximity to Trinity College and Temple Bar! The only negative I could think of is that there were places on our "to see" list that we didn't get to, and am already looking forward to the opportunity to return to Ireland in the future. We have told our friends and family about your wonderful service.

I took several hundred (no exaggeration) pictures and at least an hour of video footage during our trip, and would be more than happy to send a few of them for the website.

Thank you for all the help in planning the visit.

Kristen Cangelosi, United Arab Emirates

 

Dear Tony,
Thanks for your email, and thank you for all your hard work in making our stay in Ireland such a pleasurable time. We really had a great
time. Thank you so much once again,
Regards Steve.

Steve Durston, Somerset. U.K.

 

Tina,
Just a quick note to let you know we were very impressed with the quality of the B&B's we were provided with on our recent self drive tour! We had such a great time, inspite of the rain. Ireland is a beautiful country! The people were just GREAT!!!! I have recommended Irish Tourism to a some people we met while traveling. They were doing things on their own and were impressed how relaxed we were because we didn't have to worry where we were staying! I hope they use you on their next trip. We certainly will!

Thanks, again for a wonderful Holiday!!

John & Loretta Kennedy, MO, USA

 

Stephanie,

A quick note to tell you we had a wonderful trip through the south of Ireland and to thank you again for coordinating it and setting us up with such nice accommodations. The Hotel in Dublin and the B&B in Killarney were exceptional. Mary and Der Doyle were warm and welcoming hosts and enhanced our visit to Killarney immensely.

We will be sure to contact you when we are ready for our next tour. Again, many thanks for your outstanding service.

John & Beverly McAllister, Virginia, USA

 

Dear Liz,

With a few exceptions, we all enjoyed a great vacation(particularly the golfers). We played 11 golf courses in 14 days and all of them were in good condition.

Our only bad hotel experience was at the Albany Hotel in Edinburgh. Once we got a few issues resolved, that also went fairly well.

The transportation was great, and we are all very happy that we decided to use a hired driver for this trip. I don't think that we could have gotten our luggage in any vehicle that we could have rented.

Cathal did an excellent job in arranging this trip. In addition to dealing with 6 demanding people, he handled all the arrangements to our satisfaction. I think that any problems encountered were out of his control.

I think, taking all things into consideration(people, hotels, golf, transportation, food, etc.), that we preferred Ireland to Scotland.

Best Regards,

Bill Watkins, Lexington, SC

 

Hi Liz

We had a wonderful time on the tour. Weather cooperated and our tour guide Denis Hurley and driver John were the best. The hotels were first class. We saw and learned so much about Ireland, it is a beautiful country. So thank you for all of your help, you have been most kind.

One favour, if you have the brochure of the Irish Classic Tour I would appreciate you mailing me a copy for my album.

Ann & Steve Robinson, North Vancouver, BC

 

Hello, Liz -

We had a wonderful trip - some credit has to go to the phenomenally beautiful sunshine day-after-day while we were there.

We had no bad luck - and some exceptionally nice B&Bs, well located, competent and friendly hosts and attractive rooms. A few were 'lesser', but no specific complaints.

Thanks for the good service -

Jean Wagenerr, Northfield, MA

 

Kerry Gems

"I had a grand time. The walks were varied and challenging and the scenery marvellous. Bridget was knowledgeable about the sites and history and did a great job in leading the group. The service is outstanding. The accommodations are lovely. I appreciated having free internet available. Breakfasts are excellent."

B Haselbeck, St Paul MN

 

Hi Stephanie,
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday. Thank you for all your efforts!

Our hotels were beautiful and we especially enjoyed meeting our driver Frank Higgins from Meath.

Please pass on what a wonderful driver he was. He was so full of information, history, ideas. We learned so much in that short time.

Thanks to both of you!!!

Lauren Wackernagel, Michigan, USA

 

Stephanie - we had a FABULOUS time. I guess we brought our sunny Colorado weather to Ireland, because during our stay we had exceptional weather. Our favorite place was the Castle. We were so pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was situated on an island, and we were offered a private car ferry ride. Our room was a three-room suite, decorated in Victorian style with all the old world charm and splendor. The staff there were just ultra efficient! We kept calling it our 'fantasy island'.

Our next favorite was the Country House in Killarney. The owners were so warm, friendly, inviting, gracious and really made us feel at home. The view was stunning and the manor was very quiet and peaceful.

I guess our least favorite was Dublin, but again, it was raining the day we arrived. We had trouble finding the car rental return at the Dublin Airport, and we drove around in circles for 30 minutes before finally calling the rental agency. Someone there said they had just changed the entrance to it, so we didn't feel so bad after learning that.

Speaking of car rental, I am SO glad you reserved a GPS unit for us. We would have been completely lost without it. Although you provided the great ordinance map with the large roads, all the smaller roads would have been a navigational nightmare. And just as luck would have it, they gave me a five-speed manual shift car. What a challenge! We finally just started laughing about my driving errors and had fun. I did take out the full insurance on the car because I didn't want to be responsible for any damage.

Most of our pictures are of the countryside and there are very few of us. If you want background pictures, then I'll be glad to share a few. Oh, the dinner/show at Abbey Tavern was outstanding.

Thanks for helping us build such fond memories and sharing your charming country with us. Best, Val

Valerie Webb, Broomfield, Colorado

 

Hi Tina

I wanted to write to say thank you for arranging our trip. Everything went beautifully, and all of our hosts were also very happy to work with Irish Tourism. Everyone of our hosts were so friendly and helpful, but especially Karen and Alan Priest at Brookside, and Brigit and Liam in Kilkenny. All of the accommodations were excellent.

We understand that we were very lucky with the weather which was outstanding; indeed it rarely rained for any length of time until we got to Dublin at the end of the trip, and even then, it did not interfere with our plans. Apparently it rained almost every day in Ottawa while we were away, but today is beautiful and sunny.

We will have marvelous memories of our trip. Thanks again for your excellent assistance.

Lynda Gibson, Ottowa, Canada

 

Stephanie
The trip exceeded our expectations.
We enjoyed the route. As you may recall, due to festivals, you sent us in the opposite direction from the normal route for the pub and folk
tour. We found that this worked quite well since the historical part went from the early beginnings to more recent times.
The hotels were outstanding. We were really impressed with the Hotel in Doolin, Killarney & Dublin. We had no trouble driving around Ireland, except in Dublin where the
street signs are non-existant. We were aware of the Dublin situation, based on your advice.The combination of the two really helped us
decide the sites to visit, where to eat and the pubs known for the music.
Linda and I are both looking forward to a return visit and would like to consider going to the west coast area around Kerry and Dingle as
well as the northern portion.
We hope to be able to do the trip in a year or two.
Thanks for all your work and input.

Gary Wignall, Ontario, Canada

 

Dear Tina

Many thanks for your email. We had a wonderful time in Ireland, far exceeding our expectations whatever they may have been. We have seen a lot of UK but there is much which is unique about Ireland. I can assure you there was nothing "bad or downright ugly
The small hotel west of Killarney at Fossa was wonderful. Beautifully situated.

We could have spent another full day at least at this place and then toured the Dingle Peninsula.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending all of the B and B's and manor house hotels. The hospitality of very one was great.
Many thanks for all your assistance and communications.

Graham Marlin, NSW

 

Hi Tony:

First of all, we want you to know that we had a wonderful experience on our coach tour last year. We were especially impressed with our tour director, Michael Hogan. He was so friendlly, imformative, and provided us with a very good impression and background of Ireland, which is why we have every intention of returning again next fall.

Best Wishes to all,

Gil & Jan Wagner, North Carolina

 

Hey Tony

Thanks again. Yes, we heard about the lousy summerr many times over. But we were lucky to get 4 of our 5 scheduled rounds in which isn't bad anywhere. And I arrived home with some Pro V1's still in the bag!

We would love to return to Ireland with our new found expertise in links golf!! Hopefully......

Best wishes to you and your great staff.

Charles Rich, Mobile, AL

 

Hi Tony: First of all, we want you to know that we had a wonderful experience on our coach tour last year. We were especially impressed with our tour director, Michael Hogan. He was friendlly, imformative, and provided us with a very good impression and background of Ireland, which is why we want to return again next fall.

Gil & Jan Wagner, North Carolina

 

“This turned out to be one of our best holidays. Everything went as planned thanks to your preparations and you even checked up on us during our walk; a nice detail. Our hosts, indeed everyone we met, were a joy.
The walk itself was splendid. Spring in Ireland! The trails are some of the best we’ve come across, well maintained and clearly marked.”

G. MacLeod, Florida USA

 

Hello Liz,
My recent trip was excellent! The voucher system worked out fairly well. I had made reservations at only our first two destinations as I wanted to be a bit flexible as to how long we stayed anywhere. Therefore, arriving in a town and then attempting to find anyone of these addresses was a bit challenging. All of the B&Bs we found were excellent, we even found very helpful people at those locations we didn't stay...making phone calls to find us accomodations...very helpful.
Thank you for all of you help, we had a wonderful time!

Susan, Chicago IL

 

Dancing to Dingle
‘ It was a great holiday, very well organized and great fun. Our tour leader was really helpful. This is my third time on a tour and I’ve never been disappointed in any way.’

J. Caruana, Chicago IL

 

Dear Liz - it's Jill Johnson here. I just wanted to let you know that we had an excellent time on our trip and that I will be recommending it to all! Ireland is absolutely beautiful! Our tour guide Dermud is an amazing guide, and the trip was planned so perfectly. Anyway, thank you for such a wonderful trip.

Jill Johnson, Weehawken NJ

 

Hi Tony, The trip you helped us plan was fantastic! The only room we really didn't like was at the Royal Dublin, we made an upgrade ourselves, but it was't anything great. The room at Faithleg was incredible, the castle was the same or better. The bed and breakfast that you chose were great, with great hosts! I found the driving a little tense but I got used to it. We had the time of our lives. We loved Ireland and the people. I will highly recommend your service to anyone I know that is traveling to Ireland. Thank you so much.
Oh yea, the golf courses were all fine to. With Regards,

Glen Schlehofer, Connecticut

 

Hi Tony-
I don't know if you remember me, but you helped me set up a surprise tour of Ireland for my parents. Anyway I just wanted to let you know they had a great time. They just got back and can't stop talking about it. Just wanted to say thank you for all the work you did to get me the tickets by Christmas for them.

Thank You again,

Tyia Kemnitz, Rubicon WI

 

Hello Stephanie!

We did enjoy our visit to Ireland and I am happy to share my thoughts with you! Our first B&B in Kilkenny was spectacular! Our hosts, Val and Tom went above and beyond for us. Of course, being the typical American tourist, I broke a tyre and Tom helped me get it fixed. Val was wonderful about showing us where to go and helped us plan our first few days itinerary. We really enjoyed our time there.

Killarney & Galway were also nice B&Bs. Our hostess in Galway, Marie also went above and beyond in helping us get around. The B&B was very nice and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Castle in Connemara was wonderful!!!!!

Thank you again!

Marion Westerling, Louisville, USA

 

Dear Tina,

I enjoyed Ireland very much.
The weather was very fine. All the hotels were perfect. The B&B in Galway was nice. The location of the B&B in Doolin was ideal, the owner was extremely charming and helpful, the breakfast was very good.

My trip was excellent !

Eliane Lesanne, France

 

Dear Liz,

We had a wonderful visit to Ireland. Each bed and breakfast was better than the one before. All places were beautiful and clean and the hosts were most welcoming. We loved the experience!
Sincerely,

Vickie Stanley, Topsham, ME

 

Hi Stephanie,
We had a great time and our driver P.J. was the delight of the trip! My son Drew, (19) and daughter Diana, (29) absolutely fell in love with him and were so disappointed when he dropped us off in Dublin. The itinerary was just right for a first time visit. I am absolutely thrilled that we spent most of our time out in the country. Your suggested tour was exactly what I was looking for. The hotels in Galway, Dublin and Killarney were very nice. The people at the hotel in Killarney were exceptional and they really went over and above to take care of us and the view was spectacular.
We all had a great time and plan to come back again and fly into Shannon (as you had suggested) and stay at Ashford Castle and a couple of other castles too. P.J. got us reservations for tea at Ashford Castle on Monday and we had a blast. What a beautiful place! Thanks for a great trip.

Sandra Doty, Dallas, TX

 

Dear Tina,

We had a great holiday in Ireland.
The B & B in Kilkenny and Killarney were very good. Great hospitality. Both not far from the town centre and yet in a quiet neighbourhood.
The Hotel in Dublin was also ideally suited.

The information we got beforehand from Irish Tourism was very extensive and informative. It was a great help by the planning of our cartrips in Kilkenny and Killarney.
In a word: nothing than praise.

We surely come back to Ireland, because there is still a lot to see and do.
And when we do, we will certainly use the assistance of Irish Tourism.

Kind regards,

Wim Vervoort, Netherlands

 

Stephanie:

Thank-you for following up.We had an absolutely wonderful time. We loved Ireland so much that we are already starting to plan a return trip next summer. All of the accommodations were just great. We loved Dingle Peninsula the best and Funghi. With all the B&Bs, we walked out to eat except in Galway which I thought was an easy shot down to the seaside promenade and into the old town. In Dublin we caught the local bus into downtown from a bus stop right around the corner from the hotel. Speaking of Galway we really liked the host in the B&B.
Again, thank-you for your selection and booking of excellent accommodations that provided such a wonderful trip for us and for my mother. Everything worked out like a charm with the itinerary.

Laurel Williams, Florida, USA

 

Liz,

My husband and I participated in the Irish greeting tour in July and we want to compliment your company and particularly our driver and tour director Brian Hanrahan. Brian was very knowledgeable about Irish history and shared that with us as well as singing Irish ballads and jokes. Brian made the tour so much fun as well as educational. We have never taken a tour like this and we were somewhat hesitant since we have traveled extensively in England and Scotland on our own, but we would certainly participate in a tour like this again. It was well-planned with lovely places to stay, good food, wonderful sites, and a great group of folks on the bus.

Our thanks to Brian again for such a wonderful experience. I was not sure how to address this e-mail so perhaps you can send it on!

Sandra Via, Richmond, VA

 

Dear Liz,
Thank you for your interest. Yes, we enjoyed our visit to Ireland very much. The scenery was great and the people we met were fantastic. We loved your rich history and culture. And even the thing we feared most i.e. driving on the left, we managed succesfully thanks to the very good system of road signs and warnings.
Last but not least, let me thank you for enabling me and my wife one of the finest holidays we ever had. Keep up the good work and all the best!

Dejan Novosel, Maribor, Slovenia

 

You guys are great. You listened to what we wanted and helped us put a trip together that pretty much exactly matched our vision. Everything was exactly. We had no problems whatsoever. Every course was waiting for us, and they all knew we wanted caddies. The lodging and driver were excellent. I really liked that you were responsive to our needs but also not afraid to make a recommendation if you felt strongly about something. Great job. I’m sure we’ll do more of these and will do it with you. If you ever need a reference, feel free to use my name.

Thanks for all the great help! Every person in our group had a fabulous time.

Barry Lundquist, Falmouth, ME

 

Dingle Way ‘ I found this to be a very well planned holiday from beginning to end. All B&B’s were very good and better quality than expected.’

M. Thake, Manhattan NY

 

Tina,

I would like to thank you for setting up our trip to Ireland. We all had an amazing time! the accomodations were very nice and we had no problems with the rental cars. We really lucked out and did not have a SINGLE day of rain.
This was my second time to Ireland and a first for a couple of the friends, they all loved it.

Charles Spaulding, Gilbert, Arizona, USA

 

Hi Stephanie,

We were very happy with the service provided by your company on our trip-In general, we found the accommodation to be very good - both the hotel in Dublin and Kinsale were well located and with good amenities. The B&B in Doolin was amazing - Mauve was a really good host, the house was very homely and her breakfast the best we had in Ireland. The B&B in Bunratty was very nice as well, as were the owners, they were kind to put out breakfast in the morning for us
because we were leaving very early.

Arpanraj Kothari, New York, USA

 

Again, we were pleased with all the advance reservations made on our behalf. No glitches with any arrangements. The car, hotels, and golf courses were ready for us; and we had plenty of time to maneuver our way around. We plan to use Irish Tourism again and would recommend it.

Susan Fritsch, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Dear Tina:

First, thank you so much for doing an outstanding job arranging our trip to Ireland. I absolutely would recommend you to any friend planning a trip to Ireland.

The first B&B in Cashel had such a friendly proprietor and a totally wonderful breakfast menu. The hotel in Kinsale was well situated, had very nice rooms, and again, a great breakfast where I got to try kippers. The B&B in Dingle had a really lovely breakfast room and such a sweet young hostess. Once again we had such fun chatting with the other guests at breakfast. We were SO lucky to stay in Doolin for 2 nights. We had the perfect room with a great view of the cliffs. In Trim, we couldn’t believe our luck to be looking right out at the castle just across the street! It was a great location for seeing Newgrange. We also enjoyed the Hill of Slane in that area. The Dublin hotel had the smallest room but it was very adequate.

We had a great trip and hope to return to Ireland someday.

Thank you!

Deborah Waddell, Ohio, USA

 

Hi Liz
Just thought I would drop you a line or two following our trip to Ireland and our CIE tour (Taste of Ireland Sept. 8 to 13th 2008)

We had the most wonderful driver, Harry Crofton on our trip. He was not only personable, charming (and very handsome,) but his knowledge of the history of Ireland and his general sense of pride in the country and its achievements was most impressive. Everyone on that bus was ‘educated’ in such a wonderfully positive way, it helped us all forget the terrible weather outside! Nothing Harry could have done about that.

I thought the tour was very worthwhile, marvelous accommodations, terrific food and amiable hosts. An unexpected visit to Jameson’s where my husband was chosen as a taster was a nice surprise.

I would certainly recommend this Taste of Ireland to anyone with limited time to spend. I was very impressed with the new and improved Ireland, lovely roads, food and accommodations. Unbelievably expensive though, but for our part, well worth it.

I did phone Paul O’Neil in CIE Dublin to tell him how much we had enjoyed Harry Crofton, but thought it would do no harm to mention it to you as well. If there are commendations out there, Harry should get one.

Thanks Liz for all your help in setting up this trip. Now if I could just get rid of the jet lag I would be fine!

Take care and may you enjoy the golden colours of Autumn in Ireland

Pat & Chuck Benedict, Calgary, Alberta

 

Dear Stephanie:

I just wanted to follow up with a huge Thank You to you for helping plan our wonderful trip to Ireland! We had a fabulous trip and the best decision of all was hiring the chauffeured coach. Our driver Joe O'Connor was absolutely terrific. He answered every question we asked, was extremely patient with us and provided us with such a wealth of information that we never would have learned on our own. The accommodations were great - especially the castles! We hope to return one day and maybe spend more time in the Northwest (County Mayo - where the McHale's are from). We would certainly be in touch with you again. Please pass the word on to Joe how much we enjoyed his guidance and wisdom.

Julie McHale, Annapolis MD

 

Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
“ Fantasic! Great routes. Much appreciation for all the office staff, for creating the possibility for me to attend on very short notice. Endless thanks for a generous, knowledgeable, patient and good humoured walking guidance from Ulrich. Plus excellent direction towards evening music venues. Again many thanks.”

S. Hartley, London England

 

Hi Liz,

I cannot speak highly enough of the service we received from our 3 nights in Ireland.
.
The standard of the accommodation was outstanding and the breakfasts we received were absolutely brilliant.

We hope to come again some day and of course our time in Ireland was by no means enough - we have decided we need at least a couple of weeks in Ireland.

Kind regards and thanks,

Mary Walters, Queensland Australia

 

Hi Tara,
I wanted you to know we had a wonderful time and you have a beautiful country. We saw many of the sites you suggested and loved just traveling around from town to town.
Regarding the details: Kilkenney and Galway were great, wonderful accommodations, nice fitness centers, and a splendid breakfast. . We loved Killarney and noticed how many lovely hotels were near the state park. Thanks again for all your help,

Sue, Long Island NJ

 

Connemara/Burren/Aran Islands
" Our trip exceeded our expectations in terms of the breadth of information, history, culture & geography of Ireland. We can’t wait to come back!".

C Willcocks, Manchester UK

 

Liz—
This email is overdue. But here it is finally.

I want to thank you for the wonderful help you gave in arranging a beautiful vacation for me and my friend. We LOVED Ireland. It is a gorgeous country and the people were warm, welcoming and fun. The tour was really beautiful. The hotels were lovely. Our tour guide, Dominic Dixon, was excellent. The bus was very comfortable. It certainly whetted my interest and I hope to come back again soon.

Thanks again for all your wonderful help.

Have a lovely day,

Mary, Tucson AZ

 

Dear Liz –

It's Jill Johnson here. I just wanted to let you know that we had an excellent time on our trip and that I will be recommending it to all! Ireland is absolutely beautiful! Our tour guide Dermud is an amazing guide, and the trip was planned so perfectly. Anyway, thank you for such a wonderful trip.

Jill Johnson, Weehawken NJ

 

Dear Stephanie and all those who helped me plan this trip,

The 3 ladies from Pennsylvania (Elaine, Carol, and Mary) arrived home yesterday evening ... on time, in good spirits, and in good health :-)

Thanks to you, our trip went without a single hitch! The accommodations were fabulous and the service everywhere was excellent. The kindness and generosity of the Irish people has not changed since last I stepped foot in Ireland twenty four years ago! The towns have obviously enjoyed great prosperity, as we noted beautiful homes and construction everywhere we went! BUT the people are as warm and friendly as ever!

The country roads are as narrow and winding as I remembered, and everywhere the flowers were in bloom. Even the sheep in Connemara, though perhaps fewer in number, still reign over the roadways :-)

Perhaps I'll return ... I can hope. Mary and Carol send their thanks as well.

Sincerely,

Elaine Troisi, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Dear Tina,

We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our recent holiday to Ireland.

We very much appreciated all the help and advice we received from your office which meant that our first visit to Ireland was a real treat.
All our accommodation was very comfortable and we were warmly greeted and given whatever assistance we needed.
We chose to follow most of your suggested itinerary and so were able to enjoy a real flavour of what this beautiful country has to offer its visitors.
We would definitely visit again.
Thank you once again for helping to make our holiday so special.

Alison & Margaret Jackson, Gloucestershire, UK

 

Hello Ronan -

I was an appreciative participant in the group tour you set up for David Bender and his relatives from 15 - 26 June. I'd like to reassure you that the accommodations you set up for us added greatly to our enjoyment and the overall itinerary worked out really well.

I'd particularly like to compliment Tom and Val, our first-night hosts at the B&B in Kilkenny. They had to deal with our first-day tiredness, the day-late arrival of one couple in our party and our start-up orientation quandaries. Tom took time to help me to reprogram the GPS system in the rental van, which came with the wrong instruction book, from French to English.

The Hotel you chose in Dublin gave us a luxurious, ultra-modern finale to the trip. I certainly appreciated the great location as well.

Again, good job -- my wife and I were more than satisfied.

Alan Smith, Wilmington, North Carolina

 

Hello Liz.

Now that we are all back and settled down again I thought I would
just let you know how much I enjoyed our tour. We all did in fact. The
weather was beautiful, which helped, but the tour itself was well planned
and very enjoyable. I appreciated being able to stay in a couple of B & B's,
which are always more interesting than hotels, although they were excellent
too. Our tour director, Eamonn Murphy, was wonderful. His knowledge of Irish
history is superb and I looked forward to his talks each day. I have already recommended it to a couple I know who are going to Ireland next year.
I definitely hope to travel with you again sometime.
Thank you,

Lorna Thompson, Calgary, Canada

 

Liz—
This email is overdue. But here it is finally.

I want to thank you for the wonderful help you gave in arranging a beautiful vacation for me and my friend. We LOVED Ireland. It is a gorgeous country and the people were warm, welcoming and fun. The tour was really beautiful. The hotels were lovely. Our tour guide, Dominic Dixon, was excellent. The bus was very comfortable. It certainly whetted my interest and I hope to come back again soon.

Thanks again for all your wonderful help.

Have a lovely day,

Mary, Tucson AZ

 

Tina,

I just wanted to tell you that Mary and I had a fantastic trip. Thanks for your company's itinerary--it was very helpful.
The B&Bs were all well done and the owners very friendly and accommodating. You have a lovely country, and we were sad we had to leave.

John & Mary Jackson, Tennessee, USA

 

Hike and Bike
‘ Just the right combination of waking and cycling. Service for the style and price of the holiday was first rate!’

M. Sharwood, Australia

 

Liz,

Everything was great. Your customer service was exceptional and the convenience of prepaying and just handing over a voucher to the homeowner on arrival made the experience that much easier.

The website and the book of the B&B was a helpful tool.

Thank you for all your help and we really did enjoy our stay in Ireland. On my return visit, I plan on contacting you again for our accommodation needs.

Brenda Eaton, Williston, VT

 

Liz,

I wish I could offer suggestions for improvement on you B&B service, but it is not possible to improve perfection. We failed to keep a list of our B&B hosts, which is regrettable as I would like to contact them now and express my thanks for their hospitality. Each was clean and comfortable, and our hosts treated us like visiting family. The voucher system kept the financial details at a distance, adding to the sense of a 'visit' rather than a rental. From Boyle to Barna to Doolin to Shannon, all get an A++ from us.
We both plan to visit Ireland again, and will certainly use your services.

Dave and Briana Countess, Dyersburg TN

 

Hi Liz –

just returned home from London last night so wanted to touch base
with you to let you know how much we enjoyed our Ireland tour. Of course
the weather even made it better - we said we brought the sunshine but then
again the other people on the tour also said they brought the sunshine! No
rain at all while we were there.

Our driver/guide (Eamann -spelling?) was GREAT! To hear how Ireland became,
was and is was wonderful. The contrast in the scenery in Ireland is
starling, beautiful and spectacular. I had so many 'favorite' places!

Had a most wonderful time and would recommend to anyone!

Sincerely and with much thanks!

Pat Martell, Edmonton Canada

 

I enjoyed my holiday very much, the scenery around the Kerry Way was breathtaking, people very friendly and communicative

K Schreiber, Germany

 

I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNTY TO THANK YOU AND YOUR GROUP, ESPECIALLY BRIAN RICE , THE GREAT TOUR DIRECTOR FOR PROVIDING SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN THE TOUR OF YOUR MAGNIFICIENT COUNTRY FROM THE 6th OCTOBER TO 10th OCTOBER.

SHELAGH AND I CANNOT STOP TALKING TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL IRELAND AND WE WILL ENCOURAGE MANY MORE SOUTH AFRICANS TO VISIT YOUR HOME COUNTRY.

PLEASE THANK BRIAN ON OUR BEHALF, FOR ARRANGING THE DELIVERY OF THE BINOCULARS THAT WE LEFT BEHIND IN THE HOTEL AT KILLARNEY.

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU AND BRIAN FOR A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY IN IRELAND

Bev Faulds, South Africa

 

Dear Tina

Thank you for your email, Overall the Tour was very good, especially the choice of places to stay. The mix was very appropriate and their location was excellent.
The hospitality at the Hotel in Waterford The two B&Bs and the Manor in Connemara was worth an extra star !

The Hotel in Dubiln was excellent except for the parking, where the hotel gave us
two overnight vouchers but we had to pay for daytime parking to the tune of
27 Euros. If we had been told in advance that daytime parking was to our own
account it would have been no problem.
We can however say that it was a very enjoyable trip the pros far outweighed
the cons !! and the weather was mostly fine.
When we make another trip to Ireland I shall certainly contact yourself and we will recommend Irish Tourism to friends who are thinking of taking a driving holiday in Ireland.

With best wishes

Mark Tozr, Devon, England

 

Tina:

I can not tell you how absolutely thrilled my husband and son were of the vacation they experienced. Your company was fabulous and the accommodations were the same. They were very glad to have traded up to the automatic though. My son looked the wrong way crossing the street in New York coming back and almost got hit by a car going down what he thought would have been the WRONG side of the street (too funny). Thank you again for making this so easy and enjoyable for them.

Kevin & Colin Hughes, Idaho, USA

 

Stephanie,
My husband and I had a wonderful time in Ireland. It was such a beautiful and relaxing vacation. Everyone was so warm and welcoming. We can't wait to come back in the near future.

The itinerary was put together nicely. The road directions were easy to follow. I can't sing the praises of the accommodation you chose for us. Each went out of their way to make us feel at home. The staff at Irish Tourism went out of their way to answer any questions or concerns that we may have had along the way as well.

In all, we would definitely use Irish Tourism on our next trip to Ireland. Once again please accept my personal thanks for the hard work you put into planning our fabulous vacation!

Lacey Horvat, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Hi Liz –

just returned home from London last night so wanted to touch base
with you to let you know how much we enjoyed our Ireland tour. Of course
the weather even made it better - we said we brought the sunshine but then
again the other people on the tour also said they brought the sunshine! No
rain at all while we were there.

Our driver/guide (Eamann -spelling?) was GREAT! To hear how Ireland became,
was and is was wonderful. The contrast in the scenery in Ireland is
starling, beautiful and spectacular. I had so many 'favorite' places!

Had a most wonderful time and would recommend to anyone!

Sincerely and with much thanks!

Pat Martell, Edmonton Canada

 

Good value for money and an excellent mix of new friends of various nationalities

J Brindley, Devon England

 

Hello Liz. Now that we are all back and settled down again I thought I would
just let you know how much I enjoyed our tour. We all did in fact. The
weather was beautiful, which helped, but the tour itself was well planned
and very enjoyable. I appreciated being able to stay in a couple of B & B's,
which are always more interesting than hotels, although they were excellent
too. Our tour director, Eamonn Murphy, was wonderful. His knowledge of Irish
history is superb and I looked forward to his talks each day. All in all the
tour was great value for money. I have already recommended it to a couple I
know who are going to Ireland next year.
I definitely hope to travel with CIE again sometime.
Thank you,

Lorna Thompson, Calgary Canada

 

Thanks Liz,

It was a great trip and all the B&Bs we selected were delightful.? No comments for any changes necessary.? Really, really great service and trip.

Thanks!

Beth Birmingham, Chadds Ford PA

 

Hi Liz,
Yes we had a great time and the vouchers were ideal to use. I would highly
recommend them. We will come back as we didn't see everything.
You served us very well!!
Thank you very much!

Pat and Katie, Luverne MN

 

I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNTY TO THANK YOU AND YOUR GROUP, ESPECIALLY BRIAN RICE , THE GREAT TOUR DIRECTOR FOR PROVIDING SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN THE TOUR OF YOUR MAGNIFICIENT COUNTRY FROM THE 6th OCTOBER TO 10th OCTOBER.

SHELAGH AND I CANNOT STOP TALKING TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL IRELAND AND WE WILL ENCOURAGE MANY MORE SOUTH AFRICANS TO VISIT YOUR HOME COUNTRY.

PLEASE THANK BRIAN ON OUR BEHALF, FOR ARRANGING THE DELIVERY OF THE BINOCULARS THAT WE LEFT BEHIND IN THE HOTEL AT KILLARNEY.

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU AND BRIAN FOR A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY IN IRELAND

REGARDS

Bev Faulds, Surrey UK

 

It was as described in the brochure but I wasn’t prepared for the spectacular scenery on the walks. The walks were challenging but enjoyable.

S and C Ronson, Houston TX

 

Hello Liz,

Our tour guide/bus driver was Tommy O'Rielly and he was extremely knowledgeable about Ireland in every category. He was very willing to answer even some of the stupidest questions with great pride for his country of Ireland.
The trip to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren were filled with rain and fog and we had to buy a lot of postcards to fill in the gaps. Tommy was great at keep our spirits up until the end of that day.

I will definitely recommend to anyone that you put on a first class tour. We all found the accommodations fabulous and very unique with a lot of character.
Regards,

Dorothy Watt, Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada

 

Hi Tina

We have just returned from our overseas trip and the Ireland part seems so long ago now.
On the whole the bed and breakfast accommodation was very good.
The instructions on how to get to the properties was helpful and the only criticism was that the accommodation was not as close to the towns as we would have liked.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Irish Tourism to anyone organising a trip to Ireland.

Once again, thank you for all your help in organising our trip. The only down was the weather, but I don't think you could do much about that!!

Lynn & Bryan Harris, Australia

 

Hi Tina,
Thank you so much for following up with me. We had a lovely time in Ireland and everything went very well (after our 1st crazy day of driving on the left!!). The car was ready when we arrived and all of the accommodations were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the Country House in Killarney – The owners were very welcoming and the food and accommodations outstanding. We would definitely use your service again and have recommended it to friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your assistance and prompt responses to my questions.

Catherine Tompkins, Ontario, Canada

 

Tina:

Franci and I had a wonderful time in Ireland and the tour you arranged for us was great. The castles were incredible and the hotels were top notch. The country was even more beautiful than we had imagined and the people everywhere were very friendly. We left wishing we had more time in Ireland—but now we can just plan on coming back.

For me, the high point of the trip was a Saturday morning 8 mile guided hike through the mountains at Ashford Castle. There were 5 of us on the hike. We hope to take another tour with you. I am thinking of the literary tour of Dublin.

Joseph W. Hamaker, Florida, USA

 

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that we went on this tour for our honeymoon, and we loved every minute of it!!!! Ireland is a beautiful place and it was nice to feel some connection to our grandparents who had left Ireland so long ago. The main reason for my writing is that I wanted to recognize Tom McCoy, our guide, and Pat Hanrahan, our driver. Tom was exceptionally professional, humorous, exuberant and knowledgeable about Ireland and we learned so much from him. Pat was equally as knowledgeable as well as his exceptional driving skills. These two gentlemen made us feel right at home and that there was nothing they wouldn't do to accommodate us. God Bless them!!

Kathleen & Michael, Chicago IL

 

Hello Liz,

Our tour guide/bus driver was Tommy O'Rielly and he was extremely knowledgeable about Ireland in every category. He was very willing to
answer even some of the stupidest questions with great pride for his country of Ireland.
The trip to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren were filled with rain and fog and we had to buy a lot of postcards to fill in the
gaps. Tommy was great at keep our spirits up until the end of that day.

I will definitely recommend to anyone that CIE does put on a first class tour.We all found the accommodations fabulous and very unique with a lot of character.
Regards,

Dorothy Watt, Sylvan Lake Alberta

 

Hi Liz

Thank you for your follow up on our trip. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed each B&B. Unfortunately we left your coupon book at home by accident so we missed the discounts at many of the stops, but that did not stop us having a wonderful time. We were lucky to be there for the 10 straight days of sunshine and warm weather in early June which wasn't what we had expected so that added to our pleasure. Everyone was wonderful to us and we enjoyed our complete circle of the island.
Thanks for your help.

Al and Lynda Williams-Terres, Goleta CA

 

For my first group tour this met and exceeded my expectations as far as the actual activities are concerned. There was a good balance of walking, sight seeing and entertainment.

K Fobes, Florida USA

 

Hi Liz.

We thought Ireland was the most beautiful country we have visited to date and our trips have been many! It took a few days to get used to the "wrong" side of the road, but we persevered and eventually became accustomed.
The B & B's at which we stayed were quite varied and most were clean and comfortable. All of the hosts were very friendly and most hospitable.

We wanted to bring the pubs home with us and the colorful experiences we had in them.
If I had it to plan all over again, I would do the same thing.
Thank you again. We love Ireland!

yours sincerely,

Judy Kirby, Longview WA

 

Hello Liz,

I would like to pass along to you my thanks. You are a marvel at your job, our trip was excellent, the food and accomodation superior, the trip great with I hope many lasting memories. Thank you for you time and excellent arrangements.

Sharon Scruton, Ontario Canada

 

My husband, friends and I just came back from our Ireland trip that started on June 27th. I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had. All our accommodations and tours were wonderful. We really experienced Ireland's beauty and people. Our tour guide, Brian Hanrahan, was the best. To see the country through his eyes enhanced the experience. He was so attentive to the group and his knowledge and passion for his country showed clearly. Thank you again for a great experience.

Maria and William C, Texas

 

Dancing to Dingle “ I was cared for very well, I was given excellent history about Ireland and lots of information. Noel was an excellent leader and he made my tour a lot of fun”.

B Nelson, Calgary Canada

 

Dear Tina,

We had an absolutely wonderful trip to your country! All of the arrangements were great and I would like to give you some feedback. Dublin has a wonderful transportation system (Bus) and we took the Airlink Bus into the city and it was much less than using a cab. Our hotel was off O'Connell St & easy to find. The hotel accommodations were fine-they even let us get into our room early & we got a few ours worth of sleep before venturing out.
All of our accommodations and their locatios were great, Limerick City seemed for us the hardest to find our way--although once we checked into the hotel--what a beauty!! A very plush accommodation & we did enjoy staying there.
All in all, Tina we had a great trip--all of your arrangements were wonderful and we would certainly recommend contacting you for anyone we know planning a trip to Ireland.

Good to hear from you,

Christine Silvestri, Pennsylvania, USA

 

G'day Stephanie

Thanks for your email and interest in our level of satisfaction to our recent trip to your Country.

The entire trip was outstanding.

We found RyanAir easy to use and offering an excellent and well honed service. The itinerary was right and the accommodation was good with a special mention to Tom & Val Rothwell at Kilkenny. Tom & Val were exceptional and set the scene for a memorable visit for us. They provided a service and a welcome that was far and above that what was expected.

We chose to drive on more minor roads than major and so avoided the tourist rush and probably saw more than most. We sought and accepted the advice of our hosts and without exception was right.

The only thing that we would do differently would be to spend another day in Dublin and probably drive in the opposite direction.

In conclusion, all thanks must be given to you for your professional and informed assistance that you provided to me during the planning time of our trip. This was most appreciated and made our holiday to Ireland easy and enjoyable.

Kind regards

Quentin Short, Western Australia

 

I am so happy that my daughter and I were on the tour. I couldn’t ask for much improvement, our guide Nathan was above and beyond”.

B Hodge, Utah USA

 

My wife and I took your Romantic Ireland tour from June 21 to June 28. I wish to express my deep appreciation of your guide on that trip, Liam Murray. His knowledge of the country is wide and deep, and he conveyed this in a most enjoyable and meaningful way. His instructions to the group were clear and complete, and coupled with your excellent driver, Damien, we were able to enjoy our trip to the fullest, which we did. We will recommend your company, and Liam, to all our friends here, and will do so again when we return.

John and Barbara Wallace, New Jersey

 

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that we went on this tour for our honeymoon, and we loved every minute of it!!!! Ireland is a beautiful place and it was nice to feel some connection to our grandparents who had left Ireland so long ago. The main reason for my writing is that I wanted to recognize Tom McCoy, our guide, and Pat Hanrahan, our driver. Tom was exceptionally professional, humorous, exuberant and knowledgeable about Ireland and we learned so much from him. Pat was equally as knowledgeable as well as his exceptional driving skills. These two gentlemen made us feel right at home and that there was nothing they wouldn't do to accommodate us. God Bless them!!

Kathleen & Michael, Chicago IL

 

Dear Liz-

We had a wonderful time on our visit to Ireland. Everything was exceptional. We enjoyed our 2 weeks driving around the country and the B&B's we stayed in with the vouchers were all terrific and the hosts very helpful. Accommodations, food and owners were great. All were very different but we enjoyed them all.

Thank you so much for your help and service and we will recommend you to anyone we know heading to Ireland.
Sincerely,

Keith Williams, Eagle River AK

 

Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for following up. I wanted to thank you again for all of your wonderful suggestions and bookings. The detailed itinerary was a huge help in planning our days.
The accomodations were really great, with one exception: Cassidy's in Dublin was pretty shabby, but this was offset by its location close to everything downtown.
The castles were lovely, each with their own charms and flavours. My daughter's favourite place to stay was probably the Killarney B&B. The breakfasts were terrific, and the hosts extremely welcoming. As far as photos go, .....are you on Facebook? I've posted 3 albums so far of our trip, and you're welcome to view them if you add me as a friend.
Again Stephanie, thank you so much for your hard work. I won't hesitate to suggest your company to others venturing into Guinness-land.
Cheers,

Sue Taylor, Victoria, BC

 

We had a wonderful time. We appreciate how much we got to do because we were on a tour. Also, our guide Nathan was great. He made it fun for the whole group and was instrumental in making everything very enjoyable.

S Smeester, Bonn Germany

 

Hi Stephanie.
We wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our wondeful visit to your beautiful Country! We saw Powerscourt and Bantry gardens in the sunshine and Waterford Crystal and had the Medieval banquet at Bunratty during the rain so everything worked out well.
We could not have asked for nicer B&Bs and your choice of hotels was excellent. The Hotel on the first night in Dublin was an especially good choice as the service was great and the meal of lamb and Guinness was a great introduction. You did a great job as the accomodation selections were much better and in nicer locations than we would have picked on our own! You can tell from the number of greats that we had an especially good trip and Ireland will be on the top of our list for a return visit! We have told our friends about your wonderful service and I'm sure many of them will avail.
We would like to thank you for all the help and planning of a lovely visit! We felt like home!

Maurice & Marie Glavine, Qatar, Canada

 

Hi, Tina.
Thanks so much for all you did for us. Our trip waswonderful!! Our luggage was delayed two days, and that wasn't fun, butwe did eventually get it, so that's good. We really liked the places we stayed. Our only regret is that we didn't stay put for longer periods.
It was hard to check in and out of our lodging so often, but that was our choice! Next time, we'd like to pick a place and stay for 3 or 4
days and wander out from there. Thanks again, for setting this up for us. We had an incredible trip and do hope to return with the kids someday!

Colleen, Illinois, USA

 

Dear Liz

Just a quick hello to say thanks so much for organising our Irish trip - the B&B system worked great and all the folk we stayed with were friendly and welcoming. I'll provide you with a list when I get back to the UK as didn't take those papers with me. However, we both had a lovely time (and thanks for organising the weather also - it was sunny except for one day - your skills are tremendous!!)

Regards

Eleanor & Frank Vermeesch, Penshurst New South Wales

 

My husband, friends and I just came back from our Ireland trip that started on June 27th. I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had. All our accommodations and tours were wonderful. We really experienced Ireland's beauty and people. Our tour guide, Brian Hanrahan, was the best. To see the country through his eyes enhanced the experience. He was so attentive to the group and his knowledge and passion for his country showed clearly. Thank you again for a great experience.

Maria and William C, Texas

 

Just returned from the Irish Welcome with my daughter and two of her friends. It was an incredible tour, great highlights, hotels and food. But, we all have to say the best part of the tour was our guide, Tom Keane. His knowledge of Irish history, his personality, wit and kindness made our journey through Ireland magical. He is a huge asset to the company and we would highly recommend anyone to take this tour. Thanks Tom, for the best vacation ever.

Mary Dee, Austin TX

 

My family and I enjoyed their Tour from June 18 to 25, 2008. Jim Daly, our driver/guide/historian and all around good guy, was more than we could have asked for. Not only was his knowledge of the country amazing but he was a great driver and he went above and beyond to make our first trip to Ireland the best vacation of our lives. He felt like family by the end of the trip. We can highly recommend your Tours. Thank you!

Joy G, Cincinnati OH

 

My wife and I took your Romantic Ireland tour from June 21 to June 28. I wish to express my deep appreciation of your guide on that trip, Liam Murray. His knowledge of the country is wide and deep, and he conveyed this in a most enjoyable and meaningful way. His instructions to the group were clear and complete, and coupled with your excellent driver, Damien, we were able to enjoy our trip to the fullest, which we did. We will recommend CIE, and Liam, to all our friends here, and will do CIE again when we return.

John and Barbara W, New Jersey

 

Hi Liz,

Our trip to Ireland was amazing. We had a wonderful time, and all the places we stayed took our vouchers. All the accommodations were top notch and the descriptions from the B&B books you included were very accurate.

Our favorite stay was in Killarney. Thanks again. We will definitely recommend the B&B route to others who ask for advice on how to travel and where to stay in Ireland.

Deanna, Mesa AZ

 

Tina,
Just returned from our trip a few days ago and had a great time

The Hotel in Killarney was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!! It is a beautiful property with an incredibly hospitable couple running things. The rooms were huge, the beds very comfortable and there was plenty to do in the area. Blarney Castle and this stop were without a doubt the top highlights of the trip.

Ireland is such a beautiful country filled with incredibly nice people that only made our stay even more enjoyable.

Matt Girard, Colorado, USA

 

Dear Stephanie
Now that we are back from Ireland I feel I must send you my thanks.We had a very enjoyable time and a lot of it was down to the hard work that you did on our behalf. The accommodation that you booked was excellent.We also were very impressed with the itinerary you provided for us. We managed to get a lot of it done.The trip that you booked us round The Ring of Kerry was really good and The Irish Night in the barn at Bunratty Castle was also very enjoyable.
If we decide to come and visit another part of Ireland, you may be sure that our first contact will be with Irish Tourism.
Thank you once again
Best wishes

Mary Sherlock, Lancanshire, UK

 

I loved the entire trip! Nathan was a wonderful tour guide – very helpful, informative and made the trip spectacular. Every day was a new adventure, it was awesome. The guest Inns and their owners were excellent.

J Lander, Austria

 

Hi Tina,

Thanks very much for your note - we both had a really great time and even struck relatively lucky with the weather! All the accommodation was good but the place you put us in in Kerry was outstanding.

Many thanks and I'm sure we'll be back sometime!

Aidan, Florida, USA

 

Hi Liz,
Just received your e-mail and I wanted to let you know that we throughly enjoyed our trip to Ireland. Your help in providing the vouchers was really appreciated. You arranged to have them at our first overnite spot and they
were waiting for us. All of the B&Bs we stayed in were great.I have to say that I love Ireland! It is everything that I expected and more! You are so lucky to live there! I plan to encourage everyone that I know that
plans to visit Ireland to use your service as it couldn't have worked out better. Thank you again for all your help.

Carolyn Folke, Weiser ID

 

We had a great week – good hiking, good food and a great leader with a wonderful sense of humour. Would highly recommend your tour company”.

M Johnston, Morristown NJ

 

Having traveled extensively over the past 30 years, I will have to say David Yeats, our tour director, was absolutely the best! David demonstrated excellent knowledge of people, places, history, culture and music. His keen awareness and ability to connect with each person on the tour was awesome! He ensured everyone, young and old, had a wonderful time! Our trip was fabulous because of all the effort and patience David put in to it.

Jack and Lacinda Green, New York

 

Just returned from the Irish Welcome with my daughter and two of her friends. It was an incredible tour, great highlights, hotels and food. But, we all have to say the best part of the tour was our guide, Tom Keane. His knowledge of Irish history, his personality, wit and kindness made our journey through Ireland magical. He is a huge asset to the company and we would highly recommend anyone to take this tour. Thanks, Tom & CIE for the best vacation ever.

Mary Dee, Austin TX

 

My family and I enjoyed a CIE Tour from June 18 to 25, 2008. Jim Daly, our driver/guide/historian and all around good guy, was more than we could have asked for. Not only was his knowledge of the country amazing but he was a great driver and he went above and beyond to make our first trip to Ireland the best vacation of our lives. He felt like family by the end of the trip. We highly recommend CIE Tours. Thank you!

Joy G, Cincinnati OH

 

My 17 yr. old son and I took this tour in June, 2008 and I would just like to tell you what a fabulous time it was. Not only was our tour of 22 people more personal and intimate as a group, but our driver/guide, Liam Murray, was wonderful. He added so much to the total package every day - all day and even into the evenings that I know we wouldn't have had the same experience with anyone else. What a wonderful man and what wonderful memories he gave us of Ireland!!

Katie Tallon, Youngstown OH

 

Wonderful trip. Everything we wanted and more. The history and scenic vistas were wonderful, we truly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was just wonderful. We’ll be back again!”

K & J Senecal, New York NY

 

Hi Liz
Thank you for your email. No complaints... no really!!! A wonderful time was had by all and the vouchers worked a treat. It was lovely having the freedom to move around and cover so much of Ireland, now we know why it's called the Emerald Isle. We cannot fault Irish Ferries either very relaxing trip both ways. You even managed to provide good weather for us which was a bonus. We loved Ireland, the people are lovely so helpful and welcoming and the food was very good. You certainly provide all that you promise.
Good Luck and Thank you for your help and advice.

Pamela Goodman, Devon England

 

Steph
We had a great time. The hotels and the Bed and Breakfast were wonderful. The people at the B and B were so nice and helpful.
The agenda helped a lot. There were so many things to see and we didn't get to see everything but what we did was great.
We can't thank you enough. We have talked to some people who are looking at going to Ireland in the near future and have recommended
that they work through you guys.
Again thank you for everything. It was a wonderful experience and it really helped that everything was booked a head of time and we didn't have to worry about anything.
Take care.

Sue Schoeberl, IOWA, USA

 

Hi Tina,

They had a great time. They loved the Manor House in Kerry and the Ring of
Kerry Tour, and the car worked out well. Thank you for
checking in and for all of your assistance in putting this trip together for
them!

Amy, Colorado, USA

 

Dear Tina,

We thank you a lot for this pretty arrangement that you have done for us. All accomodations have been pretty, clean and with a good service. We had a very beautiful time in your country.

For our next visit to Ireland we will surely come back to your kind assistance.

Friedrich & Martina Gerlitz, Germany

 

Tina-
We had the most wonderful time in Ireland. The country is beautiful and the people were so friendly. The castle was an unbelievable experience and the lovely bed and breakfast in Dingle was a wonderful surprise. Denise and her family were very gracious.
I can't name our favorite part of the trip because we saw so many great things. Dingle was breathtaking as well as the cliffs of Moher, We kissed the Blarney stone, found some great restaurants in Wexford. We also visited many a local pub, castle and ancient ruin, and got a kick out of driving our car on Inch beach at low tide.

We have all sung your praises for the wonderful arrangements and I am putting other people in touch with you who wish to make similar trips to Ireland in the future. Thank you for doing a great job.

Lynn Ryan, Connecticut, USA

 

Dear Liz

Every thing was great around Ireland It was all good - no problems B & B's were great and the people were so friendly - the weather was even nice some rain only 2 days

The voucher system worked well - we usually only booked one day ahead and only had to ring around a bit on Fri and Sat nights

We also toured Scotland - Wales - England - finished up in Greece - But Ireland was the pick - so pretty and green and the history .............................

Thanks for everything - the package deal was a good price

Rick and Wendy Hargreaves, Tumut New South Wales

 

Guide was amazing – could not have done it without him! Entire staff was awesome! Never had a holiday run so smoothly.

S Stayer, Sidney BC

 

I just returned last night from the 9-Day Scottish Dream Tour that began in Glasgow and ended in Edinburgh. Sidney was our driver and exemplifies the word professional. He was a total gentleman, courteous and engaging throughout the tour. Never once did I give a second thought to my safety while on the bus while he was behind the wheel. His operating skills made the trip totally relaxing. Richard, our guide, set a very high standard against which any other tour guides I meet in the future will be measured against. A few of the many terms I can use to describe his conduct during the tour are: courteous, knowledgeable, gregarious, thoughtful, accommodating. He always made the time to answer my questions, as well as those of the other tour participants, and he worked diligently to ensure that the tour flowed smoothly.

Stan Leahy, Quincy MA

 

Having traveled extensively over the past 30 years, I will have to say David Yeates, our tour director, was absolutely the best! David demonstrated excellent knowledge of people, places, history, culture and music. His keen awareness and ability to connect with each person on the tour was awesome! He ensured everyone, young and old, had a wonderful time! Our trip was fabulous because of all the effort and patience David put in to it.

Jack and Lacinda G, New York

 

My 17 yr. old son and I took this tour in June, 2008 and I would just like to tell you what a fabulous time it was. Not only was our tour of 22 people more personal and intimate as a group, but our driver/guide, Liam Murray, was wonderful. He added so much to the total package every day - all day and even into the evenings that I know we wouldn't have had the same experience with anyone else. What a wonderful man and what wonderful memories he gave us of Ireland!!

Katie T, Youngstown OH

 

We experienced the 9-day Ireland Tour with Tim Murphy and Joe Clancy in May of 2008. It was the trip of a lifetime! Everything exceeded our expectations. From the moment we landed in Ireland we felt that we were a part of the Ireland family. The accommodations were phenomenal, the food was fabulous and the entertainment was delightful. The stories and the history that Joe shared with us made our experience complete. His extensive knowledge, beautiful sense of humor and understanding of tourists made him an exceptional host. Our driver, Tim, was incredibly skillful, witty and delightful, making a perfect sidekick for Joe. We had a three generation trip, thank you for making this trip truly a gift for all of us.

Natalie Anderson, Tucson AZ

 

We met a wonderful group of people! We hope that we’ll all keep in contact. Ireland is as wonderful as I had hoped and better still. Our guide, Nathan was great and we truly felt he was one of the group. The walks were beautiful and not too hard or long. I haven’t laughed so much for a long time. Thank you!”

K Spencer, Manhattan NY

 

Hi Liz

First, lets me say that we were pleased that the voucher package was waiting for us at our hotel in Dublin. The Michelin Map was an unexpected bonus!!

And we were very pleased with our accomodations and the hospitality of our hosts. We stayed in Drumcliffe for 2 nights, Galway for 2 nights, and Ennis for our last night. We are going to recommend your website to others.

Chris & Eileen, Ewing NJ

 

Hi Tara,

We had a great time in Ireland, thanks in a large part to your B&B bookings.?
We easily found our way by Air Coach form Dublin Airport to the Hotel. The people were very helpful, the room was?fine and the buffet breakfast was good as well.
The B&B in Doolin was a wonderful surprise as we could see the Cliffs of Moher from our room. The breakfast was good enough to be be a dinner since there were several fish selections.
Last but not least, we had a wonderful time in Bunratty. The B&B was lovely. The breakfast was wonderful and the family was gracious.

Thank you for all your help. We shall highly recommend your services.

Denise Gawkowski, New York, USA

 

Dear Stephanie,

I would like to send my sincere thanks your way for such a great job in organising our Irish tour. Everything went smoothly. the car was perfect. We absolutely loved the B&B in Kinsale (we wanted to stay longer - and the Galway B&B (Marie is an incredible hostess, and her breakfast was the best by far). Your detailed manual and the Ireland Lonely Planet book we brought along complemented each other well. All the folk we ran into were very kind and helpful, full of information. We got a real kick out of our conversations with the taxi drivers in Dublin.

Thanks again for all your professionalism and efficiency. Much appreciated!

Miriam & Nancy Fugfugosh, Geneva

 

Dear Tina,
We have just come back from our self drive tour of Ireland and had a wonderful time, you are very lucky to live in such a beautiful country. The accommodation was extremely good all the way round and we did not encounter any problems anywhere with the arrangements made by you.
We would like to thank you very much for a well arranged holiday and for all the help you gave us along the way.
Best wishes

Rosemary amd Roger James, Cornwall, UK

 

Hello Steve,

This was a great trip. I have traveled to 56 countries and I rate this trip as one of the best. All the hotels were excellent( clean, friendly and excellent service, good bedding,really good food). The bus driver was a good driver, friendly and helpful. The dinner show at Merry Ploughboys was really good. Thank you for this. Your help in planning and putting the tour together was excellent. Overall, I rate this tour an A+. You can use this info anyway you want to, and I would be glad to recommend you and your Tour Company to anyone. I would be honored to be a reference for you and your Tour Company for all your help in making this tour a great success. I will send some pictures.

Special thanks for everything,

Pastor Kenneth Sturgill, Virginia - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Hi Liz,

We had a blast! Thanks for checking in. Over all - we had some wonderful places

I have to admit - that after all our travels - I still can't drive a stick shift! I managed to kill the van at some very interesting places! I managed to stop traffic in one town not only on the two streets, but on the sidewalks as well! My new nicknames are 'clutch and lerch'!

I have to admit - everyone was more than welcoming. We ended up the last night at Bunratty - and after closing two bars, we ended up 'crashing' a wedding! Actually, we heard the music and when we got in the hotel, the mother of the bride invited us to come in and join the party. Had a wonderful time - ended up leaving the hotel at 4:00 in the morning!!! Did also answer the age old question - what do men wear under their kilts! I learned more than I wanted to!!

Have a great day. Talk to you soon.

Danielle, Mckinney TX

 

This is my first IrishTourism.com trip and if they are all to this standard you have nothing to worry about”.

A Hey, Victoria BC

 

I just returned last night from the 9-Day Scottish Dream Tour that began in Glasgow and ended in Edinburgh. Sidney was our driver and exemplifies the word professional. He was a total gentleman, courteous and engaging throughout the tour. Never once did I give a second thought to my safety while on the bus while he was behind the wheel. His operating skills made the trip totally relaxing. Richard, our guide, set a very high standard against which any other tour guides I meet in the future will be measured against. A few of the many terms I can use to describe his conduct during the tour are: courteous, knowledgeable, gregarious, thoughtful, accommodating. He always made the time to answer my questions, as well as those of the other tour participants, and he worked diligently to ensure that the tour flowed smoothly.

Stan L, Quincy MA

 

We experienced the 9-day Ireland Tour with Tim Murphy and Joe Clancy in May of 2008. It was the trip of a lifetime! Everything exceeded our expectations. From the moment we landed in Ireland we felt that we were a part of the Ireland family. The accommodations were phenomenal, the food was fabulous and the entertainment was delightful. The stories and the history that Joe shared with us made our experience complete. His extensive knowledge, beautiful sense of humor and understanding of tourists made him an exceptional host. Our driver, Tim, was incredibly skillful, witty and delightful, making a perfect sidekick for Joe. We had a three generation trip, thank you for making this trip truly a gift for all of us.

Natalie H, Tucson AZ

 

Hi Steve!

We are back in Chicago now recovering from the jet lag! The tour was a fantastic success and everyone had rave reviews!!!!! Thank you so much for coming out to Killarney and Foynes amongst your busy schedule- it was so wonderful to get to see you again!!!

I hope you are having a great start to your week so far!!~ *THANK YOU THANK YOU* again for everything Steve!!!!!! It is truly an absolute pleasure to work with you and You/Irish Tourism have just been amazing- we are very much looking forward to working with you again with more future successful groups!!!!

Meena - Chicago Modern Tours

Deerfield High School Choir, Chicago

 

Hello Tina,

Yes, we really enjoyed our trip to Ireland!

Excellent combination of Hotels and their locations, Best accommodation was the Hotel in Killarney & Kinsale.

Thank you for organizing our trip to Ireland.

Best regards

Elmar Rhoe, Bayern, Germany

 

Stephanie,

Everything was wonderful!!! The itinerary was well planned and gave us all kinds of ideas. The little discount book was also quite useful in helping us find things to do. I have already recommended your services to a co-worker and he is booking a trip with you for July. I appreciate everything you did and look forward to visiting your beautiful country again. Thanks for your patience and time in making this a perfect holiday.

Brian & Christy Fradette, Germany

 

Hi Tina,

I was actually just getting ready to email you when I saw your email. My husband and I absolutely had time of our lives on our trip...if it wasn't for our dog waiting for us at home, we might not have come back! We felt like it was a great mix of relaxing and seeing all the great things Ireland has to offer. We could not be happier with how the trip was planned and turned out for us. I have attached a few pictures for you. Thank you so much for all of your help...you really helped make this amazing trip so easy and enjoyable for us!

Again thanks for helping us plan such a fabulous vacation!!

Patty Fisher, St. Louis, USA

 

Hi Tina
We had a great trip. Thank you for your assistance. The combination of Hotel, B&B & Manor House was great (especially the Manor House in Killarney). The cities you recommended were well suited to the overall route we wanted to travel and I would never have found the quality lodgings on my own. We didn't exactly follow the roads/itinery that were provided and struck out on our own instead. We enjoyed the backroads more than the faster less senic routes. Our only glitch was with the rental car company. I gave them the voucher and agreed to some extra insurance, but they charged me for everything as if I didn't have a voucher. It just took a few minutes after we returned the car in to resolve the problem, but I shouldn't have had the problem.

Thanks again for the great trip.

Deborah & Steve Kephart, California, USA

 

Dear Stephanie,

On behalf of my husband and myself, can we tell you that we had the most wonderful time in Ireland? What a lovely piece of earth (Heaven?)you have inherited from your forebears! We enjoyed the people we met, at the B and Bs, in the pubs, on the streets, etc. We felt immediately relaxed there, and will come again. We especially appreciated the B and Bs that you chose for us. All were lovely, clean, with good breakfasts, and even better hosts. Please pass along my thanks to them, and again, thank you. We will do this again! I just wish there was an IrishTourism.com in every country!

Dave and Shauna may have more specific comments, but, as this was our first experience with this kind of trip (and, we preferred it to the more formal "Tour" experience, though our guide and bus driver were "top drawer"), you have set the bar high.

Thanks so much.

"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hands."

Mardi and Martin Robson, Manitoba, Canada

 

My husband, Michael, his dad, our daughter and I just completed your Scottish Isles and Glens tour with Robert Park as our tour guide/driver. We wanted to say that he was outstanding!!!. We appreciated his help at all times with our 88-year-old father, with all the information, the stories and humor. He certainly went out of his way to help anyone, answer any questions and provide us with great entertainment. He is to be commended highly! We also want to say that C.I.E. Tours did a wonderful job in selecting the driver, the hotels, and sights. We loved every minute and can't wait to get on our next tour, hopefully, to Ireland. Thank you.

Diana, Australia

 

Hi Stephanie

We have now returned from our wonderful holiday in Ireland. Your expertise in accommodation selection, advice and together with the Personal Itinerary provided ensured we made the most of our visit.
We would like to particularly commend the choice of accommodation in Killarney.

With so many choices along the way and limited time this included many features in the one location. We were able to take in quite a few of the opportunities offered/ suggested and appreciated having the information to hand.

Once again, thank your for your assistance.

Kind regards

Viv & Alan Robinson, Queensland, Australia

 

Hi Stephanie, I would just like to say a big thank you for all the
arrangements that you made. We had an absolutely wonderful time and the
accommodation was superb. The accommodation at both the B&Bs was clean
and very well appointed. The accommodation in Kinsale was spectacular
with water views from every room in the house. The Dublin hotel was
centrally located and offered everything we needed.


Thanks you again for the wonderful you job you have done.. Keep up the great work....

Emma Reynolds, NSW

 

HI Stephanie,

Everything was lovely. I particularly liked where we stayed in Doolin
and where we stayed in Cashel. We couldn't have been happier with our accommodations and the itinerary you provided was extremely helpful. Thank you so much for all your work. I
will be certain to recommend you and use you in the future. I would also
be interested in travel deals from irishtourism.com in the future.

Eleanor Greene, Massachusetts, USA

 

Dear Tina,
So sorry for the late response. We just got back to Park City and are leaving again tomorrow....but we adored the trip!!!!! You did the most outstanding job. From the detailed itinerary to the destinations and hotel selections, everything was perfect.We were both blown away by Ireland's magnificent scenery and the warmth of the people. One of the best trips we have ever taken.
I dont have time to go into details right now, but hopefully in a week or so, I will write or call if you want more information!

Thank you again,

Wendy Roberts, Utah, USA

 

Hello Stephanie
Just a short email to thank you for arranging our Silver anniversary Southern I reland tour the B&B's were perfect in both cleanliness and service Helena & I thouroughly enjoyed the scenery and the "craic" as we adoptive irish call it can't say I like the Guiness though,we will definately be telling all our friends and relatives if they are thinking of touring Ireland to book through your company thank you once again.

Thomas & Helena Duncan, Scotland

 

Stephanie,

The trip in Ireland was very good and met our expectations.
All arrangements made by you was very good and the attractions suggested were as described for you. We visit all places that the time permmited and without any stress or discomfort. The hotels and B&B met our expectations too.
I do not have any problem to drive and found the places.
The detailed informations sent by you give me all that I needed.

Congratulations for your and thanks very much.

Ney Dos Santos, Brazil

 

Hi Stephanie,

We were very pleased with the route you prepared for us and the b&b's, as well as the two hotels were all excellent and we very much used and enjoyed all the suggestions in the book you gave us. The people were wonderful.I am amazed that you all live with such narrow roads! That was a harrowing experience for us, but the Irish people were the friendliest I have ever met.
Thanks,

Tina Robbins, Arizona, USA

 

Hi Tina,

First, be assured that I will be recommending Irish Tourism to all my friends, business acquaintances, etc. You did a fabulous job of putting together a wonderful itinerary and the written material and maps you provided were invaluable.

Kinsale was a wonderful place to start. The Hotel was easy to find and perfectly located to walk around Kinsale. We particularly enjoyed the hotel pub's restaurant for a meal and drinks. And breakfast was fabulous!

As I said earlier, of course the Manor in Killarney was a huge hit and our favorite. I honestly did not want to leave. Our hosts were helpful at every turn. Breakfast there was wonderful as well. I am so glad we booked the bus tour of Ring of Kerry so that I could enjoy the scenery too!
We also loved the B&B in Galway. The owners were not there, but Kathleen and Anne were and we were treated like royalty! And the only day we had rain while we were in Ireland was our 2nd day in Galway, but it didn't stop us from Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park.Finally on to Dublin via Newgrange. Once again, a perfect selection of hotels - great breakfast and enjoyed dinner both nights in each of the restaurants. . We can't wait to return!

Lynn, Thomas & Michael Dempsey, West Peoria, USA

 

Hi Tina!

Dan and I had the time of our lives.Ireland was everything we hoped it would be and more. We had no problems at all with any of our reservations. We appreciated the clean and comfortable B and B's. We especially enjoyed Briget and Liam at the B&B in Kilkenny. We can't wait to plan our next trip and will certainly use Irish Tourism again!

Sue & Dan Ireland, PA, USA

 

Hi, Stephanie!

My husband and I really want you and Irish Tourism to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

We LOVE Ireland—such a beautiful country, great people! We saw lots of countryside, coastline, villages large and small. It was awesome!

All of the B&B’s were just wonderful. All of the innkeepers were just great. All of the Irish breakfasts were fabulous!! I bought a recipe book and can’t wait to try Irish brown bread!

We found Irish Tourism on the internet, and it was a leap of faith to go with a company we had not heard of or had not been recommended to us. We would highly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone thinking of a self-driving tour to your beautiful country. Even though we were on our own and not in a tour group, we never felt that we were ‘alone’ in a foreign country.

Thank you for helping to make this one of our most memorable experiences!

Lisa & Seth Crippen, Virginia, USA

 

Hi Tina

We enjoyed ourselves immensely and felt that you did a great job of customizing our trip to, admittedly, very exacting specifications.

I wanted to especially point out what a nice visit we had in in Killarney. The room was quite luxurious, and you managed to book us in the room with what had to be the best view in the whole place.

Our visit to the Cliffs of Moher was the highlight of the trip. We found a place to park along the road north of the visitor center, followed a hiking path, and were able to walk along the top of the cliffs for almost two miles literally by ourselves. Amazing and beautiful.

We also greatly enjoyed bicycling around the Dingle Peninsula.
Thanks again for everything. The personal itinerary guidebook was easy to use and very helpful-- especially the abandoned castle ruin at the beach on the Dingle peninsula that wasn't in the regular tourist guides. When we start planning our next trip to your lovely country we will certainly call you first.

Philip Cox, Idaho, USA

 

Stephanie,

I couldn't be more pleased with the trip you helped put together for us. The accommodations were extremely pleasant and appropriate, and your input and advice was right on!
I would strongly recommend your services to anyone traveling to Ireland. Thank you so much for all your help! My husband will forward a few photos he took along the way that you may be able to use in some of your promotional materials if you'd like. He's a professional photographer and photography teacher and took some nice shots.

Bonnie & Paul Cotter, North Carolina, USA

 

Dear Stephanie,
This is the second time we have used Irish Tourism, and were again delighted with the accommodation, and felt it was good value for money as well. I think we can genuinely rate the holiday as a great success.
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I will certainly recommend your company to anyone.
Keep up the good work!

Peter & Lynette Coetzee, South Africa

 

Hi Stephanie,
I greatly apologize for just getting back to you now, the last month has been quite hectic!

We had a wonderful time in Ireland, so much so that I'm trying to convince my wife that we should move there one day! As far as feedback, everything was great and we enjoyed having the hotels booked in advance for us so we could show up at our leisure. I think the only negative thing I can think of is that perhaps the detailed itinerary was too detailed for the time we had.

Unfortunately, we do not have any video from when we were there, however we do have plenty of pictures. Is there a size limit on the picture files? We have an SLR digital camera so each picture is 5-10MB. And would you want pictures of just the scenery or pictures with us in them? Let me know and I'd be happy to help.

Cheers!

Katie & Dennis Gallagher, Orlando, Florida

 

Hi Tina.

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of Ireland and are already trying to figure out when we can go back!!! The info you sent on the local areas, the pubs, music and historical sites on the road was so thorough. The accommodations were good as well. The only complaint I have was that we had way too little time in Ireland, so will need to rectify this with another trip. Thanks for all the information, accommodations, maps, directions and suggestions. It was truly the best vacation we’ve had and look forward to working with you again to see even more of your lovely country. Feel free to use me as a reference or recommendation for anyone looking to take this tour in the future!

Thanks again,

Sue Prill, Tennessee, USA

 

Hi Stephanie,

First I want to thank you for all you did to make our visit enjoyable. We had a great time and wish that we could have spent twice as much time at each location. The people are so friendly and made us feel so welcome.
We did get lost a few times but that some times adds to the experience. Fortunately we had our cell phones set up to work in Ireland so we were able to call the B&Bs and they talked us in. We look forward to returning someday and have already recommended Irishtourism to our friends. Again thank you very much..

Richard & Carolyn Cobb, California, USA

 

Dear Stephanie

We did very much enjoy our trip to Ireland. All in all, we thought that the trip was well planned. We loved the Castle, that was a real treat to stay there on our first night in Ireland! We also thought that the Hotel in Killarney was very nice and we had a lovely large room overlooking the lake.

We really appreciated the day by day suggested agenda -- both the scenic plan, as well as the more direct one. We never accomplished all that we hoped --there is so much to see and do. We have decided that we must return.
We think that Irish tourism really contributed to our good experience. We definitely would recommend you to friends who are planning Irish vacations.
Thank you!

Mary Picard, Virginia, USA

 

Hi Tina,

First of all, let me say that you, personally, did a fabulous job. You were attentive, knowledgeable, and very accomodating.
-Secondly, we were very impressed with Irishtourism.com. Everything was arranged and there were no glitches or hidden costs on anything--in some cases, we didn't even have to present our vouchers, we simply had to give the inn-keepers our names and we were taken care of. Everything was very easy, from the very first e-mail I sent to you.
-Thirdly, the Irish people are FABULOUS! Everywhere we went, everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
-Fourthly, the food was terrific everywhere. We really enjoyed the pride exhibited in the Irish produced foodstuffs.

The only problem we had was with the rental car, and you jumped right on that as soon as we brought it to your attention and the situation was resolved. Great customer service.

The accomodations were wonderful. Our favorite was the Manor in Killarney.

We enjoyed the trip tremendously, we thank you for the great job you did, and we will heartily recommend Irishtourism.com to anyone going to Ireland for a visit.

Thanks again for everything,

ally O'Toole, California, USA

 

Hi Tina

We had a great time!! Thank-you so much. The hotels were good and it was nice to have a place available at the end of the day.

The rooms were good and the breakfast delicious.
Others we know that had gone to Ireland did have some problems with ccomodations, so I am very happy to say we did not. Thank-you so very much
for that.

Ireland is beautiful.The people were all so very nice and helpful. I would definitely want to come and visit again. There is so much more I would love to see.

Thank-you again, Tina. I would work with you again.

Jill Ohland, MN, USA

 

Hello Tina,

The trip was fantastic. Ireland is a beautiful country and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
In terms of feedback my husband and I would like to say that your customer service to us is to be commended. We arranged it all at the last minute and you were quick to reply to my many queries, change hotels as requested and give directions.
The hotels were all very nice. The B& B in Kinsale was excellent as was the Manor in Killarney- I would go back for sure. The view from the Hotel in Doolin was spectacular.

The Notice regarding car rentals was very useful. We knew exactly what to expect and knew exactly what we were going to get in terms of insurance before we got there.

I would recommend your services to others.

Regards,

Lynda McNeil, Quebec, Canada

 

The holiday was a success , specially as far as the weather went , only two days rain in Killarney . the accommodation was on the whole ideal, you have my thanks for a first class job .

The holiday gave us a better idea where to concentrate on for future holidays , eg , instead of Galway , I might have a tendency to try for somewhere up in Connemara , beautiful country up there ! .

Anyway thank you again , I will not hesitate to give you a call in future .

George Mclay, Scotland

 

Stephanie,
Thanks for checking in with us. We wanted to thank you for the great itinerary you put together for us. We were able to see so much in only a few weeks.

The accommodations were all very good and we wanted to be sure you kept the Waterford B&B on your list. We loved this place, they had the best breakfast of the entire trip. The best B&B atmosphere though was the in Doolin, wonderful people there.

We did want to let you know that the worse place we stayed was Darby O'Gills (yes, it was our pick). The pub was fine but the rooms were sub-par and the breakfast was terrible. If anyone suggests a change like we did we would recommend you steer them away.

We've attached a few pictures for you (we didn't take any video, sorry). These are of us at the Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Ropebridge, Powerscourt Gardens, Glendalough.

Let us know if you would like more photos. Tom took almost 2000 photos over the course of the trip although there are not that many with us in the picture.

Thanks again! Cheers!

Karlyn & Tom, Olympia, Washington, USA

 

Dear Tina

John and I would like to say how much we enjoyed our holiday.
Thank you for booking our accommodation, all of which was excellent, and for all the other information you provided.

Jean & John Clarke, UK

 

Dear Stephanie

Thank you so much for organising our trip to Ireland, the hotels were fine and in a good location. The B & B's were excellent with the landladies very friendly. However, the one Item you neglected to control was the weather. (You need greater powers).We spent 5 hours walking around Muckross Gardens, Farm and the National Park in Wellington boots, Golf waterproof trousers and jacket with our Umbrellas up, Just! As the wind and rain was so fierce.

But after all that we did have a good time, Thanks once again.

Fred & Pauline, Surrey, UK

 

Hello Tina!

We'll we are back in the states now, very reluctantly I must add. The country was every bit as beautiful as I imagined it to be. The accommodations were wonderful.

Thank you so much for your care, guidance and professionalism. I truly want to return and will contact you first when the chance arises. Blessings from our family and Slainte forever.....

Don Moak, California, USA

 

Dear Stephanie,

After all the planning and anticipation, our holiday in Ireland has come and gone.

I am writing to thank you for your assistance. We had a great time. All the hotels and B&Bs were great and everyone treated us very well. It seems we were their first Maltese guests!

Our favourite places have to be the Hotel in Dublin, the B&B in Kinsaleand also the B&B in Doolin. In fact we wish we could have stayed longer at these particular two!
With regards to the car, we were very satisfied with the service.


I would definitely recommend your services to all my friends.

Best regards

Sandra, Malta

 

Tina:
Ireland is a beautiful country and we had a great time. Staying at the b&b's worked out great. The only thing I would of changed was where we stayed in Dublin The hotel was nice but it was to far from the city center. We used taxis and the bus system but it would of been nice if we were within walking distance of town. The whole crew has alot of good memories from Ireland now and we will make it back there some day. Thank you for all your help.

George J McKeon Jr, Arizona, USA

 

Stephanie,

I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you what a wonderful time we had on our trip. The B&Bs we stayed in were great, especially in Killarney. Mary Doyle was a wonderful hostess, who went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed our time there, and the accommodations were top-notch.

Thanks,

Meg Ryan, Florida, USA

 

Dear Tina,

Thanks so much for all your good planning for our Ireland trip. We had
great accommodations, thanks to you - convenient, comfortable, considerate,
and very tasty breakfasts too. We particularly loved the spot south of
Donegal, so welcoming and homey! And the hotel in Dublin was first class
and in a perfect location. The car worked out well too, and we put lots of
miles on it! I would recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Ireland.

Linda, Florida, USA

 

Hi Tina,

I had a great time in Ireland! I am looking forward to a return visit. Of course I will be contacting you when I do. Having my hotel rooms and rental car set up in advance made the trip so much more enjoyable. All I had to worry about was what to do and see from all of the choices.

I got to see some beautiful sights & made some new friends.

I even got to experience rush hour traffic.

The only problem is that the week did not last long enough. Many thanks to you and the team at IrishTourism.com!

Kevin Chrisman, Virgina, USA

 

Dear Tina,

This trip to Ireland will be an experience that we will never forget. We had a great time driving through the country. The scenery was beautiful. The hotels we stayed at were perfectly located near the center of the towns and cities. Each place had it's own charm. The pubs recommended in the itinerary had great mixture of people, music, food and of course beer. With the help of the itinerary, we were able to find some great coastal roads, towns and the nooks and crannies that led off them. It gave many good suggestions. Even though, we could not do it all.

Thanks again for all your help in setting this up for us.

Warm regards,

Rosalie and Joseph Abbate, New York, USA

 

Hi Tina,

The service provided by Irish Tourism was exemplary.

Everyone's expectation of vacations is different I'm sure. Our favorite spot was in Kilkenny with Val and Tom at the B&B. It was more in line with what we thought to experience when traveling in Ireland. The other cities did have aspects to recommend them, especially as all of the B&B owners were helpful and eager to assist us in finding sites to visit and giving us background information on their locales.

On the whole, I felt that we had a very positive experience using Irish Tourism. Thank you for everything!

Sheri Brearcliffe, Oregan, USA

 

Hi Tina,
It was interesting. Just the other day I was describing our visit in detail to a friend and he asked what was the negative (he's one of these persons that thrives on the contraversies of life) and the only negative I could think of is that there were places on my to see list that we didn't get to! The accomodations you arranged for us where just wonderful.You have picked B&B's run by people who just love interacting with visitors and they make guests feel so welcome. . My son did a very competent job driving us on the left hand side of the road. Tina, I will be back to you for my next trip. We had only gotten as far as Dunmore East when I knew I would have to visit Ireland again. There was no bad and certainly no ugly. The weather even cooperated! We had rain one day. Thank you for your help with our very memorable trip and I will be back with you for my next adventure.

Amy Over, Pennsylvania, USA

 

We had such a great time, the bed and breakfasts were so nice and the host so friendly. We particularly liked Doolin with the views of hillsides and the great pubs. The only bad was the hotel in Dublin--it was not bad but it was a bit away, the hotel in its self was great, service wonderful it was just the distance from town and we understood this.....we drove all over and saw so much and we're already planning on a new trip.

Thanks so much for the help and I would definitely recommend a GPS we got one with the rental car and it was worth every cent of the rental. I will also recommend your travel service to the friends I have that are planning a trip to Ireland--I envy you living there all the time.

Have a wonderful day.

Linda Chase, Florida, USA

 

Stephanie
Our trip was a great experience.
For our first visit to Ireland we were very happy with the variety of accommodations and the pace of the trip.

The narrow roads were an experience and I could see my wife cringing against the hedges knowing there was a wall on the other side of the hedge she was two inches from.
I made an unscheduled climb to the top of Croagh Patrick and was glad I did. The view from the top made the climb worth it. My old legs told me I should have been training.

In Kilkenny we came across a re-enactment of Finnegan’s wake late one night in a little pub. That was a hoot. Finishing in Dublin was the way to go. A visit to the Book of Kells at Trinity was fascinating.

Thank you for your efforts and a great experience.

Charlie & Lois Clarke, Alberta, USA

 

Hi Tina.
We had an absolutely fantastic time in Ireland. All the Hotels and B&Bs were superb and a great mix. Your information regarding the route was invaluable and very thorough and informative.From a personal point of view we probably covered too many miles which didn't allow for enough relaxation and sight seeing.
Apart from getting slightly lost in Dublin we had no problems locating hotels.
You guys are a first class outfit, far superior to any high street travel agent. We will definitely use you for any future trips and mention Irish Tourism to anyone who hears about the holiday.
Many thanks for organising a great holiday.

Regards

Stuart, California, USA

 

Dear Tina,

We did enjoy Ireland very much, what a beautiful country and what lovely people! The weather was lovely too, that helped
The tour was excellent! It was the perfect way to see the best of Ireland indeed and to get a good impression of the country.

Your choice of accommodation was excellent, very nice rooms and friendly staff everywhere. In particular the managers of the guesthouse in Killarney and the B&B in Galway gave it a personal touch!

Thanks again for your itinerary and great service. We'd recommend the tour to anyone who wants to visit Ireland for the first time. We left with fond memories of Irish hospitality, stunning countryside, folk music and, of course, guiness & whiskey

Best wishes and kind regards,

Hanneke Blijham, Netherlands

 

Hi Stephanie,

Our trip was fantastic! We had the best time, and would certainly visit Ireland again. If circumstances allow, the self drive tour is
definitely the way to go. We saw so much more that we wouldn't have seen if we went on a scheduled tour. All of the hotels and B&B's
were perfect. We decided that we really enjoyed the coastal areas, and would probably spend more time on the coast if we were to visit again. We actually made the trip to the Cliffs of Moher
after we arrived at the B&B in Bunratty, and are very glad we made the 1 hr trip. It was definitely worth it! Many thanks to you for
your help in arranging such an enjoyable visit to Ireland. I will highly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone I hear has an interest in
visiting Ireland.

Thank you and best regards,

Dennis Blick, Conneticut, USA

 

Tina,

We had a terrific time in your wonderful country!

On our first day we stopped near Kildare to look for Tully National Stud (our son's name is Tully), but were unable find a sign saying "Tully National Stud" to take a picture beside - but did find a sign "Tully Bull Performance Test Centre" which was an adequate substitute picture.

Kilkenny was a nice start to our holiday – The Accommodation was a nice start to our B&B experience.

On our way to Killarney we stopped at Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage.

We had a great time pubbing and eating and pubbing some more in Killarney. Once again the accommodations were very comfortable for the lot of us!

We drove to Dingle and through Tralee and on up to the ferry across the Shannon River en route to Doolin. The Cliffs were breathtaking and well worth the time. The wind was blowing a gale at the top ... glad there were fences there at this point!

Doolin was far and away our favorite place to stay... we walked all around the Burren Country - went to see Doolin Cave and the Great Stalctite of Doolin ... nice. Of course, ... The B&B was, again, excellent.

Thank you for a wonderful trip. The Irish people we encountered were all very friendly and helpful.

Al Causey, Florida, USA

 

Hi Tina

We had a great time. Everywhere was really good. The accommodation was all very good. We would certainly have liked another week at least as the 7 nights was definitely not long enough with the amount of driving we had to do from Belfast, but our time was very limited so maybe another time we will come for much longer so we can see more and stay longer in the various places. So much to see in and around Killarney....just loved the Country House Hotel in Killarney.

Thanks again Tina, we were delighted with everything.

Regards,

Beth Clarke., Western Australia

 

Dear Stephanie

We have now returned from Ireland having thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

I would like to put on record that I found absolutely everything a first-class experience.

Your own friendly and efficient help and advice following my initial enquiry set the pattern for the holiday. The material provided by your company was as complete and extensive as could be.

We found nothing but friendly and cheerful people wherever we went.

Your selections of accommodation were excellent, especially the Country House in Killarney.

Thank you again. I hope that we will avail ourselves of your services again.

Regards

Michael Baylis, London, UK

 

Hi Tina
I am glad to hear from you. We had a marvelous time and I was so impressed with the accommodations that you booked for us - thank you so much - first - they suited our needs exactly - particulary the pools and the Hotel in Kilkenny had a children's program which suited our youngest and we loved all the locations. We will all very fondly remember our time in Ireland and my oldest boys would live there in a heart beat. I can not wait to contact you to plan my next trip!

Thank you so much

Bev Baxter, Ontario, Canada

 

GREETINGS Tina,

We had a wonderful experience thanks to your help/planning. The travel book you created was a useful guide for my navigator & day planner. The lodging was great. The hotels (Kilkenny and Dublin) were roomy and very comfortable. The B&B's in Killarney & Galway deserve high praise as they were SO pleasant, warm and generous with their time. The food was fantastic as well.

Thanks again for ALL your help. You've been GREAT to work with -- and very kind with your time.

Tom Carney, Nebraska

 

Stephanie,

Well, there was no downright ugly.... except for 8 out of 9 days of rain.... but thats mother nature for you ... we still had a great time.

The B&B in Salthill was very nice. Very roomy, the owner and staff were very friendly and accomodating.

The Killarney Manor House was top notch.... what a view from the front porch.

The Hotel in Malahide was situated perfectly just outside of Dublin.

All in all we had a great time, with great accommodations... and I have already suggest you and your company to a co-worker looking to go sometime next year.

Again, many thanks from all of my family.

Michele Cells, New Jersey, USA

 

Thank you for organising our delightful holiday in Ireland. Everything went without a hitch...the accommodation, the car and especially the wonderful weather you turned on for our week.

Two B&B's were particularly outstanding.... the one in Killarney and Tom and Maries place in Galway were especially wonderful, but all B&B hosts were great ambassadors for your wonderful country. They were all so helpful, friendly and charming and such a contrast to the more impersonal attention which seems to be given in hotels.

Thank you again for all the information you sent us which was most helpful in providing a background and a bit of history to all the places we visited.

Keep up the great work!!

Maureen & John Critchley, London, England

 

Dear Stephanie,

First of all, many thanks!!

Ireland is very beautiful, wonderful..., We had a marvellous week in your country, although the weather was not very good some days.

The hotels were good, especially in Dublin. We got a suite instead a normal room, because all double standard rooms were booked these days.

About parking, there were no problems. In Killarney and in Galway the parking was free

The Ring of Kerry tour was impressive, but it was raining all time.

We are thinking about flying Ireland again to visit the island more slowly.

Once again, thanks for all and for your interest. See you in IRELAND!!!

Carmelo & Belen Cosin, Madrid, Portugal

 

Hi Tina,

Please forgive me for not writing my thanks sooner.

My mother and I had an absolutely wonderful time in your lovely country. Ireland is all we had hoped for and more. Using your services was so very helpful. Thanks for arranging our route and B&B's, and for all the great sight-seeing information. The B&B's in Kinsale, Doolin, and Galway were quite pleasant; clean, nicely decorated, comfortable, good food, and the hosts were very friendly and helpful & the Manor in Killarney was outstanding.

We will recommend you to our friends and family.

Elizabeth Buckley, Kentucky, USA

 

Stephanie
I meant to send you a thank-you. Accommodation was fine, we were very happy with everything except that the weather was a little bit Irish.

I will certainly contact you guys if we ever save up enough to pay another visit. We loved Ireland, but our weak dollar makes it a challenge.
Thanks again for all you did, I'll be recommending you to anyone who is heading your way.

Ray Bryars, California, USA

 

Dear Ronan,
Many thanks for the itinerary, i can only say if we will enjoy Ireland in the same way we enjoyed your companys service we will have a wonderful time.

I myself am a General Manager of one of the largest tourism companys in Israel and i can only say thank you for the wonderful service your company has provided me you can be proud at the standard of your staff and there kindness and patience with every request.
Please give my best regards to Tony

Simon, Israel

 

Hi Stephanie,

We had a wonderful time in Ireland. It rained heavily the first day in Doolin but we just did things indoors. Susan Daly sure set the bar for the Bed & Breakfast Inns. Susan and Katie were wonderful people and really made you feel welcome. This was my first time overseas and with their kindness I was able to feel comfortable. All of the bed & breakfast stops were wonderful.

The lodge for our anniversary was absolutely wonderful. The food and service were great.
The pubs were also interesting. We had a treat in Westport. We went to Matt Molloy's and it just so happened that he was there and he played that night.
The trip was a success and we would like to go back some time and visit another region. I would recommend your service to anyone. Thank you again.

Kathy Wolf, USA

 

Hello Tina

We had a wonderful time in Ireland. You have a beautiful country.

The vouchers were great. I just handed them to each hotel or castle and they had everything that they needed.

The Hotel in Kenmare was very special. The people were nice, the hotel was very
warm and friendly and the room was great along with the grounds.
Everything was perfect.

We also loved the Castles.

Thank you for a great memorable time.

Tammy Stevens, Colorado, USA

 

Stephanie,

It was a wonderful trip. Loved Ireland. The marvelous countryside, green as in the legend, full of sheep, cows, hedge rows, hills and old castles. Loved the pubs and the music and all the friendly people. And of course the marvelous coast.

The accommodation in Killarney & Clare were absolutely charming. The accommodation in Clare was probably the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. The furnishings, gardens and setting are truly extraordinary and the food was first-rate.

The Hotel in Galway was delightful, and as Ronan said, the "buzz" in Galway was terrific.

I would add that for me the single most thrilling experience on the trip was visiting Thor Ballylee and Coole Park and reading Yeats while there.

Could have used another week. Good reason to come back. Next time I'd like to see Dublin and that part of the country.

Thank you

The Williams, USA

 

Thank you for your e-mail and we are very pleased to tell you that we thoroughly
enjoyed our 8 days in Ireland. The hotels and B & Bs were excellent and gave us a good variety of accommodation. Everywhere your people were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was brilliant.

I would recommend your website and ease of booking to anyone.

B Wilkinson, USA

 

Excellent!

Most excellent!

My trip was wonderful. I'm an experienced world traveler. Ireland made my 30th country. Right now I'm in Shanghai.

I was most impressed with all of the B&B's with which you arranged. I was a bit nervous about taking a hotel in Dublin, but it turned out to be delightful and in a perfect spot for touring the city. The B&B in Killarney in particular was wonderful.

The descriptions of the routes I was to take were excellent. I had a "Lonely Planet" travel book, but I pretty much relied on the material you sent.

In short, my trip was Excellent, and I appreciate your helping to make it so.

I hope our paths cross again.

Lee Whitlock, Kentucky, USA

 

Stephanie

Just wanted to say thank you for booking us a wonderful trip. Each of our accomodations was excellent. Just perfect. You seemed to give us
a great variety of the hotels, always in the heart of things, which we loved, and the Castle was really fun, and the two B&Bs, were the best part of all, much to the surprise of my husband who originally wanted all hotels.
Please give our very best regards to the accomodation owner in Sligo. I think the hostess just was so special, and the breakfast so elegantly served, we consider it our very best experience while there.

Thanks again to yourselves. It was great.

Jane & Kevin West, USA

 

Stephanie

I apologize for not responding to you earlier. I want you to know that we loved our time in your beautiful country. The gorgeous greens and deep blues were unforgettable as was the hospitality of the people! All of our accommodations were excellent. Especially in Killarney & In Doolin.

We are looking forward to our next trip! Thank you for your help.

Mary Voss, USA

 

Apologies for not sending this to you earlier, but we just wanted to drop you a line to say a very big THANK-YOU for all your help with planning & booking our honeymoon trip to Ireland.

We had a great time, and the accommodation was just perfect. Each hotel and B&B looked after us perfectly. We really enjoyed Kinsale and had a great meal at Man Friday. The Castle in Connemara was also awesome, especially the setting.

Thank-you again, and we will definitely suggest your service to anyone traveling to Ireland who wants a hassle free, well organised trip.

Adam & Nicky, Cape Town South Africa

 

My wife and I had a wonderful experience in Ireland and wish to thank irishtourism for setting the trip up. Our accomodations were spectacular...especially in Killarney & Clifden where we enjoyed water view rooms. The food at these places was great.
We would return to Ireland in a minute and plan to come back some time. A special thanks to RONAN for helping with our tour.

Phillip Van Reken, Germany

 

Stephanie

Just want to thank you for a great itinerary and the good selection of hotels and B & B's. We pretty well followed your recommended routing and sites. Best B & B was in Kinsale. It was difficult to find but the owner came down the hill to lead us to her place. She was great and the view from our room was outstanding. One thing really stands out in our minds, that being the genuine friendliness of the Irish people. We felt quite at home.
If the occasion should arise, I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone contemplating a trip to Ireland.

David, USA

 

Tina

The trip was simply lovely and we will recommend Irishtourism.com to anyone at anytime! We loved the selection of places to stay and suggestions of what to see. Great job! Thanks!

Pamela, USA

 

Hello Ronan,

Well, we are safely back from Ireland. My sister-in-law and I had a wonderful time and were very impressed with your arrangements for
us. We loved the north and the Inishowen Peninsula.

I think our favorite area was Connemara region. How lovely. Also, our night on the Aran Islands was a blast. Joe Watty's pub had a terrific group playing traditional music. And our bike ride out to Dun Angues was great. We agreed that we probably wouldn't go back to Dublin. We liked Galway better and it was big enough of a city. But seeing the Book of Kells and drinking our pint on the 7th floor of the Guiness factory was worthwhile and fun!

I just want to say thank you again for your help in making this a fabulous trip.We will be going back there someday and will definitely be contacting you again.

Pamela Trask, USA

 

Stephanie

I'm only too delighted to get back to you following our really successfuland enjoyable trip to Ireland recently. In fact I meant to thank Tony Keane for all his help since my initial enquiry last June/July.

Our driver from Enfield coaches, Pat Walsh, was delightful. The standard of the transport provided was very high and perfectly suited to the size of our group.

In Dublin the accommodation and breakfasts were of an equally high standard.

Tony Keane was absolutley indispensable to me in planning this trip. Apart from booking and aranging the accommodation and transport for us, Tony also gave me the names of several useful contacts and provided us with sample
itineraries all of which were invaluable.

From my point of view it has been an absolute pleasure working with your organisation and i look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again. Thoroughly efficient and extremely good value.

Thank you very much indeed.

Helen Tobin, Middlesex, England

 

Stephanie

We are back safe and sound!! It was a wonderful tour thanks in large part to your efforts in helping us arrange a great trip. The schedule and the places you had lined up for us to visit were absolutely exceptional. The hospitality at each overnight stay was great. Our Grandson especially liked the castle in Offally. What a great trip for him at his age 14! I'm sure he will remember the trip for the rest of his life. Ireland is special to us because I'm Irish on both sides of my family!

We are already thinking about our next visit to Ireland.

Thank you once again for all you did to make our trip a most enjoyable, pleasant experience!

PS Thank you for following up-- that means a lot to us!

Jean, Dick Dobson and Cameron Henry, USA

 

We had a once-in-a-lifetime, dream vacation in Ireland. We loved all the B&B's you chose for us. The castle was the best of all. I was surprised when you booked us for two nights in Galway until we got there and had trouble leaving and needed four more days. Marian's in Waterford was our favorite B&B with the one in Galway a close second.

We found the Irish people to be wonderfully helpful and kind which was good since we were lost most of the time. We deliberately stayed on the minor roads and had quite an adventure learning to drive ourselves about.

Pat & Roy Thompson, Texas, USA

 

I just wanted to thank you for putting together the trip for Pam and Vance Green and me. Our trip was absolutely wonderful. Staying the B&Bs and the Manor Houses allowed us to really meet "the people," and they were so nice. I can't wait to come back. Again, thanks for all your hard work. Linda Wilkerson, Oklahoma City, OK

Linda Wilkerson, Oklahoma City, USA

 

Your assistance in planning our self drive through Ireland, made our trip a memorable one. We enjoyed every part of Ireland; especially the people and the nightly pints of Guinness. Staying at the castle the first night in Ireland really gave us the feel of Ireland immediately. The Castle in Cong was magnificent. The 5 B&B's were all wonderful. All the owner's were very welcoming and made our stay very enjoyable. We must say the B&B in Waterford was beautiful and the owner gave us a wonderful history of Ireland.
We will definitely call on you to help plan our next trip to Ireland.
Thank you again.

Carol & Patrick Thesing, Texas, USA

 

Stephanie;

Thanks for the note. I was already going to prepare you a summary of my trip anyway and now will be more detailed. This was an incredible trip, there is no doubt. Irishtourism really knows it's stuff. I am grateful to you and your company. There were definitely a lot off lessons learned and if you want I will send you a copy of what I wrote for my own benefit. I will be recommending Irishtourism to anyone traveling to Ireland in the future.

Tim Tate, Florida, USA

 

Hi, our trip was fantastic. The weather was surprisingly dry and warm. The places you booked for our accomodation were fabulous. We started to look forward to every night to see what new place we would be in. We especially loved Kinsale, a little nook in Ireland we never would have gone to.

We managed well and would recommend your company to others, as were impressed with the accomodation, recomendations and food! Thank you for a great trip.

Katie Sweeting, USA

 

Dear tina,

A quick message with some feedback on our honeymoon in Ireland. in a word: perfect! We absolutely loved the people, the places, the countryside--all of it. We stayed in 3 Castles. Our favorite, by far, was the one in Connemara. The staff there was so helpful and accommodating and genuinely kind people. The food was excellent, the room was beautiful, the grounds were gorgeous--all amazing. The other Castles were also amazing.
Many thanks to you!

Suzanne Sunada, Hawaii

 

Dear Stephanie
Let's say it quick and easy: Whenever we will travel again in Eire (this
could be possible soon) we will have the pleasure to contact you and Ronan
as provider again. Great value, fine personal contacts and great assistance
in fullfilling individual wishes. A personal remark: 3 nights in Dublin is
at least 1 too much, even more when all nights are at the end of the trip.

Walter, USA

 

Stephanie:
You and Irish tourism did an excellent job on the
accommodations. Every place we stayed at was
wonderful. Ireland is a beautiful country and you did a fine job of making our stay very memorable.

Janice Stuart, USA

 

Hi Tina,
Thank you for booking such a lovely trip to Ireland! I absolutely loved it!!!!!! My favorite hotel was the Country House in Killarney. It was beautiful, and the owner Paul, was wonderful! He gave us great advice of fun things to see and do in the area.
Everything went acording to plan, and I will be returning very soon. I will definitely recommend Irish Tourism to my family and friends!
Thanks,

Jasmine Avalos, Safford Arizona USA

 

Hi Tina,

Our trip was wonderful. The only thing that I would have changed was
the B&B in Galway. It was not within walking distance to any pubs or
restaurants. The house was beautiful and very clean but the lady of
the house was a little cold. Her husband and son were fantastic. Maybe
we just cought her on an off day. We went out to the Aran Islands
(Innis Mor) and loved every minute. That was probably the highlight of
our trip. Everything was fantastic. I would like to thank you again
for all your help, and I will be recommending your company to anyone I
know going to Ireland.

Lindsey Stefanishion, Alberta Canada

 

Hi Stephanie:

We had a great time in Ireland, everything was perfect and we have not complaints about
anything.

The hotels and the bed & breakfast were fantastic, and it was very easy to find them
with the explanations you gave us. And the owners were very attentive.

We really enjoyed the whole week, and we are thinking about coming back another year so
we can visit the north of Ireland.

The only problem we had: It`s very difficult to drive on the other side!!!! Although it
was very funny too.

Thank you for everything. I hope we can come back soon.

Virginia Pazos, Cantabria

 

Tina,

I must tell you everything was wonderful. It was a pleasure working with you and staff.
All items discussed were accomplished with excellence. Your choice of hotels and B&B's really made a difference in our visit. Each were very helpful in making sure we made the most out of each day. We shared your travel itenerary with them and received many compliments on the information you provided.

Tina, thanks again for changing the last evenings reservations to another location for us. I certainly have enjoyed working with you and would not hesitate to use your services in the future.

Ron Skaug, Wisconsin, USA

 

Stephanie,

Everything was great. I could not be more satisfied. I have recommended Irish Tourism.com to several people. I told them to try and e mail or speak with you. Thank you so much for planning a wonderful itinerary for us.

Pam, USA

 

Dear Stephanie

We had a wonderful time thank you very much and think Ireland is a very beautiful country. Even the weather was pretty good too! All the
B&B's were first class and we were made to feel very welcome. The hotels were also very good and well situated. Your directions were
very helpful and we had no trouble in finding them all.

The itinery you planned out for us was first class and enabled us to see a great deal of Southern Ireland in the 11 days.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH - WE WILL RETURN!

Rose & Tony Winter, England

 

Hi Stephanie,

We had a fabulous time on our recent visit! We had a bit of trouble getting out there, but that was the airline, not your shortcomings. You helped out tremendously when we had to change our itinerary due to a family death and then the late airplane. The accomodations were wonderful and the staff very friendly. We especially enjoyed the first night stay at the hotel in Cashel. We will be back again next year! Thank you for your help.

Rayna Winchell, Florida, USA

 

Stephanie,

We have returned from Ireland and want to thank you for an absolutely perfect trip!

Your selection of accommodations was superb!

Just FYI: all accommodations provided hair dryers in the rooms.

Again, thank you so very much for all your help and for making this truly a most memorable Ireland vacation.

Everything was to perfection!!!

Fran, USA

 

Hi Stehanie,
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Ireland. The itinerary and directions were great. All the accommodations were great. The host and hostess in Galway were especially nice and helpful also. We didn't really have any bad experiences other than the normal stuff you put up with when you travel..
Oh one last thing. Our flight arrived at 5:30 AM and the Hotel let us check in around 7:30 AM. That really helped us as we rested and it seemed like we had an extra day because we were able to rest then enjoy a bit of Dublin before we started going to other cities and towns.
Thanks you for everything. We hope to return someday.

Kathy White, USA

 

Tina and Liz -

I wanted to write and let you know how much my sister and I enjoyed our trip to Ireland November 14-24. We had such a wonderful time. Your country is beautiful and it was a lovely place for us to make our first visit overseas. The people in Ireland were so friendly. We enjoyed all the extras you booked for us a well. The Ring of Kerry tour was something I am glad we didn't miss. The Medieval Banquet at Bunratty was great.

The accommodations you booked us from the bed and breakfasts, hotels and the night in the Castle were the best. The proprietors of the bed and breakfast establishments were so friendly and it felt like we were staying with family.

If I ever have the opportunity to recommend a company to help plan a trip to Ireland, I will most definitely tell them about IrishTourism.com. Your help in making this trip the best it could be is truly appreciated.

Renee & Michelle Wade, Virginia, USA

 

Stephanie:

We spent 3 weeks in Europe and our trip to Ireland was the best. All of the B&B were great. The only problem we had some times was finding the place but that was part of the adventure. We rented a GPS for the car and that was a life saver, I would highly recommend this to everyone. It was an extra 100 Euros but well worth the expense.
We ended up getting a suite at the Hotel in Dublin which was unexpected the room was huge, in comparison to the other small rooms we had in other parts of Europe. We really enjoyed this hotel.
We liked Kilarney the best, I would have stayed there the whole week. Galway is such a growing city, a bit busy like Dublin.

Rick VanGoethem, Wisconsin, USA

 

Stephanie,
We thoroughly enjoyed our Irish vacation. Our hotel choices were wonderful, and there was not a snag with our reservations. Thank you for your assistance.
The only change that we might have made was to have a less ambitious itinerary. Our aim was to see as much as we could in such a short
period of time, but, as a result, we weren't able to spend enough time in each location. Now that we've been there once we definitely know
where we'd like to return to on our next visit.
We are grateful for your assistance.

Dolly Trager, Illinois, USA

 

Tina,

Glen and I want to thank you for arranging our accomodations while we were in Ireland. We loved the B&B's. We truly enjoyed the accommodations in Doolin Co Clare and Bunratty Co Clare. We felt very welcome in their homes.

We are looking forward to another trip to Ireland. Next time probably Northern Ireland and again away from the city life. Thanks again!

Glen & Kathy Toner, Arizona, USA

 

Tony,
Sorry I am answering this so late.

You did a super job of planning our trip to Ireland. You gave us a good selection of places to visit and things to do. We enjoyed Kinsale for the coast line and the tour that gave us a verbal history of the area. The fish at "The Shack" was medium priced and superb. The gardens in the National Park in Killarney were beautiful. It is a good place to take pictures. Your Irish people are wonderful to tourist. They were helpful and friendly. Driving through the countryside was charming. Steve did a great job driving on the left side of the road but turned the car in at the Dublin airport. We loved Dublin. So I was glad we added that. We saw the gardens there and two art galleries. Steve and I have many good memories of our trip to Ireland. Thank you.
Louanna Emery

Louanna Emery, Dallas, Texas

 

Thank you Stephanie! I have been meaning to write you a note and have been so crazy with work since we returned. The trip was unbelievable! We had a wonderful time and loved every minute of the trip.
The house in Clare was our absolute favorite B&B, followed by the one in Kilkenny. The only B&B we were not thrilled with was the one in Galway (no longer being used by IrishTourism.com). We loved the trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. Ireland is just wonderful. Ihope to come back one day.

Oh, I forgot to give Brigit our B&B voucher. I wanted to make sure I told you so that she doesn't get in trouble for not turning it in to you.

Could you please send me a copy of all of the B&B's addresses? I would like to send them each a note.

I will get you some pics as soon as i get them downloaded and we did take some video but its not loading right on the computer so if i can get that too i will send it your way.

Thanks again Stephanie!

Andrea Stevens, Plantation, Florida

 

Dear Stephanie,

I had a great time in Ireland. The pace of the tour you put together was just right, all of the hotels were were excellent. I had time to play a little golf at Ballybunion and Lahinch. The roads are a bit narrow, which certainly makes driving exciting at times, but I had no problems and I drove a lot of regional and local roads. I want to return as soon as possible and I am already working on that.

Richard, USA

 

Dear Tina:

I just want to tell you that we really enjoyed our vacation in Ireland and the places you chose for us to stay were exactly what we were looking for. The Hotel in Kinsale was terrific, as well as the one in Ennis.

The B&B in Dingle was very nice and Denise, the owner was especially nice. The Hotel in Dublin had absolutely the best breakfast we had in Ireland, or here at home, for that matter. We also had dinner there and found the quality of the food and service surpassed anything we expected - the food service was on a par with a luxury hotel in Manhattan.

Again, we want to thank you for the great job you did for us in a very short
timeframe. We will be sure to contact you for our next trip, and recommend
that our friends use your service as well.

John & Joan Taylor, MA, USA

 

Stephanie,

We had a phenomenal time and you put us in some great spots! Hmm…the only thing I can think about is that we weren’t sufficiently prepared dress wise for dinners at some of the hotels. I guess we go on holiday here and want to get away from business dress of all kinds, so probably just a difference that I wasn’t aware of. Anyway, our favorite hotel was in Connemara…great service, personable, and impeccable.

Thanks again for your help and for setting up a great holiday for us.

Steven Llyod, Rhode Island, USA

 

Hi Stephanie,

First I would like to say thank you so very much for booking us an amazing vacation. Jess and I loved the trip and I can speak for the both of us when I say that we want to come back.

The trip from Dublin to Waterford along the coast was beautiful and we took the scenic route.

The next day we went to the crystal factory. After more scenic driving we arrived at our destination in Killarney. The Doyle's were great people, really friendly and accommodating.

Then came the drive to the Cliffs of Moher which was a tour in itself.The Cliffs did not disappoint and again the weather cooperated as we could see the Aren Islands.

The Lodge in Connemara was the most accommodating stay I have ever had in my life.

All in all I would really like to thank you for making our honeymoon a fantastic and unforgetable experience. Your operations at Irish Tourism are top notch and I would recommend your services to anyone.

Jay Smith, New York, USA

 

Hi Stephanie,

Happy that you are following up... I was going to write you to tell you just how fabulous a time we had in Ireland. All of the accommodations were just great and the entire trip went like clockwork. Everyone we met were just wonderful.. And that GPS system was a life saver. I would highly recommend your services to anyone I know.

Valerie Hufnagel, White Plains, NY USA

 

Hi Steve,

I can't thank you enough for the wonderful service and quality tour that you set up for my group. As the group leader, I felt like my clients got so much for their money, and they were extremely pleased with all aspects of the tour. I have received wonderful feedback from them regarding the hotels, food, motorcoach, driver, and guide. Mary and Will added so much to our experience and I was extremely thankful to have them. The food choices for dinner and breakfast were fantastic! The only thing that could have made the experience better is having more time to spend in your beautiful country! There is so much I still want to see. The trip was fantastic, and we were blessed with many wonderful memories. I can't wait to bring another group to Ireland!

Thank you again for all that you did to make this trip a success! I will be in touch about a future tour.

Sincerely,
Kristen

See the World Adventures

 

Dear Orla,

I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful job you did organizing our trip. It absolutely was the best vacation I have ever had. This was my first time over seas and what a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I am going through "James" withdraw today. He was an amazing tour guide and fit in so well with our group. I will definitely recommend you if I know of anyone thinking of going over to Ireland. Your country is so beautiful and everyone is so friendly. I can't thank you enough for everything.

Blessings,

Beth Ann and Don Goetz

P.S. I wasn't happy this morning because I had to make my own breakfast!

Beth Ann and Don Goetz

 

Hi Milda,

What a FANTASTIC time we had! For me it was the best trip to Ireland yet being able to share the whole experience with friends and the band. And Fiona and Brendon were the best guide and driver combo we could have hoped for.
After performing in Griffen's pub in Clifden, the publican, also a retired fireman, told us "they'll be talking about this for weeks".
So, I have forwarded this survey to the rest of our group and I'm sure you will receive many good reports.
Thanks again Milda so very much for all that you and Steve did to make this adventure such a huge success. Little details like the menus at the Slieve Donnard printed with our band's name and the presentation of a plaque from the band that performed for us in Doolin at our hotel did not go unnoticed. Very impressive! Some of us are already talking about another trip in three years to do the bagpipe festival in Dingle.
So, until later.

Slan,
Ed

Edward Snyder - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Hi Milda,

On behalf of the Nagle family who travelled from Australia, America, Great Britain and Ireland for our family reunion I would like to thank Milda Grigone and Irish Tourism for all they have done for us since we started to organise our family reunion well over 1 year ago.
Any time I sent Milda an email she got back to me straight away no problem to big to solve.
We found them to be very professional.

Iris Tourism made our reunion a memorable occasion which we will be forever grateful.
Many thanks to
Steve Royston and a very special thanks to Milda Grigone who I found to be a very easy person to communicate with her professionalism is to be commended.

We stayed at the Glenroyle Hotel in Maymooth for 4 nights.
The staff at the hotel could not do enough for us from the time we arrived to the time we left.
The rooms were perfect and very clean as you would expect.
On the Saturday night we had a gala night the function room had a very homely feel to it and the food was excellent.
The leisure centre kept the children occupied.
This is a hotel I would recommend to anyone having a family reunion many thanks to the Glenroyle Hotel.

Once again thanks to everyone who made this a very memorable occasion for the Nagle Family.

Kind Regards
On behalf of the Nagle Family
Maurice Nagle.

Nagle Family Reunion - Group Short Breaks...

 

Hello Tina,

Thank you for your email. We absolutely loved our trip and could not have done anything better. Everyone that we met was so very nice. We were joking that we have never met that many nice people in our entire lives. I don't believe I have any video's that I could send but I do have some great photos that I will attach to the email. Thank you so very much for making our trip so easy and enjoyable. Everyone should go to Ireland at least once!

Thank you again,
Brittney

Brittney Vinals, Duluth, Georgia, USA - Best of Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Hi Stephanie,

Out trip was fabulous. We had the trip of our lifetime….and we found our family castle on the Isle of Doagh! We met Eddie O’Doherty who looked just like my late father!
Nothing was ugly….except for the hotel in Dublin on our last night that my sister in-law booked on her own but it was manageable just very poor conditions.
All of the B&B’s were wonderful and each had its own charm. The highlight was by far the Farm House in Donegal! The owners Martina and Patsy were terrific. Complete with two day in a row sheep herding demonstrations with Patsy’s champion border collies Lad and Clint Eastwood, the little lambies just born and Patsy personal fiddle concert(three songs)was unforgettable. Truly what an Irish stay should be.

Thank you again for all of your help and patience!
Videos to follow if they will be allowed to send……file size is an issue with Deere….

Susan Rauman

Susan Rauman, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hi Debbie,

We spent our last day in Dublin exploring the city and found ourselves at the Dublin Zoo (with the Flamingos). It was a beautiful and relaxing way for us to enjoy the afternoon!

After touring the Guinness Storehouse, we took a carriage ride to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The first stop on our full day in Dublin was the Guinness Storehouse! We learned the proper way to pour a Guinness and enjoyed our tour. Zack loved exploring Connor Pass and seeing the view from up there!

Thanks so much for everything! We had such a wonderful trip.

Thanks again,

Zack and Emily Morgan

Zack and Emily Morgan, Gladstone, MI, USA - Luxury Castle Tours...

 

Hi Stephanie,

Sorry for the delayed reply to your email!
We must say that we thoroughly enjoyed our 7 nights trekking around Ireland! We saw and did plenty of things while we were there. Your recommendation to stay in the Castle was a great one, it was the best accommodation we stayed in. In saying that, all the accommodation was great and the people running the B&Bs couldn't have been any friendlier.

I've attached a couple of photos that you might find useful for your web site. Most of our photos either don't have any of us in them or are photos of us without much of a background. The photo with me and the farmhouse in the background is the house they used when filming Father Ted. It was a bit of a drive to get there, but as a fan of the show it was worth it for a laugh!

Thanks for all your help with organising our trip. It definitely was one of the highlights of our honeymoon.

Terry Mulkearns

Terry Mulkearns, Bayswater, Western Australia - Scenic South West Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Hi Tina,

Thank you for checking on us to see how our honeymoon went - it was absolutely perfect! We fell in love with Ireland, and everything went as smoothly as could go with our car and bed and breakfasts. You chose lovely places for us to stay that were clean, in fantastic locations in terms of the sites we wanted to see and had amazing cooks that brought us a full Irish breakfast every morning!

We can't thank you enough for booking this trip for us, and we are recommending your company to all of our friends who want to go to Ireland and are already planning our next trip back for one of our anniversaries. We've also attached 3 pictures for you :)

Warm regards,

Vida and Kurt Sollanek

Vida and Kurt Sollanek, Gainesville, Florida, USA - Best of Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Hi Malcolm,

All your arrangements were excellent and everything went smoothly. Thanks for your help. I attach a photo of my wife, Roberta Wedeen, joining the singing at the pub at the Bunratty Manor Hotel on October 28, 2013.

Best wishes,

Richard P. Wedeen, MD

Richard P. Wedeen, MD Teaneck, NJ USA

 

Hi Tina,

We enjoyed our trip to Ireland immensely. The hotel accommodations were all very nice, including the breakfasts. The locations worked out well, allowing us to walk to some destinations in each town.

One suggestion regarding the car rental: Driving in Ireland was very nerve-wracking, mostly due to the narrow roads (not to mention driving on the "other side" and the roundabouts). We purchased extra insurance, which was a very good idea as I put a large scratch on the side of the car, running into a wall on the Ring of Kerry. We lost the deductible (250 Euros) but it would have been much worse had we not purchased the extra insurance. I would recommend adding that into the car rental cost and giving the customer the option to decline - that way they are at least alerted to the possibility of incurring damage and what it will cost if they do. I am glad that we considered the possibility, but I think others may not. Also, I think the car rental companies should put strip of molding on the doors so that repairing something like a scratch could be done more cheaply. They told us the body work would be expensive as the scratch went across the two doors - but if there had been molding on the door, it would have been much easier and cheaper to repair.

The GPS was very useful. However we were not able to enter the coordinates, which was used for most of the hotel locations. We asked someone at a hotel for help and he wasn't able to enter the coordinates, either. Full addresses for the hotels should be included with the vouchers. We ended up finding the hotels by "trial and error" once in the towns.

I think that's about it for the "ugly". Most of the trip was beautiful and I would recommend your service to others traveling to Ireland.
Attached is a picture of me with the dancers statue in front of the Bru Boru Cultural Centre, near the Rock of Cashel.
Feel free to use it on your website - and let me know if you do.

All the best...Anne Stratton

Anne Stratton, Bethesda, MD, USA - Best of Ireland Tour (12 Night)...

 

Dear Malcolm,

Thanks for asking about our trip. Amazing. Wonderful. Fun. Magnificent. Great. Brilliant. And any synonym thereof.

Grab yourself a cup of tea or a Guinness - or two - put your feet up and loosen your tie and we’ll review the adventure and my impressions of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Mohr should be seen from land and from the water and from above. I was most impressed to see them from the water. They are beautiful. We did climb O’Brien’s Tower and saw the cliffs from there.

We did the Doolin Cave. I thought the man said 25 steps and I thought “We can do that after doing Cliffs of Mohr and O’Brien’s tower.” It wasn’t until we were ready to go on the tour that we found out it was 125 steps – down. What a price to pay to see a limestone formation figured to be 300 million years old. One thing for sure, I’ll never see anything like it again in my lifetime and “no”, I have no intentions to see it again unless they get rid of the 125 steps – one way.

Galway was fun. No one should miss the Connemara tour. You were so right to recommend taking some other tours so I didn’t have to drive everywhere. We never would have found everything we saw that day. It was a full day of sightseeing: the “Quiet Man Bridge” and replica cottage as well as the ruins of the original cottage, quaint villages, the stories, laughter, the peat trenches and walking on the bog, and most of all Kylemore Abbey. The sight of the reflection of that castle in the lake as you come out of the mountains is unforgettable. The gardens are beautiful. We had 3 hours there and it wasn’t enough. We took the ferry out of Galway to the large Aran Island. The only way to see the Island is by hiking or the pony trap. Our driver was Timothy and our horse Cappucino. What a wonderful afternoon, the outdoors, sun, sea air, fresh blackberries off the side of the road. We got to see some ladies knitting sweaters and mittens. Again, more stories and a better understanding of the people and culture. We did a 3 hour ferry tour of Galway Bay – history, fun, stories, drinks, and singing. The stories of the famine and the results were so interesting and intense especially as my family is from the Galway area and immigrated to the States in the mid 1800’s.

The best ring tour was the Ring of Dingle. We did a 4 hour tour with John O’Connor of Dingle which ended up being over 5 hours. After the tour he took us to a pub that served good food at a reasonable price on a Sunday evening and then picked us up and took us back to the hotel. He wouldn’t take any money for the extra tour time and the taxi ride back to the hotel. We saw the beehives, the Verder holdings and school, the stones, fairy rings, fort rings, the western most place in Europe, got drenched in the Atlantic in the waves (the beach where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed) – again not paying attention. It was a great afternoon. This is one tour I would do again and recommend to anyone.

Belfast was interesting and somewhat ….sad is the only word I can think of. It is kind of “dark” with an undercurrent of tension. We took a Black Taxi tour – the political one and went to the Shankill and Falls areas. One of the gates actually closed while we were there. The prison tour was excellent and made the history more alive. Belfast is not on my list of places to revisit but I would recommend the prison tour. The taxi driver was so nice and full of stories. He also told us to keep the tip. This was a recurring theme. The people were very nice especially at the Post Office.

Speaking of Post offices- a cute story… we went to the post office in Kinsale around 10 am and then back at noon. The lady there reminded us that they didn’t close till 5:05 pm if we had more to mail. We, of course, hasn’t been shopping yet but figured we were about done shipping boxes. Don’t you know, at 3:15 pm in we walk with 2 more boxes each. She just laughed and let us go to the front of the line. Again reminding us that we had 2 more hours to “shop and mail.” Back to the travellog.

Yes, we did the Rope Bridge – have the pictures and the certificate to prove it - as well as Giant’s Causeway. There is a bus down to the rocks at the Causeway and back. No bus to the Rope Bridge – it’s all pedal power. The views are wonderful. I have never seen rocks come out of the ground in columns. I recommend both of those attractions. Don’t forget Bushmills.

Dublin. Dublin. Dublin. What can you say? None of the superlatives are enough. There was more to see than what we could see in 4 days. Guinness, Trinity College, The Old Library, The Book of Kells. I spent two hours in the exhibit and could have stayed longer. The Hop-on Hop off tickets were a great purchase. We really used them. The Food, Folklore and Fairies dinner presentation was terrific. Being at the oldest pub in Ireland 1197 was an added bonus. The gentleman who does the presentation is quite a story teller. “ We may not believe in fairies but just in case….respect the fairies.” It is a 4 star evening which I wholeheartedly recommend. The GPO, Dublin Castle, the prison – so much history. To touch those walls where bullet holes can still be seen was an experience. I plan on returning to Dublin in a couple years to see what all I missed. The shopping was great!!

No trip to Ireland would be complete without a medieval meal. The Bunratty Castle is the place to go. What a fun night eating with a knife and your fingers. The entertainment was good. Not a dry eye in the house when they sang Danny Boy. The village was right out of a book complete with animals. A great place for families to visit. We did it in the early evening. There were real peat fires burning in the hearths and you were expected to add the peat if the fire was going out, which of course, I had to do.

There are so many stories and so many people willing to share those stories. Are you getting a theme here – stories – the very best part! Everyone was kind and helpful and you couldn’t have asked for anything better.

The accommodations you secured were very nice and, I don’t know how you did it, but got nicer as the trip progressed. Bea at the Atlantic in Doolin was so sweet. Her excitement about the soccer championship was infectious. The room was up the stairs but the room was very nice and she makes great French toast – one of my personal favorites.

Ireland…a country of cities and villages, highways and unnamed paved lanes, bacon and bread, potatoes cooked in every way imaginable, ruins and intact castles and cathedrals, laughter and sadness, light and dark, realism and fantasy, fairy rings and fort rings, Charles Fort, smiles and tears, war and peace, trains, cars, horse and traps, and buses and ferries, superstition and mysticism, feast and famine, rock walls, hedges and grazing lands, sheep and cows, mountains, sea and lakes. What more or less can I say?

Thank you for all your help in setting this whole trip of a lifetime in motion. We could not have done it without your guidance, input and recommendations. I am already recommending you to friends who have asked about the trip. I would make one suggestion. There is a National ticket you can buy to see attractions at a decreased or free rate. We asked about it at Giant’s Causeway and the gentleman told us all the attractions would be closed and it wouldn’t do us any good. Wrong. You might want to let people know something like that is available.

So now we have come to the end of this missive and I didn’t even kiss the blarney stone. That is for the next trip!! Obviously, I had a wonderful time and hope to plan another trip in a couple years to see what I missed and there was a lot that I missed.

I will include a couple pictures. You can use any part of this you want or put it in a file and on occasion pull it out to remind yourself of the happiness you brought to an old lady you never met.

Be well and thank you again.

Michelle

Michelle Estadt, Wrangell, AK, USA - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Tina-

Edie and I have returned to our usual routine back in America. We had a great time in your beautiful Ireland. Our thanks to you for your assistance with our vacation.

Our driver, Gerry Russell, was wonderful beyond our expections. He was knowledgable and forthright, but accommodating as well. Gerry is clearly a master of his geography and seems to know every road. Moreover, he was easy to talk to and we all shared our feelings openly. We saw and did so much more with him than we could have on our own. He was always there for us yet we never felt a loss of privacy.

We are thankful for both you and Gerry.

Thank you for all.

Sam Pelligra

Sam Pelligra, North Carolina, USA - Romantic Ireland Self Drive or Chauffeured Tour of Ireland (7 night)...

 

Stephanie,

I have been planning to email you; we loved our trip to Ireland. I would come back in a heartbeat. The B&Bs were great although the first B&B was a bit difficult to find even with the GPS; it was worth it though. Truly enjoyed all our hosts. I guess really good directions for those off the beaten path would help since the GPS wants house numbers and they weren’t available. The rental car worked out very well even though our flight was 5 hours late getting in to Dublin and as it was a diesel our fuel costs were low. My husband, David, quickly conquered driving on the left and we had no incidents at all. Some of the roads we travelled were narrow and exciting though. We saw everything we had on our list and more and enjoyed meeting people everywhere we went. Having time to stop and walk through the towns and villages was great. I would not hesitate for a bit to contact you if we were coming over again and have already recommended you to friends.

Thanks again for all your assistance with this wonderful vacation.

Sheila

(Photos courtesy of Sheila Levy)

Sheila Levy, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hi Tina
I have been neglect in writing to you. I have just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP. The itinerary you prepared was great. Your trip planning met our expectations - you made sure we saw the best there was of Ireland. It was just a fantastic holiday- it is a beautiful country and wished we could have stayed longer. The seaweed baths in Strandhill were fabulous and well worth the visit - Galway was amazing and we took a bus tour to Connermera which provided us with a relaxing touring day.

I would highly recommend anyone to use Irish Tourism to book their holiday your service was fantastic. Thanks again.

I am attaching some pictures for you in case they are of interest to you.

Thanks again

Linda

Linda Maurer, Burk's Fall, Ontario, Canada - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Joe Cassidy
Irish Thunder Pipe Band
Montgomery County,
Pennsylvania,
USA

Subject: Thank you from the Irish Thunder Pipe Band!

Hello Steve and Milda,

On behalf of the Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Irish Tourism Company for the exceptional service we received during our recent trip to Ireland.

Your drivers and guide Fiona were professional and informative. Fiona was a major force in keeping everything on track. I’m so glad she was there to assist. Steve and Milda, I appreciate all of the up front work you did to make this happen. I now have new found respect for what you do every day.

The band is already discussing were we want to go next. We’ll be in touch. Until then, thanks again for making the trip a memorable one for the 118 people on board.

Regards,

Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy, Irish Thunder Pipe Band, Pennsylvania, USA - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Hello, I would just like to comment on the best tour of Ireland that my husband and I had last week. First of all our guide Fiona Lane was the absolute BEST! So organized and always there to answer all questions. She did a outstanding job with such a large group. Definitely an asset to your organization.

All the hotels and places we visited, to many to mention, were also so clean and friendly. Again, being such a large group, they were also glad to see us and we had no complaints.

Would definitely recommend your group to my friends. As a matter of fact, one of my co-workers is looking into visiting Ireland next year and I have recommended your tour to her.

Thanks for all the great memories!

Len and Joanne Gregory USA

Len & Joanne Gregory, Irish Thunder Group, USA - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Hi Tina:
Please excuse my delay in getting back to you regarding our Ireland trip this
year.
It was amazing; the weather was great, the driving went without a hitch and the
Guinness was ice cold. What more can one ask for?

Judy mentioned that there was a slight disappointment in the initial room they
gave us at the House in Killarney (sort of cramped and drab in
appearance) but once we mentioned it to them they moved us to another room
which was great.

The Ballinalacken Castle Hotel was certainly an excellent replacement for the
Doolin Hotel. The hosts could not have been any more obliging; even down to
tour of the castle in the morning. The food there was awesome as well!

As an added note on the food, (which was great everywhere) we had our best meal
in the dining room at the Hotel in Wicklow. We had eaten from the pub menu
there before, but never the dining room. Was certainly worth the slight extra
cost!

Your assistance in planning this trip for us has been excellent as always.(this
is the fourth trip that you personally have assisted us with!) I would
certainly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone; and especially Tina O'Connor as an
excellent agent.

You mentioned that you would like either pictures or videos of our trip. We did
not do videos but have lots of pictures. (600 - 700 now that he digital age is
here!!) How many would you like, (I'm not trying to send you all 600?) Is there
a special format that you would like them in?

Thanks again Tina,

John

John Kavanagh

 

Steve and Ronan,

Thank you for the experience of a lifetime! I could not have been more pleased with the way our O’Brien Estate Wine Club trip turned out. Every detail of the organization was perfect. The sites we visited were phenomenal and well-chosen to tell the story of the life and death of Brian Boru.

In addition to the sights and the great lodging and meals, was our bus driver and tour guide Seamus O’Callaghan. Not only was his knowledge of Irish history extensive, his sense of humor was equally vast. He thoroughly educated us and entertained us.

All of our Wine Club members complimented Barb and I on how wonderful the trip was, so I wanted to pass them on with a heartfelt thanks of my own. Please send me Seamus’ email address so I can send him a thank you as well. Please let me know if it would be helpful to your marketing efforts to send this letter in hardcopy.

Best regards,

Bart O’Brien

 

Hi Debbie,

So sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you.

We had an absolutely wonderful time on our vacation and couldn't be happier with all the arrangements you made for us. Mena House in Kilkenny was our favorite accomodation. Our hostess Catherine was full of an amazing amount of information and the breakfasts she served were amazing!!! We had no issues other than some of our own making and not accounting for enough drive time. I've already told a number of my friends that want to visit Ireland about IrishTourism and that I highly recommend using you when they get ready to start planning their trips. If we ever have another opportunity to come visit again, I won't even bother organizing the trip with anyone else. Thank you for all your patience over the year it took us to finally commit and visit. I can't express to you how much I appreciated all your help.

I've attached some photos from our trip, although unfortunately I don't have any video to share. My email will only allow me to send a few at a time, so I'll send a few more in a separate email.

1. Kilkenny Castle

2. Jerpoint Abbey

3. Dingle Bay

4. Dingle Peninsula

5. I can't remember the name of the town, but it's where the Quiet Man was filmed. One of our favorite movies!

Thank you again and I hope you'll be able to use some of our photos. Have a great rest of your summer!

Candi Vaughn

Candi Vaughn

 

In May I led a tour to the Emerald Isle of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on. Ireland has some amazing scenery in all the different shades of green. We saw castles (even stayed in one) and churches and burial sites. We toured the Waterford Crystal factory, and the famous Jameson and Bushmills Distilleries. We saw where thousands emigrated to the United States, and the new Titanic Museum in Belfast. At the Giant's Causeway we could see over to Scotland. Our spiritual life was lifted up with a study of St Patrick and the Shamrock and his teachings on the Trinity. We ended our trip with a visit to Guinness and the famous Irish dancers.

Thanks to all the staff for giving us a wonderful tour.

Pastor Stephen Hein

Pastor Stephen Hein - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Stephanie,

sorry it has taken so long for me to get back with you. As soon as my wife and I arrived back from Ireland we began the process of moving and we are still settling in at our new place. As for the trip you planned for us I speak for both my wife and myself when I say it was EXCELLENT!!!! Not only was everyone welcoming and helpful but the itinerary you set out for us was perfect. One of the aspects of the trip that we are very glad we ended up doing was staying at bed & breakfasts when available. Not that the hotels we stayed in weren't nice, but the bed & breakfasts gave us a more intimate stay and allowed us find out more about the surrounding areas and culture.

One part of our trip that you recommended that we did not follow was doing a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. While we did get to see the Cliffs, we only stopped there for about 90 minutes on our way from Killarney to Galway. I would continue to strongly recommend to visitors that they make the Cliffs of Moher a day trip from Galway or another nearby town since the Cliffs really deserve more than 90 minutes in order to "take it all in".

Finally, I would say that the only disappointing part of our trip was Trinity College and the Book of Kells. Trinity College and the Book of Kells as you know are two of the biggest attractions in Dublin, but we felt for the price of admission they were not worth it. The Trinity College tour did not go into as much depth as we had hoped and also did not take us on a tour of inside any of the buildings. As for the Book of Kells, the history of it is very interesting but I think the high price of admission caused my wife and I to raise our expectations so high that there was impossible for the actual exhibit to meet them. Please don't misunderstand me, I think the Book of Kells and Trinity College are worth touring but in my opinion I would put towards the middle or bottom of the priority list while in Dublin.

By the way, I attached five photos from our trip. Hopefully they are what you are looking for and you are able to use them on your website. Again thank you for all the great work you did for us and if there is any way Carmela and I can help your company or future guests to Ireland please let us know.

Very Respectfully,

CPT Michael Bertha

Michael Bertha, Carthage, New York, USA - Self Drive Tours of Ireland...

 

Hi Stephanie,

First of all, our trip was fantastic. We had no complaints whatsoever. Irish Tourism did a superb job putting everything together for us, and we’ve already recommended you to two other Canadian families that are considering going next year.

I’ve attached a picture of my wife, Karen, and I at the Aran Islands.

Thx so much for a great job!!

Cheers

Ben Isaacson

Ben and Karen Isaacson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Best of Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Hello Tina

We had a great trip to Ireland and I need to thank you a lot for changing the intenary at the last minute . It added a lot to the trip as we enjoyed the Connemara area tremendously .

I would surely recommend anyone to let you coordinate the trip for them

Lakshmy

Lakshmy Vishwanath, Boca Raton, Florida, USA - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hi Tina,

Thanks you for all your efforts with arranging the trip, everything went off smoothly with regards to car hire and accommodation. The accommodation was particularly good. Have attached a few happy snaps - sorry no video.

Thanks again

Regards

Gus Lawson

Gus Lawson. Perth, Western Australia - Best of Ireland Tour (10 Night)...

 

Dear Tony & Ronan,

My name is Lori Jurans, Director of Sales for Faith in Travel in Kentucky, USA. We recently chose to partner with Steve Royston and your company for a custom pilgrimage we planned for a group of pilgrims.

I worked closely with Steve for over a year carefully planning every detail of the tour. From the very beginning Steve was responsive, prompt, knowledgeable, and a true joy to work with throughout the planning process. From the very beginning I was happy that we chose to partner with him and your company and I felt very confident that the trip would be amazing. We were thoroughly impressed with every detail of the trip. We plan trips all around the world for large groups and we have come to know and appreciate quality when we see it. There were, as always, some minor things that came up, but Steve and your team were quick and flexible to accommodate any necessary changes along the way.

We were also delighted with the service that both Kenny, the driver, and Fiona, the tour guide, provided! Every member of your team was outstanding. So much so, that when another group leader approached us to design a custom tour to Ireland, we did not hesitate on who to contact.

Thank you again to your team! Please accept our sincere vote of confidence in Steve Royoston, Kenny, and Fiona! We look forward to visiting your beautiful country again next summer!


Warm Regards,

Lori Jurans
Director of Sales
Faith in Travel

Lori Jurans, Director of Sales for Faith in Travel in Kentucky, USA. - Private Group Tours of Ireland...

 

Hi Tina:

The trip to Ireland was just wonderful, All my family including my Mum and brother's family from China really enjoyed the whole trip.

Thank you very much!

attached are two pictures that were taken in Ireland.

Sharon

Sharon Pratt Fresno California - Best of Ireland Tour (6 Night)...

 

Steve Callan
Staten Island
New York

Private Chauffeur Tour of Ireland

Hi Stephanie

I want to thank you for helping us set up the trip to your country “IRELAND”. We had a great time. Aidan Ryan our Driver was on time everyday and he was pleasure to ride with. The sights were beautiful and the bus was comfortable.

The Castle was awesome, they even upgraded us. I do wish we could have stayed there 2 days, there was a lot to see and do, and the staff was great. We saw a Sheep & Dog Demonstration on the way to Dingle it too was very good. The Hotel in Kinsale was another good place that we stayed, the rooms were very spacious and clean, everyone loved it. We were glad we switched to two days there instead of Kilkenny. We ate in town at Fishy Fishy and it was very good.

The Old Head Golf course was also very good. We teed off on time and did not have any rain until we finished. The rest of the group met us for Lunch to see the spectacular views.

We went to Jamison in Middleton, (I think that's where it was) which was excellent, they had a tour that was very enlightening and enjoyed by our whole group. One of the highlights of the trip.

Guinness on the other hand was more geared up like a factory. Too many people, too crowded (Penn State) but the beer was good...LOL

The Dublin hotel was also nice. We did the hop on hop off tour, and that was nice...(We wish that Penn state Football game was another time ...Too many rude American ....LOL) they were in town and all over the place..

The flights both ways were good. On my next visit I will bring my clubs and play a little more Golf....

I attached a picture of our group, I’m the one next to “Callan Golf Club” in Brown Shirt

Again Thanks for the Help, and I hope my short update helps you in booking future trips

Steve

Steve Callan, Statten Island, New York

 

Shelley and Scott Janke
100 Meadow View Drive
Alma Center
WI

6 Night Best of Ireland Tour

Hi Tina,

It was an awesome trip. Just wonderful. We want to move to Ireland now!!!

Feedback – Only one day in Dublin for that trip. We didn’t want to leave the countryside and thought that we could have done Dublin in one day.

Your directions and recommendations were spot on. We followed a lot of your guide and it was perfect.

The Country House in Killarney was our favorite place to stay. Such nice staff and great place to stay.

Everything was just smooth and we really thank you for a fantastic trip. Here is a pic of us at the Clifs. Feel free to use if you like and thank you for an awesome trip!!!!

Shelley Janke

Shelley Janke - Best of Ireland Tour (6 Night)...

 

Tina,

Thank you so much for your help in planning our Ireland vacation. We had an amazing time and got to experience almost everything on the itinerary. The accommodations were superb, especially the hotel house in Killarney, and we all (especially my kids) enjoyed the Bunratty Castle dinner show. I would definitely recommend driving the Dingle Peninsula loop, as that was some of the most breathtaking scenery on this planet! This was by far the most amazing vacation we've experienced and I hope that we can return soon. I've attached some pictures, as requested, for the website. The first is my family at the Cliffs of Moher. The second is of me and my husband at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The last one is of my children at Powerscourt Gardens. Again, many thanks!

Melissa Blatt

Blatt Family, Dairy Lane, Lavalette, WV - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hey! Thank you for following up regarding our trip! We had an amazing time and have referred your company and Ireland itself to numerous people! We will be back one day! Here are a few pics that you can do what you please with them!

-Misty Stutts and Will Hargis

Misty Stutts and Will Hargis, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - Taste of Ireland Tour...

 

Hi Stephanie,
We are back home (well almost; we are waiting for our connection from Vancouver to Victoria). We enjoyed our trip to Ireland, especially the west coast. The first night was unfortunate but it didn't spoil our trip. Staying at Loch Lein and driving round the Dingle peninsula was probably our favourite. We found everyone very friendly. We love Ireland.
Cheers, Ann

Ann Kumar, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - Best of Ireland Tour (8 Night)...

 

Malcolm,

Our trip was absolutely wonderful. Your country is beautiful and the Irish so friendly. Love the Pubs and sing-a-longs.

Virginia Emison and Tamera Tielens

Virginia Emison, Memphis, USA - 8 Night Self Drive Tours...

 

Anne Fleming
Toronto
Ontario
Canada

Private Chauffeur Tour of Ireland

Hi Tina

We had a wonderful trip. It’s hard to plan for nine people of varying ages (4 to 85), interests and mobility, but I think everyone did something they liked! I found it useful when planning the trip to use your suggested itineraries to get an idea of what would appeal to families, to set a reasonable route and to find good hotels. The chauffeur aspect was really invaluable and took the stress out of having to rent and drive a large group. I found our dealings with your office to be prompt and professional. I would definitely recommend your services to others.

The hotels were all well-chosen – comfortable, good amenities, decent restaurants. My sister (mother of the 4 year old) was especially happy to have a full kids club in Dingle so she could get a little break (although she ended up spending her time doing laundry!) The kids especially loved the Dromoland Castle, with its go-karts and pool. I found it handy to have everything prepaid.

Hiring a driver was the right thing to do and Bill was delightful. He shared his enthusiasm for his homeland and gave us an insider’s view, finding us nice little places to eat and to explore. He was punctual, safe and dependable – we won’t soon forget him!

There was a little communication issue at the start. He asked my sister and dad if they had anything in particular in mind for the trip and they said not really. I on the other hand had done a lot of research and had a better idea of what I wanted to accomplish each day. Bill believed he was going to show us everything his way, while I was expecting something else. Once we sorted that out, it was smoother sailing. I’m wondering if it might not have been useful for us to email our planned excursions ahead of time? Just a thought.

Attached you’ll find a few pics of the trip, including a selfie with Bill on the last day. I'll attach a few more to the next email.

Again, many thanks!

Anne and family

Anne Fleming, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dear Debbie,

We were so lucky with the weather! Everywhere was so pretty with blue skies and sunshine. We enjoyed every minute. We explored Connemara and Kylemore Abbey from there. We then moved on to Killarney having looked at the Cliffs of Moher. We loved Killarney and found it full of life and would have liked another night there. Greta was a lovely host and it was very convenient for getting into town.

Dublin was slightly disappointing as it was quite dirty. We enjoyed the Hop on Hop off bus, the Guiness Museum and Trinity College and found the coach to Belfast convenient and comfortable.

We realised 6 nights wasn’t really enough and would probably return to the Killarney area if we returned. We loved the Dingle Peninsula but did not have time to see the Ring of Kerry.

All in all a good trip! Thank you.

Bob and Jean Allan

Jean Allan, Knysna, South Africa - Best of Ireland Tour (6 Night)...

 

Maine Alumni Group – 21 Sep 2014

Simply an amazing assortment of attractions, almost too much to take in all at once. I also thought the lunch time we spent in Adare with its beautiful park also was a very special attraction for me. I was amazed I liked the Jaunting cars so much. Our driver was a magically gifted comedian. John and Fiona were superb. Hats off to them. Fiona was there for us whenever we needed something.

Everything in this tour was wonderful (!) But, the dinner/show at Bunratty Castle was a notch above and was the highlight of the tour. WE LOVED IT!! John, our driver, simply could not have been more helpful. Fiona.....AHHH, YES.....Fiona. I suspect that every man on this tour fell in love with Fiona. Whatever you pay her......it's not enough. She was the PERFECT tour guide.

Maine Alumni Group

 

John Dorney – USA, 16 July 2014

Steve and Milda,

I appreciated all your personal attention to detail for our trip. Everyone was very impressed with how smoothly everything went. Steve, I also appreciate your taking the time to meet me in Adare.

John Dorney, USA

 

Michael and Vivien Brown with
Glenys and Norman Crowther
Buckhorn
Ontario
Canada

What a great time we had, Tina. Everything went very well indeed and we had amazing weather. I am going to try and add some pictures here, hope it works..if not I will send them separately.

Kind regards, Vivien

Vivien Brown, Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada - Best of Ireland Tour (14 Night)...

 

After returning to Germany from a wonderful Tour of Ireland I would like to say “Thank you” to Irish Tourism- especially to Steve, Milda and Nicole.

With their help we had our itinerary tailored and enjoyed the “Emerald Island” very much. They organized beautiful accommodation for 7 nights and supplied a coach to match the size of our group as well as an experienced and careful driver. All guests were surprised to find a printed itinerary with their names when they got onto the coach the first day. Everything was well prepared.

Thank you again and we look forward to visiting the beautiful island again.

Barbara Pflicke

 

Molly & Billy Cox
New Boston,
Texas

Debbie,

I have attached a few pictures of our recent trip to Ireland. Billy & I had a wonderful time on our 658 road miles trip across Ireland!

Billy was an excellent driver and I was an excellent ( read horrid ) back seat driver sitting in the passenger seat! "Go Mall"- became my cry!The driving part was stressful but it was a terrific adventure that we really did enjoy.

We saw so many sights we had to get home to remember it all. Bill's favorite was the Cliff's of Moher and my favorite places were Kinsale in County Cork and the small village of Ardmore in County Waterford.

We had much seafood and many fabulous beers. Someone introduced us to Bulmer's Irish Cider and the Guinness guy and the Murphy's gal agreed and it became another favorite for both of us.

The weather was extremely nice with very little rain. Our last day in Dublin was the only day where we had a rain that lasted all day. We bought two umbrellas and trekked the streets of Dublin for several hours before giving in to a taxi ride back to our hotel!

The accommodations that you booked for us met our expectations and the breakfasts were always nice.

Thank You so much for all the work you did to help us on this exciting journey.

Go raibh maith agat,

Molly & Billy Cox

New Boston, Texas

Molly & Billy Cox, New Boston, Texas, USA

 

April and Douglas Jenner
San Jose
CA
USA

on 9 night Irish castles and luxury hotels tour

Hello Debbie:

I’ve been meaning to write and tell you what a great time we had. All the arrangements that you made were perfect. I very much appreciate the PDFs you sent with suggestions on things to see each day. Ireland had so many so many wonderful surprises that we found while exploring.

The Castle was incredible and it make the start of our trip feel like we were transported into a fairy tale. Some how we managed to have perfect weather the entire time. I’m very happy with all that you put together.

Thank you for all your help and expertise. It made for a wonderful time.

—April

April and Douglas Jenner, San Jose, CA, USA - Luxury Irish Castles & Hotels Tour (8 Night)...

 

Erin Chafe
Canadian Embassy
Moscow
Russia

7 night Best of Ireland Tour

Hey Debbie!

Our trip was FANTASTIC!! We really enjoyed ourselves and had a blast visiting so many different spots on the island. It reminded us so much of home, it really was a treat!

I guess the only critique I have, a minor one at that, was the location of the b&b on the first night, outside of Cashel. It really wasn’t near anything. The owners were great and the house was cute (except for creepy dolls everywhere, but to each their own!) Also… definitely recommend both the GPS for driving and a tour of the Aran Islands.. I would even recommend a night on InishMor, since both Leon and I had probably the best time there! (even if it was by accident!)

Erin Chafe

Embassy of Canada / Ambassade du Canada

Erin Chafe, Canadian Embassy, Moscow, Russia - Best of Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Douglas Lynch
Fenelon Falls
Ontario
Canada

12 night 4 centre tour of Ireland

Hi Stephanie,
I apologize that it has taken so long to get back to you reference your enquiry about our vacation in Ireland from 13 August - 1 September 2014. You may recall that you had arranged the 12 day self guided tour accommodation for us etc etc. I sent you a report after our return but I will repeat that here. Please feel free to extract what you wish for advertisement purposes or whatever. I have also enclosed a few photos that you requested.

We had a simply wonderful vacation in your beautiful country and wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the experience. The visit has made us want to do it all again in a few years. I want to thank you for the splendid accommodation arrangements you made for us over the twelve day tour. The variety gave us a good exposure to the cross section of places to stay and something we can make good use of in the future. The two major highlights of the vacation were the drive around the “Ring of Kerry” and Connemara including ‘The Bog Road”. We continually marvelled at the incredible scenery. Mother nature has blessed Ireland with some of the most fantastic landscapes using a palette of fresh and inviting colours. The warm and friendly reception from all we met was most pleasing and made us feel right at home.
Well, Stephanie, again thank you for your efforts in making our vacation a most memorable experience.

Douglas Lynch

Jean Kammermayer

Douglas Lynch, Ontario, Canada - 4 Centre Tour of Ireland (12 Night)...

 

Bob and Patricia Bridges
Topeka
Kansas
USA

11 night custom tour of Ireland

Malcolm:

Our trip was amazing! We found that 2 weeks is barley time to get a taste of Ireland, the sights and people. Along the way we meet so many interesting and helpful people who gave us insight to local sights not on the typical tour. If we were walking someplace and pulled out our maps, people would stop to see if they could help direct us. When talking to the local shop owners they would help us find items that they did not carry and direct us to others that might have them or give us direction to a local music venue, if that is what we were looking for.

Over all I would say our holiday was amazing. We would love to go again!

We took lots of pictures so I will look through them and see what might help on your new web page.

Sincerely

Bob Bridges

Bob Bridges, Kansas, USA - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hi Debbie,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. We've been busy w/ one thing after another since we returned home.

Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us! All of the places we stayed were great, and the people were delightful. We fell in love with Ireland, and definitely want to come back and spend more time there.

Below are a few photos of our trip. Feel free to use any of them on your website, FaceBook, etc. Only one of them, I'm afraid, has both of us in it, as usually one of us was holding the camera :-)

Thanks again for everything.

Best,

David & Judith

Judith Lutz, Passedena, CA . USA - Best of Ireland Tour (8 Night)...

 

Hi Malclom,

We so enjoyed our trip to Ireland! Thank you for your help in making it possible.

Our favorite lodging was the Killeen House in Killarney! A must for any trip.

Your site suggestions were very helpful and allowed us to see sites we would have missed otherwise.

After this introduction to Ireland, we definitely want to return.

Kim

The Wells & O'Rourkes on Tour, Thomaston, GA, USA - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Dear Debbie

Thank you for all the arrangements and your efforts to make our visit to Ireland memorable. I just want to share some photos with you

After arriving in Ireland we went to the Hertz office to pick up the rental car. The staff was very helpful and at last we were on our way to the Hotel in Kilkenny. We arrived at about 16h00 and had a warm welcome. The ladies at reception made us feel very welcome. Our room was pretty and neat and clean and we had a good night’s sleep after the long flight and drive from the airport. Breakfast was great. Our waiter, Michael, (very friendly and helpful) even taught us how to say “hello “and “goodbye” in Irish. We left at about 11h00 and visited the Kilkenny Castle and gardens and explored the area.

After that we left for the Country House Hotel near Killarney. I do not have words to describe this charming, stunning and beautiful hotel. Everything was just perfect (it scores 10/10 with me). We got lost on the way and arrived late but we received a warm welcome and with such hospitality, it made us feel like royalty. Gerard made us feel at home and attended to our every need. Our host arranged for us to go on the Ring of Kerry trip and the scenery was absolutely stunning. We also got the opportunity to see the sheep dog demonstration and this is a must see for everyone taking the trip. We also stopped at the beach (unfortunately I cannot remember the name) and even ‘met” Charlie Chaplin.

After this stop over, we left for one of the highlights of our visit, The Cliffs of Mohr, whaohhhh, what an awesome experience this was, what an emotional moment when I first laid eyes on the cliffs, the beauty of it all, mother nature at one of her best (Thank you God for the eyes I have to see the beautiful things You have made)

We climed 166 steps to the top to O’ Brien’s Tower – what natural beauty………….amazing! We also did part of the Burran Way….. sjoe, what narrow pathways, my mom had more courage than me I think, but we did it anyway.

On the second day of our stay in Galway, we took the driving route through the Connemara Region. We saw Lough Corrib, the Twelve Pins Mountain. On our way to Clifden, we stopped at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey with its tranquil surroundings. Then we left for Roundstone Village where we enjoyed lunch and then headed back to the hotel.

Eventually we reached Dublin and returned the hired car. We covered a distance of almost 1400 km in the seven days we had the car.

In Dublin, we booked a trip to see the Giants Causeway, another highlight for me. We stopped at the Carrick-a-Rhede rope bridge and what an adrenalin experience it was to climb that bridge, but all worth it when you got to the other side.

Then came the best best, THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY. This was so exciting for me and I will treasure every moment I spent there

Even if we didn’t get to see everything that we would have liked to see, what we saw was enough to make us fall in love with Ireland for ever. Thank you for helping me and my brothers make our mom’s dream come true. Now we understand why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, it was like the green, green grass of home…………

Till next time Debbie……………… (there definitely will be a next time God willing). I will surely recommend Irish Tourism to anyone who intends to visit the beautiful Emerald Isle with its magnificent scenery.

Take care & God bless

Erika Fortuin

Erika Fortuin, Paarl, South Africa - Best of Ireland Tour (8 Night)...

 

Hi Malcolm

Thank you for the email and for the follow up. We had a really great time! Every B and B was superb and people were all very kind, friendly and helpful. Will definitely do this again. Thank you for all your help.

Please see attached.

Warm regards

Cathy and Richard Fry

Cathy Fry ,Johannesburg, South Africa - Self Drive Tours of Ireland...

 

Elinor and Wilf Caplan
Toronto
Ontario

Custom Tour of Ireland

We really enjoyed our visit. Thanks for everything! Elinor & Wilf

ELINOR CAPLAN

Elinor Caplan, Toronto, Ontario - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Hello Tina,

Thank you for your email. Our trip was fantastic! We really appreciate all you did to help us plan it. We are telling everyone that this is the way to see Ireland, and that your outfit is the one to utilise. We will never forget such a good adventure.

I have attached a few photos to this email. They are, in this order:

1. My wife Heather and I at Newgrange

2. At Carrick-a-rede

3. Heather on the rope bridge proper

4. Heather at the Giant's Causeway

5. Me at Grianan Ailligh

Thank you again for everything. I hope all is well with you.

Regards,

A.J. Jackson

Allan Jackson, Brooklyn, New York - Customized Self Drive Tours...

 

Dear Tina,

Before the year draws to a close, Nicole Erasmus and I would just like to thank you and Gerry O’Leary (our fantastic tour guide) for a fabulous Best of Ireland Tour.

Both yours and Gerry’s attention to detail, friendliness and efficiency was superb. Nicole and I loved every minute of our tour and cannot wait to return to Ireland. In the meantime we are highly recommending the tour to our family and friends.

We would also like to commend Gerry on his knowledge of Ireland, his willingness to listen and for going the extra mile to ensure that Nicole and I were always happy, well-fed and at the right place at the right time. We could not have asked for a better tour guide! Please thank Gerry again on our behalf.

Thanks and God Bless from sunny South Africa,

Nicole Erasmus and Julia Sharples.

Julia Sharples, Cape Town, South Africa - Best of Ireland Tour (7 Night)...

 

Hi Tina! This has taken me forever to get back to you but here goes.

You and your coworkers were very, very helpful to me when I was planning our trip to Ireland on my own. The B & B vouchers were very easy to use, and we had no issues with them. I pre booked all of our stays in advance, and it was very easy to use the website to book all of the B&B's. Getting the extra car insurance was definitely worth it, even though we thankfully didn't need it. But after all the stories, I would say its worth it to get the extra coverage. We had an amazing time on our trip, and we can't thank you enough for helping us simplify it with the B & B vouchers, and having your help booking the car rental. Since this was our first trip that I was planning, I loved being able to have your help with booking the car rental to make sure I understood everything. (GPS is great!!) So thank you for all of your help!! We can't wait to plan another trip, and we would definitely go through your website again.

Thanks again! Trent & Kellie H. from Wisconsin, USA

Kellie & Trent Hagen, Sparta, Wisconsin - Open B&B Voucher Tour Reviews...

 

Good morning,

I would like to express my appreciation to the Irish Tourism
Group for a wonderful trip this past week. The Tour Guide,
Seamus O'Callaghan, was a perfect representative of Ireland.
He was knowledgeable, good humored, very professional, and
had the ability to relate to every passenger. He added so much
to the trip, and the trip would not have been as enjoyable or
memorable, without him.


Thank you very much.


Debra Payne

Debra Payne

 

Steve,

I am on an airplane home as I am writing this.

The tour was absolutely fantastic! I was truly amazed at the value you provided. Staying at Dromoland Castle was a big hit, as was Clontarf Castle. The Park House Hotel is perfectly located in Galway and very nice. I was surprised at the number of meals included in the tour this year - that was a very nice bonus.

Seamus was once again the star of the show. His commentary, jokes, and great attitude were appreciated by all the guests!

Thanks again!

Best regards,


Barton O'Brien

Barton O'Brien

 

I took the Northern Ireland Knitting tour and highly recommend it. From beginning to end, the trip was well organized, fun and offered a view of Ireland I never would have had on my own. Jane was a terrific leader and John a fun and dependable driver. The accommodations were great throughout and, as expected, the subject matter attracted a fantastic group of co-travellers. The highlight for me was the various workshops where we learned about the different aspects of knitting and Irish heritage and had a chance to learn from knowledgeable people and practice new techniques. I would definitely take this trip again.

Eileen Kelly