The Gathering Tour Self-Drive Tour 8 Days

The Gathering Tour Self-Drive Tour 8 Days

7 Night Tour From $1,028 pps

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This tour arrives into and departs from Dublin, but can be customised to include Shannon as an arrival/departure point.

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We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

Hi Aisling

We are back in New Zealand, and over the jet-lag. We kept our promise, and brought along some good weather for our recent trip to Ireland. Hope some of the sunshine stayed behind when we left!

Our trip went well, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Never got lost, with beautiful weather around the Ring of Kerry. We could see "the sun go down on Galway Bay " and nearly got blown off the Cliffs of Moher! Met Molly Malone in Dublin, and it was good to see the places so well known from the old Irish songs.

The overnight accommodation in Swords , the night before our departure, was a pleasant surprise : the best on our trip.

Thanks again for your help in organizing our trip.

Best wishes

Andre & Suzanne Smith

Andre & Suzanne Smith, New Zealand

Entire country is more scenic than the best travel posters

Gillian,

Thanks for the great planning you did for our recent trip to Ireland. Before we called you, we had a definite route of places we wanted to see. You made all the B & B reservations, with some of the most delightful proprietors we've ever come across, arranged the car rental, sent a detailed list of "must see sites," and took all the worry and work out of planning the trip of a lifetime. You did so well, I suspect you might have had a hand in scheduling the choir from the high school I coached at for 13 years, to be singing at Kylemore Abbey at the exact time we stopped to visit! Now that was an incredible surprise!
 
In any case, we loved everything about the trip and have recommended your services to everyone we talk to about it. One neighbour who has made several trips said that
 
“Ireland is the one country where the entire country is more scenic than the best
travel posters." We agree.
 
Thank you for making sure our only worries were to stay on the correct side of the road.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joan and Dennis Gilbert

Joan and Dennis Gilbert, Illinois, USA

Two weeks ago our three couples returned from a magically, amazing 10 days in Ireland. Prior to our departure we often contacted Allison with questions about itinerary, insurance, etc. Allison always responded promptly and with insight. With her assistance we collectively built an itinerary. Bright and early one morning in Dublin, our driver, Mike, appeared in his shiny 'bus' for the six of us. To say that our 'ride' was immaculate and constantly drew stares, would be an understatement.

Mike then led us, befriended us, on a beautiful tour of southern island.

All of our desired sites we had set up with Allison were visited. Along the way anecdotal stories about the countryside were revealed. On some occasions Mike sang to us. At lunch time Mike would always make a suggestion about where to go, often joining us. Likewise, at dinner, Mike always made suggestions about places to eat, even making reservations for us! Of course we visited all of our desired sites we had set up through Allison. Yet there were others that did not appear on the itinerary but 'were in the neighborhood' that left lasting memories, perhaps sprinkled with some laughter.

 

None of our group had ever been on a chaffered tour. All six of us would heartily endorse the experiences and the company that led us to enjoy them. To Allison and Mike, thank-you and we wish you all the best.

David and Mary Lou Knight, Hanover, PA

We enjoyed the tour very much

Hi Viv,

To sum it all up, we are very satisfied with both your services and the tour itself. All practical matters, both with respect to accommodation and car rental, went absolutely smoothly. Thank you!

With regard to the itinerary, a couple of observations that mostly reflect on our own planning:

We might have swapped one Blarney and one Salthill night for additional nights in Kerry, Burren or Westport, to get more time for hikes. But that is our preferences and perhaps a slightly different tour than the one we booked. (Also, the unexpectedly beautiful weather we enjoyed made hiking even more attractive, of course.)

We also tried to include a Newgrange visit on the last day on the road, but found out we didn’t have enough time due the hard deadline on the rental car return.

As for the accommodation: I was actually surprised that we got so many nights in 4 star hotels in the “mix”. As far as we could judge, all hotels and B&Bs were excellent value for money, and certainly met with or exceeded our expectations. Our favorite was the Lake Hotel, where everything was just right: Beautiful location, great atmosphere and friendly staff, excellent breakfast, good and relatively inexpensive food in the “brasserie”. We’re also ready to recommend Brooks Hotel to our friends and acquaintances. (Would have stayed there recently if they weren’t fully booked.)

We enjoyed the tour very much. Of course, the beautiful weather we enjoyed for practically the entire tour was an unexpected bonus.

Regards,

Anonymous, Norway

I will always bear a piece of Ireland with me

Hi Liz,

Many thanks! We were extremely satisfied with the trip. It was truly a taste of the fantastic country called Ireland. The guide Patrick was extremely knowledgeable and brought the experience to an ever higher level. On top of this we had a stunning weather that not even Greece could match! As my mother put it when we came home "This was the trip of my life and I will always bear a piece of Ireland with me in my heart"! All in all we are very satisfied and can strongly recommend others to book this trip!

Best regards,

Jimmy

Jimmy Engstrom, Sweden

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