I liked the respect each of us gave the other by being on time, changing seats in the bus all to allow everyone an opportunity to have equality.I liked the family atmosphere where the guides and bus driver were encouraged to eat with the rest of us and thereby allow us into their lives and culture."My favorite wow moment of the tour would have been our day at Ashford Castle.The grounds were stunning, the weather was perfect and our activity of falconry was very unique and special. the country, the history, the people, the stories, the food, and the music!The beautiful scenery, the Irish people, the music, and my tour group were the best. "I don't have just one "wow" moment: I loved flying the hawks; loved all the musical concerts; loved the bonding that went on during the "hurricane;"loved that we were able to go to Northern Ireland (I never felt that I would ever be able to visit Belfast after all The Troubles in recent history); loved the small towns and the rugged coast line." This tour was yet another outstanding Rick Steve's tour as we have come to expect.Rick Steves tours are a great way to sample what a country has to offer. The tour was well-organized with meaningful activities.Impossible to really come up with only one." Loved the whole tour.
A visit to the Discover Ulster Scots Center will provide a glimpse into the rich heritage of this influential Protestant group, known in the United States as the Scotch-Irish. Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.
After a group meeting, we'll enjoy a "Welcome to Ireland" dinner together, followed by an orientation walk through the heart of Dublin. You'll have the rest of the day free to feel the pulse of a city thriving with street poets and musicians. Then we'll continue on to the green Plain of Tipperary where we'll tour the ecclesiastical center that thrived in St.
Patrick's time: the evocative ruins of the Rock of Cashel. This morning we'll be treated to a walking tour that brings Kinsale's past to life, places its story in the wider sweep of history, and makes the stony sights much more than buildings.
I was very impressed with the caliber of the experience in terms of strong organization and logistics, great and informative tour guides, wonder balance between group time vs.
individual time and also a very informative tour guide.
Our day will end with dinner together in the picturesque harbor town of Kinsale, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Inspired by all we've learned, we'll continue on to explore the massive and (for its time) revolutionary Charles Fort which overlooks the harbor. Today we'll take a scenic drive along the forests (Ireland's largest), mountains, and lakes of Killarney National Park.