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Shades of Ireland

9 DAYS
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From history-filled Dublin to the rolling green hills and dramatic coast, experience Ireland’s charms on a journey through the Emerald Isle. Choose how you explore the city of Dublin. Kiss the Blarney Stone at historic Blarney Castle. See Killarney from an Irish jaunting car. Pick from a selection of the best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration. Stand in awe at the top of the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. A vibrant blend of captivating culture and stunning nature, this is the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

Your Tour Includes
  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 13 Meals
  • 4 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Dublin
  • Irish Evening
  • Choices on Tour
  • Kilkenny

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

9 Days

8 Nights


Meals

13 Meals

8 Breakfasts

5 Dinners


Activity

2 - Moderate

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Pre Tour 3 Night London

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Post Tour 3 Night Edinburgh

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Pre Night: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
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Cabra Castle

Night 8

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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

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Granville Hotel

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Killarney Avenue

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Absolute Hotel

Nights 6-7

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Post Night: Cabra Castle
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Trip Reviews

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    4star
    The plane ride at 12:15 am was ridiculous. Hotel did not want to check us in early after our long flight
    Patricia Mutz
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    5star
    This was our 1st escorted tour experience. Great tour pacing with a mix of scheduled tours and free time. Our tour guide was amazing, fun and informative. Hotels were beyond what I expected. It was so easy to do this vacation, with all aspects handled by Collette. Already planning our next Collette tour to Europe.
    Cheryl
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Mixed reviews between main tour and add-ons. The main Ireland tour was fantastic although many hotel changes. The London and Scotland extensions we were on our own (disappointing).
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The Shades of Ireland was wonderful, covered most of Southern Ireland. But we will skip any future tour extensions as we were on our own with no local point of contact. The food was very good but seemed to always be the same choices.
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    5star
    Tour fulfilled more than I expected - food, guide, transport, people.
    Cynthia Lee
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    5star
    Everything from airport pickup to airport delivery was handled professionally and efficiently.
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    5star
    Our Guide John and The beauty of Ireland
    George Lindsey
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Last day was a waste. Hotels weren’t air conditioned with windows that barely opened. Some rags were perfect tho.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Enjoyed ireland so much. We were disappointed in a few of the hotels. No air and no ventilation. Couldn’t open windows. Also the last two days seemed wasted. A few tourist traps were suggested. Last day we stopped at 3 gas stations for breaks and food. It seemed like a gas station tour. The only other place we stopped was an old whiskey distillery which had no interest to us. Cabra castle was wonderful.
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    5star
    Saw so much of Ireland it was a great, comprehensive tour- the tour guide was phenomenal he really made the trip - strongly recommend this tour
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    4star
    Unhappy with customer service dept
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    3star
    Was disappointed with pre-tour arrangements, flight seating (travel partners not seated together) and lack of post tour transfer.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The Tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! The tour itinerary was just as described and did not disappoint.
    Ann Murdock
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    5star
    The tour was well managed and allowed us to see a lot of sites and experiences we might not have seen if we had traveled on our own.
    Louis Prosperi
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    4star
    COVID issues dampened experience
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    4star
    The sites were as beautiful as I had expected and the history of Ireland came alive with our tour manager. However, she needs to know not to chew the bus out for something that a couple of people did.....talk to them individually. Other than that I thought she was very good. Eating at hotel dinners taking 3 hours is ridiculous and the food was not good. We left before dessert was served so we could enjoy the pubs. Breakfast needs to be a buffet no ordering off menu. Only 1 hotel in Dublin was excellent with breakfast all the others were bad.
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    3star
    Your manager was rude and demeaning. Your group was larger than expected. Flight arrangements were not as promised.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Wonderful overall tour of much of Ireland. Many very interesting locations included. I learned so much history from our guide and seeing places in person really was nice. The hotels selected were all excellent and the food was too!
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    5star
    well organized, it kept us very busy with good use of nearly every opportunity to see the country and culture, exceptional accomodations, we got an excellent overall picture of all sides of Ireland loved the medieval banquet, the riverdance music shows, the castles, the sheep dog demo, the walking tour of Dublin Our guide Thomas was excellent, always had interesting tidbits about the history and culture, very knowledgeable and accomodating we would have enjoyed perhaps a little more " on your own" time to explore some of the small towns and have a chance to chat with the locals. we didn't enjoy visiting the city of Limerick at all! time would have been better spent at a small village or maybe more time at cliffs of moher or time to walk the countryside whiskey distillery wasn't that interesting
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    5star
    Everything was done for us. We just had to get up and go.
    Gail Piotrowski
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    5star
    Great experience for our family
    Patricia Cash
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    5star
    we had a fantastic trip, a great tour manager and loved everywhere we went, wish we had more time in some of the locations just because we loved the trip so much.
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    5star
    Ireland was very beautiful and did not disappoint.
    Dawn Hoefle
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    5star
    Everything was awesome and my daughter and I had a very good time!
    Janet Mcgee
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    5star
    We saw and did many things we will always remember.
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    5star
    We loved everything about this tour. The rooms were great. The bus was comfortable. The food was good. Our fellow travelers were pleasant and interesting. The countryside was amazing. We enjoyed the side tours. Our tour guide was the most knowledgeable helpful organized professional we ever met. The driver was incredible. The final night at the Castle was like a fairytale. We totally enjoyed our trip.
    Thomas Kelley
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    5star
    Everything was top notch. Our tour guide was awesome. The itinerary was great. The food was good. There were no problems issues or delays.
    Nancy Rebrovich
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    5star
    Martene, and our driver Dennis was amazing. I had so much fun with our group.
    Kathryn Tursi
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    5star
    Great tour!!! Great local guides
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    5star
    Excellent tour for value and experience Always try to use Collette for guided tours
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    3star
    The tour schedule included too much bus time to and from hotels, and too many hours for shopping.
    Lewis Batrell
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Overall an excellent experience. Fiona, the tour manager was great.
    Ronald Vrana
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    5star
    The Cliffs of Moher and the overnight at Cabra Castle
    Dale Nowicki
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    4star
    One of the rooms was too small
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    5star
    Most memorable seeing the beautiful churches of Ireland. The landscape was amazing and our tour guide was knowledgeable.
    Marianne Raftopoulos
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    4star
    Times when too much time going back snd forth on the bus. Some of the included food just soso for me a pescatarian
    Irene Silver
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Our tour guide and bus driver were the absolute best ! They were always helpful and respectful.
    Linda Monroe
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    4star
    Mid evil castle dinner. Information provided by the tour manager..
    Maureen Morosco
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Did not include a glass of wine with dinner. Settling the bill at each table caused confusion. No detailed daily itinerary to refer to during travels and afterwards.
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    4star
    Not all hotels were great . Border Collies.
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    5star
    Tour guide was very knowledgable, curtious, and the cliffs of the moor was awesome as was the Blarney castle .
    Jacqueline Ringler
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The trip from start to finish was awesome. Sean our tour guide was more than exceptional. Dave the bus driver was awesome. All the sites were outstanding and accommodation were great. Ireland is a beautiful country.
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    5star
    SEAN our tour guide handled everything. Every stop was enjoyable & low stress. We learned so much history and had a great time with the events. Sean answered all the questions we had and communicated well.
    Kelly Lego
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    5star
    would like more site seeing / photos stops
    Jerry Lechner
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    5star
    The tour was More than I expected
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    5star
    Tour sites were good. Sean Curran and Dave bus driver were friendly and helpful. Not all hotel bathrooms were convenient but hotel was best for area. Staff at the hotel in Dublin were not helpful in getting us rooms to sleep in at the very early hours that we arrived. Some rooms were available and clean but we were denied receiving them, while others were allowed to. This should have been arranged ahead of timely Collette staff.
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    4star
    The tour was great. Robert was a knowledgeable tour director. My only issue was with the flights. They were not planned out well and due to flight cancellation I lost a day of my vacation.
    Jane Mcgrady
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    5star
    The tour was well organized. The activities were wonderful and the tour manager was outstanding
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    4star
    We had a great time with our group. We brought 38 people with us from Ohio. I would have rated it a 5 if our pre and post tour folks had not had transportation issues from the hotel to the airports and back. This is being reimbursed by Collette, but is taking to long to be resolved. The weather was exceptionally warm and sunny and our exceptionally beautiful hotels did their best to accommodate everyone with fans since air conditioning was not usually needed in Ireland. We loved all the special stops that were added that made us feel special too.
    Melanie
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Country's history details provided by Colette, Tour Guide, was great. Landscape beautiful. You arranged only 1 day of rain - thanks for that! Driver, Peter, was very good. Colette responded to inquiries and creature comforts in a timely manner. Hotels were beautiful.
    Pamela Ayres
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour of Londonderry with guide and free time in the city. The trip to Malin Head and the coastal drive on the North Atlantic shoreline. Excellent! I enjoyed the distillery although I’m not a whiskey drinker.
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    5star
    From start to finish this tour assured that everything was taken care of and I could sit back and enjoy my vacation. The tour manager was a wealth of knowledge and highly entertaining. The tour was perfectly paced to allow the traveler time to see the diverse landscape of Ireland.
    Tasha Sheipline
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    4star
    The hotel with no air conditioning.
    Kim Rindler
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    5star
    Had a great time on the tour.
    Darold Shelton
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    All of the included activities each day were excellent and very interesting. The local guides were very knowledgeable and informative. The included meals had a good variety of choices and were very tasty. The hotel rooms were perfect, especially room #117 at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. It was super duper! The optional excursion to the Guinness Storehouse and the Medieval Banquet were wonderful. The Medieval Banquet and meal and the Titanic Museum were the highlights of the tour for me. It was a privilege to have the best tour manager, Sean Curran, and the best coach driver, Donal Healey, for our tour. They are such professional gentlemen. My one wish for this trip was to view the Book of Kells. Sean helped me schedule tickets and gave me directions to the Trinity College, so I was able to accomplish this wish. My one suggestion would be to schedule a flight that would arrive in Dublin after 5:00 a.m. Our flight arrived at 4:00 a.m. and sat on the runway for an hour before approaching the gate, since gate and customs workers did not report until 5:00 a.m.
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    5star
    Very well put together. Martine was very knowledgeable and fun. Everything ran smoothly.
    Eric Gregones
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    2star
    Our (Italian) tour "guide" had no knowledge of the country/areas we visited in Ireland. We traveled through fascinating areas that we would love to have learned about, but we were told nothing of the towns and sites we saw because our guide knew nothing about them. With the exception of our last two hotels, the accommodations were disappointing. We have traveled widely on our own, and we will never take another tour with ANY company because of this disappointing experience. Those who plan to book a tour would be advised to study the sites in advance and bring along a guide book for information. There were some highlights on the tour that we would recommend and perhaps return to on our own: Blarney Park, the Guinness tour in Dublin and Cabra Castle Hotel in Kingscourt.
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    1star
    Tour guide did not know or share anything along the way
    Maurice Stuufmann
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Tour guide not familiar with region the tour covered. No local color provided during in transit time or upon arriving in locations where the only planned activity was free time. Flow of the tour was good except for limerick segment. Travled from Cliffs of Mohar to limerick, spent the night then traveled back to gallway and sheepdog demonstration and back to limerick. Staying near the Cliffs the first night would have provided more time to explore/hike in and around the cliffs and local region. Biggest disappointment was guides unfamiliarity with region. She was friendly and personable, however she was not the guide with extensive knowledge of the area being visited advertised ( and required for a quality experience) in Collette literature.
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    4star
    I was not happy that people from all over the U.S. were put into our private bank group. We had 22 people signed up and when we got to Ireland, there were 14 people we did not know who had been added into our tour group. I specifically asked the Colette rep 2 weeks before our departure date if others would be added into our group. All she said was that we are looking into it…….don’t tell me that she didn’t know at that moment…..she just didn’t want us to know at that time that others would be added into our group. Also to get decent seats on the airplane, we had to pay extra…..and that was pretty much at the last minute too. We should have been told long before we were that we needed to pay extra for a window or aisle seat…..we were originally assigned to be in the back row of the plane. Totally unacceptable…….since we had signed up for this trip probably at least 9 to 10 months in advance. Those things really bothered me. It would have been a different story if Collette gad been up front with us.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    EXCELLENT tour guide----so knowledgeable!! Cliffs of Mohr, dog-herding demo, medieval castle meal and entertainment, food & accomodations---everything!!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Informative , great hotels and food. Jusgg tv the right amount of free time and choices.
    Mary Gotta
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    really fun. lots of unique experiences
    Thomas Voss
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    What a great trip! Very knowledgeable tour guide. Saw all the highlights and learned great deal about the history of Ireland. Would recommend this trip to any traveler.
    Sandra Pierce
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    4star
    Usual Collette background work evident. Better hotels, food, guides than average. Prectripn info & refunds when neededcgo a long, long way to value.1
    Dennis Walker
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    3star
    Tour guide placed too much emphasis on drinking in early part of trip. Too much emphasis on "bathroom" breaks at gift shops. Commentary was stale. Gave a somewhat slanted comments concerning Irish neutrality during WWII and struggle for independence from Britain. A fuller, balanced presentation would have been interesting. Last day a waste.. Leaving hotel at 10 am; traveling along 4 lane highways 30 minutes past our only activity of the day to lunch at a truck stop and then drive back to a "whisky distillery" (2 people employed in production; 25 employed in giving tours and operating gift store) that had its production moved to a modern plant years ago and then traveling to a hotel, again a four lane road, in the far south of Dublin when we had to go to the airport, in the far north of Dublin, the next morning in rush hour traffic is dumb planning. The original itinerary indicated we would be staying just north of the airport....I wonder if that is where a second, duplicate group was staying instead of us? Our tour had a 22 person group from one club in the midwest which limited the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the US. While this particular group was not clannish, it still impacts the dynamics of the tour. Collette also scheduled a second tour on the same dates as our tour. This was certainly awkward during the our time in Dublin where eating arrangements were often the same and overloaded the eateries. We also would see people from the other Collette tour periodically at various tourist traps and venues throughout the first part of our tour. The suggestion of tipping the guide $8 a day and the driver $5 a day raises the "tip" to the status of the customer directly paying a large portion of their salaries rather than Collette. Several people on the tour took strong exception to that high a "tip"; a few others felt it was appropriate. That large a "tip" payment would be well over $100,000 a year.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well organized interesting and infor
    John Fella
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Nothing is perfect. Especially demands for comments
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We had a wonderful tour of Ireland…. Amazing scenery, traveled with a fun group of people and were well taken care of each step of the journey. I wasn’t excited about taking a large bus tour but found it to be very accommodating and efficient. Our tour guide, Robert and coach driver, Druman were exceptional.
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    3star
    This trip was very difficult and exhausting. After a 10 hour flight and an 8 hour time change, we were given very little time to adjust to the time difference. We were tired and eventually just exhausted near the end of the tour. In addition, our tour guide had Covid the week before our tour started, and though she pronounced herself Covid free, I wound up getting it near the end of the tour. First time for me. Ane it wasn't just me. At about the 2/3 mark of the tour, 14 of the 38 persons on the tour stayed in their hotel rooms to 'recover' or because they had become sick. The country is beautiful but trying to see it in 12-13 days is too much. We did not stay in one location longer than 2 nights at a time and spent many hours on a coach driving on back roads. Great country and countryside, but would have appreciated more time in Belfast and Killarney.
    Stephen Macdonald
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    4star
    Bad memory, Collette didn't allow enough time for connection in Edinburgh. Favorite memory, the Irish people and the beauty of Scotland.
    Laura Irwin
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    5star
    Best trip ever. The country side was soo beautiful.
    Daniel Dixon
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    5star
    I can’t pick just one thing! I was thrilled my husband suggested this trip for our (9th) anniversary. Ireland was even more beautiful than I had imagined. Our tour guide was FABULOUS. Everything we could have wanted was planned for us. In a word: PERFECTION! After experiencing Ireland, we intend to return for a 6-8 week LEISURELY vacation to experience the Irish life, as well as see more of Scotland. I can’t speak enough of how perfectly everything was planned, scheduled and executed by Collette Tour. We are considering another Collette Tour if sponsored by WDUN / Jacobs Media in Gainesville, GA. Both my husband and I would encourage anyone thinking about a trip to Ireland to look to Collette — and recommend a tour lead by our guide: Fiona Lane. Fiona was, quite simply, AMAZING. She was so very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. An absolute delight, even when being the “taskmaster” we all needed to enjoy each day, each experience as much as possible. (Her perfect “sidekick”, Damian, was a treasure, as well.) IF ONLY EVER COLLETTE TOUR COULD HAVE SUCH A “FIONA” — although I realize no one can match her exuberance and love for her country, and sharing with all who are on tour.
    Connie Murphy
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    5star
    Everything was great. Loved Blarney castle
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    4star
    In Dublin hotel was miles away from what I wanted to see, room so small I could barely walk around the room
    Rebecca Benson
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    5star
    The trip was highly organized and included a variety of sights and events.
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    5star
    Great tour and tour guide
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    5star
    Our tour director was excellent. Everything was organized, on time, and well planned. Our first bus tour ever and we are in our 60's and like to do our own thing so we were not sure we would like this type of travel. We found everything outstanding and had a wonderful vacation. We would definitely use Collette again.
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    5star
    The organization of the trip was perfect. The itinerary was perfect too. Not too much in any day and time to relax before dinner and having the evenings end at a decent time - around 8:30.
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    1star
    The Collette Air Department was absolutely responsible for the terrible experiences we had on all our scheduled flights. Even though I reached out several times to the Emergency Contact personnel well in advance of all of our flights, they were of no help in insuring that our flights were properly documented. Only 1 of our 6 flight segments scheduled went as planned. It was a disastrous experience being flight scheduled by the Collette Air Department.
    James Mateos
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Very informative tour with just enough down time. Our tour director and driver were fun to be with and the towns we explored were beautiful.
    JEAN CLONINGER
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    4star
    A mix-up on bed configuration, a hotel that faced a low rent apartment building, a hotel without A/C, and tours described in the literature that were not provided were the major disappointments. Walking tours in Dublin and Waterford, a working sheepdog demonstration, the unbelievable vistas at the Cliffs of Moher, and classic hotels in Dublin, Waterford, and Kingscourt provided memories for a lifetime.
    Mark Tritchler
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    5star
    Tour was well organized. Food was delicious. Accommodations were excellent. Enjoyed learning more about the culture of Ireland. Enjoyed visiting the castles and cathedrals.
    ELLEN DYE
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    5star
    Collette takes care of every detail so I can relax and enjoy my journey.
    Joanne Reynolds
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Fun group Loved being with people of similar interests
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    4star
    3hour delay at the airport in Atlanta. Guide and bus driver going on about how poorly they were paid and how much each passenger had to tip.
    DANIEL TILLIRSON
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    5star
    Trip are well organized and provide the opportunity to see the area you are visiting.
    Barth Moore
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    4star
    Overall customer care taken during trip from start to finish. Tour selections, for the most part, were nice selections. Cliffs of Moher and Cabra Castle were favorites. Programs/Shows we selected were worthwhile even those suggested by your guide on free nights. Only tour not worth seeing was the Kilbeggen Whiskey Distillery…would have preferred something different (lace/wool factory or workhouse to learn more about history of country or even another castle/ruin).
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    4star
    The castle we stayed at on the last night. I loved the sheep dog demonstration also
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    1star
    While the people were incredibly kind, I think it should be very clear up front how much forced communal time this tour includes. I had anticipated maybe a couple hours together each day for various tours, but it was togetherness from breakfast through dinner. I did not want to or enjoy being forced to eat with complete strangers at every meal. I also did not want to or enjoy being told where to sit on the bus every day. The whole trip felt very much like a middle school trip and I had really hoped to just spend time with my mom and explore Ireland. I can see how this would be a really great experience for older folks or even single folks, but this was a pretty terrible experience for me. I would not go on another tour.
    Jessica Nyffler
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was very well organized. My favorite experience was visiting the Cliffs of Mohr. The medieval museum in Waterford was amazing! If you are lucky enough to have Norman as your tour manager, you will learn far more than you expected about Ireland’s rich history.
    Nancy Cahoone
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    5star
    Tour manager, Norman Greene was excellent! John the driver was also very helpful.
    Gregory Riedel
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    5star
    Tour Guide and driver were outstanding!
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    5star
    The Extension to Scotland was good, but I felt abandoned when British Airways changed our flights. My traveling companion and I had to contact the shuttle service and they had to scramble to get someone to pick me up earlier. My friend was not able to fly out on the day of departure and had to stay another night at the hotel. I realize this was British Airways fault, but I was accustomed to Collette being more available to help us.
    Katheryn Bowermon
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Had a wonderful time on my first trip to a European country. The tour ran smoothly and I was kept busy just the right amount of time. I loved the visit to Waterford factory and seeing the operation. I also added to my sizable collection. The Medieval banquet was a huge hit. Very fun.
    Maureen Brozovic
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We had the best tour director Barbara Hunter. She was amazing. I do have a complaint that our flight back home was horrible. We almost missed our connecting flight home because the plane was late coming in.
    Sharon L Lacey
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well organized, our guide was always prompt and very interesting.
    Dorothy Barnes
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    5star
    It was more than I imagined. It was beautiful and the tour manager add another element of giving us the history.
    Sheila Cox
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent accommodations, tours, food, airlines, pick up & delivery service from our home to airport. Our Collette tour manager did an outstanding job.
    PATTY ROBERTS TEMPLES
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well planned trip. Met my expectations
    Paul Scheuch
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    4star
    I enjoyed Dublin and Barbara Hunt.
    Cheryl Lonergan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was perfect! No problem with anything! I loved every minute of our trip!
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    5star
    This was an amazing trip through Ireland. Our guide Norman was fantastic. He knew all about the area and was so fun!
    Lorrie Culp
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Fun group, fantastic tour manager, beautiful country
    Frank Lonergan
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    5star
    Our tour guide (Barbara Hunter) and driver (Tommy) were amazing! Barbara was so nice, knowledgeable, entertaining and kept everyone informed. Tommy was so accommodating and made us all feel safe. Barbara arranged for us to see a working sheep farm that was awesome. The bonus (besides the fresh scones and tea!) was being able to see the original farmhouse with the thatched roof which was being replaced. Also, when we went to the northernmost point, Barbara called ahead to Farren’s Bar to see if they were open and could accommodate us. They were open and so gracious. They were happy to speak with us about their Star Wars movie experience as well! The little extras are what made this trip so memorable! Most of the accommodations were great. The hotel in Derry-City Hotel was not so great. The room was well worn and missing basics like washcloths and tissues. Even with a glitch at the Europa Hotel at check-in, Barbara smoothed out their mistake and even had them comp a drink for all of us who had to wait so long to get checked in. The pre-arranged restaurants and meals were wonderful and both Barbara and Tommy had great suggestions for us when we were on our own for meals.
    Mary Santini
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    4star
    I wanted to give five stars, the beginning was rough. We had a 5 1/2 hr layover in Philly then a 6+ hr wait at our hotel in Dublin without rooms or guidance.. Rooms weren’t ready and we were left in the lobby to wait Or information.. I personally went out by myself and walked around Dublin, getting lost a few times, but finally finding my way back. This was a poor start to what was otherwise a fantastic tour. The last night and dinner in a castle was a wonderful way to end the tour.
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    5star
    The tour guide (Barbara) was fantastic! Hee knowledge and ability to explain things impressed the entire group.
    John Santini
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The tour was good -- Ireland is beautiful, the food was good, the local guides were excellent, majority of hotels were lovely. As this was our first tour, we didn't realize that a 10-day tour was actually 8 days of touring if you don't buy airfare through Collette. Lots of time on the bus with no local guide or naturalist to explain what we were seeing. Sadly, tour manager was ill during our trip. Overall, a good tour.
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    5star
    Tour manager Tom Deasy is the best. His Irish charm, presentation of Ireland’s history, managing our schedule, and tending to the “flock” made for happy memories.
    Christine Conti
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    5star
    King of Kerry, enjoyed the whole trip.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour guide was excellent giving us information aout Ireland and each of the sites,. Pointed us to good places to eat and shop.
    Susan Daniel
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    4star
    Too much time on the coach. Seems like we were taken to places to spend money rather than enjoy the scenery
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    4star
    Over all good but didn’t like the first morning arriving very early and having to wait in lobby for hours till room was ready. Two meals were at a gas station lunch counter
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Liked Dublin, blarney castle , cliffs of mother, food at hotels
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tom our tour manager was excellent all Hotels where great and food
    Florence Corbett
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    5star
    Ran very smoothly, guide was excellent.
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    4star
    I believe it was a fantastic tour. Tour guide was especially good, well informed ,always helpful. Favorite part was Limerick.
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    4star
    Visiting the Ciffs, castles, sights seen
    William Brewer
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    5star
    This tour was a great introduction to Ireland, its history and culture. We laughed, ate, met new friends, and saw a lot. The pace was perfect - mixing riding and walking in just the right proportions. I'd go anywhere with tour manager John Hogan - he was a master at keeping us informed and entertained.
    Charles Miller
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    5star
    Overall great destination and good value. Great tour manager as well.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Sean was among the best tour guides
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    5star
    Awesome scenery and a fantastic tour guide - Sean Curran!
    Edward Sealey
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    5star
    Fabulous tour, this is my 4th visit to Ireland and I would go again tomorrow!!! The people are so warm and welcoming and so happy! The fabulous music still rings in my ears and I find myself singing or humming those great tunes! Loved it!, Our Tour Manager Sean was the best one we have ever had, no details left undone, he is a treasure!
    Tammy Young
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great tour guide. Well thought out stops- in both quality and frequency.
    Bruce Moriarty
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    5star
    Great tour guide! Wonderful history! Fantastic accommodations. And good food. Loved that the bags were handled.
    Linwood Zoller
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    5star
    Loved every detail was taken care of. Wonderful tour guide. Food was fantastic and lots of free time to getting to know folks and exploring.
    Martha Zoller
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    5star
    Everything went very well. Our guide, John Hogan, was wonderful, as was our bus driver, John. The group of 39 got along very well. Everything was first-rate.
    Mary Gring
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    5star
    becasue of the selections below
    Regina Kronmiller
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    5star
    It was enjoyable, educational, food delicious, free time appropriate. I didnt get anything out of the Galway part of our tour. Would have liked to go back for a second go at cliffs since it got closed due to bad weather and missed out on our ferry ride. Some did chose to go on a separate tour and had an amazing day at the cliffs.
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    4star
    Trip was Good. Bus it could have been Better! with more Inclusions
    Alan Puzio
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    5star
    It was comprehensive and so scenic. One thing I would change, we travelled in a group of 7 and should have requested all meals as a group. Lesson learned. Otherwise wonderful tour.
    Olga Ivanco
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    4star
    To many hours on the Bus,needed more time to sight see
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    4star
    Never received info from Collette. Like itinerary. Notice of canceled flight, new flight… missed whole first day of trip. Didn’t appreciate extra things be thrown in that cost extra. Should have more time in Galway. Favorite part was Blarney castle and park.
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    5star
    I loved every minute! Excellent tour Guide Norman Greene snd driver., John i didn't want to come home!! "A , hundred thousand welcomes"!! ☘️
    Ann Marks
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    4star
    Cliffs of Moher, sheep farm, Giants Causeway
    Pamela Porter
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    4star
    The flights required a 6 hr. layover inChicago, while 2 other Air Lingus flights departed forDublin. We had Togo through. Security 3 times at Heathrow. Our return flights were scheduled so close together that half our group couldn’t,tmakethe last leg of the trip & had to stay for another flight. Poor planning for the age & abilities of our tour group. Won’t use Collette again.
    Cynthia Reynolds
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    5star
    This was my first trip to Ireland. I fully appreciate that all accommodations, excursions, and transportation were all arranged prior to our arrival. The airport pickup was first rate and Mick, our tour guide, was a literal wealth of Irish knowledge.
    Angela Cofer
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    4star
    Atrocious airline plans with too many layover hours at one airport, and running to get to gates at others.
    Sharon Walker
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    5star
    Provided lots of experiences for a full view of Ireland
    Patricia Sommerhauser
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    4star
    First time as a tour traveler, wasn't sure what to expect.
    Marion Clemente
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    5star
    It turns out I am not a bus tour type of person. But, this tour provides enough personal time that it was quite enjoyable. Our guide was great and all the hotels, but one, were excellent. Collette needs to make another choice for the Dublin hotel. Its old and has not been maintained.
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    5star
    Our tour guide was knowledgeable, very efficient and a wonderful fun loving person. I’m recommending her to others now as I write this.
    Patricia Taylor
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Wonderful History, funny stories, great places to stay, wonderful cities to visit and go to see most of the country. Beautiful!
    Diana Braun
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    3star
    Too many stops at Gift Shops and not enough time at the points of interests that I came to see.
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    3star
    Scottish Highlands - We hired a private drive to take us through the Scottish Highlands.
    Joseph Gamble
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    5star
    I particularly enjoyed going through Blarney Castle and grounds. The castle is unchanged from it's beginnings so i could see how inhabitants lived at the time.
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    2star
    Poor flight arrangements on trip from Edinburgh. It took us more than 30 minutes to check in. Too many group dinners with forced togetherness and limited menus. Crowded breakfast seating. Lack of communication about daily schedules ahead of time. Liked the free time.
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    3star
    Tour inclusions were just ok. Too much time on bus to not see much. Food and accommodations were good.
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    5star
    Every thing went well, no unexpected delays or problems
    Dennis Kerbaugh
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    4star
    We have minor complaints about our Ireland tour with Collette. The extension in London lacked organization. We were not informed of any Collette activities so made our own London activities. Collette’s Ireland portion could not have been better. Overall the weather was an issue. It was cold and rainy during the entire tour, but not Collette’s fault.
    Lowell Ploss
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    3star
    We wanted more time off the bus to experience the locations. Too much time on the bus to only be able to spend an hour or two. I would not include Belfast.
    Vicki Salinas
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    5star
    Would go back to Ireland but a different time of year.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    This was an excellent tour. Despite the atrocious weather a few days, we pressed on and had an enjoyable and informative trip. Our tour guide could not have been better. We loved her!
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    4star
    My first tour with a large group. I like having more time to explore which was not feasible on this trip.
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    5star
    It was wonderful! We loved staying at the Granville Hotel in Waterford (birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher, American hero & patriot. I am an American Civil War enthusiast and this was quite an unexpected thrill for me)
    William Duchemin
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    5star
    It was a lot of fun and very educational! Colette Dennison was GREAT! So many fun things such as the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, a horse drawn carriage ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, Cliffs oh Moher, and Waterford & it's Viking walking history tour (we LOVED staying at the Granville Hotel), and the Titanic Museum in Belfast.
    Jeanne Duchemin
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    5star
    Although there is much to see in Ireland, this was a great overview. Colette had great background information that helped understand Ireland’s history… I will be back.
    Kristine Studer
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    5star
    Because it was a dream come true. A 60th Anniversary gift from our son.
    Charlotte
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    5star
    The trip was well organized, just the right pace for participants and our guides were great / lots of knowledge and willing to share.
    Paula Hurn
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Every day was packed with sites to visit and learn much about the history, culture, and politics. The first night in Dublin with the group dinner, Irish music, and dancing was just fantastic, a great experience to start off our trip. The Ring of Derry day was very special - we had clear weather with sunshine. Just riding on the coach along the coastlines was even spectacular. Really enjoyed the towns of Killarney and Derry. Peter Murphy, our Tour Manager, and David Ryan, our "Steerologist" were both exceptional! We had the most beautiful hotel room at Manor House (special room as I was the leader for our group).
    Mary Anne Koltowich
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    5star
    Sleeping in castle. And cliffs of moher
    Sonja Stein
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    5star
    Our tour guide and coach driver were fantastic. The pace of the tour was perfect - plenty ot time to explore on your own. Highly recommend this tour!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Best vacation ever! The places we visited and the activities we did in Ireland were amazing. The trip was enhanced by our excellent *******. Our tour manager, Martine Freeley, and coach driver, Michael Gorey, were outstanding!
    Kathleen Grote
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    4star
    Had a wonderful time. Some excursions could have been longer. Some needed more free time to explore on our own. Would definitely use Collette against again.
    Charlie myers
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    5star
    Excellent experience all around
    John Riley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was excellent from the tour guide to the food the bus driver to all the events and balance of free tim
    Ann Marie Riley
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    4star
    Nice tour of popular tourist sites. Great guide and driver. Good com
    Sandra Rhoades
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    5star
    Fulfilled our bucket list trip with memories to last a lifetime. Infact, it exceeded our expectations with soi many sights and experiences.
    Muriel McGinnis
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    5star
    The trip down coastline after Giant Causeway was breathtaking. Every hotel top knotch and tour director was so informative and gladly shared her wealth of knowledge
    Thomas McGinnis
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    4star
    It was an interesting and enjoyable experience, but some came back with Covid and at least one is still very sick.
    Allan Newberry
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    5star
    Our guide Jackie and bus driver Martin were the knowledgeable and provided us with valuable local information.
    Karen Graham
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    5star
    Meeting so many new people, enjoying time with friends and exploring my heritage. Love the Blarney Castle walk up and kiss!
    Toni Rives
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    5star
    Our tour manager, Colette, was absolutely amazing!
    Kathleen Hannon
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    4star
    Full of history and beauty
    Dixie Hannon
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    5star
    The tour was great. The camaraderie between the tour guide and the group. I enjoyed the Causeway quite a bit.
    Debra
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great hotels, great places visited, great tour director, great bus driver, great food for provided meals.
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    5star
    Very organized, informative and fun!
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    4star
    I was a little disappointed that our hotel was so far away from things in Limerick. We were looking forward to going to Dirty Nellies. It wasn't even close. We were also informed that on the past tours 50% of the people tested positive for covid and had to stay. Fortunately this was not the case on our tour, but if I would have know this, I don't think I would have made the trip. This dampened our last few days as we had this possibility hanging over our heads.
    Carol Gabis
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    4star
    Visited a wide variety of wonderful places but used Limerick as a hotel - stayed at one in a great location - but had no time to take in any of the sites. Cut the trip to Galway - waste of time
    Paula Moskowitz
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    5star
    It was a great trip, everything was memorable.
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    5star
    First of all, the country is absolutely beautiful! I found the people to be friendly and helpful. I never felt threatened by anything! And the knowledge and love of her country just shown through the words and demeanor of our tour guide!! The entire experience was memorable for me!
    Ruth Dempsey
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    5star
    This tour was well thought out. We had so many interesting experiences on this tour. Sean, our tour manager, was very informative and so well organized. Our accommodations were great. We had a wonderful time.
    Susan Stec
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    5star
    Love my trip, only problem I had was not having a tour guide with us in Scotland.
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    5star
    Wonderful sights, great hotel locations, and especially going to unique places. Going to Northern Ireland in this itinerary was a special experience. Visiting the northernmost point of mainland Ireland, Malin Head was a treat--and we were the only people there.
    Cheryl Luce
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    5star
    Had a great visit to several wonderful places in Ireland. It was wonderful to not have to worry about navigation, hotel bookings, business times, or costs.
    James Zimmerman
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    4star
    Excellent tour guide and tour bus!
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    5star
    Amazing trip! Very well planned with some free time to do a little exploring. This was a trip of a lifetime! I definitely recommend Collette!
    Terry Cooper
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    5star
    Great experience , great time
    Patricia Watt
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    5star
    The itinerary was beautifully planned; a variety of experiences that could appeal to all interests. The Tour Manager was very enthusiastic and his enthusiasm was contagious. It was not all just “pack up and go” — we spent 1 night only twice, 2 nights most places, 3 nights on the pre- trip and post-trip.
    Lila Jerome Agent
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    5star
    We had a memorable trip. The food and accommodations were excellent. Ireland did not disappoint! Here are my top five experiences: Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, Long Room at Trinity College Library, walking path in front of Cabra Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral. However, the most memorable experience for me was holding the lambs after the sheep herding demonstration. There was something about standing on the green hills in Ireland holding those babies that brought tears to my eyes. It made me think of the scripture (from Isaiah 40:11) He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart.
    Tina Yeomans
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    4star
    Covid hung over our group like a dark cloud. We ended up leaving people behind. I wish I would have known it was so bad in Ireland before we went. Also attended some events which were not covid friendly.
    Michael Gallagher
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    4star
    We had a wonderful tour director and the best driver which made the tour enjoyable. Each stop was well planned and the step on guides were very knowledgeable. Loved seeing the sheep dog demonstration, the Cliffs of Mohr, the boat ride, the jaunty cab… too many great memories. Would have like more lunchtime time. Being older, we just move as quickly as others. An extra 20 minutes would have been helpful.
    Carol Oneal
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    5star
    Overall great experience.
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    5star
    The country and it's history were wonderful. Our guide John and driver Tom were the frosting on the cake!
    Edith Humm
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    5star
    The cobra castle was very impressive.
    Barbara Poggenklass
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    5star
    Our Tour Manager was very organized and seemed to have it planned to be at destinations before the crowds arrived. David Ryan was an excellent coach driver maneuvering on the very narrow road. The service we received from Customer Service when we ended up isolating in Edinburgh was very good.
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    5star
    Wonderful tour guide and drivers. Knowledgeable and friendly to tourists.
    Pam Williams
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The entire itinerary for The Shades of Ireland was absolutely wonderful! Hotel accommodations, tours, and included meals could not have been better! I would recommend this experience to anyone!
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    4star
    Several improvements could be made regarding attention to detail and efficient routes
    Kristina Mack
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    5star
    A well managed, fairly stress free trip of a lifetime. Thank you.
    Kathleen Dieter
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    1star
    Almost everyone on the very crowded tour bus contracted Covid, We were put off the tour, by the tour guide, with three days left on the tour that we Paid for, we want to be reimbursed for the last days of hotel costs, and meals, and the flight back to the States, e cause we paid for those items, and were not used, we had to pay for our return flight twice, that is not right, need to be refunded We had to stay an extra two weeks, in Dublin, at a very expensive Hotel, we have NOT heard back from our claim on the travel insurance, but we know it takes time But, should hear something from some one. The tour was very good up until everyone got sick and stranded all over Ireland and Scotland. We have traveled with Collette several times, and you have ALWAYS treated us in an outstanding manner, getting sick, is never fun, we look forward traveling with you again, but will not, overseas, until the US Government drops the return back stateside policy on Covid. We spent over 6 thousand dollars, with living costs, Covid Testing, meds, transportation, and return flights home, we paid for twice, please advise on those parts of the tour we paid for, it did not get to enjoy because of the group getting Covid, on an over crowded bus, maybe….so it seems to us, never had that large a group on a tour with you before You folks have always done us right, always had a great time with you all, but this Ireland trip, needs fixing….please and Thanks. Carey Daughtry
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    5star
    The Castle night was amazing….
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    4star
    Contracted COVID. Horrible travel experience returning to USA. Trip to Ireland was complicated by our arrival at the hotel after breakfast time; unable to have use of our rooms for four hours; no food available; Yada Yada yada
    Ruth Singletary
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    5star
    Collette provided a care-free experience from beginning to end - from allowing our airport transport to pick us up closer to home for our flight to London, arranging a guide in London for a half day (we even saw Kate at Kensington Palace to our guide’s surprise and delight!), great hotels and service (Limerick was my favorite). Our tour manager was beyond excellent; she was PHENOMENAL! Her knowledge was off the charts. She was personable and accessible and always on top of things. However, she was taken aback when the Kilbeggan Distillery turned us out but we all agreed that was not a problem. I think there may have been a communication issue there.The motor coach and driver were excellent; couldn’t have been better. Every day was a new adventure and new experience. It was also nice to have some “free” time to explore on our own. A truly memorable trip! The only kink was our ground transport from CLE to Canton which picked us up in the back of beyond …in the rain. Welcome home to NE OH! All in all - two thumbs up!! Thank you!!
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    5star
    Wonderful trip and great tour guide and places to stay
    Donald Harrison
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    1star
    Disappointing itinerary! More of a commercial visit with shopping being the main deal and not seeing enough of the country
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    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was extremely helpful n every way.
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    Guide was terrific. Food matter than I expected. Pace was good we saw everything I wanted to see and then some
    Wendy Duvall
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    5star
    Excellent adventure! Well planned and perfectly executed. Top drawer hotels, excursions and personnel. Highly recommend.
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    5star
    Very detailed and inclusive
    Brenda Rhoades
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    4star
    It was a lot to have to get bags out super early and to do tours so early in the morning. Just staying in one hotel one night then switching to another was a lot too! We loved the experience overall
    Danielle Kielar
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    5star
    Very organized & informative
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    5star
    Very organized and you get to see as much as possible with no standing in lines.
    Bobbye Nothnagel
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    5star
    Martina did not show much concern or interact with patrons
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    4star
    Our tour guide was self-centered
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    5star
    we had the best tour guy ever. the places we saw were excellent. would do it again someday.
    Ronald Young
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    5star
    wonderful tour leader, very nice hotels, and meals were all good.
    Shirley Matzinger
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    5star
    Great balance of activities with terrific accommodations and food! Favorite memorable experience - Cliffs of Moher...but so many.
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    Beautiful country. Friendly people. Great tour guide.
    Howard Nichols
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    Very enjoyable experience.
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    Love Ireland. Our guide was wonderful. I usually go on cruises as I don’t like changing hotels and having to have your luggage out in the morning. This trip was enjoyable and I would perhaps do another one.
    Sandra Stalvey
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    5star
    Had a great time. Loved all the sites and the people!
    Alejandro Rodriguez
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    5star
    Even though the cliffs of Mohr were socked in by the weather the powerful wind and piercing rain added drama to the stark severity of the cliffs and rough water. We had four days of beautiful sunshine and enjoyed the gardens around the Blarney castle and the amazing sheep dogs.
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    Everything, including food and hotels were of good quality, well prepared and maintained ..the tour guide April was efficient, friendly and interesting.
    Margaret
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    5star
    For me it was The Blarney Stone and sheep farm
    Bridget Millar
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    4star
    The Cliffs of Moher were hands down the best part of the tour!
    Renae Bergeron
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    5star
    The tour manager was very personable and cared about what we wanted to see. He cared about each traveler's safety and time.
    Linda Rogers
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    5star
    Castles and scenery. Loved seeing how people actually lived in castles and Ireland is such a beautiful country
    Daniel Johnston
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    5star
    Tour guide in N Ireland, Mr Ronan, Blarney stone and the cliffs
    Ruth Jelsema
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    5star
    The medieval banquet was a highlight activity. The Cliffs of Moher were the scenic highlight. I also enjoyed hearing fro the local guides in Belfast.
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    Everything went well. Barbara Hunter was excellent.
    Carole Velvin
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    I wanted to see Ireland. The tour did that. I remember getting blown away at the cliffs of Mohr, a great dinner in a castle, a bog village, Irish wolfhounds.
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    Every city , county and tour stop . Cliffs of Mohr was exceptional as well as Dublin !
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    All of them were excellent
    Thomas Velvin
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    Talking to the Irish people. Listening to Barbara on tour and Jack in Waterford talk about the history while seeing it. Favorite places are Waterford and Killarney.
    Georgette Eveland Alosa
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    Sheep farm. Cliffs of Mohr. Hallway
    Joann Gray
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    5star
    Blarney Castle, Cliffs if Mohr, Mideaval banquet
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    Staying at the Cabra Castle was a real highlight. The Cliffs of Moher were also elect a liar.
    Vickie Hawthorne
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    Joyce Nelson Nason
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    I liked looking out the bus window while listening to History/Culture/Folklore of Ireland. I noticed a lot of lonely ruins, imagined more stories. I want to learn more about Ireland and her people.
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    Yes I left a little of Ireland in my heart
    Patricia Scarola
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    We really enjoy the dinner at the Cabra castle!
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    Fiona and Kayla!!!!!!!!!!
    Gene Donaghy
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    The tour was well planned and easy. They let us know what was next and what time. It was nice to have nothing to worry about.
    Michael Benner
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    The tour was filled with memorable sights, fairly fast paced, plenty of choices as far as food selections and activities. Hotels were top tier and no problems with transportation or luggage. Manager and driver were exceptional.
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    The trip was as advertised. That is not always the case. From beginning to end, all went smoothly. There was not one particular experience that was memorable. Our tour guide made every day fun and worry free.
    Ellen Arntz
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    Dinner in a Medieval castle, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, St. Patrick's Cathedral. I loved the Hostory information provided by oir tour guide, Conor Delaney, plus his sense of Humor
    Margaret Utz
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    The best parts were the interactions with Irish citizens and the scenery.
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    Our tour in Ireland was wonderful - we have a terrific local guide (Fiona) - would travel with her again in a minute. But the trip there and back wasn't so great. On our way there the entertainment system on the plane had trouble all the way over (all 7 hours)- the way back we were routed through an extra city (Philly) and the plane from Dublin to Philly had it's entertainment system down completely for the entire flight (7 hours). There was a 2 hour delay in Charlotte and til we got home I was upset and exhausted. Couldn't we have been routed through Chicago so it would have been direct both ways? Would have much rather have had a bus ride to Chicago and only had one plane to deal with both ways. But aside from that our tour of Ireland was wonderful.
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    The landscaping was beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the border collie heard the sheep.
    Pamela Buerger
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    Sleeping in a castle, Northern Ireland including the Giants Causeway! Everything in general!
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    We can't pick out 1 moment ....the scenery and overall trip was full great experiences.
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    Enchanting mix of vistas, passions and fantasies.
    Sanford Felzenberg
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    Waterford hotel and town. And Killarney were terrific!
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    The trip of my lifetime, doubled by sharing with two of my daughters!!
    Patricia O'brien
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    Loved the diversity of the tours. Big cities, countryside, ocean, lakes and mountains. Loved them all.
    Nan Sterner
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    Many favorites! Killarney, Dublin and the music!!
    Carol Greening
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    4star
    The trip was different in place to go and see. However, the breakfast timing sometimes left things to be desired. We were times to be there. It was often wrong and crowed with other tour groups at the same time. I had one issue of not being able to control the heat in the rooms. Then we were often hot and uncomfortable. The hotels should give instructions on how heating works. Not just a fly by the seat of yor pants.
    John Lupp
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    the tour was a wonderful way to see the most we could in the short span of time we had. It packed in so many wonderful memories, i can’t find just one memorable moment... they were all memorable.
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    No one thing stands out, just loved everything!!
    Yvonne Rock
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    the cliffs, such a good variety. loved it all
    Marcia Cox
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    The Cliffs of Moher were breath taking.
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    Loved our tour guide he was fantastic. His vast knowledge of the country was amazing. He went above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure that the trip went well for everyone. He is an asset to your company. We especially enjoyed our accommodations at the intercontinental in Dublin. We could have used a bit more time in Dublin to tour the museums etc... we also could have see more time at the mid evil museum.
    Bruce Jones
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    The local guides were fun. They provided a lot of great stories about the local traditions and jokes and history. Transportation was fine and good driver on our bus. No toilet though but the stops were fine and tour manager made sure we knew the plan for the days well in advance and reminded us several times.
    Rosemary Revoir
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    Epic Museum & Countryside: Epic museum for the story of the Irish Immigration around the world. The Irish countryside, so gorgeous, pastoral and staying at Cabra Castle, what a special treat!
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    Already stated in the above section
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    We loved the trip and all the stops. Excellent experience
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    Ring of Kerry, Dublin, Irish pubs in the evening
    Steven Wolle
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    Great tour. The hotels were very nice and in good locations. There was a good mix of scheduled time and time on our own.
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    I enjoyed the company on the tour. I met some wonderful people including our tour guide and coach driver. The sights were beautiful and the amount of time we were allowed to stay at each sight was perfect. I was with my mother and it is a trip we will cherish forever.
    Heidi Jensen
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    Service was a little lacking at our first hotel.
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    Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, overnight in Cabra Castle. Carriage ride. Farm tour
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    Kalarney was our Favorite. The lake, the town, the show
    Nancy Irby
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    Kerry ring and visit to sheep farm to watch border collies work and view a sheep shearing
    Mark Schaeffer
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    I loved staying in the Castle. But I also enjoyed the sheep herding demonstration, and the visit to Waterford.
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    Cliffs stop and cathedrals. However in my opinion too many hotels and too much motor coach time. I felt like each I lived out of a suitcase for the entire time. One hotel , the George, Wes not good. Ireland was beautiful and the optional excursions were great.
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    Tour manager was excellent. He provided us with much history, current events. He described places we would be visiting to help us know what to focus on. Several people on trip were ill with colds. He exhibited caring and always asked how they were doing.
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    It is difficult to choose one location. We really enjoyed visiting the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle.
    Edward Murphy
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    The views were amazing and all of the stops and organized activities were interesting. Being my first trip to Ireland, it was all memorable and the tour provided an excellent overview of Ireland. In addition, the accommodation was generally very good although some of the rooms were disappointing as they were very small and overlooked parking garages. The restaurants chosen for the included dinners were excellent.
    Linda Brown
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    The Irish Night of singing, dancing and playing and the Medieval Night in a15th century castle were both hugely enjoyable. During Medieval Night, we were seated with a local Irish family, and it was an excellent opportunity to chat with them and get their viewpoints on current events.
    Jacqueline Seal
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    All aspects of the tour were excellent.
    Armand Desroches
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    Dave Lyle. Knowledge and patient.
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    Every day was detailed out the night before. So no surprises the next day. Enjoyed the description of the towns and history.
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    Tour Manager was a fun person. We enjoyed so many things about our trip. One of the highlights was Gaelic Roots show. We also enjoyed very much the sheepdog demonstration.
    (Pamela). Jill Mitchell
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    all aspects of the tour were good
    Andrzej Kowalczyk
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    Just. One??tour of Waterford & Cliffs of Mohur
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    The Gaelic Roots live show was the highlight
    George Pierrot
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    I loved the castles and scenery!
    Thomas Rockholt
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    Well organized and managed in a professional manner. Favorite experience , enjoying the company of others in our tour group.
    Marvin Labouski
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    Trip we’ll organized Driver of bus very Pleasant
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    Stayed in some nice hotels.. Loved the carriage ride.
    Gloria Mcmullin
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    5star
    Collette covered everything I wanted to see and then some I’ve had better tour guides with Collette on all my trips with them I think this tour guy was knowledgeable but lacked patience with the older folks All in all my trip to Shades of Ireland was fabulous, the people, the food exceptional... I definitely will go back
    Mary Pehonsky
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    4star
    The best could be the Cliff of Moher and the Giants Causeway The City Hotel was HORRIBLE
    Karen Woodlee
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    One of the best trips I have ever taken. It was well planned and executed.
    Odie Hamby
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    Killarney the 2 night stay, the jaunting car and the boat ride to Innis Fahlen was lovely.
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    Our 9-day tour encompassed the entire Republic of Ireland with many of the great cities, their landmarks and the breathtaking beauty of the countryside. My most memorable experience was our last night's stay in Cabra Castle.
    Michael Dolan
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    As a first time traveler to Ireland, it was relaxing to have someone with knowledge of the area plan the agenda and arrange the transportation. All the details were handled for us and that meant we were able to just enjoy the entire experience. The tour of Kilkenny Castle was one of the highlights of the trip and so was all of the amazing gardens at Blarney.
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    I kissed the Blarney Stone! And I really liked Dublin.
    D.Jones
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    I don’t have one particular experience. I liked it all
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    An amazing experience truly a trip of a life time.
    Anne Theodore-howard
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    Great service college Denison good tour manager
    Pamela Heath
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    Staying at the the two castles.
    Martin Hoffman
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    Trip up the endless steps to kiss the Blarney Stone at the Killarney Castle.
    Ronald White
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    5star
    They made plenty of stops so everyone could stretch their legs, etc. The scenery in Northern Ireland around the coast was a highlight.
    Betty Moerschel
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    4star
    Blarney Castle but should of had more time there. Cliffs of Moher, Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. See the back country.
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    The tour was fantastic. We got to see all the sights that were promised. It was a special treat to attend a performance of Riverdance. I especially loved the Blarney Castle and was able to kiss the Blarney Stone. The coastline of Ireland is beautiful and we especially loved the northern Ireland Malin Head. Gorgeous. Our accommodations we all extremely nice. We were very impressed with the whole tour!
    Linda Martin
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    There wasn't one site that I wanted to see that I didn't. We loved the drive through the countrysides, the stops in little villages, the tours of the big cities, the history, the ongoing dialogue by Peter.
    Gladys Caddy
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    Kilkenny was my favorite. Horse buggy ride, boat trip and the town. Hotel was excellent also.
    Kathy Day
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    Excellent tour person, clean coach!
    Gayle Cubberley
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    Great Trip. Well Planned with excellent follow through.
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    The cliffs of Mohar were spectacular. The night at the Cabra Castle was a wonderful experience.
    Sharon Houghton
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    The whole trip experience surpassed my expectations. Well done Collette.
    Neuman Convis
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    Kelarny and the ring of Kerry. The town was interesting and enjoyable. The tour of the ring of Kerry included all the vistas imaginable with stops along the way to make the trip memorable.
    Matthew Nypaver
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    Loved the optional medieval dinner and loved staying in the castle the last evening.
    Judy Hollins
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    The location of the hotel was central, well located in Dublin, the best was the one night stay in a castle.
    Jeanne Lafleche
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    Cliffs of Moher, could have spent more time there.
    Robert Taylor
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    Our memorable experience was the Jaunting ride! Patrick was a wonderful tour guide, new all his trees in the National Park. Bob his horse, was fabulous also.
    Laura Lowenstein
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    The tour was fantastic- we were very well taken care of.
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    Seeing the dog round up the sheep.
    Robert Engel
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    Cliffs of Moher and St. Patricks cathedral.
    Jo Ann Sluka
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    We loved the Cliffs of Moher!
    Tina Odo
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    Seeing the landscape and sheep farms , just beautiful. Blarney Stone & woolen mill really great. Cliffs of Moher breathtaking
    Cindy
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    5star
    Probably my favorite part of the tour was staying the night at Cabra Castle. The dinner was superb and our rooms were laid out as if we were staying in the actual castle. The grounds were a fairy tale princess setting and I was enchanted the entire time.
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    I really enjoyed the time in Killarney where the location allowed us to walk and go places during free time. In Limmerick, however, we were near nothing.
    Mamie Carlson
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    Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dublin
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    The Guinness tour was great.
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    Limerick was the least liked area-not many restaurants or shopping at the hotel. Everything else was great in all ways.
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    Cliff of moher, sheep farm tour.o9
    Patricia Schlaufman
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    Everything was very well planned
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    I always dreaded the thoughts of a bus tour but this was great. Fun staff made it absolutely wonderful.
    Robert Hopp
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    Seeing the dog round up sheep and then seeing the sheep being herded.
    Carole Krueger
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    Please see my earlier comments.
    Brenda Friend
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    The different ways Derry and Belfast were dealing with the “troubles”.
    Robert Tensel
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    Dave was a great tour guide. He took us to some amazing places and I learned a lot about the history of Ireland.
    Andrew Eurich
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    5star
    Great tour guides were very informative; the scenery was spectacular; people were very friendly; music was very enjoyable; liked having optional excursions
    Maryann Iseler
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    When we arrived in Dublin, I thought the historical walk and tour guide (retired garda) was amazing. However, when we went out into the rest of southern Ireland, the scenery and people were spectacular. Sean's knowledge of the history of Ireland gave us such a solid base of understanding. My husband and I so enjoyed this trip. I love hearing about the history and Sean and PJ answered any and every question we put to them. An exceptional Collette team (Sean and PJ) made for an exceptional trip!
    Gladys Lacey House
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    The scenery was gorgeous and the Irish people are so accommodating and helpful. Great food and drink as well.
    Peter Rosazza
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    There were so many memorable experiences on this journey. Kissing the Blarney stone, visiting the historic churches and castles. Staying at Cabra Castle (I highly recommend staying an additional night. It was such a fabulous place), the cliffs of Moher, our horse drawn carriage ride in Killarney. The list goes on and on...
    Tina A.
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    4star
    Favorite experience was actor/singer in Derry, arrangement of High tea in Derry and staying in haunted castle on last night. Of course the cliffs and Giants Causway are standards but they knew the little special secret spots.
    Amalie Datz
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    Fabulous guide Sarah, comfortable coach, interesting adventures, beautiful inns, manors & castles. Saw & experienced a majority of Ireland. Great tips along the way to make our stops most memorable. Explores cute towns, climbed beautiful cliffs, drank our share of Irish Coffee & beer! Wonderful variety of events & experiences. Landscape dotted with sheep, gorgeous homes & pounding turquoise blue seas were spectacular. Extremely informative narration & fun times.
    Barry Jacobs
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    The historic cities and villages visited, the Cliffs of Moher, The Giant's Causeway and kissing the Blarney Stone
    Frederick Thorne
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    Enjoyed all of Ireland and the weather was great.
    Denise Zabelski Sever
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    Outstanding selection of sites, each more memorable than the next.
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    The Mural Walk in Derry was so powerful, exactly what I had been hoping to experience by choosing a tour that included Northern Ireland. My husband and I walked the blocks and stopped at each mural, taking photos, reading the descriptions in our guidebook. The opportunity for some free time so that we could take this in at our own pace was so appreciated!
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    Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway were my favorites but the scenery duding the road trips as well as the Titanic Exhibit.
    Milton Gilliland
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    We stayed in great hotels and were offered menu options in most.
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    There are too many to select just one.
    George Waas
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    Loved the Irish House Party dinner and entertainment for our first night in Dublin. Also liked the stop at the sheep farm on the ring of Kerry. Killarney was a cute stop. Glad we had two nights. Would have preferred only one night in Limerick and would have liked to spend more time in Galway.
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    Not enough time at Blarney Castle.
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    Memorable experiences in a nutshell: Spending the week with my girlfriend! Blarney Castle (Yes I did kiss the stone!) Cliffs of Moher (Breathtaking!) Ring of Kerry Day shopping in different villages The Castles! Smithwicks Red Ale Tellamore D.E.W. whiskey Spending Euros like it was monopoly money! The friends made and the incredible tour guide and driver! Not to be negative, but two of the hotels didn't have A/C and one of them had broken A/C. One hotel gave us some fans to use which was a welcome fix! One hotel we needed to open the windows and it was downtown across from a club so it was noisy until about 2 AM. This was not horrible but it was a bit uncomfortable. Only mentioning it because if you don't know, you can't address it. It would not stop me from going again.
    Norman Curry
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    the sheep ranch and border collies
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    Touring Ireland was a marvelous experience. We loved the countryside vistas. The coastal areas were amazing as well. And, speaking of the food, it was Delicious!
    Debra Suddreth
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    Wish there had been more art, museums and history. Less shopping. Loved Galway, Waterford. Blarney grounds were amazing. Walking maps and restaurant recommendations would have been helpful on the days we were on our own.
    Therese Schliewe
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    5star
    Completely met and exceeded our expectations.
    Edward Jones
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    The tour gave us a good look at many places in Ireland & got to experience how wonderful the people of this lovely island are.
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    Out trip to and from the airport was first class. Everything was organized and informational. Bus driver was professional and bus accommodations were first class. Liked Killarney the best.
    Lois Iversen
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    Everyday was my favorite experience. ireland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Our tour guide traveled with us the entire time and was a wonderful source of information as well. I would definately use Collette to travel again!!
    Carol Jones
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    We enjoyed everything. The tour was very well planned. John Fitzgibbons was very knowledgeable about everything and was very interesting to listen too.
    Helene Haugen
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    Everything was just about perfect.
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    There wasn’t one thing on the tour that wasn’t a favorite. Everyday was a fantastic day. Everyone should have an opportunity to do this.
    Tracy Scott
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    Visiting castles and actually staying in one even though it was for a short stay.
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    the history of country. loved Trinity College Library.
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    I learn a lot and we had fun.
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    The Cliffs of Mohr had to be the best Site in Ireland!
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    I especially enjoyed the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the carriage ride in Kilkenny, the medieval dinner and the Irish music and Riverdance programs.
    Donna Troy
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    Enjoyed everything about the trip. Killarney and sheep herding were some of our highlights.
    Edward Foy
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    4star
    Great time but accommodations were average. Expected bathrooms to be more accommodating to seniors
    David Kluk
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    My favorite was the jaunty car ride through the national park. Our driver was so personal and full of blarney!
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    I felt the first day was kind of wasted. We got in too early and had nothing much to do as places were not open. Otherwise everything was well coordinated. I wish I had more time to spend in some of the places we visited.
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    So, so many! I loved the last night in the castle!
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    Visiting the castles. Overall beautiful flowers. Clean countryside.
    Christine Samms
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    Nothing to complain about. I was able to see Ireland as I had seen it on TV. Kissing the Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher, everything was wonderful.
    Juanita Delancy
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    Well done. Our tour director was excellent!
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    Staying and dining at Markree Castle.
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    Staying in Markree Castle was a wonderful experience.
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    Markree and Cabra Castle were excellent and magical places to stay. Malin Head, Giants Causeway, Farren’s Bar, beaches, mountains and the gorgeous countryside with cows ,sheep, etc.
    Jacqueline Cate
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    All tours with Collette have been excellent !
    James Tosh
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    No favorites - nothing stands out
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    Loved the Bruins and drive along the Atlantic coast.
    Betty Carpenter
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    Excellent stops along beautiful country roads. Were able to see the countryside not just the cities and towns. Drove very scenic routes between stops.
    Scott Lundgren
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    Hotel at Dunloe was fabulous. Overall good tour but improvements would help
    Loraine Modgling
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    The Cliffs of Mohr and The Medieval Banquet!
    Leslie Darga
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    Loved going to the sheep farm
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    I liked the pace of the tour, the sites, & the activities.
    Ronald Zipfel
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    I LOVED KILLARNEY I COULD ACTUALLY LIVE THERE WILL TRY TO GET BACK TO SPEND MORE TIME THERE
    Margaret Fitzsimmons
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    The Shades of Ireland tour was remarkable! It had history, fantastic scenery, excellent food, great accommodations, Fiona, the tour guide was marvelous. Perfect trip all around!
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    The tour provided a wonderful experience to understand Ireland in a unique manner. Seeing the larger cities and more rural areas helped to capture the essence of Ireland. John Hogan, our tour guide, was exceptional in his service and knowledge (and humor). Lee, our drives was also excellent in getting us around the island. Our tour had the good fortune of incredible weather the entire tour.
    William Maher
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    Great tour Couldn’t be better
    Barbara
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    4star
    The places we stayed in Ireland were good, but most hotels had high step-in tubs, which were unsafe for seniors. Seniors should be booked into rooms with only showers. Some were afraid to quest the high rubs and bathed from the sink. Not a pleasurable experience. Did not like the seat rotations! It's not fair to charge 'single travelers' more money than couples. Half way through a 2 week trip, it's good to include a hotel with an in-house laundry matt, rather than taking your laundry down the street in hand.
    Patricia Buck
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    5star
    We had a great time and we had a lot of fun and great memories. Thank you
    Phillip Carter
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    A great group of people ! Interesting and informative and fun🍀
    Gloria Carter
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    Excellent service from beginning to end.
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    the whole experience from start to finish was poor.
    vincent j buffa
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    It was a perfect trip! Everything was exceptional!
    Sheena Knight
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    Overall tour was great - however, long bus ride from Limerick to Cliffs of Mohr and back seemed like a long day trip for lunch in Galway, and could’ve been better spent in Limerick area. Tour should’ve terminated in Dublin where it began.
    Jim Mulheron
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    The tour itself was great and we purchased the Midieval Feast which for $135.00 Canadian was a little bit pricey. We didn't purchase this initially but rather on the trip. We didn't want to miss out on anything but again I think it was too much for what it was.
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    Personalized service. Staying in a castle.
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    The long room library at Trinity College in Dublin; music at Lansdowne Hotel in Dublin, County Donegal and Derry/LondonDerry town; Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head; Giant's Causeway. Mostly, though, getting to know some of the local folks. Plan to return next summer and rent an apartment or small house for three or four weeks.
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    Cliff of Moher, and Ring of Kerry were my favorite sights. Would have like additional time too spend at some points of interest to enjoy the views.
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    Can rely on Collette to deliver a great experience.
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    Cliffs of Moher Stayed too long in some places and not enough time in others
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    The driver as well as our guide were really great and went beyond anything I expected.
    Norma Robertson
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    Fabulous!! This tour was amazing. Well organized and fun. Our tour guide Michael was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. John was a great driver.
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    Seemed to have good value.
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    I would prefer staying longer at the different places and covering less ground than changing hotels almost every night. The manors we stayed in were really great.
    Sonia Quast
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    Our tour guide was amazing, our coach driver was THE coachman of the year the duo made us want to stay longer and see more they were so knowledgeable and efficient and friendly and personable that we more than got our money's worth.
    Rowena Nickell
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    Our Ireland tour was fabulous. Our tour guide, Sean, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He explained everything very well from meeting times to hotels, places we were visiting each day, etc. The Collette staff did an outstanding job explaining and reserving everything for us as well. Will definitely use your services again.
    Jeanette Kapusto
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    It would have been helpful if we would have had an introductory meeting to learn tour members names on the first night.
    Patricia Kent
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    Great travel arrangements. Lovely accommodations. Loved walking tours of the cities.
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    Cliffs of Mohr and the Irish people everywhere we went.
    William Bigner
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    Too much time on the bus for seeing little. Need more time in Belfast.
    Joseph Gross
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    I loved the first night in Dublin and The Irish House Party musical and dance performance. All of the local tour guides were excellent: In Killarney, Derry and Belfast. It was fascinating to hear about the history of Ireland from our tour director as well as the local Guides. It inspired me to learn more about Irish history. Of course, the scenery was beautiful. The Irish people were lovely.
    Donna Gregory
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    Preface by saying our Driver and Guide were wonderful. Hotels were great and very accommodating. Tours were well planned as were the guides very knowledgeable.
    Donna Nystoriak
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    Overall, 12 days was too long, 8 days would have been more appropriate. The choice of group flights forced the group to miss the entire first day in Dublin with their arrival at 8pm. Thankfully, I arrived on my own flights at 8am and had the entire first day to tour Dublin. I would have been very disappointed had I not had the 2 full days in Dublin. Tour highlights were 2 days in Dublin, including St. Patricks Cathedral, Christ Church, Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the Kilmainham Prison and the Irish Music Show in The Den Bar after dinner in the Lansdowne Hotel. Beyond Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford and the Blarney Castle were all worth seeing as the roads were excellent and the length of bus rides were minimal. In addition, the final night in the Cabra Castle north of Dublin was a must see. Less enjoyable was Killarney to Belfast (southwest to northeast Ireland along the west coast), the sites to be seen were a poor trade off for the length of the bus rides and the condition of the roads. I would like to have had an extra night in Belfast with its rich history which would have afforded a walking tour of the shipping district and murals created by the IRA and less time at the Titanic tourist hotspot. While the hotels were all very good, I would prefer to stay at hotels in the towns and villages where walking to sites and night life is available. Two of the hotels were so remote that walking to city venues was prohibited. I strongly encourage you to include the Kilmainham Prison Tour in Dublin in every tour you conduct in Ireland. The tour explains the history of Ireland from 1840 - present day which lays an excellent foundation for the rest of the trip.
    Ken Adams
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    This was my second trip to Ireland and was much better than my first one. It was with a different tour company. I liked St Patrick’s.
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    Everything went extremely smoothly from the time we were picked up by the Limo arranged for us by Collette until we arrived back home at where the Limo had picked us up initially.
    Mary Breitung
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    Price is reasonable and most things are included. I enjoyed the Irish Dancing.
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    Sights were amazing, Kissing the Blarney stone was an experience. the castle visits were great and the Celtic dancing shows were unbelievable how fast the dancers could move their feet.
    Deanna Balmer
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    I love Ireland Cliffs of Mohr Kilkenny Waterford walking tour & Waterford Medieval museum were great. Blarney Castle,,jaunting carts,and boat cruise were all great fun! Ring of Kerry was nice just a little rain,but who cares Ireland is so beautiful!! A great breakfast every morning to start the day off. Our music & dancing events were the top events ever!! So was the medieval banquet!!
    Annette Collette
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    Kissing the Blarney Stone was my personal feat. Climbing the 100 steps was completed and I was still standing. Cliffs of Moher were spectacular Glad the fog lifted Liked sleeping in a castle the last night
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    Very well planned. Loved the city bus tours.
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    There were plenty of entertaining and humorous moments just while travels on the coach all credit to the fantastic tour manager. She gave insight and details to things I wouldn't have even thought of. My favorite experience would have been the Cliffs of Moher. The sheer magnitude of the cliffs took my breath away. To see it in person was epic
    Tami Rossi
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    Tour tried to cover too many places for the time period. Would have liked to spend more time at fewer locations. This lead to too many deadlines and a more stressful trip.
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    Beautiful tour. Highly recommend
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    "some" of my memorable experiences: Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Mohr, Excellent Medieval Meal in Limmerick, stay at Cabra Castle. Whole tour was great and exceeded my expectations!
    James Ellis
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    My favorite part of the tour was going to the Cliffs of Moher. I have seen pictures of them but when you see them in person, WOW.
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    Ever detail was covered. We enjoyed the horse and buggy ride (and commentary) the most.
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    The Tour Guide David was great he had a lot of knowledge that he shared. He was personable, caring & made sure we all were having a great time. The bus driver Damien was quite most of the time, but every once in awhile he would tell or say something funny. He was always very helpful getting in & out of the bus & handled our luggage with care. There were so very many memorable experiences. I loved the whole trip.
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    Sheep herding and castle overnight
    Terry Roets
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    Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher were highlights.
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    This company knows what is doing
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    tipping was a bit excessive I think it should be left to the person experiencing the service. Price was good when we booked but bad as we were getting ready to travel due to airfare and extra expenses. Also all the extra expense of the outings which we ended up exceeding our budget for the vacation.
    Marjorie Van Der Veen
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    We saw current as well as historic places and things.
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    The scenery was so different all over Ireland. I liked that we could choose an optional tour. The driver and the tour guide were very professional
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    The drive around the coastline of Northern Ireland was beautiful
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    I felt I really received a lot for the cost.
    Patricia Berger
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    Excellent value for the money.
    Ronald Hoverstad
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    The hotels were first rate and friendly. Our tour guide, Peter, was superb as was our driver, John. It was a very informative tour, I learned a lot of history and current events. The stops were well timed so we never had long waits, Peter had tickets at hand as soon as we disembarked from the bus. Traveling with 42 other people was easier and more fun than I thought it would be. The amount of time spent on the bus was appropriate with well timed stops in between our destinations.
    Annella Bernard
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    Seeing a statue of their most famous President/Provost on the campus of Trinity University in Dublin and discovering his surname was the same as my mother’s and that someone with that surname he been born in Ireland
    Patrick Hobin
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    Each location was more breathtaking than the last. They did a great balance of how many days to stay in which cities.
    Vanessa Tucker
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    Cliffs of Moher Visit to Kilkenny
    Crystal Renaud
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    Very comprehensive tour of the country. Cliffs of Moher and Dublin City were great.
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    Saw more than we thought.
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    Loved the countryside, enjoyed Blarney Castle. Could have done with a bit less unstructured time in Dublin
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    One lady in the tour group came to Ireland in hopes of seeing her Mother’s home place. Mom had left Ireland as a war bride, and only returned one time. The daughter had never been to see where mom was born, and raised. It so happened that Mom’s home place was on one of our tour routes. Sean, being the fine man he is, made sure daughter got to see the home place, and take photos for her memory book. Every member of the tour group was touched.
    Cleatus Spraggins
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    While the price for two seemed high, it was well worth every penny. You did not stay in cheap hotels, but great properties with much history in each property and staff that took great care of you. Food was exceptional at each location.
    Kathy Spraggins
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    The amount of experiences is unmatched be other tours, the only downside is when you see that many venues and sights the time at each area or site is limited.
    David Johnson
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    Loved Ireland and all the places we went to.
    Carol Garcia
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    It is difficult to state a favorite memorable experience because I had several. However, the Cliffs of Moher would probably top my list of favorites.
    Gwendolyn Brown
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    We received a lot of services for the price.
    Jeanne Shockley
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    Liked Blarney Castle and the Medieval Banquet.
    John Kennedy
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    There were so many good experiences; walking around Dublin, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway culinary tour, enjoying our own time walking around villages, all the good food and people!
    William Chandler
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    The experiences were exceptional. There was something to look forward to every day.
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    Great value. Overall excellent accommodations and dining options.
    Marvin Socha
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    was great well organized . Tour director was great
    Barbara Arsenault
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    I liked the whole tour. Blarney Castle and the Woolen Mills close by was amazing. It only rained the last two days so I was lucky in that respect.
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    Air and connections were great. Hotels were great. It would have been nice to have had more free time and not so many required hotel dinners.
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    Favorite experience was the first night.
    Robert Evans
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    Activities were well planned. A good balance between nature (Cliffs of Moher) and cities (Dublin). Enjoyed both the feast and entertainment in a medieval castle as well as spending the night in another castle. Loved the lake cruise as well as the horse drawn ride through the national park.
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    Tour was great, our guide was the best and the driver was the beat also. Sometimes I feel that we go out of the way for things that are not all that interesting. Such as the stay at the castle. Nothing really exciting about it but way out of the way!!
    Alyce Cler
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    Tour was very well planned with an excellent pace. Tour Manager was a wealth of knowledge and was ever prepared for any contingency. Favorite experience was first night's excellent meal followed by a wonderful musical program of traditional Irish tunes, including Irish dancing!
    Joyce Sullivan
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    I don't have just one memorable experience. Each day was a great adventure. I got to see so much of Ireland. This is a place I would go back to but I don't know if I'd be able to drive on the other side of the road.
    Virginia Seaton
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    Day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6, day 7, day 8. Each day was more memorable than the day before. It was an experience of a lifetime.
    Barbara Lilly
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    Finding out Cabra Castle was owned by Pratt’s my maiden name! Countryside was beautiful hotels great
    Kathryn Crook
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    I learned so much about Ireland and Northern Ireland. What a beautiful country and friendly people! Every day was something new and very fun!
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    our tour director was fantastic; knowledgeable, professional, great sense of humor. hotels were great. just a great trip. this is our 10th trip with collette, and we are planning a new one for 2020.
    Elissa Lindsay
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    Great locations. Killarney. We went into the oubs none of the rest of the tour went.
    Marcia Stewart
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    Killarney segment! The shopping, Ring of Kerry, Kissane's Sheep Farm, restaurant fare, lesson in Irish coffee, Celtic Roots show and jaunting cart ride. Amazing two-day stay!!
    Clara Brunk
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    The jaunty car ride through the National Park was beautiful and the driver quite a character. The Ring of Kerry was quite a let down as it was very foggy and we couldn’t really see the scenery. Know that’s quite normal but disappointing just the same. Maybe an alternate bus ride could be planned on days when scenery would be obscured.
    Linda Green
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    Great information provided before, during, and after the trip.
    Joann Bailey
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    Loved Killarney, beautiful quaint town. The castles and the ring of Kerry
    Jerry Gage
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    The tour was excellent and highlighted the best of Ireland. The trip through the Ring of Kerry and the stay at the castle at Kingscourt were the best. Blarney Castle was beautiful as was the cliffs at Mohr. The sheep herding dogs were another favorite.
    Deborah Nemeth