Our travel agency was very responsive to our needs and even recommended a canned tour at another travel company that immediately met my wife's expectation of desired sites to visit. The trip this travel agency recommended was the perfect solution to our travel interests. We returned late last night and are still trying to recover from the arduous trip home.
We had one incident where a referred company scheduled us for a pickup at the Dublin Airport scheduled our pickup on a wrong date. When our agency was made aware, they had us paged at the airport, advised us to grab a taxi and by the time we arrived at the hotel had credited our credit card for the missed pick up.
I am happy to say the same referred company's driver did pick us up 11 days later, on time (in fact, he was 15 minutes early) and delivered us to the Dublin Airport in the finest fashion.
The services provided by this travel agency were as good as one could expect!
The 12 day Irish Odyssey tour took in so many of the desirable tourist sites that it's really difficult to pick one or just a couple places. My wife particularly enjoyed the Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone visit. The Ring of Kerry sheep dog trials were so interesting. The tea and scones at the John B. Keane Pub is certainly memorable. The horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney was a favorite among our traveling group. The visit to the Sheans Heritage Farm and turf cutting was very interesting.
To me, the most memorable event was the walking/driving tour of Derry where the local guide was a participant /observer in the infamous Bloody Sunday in Derry. To watch this intelligent, mischievous man of great smiles and warmth speak eloquently with great emotion about his experience that day. I doubt there was a dry eye in our group. To view the murals in both Derry and Belfast was exciting. To hear from the local guides about the complexities and fragilities that exist even today of the peace in Northern Ireland was eye opening.
On our arrival afternoon into Derry, I remained in the hotel my wife went shopping in the surrounding city. She came back just chattering excitedly that she could not believe what she was doing. Derry in the Northern Ireland she didn't want to visit when we began dreaming of visiting Ireland some decades ago, she was shopping in total comfort.
I will never forget the friendliness, the welcoming, the hand shaking by Billy Keane inviting us into his pub in Listowel, the farmer shaking hands with everyone on our bus to welcome us to his family farm. In every city, we were thanked for visiting by grateful locals. I have never experienced this in our other international travels!
The meals and accommodations were spectacular.
I would not recommend changes.
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