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Irish Experience Tours

#7 of 68 Tours in Cork
Cork, Ireland
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About Irish Experience Tours
Welcome to Our Award-Winning Small-Group Tours of Ireland Go where the locals go. Enjoy breathtaking scenery. Meet inspiring people and experience Irish hospitality. Learn about the history, culture and legends of this island. Irish Experience, small group tours of Ireland include everything you need for a stress – free trip: accommodation, transport, Irish tour guide, breakfast, and many key cultural inclusions that are simply not to be missed.
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Heather W wrote a review May 2020
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My review is about the team and company when working through booking issues, not a specific trip. They were respectful and communicative. Always important when working with a tour company!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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bardqueen wrote a review Aug 2019
Barre, Vermont11 contributions3 helpful votes
My pal and I were blown away by the quality and sheer fun of our day with Irish Experience. I know Ireland well, and it was my friend’s first time visiting, and we both found the day to be exactly what we wanted. Our guide, Aidan, is unbelievably good at mixing stories from Irish history, current events, and cool connections that kept us asking questions, laughing, and learning all day. Even though the weather wobbled between foggy/cloudy/drizzly/clear most of the day, we were able to do an incredible range of things. It was a BLAST. We spent most of the day climbing around sites and walking — and Aidan was completely flexible about including everything we asked to see, whether it was on the day’s agenda or not. There was one thing we asked about that would have screwed up the day in terms of our route, and he let us know. We stopped for coffee, lunch, and toilets when we wanted to. His professionalism, humor, patience, and knowledge made him exactly who we needed. Booking the trip was seamless, and we were picked up and dropped off right at our hotel exactly as we arranged. It was worth every penny. This is the trip you want!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Bruce Knight wrote a review Aug 2019
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We booked a private Ring of Kerry tour from Cork. The page on their website says very clearly that they "move away from the hustle and bustle of the loud tourist routes". Our tour followed the tour buses and stopped everywhere they stopped. The page also talks about hiking, saying that the tour would go to Derrynane rather than Bray Head if the weather is bad. We didn't get offered either. By the time I realised how different our tour was to that advertised, it was too late to do anything about it. I got one reply and a 10% refund when I queried this with the company, which is something I guess. They simply pointed to the fact that the tour on the page was "a sample" and when we spoke on the phone (very briefly) when I was discussing booking with them I'd said there wasn't anything in specific we wanted to see (I didn't hear from them again until very late the day before, and that was just to establish pick up location and time). How that translates to 'just follow the large coaches' is beyond me. At no point on the tour did the driver tell us where we were going, or asked what we wanted to see. Plenty of people seemed happy with the tours they've had, so this may well be a one off. And ultimately we did see Kerry from a mini-bus, with the occasion touristy photo stop that we could have gotten on much cheaper tours. My advice is to make sure that, if you like the look of what they're advertising, you're very clear with them that that's what you want. It should go without saying, but I guess not everyone agrees.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Curiosity61601641272, Owner at Irish Experience Tours
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Hello Bruce, thank you for the feedback. It's important for the reader to know, that this was fora a 1 DAY PRIVATE TOUR of the Ring of Kerry. As I said numerous times to you but you seemed to just dismiss it, it clearly states the following on the 1 Day Private tour page and before the private tour sample itinerary - Please note: Below is just a sample itinerary. If there are certain things you want to see & do this can be arranged with us before or after booking or with your driver on the morning of departure. There are many things to see & do to suit the different needs and wants of families and friends. You were asked if you wanted to see and do certain things. You said no, so I advised the driver to do the normal Ring of Kerry route. The majority of people prefer this route as not everyone is into walking or hiking. Since you didn't mention anything about a walk or hike, I assumed you were in the majority. I obviously assumed wrong, and I apologies for this. We advertise this sample itinerary on the private tours section, to show people what can be done and to show how flexible we can be to suit certain needs and wants. We really didn't have to give you the 10% refund and not many companies would do it. But we did it because we care. All the best Sean
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Casey Gregerson wrote a review Jul 2019
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My mom and I loved everything about this tour! Sean showed us a perfect mix of both popular and off the beaten path attractions. He had great suggestions for hikes and other activities and gave us many opportunities for photo stops. All of our accommodations were comfortable and had great breakfasts. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Brenda M wrote a review Jul 2019
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I did the Southwest tour through Ireland and I really enjoyed it. We traveled with a nice small group, only 9 people, and the great guide Aidan. Aidan is easy going, very friendly and knows a lot about his country. If I were his employer I would give him a raise. 😬 I recommend the sunset kayaking tour. Due to good weather conditions we could go all the way to the end, into the caves and we saw Fungi the dolphin. Awesome! I also enjoyed Killarney and the entire west coast, including the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, the island of Inisheer (Inis Oirr) and Galway. I was the only one in the group who had the hostel option where I also met many other people. It was a journey to remember. One comment: check the itinerary. The whole group thought there was only 1 night in Killarney, but we stayed 2 nights at the same location. No probleem, but it would have been nice to know in advance, since we were now ready with packed bags, while that was not necessary.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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