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Best tour to take

Boston, Ma
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Best tour to take

Four persons in early 70s seek a comfortable tour in September (7 to 11 days) that hits the following: Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Dingle Pininsula, Ring of Kerry, Conemarra, Aran Island, Rosk of Cashel, Cork, Gallway -- starting and hopefully ending at Dublin.

The sites selected by the two wives in the group.

Secondary objectives -- avoid shopping side stops that take an hour or so each day and really bad restaurants.

Western Ireland...
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1. Re: Best tour to take

Tours tend to do the shopping trips,as far as I have ever seen.

Western Ireland...
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2. Re: Best tour to take

You can get a bus or train to Galway and take a choice of local tours covering The Cliffs and Burren the Connemara and Kylemore or Cong.

From There bus to Killarney and take tours of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle.

Down to Cork where you can get a bus to Cahir and Cashel, train to Cobh, bus to Blarney or Kinsale. Then a train or bus back to Dublin.

You chose your own lodgings your own side tours from the 4 bases at your own pace, no need to follow along the best commission for the tour operator route.

Moosup, Connecticut
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For tour groups, the shopping is not a side trip;rather a primary focus.

Did not encounter any "really bad restaurants".....but they are not the quality of the Boston's north end or Providence's Federal Hill. Mostly well cooked lamb, pork, seafood and always served very hot. You won't be disappointed

With planning you could easily see what you want by opting for 2 cities and taking tours. Staying 2-3 nights in hotels or B+B will be much more pleasurable than moving night to night as part of a tour

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4. Re: Best tour to take

check Cosmos.com ...........5* we have used them in the US and Euro. and have reservations for Ireland and Scotland in July...Their specialty iis education.....few if any children...shopping is limited to how you use your free time......Book through Cosmos only

Whitney, Texas
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5. Re: Best tour to take

sorry to tell you but most tours spend too much time for shopping opportuities and too little time at the sites.....at least cie did and they do a good job but just too much bum time, and too much time for shops....they do have knowledgable drivers, good sense of humor...sadly they have to have you on the bus a lot to get to all the places they promise in such a short time.....

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6. Re: Best tour to take

To get to all the places you want to visit you'll either have to hire a car or hire a private driver. To get to most of your destinations you'll be looking at a journey of around 800 miles and the road network is only partially motorways.

Saginaw, Michigan
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7. Re: Best tour to take

If price is not an overwhelming concern, have a look at these. No direct personal experience of any of them.

So, due diligence, if you decide to travel with one of those listed:







I have known seniors who have traveled with Grand Circle to places such as China, Germany for the Christmas Markets and Italy and been very pleased with the whole experience.

Good luck with your planning.

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