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Exploring Vacations tour operator

I am travelling with my elderly mother and are travelling in 3 weeks, I don't feel comfortable "booking" my own hotels etc. I realize I may be paying a little more, but want to know if they are a reputable company and if someone has used them.

Thank you so much for any assistance

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My 16 yr old daughter and I just returned from a trip to Ireland and used Exploring Vacations to book our self drive trip. Gary was wonderful! I basically told him what my daughter likes and he scheduled B&B's in the areas he thought she would most enjoy. We had a wonderful time, he was more than helpful and I had questions while I was there and he was available to help. I would not hesitate to use them again and have given their information to my family members who are considering a trip. Good luck.

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hello, we are in the planning stage of our trip to Ireland and have contacted exploring vacations to get a quote. I also have looked into booking everything myself. I see that you had a good experience with exploring vacations - just to make sure, you think they're a good company to work with? thanks!

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Yes..they were wonderful!!! Just beware all pricing they give is in Euro. Lesson learned and a wise one to pass on. However, when I asked for dollar pricing they were more than happy to quote what I needed to know.

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We have been dealing with Exploring Vacations for months and everything was going great. We were confirmed in May, due to leave at the end of this month. Then they sent us our itinerary again, without a word, and hidden in there with no explanation were 3 changes, two were hotels in Dublin, which was no biggie to me, but I found it strange. But the other was supposed to be 2 nights in this grand 5th century castle, which we paid extra for, and now they are sticking us in a 2oo year-old farmhouse, and calling it a castle. If I had not dug into that newest itinerary, we would have never known until we arrived. My husband called them for an explanation, and they said the castle was booked. It wasn't booked 2 months ago when we confirmed and paid for it. I feel deceived, with a bait and switch, and I am NOT happy about it. I will NOT stay in a farmhouse when I paid for a luxury castle. Hubby is trying to get this sorted out today, but wanted you to know MY experience. If that changes, I will let you know.

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"the other was supposed to be 2 nights in this grand 5th century castle, which we paid extra for, and now they are sticking us in a 2oo year-old farmhouse, and calling it a castle."

Any chance you can give us the name of where you were initially supposed to be staying and where you are now due to be staying? Perhaps there has been a level of confusion.

One thing I will say is that there are no habitable 5th Century castles here.

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Dromoland Castle is where we were confirmed to stay. www.dromoland.ie/… It is extraordinary and their Website says 5th century. Even if it isn't, it is definitely a castle.

Gregan is where they are trying to put us. http://www.gregans.ie/gallery/ Looks nothing like a castle, not even comparable, and when I looked it up online, the history of that place, is that there was a towerhouse across the street where a prince lived, then his family moved to a farmhouse, which has been converted to a hotel. I have had my heart set on Dromoland, and I want to know why it was available 2 months ago for us when we cofirmed and paid for it, and why it is no longer available. And why the deception. No explanation,they just emailed us a new itinerary. That's crappy business practice. My husband has been waiting all day to hear back from the agency to see if it is available if we rearrange our schedule, putting our visits in reverse chronological order. Because this is a make it or break it deal for me. You save for a year for a trip of a life time, a dream come true, only to be lied to.

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"One thing I will say is that there are no habitable 5th Century castles here."

Funny how on our own itinerary that you sent us it says 5th century for the Dromoland Castle. Also, after rearranging our schedule, the agent was able to get us back Dromoland. But after having to "upgrade" us to a hotel in Cork, now we suddenly owe you another 280 Euros. Why should we have to pay for YOUR mistake? Not happening.

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Why are you quoting Bean A and then responding to her as if she works for the tour company?? You're not making sense at all, I'm afraid.

Edit: Dromoland's website does say 5th century, which does seem a bit misleading to the casual tourist I think.

"With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. "

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