Three of us in our travelling party did the 12 day Ireland tour with Gate 1 travel. Let me just start by saying that they were wonderful! We flew from Las Vegas (with a plane change in London) into Dublin. Our only complaint about our flight, was that we didn't arrive into Dublin until the evening. We missed our welcome meeting with our guide and others on our tour. Luckily, our guide, Evelyn was great and made a point to find us and welcome us. We went on to stay in Kilkenny, Cork, Ennis, Sligo, Belfast, and then back to Dublin. We had many wonderful stops along the way. The Waterford crystal factory is neat, but, far too expensive. We absolutely loved the Medieval Banquet dinner and show at Knappogue near Ennis. The Blarney castle was also amazing!!! Wonderful scenary, history, and shopping. Our guide, Evelyn always made sure that we knew where the restrooms were, and where we could find restaurants we'd like, either with good atmosphere, and on a budget. Gate 1 always booked clean hotels that were in good locations. Except for the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. The rooms smelled musty and smoky. And, the doors were difficult to close.
The Gate 1 driver, Casper, was also terrific. He loaded and unloaded our luggage gently and in a timely manner. He also drove very safely.
We would absolutely recommend Gate 1 travel!! But, if you really want a treat.... Make sure that you have Evelyn as your guide. She made the trip!! She was thoughtful, funny, knowledgeable, and professional! She is first class!
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