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  • mimoz s
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went on this tour today(May 23, 2024) led by Sean(am a bit jet lagged so i hope i remembered his name right). He was fantastic! Couldn't ask for a better guide. He is knowledgeable and well traveled. Got us to each location on the itinerary in a safe a timely manner. Overall wonderful day!
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Paula H
    North Sydney, Canada161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a day we had! Koodos to our driver Paul and guide in training Sinead, they were amazing and kept us informed and laughing all day. We got to Blarney Castle before most of the other tour groups and thereby had an hour wait to kiss the Blarney Stone. The beauty of the Gardens is amazing. We were at the Castle for almost 3 hrs and easily could've spent another few hours. From there, we went to Kinsale via Cork and had an lovely walk around. Great day all around. Highly recommended.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Graeme B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day relaxing trip by train. Then blarney castle cork and Cobh.everything went smoothly and ran like clockwork.our guide Andrew was absolutely fantastic so knowledgeable and went above and beyond.he really made the day and so caring about everyone in the tour. A big 👍 from us
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • Deborah B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tony was a very friendly and capable driver and guide. He was not only knowledgeable about Irish history but also was a great storyteller. We hope to return to see more of beautiful Ireland in the near future.
    Written May 16, 2024
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  • Carien v
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour with John Todd to Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh was an absolute delight from start to finish. John’s expertise and passion for the region shone through, enriching every moment of our adventure.

    From the moment we boarded the comfortable train, John’s warm welcome and engaging commentary set the tone for the day. His deep knowledge of the area’s history, culture, and hidden gems added depth to our experience, making each stop more meaningful.

    At Cork, we wandered through charming English market. The visit to Blarney Castle was a highlight, where John regaled us with fascinating tales of the castle’s storied past and ensured we didn’t miss the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

    Cobh’s picturesque harbor captivated us, and John’s insights into its maritime heritage and poignant history left a lasting impression. We loved the Cobh heritage centre where we discovered more about the Irish famine and the Titanic.

    Throughout the tour, John’s professionalism, humor, and genuine care for his guests were evident. He went above and beyond to ensure everyone felt welcomed and included, creating a sense of camaraderie among fellow travelers.

    Overall, our day with John Todd was nothing short of exceptional. His passion for his homeland, coupled with his expertise as a guide, made our journey through Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh truly unforgettable. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough – it’s a must-do for anyone looking to explore the beauty and history of Ireland with a knowledgeable and personable guide like John.

    Earl Carien
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Nicole W
    Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour guide was amazing. We learned so much about Ireland on the tour. Dave was amazing and knowledgeable pointing things out along the way. 3 castles in 1 day is well worth the trip.
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • TravelTheWorldABC
    Los Angeles, CA59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Marina for a wonderful tour of the Blarney Castle & property. We had the opportunity to visit the castle and gardens. Marina gave great historical knowledge of the place. The day we went did not have as many people as others as the property can get very crowded. We would recommend the tour! Thanks for everything.
    Written May 10, 2024
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  • Amy P
    Houston, TX19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything was perfect..from picking us up from our hotel to an incredibly personalized experience. Derek could not have given us a better day! We loved every single minute of it and will be back soon for Derek to show us more of Ireland. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a special experience that is head and shoulders above a group bus tour. A++
    Written May 25, 2024
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  • Cruiser58116373685
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour was great! We saw the highlights of South/West Ireland. There is a bit of driving time on the bus but it’s a large country so that’s the only way to see as much as possible in a few days. My main advice is to bring a good rain jacket, rain pants, and umbrella. I was so happy I did. Our tour guide Danny was wonderful. One of my favorite things was the horseback ride through the National Park. Even though I was the only one on the tour who wanted to do it, he made it happen for me! The cliffs of Moher were magical and my favorite day was exploring the dingle peninsula.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Jill K
    Tampa, Florida37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a great tour. Visited all (or almost all) of the key sites. Never felt rushed and didnt spend multiple hours in the bus. Visited about 4 spots every day and were left to explore a new city pretty much every night. We were given recommendations on where to eat, drink etc. Tony was a great guide, funny and informative. It was obvious that it was a pleasure for him to share his love of his country with guests. The hotels were great-all 4 star, all different. Just the perfect holiday.
    Written May 16, 2024
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  • Dara
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The only word to describe this tour was incredible. Our guide, Marcus, was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and attentive. He went above and beyond to make our trip unforgettable. There were only 4 of us on the tour also so it was very intimate. We were truly surprised at the beauty of Southwest Ireland. Days 3 and 4 at Slea Head and the Ring of Kerry were simply amazing. It helped that we had very pretty and sunny weather as well. This was easily one of the best trips we have ever taken. Thank you Marcus and thank you Rabbie’s!
    Written December 19, 2023
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  • chowchin c
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceed my expectations and especially thanks to Danny- our tour guide and driver

    1970s film: Ryan's daughter is my first impression of Ireland. Dingle, who came to shoot Ryan's Daughter, was surprised to see this movie poster in Library in the town. The library director enthusiastically found two books of Ryan's Daughter, so I spent a long time scanning the photos in the books.

    Travel is nothing more than going back to your innocent youth, or exploring for the better future self. I'm glad that I have fully experienced both of them on this trip.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Diane M
    Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brian our tour guide for most of our trip was the most informative, friendly and lovely gentleman. We learned so much about the country and totally enjoyed our trip. Andrea and Gerry also deserve high praise because they also were amazing.
    RIT made our trip to Ireland magical. Thank you so much. Will highly recommend this company.
    Written October 19, 2023
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  • Sandi P
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can't say good or bad. Just a learning experience. We go sea sick from a horrible night. Couldn't get up. We lost our money. I don't think we will ever book an excursion a head of time again.
    You can just get off the ship and book with others and not lose money if something happens.
    Written August 5, 2023
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  • scottcaps
    Chesapeake Beach, MD1,763 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First off, there has to be a better way to tell people where the Dublin pickup point is for these tours. There is no sign, no written directions. There is a location marker on Google Maps for "Paddy's Palace" and if you use street view, there is a picture of a corner brick building with scaffolding. This building no longer has scaffolding and is NOT the pickup point. The actual pickup point is a bus stop just down the street, on the other side of the street, under the bridge by the Trinity Church and across the street from a hostel. There is no sign for Paddywagon, just a pull over for the bus stop. Once your bus does come and you grab a seat, the rest of the day will be much less confusing.

    The two day itinerary we did is actually two one-day tours (Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle from Dublin and Cliffs of Moher from Cork) where you are dropped off at a Bed & Breakfast in Cork at the end of your first day and you get on another bus in Cork the next morning. At the end of your second day, you then transfer to third bus that is on its way back to Dublin.

    Day 1 Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle from Dublin: Our day 1 guide/driver, Alex, was wonderful - entertaining, relayed good information along the way, kept us informed of the itinerary and what to expect, and answered questions, but also allowed for quiet time. Two hour drive from Dublin to Rock of Cashel. Alex gave us our tickets and we had 50 minutes to explore at our own pace. There are bathrooms as well as a small coffee shop and gift shop near the car park. Back on the bus for 1 hour to Cork, where Alex dropped us off in city center with 1 hour to have lunch, explore and/or shop. The overnight folks were taken by Alex to the Acorn House B&B, introduced to the owner, and dropped our bags off - so we ended up with about 40 minutes to eat (we ate at Gallagher's pub by the B&B). Then, a short drive to Blarney Castle, where we were given our tickets by Alex and had 2.5 hours to explore on our own. This amount of time allowed us time to do the Castle (including the kiss - very short line the day we were there), walk most of the closer gardens, eat Gelato, go to the restroom, and browse at Blarney Woolen Mills. It was a very pleasant, not rushed, afternoon. The overnight folks were then taken back to Cork to the Acorn House B&B at 16:30. The B&B is not fancy, but was clean and comfortable with a full Irish Breakfast made early for us so we could catch our bus for day 2 - the pickup point in Cork is right at the Paddywagon office just down the hill from the B&B and Alex must have told us 3 times where it was and what time to be there. We enjoyed a walk around Cork, a nice dinner at The River Club, a drink at the intimate The Library, and a drink and live music at Sin'E near the B&B.

    Day 2 Cliffs of Moher from Cork/Limerick: Our day 2 guide/driver DJ had some great driving skills on the narrow roads. He provided good information about the area and fun stories, along with a few jokes, along the way and kept us updated on the itinerary. First stop was at Limerick to pick up more passengers. There was also a refreshment/bathroom stop at a filling station. We arrived at the Cliffs of Moher where DJ gave us our tickets and we had 1.5 hours to explore on our own. There are restrooms, Cafe, gift shop, and exhibits near the car park. After the Cliffs, there was a very short drive back to Doolin to the John P. Holland Center which is the lunch stop. The Center is a cafeteria style serving good soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and hot entree items. What we got was good - quiche, ham & cheese sandwiches, salads, and a chocolate cheesecake mousse. There was definitely a variety of items, but this place is your only choice. After lunch, we went to the Burren, where we had a 35 minute stop to walk around and explore on our own. Back in the bus to the last stop, which was 30 minutes at the gift store at Bunratty Castle - the Castle itself is a nice photo opportunity, but you can't enter it. The stop is primarily a restroom & snack stop prior to the trek back to the dropoff. Since DJ's bus was going back to the Limerick and Cork dropoffs, we were left at this stop to wait on a Dublin bound bus with Richard as driver. We ended up with 1.5 hours at this stop. Two hours back to Dublin, where Richard relayed some information about the area, but mostly let everyone chill to some good tunes.

    Overall, aside from the confusing Dublin pickup point, we were very happy with our 2 day itinerary. We got both full daytours plus time to explore Cork and a night at a comfortable B&B, which we felt was better for us than 2 separate day tours and the hours back and forth to Dublin. The Cliffs were amazing, but are pretty much the focus of the tour and there is more time on the bus, whereas the Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle tour had two nice stops and the Cork lunch stop allowed folks to choose their own activity and place to eat.
    Written September 24, 2023
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