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Desmond Tours

Kilkenny, Ireland
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About Desmond Tours
It's simple - we offer bespoke, fully customizable tours around the island of Ireland. Our passionate local tour guides will show you all the highlights as well as Ireland’s best kept secrets, whilst you travel in comfort and style in one of our Mercedes vehicles. Get in touch with us now and we will help you create memories that will last a lifetime!
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Snorri I wrote a review 16 May
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A group of eight "lads" in their fifties reunited in a three day tour of Kilkenny and Dublin with Desmond as the guide. The trip was absolutely marvelous! We drove through the beautiful countryside, visiting monastic sites, churches, Guinness lake... Desmond managed to cater to everyone's needs, appropriate length of hikes, relaxing pub atmosphere, followed by a tour of the main sites in Dublin. Desmond is extremely knowledgable, with a great sense of humour and he read our group well.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hello! Many thanks for your review, I am delighted you and the "lads" enjoyed your tour with me! Thank you for supporting me and my business here on TripAdvisor, it means a lot. I do hope that you might return to Ireland some time in the not-so-distant future! Best wishes to my favourite Icelandic group, Des
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Andrew R wrote a review Mar 2022
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Have used Des on two occasions. He’s the best. He’s easy to contact, shows up on time (early actually) will take you wherever you desire and guide you along the way. Nothing is too much trouble. Beautiful Mercedes’ sprinter van. Will use him for all my travel needs in Ireland
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Hi Andrew, Many thanks for coming back and booking my services again. And of course thank you also for taking the time to post this review, I really appreciate it. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your golf trip and look forward to looking after you again some time in the future! All the best!
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Sarah F wrote a review Oct 2021
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Two days spent with Desmond and we have some wonderful memories...and stories!! One day was spent around Cork and in Cobh (to include a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary which was EPIC). A few days later, Des picked us up again to explore the Kilkenny area. Despite some of the challenges caused by COVID, Des made sure that we saw and experienced many things on our list. His historical knowledge is fantastic and so insightful. I really appreciated his many stories, too. We laughed and laughed! We are already talking about a return visit and will definitely use Des again!! Logistics: Des arrived on time (early even) and communicated well leading up to our trips. His transportation (Mercedes) was luxurious and very comfortable. He brought supplies we could have easily forgotten including water, umbrellas, etc. Book with Desmond Tours for a wonderful Ireland experience!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 23 Oct 2021
Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review - it's review #20 on TripAdvisor for me, so I am delighted it's another good one! It was a pleasure looking after you and your mom and to show you the beautiful East of Ireland. I always love showing off my home place to guests and you guys were of course no exception. Many thanks again for recommending my services. Best wishes from Ireland!
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Richard D wrote a review Oct 2021
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We just returned from Ireland on a Trafalgar tour around the Republic of Ireland (we had a great time on it, too). We hired Desmond Tours to take us around for 3 days prior to the Trafalgar tour starting. We read a number of tour company reviews and contacted Desmond Tours about taking the 3 of us to the sights that are a short drive from Dublin. We told them our interests, what we were to see on the Trafalgar tour, suggested some places that we would like to see and they gave us suggestions, too. Over the 3 days, we explored Glendalough (kind of close to Dublin as we had only a half day available), many sights in Kilkenny, Phoenix Park, and Rock of Cashel. Des was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable and personable. Would we hire him for another tour? ABSOLUTELY!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Manager at Desmond Tours
Responded 16 Oct 2021
Hello! Many thanks for that big ABSOLUTELY! It made us smile! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your short tour around Ireland's East with us. Thank you so much for recommending us and we hope that everyone in the group is doing well. All the best from Kilkenny, Des
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Kate E wrote a review Oct 2021
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This is the Second trip that I have taken with Desmond tours and it won’t be the last. No where else can you get a professional and personalized tour at a reasonable price. He makes every guest feel welcomed and special. We arrived at Dublin airport at 5 AM and Des was there to pick us up. He drove us around the city as the sun rose, showing us points of interest that would be more difficult to see once the traffic started. After contacting the Hotel and getting us an early check in we took a quick nap and then started our 16 day tour. Des is so knowledgeable and witty that the comfortable ride in the Mercedes van is as enjoyable as the destination. Desmond tours makes all your reservations if you want and gets you ahead of the lines at many attractions. My Favorite part of traveling with Des is the places he takes you that are off the beaten path. Things you never heard of but are the real Ireland. I am a knitter and when Des found this out he took me to the Kerry Woolen Mill where I got a private tour of the facility and shopped till I dropped. I am planning on working with Desmond tours to set up a knitting tour of Ireland. I know Des and Luisa will come up with fabulous ideas,places to stay,people to meet and more food and drink than you could want. DO NOT HESITATE to book a tour with Desmond Tours. You won’t be sorry,and Ike me you will return again. Slainte!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 16 Oct 2021
Dear Kate, Many thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour with us. Happy to learn that you are already thinking about your next tour with us around Ireland - we can't wait to show you more of those hidden gems! Themed tours such as a knitting and Irish crafts tour would be no problem at all, we already have some lovely ideas for you and your friends. Thank you again for taking the time to write this wonderful review for us. All the best and hopefully we'll see you again soon! Best wishes from Kilkenny to all in the group!
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