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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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Karen C wrote a review Dec 2020
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Seeing Desmond's makes me smile!! For anyone thinking about booking a trip to Ireland, Desmond is your guy!!!!! We were his last group before the world shut down and he did everything he could to keep us in the moment and enjoy all the beauty Ireland has to offer. As well, he knew where to hear the best music and enjoy a wonderful meal. He knows everything!!! I imagine how hard it must have been to entertain us while worrying about his own family - Thank you Desmond, I know you will be rewarded with many future trips.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 22 Dec 2020
Hi Karen, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review - you made me smile! I am glad you enjoyed your tour with me and can't wait to show you around Ireland again!!! Until then, take care and stay safe. Best regards from Kilkenny, Des
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Seán S wrote a review Apr 2020
Cleveland, Ohio14 contributions
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I've been to Ireland twice (Sept 2018, Dec/Jan 2019-20) and worked with Des both times. He is the epitome of an Irish gentleman: courteous, considerate, always ready with a story or joke and always ready/willing to help. This last trip, Des helped me find/rent a castle, arrange an INCREDIBLE prepared/delivered Christmas banquet (it was supposed to be food for a day and a half; we ate all week) and organize a 2-week visit. I picked the cities and dates; Des did everything else. Even small things like insisting he loads our bags in the van or making certain we had enough firewood at the castle. Des has a talent for meshing the touristy things people always want to see with sites off the beaten track; things the Irish would do and places they eat/drink. This also comes out in Des' narrative as he shares a mixture of ancient history, recent history and local gossip about the places you're visiting. Thanks again, Des, for all you've done for me and mine! Looking forward to planning trip #3 and visiting with you and yours again!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 13 Apr 2020
Hi Sean, Bring on trip #3! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for me and thank you also for posting those fabulous photos, they surely bring back great memories. Taking people to "Ireland's best kept secrets" is one of my specialties :) I am glad to hear that you had such a great time during your tour and certainly look forward to welcoming you to Ireland again. All the best to you, Des
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Brianna A wrote a review Feb 2020
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Desmond Tours is the only way to go! We’ve traveled to Ireland a number of times and nothing compares to our tours with Desmond. He is extremely knowledgeable, kind and all around a great person! Whether you are looking to be educated on Ireland’s history, sightsee, enjoy some laughs, or live like a local he has you covered. I’m convinced there isn’t a place in Ireland he doesn’t know like the back of his hand. This was our second tour with Des & we will undoubtedly be back!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Hi Brianna, It was a pleasure to take you around Ireland during your honeymoon! I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your second tour in Ireland with me as well and it would be great to welcome you and your family on another one of my tours soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Des
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shaila w wrote a review Dec 2019
Kilkenny, Ireland1 contribution
Desmond Tours is absolutely fabulous! Desmond is very knowledgeable, and incredibly entertaining. If you are traveling to Ireland, Desmond Tours is a must! I wish I could rate him higher than 5 stars!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 4 Jan 2020
Hi Shaila, Many thanks for your review - I am glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with me! Hope you had a safe journey home and see you soon, Des
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The F&H Machine wrote a review Nov 2019
Boston, Massachusetts178 contributions27 helpful votes
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4 of us booked a 12 day tour of Ireland and we had “The Time of our Lives” thanks to Desmond Tours ! From Dublin to Belfast to the West Coast to Galway and all around ... we saw everything and we had so much fun ! Tour Guide Desmond Phelan is extremely well educated. He is personable and funny ! He handled all of our ‘custom designed’ tour plans and changed things along the way to adjust to changing weather and when we were tired ! Desmond is a gentleman and did all of the “extra” things we requested to make our trip so special ! If you want a custom designed tour of Ireland, that takes you where you want to go so that you can see and experience the places and activities you want, then book with Desmond Tours ... we are going back again soon !
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from DesmondPhelan, Owner at Desmond Tours
Responded 24 Nov 2019
Hi Gene, Thank you so much for this brilliant review! I am delighted to hear from you again and it is great that you had such a fantastic time in Ireland. As you know, I am always happy to go the extra mile to look after my customers! I look forward to taking you and your friends around Ireland again in 2020. All the best, Des
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