We came upon Vagabond 7 day small group tour of Ireland, Éire, while doing a simple internet search. "We want you to love Ireland as much as we do!" and mission accomplished, Vagabond. From transportation to education and entertainment, our guide Tim provided an exceptional experience. With record high temperatures and drought conditions at home, we were looking for the relief of the Irish climate with this very well planned tour of many amazing destinations in Ireland. But we had uncommon weather, not a cloud in the sky and sun hot enough to melt the pavement (really the pavement was melting!). Tim made the best of it with side excursions for opportunities to swim, beach picnics, and hikes to remote places off the beaten path as well as the more well know tourist spots. Some rides between stops were about an hour or so and Tim always had a bit of lore, song, story, or game featuring a historical event or figure to share to make the time pass quickly. We even learned a bit of Irish.
As we were catching our cab to the airport, our recent high school graduate said that it never felt so wrong to leave a country. She's heading to culinary school this fall and if she finds herself studying abroad or ultimately settles in Ireland we will happily visit her. Sláinte!