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“Celtic Boyne Tour/Ancient East tour”
Review of Irish Day Tours

Irish Day Tours
Ranked #24 of 265 Tours in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Irish Day Tours are at the forefront of Irish tourism offering seven day tours and two evening tours leaving from Dublin year round. Our tours are handcrafted to give the best day tour experience in Ireland. Led by our legendary guides who will fill your with tales and folklore and give you a deep sense of our countries history. Your adventure with us will say with you long after you’ve departed one of our luxury fleet of couches. Join the adventure with us one of our amazing day tours including ; The Cliffs of Moher & Galway - The Cliffs Of Moher, ‘Premium’ - Giant’s Causeway - Wild Connemara - Belfast & The North - Ireland’s Ancient East - Blarney Castle & Cork - The Gravedigger Ghost Tour -
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Took the Celtic Boyne Valley Tour on April 2. Our tour guide was Stephen, and the driver was Charlie. The tour was changed recently, and includes Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, and the Hill of Uisneach. There were about 30 of us on the tour bus/coach.

Timing-wise, everything went well. We did the itinerary in the reverse order from their website, but that's OK. Unfortunately for us the weather was pretty dismal -- rainy and cold.Tara and Trim were nice to see. Uisneach a bit less so -- not that much there really.

The highlight for me was the cairn at Loughcrew. Be aware, that it is a good hike up a hill, but I am old and fat and I was able to do it. But, as their website recommends, you MUST wear good walking shoes -- I recommend hiking boots/shoes. It was bitterly cold when we were there, raining hard, and the wind was really strong...going up my glasses were so covered in water that I couldn't see anything. I was thankful that I had a good heavy winter coat, gloves, woolly hat, and a walking stick. A couple of people slipped, so be careful! I was pretty miserable on the hike up itself, but when I reached the top it was so worth it -- the top of that hill is quite a desolate location, and it was eerily beautiful with the different rock rings/formations, and cairns. We were able to crouch down and enter the tomb in groups of 9 or so (was pretty cramped in there) and see the very cool rock carvings. On the way down, an older gentleman slipped and fell quite hard -- he and his wife decided to quit the tour and get checked out at a local hospital -- again, wear proper footwear and take your time and you'll be OK.

Charlie was great -- very funny and friendly man and great at maneuvering the coach. Stephen was awesome -- made each visit entertaining and informative at the same time.

This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. Thank you Charlie and Stephen!!

Thank GerrryS
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

A nice tour with a great and funny guide, who took great care of every passenger on the bus.
As it was a long trip it was to be expected that the amount of time at every stay could not be as long as one might have wanted, but nonetheless the tour was worth it and we got to see what we paid for.
Interesting locations and a very knowledgeable experienced guide (Mac)

Thank VonLohse
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Our bus driver made the trip excellent, we had Eoin. He explained everything, and made sure everyone had a great time. The views from the bus were great. The cliffs of Moher are a must see, along with the Galway bay area which we saw on our drive to Galway city. If you go try to be on Eoins bus, you won't regret going on this trip!

Thank alliwhite342
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great day despite the weather. We experienced Wicklow mountains. The place they took us for lunch had great food. Visiting the monastery was cold but. Ow I know what it is and was like. The guide was very informative and helpful.

Thank Celticann13
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We booked through Viator to visit Giants Causeway tour which included Belfast and found our tour was then passed on to Irish Day Tours. It was NOT the tour we booked with Viator and did not include a 45min stop in Belfast as was advertised by Viator. The trip we went on would have been cheaper. We cannot find Viator on TripAdviser and therefore need to voice our concerns on the company that delivered the Day Tour. We would not have gone had we known it had changed. We have booked many tours via Viator spent several thousands but no longer. Take care when booking as you may not get what you wanted!!

Thank Skip476
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ExtremeIreland, Manager at Irish Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

We have changed our itinerary to now include a visit to Dunluce castle and dropped Belfast. Our reason for this is that coaches are banned from the dark hedges road so we have to park a distance away which makes this a longer stop. We di not wish to cut time at the giants causeway and the time at the rope bridge is what is needed to do the walk and cross the bridge. This would have meant cutting time in Belfast to under 45 minutes. We felt that this was not a viable amount of time in Belfast so instead give a little longer at the main attraction the Giants causeway and visit Dunluce castle (the only company to do this). This is not a cheaper tour and for us has more overheads as we pay an entrance fee into Dunluce castle. We have changed our itinerary on Viator quite a while ago but the new itinerary has not been published yet. I apologise that you did not get to see Belfast but hope that you enjoyed the attractions visited and that our guide gave you a good experience.

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