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Reviewed 1 February 2024

My wife & I loved & treasure our adventure on the 5 Day Vagabond Edge of the World Tour, which was my first tour experience. We travelled with a great small group, totaling 15 in a comfortable Vaga-Tron 4X4 bus. Our guide & driver was the wonderful, funny & always helpful Brian. He had encyclopedic knowledge of Ireland’s history, anthropology, geography and mythology and fascinating stories about the local communities and colorful characters. He knew the best places to eat, drink and hear music.
We set off from Dublin for our first stop - lunch in Galway, where we explored the old city center on foot. Then headed south on the west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way, stopping to explore the limestone landscape and ancient burial stone structures of Burren National Park and the breath-taking views of the Cliffs of Moher. We had a wonderful dinner and stay at the beautiful Armada Hotel in Spanish Point.
We continued to travel down the coast to lovely Dingle Peninsula, enjoying tasty sea food, traditional music and hiking the hilly countryside. We explored castles, ancient stone circles and sheep dog herding experiences.
Even at home now, I often think of the experiences and adventures we had.
So, take a Vagabond Tour, you’ll always treasure it.

Date of experience: September 2023
Thank Alan G
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robrankinvagabond, Owner at Vagabond Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2024

Hi there, wow thank you so much for your kind words and 5 star review. I am absolutely thrilled to hear about your 5 Day Edge of the World Tour! It sounds like you and your wife had a blast exploring the landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Ireland with Brian at the helm. From the streets of Galway to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, we're delighted you enjoyed it all. Thank you for choosing Vagabond Tours, hopefully we will welcome you back for another unforgettable journey in the future!

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Reviewed 31 December 2023

My wife and I took two “adventure” tours with Vagabond in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We have wanted to return since then but wanted a slightly less active itinerary. The 11 Day Driftwood tour was perfect. Our fabulous guide Denise played several roles as she led our 13 person group on a complete loop around the island: driver, historian, storyteller, meal planner, music critic, photographer, logistics specialist, etc. The weather was pretty uncooperative on several days but Denise found ways to make every day fun and interesting. She also went out of her way to accommodate requests for activities that were not built into the standard tour itinerary. She made every person on the tour feel important.

The accommodations on the trip were excellent, as were the meals that were included. Denise provided great recommendations for dining options for those meals that were our responsibility.

Finally, between the time we booked the tour and its commencement, Vagabond did a terrific job communicating with us to ensure we were prepared for a great experience. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Date of experience: September 2023
Thank Gregory W
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robrankinvagabond, Owner at Vagabond Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Gregory, we really appreciate it.

It's great to hear that you came back for a second tour, we're delighted the 11 day provided the perfect balance for your preferences. You described Denise perfectly - she is an amazing guide. She is a huge part of the Vagabond team and we are very lucky to have her. We're so happy you enjoyed your time with Denise.

Communication is key in creating a stress-free travel experience, and we're pleased to hear that our team did a great job keeping you informed and prepared for your adventure.

Thank you for your kind recommendation, hopefully we will see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Our Driftwood Tour was amazing. Having a small group made the adventure so much more fun. We took the Ancient East Tour that is now called the Southern Tour. Our guide was Andrew. He was very diligent to tend to our needs and show us all the beautiful and historic sites. His wit was contagious. Our group was always laughing and having a great time. Having a smaller vehicle let us explore places that big buses couldn’t reach. One day it rained quite a bit. Our guide was able to pivot and take us to other amazing sites. It was refreshing to sit back and have the tour company take care of all the tours, hotel reservations and set up lunch locations. We also enjoyed a shared photo app that allowed us to share all our photos. My only dilemma is what trip to book with them next.

Date of experience: October 2023
1  Thank Emily G
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robrankinvagabond, Owner at Vagabond Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2023

Hi Emily, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.

We're thrilled to hear that your Driftwood Tour, was such an amazing experience. The small group dynamic certainly does add to the fun, and we're delighted that you had a great time with Andrew. We are so lucky to have him on our team.

It's fantastic that you could sit back and relax, allowing us to take care of everything. This is exactly our aim for our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you on another unforgettable journey, just get in touch and we can help you decide what trip is next!

See you soon :)

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Reviewed 17 November 2023

This was our first visit to Ireland and our experience with Vagabond Tours was phenomenal!

I want to compliment the organization on their communication. All emails were answered in a very timely manner and a couple of occasions when I did make a telephone call the phones where answered right away and I never had to leave a voicemail. Booking and payment was a breeze.

The tour truly met our expectations and was enjoyable throughout. Our guide Denise was wonderful and was treasure trove of knowledge on the history and lore of the country. Her personal stories added to our enjoyment and experience. The drives between the sites and attractions was never excessive and it was great to know and have everything taken care of by Vagabond when we arrived. It was nice to be able to step out of the van enjoy the sights without having to stand in line for tickets.

The lodging was fantastic at every stop. I appreciate that we stayed in cozy private inns that truly made us feel welcome and part of the community. When meals were include they were always filling and delicious.

In the end, we had a great time and saw more of Ireland than we ever could had we done this by ourselves. If you are thinking of booking a tour like this to Ireland, keep Vagabond/ Driftwood at the top of your list, you won’t be disappointed.

Date of experience: October 2023
Thank Mark M
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robrankinvagabond, Owner at Vagabond Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2023

Hi there!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with Vagabond Tours. We are thrilled to hear that your first visit to Ireland was phenomenal, thank you for trusting us with your vacation. We greatly appreciate your kind words about our communication. We understand the importance of clear and efficient communication, and we're glad to have met your expectations in this regard.

Denise is a fantastic guide, we are so happy you enjoyed your time with her. Our goal is to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience for our guests, and your feedback confirms that we're on the right track.

Thank you once again for choosing Vagabond Tours. We hope to welcome you back for another adventure in the future. Safe travels!

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Reviewed 14 November 2023

5 Day Vagabond Edge of the World Tour: I had a great time. The only disappointment, probably just for me, was that I didn't get to see the grykes and clints of the Burren. But Shane was a great guide, informative and with his own special sense of humor. He seemed to easily adapt our tour to a change in any situation. One example, the day of the sheep dog trial demonstration and Shamus' (sp?) performance, which was my favorite visit. Being in a small group was a definite plus. If I return to Ireland, I would choose Vagabond again.

Date of experience: October 2023
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robrankinvagabond, Owner at Vagabond Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2023

We greatly appreciate you for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent Edge of the World Tour with us. We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time, and we greatly appreciate your kind words about Shane. We take great pride in our team of excellent guides, and we are so proud that Shane is one of them.
It's wonderful to hear that the sheepdog trial demonstration and Shamus' performance stood out as a favorite – those moments are truly special.
We're delighted that you enjoyed the intimacy of a small group, as fostering connections and shared experiences is at the heart of what we do. Thank you for choosing Vagabond Tours, we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Ireland again soon.

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