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Absolutely wonderful tour of Ireland

This was my second trip with Small Escorted Tours and driver/historian extraordinaire, Maurice... read more

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Reviewed 28 July 2022

We had a wonderful trip in Ireland, thanks to Small Escorted Tours and our driver/guide Maurice. With 6 people (2 parents + 3 teens + ,grandma) it didn't make sense to rent a car or van. The private escorted tour wasn't much more expensive than traveling with a larger group, and we had a lot of flexibility with the schedule. The last time I went to Ireland with my wife, we rented a car, and it was challenging driving on the other side of the road and navigating the often intimidating and narrow roads. Maurice was an experienced driver who knew all the different routes and interesting sites along the way. He shared many cultural and historical insights at the various stops and on the drive.
We started in Dublin, then went to Wicklow, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Blarney, Killarney, Dingle, Clare, Galway, Donegal, Drogheda, and then back to Dublin for a few days on our own.
The company and Maurice ensured everything went smoothly. The hotel accommodations and included breakfasts were excellent. The spacious and new Mercedes 7 person van was perfect for our group size with plenty of leg room and luggage space.
The only thing I would change next time is to spend more time in fewer places. I would love to spend a week in Kerry, Connemara, or Donegal. But for the first trip to Ireland, I think my kids learned a lot and enjoyed themselves. Some favorites included New Grange, holding baby lambs, Powerscourt, and the Cliffs of Moher.
I highly recommend Maurice!!

Date of experience: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022

Paul was wonderful to work with, he set up our complete itinerary for all 24 of us. Eric our tour guide was such a pleasure to work with. He was so accommodating and so personable. We could not have asked for a better person to guide us.

Date of experience: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022

Although our trip was delayed by over 2-years due to COVID, it was worth the wait.
Paul Hoyne, our tour guide, came highly recommended by a peer - who was spot on! Besides doing a fantastic job explaining the history of Ireland, Paul was extremely personable and accommodated our needs throughout the tour. Ireland is a beautiful country. Working with the Small Escorted Tours Of Ireland company allowed us to build an itinerary that enabled us to see so much of the country in a limited amount of time. It was an excellent experience. I would highly recommend the Small Escorted Tours Of Ireland company and Paul Hoyne as your tour guide!

Date of experience: June 2022
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Reviewed 25 June 2022

The 9 of us had a WONDERFUL 8 Days in Ireland!! Our driver Frank Harmond was incredible! He continually made adjustments to our itinerary to accommodate what became interesting on each of our private tours. He was unbelievably knowledgeable of the history and current-day happenings at each site we landed. He always took care of us; restaurant accommodations, bathroom breaks, and photo ops, were never a concern. Frank had us covered!
Frank really 'read the grouping', knowing when to share information, and when to just let us reflect on the beauty. Or grab a recharging nap!
Also a big thanks to Paul who was very patient with the large group and provided us with all the accommodations and transportation. Truly making our trip worry-free.
We can't say enough about what a fantastic trip to Ireland we had!! Thank you, Frank and Paul, for showing us your beautiful country and sharing your gracious people. A trip we will never forget!

Date of experience: June 2022
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Reviewed 20 June 2022

We wanted to see as much of Ireland as we could in our 17 day trip. Paul worked with us patiently to come up with an itinerary that included as many of our interests as possible while maintaining a schedule that would fit into each day. Maurice was a fantastic tour guide! He is a bottomless well of knowledge, stories, and history of Ireland. During our time together on tour, Maurice took us to places that we had chosen in advance, as well as many surprise stops that we never would have found on our own! He also steered us away from "tourist traps" and toward alternatives he thought we would prefer - and he was right.

All of the logistics came off without a hitch. A driver was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived, and every hotel stay was seamless and included breakfast. Maurice arrived each morning to collect us in his spotless, brand-new Mercedes van. Every evening he escorted us to the front desk of the hotel to make sure we were taken care of. At the end of our tour, a driver arrived at our hotel to take us to the airport and dropped us off at the exact right spot.

The best thing about this style of bespoke touring was the flexibility. Not only were Paul and his colleagues incredibly flexible and patient during the planning phase, each day was under our control as well. If we wanted to add a stop, skip a stop, stay longer at an attraction, pull off for coffee or a bathroom break, we could do so anytime. Because it was a private tour, we didn't have to wait around for anyone or worry about anyone else's preferences.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience. We achieved our goal of seeing a great deal of Ireland in one trip, while feeling safe and well-cared for from beginning to end. As Maurice put it, we began the trip as strangers and ended it as friends.

Date of experience: May 2022
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