We have never taken an organized tour before, and chose Vagabond Tours because we wanted to cover a lot of ground and not have the stress of learning to drive on the opposite side of the road from the US. We had a wonderful time! It was so nice to have everything planned for us - the hotels, the routes - and even to have the knowledgeable people from Ireland at the Vagabond office choosing a variety of sites and activities. We did SO much that I could never fit it in Tripadvisor's allotted number of letters! Because our group was small, activities could be shuffled based on the weather and our group's inclinations. Our tour occurred during a heat wave/drought in Ireland, and our guide rearranged the itinerary to allow a trip to the beach! If we were staying at hotel away from a town, the guide would book dinner for us at the hotel, but when we were staying in a city/town, we could choose to go where we wanted which gave us a break from the group. There were some optional activities (distillery vs. ruins)(stay in town vs. scenic drive) that made us feel that we were not being herded about. Our guide, Sian, kept us advised about the plans every day so there was no feeling of 'where are we now?' She was also an amateur DJ, choosing the appropriate soundtrack for our trip, i.e., playing "My Donegal" as we approached that town, and "Whiskey in the Jar" every day until we could sing it as well as the Dubliners. I have many wonderful memories that will linger forever - especially one evening in Ballyvaughn when my husband and I were leaving a wonderful restaurant on the pier at the outskirts of town, and we stumbled across a group of local musicians playing in a little whiskey bar, and we sat listening as their friends and neighbors, and even the barmaid, took turns singing and playing. Or the morning that Mary, who had just served us breakfast in Kenmare, stepped into the van as we were leaving and sang "The Rose of Tralee" for us while the off-duty bus driver from across the street waltzed on the sidewalk beside the van. Or the Dingle Gin ice cream at Murphy's Ice Cream!