8 Day Irish Castles Fly & Drive

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Featured Hotels

8 Day Irish Castles Fly & Drive
Faithlegg House Waterford
Ballyseede Castle Hotel Kerry County
Dingle Benners Hotel Kerry County
Parknasilla Resort & Spa Kerry County
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara, Galway
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa County Meath

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2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Feb 21  (Sold Out) $629 $1069*
Feb 26  (Sold Out) $649 $1109*
Feb 28  (Sold Out) $629 $1149*
Mar 05  (Sold Out) $649 $1029*
Mar 07  (Sold Out) $629 $1109*
$649 $1249*
$629 $1149*
$749 $1219*
Mar 21  (Sold Out) $699 $1079*

*Not Included:
Car rental fees, optional car rental insurance and parking.


Additional Information:
Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. Additionally, drivers must be 28 years old in order to rent a Full Size (Car Categories FVMR and FVAR).


Accommodation Details:
Dingle Benners Hotel is a manor house hotel.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Dublin, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations in First Class castle hotels
    • 1 night Waterford
    • 1 night Tralee
    • 2 nights Clifden
    • 2 nights Dublin Area
  • 7 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily


Vehicle Options

  • Mini Manual - Ford KA or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Economy Automatic - Opel Corsa or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Compact Automatic - Opel Astra or similar

    • 1-3 Passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission
    • Air Conditioning

  • Standard Manual - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission
    • Air Conditioning

  • Standard Automatic - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission
    • Air Conditioning

  • Full Size Manual - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission
    • Air Conditioning

  • Full Size Automatic - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission
    • Air Conditioning

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.


Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1 - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin, Drive to Waterford
Arrive in Dublin and pick up your rental car before leaving the city behind as you drive through Wicklow Mountains National Park for a glimpse into Ireland's wild side. The lush scenery and placid lakes are delicately wound through hills and valleys offering gorgeous views to begin your introduction to Ireland. Continue to Kilkenny City, considered by many to be the medieval capital of Ireland. The city is walker friendly and easy to navigate making it a wonderful place to stop for a meal and a pint. The city is also home to Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195 and has been added to and altered over the years to create a complex structure of various influences. Arrive in Waterford and take a stroll along the city quay, a mile-long promenade bursting with restaurants and shops while you explore Ireland's oldest city
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 130 miles*
Overnight: Waterford

DAY 3 - Waterford, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry En Route to Tralee
Take the morning to see more of Waterford such as the House of Waterford Crystal that offers demonstrations of glass blowing and sculpting with incredible craftsmanship and unique designs. After, continue to drive to Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone. Give the stone a quick kiss and see if the legends are true. Next, travel to Killarney National Park where you can drive the world-famous “Ring of Kerry” before arriving in Tralee for an overnight
Drive Time: 5 hours*
Distance: 250 miles*
Overnight: Tralee
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher En Route to Clifden via Galway
Depart Tralee this morning and turn north towards the city of Galway, enjoying the character and architecture of Limerick City along the way. You may stop to explore the city or continue to visit Bunartty Castle, with its imposing fortress-like architecture before heading to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher along the Atlantic Ocean to bask in more of Ireland's natural beauty. The cliffs are a UNESCO Geopark and run for about five miles, offering a chance to see the cliff nesting seabird colonies if you're up for the cliff top walk between Moher Tower and O'Brien's Tower. Continue to Clifden for a chance to relax after a full day of sightseeing
Drive Time: 7 hours*
Distance: 300 miles*
Overnight: Clifden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Full day in Clifden
Enjoy the day in Clifden or drive to Galway which is the largest city in western Ireland but has a small town feel. Cathedrals, museums, castles, mansions and monuments abound in the city and offer the chance to see a variety of sites. However, any sightseeing in the city should include a trip to the Claddagh district on the western edge of the city. Claddagh was once a fishing village but its charming thatch cottages were replaced in the early 1900's as it was assimilated into the city. Despite this though, the traditional Claddagh ring design has become famous, both in and outside of Ireland and makes the perfect souvenir of traditional Irish culture. An entire day to explore the wonders of this city will leave you satisfied and eager for a chance to rest in one of its many pubs
Drive Time: 1.50 hours*
Distance: 57 miles*
Overnight: Clifden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Drive to Dublin, Dublin Sightseeing
Today drive through the heart of Ireland from Galway to Dublin, the expansive capital city of Ireland. The city is divided into Northside and Southside by the River Liffey and nearly all of the city's major sights and attractions are concentrated in these center-city areas. In the southern part of the city find Trinity College, Merrion Square, Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. In the northern part of the city find more of the cultural attractions including the James Joyce Center, Dublin Writers Museum, Gate Theatre and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery. There is plenty to see and do, but don't rush through the city, take time to appreciate the city's roots and connection to the rest of Ireland and the world
Drive Time: 4 hours*
Distance: 200 miles*
Overnight: Dublin Area
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Full Day in Dublin
The final day in Ireland is a full day to continue sightseeing in Dublin. Spend the entire day catching the sights that may have been missed yesterday afternoon and wander through the rest of the city. Head to the western area of the city to see the district of Smithfield with its cobblestone streets and towering cathedrals. Also in the western portion of the city is the most popular attraction, the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. Spend the afternoon appreciating this staple of Irish culture and the perfect double tapped pints. Afterward, head to Phoenix Park and environs to rest before venturing back into the bustling city center to continue exploring
Overnight: Dublin Area
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart Ireland
Drive to the airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.

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9 Day Affordable Ireland, November 2017
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It was FABULOUS!! I can't say enough about how much fun we had and how great Patrick (our tour guide was) we will definitely be booking another trip.

Kelli H. Palm Bay, FL
9 Day Affordable Ireland, November 2017
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It was just the best ever. I had a wonderful time from start to finish. The guide was amazing as well as the driver I want to spend the rest of my life on vacation. My next trip will be to Peru. I'm waiting for a special deal to come around the corner.

Julia S. Haslett, MI
10 Day Classic Ireland, October 2017
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Our trip was wonderful! Ireland is lovely and we enjoyed every part of it. Accommodations, buses, itinerary, attractions, were all top notch. Our guide Patrick King was wonderful. He was so knowledgeable, helpful, and above all, funny. He added soo much to the flavor and culture of Ireland. Thank you for a great trip. We certainly will travel with Gate 1 again. In fact looking now for future trips.

Edwina S. Alex Bay, NY
9 Day Classic Ireland , October 2017
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My trip was excellent! Kay Leary and Damien (the tour drivers) were excellent. I had a great time -- it was a good group, not too large. All the towns and sites visited were awesome. The hotels were all really nice. I enjoyed the trip immensely and would book another trip on Gate 1.

Lori P. Monmouth Jct, NJ
14 Day Deluxe Ireland, October 2017
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This was our 1st Signature Collection Tour, and it was really great. It was fun staying in old castles with antique items on display and modern indoor facilities. Our tour director, Lenny Cooke, was fantastic with a good sense of humor. He spends time talking and getting to know each one of us. It was nice joining tour with him in-charge of our group.

Susanna M. Alexandria, VA
9 Day Classic Ireland , September 2017
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Great experience!! Ireland is a beautiful country. Our transportation to and from the airport was flawless. The hotels were perfect. The food was great, everywhere we went. The sights were spectacular. The long hours on the bus and the time constraints were the only thing that we would say was a complaint. And it really isn't a complaint because we know without that we would have not seen everything that we did. Our tour guide and bus driver were great. Eric was our guide and he was always helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ireland! We appreciate everything you did for us to make our once in a lifetime dream come true!!!

Paula C. Oreland, PA
9 Day Classic Ireland , August 2017
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Our trip to Ireland was absolutely wonderful! The landscape, the towns, the people, our guide Doug, our accommodations were all wonderful. Even the weather exceeded our expectations. The farewell show was top notch entertainment and we didn't want it to end. Loved having wifi and USB ports on the coach. Another job well done by Gate 1. We are looking forward to planning our next trip!

Jill H. Dagsboro, DE
9 Day Classic Ireland , August 2017
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Our tour of Ireland was just perfect! Not only did the weather cooperate but we were led by Patrick, perhaps the BEST TOUR GUIDE in the business. This guy is everything one would hope for in a leader of a group tour. He's professional yet down-to-earth, knowledgeable AND hilarious! Everyone knew we were in excellent hands from the moment he introduced himself. And our Coach Driver, Peter, worked miracles to get us to and from our destinations with every measure of safety...and calm. These two men did Gate 1 very proud and deserve every good thing that can be said about them. Three Cheers for jobs very well done! This was our 6th Gate 1 Tour and only confirmed what we already knew...Gate 1 is the smartest - and Best - Tour Company around! Thanks!

James W. Chevy Chase, MD
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, July 2017
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The trip could only be described as 'magical'. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and caring. At no time did I feel uncomfortable. Our driver was skilled and truly made the trip enjoyable with his humor. Ireland is such a beautiful enchanting place, I now understand how stories of fairies, and little people, Pookas and banchees grew up there. Having the support of the Gate 1 crew from our travel agent to all the people involved set the stage for this incredible journey.

Mary L. Upland, CA
9 Day Enchanting Ireland, June 2017
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Wonderful! Everything was perfect. We had a wonderful tour guide named Kay, who was knowledgeable, fun, lively, and she made the trip very interesting. The scenery was beautiful and we loved the cobblestone streets and quaint country towns. Especially, loved the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry, and the Blarney Castle. Having everything arranged for us made the trip carefree and enjoyable.

Pamela S. Murrysville, PA
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland , June 2017
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My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip! Our trip was made more interesting and meaningful by Annie our tour guide who was so knowledgeable about the past and present history of the places we visited, please keep her forever, she is a gem! John, our driver, had the patience of a saint! He was undaunted, drove us expertly through the chaos of dizzying traffic, livestock and chatter of human beings that could drive a sane man into the brink of insanity. Among the most enjoyable highlights of the trip were, the luncheon visit at the farm owned by an Irish family gave us the opportunity to learn "up close and personal" about Irish farm life and the visit to the Atlantic sheepdog farm in Grange (Sligo) where owner, Martin's sheepdog Jack entertained us with what a well-trained border collie (Jack is #3 sheepdog in Ireland) can do to herd and "lord over" his master's sheep when necessary. This visit was such a wonderful and unique experience and should be a "must see" on this itinerary! Then my sister Clarita and I enjoyed visiting Cliff of Moher, Blarney Castle and Blarney Mansion and Gardens (which we missed last year when we visited Southern Ireland) and Galway again. On the way to Northern Ireland brought new awesome and fun discoveries, the W.B. Yeats Poetry reading and dinner, London Derry and its beautiful and historic city, the wonder of the Giant Causeway and the Titanic Museum in Belfast. Thanks Gate 1 for a wonderful and awe inspiring tour! My sister and I enjoyed trip so much we are looking into another one of your tours.

Virginia J. Silver Spring, MD
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland , May 2017
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It was a wonderful trip of a life-time to Ireland. Gary, our travel guide, grew up in the Cork City, Ireland area and she truly loves her country. She was not only fun loving and knowledgeable but she watched over our tour group with great care and anticipated our every need. The Irish people are friendly and helpful to tourists visiting their country. We were impressed by how clean and well manicured the entire country is. The food was very good and the hotels were exceptional. We loved the music and story telling in the pubs and I participated in all of the side trips offered to us which were great fun.

Carol B. Lakewood, CO
10 Day Classic Ireland, April 2017
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We enjoyed the Ireland tour very much. Can't say enough about our guide, Linda . . . She had a great sense of humor, very informative and lots of fun. All her stories were terrific. On the road, TJ kept us safe and comfortable. What a team!!!

Karen B. Las Cruces, NM
9 Day Affordable Ireland, April 2017
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We had a wonderful trip! The tour manager, Eric, did an excellent job of keeping us on the itinerary and providing an interesting commentary as we visited a number of Ireland sites. We felt as though we got excellent value considering the air, hotels, meals, admissions, etc. and were able to see and learn far more than traveling on your own. We will certainly be looking for other trips through Gate 1 travel and we are recommending Gate 1 to our friends.

Susan S. Mechanicsburg, PA
9 Day Affordable Ireland , April 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. We loved the itinerary. It was very well organized. The hotels were PERFECT. Great locations. We especially loved Doug our Tour Coordinator and Sean our Bus Driver. They were incredibly organized, informative, kind, and funny!

Michelle M. Poughkeepsie, NY
6 Day Dublin Value Vacation , March 2017
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The trip was perfect, awesome, amazing, wonderful, adventure-filled, too short, beautiful, exciting, etc. What more can I say? Thanks again for all your help!

Angelique M. Paterson, NJ
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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Excellent. Our guide Evelyn was fantastic, the best we've ever had, and our bus driver Colin was an unbelievably good driver and extremely helpful. All the hotels were well located and comfortable. We have already recommended it to friends.

Arthur A. La Quinta, CA
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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The trip was a delight. It is obvious a great deal of research and preparation goes in to planning a trip like this, such that the customer experience is enhanced. The selection of hotels, the careful planning of locations to visit, and the amazing people who execute it all are what makes the experience a real joy. Martina, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and passionate about her home country (Ireland) that you felt the true feeling of pride the Irish people have for their homeland and it's history. The drivers you employ are true professionals to be able to navigate the narrow roads and the traffic. My wife and I had a wonderful time, and will recommend Gate 1 to everyone. Thanks so much for a beautiful memory.

Daniel T. Cypress, TX
15 Day Classic Israel with Eilat, March 2017
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The trip was fabulous from beginning to end. Our guide, Gai, was fantastic- a great guide - charming, personable, knowledgeable, and just an all around nice guy! Israel is an extraordinary country, from the people to the food to the history and to the wonderful things going on there now. I can't wait to go back again one day!

Janice J. Somerset, NJ
6 Day Dublin Special , March 2017
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My trip to Dublin, Ireland was amazing and enjoyable. The arrangements went according to plans. The people that we met were very pleasant and we enjoyed all that Dublin had to offer. My husband and I look forward to our next trip to Central Europe later this year.

Brenda G. New Rochelle, NY
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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Excellent, tour guide was very knowledgable, bus driver very good and hotels were very well located and had good accommodations as well as good food.. Even the weather cooperated. Could not have asked for more.

Dennis F. Torrance, CA
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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We had a group of 4 family members. All 4 of us were EXTREMELY pleased with the whole trip. We absolutely LOVED Allacoque (Hope I spelled her name right). She was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Even though the tour was finished she checked on us at breakfast and came down to the door to see that we were picked up on time. We were also EXTREMELY happy with our driver, Declan. Some of those roads were very narrow and scary!! We had absolutely no troubles with our luggage. This was our first trip with Gate 1 but it definitely won't be our last!!

Deborah S. Brighton, CO
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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The trip was great. The tour guide and driver were excellent. We saw so many wonderful sights. Can't think of anything that could have been done better.

Frieda H. N Wilkesboro, NC
9 Day Affordable Ireland , March 2017
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Great trip. Guide, bus driver, and hotels were helpful and made trip run smoothly. All our needs were tended to. Ireland full of friendly people. They are very proud of their country and are wonderful host. Ready to go on another trip.

Linda H. Dayton, TX
6 Day Dublin Special , March 2017
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The trip to Dublin was incredible. We had a blast and tried to fit as much into the four days as we could. Now we need a vacation from the vacation! Once again, Gate 1 has provided a great trip at a great price. We'll definitely bin through you again in the future. Thanks for your help with the booking!

Christopher U. Pittsburgh, PA
9 Day Affordable Ireland , February 2017
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We had a wonderful trip! Beyond our expectations, actually. Our tour guide, Marie, was incredible! Professional, knowledgeable, extremely sweet. Those are just some of the words to describe her! She was truly kind, and watched over us like a mama grizzly bear! Our Driver, John was an expert and very kind, as well. The hotels and personnel were very nice. We're looking forward to another great trip with Gate 1. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for another great deal!

Susan R. Mission Viejo, CA
8 Day Ireland Fly & Drive , January 2017
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Our trip to Ireland was fabulous. We really enjoyed every aspect of it. The accommodations were wonderful, the suggested itinerary was very helpful, although we didn't get to everything on the plan we thoroughly enjoyed everything we did (and have a plan for our return, we will definitely take this trip again). We have booked several trips with Gate 1 and have consistently been very pleased with each one, we recommend your agency often.

Carole G. N Bellmore, NY
6 Day Dublin Special , January 2017
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It was great! Beautiful country. Friendly people. Fantastic food. Nice hotel. You can't walk 100 feet without being in front of a pub (Well, that could be a slight exaggeration). And I had two people in the car with me to keep me driving in the left lane. What more could I ask for other than a longer trip?

Kerry M. Knoxville, TN
6 Day Dublin Special , January 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. We will certainly book again through Gate 1. You guys are so detailed with everything, I loved it. There was no question unanswered. Everything was covered from passports, luggage, timing, reminders. You guys certainly know what you are doing. I keep looking at the specials sent our way anticipating our next trip. Our daughters also had a wonderful time. Everyone we tell about our trip can't believe what we got for what we paid. I think we have family and friends checking out gate 1. Thank you so much for all of your help and suggestions/recommendations. If there is a rating for you, I give you the highest rating. Thank you also for following up to see how the trip was. Details, details. You are awesome. Thank you.

Migdalia G. New Holland, PA
(Saturday Departure), December 2016
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The trip was absolutely wonderful! We had a blast and saw such beautiful scenery and experienced such an awesome Irish cultural experience! Thanks again for your awesome travel guides and packages!!

Abigal O. Greensboro, NC
9 Day Affordable Ireland , November 2016
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My trip was great!! It was better than my expectations. Our guide Marie was fabulous, she absolutely made the trip wonderful. Her knowledge of Irish history and the country in general were amazing. Also our driver Tom did an excellent job. I will definitely look at Gate 1 again in the future!!

Floyd K Jr. Lexington, KY
9 Day Affordable Ireland , November 2016
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The trip was fabulous! This was our first tour and we were pleasantly surprised. Our tour guide and bus driver were great, as well as the accommodations.

Donna S. Pt Pleas Bch, NJ
9 Day Affordable Ireland , November 2016
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Our trip was just amazing and wonderful! I enjoyed all the cities we were able to visit! The amount of time allowed for free time was perfect. Some tours just run you constantly and don't allow you to explore on your own. The hotels were really spectacular. They were very centrally located which allowed us to see the city without taxi or subways. They were all very high quality! Our Tour Director Patrick was so knowledgeable about all the culture, history and trivia about Ireland. He was a pleasure! We all have wonderful things to say about him! Our driver Casper was such a professional and careful driver. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to friends and family!

Ann D. Copiague, NY
9 Day Affordable Ireland , November 2016
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This was my first Gate 1 experience and it knocked the ball out of the park! First and foremost, our tour guide, Patrick is the KING of guides. His historic knowledge of Ireland combined with his personal stories and humor were wonderful and kept the tour group engaged throughout the entire trip. Also, our driver, Caspers, was courteous and mastered the narrow curving roads as though this was just a routine drive in the country side. In addition, our hotels were centrally located in the towns visited which made it easy for us to explore. Great choices! I will definitely consider another vacation with Gate 1, Keep up the good work and good pricing.

Arlene P. Tappan, NY
9 Day Affordable Ireland , October 2016
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We had a wonderful trip! We loved Ireland and had a great time! This was our first time using Gate 1 Travel and we had a great experience. We would use Gate 1 again and would recommend Gate 1 to our friends. Evelyn was a fantastic tour guide and T.J. did a great job as our bus driver. We loved the vicinity of our hotels and we easily walked to the shops, restaurants, and pubs. The hotels and breakfasts were very good. No complaints.

John H. Mickleton, NJ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, October 2016
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Our trip to Ireland was absolutely wonderful! Our Tour Director, Alacoque, and our bus driver, John, were knowledgeable and entertaining and very skilled in their jobs. If you have a way to "pat them on the back," my husband and I would really appreciate it. Ireland is so beautiful that it is difficult to choose favorite places. The grounds of Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher were truly sights to behold. Your tour was the only one in our price range that included Northern Ireland, and I'm so glad we decided to do that. I understand more than ever before about what happened there (and is still happening to a degree). As far as museums go, the Titanic Experience was superb. We were almost late to the bus! I know that no one had anything to do with it, but our weather was superlative, only misting a bit here and there. Alacoque and John seemed in awe themselves, remarking quite often about how lucky we were to be able to see the sights while the sun was shining. I so enjoyed the flowers. I couldn't believe the color in Ireland's Hydrangeas, something I could never have achieved over our dry summer here in South Carolina. When we plan our next tour, we will surely consider Gate 1 first.

Frances H. Simpsonville, SC
9 Day Classic Ireland , October 2016
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Our trip was awesome - starting with Evelyn, our trip guide who was most informative and fun. She gave insight into the history and lives of the Irish people and pointed out places and things of interest. I would love to be able to tour with her again. The hotels we stayed were very nice with friendly and helpful staff. The Irish breakfasts and dinners were all very good. I want to make special mention of Bernadette at the Bromhall Hotel in Killarney who went beyond anything my friend and I expected to get us to the Celtic Steps show after we missed the coach ride to the event. The coach driver Thomas (TJ) did an excellent job of escorting us safely and in a timely manner while also handling our luggage on and off the coach. The weather was very much in our favor the entire trip. We had mist one day and I never had to use an umbrella. Thank you Ireland ! This was everything I had looked forward to and MORE !!

Linda E. Rch Cucamonga, CA
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, October 2016
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It was fantastic! Loved every minute! Our driver Billie and tour manager Anne were lovely and the local guides were terrific! Outstanding in every way!!

Cheryl D. Collegeville, PA
10 Day Classic Ireland, October 2016
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The tour of Ireland was wonderful. We were exceptionally lucky to have great weather to enjoy all of the sights. Linda, our tour guide was warm, personable and professional. In fact, Linda really made everyone feel very welcome and safe. She made sure there was plenty of time to explore all points of interest with many suggestions of where to go & what to see on our own. The Irish hospitality was fabulous. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.

Marilyn B. New Brunswick, Canada
8 Day Ireland Fly & Drive , October 2016
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Our trip to Ireland through Gate 1 was wonderful! The included hotels were nice and the breakfasts served were good. The car rental service (Enterprise) was terrific. Contacting your company before the trip, for some last minute questions, was easy and the representative was knowledgeable. We love the independent travel deals your company offers. We are looking forward to traveling more using Gate 1.

Kimberly C. West Sayville, NY
10 Day Enchanting Ireland, October 2016
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Had an awesome time. Saw and learned much more than I expected and I believe it was because of our amazing tour guide, Marie. She was so knowledgeable and shared so many wonderful stories of each town and sight we visited.She truly made this tour a memorable one. The hotels were were decent and in good locations. Truly a great experience.

Joyce H. Staten Island, NY
10 Day Classic Ireland, September 2016
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This trip was delightful. The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations quite good, and the people wonderfully friendly and courteous. Best of all was our guide, Patrick, whose knowledge, care, and superb wit made this a vacation to cherish.

Gordon R. Rock Hill, SC
9 Day Classic Ireland , September 2016
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Gate 1 did it again! Our trip was wonderful! Our tour guide Doug and driver T.J. were impeccable. Doug's knowledge of all the sites brought everything to life. Although we had a couple days of rain, he always had some good ol' fashioned Irish blarney to keep us in good spirits. Doug also had great suggestions for doing things in our spare time. Galway was one of our favorite stops as was KilKenny. The optional excursions were also well worth it. The Irish people were all so friendly and very proud of their country. We plan on many more trips with Gate 1 in the future!

Kathryn R. Rockledge, FL
8 Day Irish Castles Fly & Drive, August 2016
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We had an awesome time in Ireland. The castles were amazing along with the breakfasts. Thank you Gate 1 for your help to leave from Ottawa, instead of NYC. Everything was perfect. This is the second trip we have book with Gate 1, and we look forward to booking future trips with you.

Stephen M. Ontario, Canada
9 Day Classic Ireland , August 2016
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Our trip was fabulous! Greatly exceeded our expectations. Ireland was so beautiful, Linda, our tour guide was wonderful, and hotels were well located and very nice. Didn't think anything could top our Central Europe tour, but this one did. Gate 1 does a great job at a great price - thanks for all your help.

Monica C. Milford, OH
9 Day Classic Ireland , August 2016
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Everything was truly exceptional and want to thank Gate 1 for the experience that surpassed myself and my wife's expectations. Linda and Declon were so professional with a great human touch and knowledge that added to the tour. I want to thank Linda for her wonderful ability as the tour guide and Declon for his amazing driving.

William S. Chico, CA
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, August 2016
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The trip to Ireland was absolutely awesome, spectacular, and lived up to everything we could have hoped for. Gate 1 did a superb job putting the trip together. Out tour guide, Doug and driver, Dave were wonderful; they had a passion for showing us Ireland. They both truly loved doing what they were doing and we benefited from their expertise and heart. T Keep them!! They are a real treasure!

Audrey B. Germantown, MD
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, August 2016
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Another winner thank you! I had already taken the Classic Ireland trip a few summers back and liked it so much that took the Kaleidoscope tour this summer. Although there is a little bit of overlap, there is enough that is different and new to make it a perfect complementing view of the Emerald Isle. Everything worked like clockwork – the tour is very well paced and feels leisurely. Ireland provides the perfect backdrop for a really worthwhile and relaxing vacation – beautiful scenery, friendly people – that say “you're welcome” before you even start a conversation, good food, mild weather, history galore and so much more. We had a brilliant driver Dave Ryan and a charming and knowledgeable tour manager, Doug who provided the base of a safe, interesting and good natured tour. Hotels were uniformly excellent – the Absolute Hotel in Limerick was especially fantastic, and the included meals were all good with plentiful choices. The farewell dinner at the Courtyard Bar & Grill, a Marco Pierre White restaurant in Dublin, was exceptional. Highlights for me were some of the new places I got to see – beautiful Kinsale, surprising Limerick, Northern Ireland – so close, yet so different, and most of all the gorgeous NW of the country, County Sligo and County Donegal, that most tours of Ireland miss. And definitely take the optional Yeats Experience dinner in Sligo - a one of a kind night and a lasting memory. This was Gate 1 Tour number 20 for me and was another winner! Thank you as always!

Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
10 Day Classic Ireland, August 2016
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Our trip, my daughters and I, was fabulous! Jamie, Kim, Emily and I arrived at the airport and Gate 1 was waiting for us. From that moment on everything went smoothly. There was not a single thing I would complain about. Our tour manager, Anne, was amazing. Her knowledge of Ireland is quite impressive, she was fun to travel with, and kept us on time so we could see everything, she worked very hard. The itinerary was perfect for a first timer in Ireland, we saw all the key things we wanted to see and then some. There was enough free time built in so we could explore the cities on our own too. All the little surprises, like when a meal is included and you expect it to be typical hotel buffet, and then its not, its a full blown 3 course waiter/waitress served meal, I was astounded. So much value in this trip! I researched ahead of time and your price was the best, not knowing what exactly to expect. I was worried the hotels were not going to be nice and the tour just average. And it was not, the hotels were great and I feel my family really got their monies worth out of this tour. I have been spreading the name Gate 1 all over since. We even ran into some strangers at Blarney castle who spotted out gate 1 lanyard and came up to us to tell us how fabulous Gate 1 was and that they had travelled to Costa Rica with you.You can count on us to travel with you again in the future.

Colleen M. Jamesburg, NJ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland, August 2016
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We really enjoyed the trip. Our tour guide and bus driver were very entertaining and friendly. Truly nice guys. We enjoyed the weather, the sites, the hotels and the meals. Had a great time.

Abdur Q. Midlothian, VA

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