|Package Name||Season||City/Cruise Nights||Travel Style||Land Only||Air & Land|
8 Day Essential Ireland
||Oct '22 - Apr '23||3 Dublin, 1 Cork, 2 Killarney||Value||$1049||$1659*|
9 Day Affordable Ireland
||Oct '22 - Mar '23||3 Dublin, 1 Kilkenny, 2 Killarney, 1 Galway||Off Season||$1299||$1869*|
9 Day Affordable Irish Highlights
||Oct '22 - Mar '23||3 Dublin, 1 Galway, 1 Derry, 2 Belfast||Off Season||$1199||$1949*|
Land Only: $1049
3 Dublin, 1 Cork, 2 Killarney
Tour Type: Value
Season: Oct '22 - Apr '23
Land Only: $1299
3 Dublin, 1 Kilkenny, 2 Killarney, 1 Galway
Tour Type: Off Season
Season: Oct '22 - Mar '23
Land Only: $1199
3 Dublin, 1 Galway, 1 Derry, 2 Belfast
Tour Type: Off Season
Season: Oct '22 - Mar '23
|Package Name||Season||City/Cruise Nights||Travel Style||Land Only||Air & Land|
6 Day Dublin Value Vacation (New York)
||Nov '22 - Mar '23||4 Dublin||Independent||$929*|
8 Day London & Dublin (New York)
||Nov '22 - Mar '23||3 London, 3 Dublin||Independent||$1289*|
|Package Name||Season||City/Cruise Nights||Travel Style||Land Only||Air & Land|
6 Day Irish Castle Fly & Drive (New York)
||Oct '22 - Mar '23||4 Dublin Area, County Meath or County Cavan||Independent||$1229*|
8 Day Ireland Fly & Drive (New York)
||Nov '22 - Mar '23||2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 2 Galway||Independent||$1349*|
4 Dublin Area, County Meath or County Cavan
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Oct '22 - Mar '23
2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 2 Galway
Tour Type: Independent
Season: Nov '22 - Mar '23
We just returned from an Ireland trip through your company, Once again you did not disappoint! The itinerary was wonderful, the hotels were comfortable and in great locations, and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the sights and extra options. Our tour guide, Martina, was so informative about the history of Ireland and did a fabulous job in taking care of all of our needs The bus drive Tony was so skilled at driving through challenging areas and taking care of all of our luggage. Yours services are superb and we have enjoyed traveling with your company and recommend you to friends and family! We plan on doing more vacations and will use Gate 1 again!Teresa R.
It was lovely absolutely lovely. We had a lot of craic! Doug and Tommy were great host and they each added a little something extra to make our first trip to Europe/Ireland that much more sensational. The tour itself was quite nice from the scenic stops to the hotel accommodations. Stacey and I really did enjoy it and hope to do it again another day.Eric D.
All we can say is WOW. From booking our trip until departure and back home again, our very first overseas tour was flawless. It would be hard to put into words how GREAT our tour Guide (Dougie) and Coach Driver Tommy our "Steerologist" as Dougie called him, took care of us! Tommy took us on some roads that we would not have ventured on in other than a skateboard! Doug's knowledge of Ireland, his wit, anecdotes, limericks and Irish sayings kept our whole group entertained without fail. (this I'm sure is because he kissed the Blarney Stone many years ago)! Accommodations were top notch, the motorcoach was great and Ireland - all I can say is we'll be back. The Cities we visited were clean and vibrant and most accommodating even seeing a "flock" of 42 descend on them in one flock! We're planning our next overseas trip and it'll be a Gate 1 trip for sure. Thank you one all all at Gate 1 and a special thank you to Doug and Tommy.Robert K.
Our trip to Ireland was amazing. We enjoyed every moment of that tour. It was very well organized. All the hotels were very comfortable and accommodating. The meals were all very good. And most of all our tour guide Liam did an amazing job making sure everyone was well taken care of and had a good time. All other tour guides were very knowledgeable and informative. Our bus driver Lee made sure we were always safe and our needs were taken care of. We will definitely consider using Gate 1 in the future and will give a good word to all our friends. Thank you for this great experience.Elaine C.
Took my first Gate 1 Tour on the 9 Day Classic Ireland Tour in October. It was outstanding and met all of our expectations. What a beautiful country. Our Tour Manager Alacoque made the trip an exceptional experience. She was such a pleasure to travel with. She was so knowledgeable about Ireland and even shared stories about growing up in Ireland. Her professionalism, humor, and attention to every detail was top notch. What an asset to Gate 1!! Thomas our bus driver was also awesome. We always felt safe with him behind the wheel. We could have not asked for a better team. Alacoque and Thomas . . . absolutely the best !!! The accommodations were great. Will definitely book another Gate 1 Tour.Kimberly V
I wanted to give more feedback about our outstanding guide manager Lenny and our driver Kevin! Lenny went above and beyond to give us an amazing vacation and experience in Scotland and Ireland! His knowledge of history and personal stories about the lands and history added so much to our trip. I would recommend anyone I know to book with trip with Lenny as their guide! Also, Kevin was an incredible driver! He was funny, kind and kept us all so safe in the motor coach. Those roads are so narrow and Kevin navigated it all so well. Having Kevin as our driver definitely added to our trip. Without these two guiding us I doubt our trip would've been as memorable. Thank you Lenny and Kevin!Erin C.
We want to add comments to our survey about our wonderful Guide, Patrick. He was an outstanding tour guide--friendly, knowledgeable, and insightful. He was able to provide wonderful commentary, while knowing when the group just needed some quiet time. This was a long trip with many moving parts and connections. He made all of these details work flawlessly with absolutely no drama. Patrick's stories, history lessons, sheep facts and music really made this trip for us. Mark celebrated his birthday on this trip and Patrick made sure it was special, along with a bagpipe rendition of Happy Birthday! We also want to compliment our driver Robbie--he was an amazing driver on those winding Scottish and Irish roads! He was a fantastic addition to the tour! Thanks for making this trip for us!Mark L.
Our tour guide, Colm was just the best. He went over and above to make sure every person had the best experience possible. He truly cared for each of us. He not only knew all about the places we visited, he knew how to add information to our ride on the couch each day. He went out of his way to help my friend so she could enjoy the tour as much as she was able. His support made this trip a wonderful one for both of us. The bus driver, Gerard was courteous and very helpful getting us in and out of the coach. He was always there to give a hand up. This was our first Gate 1 tour. It was over the top fabulous because of these two men who truly cared about making the tour the best possible. Thanks to all. I tell all my friends how wonderful the tour, our guide Colm, and our driver Gerard were.Susan T.
This was our first time using Gate 1. It was highly recommended by a close friend and we couldn't have been happier with the entire process of booking and traveling. Everything was absolutely amazing, especially the tour guide and bus driver! Sheila was friendly, upbeat, knowledgeable, funny and thoughtful! She exceeded any expectations we had. Also, Mick (Michael), our touring driver, was friendly, funny and an expert, careful driver. We were so impressed! The rest of our group agreed with us! We will definitely travel again with Gate 1! Thank you for giving us an exceptional vacation!Ellen G.
The tour of Ireland exceeded our expectations. Jill our tour guide was very informative on the sights visited. The local guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. We will be using Gate1 in the future. Good value.Kevin L.
We would like to compliment Joanna for being such a gracious and informative leader. She made sure our group was always punctual with no real issues to deal with. She always pointed out the beautiful and interesting aspects of every location, while also making it a bit fun. Very charming. We enjoyed our first Gate 1 tour and have already begun making plans for next year. Seamus was more than wonderful. He was extremely courteous and a lot of fun while maintaining our safety. Never, did I feel like we were ever in danger. We always came back to find him cleaning and caring for the bus. We were very comfortable. My only suggestion would be possible city maps, pointing out restaurants, stores and various streets while we are on our own. We look forward to seeing you again!Peggy C.
We loved it! We had Phil, an excellent tour guide in England and Scotland, and Ally also was an excellent tour guide in Ireland. We saw so much and enjoyed our learning and the beautiful countries!Donna Q.
It was Awesome! We had a great group of 33 people. Gerard was the best, safest, friendly and jolly driver we could have asked for. Lenny, our tour guide Is who really made this trip awesome. His history knowledge exceeded my expectations. His inclusion of every single person on the bus was top notch. I appreciated how he went above and beyond at every stop, The fact he was willing to walk around with us and showed us each city and the best pubs made it totally fun, even while being caught in a torrential rainstorm. As he stated, it was like being a little family, we truly were a family!!Amber N.
We have been traveling for years and have used other tour companies. We usually used Globus, but have become increasing concerned with the quality of the hotels that they use. We saw the Gate 1 lanyards being worn by groups in Italy, while we were with Globus. The Gate 1 folks were very happy with their trip, so we decided to try Gate 1. We could not be more pleased! The quality of the accommodations, meals, tour director, bus, driver and policies were outstanding. I think what has sold us more than anything on Gate 1 is our tour director, Allie. What a wonderful, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable person! You could not do better than to have her as the face of Gate 1 Travel on your tours. She has wonderful stories and insight and covered so many aspects of life in Ireland. Even the music she played at times was perfect for the day and occasion, including national anthems for Ireland and North Ireland. She went out of her way to meet traveler requests. We have had many tour directors/guides and NONE were better than Allie. We booked 2 tours to see how Gate 1 did, before we booked more. But we feel comfortable booking more now without the need to wait. The driver on a Globus trip charged $1 per bottle and we were thankful. But with Gate 1 we were provided with 2 FREE bottles of water per day per guest - and we are impressed! We felt like guests, not tourists. Thank you!Richard R.
This was my first Gate one experience and I can't say enough wonderful things about our Tour Guide Maureen she went above and beyond to see that every one of us (21) in all were happy and are days were fulfilled with the knowledge and the tastes and sites of Ireland! Thank you again Maureen for what you do! Bless you and your family!Karen B.
We had a wonderful trip, 16 day Scotland & Ireland! This was our 10th Gate 1 trip and our tour manager Patrick was the best tour guide. He is very knowlegeable, shared history & people with a great sense of humor. And he handed out all informations we needed at each destination. Also he shared music pertaining to where we were. Patrick showed up the last day to make sure everyone get the transportation to the airport safely. Our driver Gerard was exceptional, greeted each of us with a warm smile everyday and always at the door to assist whoever needed help. Looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip!Jae L.
Our 10 day essential trip was fantastic thanks to our tour manager and coach driver Martina and John. The two of them were quite entertaining and provided special little unexpected touches and treats. I was quite impressed with their story telling, jokes and John's singing on the final night. Would totally do the trip again.Rosemary H.
I just wanted to let the powers that be at Gate1 know what a great job our tour director Alacoque did on our recent Kaleidoscope of Ireland tour. She was so knowledgeable, so efficient, so available, so friendly and fun - we couldn't have asked for better! And our driver Nick was also amazing - very friendly and helpful, and his driving on those narrow, curvy roads was incredible! They made a great team, and made our trip a delightful experience.Dorothy D.
My trip was great! Geraldine our guide, was fantastic as all my guides on Gate1 trips have been. Your company certainly has a knack for hiring guides. Our bus driver Seamus was also great; very knowledgeable and helpful. I liked the route we took very much. An extra day in Dublin would have been great but I will be returning for sure.Mary B.
Our tour guide, Patrick was knowledgeable & passionate about Scotland and Ireland. He was very quick to answer questions and convey much local history. Patrick is truly fantastic and was very caring for all guests. Also, the bus driver, Jim, was as good as they come. Would travel with him anywhere!! Great trip and would recommend to anyone.Daniel P.
We have returned from our trip with Gate1 Travel to Ireland! I want to give a Big Shout Out to our Coach Driver Dan!! He was Awesome!! We were Amazed at his Driving Skills on those narrow roads! When we checked in and out of our Hotels, he was always there helping with all our luggage & loading up the Coach for our adventures to the next town! He was always pleasant & made sure we all had cold water & were comfortable on our Coach ride! Such a Nice Man!! We'd ride with him Anytime!! Thanks Dan for taking such Good Care of all of us!Linda S.
Jamie K, tour manager, was the best tour guide during our whole 14 day trip. She constantly went above and beyond and I truly felt cared for. She'd bring little local snacks for us to try, read us a children's book to demonstrate Scots, sang Irish jingles to us and taught us so much about the local culture. I felt like she loved her job and could feel her passion for the local history. She even booked us a local guide in York, Sarah, that isn't normally included in the tour. Sarah brought that little city to life and was so bubbly. I wish all the best for Jaime and will think of her often! I know being on the road during touring season must get tiring but you'd never know it with Jaime. I felt so lucky to have her as our tour manager! Joe, our driver, kept the bus so clean and always had cold waters in hand for us. He never let us cross a street without him as our crossing guard and had a great rapport with Jaime. It was like we had a comedy team at the front of the bus! Also, his driving was spectacular and he got the bus our of some tight parking spots while making it look easy. Thank you, Gate 1, for booking these two and retaining them as employees. They brought the tour to life and they deserve all the recognition.Sarah S.
Thank you so much for asking about our trip. As I said in a previous message, the trip was an excellent experience. Hotels, transportation, schedule of daily activities, food, and everything went really well considering that we are still suffering the consequences of the pandemic. Overall, we had a great pace fitting the needs of the participants and we learned a lot. Our driver and our tour director were excellent. This is the first time that I have seen a tour guide asking what we are most interested in doing/learning during our trip and actually taking notes to make sure his suggestions were on target. Mr. Lenny and Mr. Reid took good care of all of us. Also, it is only the second time in all my travels (with Gate 1 & other companies) that the tour director gets up early the last day to make sure the transportation to the airport arrives and the passengers depart safely. That shows a lot of passion about his work and great responsibility for the people that Gate 1 entrusted him with. I am looking forward to my next tour with Gate 1. Thank you for allowing us to see more of the world for less!Luz C.
I just wanted to provide some additional praise for our tour director. Khristiene again and again went above and beyond during our trip to ensure an amazing experience. We have been on other Gate One Travel tours and have always been satisfied and happy with our tour managers but Khristiene truly stands above all else with her kindness, professionalism, knowledge of the area and making a personal connection. We traveled with our 9 year old son and Khristiene continuously throughout our tour ensured our son was enjoying himself, providing him treats, and even added in a tour stop to a sheep farm when she discovered his dream was to hold a baby sheep, which she made happen. Khristiene is an outstanding employee and I want to ensure she receives the recognition she deserves. She truly made our vacation extra special and we are forever grateful, and we would welcome the chance to join a future tour with Khristiene. Thank you!Tony P.
Our tour guide, Patrick was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited as well as about America. We never had any problem understanding him and he never had any trouble understanding my southern accent. His instructions about drop off and pick up points were so precise that he seldom had to repeat them. He had a great sense of humor and his commentary was amusing. I honestly think he is the best guide that I've had in the 30 years that I've been traveling.Linda T.
Ireland is so scenic and green; yet another awesome trip which you planned for us!!! Our driver, Robbie , was the best coach driver we have ever experienced - exceptional safe driving and service; always looking out for all the guests - very knowledgeable and helpful. Scots and the Irish are very hospitable and friendly people. The flights which you carefully planned for us were comfortable.Parizad S.
Our tour guide, Matthew was excellent. He unfailingly and without hesitation, consistently demonstrated his expertise at putting us first, our needs paramount, and in the process, vastly enhanced our tour experience. Matthew quickly became a friend to everyone on our tour, and he exhibited excellent teamwork and camaraderie with our driver, Alan. (Equal excellent marks for Alan as well!) Matthew always dotted his, "i"s and crossed his, "t"s. When we next tour with Gate 1, we will first see if it's possible to be paired with Matthew again, and will certainly sing his glowing praise to friends and family. Thanks Matthew!Roger Z.
Fabulous!!! We had a wonderful time, saw beautiful sites, lots of history, enjoyed the company of our guides and travel friends, and had lots of fun in the process!! Our tour guides worked very hard to accommodate our every need, and put in a lot of extra effort to put in local flavor in each country, and were extremely knowledgeable and eagerly shared their knowledge, which made our trip that much more action packed, beneficial, and enjoyable!! We will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future, and will highly recommend Gate 1 to our friends!! Thank you for all of your help with our bookings!!Sharon H.
I would just like to express the excellent job done by our tour manager, David. He made every person on the tour feel special, went out of his way to be helpful in every city by giving personal insight for food and sites to see, and managed to add some bonus sites that were not on the itinerary. Also, our driver, Gerard was exceptional!Christine R.
Just returned from a 10 day escorted tour to Ireland, May 15-24. The tour was very well organized. The tour manager, Anne Marie is a very loving, caring, knowledgeable person who took good care of us the moment we set foot on the hotel upon our arrival to Ireland, till the very last moment of our stay when we received our Covid test result. Her going the extra 10,000 miles to be there for each and every tour participant is a tremendous feat I will never forget. Gate 1 travel is not only good at getting the best hotels and tour activities, it is also a very caring travel company.Kian Y.
My trip to Ireland with Gate 1 was a wonderful and memorable experience and one that I could recommend to others. Doug, our tour guide was knowledgeable, ever thoughtful and went the extra mile to ensure our needs were met. His travel commentary was interesting and filled with fun factoids and observations which made the trip extra special. TJ, our bus driver, got us to our destinations safely and comfortably. Our hotels were great, offered all the amenities we could want, and were conveniently located to shopping, restaurants and city sights. Loved, loved, loved the Gaelic Roots show at the Killarney Hotel a short walk away. Thank you for a terrific trip. I look forward to the next one.Margaret B.
Our trip to Ireland was FANTASTIC! I cannot say enough good things about our Tour Manager, Linda. Give that woman a raise so she will stay with your company! I can't imagine that anyone else could be as knowledgeable, thorough, organized, responsive, kind, and simply LOVELY as she! Our traveling companions often commented to each other that we felt so well taken care of by Linda. She is a jewel and really made the trip for us -- besides the beautiful, clean, fun and fascinating country of Ireland!Susan N.
Our trip to Ireland was outstanding! The consistent talk within the tour group was how impressed we were with the overall tour and our guide, Sheila. My wife remarked that in the future, we may look back upon this trip as being the best vacation we experienced together.Kevin L.
Wonderful! Weather was perfect! Edwina, our guide was outstanding! Her informative, humorous story telling was second to none. She truly made the trip. John, our bus driver was very professional! Look forward to another Gate 1 Travel trip.Michele K.
We just completed the 11 day Ireland and Belfast tour. It was BRILLIANT. We had Sheila as our guide. This was my 9th trip to Ireland and I learned so much from her. She was like a family member taking us around showing us all the special beautiful spots. She talked about history, culture, stories, played music and she gave 110% Our driver Martin was fantastic a great Galway Man. Thank you all who made this possible.Kathleen G.
I generally am not one to reply to surveys but I was so impressed with our tour guide Maureen that I felt I should give her a thumbs up. She was by far the most organized, friendly, knowledgeable tour guide I have ever had. She had detailed information at every stop and all places in between. Talking with others in our group I think she was the key into transforming a vacation into a great vacation and memorable experience. The experience was way above a simple self guided vacation and well worth the cost of a discovery tour. I would highly recommend this vacation because not only is Ireland beautiful and the people friendly but the tour with Maureen was excellent.James H.
Our tour was perfect from beginning to end. Our tour guide manager Lenny was professional and personable and has a deep understanding of the history of the area which made the experience come alive. He was extremely very good and very flexible. Lenny was outstanding person to spend 14 days with his knowledge of Ireland and Scotland. His knowledge of history we visited was incomparable and second to none. He was clearly passionate about the landmarks he showed us and goes above and beyond his duty as a tour guide / manager of our trip. Many thanks to our driver Brian , Nothing was too difficult or inconvenient for him. OUR TOUR WAS A JOY, EDUCATIONAL AND TREMENDOUS VALUE FOR WHAT WE PAID FOR. OUR THANKS TO TRAVEL 1, LENNY AND BRIAN.Rebecca H.
Gate 1's tour guide on the 16 Day Scotland and Ireland was a tribute to your superior offerings; David may be one of your Gate 1's most valuable assets, and he is most definitely one of your best tour guides. Yes, Gate 1's offerings were superior: the stops in both Scotland and Ireland were perfect; the bus was immaculate; and the hotels and their locations were excellent. But, it was David's extraordinary abilities and talents that made the trip truly exceptional. He possessed all the qualities that I have come to expect from Gate 1 tour guides: knowledgeable of the history of the countries and sites visited as well as knowledgeable about local offerings; organized; personable, interesting, and approachable. What sets David heads above the rest is his attention to detail (writing our names on both sides of the name tags so that the name could always be seen); arranging extras along the tour to accommodate requests; giving so freely of his time to ensure that travelers had a good time during independent time; solving problems that clearly were not in his domain, such as clearing dinner dishes and serving coffee and desert when the hotel staff could not due so because of a shortage of workers; etc. What was phenomenal was David's passion for his work: he did not rest until each and every traveler felt that David was his own tour guide and he made sure each traveler was made to feel special, genuinely liked, and cared for come what might. And as if all that was not enough, he was so entertaining and witty that he must surely hone these skills by endlessly practicing. David was "Simply the Best," and therefore Gate 1's Scotland and Ireland trip was as well. Kudos to David for a job well done, and Kudos to Gate 1.Charlene P.
A special thanks to our tour guide Martina and our driver Michael. Martina's experience, knowledge, attitude, and enthusiasm added so much to our trip. We never felt rushed or pressured. Martina was just outstanding in every way. Our driver Michael was superb; we always felt safe and he was always kind and helpful. We highly recommend this tour; and hope you have the team of Martina and Michael!Donald C.
John , the tour manager, far exceeded our expectations. I already gave him an outstanding rating on the Gate 1 questionnaire but wanted to make the effort to give him a special commendation. The driver, Tom, was also excellent. The hotels were over-the-top excellent. Even the local guides were excellent. My wife and I actively recommend Gate 1 to our friends. Most say they have never heard of Gate 1 but will look into it when they travel. We will book again with Gate 1 and even try to connect with the same tour manager.Donald B.
I want to thank Lennie, our tour director, for all his friendliness, kindness, knowledge, and overall helpfulness. He was about as good as it gets when it comes to tour guides. He was always there if we had a concern or a problem and was very accessible. He was very pleasant and knowledgeable about every aspect of our tour. Our bus driver Mike was excellent as well, and they worked very well as a team. To sum it up, my daughters and I thought the tour was spectacular, unparalleled, and "electric"!Diane W.
This was my first trip out of the United States and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was extremely impressed with my Gate 1Travel experience. Our guide, Martina could not have been better. He knowledge of Ireland, the cities, towns, history and customs was unbelievable. She made each member of the group feel as they were the most important person there. TJ, our driver was one of the most friendly and considerate people that I have ever met. His driving skills were incredible. He put that bus in places that I thought were impossible. I thought that my trip to Ireland was a once in a lifetime occurrence but because of the fascinating places and the beautiful landscapes, I am already looking forward to a return trip. I cannot express enough the professionalism demonstrated by the tour guides. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Martina and TJ surely made this a trip that will remain a treasured memory. They both should be recognized for the excellent, friendly and professional service they provided. Thank you.Joseph M.
My daughter and I had a wonderful time on our recent Gate1 adventure to Ireland. This was my third Gate 1 trip and her first, and everything worked liked clockwork from beginning to end; even the weather was fantastic. Our tour manager Matthew was the best. He was courteous, helpful and knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories of Ireland and life there. Our bus drivers Lee and Dan were skilled and careful and made sure we arrived everywhere safely. Its no easy feat driving a bus on those narrow roads but they did it well. The hotels on this trip were well located and we could walk from our hotels to the various town centres, pubs and attractions. We saw so much of beautiful Ireland on this tour including the major highlights and really enjoyed it. Thank you Gate 1 Travel.Nadine H.
What an incredible trip I had. Anne Marie our guide was excellent! She was friendly and efficient and attended to everyone's needs and we were a large group! Tony the bus driver was an incredible driver. Always got us around to places on time if not a little early and once down a narrow road he had to reverse the bus to get us out as we couldn't take the route. Everyone clapped when he completed the task without breaking a sweat. Also always friendly and courteous helping ladies down off the bus. I was impressed with all the hotels. The accommodations were better than expected and helpful. All close to the center of everything so we could walk to many sites to visit. I will certainly use Gate 1 again and I have already recommended the company to many of my friends!Christina C.
Thank you Gate one for organizing an amazing trip. The trip was exceptionally wonderful. I had a blast visiting amazing places and meeting fellow travelers. David took great care of us. He has so many great qualities that makes him a superb tour manager. He was knowledgeable, organized, and easy to communicate with. He shared many stories and songs. I was also in awe of Michael's driving skills. He maneuvered that huge bus in narrow places. I will always be a Gate one traveler, because I don't think any company can beat what this company delivers. I should also mention Jim, our guide in Belfast. He was so passionate about sharing the history of his country with us. It truly opened my eyes to the struggle the people of Ireland faces. It's the love of history that makes me appreciate traveling.Beni M.
The 9 day affordable Ireland Tour was not only my 1st Gate1 tour but my first trip outside the United States and I could not have been more pleased. My expectations with the quality of the hotels and meals provided as well as the tours planned were all well exceeded. I know that Gate1 didn't have any control over the weather but for off season in Ireland we had the most beautiful weather; very little rain and wind and the temps were not bad at all, and on the day that we went to the Cliffs of Moher it was blue skies and sunshine! The best part of the trip was probably the underlying support of our tour manager, Linda and coach driver Sean. They were both the cream of the crop when it comes to customer service. Linda not only did a fantastic job leading the tour and providing us with historical, fun and informative information but she also was caring of each person in the group and was the mother hen making sure all her chicks were doing well throughout. It wasn't obvious, but with my background I know that she worked hard to make sure that things were organized and smooth and dealt with issues so that we would not even know there might have been problems. Sean was amazing as well. It takes a special talent to navigate a huge bus on the narrow roads and tight corners and small town streets in Ireland and he did a superb job. He kept our coach clean, was friendly and always had a smile. Having these two as the foundation for the tour made the travel and memories just that much more special. I will definitely look to Gate1 first when considering my next vacation!Diane F.
Just returned from my first Gate 1 tour (12 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland) and am now committed to Gate 1! This tour was the best I have ever taken and I have traveled with numerous other companies before. The hotels were ALL centrally located and top notch. Our Tour Director was friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable about Ireland as a whole, not just certain cities. She, our coach driver and all hotel staff were very Covid conscious and we all felt very safe. Everything ran smoothly and I'm ready to go again. Great job, Gate 1!Peggy F.
I would like to commend Edwina for providing a wonderful tour experience in Ireland. Her professionalism, knowledge, and friendliness made my trip top notch. I've not travelled with Gate 1 before, and Edwina made the trip memorable, and comfortable, especially in this uncertain time of COVID. Thank you so very much!Margaret D
Our 16 day Scotland/Ireland tour was over the top wonderful. Our tour manager, Patrick, is the perfect guy for this job. He took total care of us from the minute we arrived at the hotel in Edinburgh until the morning we left Dublin for the airport. I cant say enough wonderful things about him. He shared so many stories that made the history of the beautiful cities come alive. He was an expert on the ancient history as well as current events in both countries. Since my ancestors come from both Scotland and Ireland, every single part of the tour was exceptionally relevant for me. He also shared music from both countries which made the long bus intervals fly by. He was knowledgeable about so many different aspects of the culture. the peoples and why this happened and why that happened. I only wish my former history teachers could have done as good a job as Patrick. Also our driver, Bryan, was also over the top wonderful. How he maneuvered that huge bus down those narrow lanes and around the mountain curves was amazing! and the hotels were also over the top wonderful. Overall our favorite tour so far and we plan to travel many more times with Gate 1 Travel.Saundra D.
My trip was wonderful. I really enjoyed the structure of the trip and what was included. I typically book my own itineraries so I appreciated the amount of free time. I did not want to drive in Ireland but wanted to cover a lot of ground so this trip was the best of both worlds. Patrick was a perfect guide. I enjoyed his stories and facts as we drove along. He was very accommodating for the group and really made sure everyone was enjoying themselves. I certainly learned a lot from him. Eddie was a fantastic driver. I don't know how he got that bus around the curves of the Ring of Kerry! Very impressive. He was also so sweet and goofy. My travel buddy and I agree that he made our trip! I can't say enough things about Patrick and Eddie.Francesca C. Woodbury, NJ