9 Day Classic Ireland
Air & Land
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|2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $450|
|Hotel||Dates||Embark||Tour Starts||Ship||Land Only||Air & Land|
|Only 1 seat left!||$1949||$2789*|
|Only 1 seat left!||$1949||$3099*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
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?
Escorted 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
- 7 nights accommodations
- 2 nights Dublin
- 2 nights Galway
- 2 nights Killarney
- 1 night Waterford
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Visit Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells
- Tour Kylemore Abbey, in the heart of the Connemara National Park
- View the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock
- Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, offering a unique insight into Irish life
- View the Ring of Kerry, the mythical & unspoiled region in Ireland
- Visit the 15th century Blarney Castle with a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone
- Enjoy a tour of the world-famous Waterford Crystal Factory
- Farewell Dinner with traditional Irish Entertainment
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This fast-paced trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend two to three hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Some hotels in Dublin or Dublin Area, Galway, Killarney, Waterford and Kilkenny are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This first class hotel offers a peaceful location in Georgian Dublin overlooking the Grand Canal.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds in Galway, just a mile from the city center and Galway Bay.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located close to the centre of Killarney.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is situated on The Quay in Waterford City, which is known for its exquisite crystal.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Gaelic Roots is an innovative and exciting Irish show which brings together all that is great about the culture and traditions of Ireland. The show has been designed to capture and highlight the rich heritage that Ireland has in abundance. During a two-hour spectacular production, the audience will experience a journey from the colorful and historic roots of traditional Ireland to the modern next generation of Irish music, song and dance in this incredibly moving and at the same time, foot-tapping show.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours
|Day #5||08 Apr 2023 - 08 Oct 2023||$35.00|
Enjoy a ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage). Here you will see the lake of Killarney in a traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the nearby Muckross Estate to view the peaceful green countryside. Sweeten your experience, with a local homemade chocolate treat.
Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2023 - 06 Oct 2023||$25.00|
|08 Oct 2023 - 24 Dec 2023||$25.00|
|Know Before You Go|
|Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.|
|Getting Ready to Go|
|Passports and Visas|
|It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.
|Traveling with Friends or Family?|
|If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display. |
|A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks. |
|Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html. |
|Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/. |
Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.
This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.
|Cell Phones & Calling Cards|
|You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason. |
|Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another|
|When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally). |
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555
|WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships. |
|Staying Healthy While Traveling|
|All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations. |
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
|Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at:
|Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)|
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways: |
|Climate & Clothing|
|Ireland - Spring and Fall: 40°F-60°F; Summer: 50°F-70°F; Winter: 35°F-45°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). |
Ireland Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe/#britain-weather
|Weather and Safety at the Cliffs of Moher - Please note that weather at the Cliffs of Moher can be very unpredictable and travelers should be prepared for a variety of conditions. These include extreme wind, heavy fog and rain. We highly recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothing for your visit. |
In addition, designated signs and official paths near the cliff edges and overhangs should be followed at all times. Children should be under constant supervision.
|Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones. |
|Book & Film Recommendations|
|Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations. |
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
Letters to My Daughters by Emma Hannigan
The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Irishman (2019)
Sing Street (2016)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Michael Collins (1996)
The Quiet Man (1952)
|Preparing for Your Trip|
| As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. |
|Luggage & Packing|
|Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost. |
|Day of Departure|
|What to do if You Need Assistance|
Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.
|Arrival & Departure|
|Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative. |
|What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed|
|Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services. |
|If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally. |
|Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date. |
The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.
|About Your Escorted Tour Participants in Ireland|
| Please note that the number of participants may vary during your tour as we accommodate travelers at different points of the trip. After your arrival, you will be invited to join a welcome orientation with your Tour Manager and will meet your tour companions.
|About Your Accommodations|
|Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center. |
|Hotel Check-in/ Check-out|
|Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later. |
|At Your Destination|
|Eco & Sustainable Tourism|
|We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs. |
|Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience. |
|Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours|
Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $7 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included
|Ireland - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. |
|About Your Sightseeing|
|To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list. |
|Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)|
|Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents. |
|Purchasing Tours Locally|
| On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional |
|Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses |
|Ireland - The Euro is the currency of the Republic of Ireland. The Euro should be used to purchase all goods and services. Irish bank opening hours are typically Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm depending on the bank. Most Irish banks do not offer currency exchange services. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to acquire a small amount of Euros prior to arriving. ATM machines found in larger cities are a better option.
|Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities. |
We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.
While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!
About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.
U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.
|Ireland - Among the most popular items to shop for in Ireland are Waterford crystal, wool knitwear, silver and gold jewelry, and Belleek china. |
|Your Safety is Very Important|
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit. |
It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:
If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.
|Tourist Street Scams|
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed: |
|Local Emergency Phone Numbers|
|Ireland - English is the local language. |
|Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances. |
|Ireland - The voltage used is 220 volts. |
|Code of Conduct|
|Ireland - Shaking hands is the standard greeting and casual dress is appropriate. The Irish people are generally very warm and welcoming. Close community is an important part of Irish social life, often centered around pubs, which are not as age-segregated as bars in the United States tend to be. The Catholic Church is highly respected, and jokes at the expense of the Church are considered to be in poor taste. |
|Food and Meals|
|As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Gate 1 cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. Terminology for dietary requests can vary from country to country and options may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you make your wishes known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant. |
|On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants. |
|Holidays - Ireland|
Jan 1: New Year's Day
Mar 17: St Patrick's Day
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Easter Monday
May 2: May Day
Jun 6: June Bank Holiday
Aug 1: August Bank Holiday
Oct 31: October Bank Holiday
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: St Stephens Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve
Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 6: St. Brigid's Day
Mar 17: St Patrick's Day
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: May Day
Jun 5: June Bank Holiday
Aug 7: August Bank Holiday
Oct 30: October Bank Holiday
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: St Stephens Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve
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