- Our saving
- US $ 1,265
- +4 Destinations
- Southern Ireland
- UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant's Causeway
- Kiss the magical Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
- Visit the Titanic's last port at Kilkenny
- The wealth of murals and Victorian Architecture in Belfast
- Rather Poor
- DRDianaWritten on August 2, 20172.0 - Rather poorSo, let me start off by saying Ireland was beautiful and amazing and all that jazz. That being said, the amazement of my trip had nothing to do with Contiki. In fact, I strongly believe that Contiki in a way hindered the amazement of the trip. I don’t regret going on this trip however, I do wish there were things I knew before going in. First and foremost, my biggest issue with this trip was the “Me Time” Activities. These activities were EXTRMELY misleading. The trip I went on was organized in a way in which if you didn’t pay the extra money (which totaled around 200 Euros, after already paying over a grand for the trip) you were left with nothing to do. You couldn’t tour the city because you had no idea where you were or really where the pickup spot was. This is because the pickup spot was always some abstract place that didn’t have an address attached to it so there was no way to GPS around. All in all, the entire trip was planned around these “Me Time” activities and if you didn’t have the money to shell out you were out of luck and had nothing to do. And any activities Contiki “paid” for were already free to begin with. This leads me to my other point, so with the laws of deduction one can make the assumption that the 1,000+ dollars we paid for the trip was used towards housing us, transporting us and feeding us. This is because we shelled out any extra money for activities. There is no way in Hell Contiki used all that money for housing us, transporting us and feeding us. The hotels were complete garbage and they were always a 10-minute taxi ride away from the city we were “staying in”. And the times they did feed us, which was NOT every meal- the food was terrible. I can only think of 2 meals the entire trip that were actually good. I understand that our tour guide and coach driver need to be paid and Contiki needs to make money but overall, I just felt like I saved for a year and paid all this money and I was staying in not so great hotels and eating food that made me feel sick. If I didn’t have to shell out the money for the “Me Time” activities, the crappy hotels thing won’t have bothered me. But, having to pay all this extra money and not staying somewhere a least a little somewhat nice, was extremely annoying. Another really big issue I had with the trip was my tour guide. My coach driver was BEYOND amazing and was a really nice, wholesome, salt of earth kind of guy. My tour guide was a really nice too and seem to be a genuine guy but there were some things he did that really kind of ruin the trip for me. First off, the trip I went on was only a small part of a larger trip. I went on a tour of Ireland and the entire trip was a tour of Britain, Scotland and Ireland. So, when I joined the trip most of the group had already been touring together for 15+ days. This was already kind of awkward. Walking into a group of a round 40 people who all have inside jokes, stories and general relationship with each other was bound to be difficult, I understand that. However, the tour guide did absolutely nothing to help integrate the group. He would spend most of the day hanging out with the rest of the group and at night would be out at bars getting completely wasted with them. He would occasionally ask my friend and I our names and where we were from because he couldn’t be bothered to remember either of those details and the conversation wouldn’t really go past that. The only real conversation I had with this tour guide was when he was piss drunk and he didn’t even remember it the next day. I don’t consider myself to be a very paranoid person, but there is a level of unsafety and danger that comes with your tour guide in a foreign country being COMPLETELY wasted and incapacitated every night. It made me uncomfortable that if something went wrong there was no one I could really go to. Another point I would like to note is that our tour guide made it very clear that drugs would not be tolerated on the trip and the use of drugs by people in the group was very clear and obvious. All in all, the trip needs some improvement and more restrictions on their tour guides. I wouldn’t suggest this trip to someone who wants to spend a lot of time in tourist activities and doesn’t enjoy partying until all hours of the night.Show detailed ratings
- ErinWritten on September 2, 20164.0 - GoodIt was the most amazing experience!Show detailed ratings
- Michael-JohnWritten on June 23, 20164.0 - GoodTarryn was super well-organized, energetic and knowledgeable on our tour of Ireland in October 2015. I'd love to travel with her again! She's super!Show detailed ratings
- MCMarkWritten on June 18, 20164.5 - ExcellentYou where the tour guide for Christine and I in Ireland back in sept 2014. Hardly a day goes by when I don't remember that time. It was one of the best times or our lives. Your energy, enthusiasm and way you made us more a family for that week will not be forgotten. Thank you for being apart of one the best moments of our lives. We both love you Megs.Show detailed ratings
- SCSaraWritten on June 17, 20165.0 - ExcellentThis trip was amazing and it was mainly because of Megs! She is an absolutely wonderful tour guide and person. She has everything planned out meticulously and researches unknown facts and legends which make the area you're visiting so much better. I don't know any other tour guide who strongly commits to the safety, fun, and all around good time of their tourists. If Megs could be my tour guide for every trip, let me know where I can sign up!Show detailed ratings
- JMJamesWritten on May 23, 20165.0 - ExcellentMegs was fantastic! You can really tell that she loves showing people new places! She is caring and detail orientated, making sure that her clients get the most out of their experience. I had an amazing time, as did my fellow travelers, on our tour of Ireland. I would unreservedly recommend her to anyone interested in taking a Contiki tour. I would definitely go on another tour with Megs!Show detailed ratings
- MMareeWritten on May 20, 20165.0 - ExcellentMeg was great! If it wasn't for the Aussie accent you'd think she was a local lephrechaun with all the great knowledge she shared and places reccommended for our free time. Will never forget pottering at the Cliffs of Moher!Show detailed ratings
- JJessicaWritten on May 20, 20164.5 - ExcellentI've done multiple tours with multiple companies and Megs is up there with the best of them! So bubbly that you can't possibly have a bad day, she will make sure you have a great time and learn a bit, too!Show detailed ratings
- SSarahWritten on May 15, 20164.5 - ExcellentFantastic! Ebony was so personable and we hit so many great sights. I would definitely do a contiki tour with her againShow detailed ratings
- KKathrynWritten on May 11, 20164.0 - GoodA fantastic trip, in a lovely country. Gteat tour manager and great value for moneyShow detailed ratings
ItineraryDownload PDF Brochure
- Day 1: Arrive Dublin
- Day 2: Dublin to Cork via Kilkenny
- Day 3: Cork to Galway via Blarney and Cliffs of Moher
- Day 4: Galway
- Day 5: Galway to Londonderry
- Day 6: Londonderry to Belfast via Giant's Causeway
- Day 7: Belfast to Dublin
- Day 8: Depart Dublin
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MealsRated Good by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
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Is the age limit of 18- 35 really strict on this tour?
Yes, the age limit is strict in this tour.
Please can you advise if contiki offer arrival transfers in Dublin? What is the name of the starting hotel?
Thank you for your question. Contiki do not offer arrival transfers in Dublin. However making your way from Dublin airport to the centre of Dublin is very simple.
You can either get a taxi for around 25 Euros or you could catch the airport bus which is around 6 Euros one way. These buses depart frequently from the airport and terminate near the centre of Dublin.
The name of the starting hotel is usually confirmed around a month before the departure of the trip. This is a centrally located hotel and is easy to get to from the airport bus.
For more information regarding the airport bus please have a look at the link below.
How many people are usually on a tour?
There will be a maximum of 52 people on this trip.
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- Start and end in Dublin.
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- Dublin (Ireland)
- 196 km
- Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
- 223 km
- Galway (Ireland)
- 158 km
- Cork (Ireland)
- 119 km
- Kilkenny (Ireland)
- 102 km
- Dublin (Ireland)
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