Ireland » Review by BaileyC
This was my first Contiki tour. At first, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew, is that I wanted to see Ireland, and I was willing to go with the flow of the itinerary. From the moment I walked into the hotel lobby, I knew this trip was going to be one for the books. Our bus driver was awesome, very professional and a superior driver. I still don't know how he managed to drive that giant bus through the narrow cobblestone streets. The tour manager was very knowledgable as well. He was fantastic at navigating the group the entire week, always wiling to give advice or tips on the best places to see in each city.
This tour was surprisingly fast paced, but I was in love with every activity so it did not feel too much. We went bike riding, hiked cliffs, walked around downtown... We were always on the go, sometimes hitting 2 cities in one day! My favorite highlights were bike riding Kilkenny, pub hopping in Temple Bar, the Jameson Distillery, kissing the Blarney Stone, nightlife in Galway, biking the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher (although it was so foggy we couldn't see them haha!), and the Giant's Causeway. There were so many activities in between that were fantastic, and experiencing them with my new friends made them that much more fun!! With this tour, you have the option of hanging with the group, or truly riding solo. Before I arrived in Ireland, I had every intention of exploring on my own, "sitting on a cliff alone to read a book" kind of dream. I ended up meeting the greatest of people on this tour, and I loved spending each day with them. But, if you wanted to spend the day in Dublin by yourself instead of going to the Guinness Factory with the group, you could! I love that Contiki gives this option. I had the most amazing experience in Ireland. I would book this tour again in a heartbeat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! 5 stars indeed.
Review written Sep 2016event 0.3