My husband and I will be traveling to Ireland for 15/16 days in September 2024. We plan to spend 2 nights in Dublin and taking the train or bus and 2 nights in Galway. We are looking for a private tour company for the rest of our trip. We spent a week in Scotland last year and rented a car. Typically I do our travel itineraries and love it. However, I'm the driver and as a US driver I found the driving in Scotland to really detract from my experience because it took so much concentration.
I looked at Rabbies small group tours and am considering them - I don't love the group/van and predetermined routes or the fact that they typically only do 1 night in a place then move on. We prefer to spend at least 2 or 3 nights in a place and do day trips from there. I am going to inquire about the cost of a private driver through them and have also reached out to Little Gem. I would love to hear feedback from people who have experience with these companies or if you have other recommendations. I would also love thoughts on itinerary. Thank you
My thoughts are as follows but am happy to adjust based on further reading and my interactions with the tour company.
Arrive Dublin - 2 nights
Train to Galway 2 nights
Start private tour -
2 nights County Galway/Mayo/Connemara
2 nights Doolin with possible day trip to Aran Islands and Cliffs by water
2 nights Dingle
2 or 3 nights Kenmare with daytrips to Beara, Skellig, Killarney
1 night in Kinsale - maybe just stop on way to next but considering overnight with daytrip to Cobh
1 night in Cashel - touring Cashel Rock, Hore Abby, possibly gardens at Blarney
Return to Dublin through Glendalough and Wicklow Mts
Airport overnight and fly home