Drifter Sister
Small Group Tour of Ireland

 

 

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We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, and then heads to Botswana for game drives in the Okavango Delta.

 

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Croatia & Montenegro

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Week two is on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. Transported by deluxe motor coach, we begin our journey by climbing the scenic old mountain road to “Old Montenegro,” and each day a new adventure awaits.

 

 

Cuba

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Come with me… experience the quirky, sometimes unpredictable and chaotic, yet enterprising life of the Cuban people. Witness their spirit and ingenuity. Marvel at what they can do amidst the crumbling infrastructure. Travel the nearly deserted highways through the gorgeous countryside, with cowboys on horseback, and horse-drawn carts interspersed among the classic cars, trucks and buses.

 

This is a Catch the Wind tour you won’t want to miss, especially now, before Cuba changes, and before the onrushing crowds ruin it.

 

 

France

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This tour is a balance of relaxation and discovery. The region is rich in history (primarily Roman Colonization, and the Cathar movement, which provoked the Albigensian Crusade) and wine production.

Greece & Turkey
Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Can you imagine two weeks immersed in two of the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world? You can experience it all on our small group tour of Greece and Turkey.

 

Our tour of Greece will combine conventional cruising with private yachting aboard the 25-cabin Harmony V mega yacht. We will visit the famous islands of Mykonos and Santorini along with many of the smaller, beautiful islands.

 

An optional small group land tour of the Pelloponnese is available for touring classical sites like Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.

 

Our small group tour of Turkey includes the enchanting city of Istanbul, a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, and a visit to the Cappadocia region.

 

Istanbul is a unique city combining Eastern and Western cultures. It is set in an amazingly beautiful location that everyone should visit at least once.

 

Cappadocia is a stunning area of other-worldly rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings.

 

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Spain

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Rich in Spanish traditions influenced by the ancient Moors, sunshine, olive groves, white pueblo villages, tapas, Sangria... Spain's Andalucia contains all this and more, and we will have two weeks to enjoy it to the fullest!

 

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Tuscany

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Let's Go to Ireland!

June 2-16, 2018

 

N. Ireland Post-Trip Extension

will again be offered

 

Summary

 

Small group tour of IrelandUpon arrival in Dublin we will take the shuttle or taxis to our guesthouse, unpack and settle in. After freshening up, we’ll immediately embark on our small group tour of Ireland adventure via the DART, the commuter train along Dublin’s coast (station right around the corner from our guesthouse). The afternoon will be spent exploring one or more of the many charming sea towns before meeting in Howth for our welcome dinner, after which we will take the train home and fall into bed for a refreshing and much needed night’s rest. The next day will be spent exploring Dublin, using the furnished Hop-On-Hop-Off (HO-HO) bus pass. A visit to Trinity College’s Book of Kells display is included, after which we’ll enjoy our first taste of pub grub at Dublin’s famous O’Neill’s Pub. The afternoon is free to visit Dublin’s many attractions on your own.Best tours of Ireland

 

Bright and early the next morning our Irish Tourist Board (Failte) certified guide Tim will pick us up at our guesthouse in Dublin. During the next 10 days our little group (14 maximum), escorted in our luxurious and spacious little motor coach, will discover the myriad beautiful, charming and mysterious sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald Isle, making a wide circle, primarily around the coast. This is arguably the best tour of Ireland, as we include the ‘Must See’ locations, such as Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the ‘Quiet Man’ country of Connemara, interspersed with lesser known local gems, such as Cobh, Doolin, the Aran Island of Inish Mor, and New Grange, among many others. Tim knows them all, and together we have crafted an Ireland toursexperience unlike any other tour of Ireland, with a relaxed schedule of mostly two-night (and one three-night) stays. Take note that we will have 14 full sightseeing days, narrated by a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. And I (Drifter Sister) will be along to keep everything on track and running smoothly.

 

You will be treated to breakfast and dinner daily, including a glass of wine or beer (or other beverage) with dinner, and a few wine/cheese receptions before dinner. All of the activities mentioned in the Itinerary are Sheep Dog Demonstration, Ring of Kerry, Irelandincluded. Even gratuities to service people (and Tim) are included. Take a look at the detailed itinerary, and you will see what a special small group tour this is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Although every effort will be made to adhere to this itinerary, it is subject to tweaking as conditions dictate.

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Dublin

 

(Dinner in Howth)

Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tours welcome dinner in Howth, Ireland

 

  • Check in to the Glenogra Guesthouse and freshen up
  • Ride the train down the coast to Greystone (time allowing) and then north to visit the Abbey ruins in Howth
  • Enjoy a welcome seafood dinner in Howth

Day 2 - Fun in Dublin

 

(O'Neill's Pub)

O'Neill's Pub, Ireland

 

  • Full day in Dublin
  • Ride the hop-on-hop-off (HO-HO) bus around Dublin
  • Hop off for a visit to the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and then have lunch (included)
  • After lunch take the HO-HO bus on your own to your choice of Dublin attractions (Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Museum of Modern Art, etc.)
  • This evening we’ll meet in for an informal light dinner of wine and snacks

Day 3 - Kilkenny via Glendalough

 

(Our Guide, Tim)

Tim, Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tours "Let's go to Ireland" guide

 

  • This morning we get to meet Tim, our Failte-Certified guide, and board our luxurious motor coach to begin our adventure through Ireland
  • Enjoy the amazing Irish landscape on our way through Glendalough to Kilkenny
  • Lunch will be at an informal eatery along the way
  • After checking in to our hotel, this afternoon we'll tour the famous Kilkenny Castle, visit the craft center or walk along the river and castle grounds
  • Dinner this evening will be at Kytler's Pub, where we will have our first experience listening to traditional Irish music

 

Day 4 - Dungarvan - Rock of Cashel

 

 

  • Today we continue south through the lovely countryside
  • Visit the Rock of Cashel, where Tim will conduct an extensive tour
  • From here we will continue on to our lovely guesthouse in Dungarvan and enjoy the ambience and view of Dungarvan Harbour
  • In the evening we will meet in Seaview's charming sunroom for a light reception
  • Dinner is at a nearby pub

Day 5 - Killarney via Cobh and Kinsale

 

(Jameson Brewery)

Jameson Distillery, Ireland

 

 

 

 

  • After a fun stop at Jameson Distillery to enjoy a special Irish Coffee, we continue to Cobh (the port from which most emigrants departed for America and the last port visited by the Titanic)
  • Enjoy a self-guided visit to the Museum
  • Head West to Kinsale and enjoy a seafood lunch at Fishy, Fishy restaurant
  • Explore the sweet, little town of Kinsale
  • Continue to Killarney and check into the Killarney Hotel for three nights

 

(Cobh Harbour)

Cobh Harbour, Ireland

Day 6 - Killarney - Ring of Kerry

 

(Shepherd and dogs, )

Sheep Dog Demonstration, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

 

  • Today we venture out for a scenic journey around the Ring of Kerry
  • Along the way we stop to watch a fascinating sheep dog demonstration
  • Lunch will be on your own in the charming village of Sneem, with time for shopping
  • Back to Killarney in the afternoon to visit the local shops and galleries, and an early dinner at Lord Kenmores

 

(Client cuddles lamb)

Cobh Harbour, Ireland

Day 7 - Killarney - Gap of Dunloe or Golf

 

(Gap of Dunloe)

Dunloe Gap buggy ride whle on Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tour, Ireland

 

  • The treat for today is a journey through the Gap of Dunloe
  • First we are whisked away for a boat ride across the mystical lake
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Muckross House, after which we meet our trap (cart) drivers, who will lead us through the actual Gap of Dunloe
  • Finally, we enjoy a short walk-about and, perhaps, an ice cream
  • Return to Killarney for rest and relaxation or more exploration of the local shops before dinner

 

(Gap of Dunloe)

Cobh Harbour, Ireland

Day 8 - Doolin - Cliffs of Moher

 

(Cliffs along the Coast)

Cliff View along the Irish Coast while on Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tours Let's Go to Ireland tour

 

  • This morning we take a scenic drive through Kilkee and along a seaview cliff on our way to the Cliffs of Moher
  • At lunch we will stop to enjoy a picnic at a scenic spot along the cliffs (weather permitting)
  • The highlight of the day will be our visit to Ireland's natural wonder, the Cliffs of Moher
  • When ready, we'll travel the short distance to the tiny, peaceful town of Doolin
  • Check in to Cullinan's Guesthouse
  • After a gourmet dinner prepared by James Cullinan, our host and chef, we walk to one of the local pubs to enjoy traditional music

Day 9 - Doolin - Burren

 

(Traditional Irish pub music)

Traditional Irish music in Irish pub

 

  • The nearby "Mars Scape" Burren is ours to explore
  • In addition to the fascinating landscape, we will visit an ancient church, a perfumery and a bird sanctuary where we witness a Birds of Prey Demonstration
  • Later we will visit a local cheese shop before driving along the coast back to Doolin
  • Tonight we can dine at Fitzpatrick's or have a late dinner at another famous pub with wonderful traditional music

Day 10 - Inishmore, Aran Island

 

 

  • Today we venture, via ferry, to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands
  • The day is spent exploring the island and the famous Dun Aengus fortress ruins
  • It is said there are 10,000 miles of rock walls on the island
  • In the evening we can visit a local pub and, if lucky, catch some local Irish step-dancing
  • For accommodations we will slip back in time and spend the night at Kilmurvey Guesthouse

Day 11 - Clifden, Connemara - Quiet Man Country

 

 

  • After breakfast we board the ferry to Rossaveal
  • Tim will pick us up at the ferry dock and drive us the short distance for a morning visit in the historic district of Galway before continuing on to Connemara, "Quiet Man Country"
  • Our trek makes a stop at the Ashford Castle in Cong, where we can enjoy a short walk along the river
  • After lunch at the Hungry Monk or other nearby pub, we continue our travels along the Connemara Lakes to Round Stone Beach Village
  • The Village offers us a visit to the Drum Store before continuing to Clifden
  • We arrive in Clifden for our two-night stay at the Dun Ri Guesthouse

Day 12 - Clifden, Connemara - Kylemore Abbey

 

(Kylemore Abbey)

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

 

  • Today we visit Kylemore Abbey
  • At the abbey, we will also explore the gardens and the restored neo-gothic chapel
  • After a leisurely lunch at the Abbey's nice restaurant, we return to Clifden for an afternoon of relaxation, a walkabout or shop visits
  • Dinner will be at Derrymore's, a short walk from our Guesthouse

Day 13 - Trim (including Castle)

 

(Connemara Marble Jewelry Factory)

Visit to Connemara Marble Jewelry Factory, while on Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tours Let's go to Ireland tour

 

 

  • Our first stop is the Connemara Marble Jewelry Factory
  • We then continue to a distillery and a light lunch
  • Traveling to Trim, we check into our charming lodging, Highfield Guesthouse
  • In the afternoon we tour the Trim Castle
  • Tonight we have our farewell dinner with Tim

 

(Trim Castle)

Trim Castle, Ireland

Day 14 - New Grange

 

 

  • After breakfast we drive the short distance to our final and truly special sightseeing location - the ancient archeological site of New Grange
  • After lunch we head south to Dublin, completing our circle and intimate visit to Ireland
  • Checking in to a hotel near the airport, we have time to organize and prepare for our flight home tomorrow
  • In the evening we relax before enjoying dinner in the hotel's restaurant

Day 15 - Depart for home

 

 

  • It's time to say farewell to the magical Emerald Isle
  • The complimentary hotel shuttle takes us to the airport for our flight home

 

 

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Inclusions

 

Included

 

  • All lodging as stipulated in the Itinerary*
  • Entrance to All Activities as stipulated in the Itinerary*
  • 2 Meals daily, plus several wine/cheese receptions
  • 1 glass of wine (or other drink) with dinners
  • Transportation in Luxury Mini-Motor Coach
  • Tim - our extra-special Failte-Certified Guide
  • Guide Gratuities
  • Transfers to/from Airport
  • Catch The Wind luggage strap

 

Extras and Not Included

 

  • Airfare to/from Dublin
  • Optional Activities not on Itinerary
  • Porter and Housekeeping Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Between meal snacks, Irish Coffees, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages that are not included with receptions and dinners
  • Any personal expenses (i.e. telephone calls, laundry, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

 

*NOTE: Although every effort will be made to adhere to this itinerary, it is subject to tweaking as conditions dictate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Accommodations

 

Our accommodations will be mostly family-owned guesthouses, which are like B&Bs, but with a few more rooms, interspersed by two small hotels (in Killarney and Kilkenny), and one large hotel for our final night near the airport. Along with a certain quality standard, they have been chosen primarily for their locations in small towns, in order to enhance the experience of fully enjoying the local people and ambience of Irish life. Full Irish breakfasts are included each morning.

 

Glenogra Guesthouse (or Bewley's Ballsbridge)
Ballsbridge, Dublin

Pembroke Hotel -
Kilkenny

Seaview Guesthouse
Pulla, Dungarvan

The Fairview Hotel
College Street, Killarney

Cullinan’s Guesthouse (or equivalent)
Doolin

Kilmurvey Guesthouse (or Pier House)
Inish Mor

Dun Ri Guesthouse (or equivalent)
Hulk Street, Clifden

Highfield Guest House
Maudlins Road, Trim

Bewley’s Hotel (or equivalent), Airport
Dublin

 

 

Price

 

LET’S GO TO IRELAND

Minimum 6 - Maximum 12

 

$4,400* per person, double occupancy

$4,000* (10 or more)

 

Single Supplement $700
(an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

 

$500 Deposit due November 15, 2017, or upon sign up after this date

Final Payment due April 1, 2018.

 

 

NORTHERN IRELAND POST-TRIP EXTENSION

Minimum 6 - Maximum 12

 

$1,600 (6-10)

$1,300 (10-14)

 

If we have a minimum of 6, we can do an extension to Northern Ireland, including 4 nights lodging, with the following itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Dublin to the coastal town of NewCastle, under the Mourne Mountains, via Newry, Carlingford Lough, and the fishing villages of Kilkeel and Annalong.

This afternoon we will relax at the seaside town of NewCastle, or take a scenic drive through the Mourne Mountains, visiting St. Patirck’s Grave in DownPatrick, returning to NewCastle via the Medieval Sites at Ardglass.

Day 2: Today we will spend the morning in Belfast City, and have lunch here or travel up the coast to Ballygalley Castle Hotel, reputed to be haunted. After lunch, we will continue along the scenic coastal drive to Ballycastle and experience the famous Glens of Antrim, arriving in Portrush for a two night stay.

Day 3: Depart hotel to visit the famous sites along the North Antrim coast with possible views north to Scotland. These sites include the dramatically situated Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway World Heritage Site, Old Bushmills Distillery (established 1608), and Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge to test our nerve for heights. If energy levels and time allows, we will take the scenic drive via Binevenagh Forest and Limavady where the song Danny Boy was first heard, before returning to our hotel, and dinner at a local restaurant in Portrush.

Day 4: This morning we depart our hotel to visit the ancient walled city of Derry and then on to the Ulster American Folk Park to explore the close connections between Ireland and America, before traveling on to Dublin.

Day 5: Depart for home.

 

If we do not reach the 6 minimum, I suggest those wishing to visit N. Ireland choose one of the 2- or 3-day tours out of Dublin either before or after the Let's Go to Ireland tour.

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All prices are based on a currency rate of Euro 1.2 or less. If it goes above this rate, the price of the trip will go up.

 

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel 120 days prior to departure (for any reason), you will be receive 100% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. If a cancellation occurs between 119 and 75 days prior to departure, you will receive a 75% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. In the case of a cancellation after 75 days prior to departure, a 50% refund of monies paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister, will be allowed only if the trip is full and a replacement can be found for you. Otherwise there will be no refund.

 

 

How to Book

 

How To Book

 

  • This tour has a strict maximum of 12 participants. Secure your spot by sending $100 Good Faith check (made out to Drifter Sister) to:

 

Drifter Sister
P.O. Box 60042
Boulder City, NV    89006


OR

 

Pay through PayPal

For your convenience we offer this credit card payment option. No fee is added for the Good Faith Deposit. However, for the Trip Deposit and Final Payments, we must include PayPal's 3% fee. The Deposits can be made via the link below. The Final Payment will be via the PayPal Invoice system.

 

Select Payment Type

 

  • When the Good Faith deposit is received, sign-up paperwork will be sent to you via snail mail. Please let me know if you would prefer it to be sent via email.
  • Deposit for this trip is $500, and is due by November 15, 2017, or upon sign-up after this date.
  • Final payment will be due April 1, 2018. A separate invoice will be sent to you for this payment.
  • Payments can be made by PayPal (subject to 3% fee, see details above), or by check made out to Drifter Sister.

 

NOTE: Your Good Faith deposit is applied to the cost of the trip, and is fully refundable if you must cancel for any reason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

 


 

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

Q. Are there physical limitations for this trip?

A. The activity level for this tour is MODERATE. Active adults of all ages are welcome. You will need to be able to get in and out of busses, ferries and the motor coach, take care of your own luggage, and walk a lot. The ruins, castles and other attractions have stairs and uneven surfaces. The bedrooms in the guesthouses are often on the second, or even third floors, and often do not have elevators, and you will be carrying your own luggage to your rooms. I am sorry, but I cannot accommodate wheelchair-bound clients.

Q. Is there a limitation on luggage?

A. I strongly suggest you not bring multiple or large pieces of luggage.

Q. What is a reasonable size for luggage?

A. One medium-sized bag (26") and one small carry-on per person. As you pack, remember that nothing fancy is planned. If you are a couple, each should have his/her own medium-sized piece of luggage, instead of sharing one big one.

Q. What is the dress code for this trip?

A. We will not be doing anything fancy, so casual is fine. Jeans or equivalent and casual tops and shirts are fine. However one or two nicer casual outfit(s) is appropriate for evening and special meals.

Q. What will the weather be like?

A. I can almost guarantee we will have rain, as Ireland is green for a reason. It will also still be cool this time of year. You will need a jacket, and an umbrella or raincoat. The following is provided as a guideline.

Average temps in June - hi 63, low 49, Precipitation: 56cm (often one of the sunnier months in Ireland, with long days)

Q. Do we need airline tickets?

A. No. But remember to bring your flight e-ticket documentation to the airport with you, and keep it with you the entire trip. You will need it to do your initial check in, both coming and going. You should be able to log on to the airline web sites to print your boarding passes in advance if you like (within 24 hours of the flight). Don’t be alarmed, though, if it won’t let you; sometimes international flights must be done in person at the airport. You may also call the airline and give them your frequent flyer number to ensure you receive credit for your miles. Or be sure to have your frequent flyer number with you and do it at the airport upon arrival.

 

LODGING

 

Q. Do we all have our own bathroom?

A. Yes. The bathrooms are en suite at all locations.  

Q. Are the beds twins or doubles?

A. I reserve twin rooms for everyone (two twin beds). If you prefer a double, please let me know.

Q. Do we need to bring face cloths?

A. Yes. Face cloths are not provided. They are rarely provided in Europe. (Tip: consider cutting up an old towel into wash cloth sized squares. Bring a supply along, use one for a few days and then throw it out. Your luggage will get lighter each time, and you won’t have to worry about carting a damp wash cloth from place to place.)

Q. Are there hair dryers at the places will be staying?

A. Some may have them. Others will not. You will need to bring your own hair dryer.

Q. What about TP. I've heard the quality in Europe is not good.

A. Their TP is just like ours now

 

ELECTRONICS

 

Q. Is Wi-Fi available where we will be staying?

A. Yes, in all except possibly our one night on Inish Mor.

Q. Is there a computer available where we will be staying?

A. There are computers for guests’ use at some of the lodging, but we can’t count on it, and may have to pay for using it.     

Q. Are electrical outlets different in Ireland?

A. Yes. You will need to bring an adaptor for UK. This can be picked up at most luggage stores, and K-Mart or Wal Mart, or ordered on line through TravelSmith.com or Magellan.com. You can get some practical advice from the tip "Dealing with Electricity" on the Home page on this website, plus the website www.enjoy-europe.com. This is an excellent site. In addition to “Electricity in Europe,” check it out for articles on “Riding the Rails & Waves,” “What to Wear,” "Driving the Roads in Europe,” “Communicating as You Travel,” and more. Converters will not be necessary for your electronic gadgets, however if you are bringing an American hair dryer and/or curling iron you will need a converter.

Q. Are there TVs?

A. Many of our lodgings will have TVs in the rooms.

 

MONEY

 

Q. What type of currency do they use in Ireland?

A. The Euro. Northern Ireland uses the Pound.

Q. I heard that credit cards are not always accepted and that we should bring debit cards for the ATM machine.

A. I have never had (or known anyone who has had) a problem using their Visa card. I’ve noticed some merchants will not take American Express, though (Discover might be a problem, as well), but usually Visa and MasterCard are accepted everywhere. You will need some cash (euros) while there, and it is best to use your ATM cards to withdraw from the ATM machines. Remember to check that it is has a 4-digit pin number. Foreign ATMs won’t accept more than 4 digits.

Q. Should I get euros before I leave?

A. That’s up to you. If it’s convenient, through your bank, perhaps you might want to do so. But it’s not necessary, and I wouldn’t recommend it because there are usually fees involved.

Q. How can I get euros while there?

A. ATM’s are everywhere, so you should have a debit card that enables you to withdraw funds

-   Know your network

-   Cirrus (Master Card) and Plus (Visa) are the most common.

-   Make sure your checking account has enough funds in it to cover your anticipated withdrawals, just in case. The ATM’s don’t give you a choice of checking or savings, and they don’t transfer funds.

-  Check your daily withdrawal limit before you go so you will know how much you can take out in a day.

-   Check for fees imposed (so you won’t have any surprises). My credit union charges a 1% International transaction fee, banks may charge more. The ATM’s may charge as well.

-   European ATMs accept only 4-digit pin numbers (no letters).  If yours has more than that, be sure you get it changed before you go.

-   This is very important. Let your bank and credit card company know you are going. Otherwise, they may put a hold on your card and/or not allow your purchases.

Q. What can I expect to spend?

A. You will be expected to pay for most lunches at nice, but reasonably-priced locations -- mostly soups and sandwiches, at a cost of approximately 10-12 euro per person per day. Beverages other than those on the Itinerary, between meal snacks, and souvenirs should be the only other things for which you will need money.

Q. What is the tipping etiquette in Ireland?

A. Restaurants – 10% if not included in the bill

  Baggage Handling:  1 Euro per bag

  Taxis – Just round up the fare

 

COMMUNICATING WITH THE HOME FRONT

 

Q. Are there phones in the rooms?

A. Some of the rooms will have phones.

Q. How can we get in touch with friends/relatives at home?

A. -   You can use your mobile or SmartPhone. (You will need to talk to your carrier about coverage and charges while in Ireland)

    -   I have an iPad Mini, which can be used for emails, which you are welcome to use when I am not using it. It must have a wi-fi connection available for this.

    -   You may also use my Mini for Skype calls. Again, this is only available if a wi-fi connection is available.

    NOTE: Please be advised that if you have important business to conduct while on this tour, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for communications.

 

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Testimonials

2016

 

What can I say!! You are amazing - I have so enjoyed the trip & all the little extra touches that are so unique in a tour. Your patience & sensitivity to the group was heroic. You definnitely deserve a medal. I can see why you enjoy so many repeat customers. I love your energy & travel attitude. Thanks so much & all the best to you." - Carol R.

 

2012

 

"Ihla has put together a very memorable trip. Everything was well planned and organized and it was a great way to see Ireland. We are looking forward to taking another trip with Drifter Sister." - Joanne & Hugh A.

 

"This was a well-organnized, comfortable and very affordable trip that covered a good slice of Ireland from archeological & historical sites and attractions to delving a little into Irish folklore and seeing the present day lifestyles of people here." - Barbara G.

 

2010

 

“Ihla is such an accommodating, helpful group leader. She is so pleasant to be around. Loved our wonderful guide, comfortable transportation, excellent food, congenial fellow travelers, gorgeous scenery, and organized trip [leader]. Also loved Cobh and Killarney.” – Ann A.

 

“Would do it again with Ihla.” – Maggie V.

 

“The trip to Ireland went beyond my expectations and I had a wonderful time that will never be forgotten! Tim was fantastic! Very informative. Loved seeing the animals, sheep herder and bird sanctuary, and of course the lambs. Loved the dinners… .” – Connie F.