We have arranged wonderfullly successful and unique tours to Ireland over the last number of years. The response we have got from our guests has always been very positive.
Noted Clients who have enjoyed our private guided service in the past include Actress Priscilla Presley ,Oscar Composer Bill Conti, Renowned Chef Bobby Flay,Business Leader Jim Barksdale, Designer Christian Louboutin, Actor & Comedian Bill Murray, Fiction Writer Guy Gavriel Kay and many many more...
We Simple Didn’t Want It To End
Our 25th wedding anniversary brought us to Ireland for the first time in late October. Dublin on our own for the first few days, and then into the care of the punctual Mr. Dermot Kelly and the lovely black Mercedes MPV, complete with chilled bottled water, large clean windows, and comfy leather seats.
Visiting cemeteries without boring my patient husband, who much prefers the living, was my goal. Ancestral towns (Mountbellew, Moylough, Galway City, Annaghdown, Sligo, Donegal, Belfast) had no activities scheduled, but Dermot conjured up memorable adventures for the drive! He chatted with locals, discovering a pub that once carried our family name, complete with old photos! Borrowing my camera, Dermot snapped away while we shared a chat and a Guinness with the bartender and patrons.
Without the nearby heritage center’s address (my oops), he doggedly kept an eye out with good humor and found it! In the craziest of coincidences, the center’s director, his coworker and the local school principal all turned out to be my distant cousins! He tracked down and plodded through rural cemeteries, finding more family names than me!
But Dermot never forgot my husband, making great suggestions on what to visit and where to eat, as well as engaging him with his droll wit and substantial knowledge on local history, politics, sports, business, and his own family stories. He suggested a stop in Cong, County Mayo, filming site of The Quiet Man. With a gorgeous rushing river and idyllic bookstore, it was not tourist-riddled nor Disney-fied as I had feared. It was Dermot’s idea for us to tour Bushmill’s Distillery in County Antrim, where we secured a special commemorative whiskey for an upcoming wedding gift, as well as our own anniversary!
All the while, he hugged the coastline, showing off the Wild Atlantic Way to Giant’s Causeway, another tourist site I was sure I didn’t need, but it was AMAZING and my husband absolutely loved it, especially the walking trails.
We finished up in Belfast, where Dermot arranged a political history tour with a local guide specializing in gently and evenhandedly educating outsiders about The Troubles. This should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Ireland.
Each stop, Dermot armed us with tips and suggestions, and then graciously left us to explore and shop. But he was always nearby, ready and waiting to ferry us on. I cannot express how much he made our special trip truly fun and memorable. Every gift and treasure I purchased was due to his guidance and spot-on recommendations. We simple didn’t want it to end.
January 2017 - Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
The Most Wonderful Travel Experience of our Entire Lives
First and foremost………Two words sum up the most wonderful travel experience OF OUR ENTIRE LIVES: Michael Prendergast. I\’m not sure if you at Ireland Chauffeurs know how wonderful this man truly is and what an asset he is to your company. Mike defines the words: respectful, hard working, loving and genuine. At the end of our trip, it felt like Mike was a part of our family, from the beginning of our trip. Our gratitude goes well beyond Mike\’s knowledge of the area and information he readily gives regarding all aspects of the local Irish history, people and countryside. He made us feel like locals, like real Irish, by taking us to places like my grandfather would have gone to. We(the ten of us) were taken to some off the beaten path spots that most tourists don\’t get to go to and at the same time we were able to customize our trip to fit in family visits as well. Your employment of Mr. Michael Prendergast is the best move you could have EVER made to enhance the value of the services you provide. I would recommend Mike Predergast to anyone going to Ireland looking for a personal driver and as long as he is with your company I would recommend you as well. Secondly, your choices of accommodations, the vehicle provided and the personalized service were outstanding. Eibhlis Maher was a delight to deal with and all the admin stuff went very well. Thank you for making our trip memorable in every way!!
November 2016 - Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
Making our stay in Ireland so enjoyable
I wanted to thank you for your part in making our stay in Ireland so enjoyable by providing such wonderful service through Ireland Chauffeur Travel. Duane and I loved the personal touch of getting to know our drivers and getting to go to so many interesting places. We fell in love with Ireland’s beauty and with all of the people. They were so helpful and friendly.
Thank you for choosing both John and Paul to be our drivers for the early trips. They were both so knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful and are certainly assets to your business.
October 2016 - James Bolton Tour Type: experential-tour-of-ireland
A truly memorable visit to Ireland
I just want to thank Ireland Chauffeur and especially you and our driver/guide, Martin Wilde, for a truly memorable visit to Ireland. I can’t emphasize enough how much we appreciated your attention to our needs throughout our very long planning process and how much we enjoyed traveling around your beautiful country with Martin. Martin absolutely made the trip for us. He was a consummate professional who often anticipated our needs and wants before we even did ourselves. He obviously loves what he does and it shows. He made Irish history come alive in a way that truly made us appreciate our own heritage and the beauty of Ireland. We are so glad that he made suggestions along the way for sights we wouldn’t otherwise have seen and that we were able to adapt our itinerary as we wanted. Believe me it was a trip we will all remember fondly forever.
October 2016 - Maureen Kenney Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
I wanted thank you and your team for the entire process from the beginning until we left Ireland. Your patient’s and quick response to all of our pre-vacation questions was great. The final itinerary plan was very nice as where the beautiful hotels you had arranged. All top class.
As for Martin, He is a special guy ! we could not find anyone that did not know Martin.
His knowledge and guidance throughout the entire week was exactly what we were looking for. The castles, churches, pubs and restaurants were all great. I can say with confidence he made our trip an experience we will never forget.
Thanks again until we return,
September 2016 - Craig Zutz - Wisconsin, USA Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
I did not want to let too much time go by before I thanked you and your wonderful company for the fabulous time my daughter and I had in Ireland. We were thrilled with Maeve, our driver/guide. She was so knowledgeable about Irish history and so flexible to our needs that we couldn’t be more pleased. Maeve showed us not only important attractions, but also many marvelous out of the way places that the average tourist does not see. Ireland is a gorgeous country and we found everyone we met to be kind and go out of their way to be hospitable. Many many thanks for everything you planned.
September 2016 - Nancy Levitch - Texas, USA Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
We have just returned back to the US after our trip to Ireland. I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and what a superb job ICT did. Starting with your quick response to my request for a proposal, everything went perfectly for us. Our itinerary worked out perfectly. We got to see a great mix of historical sites, beautiful countryside, amazing natural landmarks, large cities and small towns. The hotels you booked for us could not have been better. We were simply blown away by the beauty and cleanliness of the facilities as well as the incredible, high level of service. The Merrion in Dublin, Killarney Park in Killarney and Hayfield Manor in Cork were true standouts, perhaps the best hotels we’ve ever visited.
And then there is out dear driver/guide Kevin Murphy. What a pleasure it was to spend our trip with him. He was always prompt, always informative and always cheerful. As you know, Kevin is very knowledgeable about all parts of Ireland and its history, and the stories of his own life are fascinating by themselves. Having a driver/guide made our trip so easy. Kevin was always prepared with a suggestion for sites or dining spots, but also amenable to changing any piece of our itinerary to suit our needs. If you wanted to create a perfect driver/guide from scratch, it’s hard to believe you could do better than Kevin Murphy.
I will surely recommend ICT to any of my family and friends whose travels take them to your wonderful country.
August 2016 - Robert Clement Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
Look Forward to Future Trips
Thanks for your help in arranging a wonderful trip. Everything went exactly as planned and the accommodations were fantastic.
A special call out for our driver, Eric Lye. Eric was absolutely fantastic! His knowledge of history was amazing, and we visited many sites that were off of the beaten path (as requested). We loved his stories and his jokes. He was very professional, yet personable.
We look forward to future trips to Ireland and will highly recommend your company to others.
Mike & Shannon Rose
July 2016 - Mike & Shannon Rose Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
Knowledgeable and Respectful Drivers Guides
Utilizing the travel services of Ireland Chauffeur Travel for our first-time visit to Ireland (south half of the island) was money well spent. The professional drivers were interesting, knowledgeable, and respectful of our needs and desires as tourists and guests in their homeland. The recommended hotels were cozy, clean, and very friendly. Our breakfast buffets each morning were fresh and healthy. We shared our travel experience with three different drivers that were professional, intelligent, yet entertaining. When we changes drivers, each time I felt like we were losing someone from our family. We hope to re-visit Ireland and see the northern half. Hopefully, Ireland Chauffeur Travel will be available for our next adventure.
July 2016 - Rachel, Thomas, & Emma Wolf Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland
No other way to see Ireland!! From the first contact to the end of our tour everything was perfect. The level of professionalism and attention to detail exceeded our expectations at every level. Our driver guide, John Frawley was a pleasure. He knows Ireland and was able to seamlessly adjust to our requests. He was a true gentleman!! He surprised us each day with inventive ideas to enhance our experience. My wife was so spoiled. Thank you John. Ireland Chauffeur Travel is a class act with absolutely no disappointments!!!
July 2016 - Dr. Richard Taylor Tour Type: chauffeur-driven-tour-of-ireland