Thank you Jane for arranging a very nice trip...
Ireland | May 12 - May 18, 2024

Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Thank you Jane for arranging a very nice trip! We had a great time on the Emerald Isle.
Here's some thoughts/feedback:
- Transportation to and from the airport was on time both ways. The drivers were friendly and easy to find.
- The Maldron Hotel Shandon was in a great location. The breakfasts were good and beds comfortable.
- We did have a bit of a glitch getting to the train station on Tuesday morning. I had arranged a taxi from the hotel the night before, but they didn't show up in time due to rain. The hotel's general manager drove my dad and sisters to the train station - my daughter and I had a mad 1 mile dash through the rain to make the train in time. We really appreciated the general manager stepping in to help! The mad dash made for a good story once we dried out.
- The Cork City History Tour City Ramble was pretty good. Don't know that I'd recommend it again, although it did give us the lay of the land.
- We did have a night at Sin e listening to Irish music. This was a real highlight!
- We did go to St Anne's church and ring the bells. Another highlight.
- The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin was a very nice place to stay, too. Comfortable and busy. Good breakfasts. It would have been a different experience to stay in a smaller place, but this worked well for us. The location was good!
- The Hidden Homes of Dublin was good! Ruth was very accommodating of my dad, making sure to stop in places where he could sit. We had a very nice cup of tea with her in a fancy tea shop! She gave us the lay of the land.
- The Literary Pub tour was a real highlight, too. Perfect! The actors were very entertaining - loved it!
- The EPIC Interactive Museum was a real highlight, too. We spent a lot of time in here. Every visitor to Dublin should stop here. We all learned a lot! Great museum.
- The Famine Ship was also another real highlight. Would recommend this one to everyone too. The guide provided us with a lot of history - and walking on the ship - below deck - really gave us a sense of what the journey across the Atlantic.
- Another highlight - the Irish Dancing & House Party. Real highlight, too! Wonderful to see the unusual instruments.
- Trinity Trails and Book of Kells Guided tour - this was a bit underwhelming. The guide was just ok. She walked us around Trinity's beautiful campus. Once we got into to see the Book of Kells, we were on our own. We were expecting a guided tour through the exhibits.
- For the Dublin Castle, we did pay for the guided tour instead of the self guided tour. I'd highly recommend the guided tour - EXCELLENT! - We saw the original Viking fortress walls and the Chapel Royal, which wasn't on the self-guided tour. We ended up spending a couple hours there.
- Didn't make it to St Patrick's Cathedral! A reason to return someday.
- Highly recommend Theresa, who took us on the Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour. Jameson was small and intimate. Guinness was like Disneyland. On the walk from Jameson to Guinness, Theresa provided all kinds of Irish history, a stop in John's Lane Church, and the oldest pub in Ireland ;). I loved the walk!

All in all, we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Jane, for setting all this up. I will definitively use kimkim again!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

Busy hotel in a great location. Good breakfast and comfortable beds.

Authenticity & Character
Busy city hotel.
Central location. Within walking distance to Trinity College and Temple Bar.
Very helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable beds, nice bathroom
Maldron Hotel Shandon
Co. Cork
Authenticity & Character
Central location. Within walking distance to English Market.
General manager drove us to train station when taxi didn't show up! Thank you!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Jane Davey
Jane Davey
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Replied on May 20, 2024

Hi Christine

Wow, what a wonderful adventure with lots of lovely memories for you to share as a family.

Thank you for your feedback and hints and tips for some great tours. I do love he EPIC museum myself too. It was an absolute delight to work with you all. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your feedback and will share this super helpful information with the team.

All in all you have had a real flavor of the Emerald Isle and it would be wonderful to assist you in the future.

Thank you for choosing KimKim!

All the best from Jane, Celina & The Team