Small Group Ireland Tours

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IRELAND, ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND  & Gt. BRITAIN SMALL GROUP TOURS [17 MAX.]. BIG BUS! LEISURELY HISTORY, LITERARY, MOVIE/TV LOCS. TOURS.  MORE EXPERIENCE THAN TOUR!  NEW FOR 2017 ‘LOCAL & COMMUNITY’ TOURS.

[gptrips.com Based Loveland, Colorado, USA & Penzance, Cornwall, England.]

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A snowy, day’s end during our 2013 pre-Christmas Tour finishes in Branwell Brontë’s Black Bull Inn in charming Haworth, Yorkshire for INCLUDED dinner & drinks.

Pamela [Coloradoan] & Gregg [Londoner] welcome you to our select, 4-6 singular touring experiences per year designed for overseas English speaking visitors.

We love literature & history + Irish & British TV/Movie locations so that is what we do. We specialise in ‘off the radar’ historical visits & much more time to enjoy PRIVATE &/OR EXCLUSIVE in-house guided tours.

Our touring experiences are leisurely, with 17 Guests max. but using spacious 22-37 seat touring coaches. We do not use small 17-19 seat minibuses which are the usual small group touring vehicles.

With over 450 tours guided around Ireland & Gt. Britain since 1983, we know a bit about it! So, come & have some fun & learn loads with Pamela & Gregg.

⇓ SUMS US UP! PERSONAL TOUCH!

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Due to major flight delays, ‘B&C’ from Denver missed the first day of the tour which included Oxford. By sheer luck they were spending 3 days extra near London at the end of the tour for family reasons. So were we! We were able to meet them, take them by train to Oxford, 1st class round trip & do our full walking tour etc.. We were able to INCLUDE the whole day as part of the original tour price! + it was the sunniest September day in Oxford for 98 years! 1 min. ‘YT’ clip here.

5 MAIN ‘EUROPEAN GUIDED COACH TOUR’ GRUMBLES.

Check any site like tripadvisor.com or epinions.com that includes independent travel reviews & you will find the following 5 tourist grumbles crop up time & again for European, including Ireland & Gt. Britain, guided tours coach tours :

#1 GRUMBLE : ON TOUR EXTRA SIDE-TRIP SELLING.

Common gripes; “Too many; almost one a day.” “Full of tourists!” “Way overpriced.” “Very poor value.” “Constantly forking out more money.”

SOLVED IT! : It’s simple. We do NOT sell extra side-trips. If something is worth doing/seeing we INCLUDE it in the tour price. Errr, not rocket science is it?

#2 GRUMBLE : NOT ENOUGH TIME AT VISITS.

“Spent hours on the bus then rushed around at the next visit then herded back on the bus so we could fit in, another extra side-trip!”

SOLVED IT! : We don’t rush for side-trips + we often use express trains in 1st class for long sectors, giving much more time at visits.

#3 GRUMBLE : OK HOTELS BUT MOST LOCATED CITY EDGE.

“Distant hotel locations made it impossible many nights to explore independently beyond the hotel & meet the locals.”

SOLVED IT! : We focus on centrally located, economy & 4* hotels, achieving around 80%+ on booking.com. Plenty of time for the locals!

#4 GRUMBLE : TOURIST TRAPS.

“On our Swiss tour we constantly stopped at isolated ‘twee’ shops. If I ever hear another cuckoo clock I will go ‘cuckoo’.”

SOLVED IT! : We don’t do tourist traps. ‘Kissing the Blarney Stone’? Downtown ‘pseudo dungeons’? Isolated shops? How ghastly!

#5 GRUMBLE : AIRPORT ARRIVAL ‘GREET’ STAFF HAD LEFT.

Love this quote so extra space! “Our flight arrived @ Shannon 5 hours late. The tour bus had already left for Galway. A kindly, elderly Irish lady drove us, in 35 mins., to Galway. It should, apparently take 55 mins.. Very scary! She treated us to a brilliant Galway Bay sunset but rather too close to the water’s edge at 70 mph.”

SOLVED IT! : Surprisingly tourists are very frequently let down at the arrival airport by tour operators. A first day disaster! Our first night locations are ‘airport friendly’ so a one-trip, whole group transfer is not required. Our ground crew wait all day/night if necessary for delayed flights. Relax, because we have, probably the highest ratio of crew to Guests on arrival day @ about 1:4!

LATEST NEWS :

  • @ Sept. 16th on our ‘Saints, Sinners & Scenery : Ireland [South]’ tour our Waterford hotel is confirmed as ‘Treacys Hotel’. This is a downtown hotel adjacent the River Suir & next to the central ‘Rice Bridge’.
  • @ Sept. 15th on our ‘Saints, Sinners & Scenery : Ireland [South]’ tour our Limerick hotel is confirmed as ‘The Clarion Hotel’. This is a downtown hotel adjacent the River Shannon.
  • @ Sept. 14th on our ‘Saints, Sinners & Scenery : Ireland [South]’ tour our first pub dinner music evening has been added to the itinerary. The Locke Bar in downtown Limerick in the medieval quarter adjacent the Rivers Abbey & Shannon. This NOT an organised tourist event. It will be early Friday evening so will have lots of local office workers enjoying themselves.
  • @ Sept. 12th on our ‘Saints, Sinners & Scenery : Ireland [South]’ tour further Dublin information has been added to the itinerary.
  • @ Sept. 12th due to securing super hotel deals on our ‘Saints, Sinners & Scenery : Ireland [South]’ tour we are able to reduce the tour price by around 15%. Our 17 Guests will enjoy a tour price competitive with large group bus tours with 40+ tourists on-board.

WE DO ICONIC BUT ….

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A visit to Windsor Castle has to be a bit special. Our basic visit INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE guiding by one of the renowned Windsor Town Guides. However, bring on the autumn/fall & winter because then our Guests enjoy PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE guided tours after hours of the State Apartments with champers & EXCLUSIVE day time tours of the Royal Kitchens. It’s a world away from jam-packed tourists!

WE ALSO LOVE ‘HIDDEN & OBSCURE’.

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In a village just outside of Oxford is an archway. It leads into the village churchyard. Unseen by international tour operators, it participated in still unsolved Tudor events that changed western world history. Our Guests can walk through the ‘Archway of History’. Maybe the buzz you get as you do will give you inspiration to solve the mystery of Amy Robsart’s death. Did she fall or was she pushed?

AND SO TO ….. TEA!

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All over Gt. Britain & Ireland there are terrific ancient pubs. There are also more wonderful ancient tea shops than you can shake a teapot at. We love them. Our Guests enjoy INCLUDED afternoon tea with all the tracklements, scones, jam, clotted cream & cakes in these charming olde-worlde tea rooms. Choose one as an example? Pictured above is ‘The Bridge Tea Room’. in the heart of gorgeous Bradford-on-Avon near Bath. It dates back about 503 years but the scones are considerably fresher. While you are nibbling on your scone join the civil war in Gt. Britain about the pronunciation of the word! Is it : Skon, Skown or Skooon? Go on, be Miss Marple for the afternoon. Still 2 hours before dinner …… “Another piece of lemon cake?” “Just the large slice, thank you.” You’ve got the hang of it already!