Dear Vivienne Stanley, our Crystal Tours travel agent,
Thank you for organizing “The Trip of a Lifetime: The Crowes go to Ireland 2014” along with our sister as your liaison. You both did an excellent job!
For this 100% Irish-blooded group of 10 (including 6 boisterous, over- 50 siblings, 2 accepting, easy-going in-laws and 1 quiet Boston College niece) all traveling with their sweet 94-year old mom, Pegge, it could not have been better. The itinerary you arranged with Meg allowed us both easy relaxation and touring opportunity via land and sea. On the way, we pressed our kind driver to seek out our living relatives and stop at many interesting places, all of which would be prohibitive on a large group tour.
One special aspect of the tour was Jeremiah Horgan, our Kennedy Executive bus driver and tour guide. His personality and generosity made the trip so appealing, allowing us to really experience the local culture directly. He loved Irish music and was proud of his heritage, but most important– he cared about our experience. He answered dozens of questions daily. He even sang songs with us on the bus and went out of his way to meet each request. Jerry is just a delightful person. We highly recommend him.
Your agreed plan fit us perfectly. Staying on the West side allowed us to soak in the best of Galway, Yes—Trad on the Prom! , Cong, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsula, the divine music in Dingle – (Check out the Blow-ins at the Dingle Hotel Pub) and Dromoland Castle (wow) and yet still visit wonderful relatives in Doon and Abbeydorney.
Thank you, Vivienne! We will definitely recommend your services to anyone who wants to go overseas. Perhaps we will even go again someday soon. This was truly a gift for us to experience Ireland all together .