Ireland Traveler Testimonials
Hello tour mates,
To The Elders, Searson and Hammond Tours: Thank you VERY much for putting together a GREAT tour to Ireland… The AWESOME memories will stay in my memory banks for the rest of my life. I hope to be part of your next tour to Ireland.
I wanted to send along a photo of my sister and I with our driver, Greg Creagh. He really made the trip extra special for us, with his kindness, knowledge and obvious devotion to his country. We had a great time with him, and we appreciate all the effort he put into making the tour a success, especially at the last minute. If you have a way to send this along to him, please do so.
We are looking forward to seeing what next year has in store!
Anxiously awaiting next year's plans...and when it may be....personally, I would love to visit
The people, the weather, the Driver Guide, the hotels, all perfect
Such a beautiful place perfectly done, great job
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. It was so well done. It was spectacular!
I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing tour! I loved every second of it and look forward to
Hi all from James and Linda W.
Well done Hammond tours!!! Well done!!!
The accommodations you picked out were also great with the exception of the B&B in Kenmare. The B&B in Kenmare was way out on a busy road and there was little atmosphere. The proprietor was polite, but not friendly. In contrast we absolutely loved the Pax House. It too was a little out of Dingle, but the host was so accommodating and went out of his way to make everyone feel special that a little inconvenience was worth it. The views from the sun room at Pax House were breathtaking. Of all the areas we saw in Ireland, Dingle was my favorite. If we return we will stay at least 3 days in this area.
I would also highly recommend staying at the Ashford Castle. It is the most beautiful castle and grounds that I have ever seen. My husband and I have stayed in castles in Germany and England, but Ashford was the grandest. Well worth the cost.
All in all it was one of the most fun vacations we have been on, and pubs and music was great. Thanks for helping us. I have recommended you to several people already.
Dear Mr. Hammond:
Haider A. Ph.D.
Thanks for organizing this for us. We had a great time.
Dear John and Michele,
We also wanted to let you know that the Bank House and Dromoland upgraded our rooms because you had told them it was our honeymoon, which made the trip even better.
We especially enjoyed our day trips from Killarney - Dingle and hiking the Gap of Dunloe. The Aran Islands day trip from Galway was my favorite part and we both really enjoyed everything about Galway itself including the food and bars there. And of course, Dromoland was amazing and a great way to end our trip.
So thank you again, hope all is well with you two, and we look forward to our next Ireland visit.
Andy & Beth
Tom & Dorothy B.
Heather J. K. June 2011
Dear Michele and John,
A final FYI - the larger van actually had space and seat belts for 12. While we could never have fit all our luggage into one van, it was useful when we went to dinner as a group to just have the one vehicle. There were two bench seats in the very back that actually gave better viewing so on the days we did the Dingle and the Ring of Kerry in both vans, some of the six in that van chose to sit in the way back.
Michele and John,
The accommodations were superb. I only wish we had more time to see Adare Manor, a breathtaking place to stay. I was immensely impressed with Killarney Royal and Hayfield Manor. The Scally family's hospitality was unmatched. I've never felt so welcome and taken care of and at home, all in one place. I cannot wait to stay at the Royal and stay again in Hayfield. You better believe I will recommend them to everyone.
John Costello was such a treat. He was the quintessential Irishman. His knowledge of his country was staggering. There was not one question asked that he did not have the answer to. John's personality enhanced the trip; it was great having a typical Irishman as our tour guide. I won't be able to think of Ireland without hearing "ahh, sh", "you don't deserve it" or "think of the paperwork". He was just a character. Also, he out did himself when he volunteered to drive us to Kinsale, which was not a part of his regular schedule for the day. I can see now why you fought so hard to recruit him, he is absolutely fabulous.
Again, thank you both. If you do another FAM please keep me in mind, I would love to go. Also, I wanted to mention to you both that I am a certified Sign Language Interpreter. If you ever have any Deaf tour groups, keep me in mind to interpret them. Keep up the good work, it's appreciated!
Our tour of Ireland with your company was fantastic. We saw the beauty of your country and learned so much of its history. The trip was definitely one of the best that I have taken and John Costello was one of the best guides that I have ever had. He was not only informative and professional, he went out of his way to accommodate our needs and make us all feel important. His wit and humor was the "icing on the cake".
Noel McCaffrey was/is a jewel! It is very obvious that he not only has experience, but is genuine and caring!
Thank you for such a wonderful experience! I will certainly be glad to recommend you to any individual or agent.
Diana E. S.