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Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:36 PM
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Tour of Ireland and Scotland

My Daughter and I are going to celebrate our 50/70 birthdays in the Spring with a trip to the British Isles. We are exploring various methods of seeing as much as possible in as comfortable and pleasant manner as can be. A cruise with many ports seems best but not available in less than 12 day schedule. A group tour may be better? Any input on a pleasant experience would be appreciated.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:48 PM
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Patricia a couple of us (50-63) are going to Ireland the end of May. I would be interested in hearing about your trip when you return. You said Spring what dates?
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 02:39 PM
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I will let you know how we make out. I hope I get a lot of feedback from this site.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:35 PM
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Welcome to Fodors patricia. Unfortunately you have posted on the Travel Tips forum which is mainly geared for general travel topics/questions- not for destination-specific discussions. It is a VERY slow board.

See the "Change Forum" pull down menu? Click that and go over to the Europe board which has hundreds times more traffic. Re-post your questions on Europe. You will get lots of help over there.

One thing to keep in mind - unless you take an organized tour, travel in the UK and especially Ireland is very slow. Coach tours cover more territory -- but you do end up stuck on the bus for hours every day, must place your bags in the hall by about 6:00 every morning and have no flexibility what to see and for how long.

Just one of the trade offs. Many of us would recommend independent travel and not trying to see 'everything' on a short trip.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:49 PM
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I do agree with you about group tour because I also went on a tour with my friends group. I had more fun along tour.
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Jan 4th, 2011, 05:50 AM
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www.affordabletours.com

good site with a number of good options for you

based on budget...

Self guiding by rail or rail pass good

www.eurolines.com pass not great an ok econo option

Happy Hunting,
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Jan 5th, 2011, 03:03 AM
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I also think that group tour is the best option for you. Generally while traveling to an unknown location you need a guide to make your trip successful. These days many tour companies offer budget tours and at the same time cover lot of spots. They well plan the whole tour and your travel time is optimally utilized to visit various locations.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 11:30 AM
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Really, these countries are incredibly easy to do on your own. Go over to the Europe board and get some advice, and go to your library and borrow some guide books. I have no idea why janisj thinks travel in England and Ireland is slow. The trains aren't what they used to be, but they're still light years ahead of Amtrak. And you could consider driving.
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