We toured Ireland for a week with Marcie and Tom prior to the British Isles cruise this summer. Flew into Dublin, stayed at the Shelbourne Hotel (best hotel ever!) for 2 nights, and toured a bit on our own. Hired a driver for one day while there to take us north to see Belfast, the Giants Causeway & some genealogy sites. Then toured Ireland for 6 days with a private company, Kerry Experience Tours. Stayed in a different town each night eating in pubs and enjoying the local music and charm. Would definitely recommend this company and this way of seeing Ireland. You can design your own itinerary and they are wonderful hosts! Let me know if you want more details.