I wish my husband listened to me. We should have entirely skipped this tour, saved time and money, would not be freezing after all.
We had three drivers/guides, none were good. It was a disappointment. One spoke with a strong Gaelic accent and was impossible to understand. Another was much louder and difficult to understand at that volume. One spoke in a very flat, boring voice, with no enthusiasm whatsoever.
They presented almost no interesting information (only what is on the map or in the brief tour guide book) and no jokes or stories. One of the guides preferred to be silent while we were waiting in the congested and extremely slow downtown traffic. What we were doing was silently observing without real appreciation or understanding. Actually we did not see much, just facades of buildings. On each stop the guide highlighted one or two buildings, one or two historical facts.
In contrast to Dublin, the hop-on bus tour in NY was outstanding! The ride was much faster even on the NY streets. In Dublin the bus moves very slow and the guide does not bother to inform beyond the set spiel.
The discounts they advertise are not worth it and weren’t always honored as stated on the website. For example, Dublinia only allowed one euro off instead of two adults for the price of one.
That day in the middle of November the temperature was in the forties, the winds were 22-23 mph and, thanks God, no rain. It was freezing on the second deck. My winter Columbia hat was very handy. Woolen sweater, scarf, gloves, thick socks and warm shoes are highly recommended.
It is accurate that the buses circulate every 15 minutes.
Needless to say that the 1.5 hour bus tour is overpriced.
I would prefer a self-guided tour on public transportation even on a windy and rainy day. It requires time and effort to study public transportation maps and schedules in advance and creating your itinerary but it will give more of a flavor for the city and you will feel more adventurous.
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