Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Dublin-Ireland by Tour Guide Garvan R. (Guide #2888)


Melanie Eckhardt

United States
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Tour: #740208, Museums Tour of Dublin: Treasures of Ireland, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Mar 13/20

Garvan is an excellent guide. We feel fortunate to have found him. We had to change our planned tour due to museum closures and he was more than willing to change and had lots of ideas on alternate destinations. I would highly recommend him for his extensive knowledge of Dublin and Irish history.

Stephen Dollins

United States
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Tour: #216119, Food + '(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours', Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Mar 12/20

Garvan is extremely knowledgeable and his passion for the history and culture of Ireland made the tour a blast! We were able to see a remarkable number of sites including Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Temple Bar area, Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, The General Post Office, Ha'penny Bridge, and others while enjoying food and drinks from stops at Leo Burdock, The Bank, Bewley's on Grafton Street, and an assortment if Irish cheeses and beer and whiskeys at Darkey Kelley's

Andrea Dopheide

Germany
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Oct 18/19

Garvan is a great tour guide. As native german speakers we could understand him very well. It was interesting because he knows the irish history so well and his delivery of the Information was fun to listen. The five hours flew by.

Lorrie Eiers

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 27/19

Garvan was a delight to spend an evening with learning about Dublin and tasting a few lovely beer varieties. Would highly recommend.

John Paul Berry Jr

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 21/19

We are only giving graven 5 Stars because there is not a 6 star rating. Seriously, great great tour and guide and super nice dude,

Cuauhtemoc Chamorro

United States
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Tour: #184543, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours + transport - [Shore Excursion], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 15/19

Garvin took us around the city centre helping us appreciate the history and mythology of Ireland. He has a degree in medieval studies making him eminently qualified not to mention he is a raconteur! We walked through the Temple Bar area known for restaurants and night life showing us some the street art that gives this area a distinctive character. We also visited the National Gallery to see highlights from the collection. After the tour he even helped us navigate through Dublin to additional sites. A++

Henry Reed

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 11/19

Highly recommend! Garvan's introduction to central Dublin was superb! He met our family of 4 (3 adults plus teen) precisely on time and led us on an enjoyable walking tour of key historical sights on both sides of the River Liffey that slightly exceeded 5 hours. We hit all the high points, but Garvan also tailored our tour to our interests and tastes. He was energetic, engaging, and displayed a wealth of knowledge and genuine love for the city. We parted with additional tips for our visit. Excellent!

Anthony L.

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 6/19

Sumit Dhawan

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 3/19

Garvan was a great guide. We were a group of 8 and different people arrived at different times. Garvan accommodated is extremely well.

Stacy Van Meter

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 31/19

Garvan was amazing - knowledgeable, entertaining and the best tour we had our entire two-week trip! You can't go wrong with him :)

Arne Olin

Sweden
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Tour: #19563, Fantastic Walking tour of Dublin! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 30/19

Garvan is an exceptional great guide and storyteller. A great way to get knowledge about Dublin and Ireland and understand the Irish soul and the background to the Republic of Ireland

William S.

United States
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Tour: #184543, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours + transport - [Shore Excursion], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 28/19

Garvan delivered a "Home Run" with this tour! He is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful sense of humor. He was attentive to each one of us, got to know us, and tailored the tour to our interests as he learned more about us. He was very entertaining!!! He made our day in Dublin very special. We wish we had more time to learn from him and wish we could give more than 5 stars!!! Thank you, Garvan, for such a great experience!

Dori F.

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 20/19

Very pleasant and knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed our walking tour of Dublin.

Margaret Knight

Eatonton, GA, United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 15/19

Excellent tour! We were a group of 6 and Garvan provided an wonderful tour. As we were still jet lagged, he tailored the tour according. Final highlight was introducing us to some wonderful pubs!

Warren R.

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 12/19

Perfect all-around tour including the weather! Garvan is an exceptional tour guide with lots of positive energy. I've used Tours By Locals many times over the years and Garvan is definitely one of the best!

Jackie Hoofring

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 10/19

Maor Daniel

Canada
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 7/19

Garvan, you were fantastic, energetic and fun tour guide! Our Microsoft team truly enjoyed the 3 hour tour with you. We learned a lot, seen several places we have yet to see and truly enjoyed spending the afternoon. As a bonus, we got to learn Gaelic and listen to your singing. We will absolutely use you again and will recommend you to all of our colleagues, peers and friends across the world. Thank you Garvan!

Brian Metz

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 3/19

Excellent introduction to Dublin and Ireland. Garvan provided a true insight into the history and the sole of Ireland.

Susan Spaulding

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Apr 29/19

If you think 5 hours is too much, think again. The time flew by. Garvan brought lovely Ireland to life through his intimate knowledge of his country and its history as well as his wit. He was kind enough to recommend activities for our free day in Dublin before we headed to the west coast. His recommendation of EPIC, the Irish Emmigration Museum, turned out to be epic in its storytelling. We were quite pleased with our experience.

Peter Marks

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Apr 20/19

This is the best way to see Dublin. Garvan is very knowledgeable and even more important very funny and kind. His hospitality and knowledge wowed us throughout our day with him. The best compliment I can give him is that he is like an old friend touring me around his town from the moment we met. It didn't feel awkward or tour like. More like a friend and so personal. Thank you for making this as part of our dream vacation.

Diana Rich

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Nov 23/18

We treated ourselves to Thanksgiving week in Dublin, and the piece de resistance was our tour with Garvan. He is gracious, eloquent and supremely well versed in Irish history, and Irish literature. The five hours flew by; we traversed the entire historic center of Dublin and ended with a delightful lunch at a delightful pub. Check out his video on the toursbylocals website. Graven alone is reason to visit Dublin!

Dana Vezza

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Nov 21/18

Garvan was an awesome tour guide!!

Linda St Pierre

United States
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Tour: #216119, Food + '(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours', Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Oct 23/18

Our entire group thoroughly enjoyed Garvan's walking/ food tour of Dublin. He is a passionate, knowledgeable historian. He is an engaging storyteller and we learned so much. The entire day was well paced, stopping for pastries, hot chocolate, lunch and ending with round of Irish whiskey. Our day spent with Garvan was the highlight of our trip. We highly recommend this tour and Garvan.

David Fisher

United States
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Tour: #187075, Sights & Pints Tour, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Oct 8/18

By far my my favorite activity on my trip to Dublin. Garvan was an immediate old friend. He is friendly, knowledgeable, fun and informative. He explained the importance of many things we'd previously walked right by. He has a great grasp of Irish and world history and put everything into context for a couple of Americans with previously limited knowledge of Ireland. Answered all of our questions and had great conversation over a pint. Cannot recommend highly enough!!!

Kathleen Spelliscy

Canada
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Tour: Two Tours of Dublin - [private tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Date: Oct 5/18

Garvan was amazing. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and went above and beyond. He even sings! Highly recommend.

Crystal Teter

Columbus, OH, United States
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Tour: #19791, Pub Crawl - [private tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 28/18

We had a wonderful time with Garvan - it was like doing a pub crawl with a friend! Garvan took us to local pubs, we tasted a variety of beer, cider, and whiskey, and we had fun conversations throughout the evening. At the end of the tour, we asked Garvan to recommend a place to grab a bite on the way back to our hotel, and he not only recommended one, but he walked us there and stayed and dined with us. He also gave us superb recommendations for things to do during our remaining time in Dublin.

Joyce Patricelli

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 28/18

Tricia Hummel

United States
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Tour: #19629, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5hrs! - [Private Tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 26/18

Garvan is a true Irish treasure. His genuine passion for his country and its people comes through in his insightful stories of history, struggle, emigration and resurgence. Funny, informed, and personable, Garvan felt more like an old friend than a guide. Our 5 hours seemed to pass in a flash. Don't miss out on Garvan's Ireland!

Kelie Miley

United Kingdom
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Tour: #184543, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours + transport - [Shore Excursion], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 21/18

Loved loved loved this tour. We had a wonderful time on this tour and the weather was not perfect (but we like rain). Garvan was exceptional. He really knew the history of Dublin and of Ireland. He's personable and loves this city. He took us to some great places. We even met up with a friend living in the city and she was able to tag along for a little bit. It was alot of fun watching them talk about Dublin together. We highly recommend Garvan for a walking tour.

Jim Henderson

United States
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Tour: Full Day in Dublin - [private tour], Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Date: Sep 18/18

Garvan is simply a wealth of information. He shared his passion for Ireland, its people and its historical culture with us in a meaningful and enjoyable manner. We would not hesitate to recommend him as a guide, He is truly excellent.


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