Whilst browsing various tour operators sites looking for a steam-based holiday later this year when I stumbled on the "Emerald Isle Explorer" which at first glance looks ideal being 9 days in Ireland, mainly south of the border. Excluding days 1 and 9 (which are purely arrival & departure ferries) the seven other days all have a steam train element, though the website does not make clear the additional costs. In fact of the eight steam legs of the journey only three are included in the advertised price, five of them are designated as "options" and attract various additional fares. The package does include travel by ferry and connecting rail from London/South East. but from elsewhere rail fare is extra. Air from London is a supplement as might be expected, but if customers fly from other parts of the UK then no allowance is made. The headline price is £1795 standard, but add in the various supplements, plus five "optional" rail journey fares (from only eight in total), plus rail to Holyhead (other than from London) & this theoretical price retreats rapidly into the distance. Whilst even £1795 isn't exactly cheap for a steam trip it is misleading for any steam enthusiast, and it is such people that the tour is clearly aimed at. I don't consider myself a cheapskate and price in itself doesn't necessarily put me off, but can a true cost approaching £2500 really be considered value for money?