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Michaela was extremely helpful in making suggestions to our complicated wish list and somehow managed to pull it all together and made it work seamlessly for us. I will call upon Authentic Ireland again for future travel. Michaela was a gem to work with as well, patient and enthusiastic as well as professional.
Our ten days in Ireland were just perfect. Many thanks to John Riney of Pro Car. He was an amazing tour guide and driver and went out of his way to make sure all seven of us had a vacation of a lifetime. He is a gem. We had amazing food and met many wonderful and welcoming Irish folks that made us feel like family.
I took my three older kids, 18yr-23yrs, and we had an absolute wonderful time! It was better than I imagined. Authentic Ireland was extremely understanding when I had to postpone the first trip in March 2014, because I fell and broke my elbow. They very helpful in planning the new trip for August. I highly recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone wanting to go across the pond!~ My favorite town was Cong, as it had the most beautiful hiking trails and river I have ever seen! Thank you Maggie for assisting me in planning a one in a lifetime family vacation!
Maggie was fantastic at matching what we wanted with what she planned and what Authentic Ireland delivered. We did a 3-week trip with a car and her choices for us were perfect. B&B's mostly, with 1 night at a fancy hotel, and even nights at a farm in KIlkenny. We thought the value for our money was great and most importantly, no unpleasant surprises! We loved the entire experience!
We had a wonderful time, it was worth every penny. We did the 4 night Dublin and Beyond tour - great combination of tours and time to just wander around Dublin. Wish we could have stayed for longer!
Just got back last week and cannot have been more pleased!!! It was worth every penny and we do it all over again in a HEARTBEAT! Authentic Ireland was so very cooperative and helpful every step of the way and their romantic tour was absolutely wonderful!!! I would highly recommend this group (and this particular tour) to ANYONE!!!
OUr trip was fantastic! Erica/Robin were great to work with us and make accommodations that we requested. Wish we had more time to spend in Ireland, four days just wasn't enough. The trip to Inishmore Island was the best and the horse and buggy driver Pattie and Brownie made the trip special. I am glad we chose to stay in B&B's the owners were so welcoming and did their best to make our stay as wonderful as possible.
Thank you for making our trip so memorable!
After a busy 6 weeks touring Europe from Budapest to the UK, we finally finished our trip in Ireland for 10 days. Dublin was fantastic but allow more than 2 days to see all that you want. A must do is a trip to the north to Belfast, but mainly to The Giant's Causeway, fantastic trip all organised by Authentic Ireland ( though a long day). The Gresham in Dublin supplied a breakfast bag for our long day.
Day three we headed off to County Clare, staying in a cottage in Doolin for 7 days. We ended up making this a restful time as we were quite exhausted from the last 6 weeks of travel. But there was plenty to see and do in the area. Highlights being; Doolin Cave, exceptional, The Burren, so unique, a ferry trip to one of the nearest islands with a horse a cart trip around the island and then a cruise up close to the cliffs of Moher (the only way to see this spectacular sight) and finally, tea at a local pub to hear some great Irish music, great food, great music. We also had a drive to their well known surf beach (now we know why the Bondi Beach program is so popular).
Our final stay was at Fitzpatrick's Castle on the East coast, lovely place, very relaxing before boarding the plane at Dublin Airport to head home. Thankyou for a lovely experience!
There are many ways to manifest and enjoy a new experience, especially while traveling. To each their own, but I prefer a more personal, self driven, get down with the natives (so to speak) way of experiencing.
To this end, Authentic Ireland 100% fulfilled every aspect of what I wanted, and did so effortlessly. I will never forget all of the fantastically wonderful experiences I had in Ireland, not only the awesome sites, smells, and tastes - but more so the people and the new friends I made!
I will definitely be contacting these folks again for another Ireland experience. I was able to do what I wanted (including surfing) while still sticking to my itinerary; and I knew I was going to be okay the entire time.
If you want the best out of a travel experience - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company. The are the apotheosis of Awesome! Don't just sit there: DO IT!
I researched a number of tour operators prior to choosing Authentic Ireland. Erica was the best. We had several changes along the way. Erica accommodated us at every turn.
We had a specific self-drive to cities & areas we had researched which Erica was superb in finding & adjusting accommodations. She even adjusted to add our daughter joining along the way from UK.
We felt the value/cost relationship was superb. Mahalo, Thank You in Hawaiian!! We will return!!
Send me back to Ireland
Wonderful, people, wonderful scenery, wonderful food, wonderful trip. From the attentiveness of the staff at The Fitzwilliam, to the food at Cronin's in Killarney, to the magical vistas at the Cliffs of Moher, to the sea breezes at Inch Beach - all was a dream come true. Our Pro Car driver was knowledgeable and had great suggestions. Our only sticky wicket was no A/C at the Old Ground. It was hot that night. Other than that, a perfect trip. Ireland we have to come back!
Thank you Authentic Ireland for planning the trip of a life time for me and my three girlfriends! I was looking for something very specific when I began researching travel agencies and wasn't having much luck finding something in our budget that fit my vision. I found AI on a google search and decided to check it out because of the positive reviews. The first advisor I spoke with, Isabelle, knew exactly what I was looking for. Eden retreat is unbelievable charming and made the perfect home away from home for our week long stay. My girlfriends and I were blown away with Ireland's beauty, friendly people and great pubs! We are already talking about returning next summer. Thank you Isabelle and Maggie for taking such good care of us!
Ireland was AMAZING and blew all expectations I had out of the water! If you are even considering it as a vacation spot, I highly recommend it, as well as the Authentic Ireland team! This was my first international trip, and the first non-military trip for my husband, so we were feeling a little overwhelmed at the task of booking everything without knowing all the ins and outs of how things work in Ireland. A quick internet search brought my to the Authentic Ireland site, and I couldn't be more pleased!
We had talked with a travel agent company recommended by a friend, but their prices were much higher than we could afford. When I found Authentic Ireland, I requested a quote for what we wanted to do, and they gave us one nearly $2,000 less than what the other agent quoted us!
We spent a full two weeks in Ireland and rented a car. Our stay was mostly at B&B's (which I think is the way to go), except for in Dublin and Belfast where we stayed downtown in a hotel (and trust me, you will want to be part of the action there!). The car we picked up on the way out of Dublin was a cute little car, and we were able to get an automatic, that carried us well throughout our travels around the country. We didn't have any problems with any of the places we stayed or the car.
Thank you Maggie for making our experience an amazing one, and I can guarantee that everyone else choosing to use Authentic Ireland to book their vacation will be nothing but pleased!
Thank you for an unforgettable vacation! The whole trip was so well planned. Every place we stayed was unique but excellent accommodations and definitely added to the experience. Everyone we met was so friendly and helpful. We loved Ireland and have told all our friends what a great place it was to visit - and urged them to contact you to get a vacation arranged.
We stayed one week in each Ireland and Scotland. We chose to drive ourselves in each country. Cars were very nice. We had a couple of hotels that did not have our reservations but one phone call to Authentic Ireland and it was resolved in minutes! Next time will be more B&B's they are the best way to go! Would definitely go through Authentic Ireland again to have that insurance of someone to troubleshoot any issues that come...at work I value the companies on how quickly they can resolve issues....as it's inevitable with all of us humans...Authentic Ireland was great from the planning stage right through to the end of our vacation....both countries were absolutely fabulous !
What a wonderful trip! We focused on western Ireland and ancient ruins, and it was the perfect decision. Our driver Tony was like a colorful character out of a James Joyce novel -- full of history and stories, how Ireland is changing, and a few tall tales. He took us to many backroad spots and ruins where no one else was. He was tremendously professional, always on time, always ready and helpful; took us all over for 3 days. Stayed at Roadford House in Doolin for 3 days; Marian was the best hostess you can imagine and even let us use the apartment on the day it rained for no extra charge. She arranged rides for us, fixed breakfast early for us on the day we left, even took us to the ferry. The ferry ride from Doolin to Inis Mor was our favorite part, and the ruins at Dun Aengus are amazing. Be sure to get cash before you go to Doolin since there are no ATMs there, but definitely the best trad music there in the pubs (much more than Ennis) despite being rather crowded. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We will come again and will make plans through Authentic Ireland. Thanks to Lynn for all your help in arranging our trip.
We recently toured Ireland with Cahal Dunne. It is a lovely country, green and peaceful. Cahal is a perfect host and the bus drivers, Ken & John were delightful. The hotels, buses were clean & neat, food was good. Would highly recommend this trip.
Great family vacation
Our 7 nights in Ireland were wonderful. Thank you to Authentic Ireland for helping us plan and book our tour. All of the B&Bs were top notch and the hosts were very gracious. We loved Doolin, especially the music, and would not have gone there without your suggestion. My wife and teenage girls now have many great memories of the towns and people of western Ireland. Thank you. One small sour note: Hertz has added some nuisance charges to my Credit card, which I secured through you. Can someone contact me to discuss? Thank you.
Our trip was fantastic. The entire trip went off without a hitch. Hotels were all beautiful and accommodating but the stay in Dromorland Castle was without compare. The grounds are beautiful, activities are plentiful and the staff is just great! We stayed in one of the turret rooms which was a climb but the view was amazing.
The best of all was the chauffeured tour. Our driver, James, was the best. He knew the best times to go to major sites like the Cliffs of Moher, so we would miss the crowds and gave us a personal glimpse into the history and beauty of Ireland. Not having to drive allowed me to enjoy the whole experience stress free. I highly recommend having a driver. Thanks for a great vacation!
Thanks a million Authentic Ireland!
This was simply the BEST trip of my life! All the reservations went smoothly and the accommodations were great! Amanda Lynn truly worked hard in making sure we had the experience of a lifetime. She included stays in Ballyseede castle in Tralee and Marless B & B in Galway and both were amazing. We were very lucky to get upgraded (at no extra cost) to the Lake Hotel in Killarney, which as the name implies, is on the lake and the view from our room was breathtaking!! The staff there even told us that your company puts together the best itineraries and I absolutely agree. We spent the most incredible 10 days in Ireland and I can't wait to go back! I would definitely recommend your company to anyone wanting to visit Ireland without the stress of having to book everything on their own. Amanda Lynn was so helpful and responded quickly to my e-mails, I was very impressed by the personalized customer service. As I heard many locals say during my visit....thanks a million!!