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We are back from our fantastic trip to Scotland. It could not have been more perfect and I can't thank Lynn enough for her work in organizing such a wonderful trip. All the B&B's and hotels were great with delightful owners. The scenery was breathtaking and the sights so memorable. I have over 700 pictures! The hotel in Edinburgh even upgraded us for free to a suite upon our arrival - what a special surprise! Everyone was so friendly and kind. We can't wait to book with you for an Ireland vacation! We have been passing on your information to many friends. We will definitely be calling Lynn when we are able to travel again. Thank-you SO much!!
Great vacation in Scotland
Recently, we returned from our vacation in Scotland. It was our first tour with CIE international. Everything was great. Driver and tour guide were friendly, professional and very helpful. I recommend this tour of Scotland to anyone.
Authentic Ireland took all the hard work out of planning a self-drive holiday around Ireland. We knew where we were staying, how long to spend in each place and what was best to see in this beautiful country. Friendly people, beautiful scenery and fascinating history and ancient buildings. Only wish we'd got a GPS as it was easy to get lost!
Thanks for all your help Michaela, I will certainly recommend Authentic Ireland to my friends.
I cannot begin to describe what a wonderful experience we had from the start of planning throughout our entire trip. Erica was an absolute pleasure to work with. So incredibly helpful and very kind. And you know it's a good company when the hotels/B&B's you stay with compliment them! (Mary at Marless House in Galway just loves you!)
I have already passed your info out to several people and will continue to do so! We can't wait to go back, and will definitely be contacting Erica again!
The Absolute Best
From the quote process with Amanda-Lynn all the way through to our last hotel stay, Authentic Ireland was simply amazing. We were confident that our trip was going to be great simply because of the amount of care and concern Amanda-Lynn placed upon creating the best quote for our needs.
This was to be my girlfriend's first ever vacation outside of her home country of China. With such a responsibility to live up to, I can comfortably say that I was more than a little nervous that each experience be rewarding for her. We've been back home for over two weeks, and she's still saying "I miss Ireland".
Thank you Amanda-Lynn, and thank you Authentic Ireland. We will be using your services again, and recommending you to all of our friends.
Jay & Esther
My new wife and I just returned from our honeymoon City to Country customized vacation. Authentic Ireland did a fantastic job with our itinerary; it was very well put together! Also, we saved a lot of money purchasing the package. We loved it! The only advice I could give to someone interested in driving around Ireland, is a GPS is a MUST! We look forward to a return visit with the help of Authentic Ireland!
just back from our self drive tour of western and southern ireland. What a truly wonderful experience. The self drive tour gave us the option of modifying our schedule based on talking to the wonderful local people we stayed with and met. I was a bit tentative about driving in Ireland based on stories I had heard, but it was great. Just drive like you are on vacation! I highly recommend driving the dingle peninsula,
and the bike ride around killarney national park. This was some of the most starkly rugged and beautiful country I have ever seen. Thank you Erica for all of your hard work!!
drive yourself cottage trip
I love Ireland and the people are wonderful, you could not ask for a friendlier, lovely country than Ireland. I loved the cottage and every detail was looked into. I had a great time there howver you need to really think about driving yourself as the roads are very narrow except for M18 and you drive on the other side of the road with the steering wheel also on the other side., It is a learning curve at first and not for the faint of heart. I would recommend Ireland for anyone who just wants to have a good time, see beautiful scenery and have interesting experiences.
No detail was overlooked. Changes were made quickly and easily. Michaela helped us every step of the way. Everything was just the way we were hoping. It was our first time to Ireland but it won't be our last and Authentic Ireland will help us plan the next trip.
Hard to leave!
The entire trip was amazing definitely recommend using this agency for booking your next trip to Ireland! Thanks Erica for making this such a pleasurable experience for me and my parents, look forward to booking with you again!
From the early planning stages to the time of our trip, Michaela did an incredible job customizing our family trip.
The trip around the Republic was amazing, the selection of hotels, bed & breakfasts, golf courses, restaurants, and sight seeing venues far exceeded our expectations.
Thank you for making this family trip a memory to last a lifetime!
Got back from our 9 day self drive tour on April 20th. What a great time we had! It was made so simple because of Authentic Ireland. The places we stayed were all centrally located and easy to find. Ireland was a trip of a life time and I am so thankful that we used this company. Looking to go to Scotland four the next one. :-)
April 26, 2014
Thank you Erica and Authentic Ireland for organizing a wonderful trip to Ireland. We just returned from our 8-day self-drive tour of Ireland and I just wanted to say that we had an absolutely wonderful time! We had eight in our party and everyone was thrilled with the hotels and BB we stayed at.
We had sunshine everyday that made our trip more enjoyable. I have recommended Authentic Ireland to my co-workers and would definitely use Authentic Ireland again in my future travel plans!
We just returned from our 8-day self-drive tour of Ireland and I just wanted to say that we had an absolutely marvelous time! This was my 4th time to the gorgeous Emerald Isle but a first for my husband. He could not believe the beautiful, rolling hills, the friendly, happy people and the amazing food and drinks! We had such a special night celebrating my birthday at the Merry Ploughboy Pub! The music and dancing were incredible and the dinner with the huge portions, was very tasty. It was a great suggestion, Lynn, and I'm glad we took your advice. The Applecroft B & B in Killarney was the nicest one we have ever stayed in. The bed was super comfortable and the linens so soft! Kathy made us feel so welcome and her breakfasts were fresh, homemade and wholesome. Plus you had your choice of 6 different dishes!! We were really happy we got to spend 2 nights there! Ballyseede Castle was a little difficult to find even with our GPS, but we were delighted with the accommodations once we found it. The setting is so beautiful and our room was huge! Dinner and breakfast was outstanding and service was impeccable! Absolutely loved this place! The Gresham Hotel was such a wonderful place to be in Dublin. Great location and great customer service. We would definitely stay there again while in Dublin. We want to thank Lynn for all of her help and suggestions in designing our trip and we have already recommended Authentic Ireland to several of our friends. We are hoping to do a tour of Scotland next and will most definitely use Authentic Ireland again to plan our trip. Thank you again, Lynn, for all of your help and expertise!
My sons and I had a fantastic trip in Ireland. All the lodging and breakfasts were first rate. Maggie was very accomodating in making arrangements. Of course, our trip was too short and we tried to do too much [especially, when St. Patrick's Day made a 4 day national holiday in Ireland]. Thanks Authentic Ireland.
My husband and I can not believe how beautiful the country side is. The charm of the all cities along with the helpfulness , politeness, generosity of the people of Ireland made our trip complete. We had such a great time site seeing and taking in all of the history of Ireland. Great trip, thanks Lynn.
Our July 2013 trip to Ireland was AMAZING!!! From the planning stages to arriving back home, our experience was great! Miriam was such a help in getting the trip planned. I could not have done it without her! All of our hotels were great, the staff was friendly and check-ins were easy! All of the details, from daily itineraries to how to get there was so helpful! I can not say enough good things about our trip! We did a self guided tour and enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend Authentic Ireland for your next trip! We will definitely use them for our next trip! Thanks again Miriam!
We had an amazing time! We loved the fact that we could get up and go when we wanted. We werent pressured into taking any tours but there were so many available we ended up taking a few so our feet could rest. And the B & B's we stayed at were all so friendly and comfortable.
Honeymoon in Ireland
I can't thank you enough for the amazing honeymoon you helped me plan for my wife and I in May! I knew from the start the trip would be amazing based off of your friendliness and incredible customer service!
Everything was wonderful. Everyone we met was so friendly and inviting. Every place we stayed had a staff that treated us like family.
The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis was the perfect place to rest and get adjusted after our flight into Shannon. It was just a quick trip down the road and gave us plenty of time to plan the next few days. Visiting the Cliffs of Moher before we made our way south along the coast was a great decision!
We accidentally made a stop in Askeaton, the friendliest little historic town that we are so glad we visited! A resident literally stopped traffic (he knew the drivers) to take a picture of us in front of the castle!
The drive to Dingle was beautiful and Dingle was definitely one of our favorite places that we stayed. The Dingle Skellig Hotel was fantastic and a perfect location for us to hike into town along the water. Our room faced the water and watching the sun rise every morning over the bay was perfect! We wen't horseback riding, chartered a fishing boat (I'm lucky to have a wife that wants to go fishing with me on a honeymoon!), and also hiked quite a bit around town. I highly recommend Dingle to anyone visiting Ireland, and we'll definitely be going back!
Ballyseede Castle in Tralee was gorgeous! The grounds were wonderful, staff was wonderful, and castle itself was legendary! Tralee is a little more modern of a town, but we were able to rest and make some road trips during the day to go sightseeing. We had to go to to the Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel!
Finally our one night stay in the Adare Manor was complete royalty treatment! We received champagne glasses during check-in, had our bags carried up to the room (we had a lot of bags), and stayed in a beautiful and historic room on the original part of the manor. It looked over the gardens and river and we never wanted to leave!
We loved our visit to Ireland so much we'll definitely be going back in a few years to keep exploring!
Thank you again Nora for your dedication in helping me plan the perfect honeymoon for my wife and I. She and I loved every moment of it and I owe so much of that to your help! We'll be calling Authentic Ireland again and I hope I'll be working with you!
P.S. Five stars is not enough!
Heat Wave of July 2013
Dear Nora the explorer and Authentic Ireland:
The fleece never came out of the luggage and we only used the rain gear once, on Innishmore. The remainder of the time the sky was blue, the sun bright and temp around 28 degrees.
We four senior citizens had a marvelous time, laughed a lot, drank a few pints of Guniess and loved the Bunratty Medieval Banquet!! It was our first time traveling using all B & B accommodations and I must say all of the B & B's we used were grand. As a matter of fact the men are still talking about the full Irish Breakfasts. And in the opinion of this old southern lady, the real jewels of the Emerald Isles are the people.
Nora, we adapted your nickname from a cartoon character here in the U.S. She takes children on travels and adventures in the Amazon....and you sure took us on travels and adventure in Ireland.