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thanks michaela.you did a great job and we had a great vacation because of your great itinerary. we had experienced b&b's to nice hotels.the golf was awesome and the people were beyond nice.we also got service when we needed something there.you think you're taking a chance when your booking a trip like this,but rest assured we got our money's worth.thanks again guys
Lovely Ireland Tour
We just completed a splendid visit to Ireland. Great work by Authentic Ireland it making it happen. The Opulence Tour they put together was great. After booking, we changed our dates, changed a hotel, added 2 people, and changed our rental car. Authentic Ireland made every change quickly and easily---no worries. We just showed up and our car and lodging were ready. I love how we were able to tweak their itinerary into our own. They changed our travel advisor pre-trip, but it was seamless; many thanks to Emma. We had problems using our cell phones at first, but a tip by Emma fixed that. I love the self-drive tour; we were able to change our itinerary each day to our liking.
Our car was too small for 4 people with much luggage, so we upgraded to a Ford Galaxy minivan which served us well but increased the cost. The GPS was worth every penny; I would never do without it. We stayed 2 nights each at Powerscourt in Enniskerry, Hayfield in Cork, Castlewood in Dingle, and Old Ground in Ennis. Each was great yet different---the first 3 hotels are the very best. Staying 2 nights at each made for a more relaxed journey; I highly recommend it. The breakfasts were lovely and set us off on our daily journey well fed.
We limited the recommended itinerary to lessen drive time and enjoy each place more---quality over quantity---which required some tough choices. The castles, the views, the towns, and the pubs were wonderful. Highlights included: Grafton St. in Dublin and the towns of Kilkenny and Dingle. We toured 3 castles (Kilkenny, Blarney, Bunratty) and drove the incredibly scenic drives of Kerry and Dingle. The many pubs, including those at the hotels, provided great ‘craic’. The Irish people were friendly hosts and wonderful to talk with. Cannot wait to return!
We had a fabulous trip. Every detail was taken care of for us by Michaela. We drove ourselves, combining Irish Opulence and the Pub & music your in Ireland. The hotels were as we expected, opulent. We were spoiled! Saw amazing sights. I reached out to Michaela while we were traveling and she responded right away, very helpful. Our experience with Authentic Ireland was top notch, highly recommend.
Ireland is beautiful! I could have stayed forever on the Dingle Penisula!
Maggie planned on my trip and included everything that I wanted! Even though, it seemed that wouldn't be a possibility.
I loved the variety of b&b along with hotels. Driving in Ireland helps give the visitor a sense of what Ireland is all about. This was the way to travel . . . not by bus. When I go to Ireland again, I would definitely book through authenticireland.com.
One more thing, land cruises are about 4x more in price than driving. Of course, the traditional breakfast is already part of the package. It was much cheaper to travel this way and also see the country side.
I recently returned from my trip to Ireland which was planned by Michaela Cox My driver/guide was terrific and I saw everything I hoped to see. Michaela was very attentive during the planning process and created my itinerary. She answered every question promptly and thoroughly. I loved Ireland and look forward to returning sometime
Can't wait to return!
A trip we wont soon forget! My girlfriend and I booked through here and Michaela was fantastic! Like everyone else posting on here, we certainly didn't plan enough time here. Everything was perfectly laid out and we had ZERO issues with hotels/rental car and the suggested sightseeing was awesome as well. We even wanted to switch our plans midway through and stay an extra night in Kilkenny and arrive in Dublin a day late. We called the office and within moments we had our reservations changed and the rental car extended an extra day. We look forward to returning and visiting the North!!!
Kudos to Maggie !
Our trip was everything we had hoped for and so much more. The hotels you selected were centrally located to the attractions we wanted to experience. Each hotel had it's own charm and character. We found the restaurants in each to be culinary gems.
Driving through the Irish countryside was exciting and provided us with the opportunity to experience the Irish culture up close. We would do it again tomorrow.
One regret, we did not spend a couple of nights at Dromoland Castle.
Maggie, I am recommending you to everyone I know that is considering a holiday in Ireland. I will be in touch, I am going back.
Wow! What a trip! We have been back for a month now and love telling our vacation stories over and over again! The scenery was breath taking-we didn't realize how beautiful the mountains were overlooking the ocean and couldn't imagine more green rolling hills. Most of our hotels and bed and breakfasts over looked the mountains, ocean, and lakes. (Also, everyone should have a stay in Ashford Castle!) We took over 1,000 pictures! The people of Ireland are so friendly and the pubs so lively! Thank you to Maggie and Authentic Ireland for our trip of a life time! Maggie was quite patient with us when we were making our plans for our trip and it turned out perfect! We never experienced any problems at all! If we decided to go back or visit Ireland again or Scotland- Authentic Ireland will definitely be our travel guides! Thanks again Maggie and Authentic Ireland!
For our honeymoon we decided to go to Ireland. After having several problems with the wedding, we were wondering how the trip was going to be.
It was perfect, nothing went wrong and we had our perfect honeymoon. I am so glad we went through this company!
It was the best, customer support was very friendly and helpful. When we travel again to Ireland and Scottland, we will go to this company first and last.
Thank you so much Authentic Ireland! You made our honeymoon the best it could ever be!!
Thank you so much!
Gabriel and Karissa
My agent was great and super helpful, couldn't ask for more, helped me change the trip all up to suit our needs and everything worked out perfectly. Ireland was great and the ashford castle and dromoland castle were just amazin . Thanks
Better Than Imagined
Michaela Cox helped us set up the vacation of a lifetime. We ran into a couple of issues with scheduling initially but Michaela went above and beyond the call of duty to help us develop the best travel itinerary. Ireland was more beautiful than we thought it would be. We look forward to returning again with the help of Authentic Ireland. I highly recommend it.
An outstanding experience! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the wonderful, welcoming people of Ireland. Magge Lunde was superb in preparations for us, and we were never "lost". Do recommend the GPS unit for a drive-yourself tour; and take extra care on narrow, local roadways...(no place to escape the truck who strays across the center stripe).
All hotel acommodations were exceptionally good, and their staff most accommodating. Especially noteworthy are Castlewood Manor in Dingle and Moy House at Lahinch.
This trip followed an Authentic Ireland trip in Scotland the week before which was also 5 star.
Best regards to all,
Pete and Lynette Wert
This is the second time that we've used Authentic Ireland and we were, again, totally thrilled with your service. Part of our trip was hunting for our friend's, Anita's, relatives. With your help with places to stay, and putting us in the right areas, we were able to find relatives in the cemetery on the Aran Islands, as well as 3 cousins who lived in Kilronin on Inismor! The B&B there, Pier House, was great and we enjoyed dinner there, as well. We also found the house in which Anita's Great-(Great?)-Grandmother was born in Carraroe. You pointed out some fascinating places to see and we were so pleased with everything. While part of this great experience is one's traveling companions, a significant part is how smoothly the arrangements go, and these were the smoothest! We were even in our old rooms (from a few years ago) at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, which was a real treat. Thank you for everything, we enjoyed our trip immensely and we know you played a big part in making sure we did. All the Best, Linda and John Seely
Experience of a Lifetime
Well where do we begin...
The trip Maggie planned for us was amazing. We were in Ireland for 8 nights/ 9 days. ( Not nearly long enough!) Since this was our first time in Ireland, we really wanted to experience as much as we could in the short time.
Our itinerary included so many wonderful places to stay and to see. From luxury Hotels to luxury Bed and Breakfasts, Big cities to small country towns or Castle hotels each day was unique and stunning. Maggie had several suggested sites to see and information on each location which was extremely helpful in determining how to plan our days. We had a rental car to get around Ireland, which in our opinion is the only way to explore. Everyday was packed full of wonderful activities and our only regret is that we couldn't stay in each location longer. We will never forget what an incredible adventure this vacation was for us and I can not wait to plan our next vacation back. Thank you Maggie for everything!
thank you Aisling for booking us a great vacation.all plans for accomodations went smoothly.no surprises.we thoughly enjoyed the b&b,the people,the locations and the breakfasts.hotels were great too.loved the driving especially the countryside.will book again with you and recommend your team.
I am so glad we went with Authentic Ireland. Both Maggie and Michaela were so helpful and patient when we decided to make late changes in the itinerary. I felt comfortable that everything would go smoothly and it did. Having the B&Bs all arranged in advance took a big burden off us and the quality was excellent, such lovely hosts and hostesses. The rental car worked out very well although bigger than expected and a diesel, but great mileage and fun to drive. We did have a little issue once or twice locating the place because we didn't have GPS, but nevertheless we found them all and were welcomed. We loved the countryside - very lucky to have almost perfect weather - and all the people we met were kind and helpful. There are so many other places we'd love to have visited, but we have great memories of what we did see. Definitely would recommend Knowth and the beautiful Boyne Valley and especially the south part of Connemara. Would love to do it again, perhaps Scotland next time.
The Reviews Are True
One of the reasons I went with Authentic Ireland was all the great reviews I read. Well, I'd like to add another. The company was easy to work with, very helpful and responsive and delivered on all of its promises. We planned a complex, 16-day trip in two countries using nearly a dozen cities/hotels and two different rental cars. It all came off without a hitch--actually, there was a hitch or two (when is there not) and when we contacted Authentic Ireland they jumped right on it and ensured it was fixed. I highly recommend them and would use them again!
Aisling did a great job setting up our trip for four couples. The van and the driver Kevin made the trip. Dublin, Kilkenny , Killarney were great and the Dromoland Castle was the icing on the cake. One thing I would add to your recomindations for those staying in Kilarney area is to take the time to see Dingle and the ring of Dingle. That is a beautiful place. Thanks for all of your help it was a great trip
Couldn't Be More Happy
We used Authentic Ireland to plan our honeymoon, and Maggie took awesome care of us. We told her what we wanted to do for two weeks, and she setup everything up and all we had to do was show up at the hotels on the nights we were scheduled.
There was no issues with any of the hotels, and the pre-boookings and payments.
They gave us some suggested sightseeing which we did some of, and then we would find out a bunch of things going on whilst we were there so we took part of that. No problems doing what they suggest or your own thing at all.
Very happy with everything and have been recommending Authentic Ireland to everyone who is even thinking about going to Ireland or Scotland!
Great trip! It was great to be able to have a place to stay at night, a car, and suggestions on sight seeing from those at Authentic Ireland. We got in early (5am) and weren't supposed to get into our hotel early, although they were able to after checking with the front desk. It was a life saver! Our accomodations were very nice with the exception of the B&B in Doolin, which had a sub par breakfast and very dated furnishings. The best part of the accomodations were that we could walk from our lodging into town very easily. The 2 highlights for lodging were: Cahernane House in Killarney, and the Bellingham Castle in Dundalk.-outstanding. Best B&B would have to go to Mena House in Kilkenny with Katherine as our hostess who was great with suggestions and a fabulous breakfast.. I would recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Ireland, and I hope we are able to return soon! Thanks Maggie!