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Everything went like clockwork once we arrived. Aisling did a great job working with me on all of the details over several months! It was a great trip. Nice B&Bs/hotel and car for driving the winding, skinny roads of Ireland. And no rain! How did she arrange that?
Great Trip-Some Improvement Possible
Overall a great trip, we had great weather and your arrangements went off with no hitches. Some comments on each location:
1. Edinburgh - Great hotel in a great location. The tour to St. Andrews went very well...great choice for us, thanks.
2. Dublin- Loved hotel and location and the Wicklow tour was excellend
3. Galway/Connemara Area - The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is NOT a castle. The locals laughed at us when we said we were staying in one. It was a converted orphanage that got "remade" to look like a castle. An actual Castle hotel was 10 minutes closer to Galway (forget the name). So that was disappointing.
4. Doolin - Nice bed and breakfast but too far from the main part of the city, could not walk it safely, had to drive to town and could not enjoy the pubs as much as we would have liked.
5. Dingle-Nice B*B in a nice location
6. Cork - Nice hotel, decent location (we requested it so no worries). Not our favorite place (did not like the city).
7. Kilkenny-Nice B&B, a little far from city centre (actually farther than Doolin), but walkable due to sidewalks and street lights.
Overall a great trip, thanks for your help, only bimajor disappointment was Abbeyglen Castle and minor disappointment in Doolin.
Lynn did an outstanding job helping us line up our trip!! Thanks so much to her for letting my first experience vacationing internationally work out so well. From the golf, to the Adare Castle experience to all the spots she helped us line up for sight seeing it was amazing. The only draw back was our cottage stay and we picked that out ourselves, so our own fault on that one. the cottage was very unclean, lacking simple things like toilet paper and soap, but again all on us. I can't say enough wonderful things about Authentic ireland, they are the business to use when going internationally. Thanks again Lynn.
Maggie and Liz were great. Due to family emergency we rushed out without any paperwork. Liz sent them to us within ten minutes. Maggie planned a beautiful itinerary based on what we wanted. This is the first time we have used a tour company as we usually travel "on the fly". The no hassle on our part was particularly wonderful this time. We were able to show up to our vacation and know that if anything came up, it would be handled. Thank you so much. We had a great time.
Aisling did an exemplary job in putting together our self-designed trip with her guidance and help. Without Aisling as our most competent advisor and coordinator, this incredible trip would have never happened. We were totally satisfied! Cheers, Aisling!!!!!
My husband, teenage son and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland. Everyone we dealt with at Authentic Ireland was incredibly helpful. When we changed the location of the car pick up while in Ireland, Ashling handled it promptly with no hassles on our part. Each hotel we stayed in was excellent. All we could ask for! I have already recommended Authentic Ireland to my sister and several friends. I only wish you handled Italy (next year's trip)!!
Planning our very first trip to Ireland was made very easy due to the knowledge and expertise offered by Authentic Ireland...the package put together was exactly want my wife and I wanted and the trip was "very enjoyable" as well as nearly stress free. Should I plan another venture to the United Kingdom, Authentic Ireland will be my choice!
My wife and I had an excellent two week trip encompassing the outer ring of Ireland. I wish we had more time as we felt we missed things to do or see. The plans that were made were great, from the hotels in Dublin, Killarney and Belfast. We had the most wonderful B & B's in the Donegal and Doolin areas. Authentic Ireland staff made our trip the best we could hope for. Thank you
Amanda-Lynn made this trip one i or my wife will never forget. It was wonderful to just show up to each Castle to stay the night or hotel and just give them a confirmation number as well at the sites. The rental car was perfect with GPS and she even told us about the public bus we could take from the airport to the hotel which was a lot cheaper and more exciting than a taxi. 7 days was just perfect and whether it was Guinness/Jameson in Dublin, Balleyseed Castle in Tralee, Horseback riding in Dingle, relaxing in Kinsale, or playing golf/shopping in Portmarnok, Authentic Ireland made it a dream come true with no stress! Thanks so much for a wonderful 5 year anniversary trip for us!
simply the best
The staff at Authentic Ireland was so knowledgeable. I made changes along the planning stages and Ashling was supportive and understanding, as well as making other suggestions to fit our needs. The trip to Ireland was simply the best ever! My two teen sons and I enjoyed the history, golf, breweries, and the spectacular scenery. The hotel choices were also excellent! Thank you
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!!