To book a package with us online, please contact us by phone on one of the following numbers:
Toll-free from the US and Canada: 1-888-443-5259
Rest of World: 353-1-293-3088
Open Hours: Monday - Friday 5am - 7pm EST
If you prefer instead to contact us via email, please click on the "GET QUOTE" button on the top right hand side of the page and be sure to advise us of your package of interest. Once you have submitted this form, these are the steps involved in booking with us online:
Independent Packages: we require a non-refundable 20% deposit of the land-costs to reserve your package. The remaining balance is due 6 weeks prior to your start date.
Escorted Bus Packages: We require a non-refundable deposit of $250 per person. The remaining balance is due 70 days prior to your start date.
We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. You can pay through our secure server on your online account, or phone or fax in your card details. We also accept checks and money orders made payable to Authentic Ireland. However, we will not issue you your final confirmation until your check has cleared.
When purchasing a vacation on this website, you are entering into an agreement between You and Irish Welcome Limited, Bracken Court, Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland. We promise to uphold our end of the agreement to ensure you have the best vacation possible!
Reserve your vacation with only a 20% deposit and be protected by our Risk-Free Booking Policy. With this policy you are protected against certain change & cancellation fees. Once payment has been made and your reservations have been confirmed, your 20% deposit becomes nonrefundable. However, if your vacation is to Ireland only, and you cancel more than 2 weeks prior to the start thereof, you may avail of our Risk-Free Cancellation Policy.
Risk-Free Details: Life happens, we all know that. If you need to cancel your Authentic Ireland vacation up to 14 days before your start date, you may reschedule within 365 days with no cancellation fees. We want your travels to be stress-free and happy. No worries, no pressure. Just relaxation and wonder… That’s what travel is about. If you need to reschedule your vacation, we will not charge you a change or cancellation fee. We will instead apply your nonrefundable deposit to your new vacation dates.
Cancelled Vacations (Not Rescheduled): If you cancel your vacation, and do not wish to reschedule for a future date, please refer to our policy below on Cancellation Penalties.
Cancellation Penalties: If you are unable to reschedule your vacation, the following penalties will apply, depending on the timing of your cancellation:
Please note: The above cancellation charges also apply to all Group Tours, Cottage Vacation Rentals & Scotland Vacations. Only Ireland self-drive and escorted vacations are eligible for our risk free cancellation policy. For Escorted Bus Tours, please see the specific cancellation policies on these below.
Visa Invitation Policy: If we have to issue you an invitation to travel to obtain a visa to travel to Ireland of the UK, 50% of your deposit becomes non-refundable after the invitation letter has been sent. This is not applicable to those traveling from North America as there are no visa requirements for entry into Ireland or UK from this region.
All cancellations & date changes must be advised in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail) to Authentic Ireland prior to tour departure during normal business hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST, Mondays through Fridays). Cancellations & date changes are subject to the following penalties on the land portion:
- 70 days or longer: Forfeiture of Deposit
- 69 - 46 days: 25%
- 45 - 8 days: 35%
- 7 - 1 days: 50%
- On departure Day: 100%
Cancellation fees on banquets are $25 per person. All airfares require instant purchase and are non-refundable. No refunds can be made for non-refundable airfares.
Our car rental providers have the newest fleets of automobiles in the country. We offer compact to SUV size automobiles with either automatic or stick-shift (manual) transmission. Your comfort and safety is our priority.
Car rental includes 3rd party insurance, Reduced Deductible Insurance (the best policy offered in the industry!)*, unlimited mileage, airport surcharge, 24-hour roadside assistance and all taxes. There are no hidden costs or taxes! These extras are not included in prices quoted by many of our competitors, which is worth bearing in mind when comparing prices.
The price quoted is for a specific number of days car rental. If, for example, you are staying in Ireland for 8 nights, your car will be rented for 8 full days. If you return the car after 9 rather than 8 days (i.e. – you exceed your allotment of 8 x 24-hour periods), your credit card will be charged for the extra days rental by your Car Rental Provider.
Please note that we do not include a rental car while you are staying in Dublin City, unless one is specifically requested. Dublin is difficult to navigate and expensive for parking. It is a compact city with good public transportation.
License Requirements Driver must be in possession of a valid driver's license for at least two years. An international driver's license is not required if you are a US, Canadian or EU citizen. The primary driver must be the holder of a major credit card - this cannot be a debit card with a visa/mastercard symbol.
Minimum driver age: 25
Must be 28 or older to rent a minivan. 25 for all other car types.
Drivers over 75:
Drivers over the age of 75 will require additional documentation. Please contact us for further information.
GPS Units are available to rent at most locations, at an additional approximate cost of 16:00 Euro per day. If you wish to reserve a GPS device, please contact your agent as this item needs to be booked in advance.
Child Seats are available to rent at most locations, at an approximate additional cost of 10:00 Euro per day. If you wish to reserve a Child Seat, please contact your agent as this item needs to be booked in advance. Please note that it is the renter's responsibility to securely fit the child seat(s) in the rental vehicle.
One-Way Rentals: Rentals that involve collection/return of your vehicle to two different locations may attract a one-way rental fee in most cases. This amount varies - please check with your Agent.
Northern Ireland Insurance Supplement: An E 35.00 euro supplementary insurance fee is required if you plan to bring your rental car into Northern Ireland, as it is a separate country. If applicable, this additional fee is payable directly to the rental agency when collecting your vehicle.
Extension of Rental/ Extra Days. Clients must contact the branch from which they collected the vehicle to see if extension of the rental is possible. Extensions will be charged directly to the client by the Rental Agency.
Parking Your Rental Car: Please note that overnight parking fees will apply at most hotels in larger Irish Cities.
For all 2015 bookings and beyond, we are pleased to offer Reduced Excess Insurance as standard.
You are liable to pay a ‘deductible’ amount towards the damage. The amount varies, depending on vehicle type. Here are the smallest and largest deductible amounts. All other vehicle types fall somewhere in between:
You are still liable for a variable deductible amount, but at a fraction of the values above:
Car rental includes 3rd party insurance, Collision Damage Waiver*, theft protection, unlimited mileage, 24-hour roadside assistance and all taxes. There are no hidden costs or taxes! These extras are not included in prices quoted by many of our competitors, which is worth bearing in mind when comparing prices.
The price quoted is for a specific number of days car rental. If, for example, you are staying in Scotland for 8 nights, your car will be rented for 8 full days. If you return the car after 9 rather than 8 days (i.e. – you exceed your allotment of 8 x 24-hour periods), your credit card will be charged for the extra days rental by your Car Rental Provider.
Please note that we do not include a rental car while you are staying in Edinburgh, unless one is specifically requested. Edinburgh is difficult to navigate and expensive for parking. It is a compact city with good public transportation.
License Requirements: Drivers must be in possession of a valid driver's license for at least two years. An international driver's license is not required if you are a US, Canadian or EU citizen. The primary driver must be the holder of a major credit card - this cannot be a debit card with a visa/mastercard symbol.
Minimum driver age: 25
Must be 28 or older to rent a minivan. 25 for all other car types.
Drivers over 70:
Drivers over the age of 70 may require additional documentation. Please contact us for further information.
GPS Units are available to rent at most locations, at an approximate additional cost of GB10.00 pounds per day. If you wish to reserve a GPS device, please contact your agent as this item needs to be booked in advance.
Child Seats are available to rent at most locations, at an approximate additional cost of GB10.00 pounds per day. If you wish to reserve a Child Seat, please contact your agent as this item needs to be booked in advance. Please note that it is the renter's responsibility to securely fit the child seat(s) in the rental vehicle.
Excess/Deductible/Collision Damage Waiver: Your Excess/CDW comes into play in the unlikely event that you have an accident in your rental car. What is the excess? Excess is basically your insurance deductible. The deductible amount on most vehicles is GB£600.00, In the event of an accident, you are liable for up to GB£600.00 of damage repairs, but no more, regardless of how much damage is done.
The CDW can be greatly reduced for an additional daily charge. This optional insurance will be offered when you are collecting your vehicle, and is payable directly to the Rental Agency.
One-Way Rentals: Rentals that involve collection/return of your vehicle to two different locations attract a one-way rental fee in most cases. This amount may vary depending on vehicle type.
Extension of Rental/ Extra Days. Clients must contact the branch from which they collected the vehicle to see if extension of the rental is possible. Extensions will be charged directly to the client by Arnold Clark Car Rental.
Once all of your Ireland arrangements have been confirmed, it may be possible to alter your tour, subject to availability. Authentic Ireland charges a $30 Amendment Fee for each reservation that is altered.
Should you wish to alter your travel arrangements in any way after arriving in Ireland, we will do our best to accommodate you. Authentic Ireland Travel does not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request. All changes will be subject to an Amendment Fee of US$30 for each reservation that is altered.
We plan your travel arrangements many months in advance. Regrettably, amendments may sometimes be necessary for reasons beyond our control. We reserve the right to make such changes at any time prior to your arrival in Ireland.
In the unlikely event that changes do need to be made to the original booking before departure, or in the case of advertised accommodations being unavailable at time of booking, Authentic Ireland will offer an alternative of the same standard as close as possible to the original location.
If the entire tour is canceled for any reason other than nonpayment by you, then you will be offered the choice of purchasing another arrangement from the Company, with the price difference payable/refundable as appropriate, or of receiving a full refund of all monies paid to the Company.
All of our escorted tours are offered through our partner, CIE Tours international, the leader of Irish tours for over 74 years. Please read below for more detailed information on our CIE tours.
SECURITY & RELIABILITY
CIE Tours International has provided over a million travelers with the highest quality vacations to Ireland and Britain during the past 72 years. As a division of Ireland's National Transport Company, we have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with our satisfied clients and the travel industry throughout North America.
CIE Tours International is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and has lodged a million dollar irrevocable bond. We are also full members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). These professional organizations ensure that their members meet stringent standards to protect the traveling public.
INCLUSIVE COACH TOURS
Our coach tours offer all the advantages of a luxury cruise — without the water. Programs encompass airport transfers, daily sightseeing program, full breakfasts, table d´hote dinners, medieval banquets, cabarets and visits to attractions. Our passengers pay in US dollars and know that almost everything has been covered. Our trained personnel take care of all the details. We urge you to compare the tour features to those of our competitors to understand why we have earned our excellent status for quality and value. If you are considering a self drive vacation, we suggest that you compare coach tour prices as they offer better value for money when overall daily costs are considered.
NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
CIE Tours does not believe in offering "optional" extras when you are on vacation. This policy allows your tour director to focus totally on your needs rather than selling optional tours. Check our "Tour Includes" panel for each vacation to see the exciting features that are included. Note that all of our tours in Scotland feature a Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment, all passengers staying in Edinburgh when the Tattoo is operating in August receive prime reserved seats for this exciting event. And in Ireland our tours include Irish cabaret dinner and show in Dublin and/or Medieval Banquet in Shannon. So check each itinerary to see what is covered — these features could add up to hundreds of dollars if purchased separately.
We guarantee that no increase in land costs will be charged to you, once you have paid the deposit for your tour. This is your protection against international currency fluctuations. When you have paid for your airfare in full, there will be no change in the cost of the ticket.
We accept responsibility for ensuring that the travel arrangements you book with us are supplied as described in promotion material and that the services offered reach a reasonable standard. We will always strive to ensure that any special requests you may make, e.g. Non Smoking Room, are fulfilled. If any part of your travel arrangement is not provided as promised we will pay you appropriate compensation if we agree this has affected the enjoyment of your trip.
Authentic Ireland Travel acts only as a booking agent for the various travel service providers. Bookings and transactions arranged by Authentic Ireland Travel are subject to the terms and conditions and limitation of liability imposed by accommodation providers and car rental agencies.
Authentic Ireland Travel does not accept any liability for any loss, claim damages (direct or indirect, incidental, special or consequential, including but not limited to lost profit or lost savings), accident, delay, omission or act whether negligent or otherwise on the part of a supplier of facilities for travel or any representative, employee, agent or servant of a supplier of facilities for travel.
In case your trip has to be postponed, travel insurance covers you. Authentic Ireland is proud to be partnered with the leading travel insurer. Their rates are affordable, and a small price to pay for peace of mind. We want you to relax when you’re here, have a great time, and then come back again! We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect your health while in Ireland as most foreign health insurance companies will not cover you should you require medical treatment. More information on our Travel Insurance here.
If you cancel and do not wish to take advantage of our risk free change policy and reschedule for a future date, the following penalties will apply, depending on the timing of your cancellation:
The above cancellation charges also apply to all Group Tours, Cottage Vacation Rentals & Scotland Vacations. Only Ireland vacations are eligible for our risk free cancellation policy.
The following cancellation penalties apply to Group Bookings (parties of 10 or more), depending on the timing of your cancellation:
- More than 16 weeks prior (to your arrival in Ireland/Scotland): $500.00 per person.
- 8 to 6 weeks prior: 50%
- 6 to 1 week prior: 90%
- Less than 1 weeks prior: 100%
Effective on December 31, 2009
Collection and Use of Personal Information
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We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement. We do not sell, rent, trade, or otherwise share your personal information with third parties without first providing you notice and choice.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law (e.g., to comply with a subpoena, warrant, court order, or legal process served on our website) and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, and/or respond to a government request.
In the event Authentic Ireland Travel goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.
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We use this information, which does not usually identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
We may record your IP addresses when you place an order through our site in order to detect and prevent fraud.
A web beacon is an electronic image placed on a web page that can serve many of the same purposes that cookies serve, For example, recording the pages you visit on our site. We or third parties may use web beacons to track the traffic patterns of users from one page to another.
We or our third party service provider may use web beacons in some of our emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients or track click-through rates. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our communications to customers and our marketing campaigns.
Correcting and Updating Your Personal Information
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We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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Notification of Privacy Statement Changes
We may update this policy from time to time as our information practices are modified or changed. If we make any material changes to this policy that affect your personal information, we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.
You can contact us by writing or email us at the address below.
Irish Welcome Tours Limited
Bracken Court, Bracken Road
Sandyford, Dublin 18 Ireland
If your flight has been delayed and you will miss your first night(s) of your package, please call us immediately so that we can help to rearrange your tour as best as possible. However, please be aware that hotels will require a minimum of 24 - 72 hours notice to cancel a reservation without any fees incurred. We will not be able to refund you for these missed nights. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance as you will be able to claim any of these fees incurred by travel delays. This is the only way to ensure you will not be charged for any itinerary changes due to travel delays. Please see our Travel Insurance page for more information on how to protect yourself while traveling.