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Heart of Scotland
This was our second trip through Authentic Ireland (the first one was to Ireland 7 years ago), and we thoroughly loved the experience. Yes, driving is challenging because we were driving on the "wrong" side of the car and on the "wrong" side of the road, but you'd be surprised at how quickly you adapt and how much having your own transportation allows you to see so much more than you would with a bus or guided tour. All of our hotels were in converted homes or castles, which made the experience so much more, well, authentic. We were able to go to all of the sites on our itinerary, saw a large amount of the country, and were able to experience the local cuisine. Our agent, Tim, was great at answering any questions and providing all of the travel documents well in advance of the trip. We will definitely be going back to Ireland and Scotland one day, and I have no reservations about going through Authentic Ireland again.
Amazing Family/10 Year
We just spent 14 amazing days in Ireland. It was myself, spouse, a 14-year-old and a 9-Year-old. Talk about amazing, Amanda did such a great job at planning our trip for us. Each day was something new and exciting. All I did was give a few details and somehow this magician was able to pull off the best trip we have ever had. There were multiple things for all of us each day just about. So not only was my 9-year-old saying every day was EPIC, my 14-year-old even had an amazing time. The only suggestion I can give is to get the rental car added into your package. Don't be like me and try and get it cheaper, it will not work. Other than that such a great time. Thank you.
Bucket List Trip to Ireland 2019
So Ireland has been on my bucket list for over 25 years. Something about there has always drawn my interest. We usually are headed to some beach and sun destination, but this year we agreed to check Ireland off the list. We started off by talking to friends that have been there about where and what to do. Of course, that led us to decide we needed to not go to a spot, but rather tour the whole island to see it all for ourselves. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and had to add Northern Ireland to the trip to see many of the sets and exhibits that were available during our trip. Jackie Daniel was who we ended up talking to and she was amazing!. we went back and forth a few times on adding this and changing that, but she put us together with a well-rounded trip!. We probably drove more than the average person would want to, but we wanted to see it all. Jackie put down things to do in every town and even things to try and go see between destinations. We had an amazing trip and just enjoyed the country. We did find out that due to cooler weather that a lot of hotels did not have Air Conditioning, but were gracious enough to provide fans. We had one B&B that just was not a good fit for is and sent Jackie an email asking what we could do. It was probably 0200 AM her time when we sent it due to the time change but she immediately responded and solved our problem on the spot. Her customer service was outstanding and would recommend her to anyone first time Ireland visitor. Ireland showed us the parts that were most to our liking and we will return next time and have more time to enjoy the street life both during the day and night. We did the whole country driving in 12 days but would suggest maybe 14 would allow a little more time in each place. Please do not fly to Dublin and not go to the countryside! That's where the real Ireland is!!
Wonderful Week in Ireland
My husband and I took our first trip to Ireland this month and had a wonderful, busy experience. Lainie Shaver put together a great self-guided road trip. Lainie spent a lot of time on the phone with me before our trip, explaining all the necessary details. She even walked me through Google maps to make sure I was comfortable with its use. Our lodging was top notch on large estates. There were more suggested places to visit than we could manage day by day so we picked our favorites before heading out each day. The extremely narrow country roads and frequent roundabouts didn't faze us after a few close calls! One of the best parts we weren't expecting but were pleasantly surprised about was the upgraded airfare to premium economy. We had so much space on our flights to and from Europe which were much appreciated and well worth the added expense. I highly recommend using Authentic Vacations to put your trip together.
We just returned from a 15-day self-guided trip to Ireland and Scotland. We had a wonderful time experiencing these two beautiful countries. Our travel agent, Jocoya did a great job helping me plan our itinerary. I told what we wanted and she was both very helpful and accommodating. I would highly recommend Authentic Ireland and Jocoya.
Just wanted to take a minute to thank Maggie Lunde for arranging our trip to Ireland.
As expected, everything went smoothly and all had a wonderful time.
It was perfect. Our driver was a peach, the hotels were great and our tours made everyone happy. It went off without a hitch thanks to Maggie and her amazing ability to know what people want.
Again, thanks for everything, Maggie, and I hope we’ll have the opportunity to work with you again. You made my dream come true!
My wife and I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Ireland. Amanda A and the team at Authentic Ireland did an incredible job putting together our self-drive trip. We stayed at 2 castles, 2 B&B's, and 2 hotels. They also handled the car rental, the itinerary, and included several attractions and "not to miss" sites. Their selections were impeccable. Amanda and the Authentic Ireland group were amazingly responsive to all our needs and questions both over the phone and through online chat. We highly recommend them. Barry Gibberman
Amanda at Authentic Ireland helped plan our self guided Ireland trip. Our first time visiting this gorgeous country was a breeze thanks to Amanda organizing our lodging and car rental. In addition, she provided a daily itinerary of suggested sights along with our route and day trips from our lodging. Extra support came with her sending us various PDFs of tips to help us plan a smooth trip and prepare for a vacation in another country. We had wonderful lodging including a couple of B&B’s with terrific hosts. We stayed at one over my birthday and the host had a birthday cake for me at breakfast. Such a warm gesture and complete surprise as a room full of guests sang to me. Our trip included two “tours” that Amanda arranged, the rest we planned ourselves. We had the time of our lives and hundreds of beautiful photos to reminisce over. I highly recommend Authentic Ireland to assist you in whatever you want your trip to be, self-guided or a tour. They are the best!
Great 11 day trip to Ireland
This was our first trip to Ireland. We drove ourselves and the itinerary was planned out by Authentic Ireland. Hotels were top notch. The activities were fantastic. We did have a slight problem keeping up with all the suggested activities. There was no down time so we saw it all.
My trip to Killarney, Ireland was FANTASTIC!! Such a beautiful area and everybody was so friendly and welcoming. I wanted something a little different and Michael was super helpful in arranging a fun-filled excursions including horseback riding and a morning at a falconry! Michael was very prompt in answering questions and offering suggestions. He did a great job picking out hotels that were convenient to transportation so it was easy to get around. Everything went smoothly and the trip was a joy
Ireland was everything I was hoping it would be and I can’t wait to go back and see more! Emily Hahn was our advisor and helped us plan an amazing 8 day, 7-night trip. Our communication consisted mainly of emails and a couple of phone calls. She answered any questions and addressed concerns quickly. I reached out to Authentic Ireland at the beginning of the year and we went on our trip last month, June 2019. I gave Emily a list of things/places I wanted to do and see and she incorporated them into our schedule/itinerary. We chose to rent a car so we could take our time and not have to follow a set schedule. We chose to stay at BnBs vs hotels as we wanted more of an authentic feel for the country. We had awesome BnB hosts. Everything we asked for, Emily made happen - even changes that affected the entire itinerary! She was so helpful and professional with everything! We flew into Dublin and drove to Counties Cong, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Cork, Wicklow, and flew back out of Dublin. So, we drove east to west then south then back east. We saw places such as Ashford Castle, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, Sky Road in Clifden, Blarney Castle, Glendalough, and other amazing areas that weren’t as known/touristy. West Ireland is a must-see if you’re wanting a more authentic experience. It was an amazing, memorable trip for my husband and I - a wonderful way to celebrate my 40th! Can’t wait to go back and see more of the country!
12 days in Ireland
Our Ireland trip was fabulous from start to finish..…thanks to the expert assistance that we received from Lonna at Authentic Ireland……as well as the outstanding 7-day bus tour provided by Tauck, Inc. We enjoyed excellent accommodations, excellent food, excellent scenery and excellent local guides…..would HIGHLY recommend a trip to Ireland arranged by Authentic Ireland & Tauck
This was our first time taking a trip to Ireland...
The experience was amazing, beautiful country, friendly people, lucked out with great weather. Food was excellent, especially steak and stew dinner nights. Not so crazy about the roads, but manageable. Authentic Ireland, trip advisor Lauren was excellent. Lauren put a 9 days vacation packages for our group, we all got to experience an amazing vacation.!!!
We want to thank Lauren and her company for this amazing vacation.
Trip was fantastic! Hotels that were provided all had good service, nice, clean rooms, and excellent breakfast food. Enjoy the stay at each. Had one minor issue at Galway Bay Hotel, aside from no A/C which we knew going into it but there was quite a bit of noise throughout the night from party guests. Only other complaint is the car/van issued to us by Hertz. They did not have the size vehicle we were supposed to receive, tried putting us in a smaller vehicle which 5 adults and their luggage could not fit into and Hertz ended up upselling us a larger van. Hertz should have done the right thing and upgraded for free since the car we should have received was not on the lot. All in all, highly recommend Authentic Ireland to arrange your getaway. Lauren did an amazing job putting route maps together and arranging and rearranging hotels. Thank you, Lauren and Authentic Ireland for a memorable trip.
We had a totally amazing trip to Ireland and stayed in the Atlantic View Cottages in Doolin. What a marvelous way to spend our 50th Anniversary and my 70th Birthday. We had the privilege of having our two sons and their lovely wives to share the experience. There is nothing we would change. Thank you, Lauren for your kind expertise! Tim and Nima West
Exceptional Ireland Tour
In June, I took a group of 12 on a tour of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was the 4th Ireland tour and the 14th European tour that I have led. But it was the first with Authentic Ireland/Vacations. I can say that it was the best tour, resulting in comments from my participants such as "it was life-changing" and "you made our dreams come true"! I loved working with Maggie Lunde who helped greatly in getting us to some special unique places that I had researched, as well as arranging for great venues and working out all the details to make things work well. Martin McAviney with Pro Car and Bus was our driver/guide who was beyond outstanding. I will look forward to working with both of them again on future tours!
Shirley’s trip to ireland
Our trip was wonderful! Our accommodations from the first night to the last night were above what we expected and were first class all the way. You couldn’t bet the cleanliness of each stop, the hospitality and great breakfasts. The people of Ireland are very warm and welcoming. They are so helpful without being asked. The weather was beautiful and very conducive to sightseeing. All in all, the 4 of us had a great week in Ireland, thanks to authentic Ireland vacations.
Last Minute Trip
I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!
Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter
We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.
This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!