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What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic again!
Driving through history
We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty.
Christmas in Ireland
We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !
An epic solo road trip!
Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.
Ireland birthday trip
Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.
Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!
We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!
Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! 🙂
Great Vacation. Fabulous Vacation Planner
I cannot speak highly enough about the vacation planning services we received from Amanda. With only 8 days lead time before we were to get on a plane, Amanda arranged a 9 day vacation that will long be remembered. She was patient, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor that remained in place even as I constantly changed parameters on her. I would not hesitate to use Amanda or Authentic Ireland Vacations. I will certainly do so in the future.
We worked with Lauren who arranged a fabulous Ireland trip for us and every detail was taken care of from start to finish. The hotels were wonderful and the Irish people are the very best. Don't hesitate to contact Lauren to plan your Irish vacation, you'll more more than satisfied.
Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.
My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!
I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!
Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....
Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal
The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.
Thanks to the expert advice and experience of Con, our bespoke private family tour of Ireland, North and South, in September was a huge success. Our private guide and driver, Robert, from ProCar was very knowledgeable and helped us better understand and appreciate the sights, history and culture. Thank you all at Ultimate Ireland Vacations!
25th Anniversary Trip!
We just returned from our 25th Anniversary Trip to Ireland. I had never been out of the country before and Jocoya made it so easy. Perfectly balanced itinerary allowing us to explore on our own and had plenty of pre-booked things to do. It took all of the pressure off of us to plan. The pre-travel info was perfect and didn't have a single issue at any of the attractions or hotels. Jocoya also listened to what we wanted to experience and truly made it authentic for us! THANK YOU!!! Best trip ever!!
We worked with Lonna Powers at Authentic Vacations and she planned a fantastic trip to London and Ireland. Our travel plans were spur of the moment and Lonna did a great job of pulling everything together on time. London for 2 nights, and Ireland for 6 nights. The hotels and B&B's were great. London is a very busy place and getting around with the Black Cab Taxi tour was a great choice. Ireland was beautiful Our special place was Sheedy's in Doolin. Thank you Lonna!!
Best sister trip!
Josi, you did a fabulous job in taking everything i wanted into account and delivered my sister and I an itinerary that planned our days with great must see sites but also left room for us to deviate if we wanted too. My sister and I left with an sense of wonder of how beautiful Ireland and welcoming the people are. We created many memories and friends along the way. Thank you!
Ireland and Scotland
Just returned from a 2-week driving trip in Ireland and Scotland trip. It was fabulous and well planned with Jocoya's help. We had a mix of hotels and B&B's. A very well rounded experience in both countries.
Ireland was my favorite. Lush, green and wild! The roads are definitely a test when you go off the highways and on the rural roads, but hey we saw amazing little towns. We also did the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher as well as the mountains in Kerry. When we left the Cliffs we drove to take the Tarbert Ferry across the Shannon River. Picture perfect and a 20 minute ride. Kerry was by far my favorite place and Gallway my favorite city, although Killarney was cool too.
Roads in Scotland are better and signage is better than Ireland. We did more castles in Scotland than we thought we would do. We traveled to Aberdeen, Loch Ness and back to Edinburgh. Loved staying at the Loch Ness Inn. Central to the loch, to Isle of Skye and Inverness. Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh was great and you can walk to everything!
All in all a wonderful trip!