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Amazing trip to Ireland!!
We booked an amazing vacation using Lauren and I would recommend her and Authentic Vacations to anyone that's looking for a vacation to one of the destinations they specialize in. Every detail was perfectly laid out for us and we enjoyed every "excursion" that was picked. I was skeptical of the falconry when it was first suggested it but that turned out to be one of the best things we experienced. My daughter said this was by far her favorite trip she's ever taken and the congratulation dessert at the last hotel was an amazing final touch. Thank you Lauren and we will definitely reach back out to you when we get ready to go check out Scotland!!
30th Wedding Anniversary Ireland Trip
My wife and I would like to thank Lainie Shaver for organizing an amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Ireland. Our private driver/tour guide was top notch. His knowledge of history, culture, restaurants and of course pubs was impressive. Having a driver allowed us to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views. We also played at three excellent golf courses (Lahinch, Old Head, Island Course). I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations.
Trip of a Lifetime with Tony Woods Chauffeur
Our perfect trip to Western Ireland was based at Temple Gate Hotel in the historic, compact, and the very walkable town of Ennis. Our travel agent, Josi, "got it" when we said we wanted a stress free vacation. With her help, we arranged 3 day-trips with Tony Woods Chauffeur, a combined tour guide/chauffeur service. We would never consider taking another vacation in Ireland without using them again. We avoided the frustrations and distractions of driving and navigating, parking, refueling, deciding whether to change itinerary based upon the weather, finding rest stops and lunch locations and deciding whether a site not on the itinerary was worth stopping at. As only a local can, Tony helped us cull through any decisions quickly and effectively. Lunch stops featured fresh Irish cuisine at a reasonable price. Rest stops were made at our convenience. We were able to traverse one-lane roads for a closeup view of rural life. We stayed at sites as long as we wanted. Tony mixed the utmost professionalism with the charm and hospitality the Irish are noted for. As a native of Ireland, he knows the country from the inside. After three days, we knew the country at a deeper level than we had expected. Upon the conclusion of the day trips, we spent our last day with a walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien before Tony taxied us to Bunratty Castle and it's associated Folk Park and back. When he dropped us at the airport, we were leaving a friend. End of a perfect trip.
Our trip was wonderful. The B&Bs were hosted by the most gracious and kind people. The lodging throughout the 9-day experience was great. This trip was customized by Lainie specifically for my daughter and her husband since a trip to Ireland has been my daughter's dream since she was a child. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. Next time, I want a trip designed for me!
Started working with Tam Katzin in February 2019 to plan our trip to Ireland for August 2019. My husband and I had an idea of what and where we wanted to go while there. Tam was very patient and wonderful throughout the whole process. Very helpful with travel tips for the areas we would be going to. This was our first trip internationally and we could not have asked for a better agent to work with. My numerous emails with questions were answered very promptly and informative. You can tell she definitely likes what she does with the awesome personal relationship you develop with her. Would definitely use her services and guidance when we book another trip.
Awesome. Ireland self guided tour. Hotel were set up and were a A+ rated. Our trip was amazing.
Lainie booked our trip to Ireland and Scotland and did such an amazing job. We simply had the best time and saw so much. She provided so much detail and was thoughtful in the amount of time we had to travel. The trip was smooth and relatively easy. I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations to anyone. Thanks Lainie for your hard work on our behalf
Awesome Trip to Scotland
This was our visit trip to Europe in years and the first time our 14-year-old daughter was out of the country. It was a fantastic trip. Amanda spent so much time with me planning and arranging our itinerary. I asked for boutique type of places to stay and that is exactly what we got. We also got a driver who was absolutely fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and took us to some lovely out of the way places, away from all the tourists...he became part of our family. Every day was an adventure and so much fun....my husband was able to get on the Old Course at St Andrew's totally unexpectedly and Edinburgh, the Highlands, Oban, and Machrihanish were all wonderful. We did not want to come home!!
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