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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!
2 week Ireland vacation
Recently returned from a wonderful Ireland trip. My wife and I traveled with another couple which is a challenge of its own. I was the only one who had been to Ireland before so it was left up to me to plan for and drive for the group! With Lauren's help, we had a fantastic time. She found a great blend of hotel and B&B accommodations for us that was perfect for our needs. Beautiful weather and super friendly locals didn't hurt either. Our friends told us it was their best vacation ever!!!
Every B&B was fantastic. The hostesses were the nicest people you could ask for. The accommodations were beautiful. I would love to visit each one again.
If I were to travel to Ireland again I would not travel on Aer Lingus. The plane is uncomfortable and the flight attendants are only as nice as they have to be.
Awesome trip to Ireland
Our trip to Ireland was fantastic! Six of us traveled the countryside with our wonderful driver and guide for 7 days. We loved the places we stayed and the places visited, Michelle from Authentic Vacations helped us plan this chauffeured trip. It was beyond our expectations! Our driver was so knowledgeable and kind. His love for Ireland came through. I don't think we would change a thing. ( Well, maybe the weather!)
Ireland Done Right
Our group consisted of two couples, and Amanda A. put together a great itinerary with wonderful lodgings for our 11 days in south and west Ireland. The food was great (always piping hot!), the people extremely friendly, the scenery outstanding, and Guinness was always readily available! We had a few ideas of places to see and to stay from friends who recently visited the area, and Amanda was more than accommodating in pulling together a plan that worked. We did a driving tour. While we adapted very quickly to driving on the left, the narrow roads in the country were a real challenge, but it worked out fine in the end (good knowing we had insurance coverage!). So, if driving on narrow roads would be an issue for you I recommend you hire a driver. We had one small reservations glitch, but the 24/7 helpline came to the rescue and resolved the issue. I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations and Amanda A. for future travel needs!
Self drive trip thru Southern Ireland
The wife & I did a self-drive tour through Southern Ireland after doing one through Scotland. The signage in Ireland is much better than Scotland and using the rented GPS, we had no real driving problems. The only recommendation we have is, try and stay more than one night at any location to give you time to see the sights. Thanks to Heather for her work on our tour.
Could not have pulled this off without Tim
When I was searching on the internet about traveling to Ireland I submitted an inquiry to authenticireland.com. Immediately Tim called me to see how he could help. He really listened to exactly what we wanted to get out of our trip to Ireland. He matched our interests, our tastes, our time available, and our budget. After a few changes to his suggestions, he took care of booking flights, hotels, car rentals and tickets for tours. He even coordinated a flight with a friend meeting us there from London. The entire trip went smoothly without a glitch. I took comfort in knowing I could reach out to Tim at any time with questions. Also, I sensed Tim's love for Ireland throughout the planning stages. He steered us to all the perfect locations for what we wanted to see and do.
Amazing Trip To Ireland!!
My wife and I had an amazing trip to Ireland with the help of Amanda from Authentic Vacations! We were able to see all the sights we had on our bucket list and were able to do so at a good pace that didn't make the trip feel rushed to get it all in. All of our overnight accommodations were top notch and our itinerary was really well laid out for us to have a perfect trip! Thank you so much for helping put together the trip of a lifetime!
Great Trip to Ireland
We had a great trip to Ireland and would highly recommend Heather Baggett as our point of contact. The accommodations that she picked were top-notch. The Dromoland Castle was a particular high point of our trip. There are two recommendations for future travelers. First, we needed a bigger rental car than what Authentic Vacations booked for us. When the 4 of us arrived at Hertz with our 4 medium suitcases, it was obvious that we would not fit in the reserved car. We had to upgrade at the cost of an additional 250 euros. Second, 1 night in Belfast is not enough to see anything significant in that city. If you want to see anything on the drive from Dublin to Belfast and anything between Belfast (such as the Giant's Causeway) and the next stop, a single night in Belfast does not allow any time to see the city. However, overall it was a wonderful trip.