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Amazing Customer Service
I cannot express more how amazing the customer service has been with this company. Jocoya has truly gone above and beyond for us. We had a few hiccups in our travel arrangements and with a quick turnaround, she did her absolute best to accommodate us. I would be thrilled to use this company again in the future.
Thank you Jocoya! You are a star!
Amanda did an excellent job booking our driving tour. She made arrangements for everything we knew we wanted to see and had suggestions for other great places as well. Accommodations were great. The one slight snag was handled efficiently and completely to our satisfaction. I recommend Authentic Ireland and Amanda. We would certainly use them again.
I cant say enough!
I am a professional travel advisor with 25 years experience. I started to use Authentic Ireland a little over a year ago for our travel clients. As a professional, relationship building is very important and I have never found a company that has been so professional, so knowledgeable and so helpful. I recently worked with Michelle for a group traveling for 15 nights to Ireland in September. We had several revisions but Michelle and Authentic Ireland handled the changes effortlessly. The arrangements, the accommodations are always wonderful. Every one of Fitzgerald Travel's clients have returned from vacation with rave reviews. Thank you Authentic Ireland for making us look so good! I look forward to years together!
Perfect Ireland Vacation
My wife and I had a wonderful Ireland vacation in August for our Anniversary. We had received some recommendations for Authentic Vacations and we are so glad we chose them for this memorable getaway. We were there for a week and everything, from the accommodations (a nice mixture of classy boutique hotels in the cities to small family B&B's in the country), the suggested itinerary and car reservation was all perfectly scheduled by their expert travel team (Jocoya, specifically). We are ready to book our next Ireland trip soon and will gladly use their services again. We believe their experience allows them to offer easy but memorable itineraries that take all the guess work out of planning a great trip to a wonderful and beautiful place like Ireland.
Enchanting Emerald Isle Tour
My sister and I were on the Enchanting Emerald Isle tour in July 2018. We had always wanted to go to Ireland and this was a wonderful opportunity. We met family members from the U.S. in Dublin and toured some of the city prior to traveling on to Enniscrone, Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny, and back to Dublin. We traveled the Ring of Kerry and The Burren! In spite of the drought that affected Europe in 2018, the countryside was beautiful! Brendan Vacations provided wonderful lodging at every stop! We took advantage of many of the optional experiences such as the Shannon River cruise and the Killarney Jaunting Cart Ride! I would particularly like to thank our travel director, James Creegan, for his patience and assistance during the trip! He answered all of our questions and provided us with an insight into Irish history that we can't glean from books! It may have been like herding cats, but James did it with aplomb! I would also like to give a shout out to our driver, Gerry, for his awesome navigation of the narrow country roads. Gerry was always willing to answer questions or lend a hand when needed! Thank you all for providing a most awesome trip through Ireland!
Simply Lovely Vacation!
The week with my granddaughter was wonderful! Anastasia did an outstanding job coming up with an itinerary to accommodate us in our short time in Ireland. The B and B's were excellent as well as the hotel! The rental car was perfect. Our self guided tour was better than we expected. I needed to contact Anastasia while in Ireland and she immediately responded to my question. Well Done!!!
Outstanding Holiday to Ireland
Megan did an outstanding job of creating a custom 3-week vacation based on the information I provided to her. We basically toured the entire island in a clock-wise direction. All of the accommodations were outstanding! Although this was a self-drive trip (which certainly is a trip, driving in Ireland!) but Megan provided numerous points of interest for each of our 11 destinations. I felt the tour was reasonably priced and it went off without a hitch. Megan's attention to detail was fantastic. I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations and I would definitely use them again for any future trips to Ireland or the UK!
My husband and I just returned from a 10-day trip to Ireland/Scotland for our 30th wedding anniversary. When I started looking at this trip, I came across this site and Jocoya Fox-Jones came across the chat. I told her what I was looking at and she planned the rest. Our trip was AMAZING and we couldn't have asked for a better person than Jocoya to have planned our trip. We've already decided that we will be using her again for our next adventure. She made our bucket list vacation a perfect one!!
This is the third trip I have booked with Jocoya Fox-Jones. Ireland, Iceland and now Japan. She has been consistently WONDERFUL, professional and has answered my every request quickly and so well. She is the BEST.
This vacation was surprise graduation gift for my two sisters who graduated from nursing school this Spring. We have all talked about traveling outside of the country, but we had never acted on these plans. I wanted to find a travel company that could help a novice traveler create a vacation that my sisters and I would remember. Thankfully, I happened across this site, and Jordan Elzerman! She took my travel requests and created the perfect itinerary for us. I don’t think the girls and I could’ve asked for a more perfect vacation! We’re already talking about “next time”. To any one who may feel reluctant to drive, I promise you that it’s not as scary as you think! We had at least one paid event every day that we were on vacation, and all the other time was free time that we could spend on whatever our hearts desired. It was the perfect combination of scheduled activities/free exploration.
I don't even know where to begin to describe how incredible and wonderful our experience was! We had contacted other travel agents that just could not understand what we wanted. Then we contacted Jocoya Fox- Jones.... she GOT IT! She provided exactly the experience we were hoping for period from the tours of breweries and distilleries to the freedom to explore on our own, to staying in locations that provided easy access to castles and historic sites, it was perfect! Each Bed and breakfast was beautiful and our hosts were warm and informative. We have been home for less than 2 weeks and have already contacted Jocoya to schedule our next Ireland adventure! I cannot recommend Authentic Ireland vacations enough!
My travel agent has been Anastasia Casteel and she has been INCREDIBLE!!!! She has gone absolutely above and beyond to make this upcoming trip as seamless as possible for me and I am already planning my next trip to book with this company all because of Anastasia Casteel!!! She has been wonderful and so helpful and has helped me book specific tours that I knew I wanted to take so all this to say - thank you, Anastasia!!! This has been a GREAT company to work with!!
There are no words to describe how wonderful our trip this past week to Ireland was! Heather was our consultant and I can't say enough abut her. She was fantastic. She was so helpful and her recommendations were perfect. We did not have one problem on our trip. It was seamless! From our plane ride to Ireland to every hotel and B&B we stayed in to our car rental and insurance to the plane ride home. PERFECT! Thank you Heather.
Honeymooning in Incredible Ireland
Our authentic Ireland honeymoon holiday was truly an amazing experience. From start to finish, each destination blew us away with its beauty and friendly locals. Emily, who organised our travel plans was extremely helpful and friendly. She went to the effort to check up on us throughout our trip and also surprised us by organising an arrival wedding / congratulations gift from each of our B&B's or hotels.
We will definitely be back, 7 days was not enough! We enjoyed our trip in such a beautiful country and met amazing people.
My traveling companions and I were over the moon with excitement upon going to Ireland!!! Michelle, our travel agent, was tremendous in planning the trip according to our hopes and dreams and budget. Our lodging in Enis, County Clare, was a beyond our expectations, so lovely, comfortable and cozy. It was so nice to come home too after our day travels. Ireland is beautiful and stole my heart.
Our first trip to Ireland could not have been more beautiful or amazing. Alaina went above and beyond to make our trip wonderful for us on very short notice. She assisted with unexpected issues on the fly and found us places with air conditioning, which is not easy. Our 7 night vacation consisted of driving from Dublin and seeing the southern half of the Republic. Each place Alaina arranged for us to stay and each customized adventure was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the people, culture and beauty. We celebrated our 28th Anniversary with our “dream” vacation. We look forward to our next vacation to see Northern Ireland!
Our 30th anniversary trip to Ireland was simply wonderful! Jocoya did an awesome job picking all the wonderful places, B&Bs, etc. We felt it truly was an “authentic” Ireland trip. Thank you so much! I will definitely recommend you guys again and again.
We had great time in Ireland. Our accommodations were top of the line. The only complaint I have is that I wish directions to put B&Bs addresses were more clear
We had a trip that was everything we could have hoped for. Lonna did a terrific job planning a wonderful hiking trip. The B&Bs were a really great part of the trip. Ireland is a beautiful country with friendly people.
This is our first time booking through Authentic Vacations. The bed and breakfasts in Ireland were wonderful. We had a fantastic time. Our vacation planner was responsive and knowlegable. Unfortunately, our London experience was not as perfect. The hotel's air conditioning was not working in one of our rooms and we were told there was no other rooms. The air wasn't fixed the next day, so they did move us then. In retrospect I would have stayed the whole trip in Ireland. All in all a great trip of a lifetime.