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The planning, hotel booking and suggested site seeing itinerary were so well organized and perfect. I would suggest informing first time travelers to Ireland who are driving for the first time, that there can be quite a bit of mountain side driving with very narrow, winding roads. That wasn't something that was addressed beforehand with Authentic Ireland, caused a little bit of distress while in Ireland. I would also mention that communication while booking the trip with my agent wasn't the greatest. There were many business days that would go by without hearing any responses to email questions, which when looking to book a trip, a 1 business day turnaround is typically expected. Though once i discussed items with my agent, she was very professional and well informed. Just improve on communication timing, if out of the office an out of office message would assist in letting passanger know they should contact someone else within the office.
Enchanting family quality time!
I live in Costa Rica. A colleague from the local tourism industry recommended Authentic Vacations... I contacted AV with a little bit of hesitation. But the moment Jocoya Fox-Jones established communication, things started flowing! The planning went smoothly; she made sure to ask the right questions about our needs and desires. The itinerary sounded perfect... and turned out to be perfect in the end! My 7 year-old loved the castles and the hotels, my wife and I enjoyed the gastro experiences and we all found several opportunities for a great family bonding time. The beauty of Scotland and Ireland plus the right planning made it all a 5-star experience! Thanks Jocoya, thanks Authentic Vacations!
Wonderful experience will travel with Authentic again. Anastasia was great to deal with and she is my go to woman for the next vacation.
Magical Trip to Scotland & Ireland!
Jocoya from Authentic Ireland was an amazing travel specialist! It was my first solo trip to Scotland & Ireland and working with her made my holiday so much better. She was very flexible and accommodating when I wanted to tailor my itinerary to include more historical sights. Jocoya is very responsive and she helped me sort out some hotel snafu in Scotland. Loved my trip and will be going back to Ireland in the future and using Authentic Vacations again. I strongly recommend using Authentic Vacations if you're planning a trip to Ireland, Scotland or England!
I feel that I have to give 2 reviews. The first review would definitely be 5-star for our 8 days in Ireland. The Applecroft House B&B in Killarney was amazing and our stays at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin and the Ballyseede Castle in Tralee were outstanding! We went on to London for 3 days after Ireland and Authentic Vacations (AV) booked our hotel in London - the Park Grand London Paddington. AV was new to booking in London and I have to say that they should never recommend this hotel again. The quality of the hotel was sub-par, especially after what we experienced in Ireland. The rooms and beds were small, the decor was shabby and tacky. There were no rooms that were being renovated either. AV tried to make it right by asking the hotel to show us other rooms we could upgrade to, but they were all pretty bad. I only want to mention all this so that AV knows not to steer any future clients here. Thanks to Lonna for planning a custom itinerary for us in Ireland that exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend Authentic Vacations to anyone considering a trip to Ireland.
Our trip to Ireland was planned by Lisa L and it was fantastic. We loved Ireland, the people were nice and helpful. So much history there. We stayed at a mix of B&B and hotels. My only concern was the Pembroke Hotel had a terrible mattress and it was only a double bed. We managed but it was uncomfortable. Everything else went perfectly and I will definitely use this tour company again.
Very good first contacts with nice and friendly contact. Unfortunately contact changed and the continuation of the preparation of trip was at first a little bit difficult. All in all the route proposed and the added info was excellent; good description of interesting and must see points. The first and the last Hotels were excellent choice, others were very disappointing (with exception of the guesthouse in Dingle). We didn' t expect to be housed in BnB and didn't like it at all. Next time, we will be checking this point.
Home from a 12 day, self drive vacation. So thankful for all of Jocoya’s effort to build the perfect package. While it’s impossible to see everything, what we did see was memorable. The included entry to castles Cliffs of Moher boat tour and finally the stay at Clontarf Castle with the included dinner was the perfect way to say goodbye to Ireland. I must that time to acknowledge Imeal na Mara as the BEST B&B ! Phil and her husband Mike are gracious inn keepers and we felt at home in the first 5 minutes. Located In Ballydavid, it was a good base to explore the Dingle peninsula. The beds were so comfortable with high quality linens were perfect! They are a wealth of knowledge of the area and always ready to share laughter and stories. We were lucky to spend 3 nights there and really didn’t want to leave! If you are planning a holiday I highly recommend contacting Jocoya at authentic Ireland and request Imeal na Mara...you won’t be disappointed!
This trip to Ireland beat all other vacations we have had to date! Tam was so wonderful to work with through Authenticvacations.com. I would highly recommend her to handle your next vacation!! We will be using her again for our next vacation! Thank you Tam and authentic vacations for making our Ireland trip such a success and so much fun!!
Tim Legris is amazing!
Tim helped us plan our vacation and find fantastic hotels in the perfect position for what we wanted to accomplish in Ireland. He listened to our hopes for the vacation and made them happen. Incredibly responsive and helpful. The tips to download Google maps and get an electrical adapter for Ireland were also extremely helpful. Our vacation ran without a hitch because of Tim and Authentic Vactations. Thanks so much!
This was a nice tour. I enjoyed having the lodgings all advance booked and the rental car all handled for us. I do wish we had been warned that to get to several destinations, the only option was toll roads or ferry (all paid, and some only took cash). It wasn’t too expensive but it still would’ve been nice to be warned. I liked all the BNBs except the one in Killarney. The host was overrambunctious, criticized the tour we booked (the horse and carriage ride), gave full weather reports about 4 different areas in Ireland then quizzed you about where you were going and gave even more unsolicited advice, causing us to be delayed from what we wanted to do several times.
Michelle did such an excellent job planning our honeymoon for us! I explained to her what kind of trip we wanted to have and it was exactly what we wanted. All of the different bed and breakfasts we stayed in were so authentic with beautiful views. We were blown away at how organized everything was and the detail of our itinerary. Thanks Michelle for making our honeymoon so fantastic !!
Jill & Traci's Drive Tour
Michelle had everything in order for us from the time we checked into our first hotel till the end. All accommodations were exceptional. Locations were arranged perfectly. We loved our Ireland self-drive trip.
A big thank you to Authentic Ireland and specifically, Jocoya, for an excellent holiday. From the first email I sent, I received nothing but the friendliest, most professional service. Jocoya managed to plan the perfect holiday for us and we did not have one single problem during the holiday. I can without a doubt recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone that is looking for an unforgettable holiday! Thank you Jocoya and the team for everything!
Ireland was all we dreamed it would be
Our vacation in Ireland was all we hoped it would be. We absolutely loved all the bed and breakfasts we stayed at especially the Newlands Country House in Kilkenny and the Applecroft House in Killarney, although our castle stay on the last night left us wanting. The car rental worked out great and we loved the small towns and scenic views. I would have given this review 5 stars except I found the costumer service to be lacking. When we started planning our trip we had one trip advisor (Sabrina) and towards the end of our planning, we were switched to a different advisor (Anastasia). Possibly that switch was what caused our issues, but I just felt like there was a lot of communication breakdown. Months would go by before I would receive answers to my questions. Also, I am pretty disappointed that my trip advisor neglected to tell me that the castle hotel she scheduled for us (the only request my fiancé had on this trip was to spend a night in a castle) was under maintenance. The whole front of the castle had scaffolding up so we couldn't take any pictures of it, and the noise from the construction was deafening. We had a terrible experience at the Clontarf Castle in Dublin. If we had known about the construction in advance, we would have chosen a different hotel or a B&B.
Jocoya went above and beyond from the start and crafted a customized agenda for our self-drive trip in Ireland with specific regards to our interests. She was highly responsive to our inquiries and took on the burden of planning everything, which made our travel experience so much more convenient and stress-free. We ended up loving the itinerary and having an incredible time. I highly recommend Authentic Vacations and Jocoya, and would not hesitate to book another adventure with them in the future!
Awesome Places to Stay!
Anastasia picked out awesome places for us to stay on our week-long trip to Ireland! Our favorite was staying in a castle! She also suggested great places to visit along the way! We took our GPS and a map and were able to navigate our way around from there! We were very fortunate to have lovely weather!
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!