Authentic Ireland Reviews: Why Our Clients Love Us
Our top priority when planning our trips is to give our customers authentic, customized and affordable tours that they will take pride in upon returning home. Below are real reviews from real customers that fell in love with the culture, accommodations and extraordinary history that Ireland offers. Oh… and our travel representatives!
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A rewarding experience
Based on the many positive review of Authentic Ireland, we decided to use this agency to help with our travel plans to Ireland. And we were not disappointed! All arrangements worked out perfectly.We booked an 8-day self drive trip. Our lodging and itinerary worked out perfectly. We worked with Robin who helped us refine our trip to meet our budget and interests. We were very pleased with the lodging locations as each was beautiful, unique and charming with friendly and helpful staff. The breakfasts at each hotel/castle were fabulous and delicious , too.The car rental process worked out well and we ended up with an upgraded car, as well, which was more comfortable in spite of it being a bit larger making us even more caution when driving the narrow roads of Ireland. We thankfully did not have any driving "incidents", but found it extremely helpful to have several "back seat drivers" in the car to help navigate the different rules of the road in Ireland. Also a Garmin/GPS unit is a must when traveling in Ireland, and we are pleased that we had brought one with us .We appreciated the freedom of being able to drive, stop, tour and work our way to each new lodging location on our own time frame. It was awe inspiring to see the historical castles, abbeys, gardens, monuments and ruins. And we loved the beautiful scenery of the countryside and coast lands. We found the Irish to be extremely friendly and courteous everywhere and it was delightful to be able to communicate so easily with all we met due to no language barrier.I would definitely consider returning to Ireland. On a second trip, I would also plan to travel/drive a bit less and, instead, settle into a place for 2-4 days to better enjoy the beauty and ambiance of the hotel/castle lodging as well as better explore the local sights of that area. Thank you Authentic Ireland for helping to make our vacation to Ireland an affordable, comfortable and inspiring adventure.Marie
The tour was arranged meticulously. The name of Catherine Burke-Gunvalsen must be mentioned in my review. She was the one who came up with excellent suggestions for our bus tour based on our interests. She gave us a lot of information which no doubt helped us in preparation for the trip. She set up an alternate flight plan for us, which was a direct flight into and out of Dublin, arriving a day early for the tour. There were five instances where she had a driver meet us and take us to the appropriate destination. Everything worked perfectly, and made our transition to and from the tour very smooth and enjoyable. We are thinking about going back in the next year or two, and if we do, we will certainly arrange it through Catherine Burke-Gunvalsen. Thank you so much, Catherine. The guide, Liam Murray, was an excellent educator and, fortunately, has a great sense of humor. On top of it, he took care of every tourist in a fatherly manner. The hotels, overall, were of higher class. The food served in designated places was to everyone's taste. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
I can't say enough good things about my experience with Authentic Ireland! I worked with Catherine Burke-Gunvalsen to curate the perfect trip, and from our first interaction, I could tell she truly cared about every detail of our Honeymoon. I reached out to AI with an idea of what we wanted to do, but she was able to help us really choose the areas we wanted to visit over the course of our trip, and gave us some great insider insight about places we should visit and things we should do during our time in Ireland. All of the hotels and B&B's we stayed with were very nice, clean, and had superb customer service, and ALL of the breakfasts were delicious! Of all the overnight accommodations, I would recommend that EVERYONE who goes to Dublin should stay with Clontarf castle. They were so welcoming, went over the top to upgrade us and treat us like royalty, as they knew it was our honeymoon.Thank you Catherine & Authentic Ireland for all of your help in making our Honeymoon wonderful, and magical, and truly a trip we will never forget!!
We have recently returned from our incredible trip to Ireland. We booked a 7 day private chauffeur & hotels package through Authentic Ireland & the itinerary was perfect. Our driver, Patrick McCarthy was fabulous- not only a great driver but an excellent tour guide and historian as well. We couldn’t have asked for a better ‘driver’. Patrick well exceeded our expectations and gave us many options day-to-day as to what we would like to do. His suggestions were spot on for our likes and interests. We had considered doing a bus tour but decided a private driver was a better idea, and was it ever! We saw so much each day, and probably could not have fit anything else in to our allotted time there. The castles, museums, abbeys, and countryside were all spectacular sites- we look forward to returning to see the rest of Ireland that we didn’t have time for, and hoping Patrick will be our escort!
We traveled to Ireland on the last week of September 2016. Everything was as wonderful as we had hoped. Having submitted a list of possible highlights to Shannon in Vancouver, and having demanded a ridiculously too few number of days to enjoy these highlights, we were provided with an itinerary that encompassed as many sights as possible. The hotels were well situated and very nice and the vouchers for tourist sights worked without hitch. Our chauffeur was excellent from Pro-Car. Pat drove us about safely and without a hitch while providing excellent commentary and history. His suggestions throughout the tour were 'spot-on'. The Guinness Storehouse, the Trinity College with the Book of Kells, Newgrange neolithic tombs, the Black Taxi Tour in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, the extra 'Troubles' tour in Derry, Slieve League cliff, hiking on Mount Errigal and Kylemore Abby were all fantastic. The many pubs and stores and other various sights in Dublin and Galway were also very nice. Our only complaint was that we tried to do too much and did not have enough time. Thank You Authentic Ireland.
We had the trip of our dreams visiting Ireland with Lonna's excellent planning. It was the best vacation we've ever had. We so enjoyed exploring Dublin, the southern back roads with the breathtaking scenery and every one of our delightful accommodations. I still can't get the smile off my face.The itinerary was perfect in the time we had to spend which only makes us want to go back to see the things we missed. Thank you so much for making this a trip we will never forget.
I have to give 5 stars to Authentic Ireland. I changed our schedule several times and the company were instantly responsive and full of great advice. The vacation itself went off without a hitch and a fabulous time was had by all. Don't be afraid to book with Authentic Ireland they know their stuff.
From the pickup at the airport to the excellent hotel before departure the trip was a trouble free success!! The vouchers for the B&B gave us the flexibility to go where we wanted and take the time we needed to explore. I will be back, and I will certainly call on Authentic Ireland again.
Great Authentic Irish Trip
I can't recommend these people enough. Maggie Lunde was our adviser. She listened to everything we wanted and booked stuff to our taste from B&Bs to castle's and abbeys. We had a great time, loved the people and the recommended sites to see at each location. If I had it to do over knowing what I know now, I would probably book 3 locations only and make day trips out of that area. Moved a great deal on this trip as we wanted to see most of Ireland and meet the people. Had great time and the voucher system worked just fine everywhere we went including the bus system for the tour in Dublin. Glad we didn't spend much time in Dublin as big cities are not our cup of tea, but the hotels she choose for us were really helpful for early morning arrivals and getting back to the airport. I would suggest if you get in early morning to just go ahead and book your room and pay the extra day, so you can get into your room on arrival especially if you arrive on a Sunday morning, The Morgan was great about getting us in a room by 11am, but it would have helped to have it at 6am when we arrived to clean up, I think it would be worth the extra money. Most of the hotels staff don't get in until 9 on Sundays, so early check in is a bit of a problem. Great time and great company giving you options. We booked this whole trip in less than 21 days from leaving and had absolutely no problems anywhere.
Our first time in ireland was to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We told Aisling Mcmahon what we wanted to see and do and she took it from there. The accomodations that she selected were fantastic, all 4 star or better including a night in a castle which was very special. We saw the ring of carrie, the cliffs of Moher, Birr castle , The rock of cashel, Guinness storehouse, Smithwick's brewery, Tullymore Dew, The book of Kell's,Dublin castle,all kinds of pubs filled with fun loving people,andthe most courteous Irish folks I have ever met. Thanks Aisling for all you did to make our special time even better. Love, Tom and Julie
Recently returned from our self drive tour of southern Ireland. We worked with Lonna putting together our outstanding 2 week adventure. She was very accommodating and always helped with our requests. The hotels, castles and B&B's were all top notch and we wouldn't hesitate to use the services of Authentic Ireland again.
Thank you so much for helping us plan our trip and for being so accommodating when we had to change it around. We had a great time. Such a good time that we're actually planning another trip in 2 years. You will be hearing from us again.
A well-organized experience all around
Robin did an outstanding job of putting together a trip to Dublin, Cork and Galway on short notice. The hotels were excellent and all had good food. We'll call him again for our next Ireland trip.
Irish getaway 2016
Three cheers to Kati and Emma for making our Ireland vacation too good to be true. We loved every minute of our travel right from the busy streets of Dublin and Galway to the serene stillness of Dingle. The itenarary had a good mix of hustle bustle and peacefully abbeys and castles. We loved every castle we set foot into and were awed by the history and knowledge imparted by the various guides there. The beauty of the surrounding landscapes was breathtaking. Kati did a great job of giving us a detailed itenarary of what to visit at the place we were staying as well as along the route. We hassled her with a lot of questions before we departed and she cheerfully and promptly replied to us on everything right from local SIM cards to distances to be travelled. In kati's absence Emma was also a big help. I would recommend authentic Ireland in a heart beat to all my friends.
We recently returned from a 12 day, self-drive tour of Southern Ireland, a trip to treasure forever. We traveled with daughter and son-in-law and although there are a couple of decades difference in ages, there was something for all of us. Wonderful walks in incredibly beautiful places, wonderful people, lodging and food. Michaela did a wonderful job helping with the planning and providing great lodging and places to explore. Only complaint, we were not ready for it to end!
My sons and I went to Ireland in late June 2016. Robin was extremely helpful in helping to arrange our itinerary based on our requests and interests. When I contacted the office and if Robin was not available, the other Authentic Ireland staff was very helpful.One of the best accommodations was Killeen House in Kilarney. The owners Geraldine and Michael Rosney could not have been more accommodating. They are warm, thoughtful and attentive to our needs.Robin helped to plan our trip so that my sons and I could visit our ancestors home- extending from County Wexford to County Mayo. We traveled from the southeast part of the country, and then up the beautiful western coast.I would go through Authentic Ireland again.
Ireland 12 Day
We have recently come back from a 12 day trip around Southern Ireland. Michaela set up all of our accommodations, made sure we had information on what there was to do, and answered numerous questions for us to help make our visit enjoyable. We had an awesome time and the accommodations were perfect!! We really appreciated her working with us to make sure we got the holiday we were looking so forward to!!
Ireland - 2016, Wonderful Vacation
We can't say enough about the planning of our trip by Katie McNally and Kati Lepisto from Authentic Ireland. We made several changes over the months prior to the trip and all changes made without issue and any/all questions answered extremely quickly. My friend had been to Dublin years ago, she and her husband are originally from Scotland, but she had never travelled around the country. The trip to Ireland was fantastic, most of the hotels/B&B's were great, all places were clean and comfortable. I was a bit concerned about driving, but adjusted quicker than I had imagined. We parked the car at hotel in a few of the cities and went on bus tours instead of driving, we felt it was more relaxing and saw more than if we drove. The bus drivers provided us with information about the area and were entertaining. My only complaint is I could not stay longer. Ireland is a beautiful country with so many sites to see and things to do. We would highly recommend this company for anyone traveling to Ireland and/or Scotland. I look forward to booking another trip in the future.
Ireland/Scotland driving Tour
Authentic Ireland set up our recent driving tour of both Ireland and Scotland. All of our overnight locations and our car rentals were booked by them. We had no trouble with anything! It all went so smoothly. The trip was everything that we wanted and expected. Driving was a challenge but the countryside was gorgeous and we were able to see so much more by driving ourselves. Many thanks to our tour specialist Con Jager who answered all of my questions prior to departure in a courteous and timely manner and provided so much useful information that enabled us to plan our days so as to get the most out of them.Our rooms were of various types, were so comfortable and we were well taken care of. Many thanks!!
We had an amazing 4 day self-driving tour of the western coast of Ireland. Kati was beyond helpful with setting up places for us to see and lovely accommodations for our quick trip. It was nice to be off the beaten path and take in the breathtaking scenery. Our first day seeing the Cliffs of Moher did not disappoint and was a great start to what the west coast had to offer. We had perfect weather and truly enjoyed driving the coast in our bright red rental car. The Ring of Kerry is worth every second of the drive. The Cliffs of Kerry are arguably more spectacular than Cliffs of Moher (and less touristy!) A must go!I can not say enough amazing things about The Lake Hotel in Killarney. Breathtaking view right out our window! Our horse guided tour through Killarney National Park was a personal favorite; the guide was funny and provided interesting facts as we drove to Ross Castle.Booking was so easy and we had no issues in Ireland with vouchers. I'm ready to go back and book again with Authentic Ireland.