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Superb self-drive Scotland
This is the second time we have booked with Authentic Ireland and I continued to be extremely satisfied. Con Jager helped us plan our 11night, self driving tour of Scotland. His extensive firsthand knowledge of the many sights and experiences helped us plan one amazing itinerary. 12days chuck full of so many memorable events, places, castles, fine Scotch tasting, hiking, fishing, rich history...you name it, we did it! Self driving is the way to go though it took a wee bit of adjusting! After a day or two, we mastered it! Scotland and her people are amazing, welcoming and friendly. We had nothing but sunshine, temperatures in the 70s and 80s. We were told this was highly unusual. We loved it as we hiked a great deal. Scotland, we will return and when we do, we will undoubtedly call upon Con Jager and Authentic Ireland once again.
We celebrated our 29th anniversary with our first trip across the Atlantic. We drove to many great places and had an awesome time. The trip Alaina put together was perfect. We started in Dublin and ended in Dublin. We loved Kinsale and the Cliffs of Moher, as well as all the sites in between. Take time to visit the small towns along the way and meet the locals. The hotels were great, staff was polite and rooms were clean. we are already talking about our 30th....give us some ideas Alaina.
This was our first trip to Ireland and when we started planning it, we were overwhelmed with all the choices to make. Authetic Ireland Vacations helped to make it manageable. We went for two weeks and saw almost everything we wanted to. Some of the timing was a little bit ambitious, but for the most part, the pace was just right. Our accommodations were fancier than what we might have chosen, if we had planned this trip on our own. The beds were more comfortable than expected (we are hard to please). The breakfasts were very good. We stayed 1 to 3 nights at 7 different lodgings. One thing we discovered is that women in Europe are not encouraged to do their hair in the bathroom, but men can shave there. There are no outlets for hairdryers or curling irons in the bathroom, but you can charge an electric shaver. The only other negative was an unexpected heat wave during our second week, and an absence of air conditioning at historic hotels. We stayed in Dublin, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Killarney, Ennis, Cashel and Naas/ Kildare. Besides all the touristy sites, we got to do some hiking, coastal kayaking, and horseback riding, too. We also benefitted from advice and tips from our agent for do's and don'ts. We will have to go back, as there is too much to see in one trip. Next time we visit, we'll have to see northern Ireland, and Scotland.
We had a fantastic experience with this company. We did a self-drive, unguided tour throughout much of Ireland, and everything went off perfectly. Lauren at Authentic Ireland was incredibly responsive and helpful in the planning stages, and we felt confident that the company would help with any problems that might arise on the trip, as promised. Luckily, no such problems occurred, but we got a good value and a great trip. I would definitely book with them again.
Fabulous Self-Drive Custom Trip
Six of us traveled to Ireland for 10 days June 15-25 and had a great time. This was our 3rd trip there and all three times we booked through Authentic Vacations. Last trip and this one were managed by Michaela who understood we wanted to chart our own course and had ideas for our itinerary that she was able to accommodate nicely. We stayed 2 nights each at 5 different towns (having learned from previous trips that it is really hard to just do one night and get to see at least a few places without a lot of pressure to get on to the next town).
Both our previous trips were during this same time of the year and it is a great time to go because it doesn't get dark until almost 11pm so you really feel like you can pack more into a day! We started in Dublin, then onto Kilkenny, Kinsale, Killarney and Doolin. All of our accommodations were very good - clean, comfortable and conveniently located. We stayed at 2 hotels, 2 B&Bs and 1 guesthouse. All the breakfasts were excellent - the breakfast buffet at the Ashton Hotel in Dublin was vast and the made to order breakfasts at The Old Presbytery (Kinsale) and The Roadford House (Doolin) were top-notch quality, locally-sourced and just plain delicious.
We rented an eight passenger van (automatic transmission) and my husband did all the driving. We encountered no problems although some Irish roads are no wider than cart paths! We can't wait to go back again, next time we plan to focus on the west coast and head further North. There is always so much more to see and experience than you can possibly see on a single vacation there.
Ireland for our 30th anniversary
We cannot thank Authentic Ireland enough for our wonderful trip to Ireland. We had booked a trip to Ireland with Authentic Ireland 8 years ago. We enjoyed it so much we booked with them again. We were not disappointed. Michaela worked with me to get the itinerary to our liking. She responded quickly even when the surroundings where their office was located were not good. She was great!
We had a driver which is the only way to see Ireland.
Seamus (our driver) did an unbelievable job of taking us where we needed to go and other places he knew about. He made dinner reservations for us and booked ferries. We were in Ireland for our 30th wedding anniversary. Seamus had a song dedicated to us at Johnnie Foxe's Pub and surprised us with a dessert at our dinner that night. He went above and beyond to make our trip so wonderful.
Amazing Ireland Trip
Aisling, thank you for an amazing trip. We traveled by private bus which was perfect for our large family. Our tour guide/driver, Martin Mc Avinehy, was absolutely wonderful. He went above and beyond. We all loved our stay at the Lake Hotel in Killarney the best, what a magnificent place! We are already talking about our next trip to Ireland. This was a trip of a lifetime, one we'll never forget!
Taste of Ireland
We went to Ireland for a wedding and then wanted to see Ireland in the remaining time we had. Megan booked the Taste of Ireland tour with CIE for us and the few extra nights at another hotel, bus tickets etc. The tour was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide, Jim, was very friendly, informative, and funny. We stayed at nice hotels, got a great breakfast every morning, stopped for lunch, shopping, besides all the destinations. It was relaxing to sit back and enjoy the country side and not have to do the driving, finding places to stay etc. I would definitely book another trip with Authentic Vacations and CIE. We didn't want to leave! Thank you Megan
9 day self drive
This was a mother/daughter 9 day self drive of Ireland organized by Heather. We a had a wonderful time seeing so much of Ireland. We had 3 days in Dublin and stayed at Trinity City Hotel shin had was wonderful service, breakfast and location. We saw a lot in Dublin and Wicklow. We did a 1 day trip to Giants Causeway by train and it was a long day but worth the sites. We drove to Galway and saw the Connemara region and stayed 2 nights at Salthill. We drove to cliffs of Moher which was quite a highlight and we spent a long time walking and loved it. We drove to Killarney and stayed 2 night at a great hotel with again great service and food and we could walk to restaurants and Killarney National Park. Dingle peninsula was nice
Check ins and all days trips went so smoothly and everyone was wonderful to work with. Heather put together a great iteriary and we were able to see experience the land and people and made wonderful memories I was very pleased with the trip
Ireland, Ancient & Medieval Mysteries Self Driving Tour
We just returned from our 9 day Self Driving Tour of Ireland! It was an amazing experience and we can't wait to go back! I first want to thank Sabrina Ferreira-Clifton for all her help putting this trip together! Sabrina, you went above and beyond and our trip went off as planned/without a single hitch! Every hotel, B&B, attraction (experience) was great. Vendors expected us and treated us like VIP's. Because of the time of year, it didn't begin to get dark until 10:00 pm, the extended daylight was very cool as we took advantage and stayed out and about until dark. Driving the countryside (from the right side of the car and left side of the road) took a little getting used to but ultimately we mastered the roads and enjoyed the whole experience. Highlights of the trip included: Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, Tralee, and Trim. No matter where we were we met wonderful folks both locals and fellow travelers. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Guinness and Smithwick's tours (the husband's nirvana's 😉 were great. The pubs, the food, the music, so much fun! The hustle and bustle of Dublin (city never sleeps). Kilkenny was awesome to walk around and the Kilkenny Castle was a favorite. Driving the Ring of Kerry was amazing and just spending time in one of the most beautiful countries I ever saw. Thank you Authentic Ireland for your knowledge and experience helping people like us get the most out of our vacations!
Scotland was amazing!!! This is the third trip I’ve planned with Authentic Ireland and I highly recommend them. They have great customer service and make sure you experience the heart of each country you visit. I will be using them again and again and again and Micheala was great!!!
Spent a glorious 10 days in Ireland with a trip Amanda put together. Everything went off without a hitch. Rental car, hotels and outings pre-paid for were honored and plans as laid out were just what we wanted. Great job all around and would recommend site/service to all. Thanks.
Golden Ireland A Must!
We just returned from Ireland and spent a fabulous 9-days with some wonderful people, a knowledgeable and fun Tour Director and special driver. The weather was perfect (sunny days and cool temperatures) and every aspect of the trip was exceptional (from hotels, to meals, music and dancing, and each of the activities in which we were engaged). Our tour agency (Jocoya) was a blessing from picking out the right trip for us to dealing with all of the details before, during and after. We have already been speaking to our friends and others about this experience and encouraging them to go to Ireland for a future vacation. Recommending Authentic Ireland Tours and CIE as providers for an excellent experience!
A FABULOUS TRIP!We just returned from 12 days in Ireland and we all agreed, it was the trip of a lifetime! We had 6 people in our group and we chose the luxurious private chauffeur tour. What a great decision! With Lonna’s expertise, we were able to map out a route that took us to all the places we wanted to visit. Our driver Mark Ryan was the absolute best!! He was extremely knowledgeable of Irish history and folklore which enhanced our tour greatly. He even knew the places we’d like best for lunch! He was very accommodating of our needs and interests and was particularly mindful of my husband who has mobility issues. Lonna’s guidance and recommendations on our hotel and castle stays was invaluable. All of our hotels and reservations for activities went very smoothly and the breakfasts were scrumptious. We love the Irish people who struck a heartfelt chord in all of us!A big Thank You! to Authentic Ireland and Mark for the best trip ever and a wonderful Fáilte Ireland!!(I’ve already recommended Authentic Ireland to two other interested parties!)
Ireland self tour
We just did 8 day self tour of Ireland. Alaina did a great job from first contact of knowing we wanted to go to Ireland but not much more. She worked many options throughout the months leading up to our trip. We needed hotels with a/c which is not easy in Ireland and she found them in the towns we wanted to see. Gave great ideas on sights to see between towns. Upon arrival in Dublin and walking to rental car checkin and said oh yes your are all set I knew that it would be a good trip. All of our hotels were easy check-ins, our dinner show no issues. I know she did a lot of work to make sure all was right for our trip, plus saved us not having to put a large deposit with rental car dept. Also say thanks to all the other people in office who would answer questions when I called, always took time to fully explain issues I might have. Thank you for a great family vacation.
Great trip! I told Lauren what things each of my kids wanted to see and she arranged everything and was so helpful with last minute changes. Stayed in Dublin and Galway and went on a couple of day tours. The weather was perfect! Beautiful sunny 72 degrees! Accommodations were great. We've gone through other travel agencies in the past where the accommodations left a lot to be desired. Will need to go back to see the rest of the country!
My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon because it was something different to do and we have always wanted to go. This trip was amazing! We got to pick everywhere we wanted to go and how long we wanted to be in each town. We got to see things that we would never have known about due to their suggested sightseeing. Easily our favorite trip so far! I loved using this agency so much, I am booking our `1 year anniversary trip to Scotland!
Our Scotland Adventure
This was our first trip to Scotland but it won’t be our last. It was perfect in every way. Megan did a wonderful job of listening to what we wanted and all of our accommodations were fabulous. We had no hassles w/ rental car. We got to see things at our own pace. We got to meet some wonderful people along the way.
Ireland 14-day Self-drive
My Husband and I have just returned June 6th from a wonderful 14 day self drive vacation in Ireland, which we were not ready to end. His 4th trip to Ireland my first trip. Many thanks to Lauren Ghadiri for planning our great stays in mixed accommodations in B&B’s, Manor houses and a few Castle hotels. All came with fabulous breakfasts to start our day off. Shealia at the Falshea House near Killarney was a great hostess. We started our trip from Shannon going counter clockwise to Cork, stayed at the Fitzpatrick in Kilkenny near Dublin, on to Trim, then the beautiful midevel castle hotel Abbeyglen in Clifden, Connemara. Ended our stay at B&B in Ennis. All the accommodations were impeccable. The weather was great with lots of sunshine, the countryside was absolutely breath taking, and learning how to drive on the left side of the road was a lot of fun….we brought our own GPS loaded with an Irish chip. A must! We never once got lost! Thanks again Lauren for the great planning!
GAME OF THRONES TOUR
Absolutely no problems with booking and payments. Excellent choice of accommodation.Future customers should be aware that the location sites for the program are remote and sometimes difficult to get to by car even using GPS coordinates.Also the drop-off for the car has a shuttle bus for luggage and passengers. It is very difficult to find as well.Otherwise an amazing trip, would book again.