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Everything went smoothly
Lonna took great care of us. I had never booked an overseas vacation before so was a bit apprehensive but it was a wonderful experience. I am recommending Lonna and Authentic Ireland Vacations to anyone who dreams of seeing Ireland. The car, rooms, excursions and advice were great. Each time I was pleased to see no hitches in the plan and lots of attention to small details to make our stay very special. We had 8 days so time was precious and none was wasted. The places Lonna picked for us were so helpful and friendly. They wen out of their way to make sure we had everything to make our trip smooth and lots of fun. The breakfasts included each morning were fabulous and we were so well fed on scrumptious food we never wanted to stop for lunch. Thanks again Lonna. Very successful adventure in Ireland!!
What a great trip we had. Our 11 days in Ireland was incredible, AuthenticIreland did a great job with setting our trip. We had one minor issue with a castle that was chosen, but, other than that, we had an amazing time.
Great Travel Service!
I have to say that my experience with Authentic Ireland was first class! Our agent, Maggie Lunde did a great job and made adjustments to all the (many) changes we made as we were in the planning stages of our trip.
Once we arrived at each destination, there wasn't one hiccup or issue with rentals and accommodations. Everything was setup in advance and there weren't any problems.
I definitely recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone considering using them!
Thank you, Authentic Ireland! We had the most wonderful 8-night vacation, without a hiccup, thanks in no small part to the thoughtful, timely, flexible, and attentive support of our travel advisor, Edna Gudino, When we requested a couple of changes to our itinerary before the trip, she had a updated itinerary to us within 24 hours. Every accommodation we went to was beautiful and unique. Highly, highly recommend this company, and Edna in particular, should you find yourself planning to go to Ireland!
6 Nights in Ireland
I started "planning" my vacation with only the loosest of goals: to fly into Dublin, have a scenic drive, and spend a little time on the Western coast. Kati, from Authentic Vacations, helped fill in the blanks with helpful suggestions. She quickly understood the spirit that we had, and was able to offer a great travel plan. We enjoyed two nights in Dublin, one night in Kilkenny, two nights in Galway, and our final night in Bonratty. Authentic Vacations made all of the arrangements--hotel, car rental, and tickets for the hop-on/hop-off bus. The accommodations were fantastic. A very satisfying vacation.
Two Week Trip to Ireland
I wanted the Authentic Ireland Travel company to know how wonderful it was to work with your representative, Michaela Cox. My family of 12 wanted to plan a 2 week trip to Ireland and I called your company. I spoke with Michaela about our trip and we started planning. We wanted a custom trip and with her expert guidance, we planned a trip of a lifetime. She helped us with all of the details and worked to meet all of our request for travel, lodging, and so many prepaid activities. I really enjoyed and felt I got to know her so well. She met all our request and always seemed to go above to help us plan. We have returned from our trip and it was spectacular. We loved every accommodation and our van was so nice. We enjoyed all of our activities and everything worked like clockwork. I cannot say enough about Michaela's professionalism, knowledge, and work to make our trip really special. It sure was. Thank you, Michaela and I want your company to know what an asset you are.
Everything We Had Hoped For And More!!
We began planning our honeymoon about a year ago and wanted it to be special! We wanted to visit both Ireland and Scotland since my wife is of Irish descent, I'm of Scottish descent and our Celtic heritage was brought us together originally! Aisling and the others at Authentic Ireland were absolutely incredible, I can't say enough good things about them!! They put together a wonderful itinerary complete with suggestions as to what we would see in both Ireland and Scotland and took care of all the details!! As our trip approached, the staff at Authentic Ireland were always available to answer all of our questions no matter how silly they may have been (I've traveled all over the world but this was my first time in Ireland and Scotland).
Sadly, I could only give Authentic Ireland five stars as they definately deserve more. I would recommend them to anyone interested in visting Ireland or Scotland, I can't wait to use their services again!!
If I had to give one piece of contructive criticism, it would be regarding Cork. We had never been there before but wanted to visit Cork because my wife's ancestors are from there. Our lodging was set up in the city center and it was like most cities, very busy and lots of traffic. While there, we heard from many people that the area surrounding Cork is much nicer and worth the time than the city center. Still, this did not detract from our honeymoon or experience with Authentic Ireland!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
I was very pleased with Jordan at Authentic Ireland. She was very eager to help make our trip filled with memories. All hotels were beautiful however I suggest you get a GPS in your rent a car as the directions on the itinerary were very confusing with every hotel. The GPS was very helpful. Our very favorite town was Dingle, wish we could have stayed there for two nights. Our favorite hotel was Balleseed Castle, it was so unbelievably beautiful. I would defiantly use Authentic Ireland again in the future. I loved Ireland and plan on returning one day with Authentic Irelands help.🍀🍀🍀
Lauren was so wonderful. She did a great job putting our itinerary together. She was always available for any inquiry. The only thing I would've appreciated is if we got the flight seats next to each other rather than separately. This was our honeymoon. I also didn't care for the castle stay or the manor. They were completely outdated.
30 Year Anniversary Trip
My wife and I had a great time. The weather was great except for one rainy day, which we also enjoyed. Had great time in Dublin, but really looked forward to the countryside and the B&B's we stayed in. Beautiful countryside.
Fabulous Dream Vacation!
Authentic Ireland Vacations, specifically Robin and Aisling, helped our group of 8 plan a perfect 12 day vacation to Ireland. Our group included my husband and I, our 4 children (ages 18 to 25), and our 2 mothers. I had never planned an international trip before and I was more than grateful for the experienced knowledge of the travel agents at Authentic Ireland. We started in Dublin for 3 days with stays in Kilkenney, Kinsale, Killarney, Drumoland Castle and then Galway for 3 days at the end of our trip. We had a wonderful driver, Aine, who helped make our trip so special. We got a true understanding of the Irish people and especially the pride you have in your country. The sightseeing was more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I never could have planned this trip as successfully if it weren't for Robin and Ainsling. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will surely recommend you to others in the future!
Absolutely fabulous trip!
We found Emma in an online search and so thankful we did. She was so detailed and had everything completely set up before we left for Ireland. Anytime I had any questions I had an email and a phone number to get in touch with someone. Everything went smoothly and would highly recommend this tour company.
We went to Ireland to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We had zero ideas on where to go and what to do so I did a little research and found Authentic Ireland. Kati Lepisto was my traveler planner and designed an excellent travel plan for my wife and I! We are going to go back to Ireland in a couple of years to re-visit all the places we thoroughly enjoyed and will use AI again! I have already suggested to my parents to use AI for their Irish holiday. You can't go wrong with this agency and Kati is the BEST!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about authenticireland.com Michaela helped us to put together the perfect 7 day tour . We had clear directions that helped us get from location to location. The castles were perfect, the suggested itinerary was helpful. It was just perfect!
A dream come true
This vacation was a dream come true for us. We have always wanted to see the Emerald Isle and to explore the ancient Celtic Druid ruins and castles as well as experience the life of the locals and this was it! Our travel agent Maggie was terrific. She booked us the exact vacation we were dreaming of. And we even got an upgrade! We stayed at a very charming and serene cottage in Ard Na Mara holiday homes in Dingle. We were able to cook our breakfast and dinners there and we had a rental car that we took out on day trips . We saw so much of the country just by driving from town to town, We only had one glitch, when we arrived in Dingle it was very late and raining and we did not know the cottage house number but we were told to look for the front office and the manager would be waiting there. There was no front office but it turned out that the owner of the Bnb nearby knew the manager and they called her for us and all was well. The locals every town we went to were super friendly and driving wasn't nearly as scary as we thought it would be, it was actually very pleasant to drive on their roads and the other drivers are polite and they let you pass them if you are going faster then they are. We are already making plans to visit again and we will do the exact same itinerary!
Great Vacation in Ireland
We had a great 20 day tour of Ireland. We started with a 4 night bus tour of Ireland that was well put together by Authentic Vacations. We then conducted our own self guided tour which was put together for us by Lonny. She did a great job at arranging our itinerary and finding good B&B`s, hotels and even one night in a castle. We will never forget our trip to Ireland and would highly recommend working with Authentic Vacations and specifically Lonny.
Maggie helped us out on setting up a great trip! We loved all of the hotels she picked out for us. We did a two day Dublin hop on hop off. We then did a self driving tour through Killarney, Kilkenny, and Dromoland, which we loved. Then we flew and spent 2 days in Scotland.we wished we would have packed less and stayed another night at the Dromoland Castle! Disappointed in the heroes tour in Scotland-should have just stayed and walked Edinburg but other than that, the trip went off spectacularly! Will set up another trip through Authentic Ireland!
Con Jäger was our travel advisor. His planning exceeded expectations and made for a stress-free vacation. It was obvious that our travel route and selection of B&B's was based upon years of experience booking Ireland and Scotland locations. I would recommend this service to anyone visiting the UK. A vacation to remember!
Authentic Vacation Does It Right!
Aisling was the perfect agent to plan and carry out our trip to Ireland. Hotel bookings were perfect; our driver, Kevin, was very personable, knowledgeable and helpful. This road trip through Ireland was like the country itself — ENCHANTING!
Ireland Roadtrip - Excellent Adventure
Emma was our lifeline in Ireland, helping us all the way with bookings and answers. Even through numerous changes she came through like a winner. We're happy we chose to use Authentic Ireland. We would recommend them to any "first timers". Try to get to the Wild Atlantic Way for some of the most beautiful driving in the world. The further north you travel, the more spectacular it gets!