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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They set everything up, you could give them input on what places you wanted to visit. Great experience and I highly recommend using them. When I go back I will be using them again. Thank you Shannon for all of your help and recommendations, it was a great pleasure working with you.
Great Irish Experience
First, thank you Lonna for your infinite patience in assisting with planning this wonderful trip to Ireland! After many a delay and accommodation updates, we left for this 11 day Ireland experience from NY and arrived in Dublin. stepping off the plane you experience the warmth of the Irish people right away. Starting in Dublin (easy city to explore) and wandering our way down to Kilkenny (great historical start of siteseeing), Kinsale (the Hamptons of Ireland), Killarney (only great for setoff for the National park), Dingle (excellent small folksy village), Galway (nice seaside city), and finishing up in Shannon (not much but close to airport). Most accommodations were very nice (ask for room upgrade at Salthill in Galway or you will be staring at a wall!). Excursions were great, but could have used a little more direction for the horse and carriage ride in Killarney. Overall, a very pleasant and well organized trip. Thank you!
We have Authentic Ireland and Michaela to thank for our incredible trip to both Ireland and Scotland. Actually just stumbled upon them while comparing companies on the internet. Every aspect was expertly handled, even when a last minute cancellation occurred, it was communicated in a timely manner so plans could be adjusted. Our driver was fantastic, knowledgeable, on time and personable. The tours that were booked were top of the line. The accommodations were located within the heart of the towns we stayed in either large or small. When we return we will, without question, leave the planning up to them.
A great trip through Ireland & Scotland!
We were searching for travel packages online for our honeymoon and came across the Authentic Ireland site. Easy to navigate, packages that made sense, great reviews.We found our representative Shannon very helpful and able to answer all our questions quickly.We did 10 days - 7 in Ireland, 3 in Scotland. Shannon helped us pick us pick multiple locations across Central and south Ireland, and gave great suggestions for surrounding attractions to see in each region.Stunning sites, great accommodations, and for any pre-booked tours the guides were fantastic. In Scotland we took a full day tour to the Highlands/ Loch Ness and back. Our tour guide Gillian was exceptional, the best mix of knowledge and humour one could hope for :)Food that was provided in all accommodations was great, and were able to offer many vegan and gluten free options. - better than expected. Service in every location was also great.All in all very happy with our tour. I only wish we could have stayed longer and seen more!Booking with Authentic Ireland saved us a ton of time researching the best things to see, they made it easy! Thanks again!
We would like to thank to Michaela Fox for making our trip to Ireland unforgetable. We travelled to Ireland last August and all we have to say is that we had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect since the first contact and thorugh the preparation of the trip despite the short time we had to do everything. We had a custom tour and the hotels as well as the tours were very good. Thank you Michaela and thank you Authentic Ireland for the wonderful time in Ireland.
This is our second time booking through Authentic Ireland and Lauren did an amazing job exceeding our expectations. We did the self-driving tour of the Eastern Cost and Northern Ireland. Fantastic accommodations, perfect size car, and no issues. I would highly recommend this service to anyone looking into traveling to Ireland.
Ireland trip 2016
Me and my husband went to Ireland for our one year anniversary and it was the best trip ever!! Kati was our travel agent and she was wonderful to work with! Everything was already booked and ready to go once we arrived in Ireland there was no hassle involved and everything went smoothly! Everyone in Ireland was so friendly! The flight, car rental and places we stayed at were great! Highly recommend Authentic Ireland!!! Thanks again Kati!
Everything on this trip was AMAZING! Every place that we stayed was absolutely beautiful, and the hotel staffs were more than accommodating and welcoming. The outings that were planned for us were perfect, and we felt like we made the most of our week in Ireland. Kati, our travel agent was extremely helpful throughout the entire process, and we thank you for making our honeymoon so special. I will be recommending Authentic Ireland to friends and family.
Thank you for a great trip!
We had taken the self-drive holiday package and had a great experience during our first Ireland trip! The car we had was compact yet had the power and control needed to navigate all the different types of terrain and mileage we covered. The car rental was hassle-free and convenient. The recommended route was easy to follow and sensible as it was a systematic path across South Ireland. All the accommodations were comfortable and very pleasant.Thank you for a great trip!
We booked through Authentic Ireland because of the good reviews on the website. Maggie was our contact and she exhibited wonderful patience with our date changes and our changing accommodation desires. The trip she planned was excellent from beginning to end and the majority of the accommodations were fantastic. Celbridge Manor and Kinnity Castle naturally were the highlights while the Riverside Hotel in Killarney deserves a mention as well – wonderful pub to sit out a rainstorm and the dining room with its excellent food and wait staff.Ours was a driving tour. This was challenging as we were on a fair amount of narrow roads with rock walls on both sides. In Connemara sheep even joined us on the road. The scenery was so worth the driving - absolutely beautiful.The weather did not co-operate during our adventure so we had to change our pre planned excursions a couple times but the list of places to see provided by Authentic Ireland gave us options - rather than the Cliffs of Mohr we went to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and during a rainstorm we went through a wonderful emigration museum in Cobh. Missing a couple sites just gives us a reason to go back to Ireland again to see the spots we missed.Scotland next year??? Booked through Authentic Ireland naturally!
Travelled to Scotland August 29th through Sept 5th. My wife and I had a fantastic time and absolutely fell in love with Scotland. We did a self guided tour of Scotland. Everything was perfectly laid out by our trip adviser Con Jager. We literally just had to show up at our lodgings for the evening and give our name. Everything was already taken care of. Could not have been easier. The accommodations were all top notch. The suggested sights to see were excellent as well. We could not have asked for anything better. We are already making plans to return in 2017. Thanks much!
30th Wedding Anniversary trip
Just like to say thanks to Con for providing us the perfect Ireland experience. We loved the accommodations especially the last night at the castle. This was truly a great vacation. Many thanks
Fantastic Trip to West Coast
The trip was absolutely wonderful. All of the bed and breakfasts were very nice and the owners were extremely helpful in finding local attractions as well as some hidden gems. My wife and I could not have handled planning such a big trip and a wedding so to have it all set as well as suggestions. Would recommend to anyone.
My Irish Wish
My trip through southern Ireland couldn't have been more enchanting. I had the pleasure of working with Kati. She made this trip so easy for me to manage. Not knowing much of what I wanted to see and do I gave Kati very vague ideas and a pretty small bugdet, and she planned an amazing trip. Never traveling out of the country with only one other person I was able to feel confident during my journey because Kati put together such a wonderful itinerary and stayed in touch with me during all the months leading up to my trip and after. I STRONGLY recommend utilizing Authentic Ireland's expertise to help plan your trip to Ireland and more. I'm already hoping to work with Kati again to come back to Ireland and see more of it and maybe extend my trip over to Scotland. I seriously can't say it enough...THANK YOU for making my dream come true. I also have to mention that I went on this trip with my sister-in-law to celebrate our birthdays, and Kati went above and beyond. Our birthdays were recognized by both of the hotel staffs that we stayed at. :) So thank you, Authentic Ireland, and THANK YOU, KATI. Ireland is a beautiful place, and I was able to see A LOT of it because of your help.
Trip to Remember
Mariah Harkey listened to everything we said, accommodate our needs and put together an amazing trip by stringing all our requests together with a few of her own "must see" stops along the way.This was our first trip to Ireland and Authentic Ireland made seamless and carefree. Every detail was taken care of for us and it made the entire experience so relaxing and enjoyable.We can't wait for our next trip back to Ireland. What an amazing country with wonderful people.
Great Family Trip
12 of us just returned from a "brilliant" Ireland trip with the help of Lonna Powers. We are all family but with diverse interests and ages (28 to 65). With great guidance from Lonna we put together a great trip using a personal Sprinter w/driver. Our driver, Liam, was the anchor of the trip. I cannot say enough good things about him and the wonderful things he showed us, out of the way sites, arranging private tours, getting us there on time. I could go on and on but suffice it to say I very highly recommend using Authentic Ireland, Lonna and Liam! We will talk about this trip for years to come. THANK YOU!!
Lauren Ghadiri helped us plan a 9 day trip to Ireland, arriving in Dublin and driving in a circle around the coast. We had a great vacation, and were able to see the country in a way that was comfortable, interesting and affordable for us. We generally plan our trips by ourselves, but now that I've had this experience, I would definitely seek advice again. Lauren listened to our budget and worked with us on options until the trip was affordable, made adjustments as our plans changed (Lauren, we need to fly out of a different airport) and arranged special outings, like kayakking in the Dingle harbor. We have only good things to say about our experiences with Authentic Ireland and with our first trip (hopefully not last) to Ireland.
An Easy Way to Enjoy Ireland
I recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone who wants to visit the Emerald Isle.While my wife had been to Ireland many years ago I had never been there and did not know how to plan my way around - especially when the trip was her birthday present.Once we decided we wanted to spend 8 days in Ireland, that we wanted to self drive, and take time to visit a friend in Waterford, we turned all the planning over to We gave them a budget and Authentic Ireland made all the arrangements once we arrived at the Dublin Airport.The itinerary was easy to follow, the vouchers for our lodgings only needed to be handed in when we arrived, the car reservation process kept us away from driving out of the airport into Dublin (we picked up the car on the way out of Dublin). We had a list of sites and events to see on the route.All of the accommodations were a pleasure - both hotels and B & B's . Our Dublin hotel greeted us upon arrival, after a transatlantic flight arriving at 7am, with an upgraded room ready to occupy. What a great start.Authentic Ireland was an easy way to enjoy Ireland.
Trip of a lifetime
I was so excited about the trip and it meet all my expectations and more. The entire trip went smoothly. The people were wonderful and each place we stayed at was great. I can't say enough about the wonderful time we had.From the ease of check-in to the list of suggested sites to visit.The only thing I would not do again is drive the main roads were great but the side roads had me screaming at my daughter but that was also an experience.I would recommend this to anyone, truly fantastic and the setup was absolutely painless.
I cant believe it has been one month since we left for our trip to Ireland. The return to normal life got in the way and I simply haven't had time to post a review. But I need to express how delighted we were with Authentic Ireland and the trip they helped create for us. We had been trying to plan a trip to celebrate the graduations of our two children ages 21 and 25. We looked at many different travel companies and destinations. When we came upon Authentic Ireland - I had the great fortune to interact with Con Jager who works with them. From the very beginning I knew he truly wanted this trip to happen for us and it was the way that he interacted and communicated with me that caused us to book with Authentic Ireland. We had never been to Ireland and because of that wanted to see as much as possible. Our children did not want a bus tour type of trip and so Con suggested a private driver. So with the help of Con we planned the most enjoyable itinerary that covered a great deal of Ireland in 12 days. The decision to go with a private driver however truly made the trip one to remember. His name was Martin and he was outstanding every step of the way. First let’s speak of his driving skills. Simply amazing – we always felt safe and secure and how he negotiated some of those winding and narrow roads were truly a testament to his skill. He was professional yet warm and engaging. He looked out for us every step of the trip. When the weather was bad (yes frequently- ha ha) he came up with alternate sites to see. He would go above and beyond and always made sure that wherever we went we were taken care of. The van we traveled in was always clean and we were so comfortable in it. He was so much more than a driver- he had so much history and knowledge of everywhere we went. He would tell us stories both funny and interesting. By the end of the trip he felt more like an old friend than someone we had just met. We had communicated with Con that we wanted to stay at a variety of different places and that's what he set up -- traditional hotels, bed and breakfast type places, guest houses and castles. Each place had its own charm and in many places our rooms were upgraded. These are the places that we stayed•2 nights Brooks Hotel , Dublin•1 night Ormonde Hotel , Kilkenny•2 nights Fairview Boutique Hotel , Killarney•1 night Ballinalacken Castle Hotel , Doolin•1 night Ardilaun House Hotel , Galway•1 night Stella Maris Luxury B&B , Achill Island•1 night Kilronan Castle Hotel , Roscommon•1 night Clontarf Castle , DublinOur absolute favorite was Kilronan Castle Hotel in Roscommon, County Roscommonn., This was simply an amazing place to stay and wish we had more than one night there. The Ballinalacken Castle Hotel in Doolin was also unique and wonderful place and we enjoyed exploring the castle on their grounds with the owner.It was a hectic trip with different hotels every night but this did enable us to see so much. Most of the hotels were either in walking distance or a short cab ride from the center of the towns we stayed. Ireland has the most amazing warm and friendly people who love to talk to you about their country. We truly had the greatest time and Authentic Ireland made it happen. We would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Ireland. Many thanks to Con Jager for all his help and our amazing Martin who drove us and shared his country with us.