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2-Person Western Chauffeur Tour

Price: From $1,554 Per Person 5 Nights

We have put together a truly amazing chauffeur package for parties of two to enjoy at an affordable price - quite possibly the Ireland travel deal of a lifetime! You’ll spend 5 nights at a 300 year-old historic manor hotel, located in the heart of vibrant Ennis town - the gem of Western Ireland’s heritage. Your travel includes three private, chauffeured touring days. This means you’ll have a vehicle and a local, professional driver/guide that is yours alone. Visit County Clare's rugged Atlantic Coast, famous 700 foot sea-cliffs & ancient, mystical sites. Daytrip into County Galway to the stunning scenery of the Connemara region. Your third chauffeured daytrip from Ennis takes you deep into County Kerry - known as the 'Kingdom County', its natural beauty is unmatched in Ireland. Turn it all over in your imagination and relish the thought. By night, enjoy the many pubs & restaurants of Ennis - all right on your doorstep! Transfers to and from Shannon Airport are also included.

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 nights at The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis

TRANSPORTATION

  • 3 Days of Chauffeured Touring

DINING OPTIONS

  • 5 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfast each morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • The Wonders of County Clare Chauffeur Daytour
  • The Unspoilt Beauty of Connemara Chauffeur Daytour
  • The Majesty of the Kingdom County Chauffeur Daytour

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Evening Delights of Ennis Town on Your Doorstep!
  • The Cliffs of Moher & The Wonders of County Clare
  • Marvel at Kylemore Abbey & Connemara National Park
  • Visit the Stunning Dingle Peninsula & more!

Ennis, County Clare

Arrive at

Arrive at Shannon - Transfer to Ennis, County Clare

This morning your flight will arrive at Shannon Airport. Collect your baggage and meet your driver in the Arrivals Hall. You will then be transferred to your Ennis hotel, and have the day to explore this traditional market town on foot. Ennis is a very compact town, with many pedestrianized streets - ideal for a leisurely stroll!


Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - More Info - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Ennis, County Clare

On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).

Ennis is the county town of Clare and is always pleasantly busy. It takes its name from the Irish word “inis” (island) as it is virtually surrounded by the River Fergus on which it sits. Its streets are narrow and attractive, many of them pedestrianized. The Friary at the bottom of Abbey Street, was founded by the O’Briens in the 13th century. Many of its original features survive and it’s well worth visiting. But the main attraction in Ennis is the locals' obvious love of traditional music. Every May the town hosts Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of Irish culture, while in November, the Ennis Trad Festival is held. But traditional Irish music of the very highest quality is on display in the pubs of Ennis throughout the year. It often seems that those in the town that can't sing or play an instrument are very much in the minority! The person who recently labeled Ennis the Nashville of traditional Irish music wasn't far wrong!


Must-See Sites

Ennis Pubs and Traditional Irish Music, County Clare

One of the terrific joys of a stay in Ennis, is the wealth and variety of pubs on offer - almost 100 in the greater Ennis area! Not only that, but Ennis is world-renowned as a hub of traditional Irish music in the west of Ireland, with regular sessions of great quality available year-round. Of Ennis' many great pubs, a few of particular note are:
The Poet's Corner, O'Connell Street: The poet's Corner is part of the 18th century Old Ground Hotel, in the heart of town. The bar is renowned for high quality traditional music sessions, as well as a fantastic bar menu of Irish food. Mouth-watering food options at a very reasonable cost!
Brogan's Bar, O'Connell Street: You'll be greeted by a charming old-world atmosphere and decor at Brogan's. An open fire is always blazing on cold nights, and there are many cozy niches and alcoves to occupy. Excellent traditional Irish music is a regular feature, and the food is good too!
Cruise's Bar, Abbey Street: Part of the Queens Hotel, Cruises is deceptively large, yet cozy and inviting - almost cave-like with the many exposed stone walls. The pub has developed a great reputation for fantastic traditional music, and is a buzzing hive of activity on weekends.
Michael Fawl's Railway Bar, O'Connell Street: If you're looking to experience a genuine 'Old Man's' pub, look no further than Fawl's. Complete with an old-style snug, Fawl's is quiet by-day, save for the odd older punter at the bar. By night the pub comes alive, particularly on weekends, when customers from all walks of life come to enjoy the unique atmosphere and highly-regarded Saturday night session.


Ennis, County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - More Info - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Chauffeur Tour of County Clare, County Clare

This morning your friendly & knowledgeable driver-guide will collect you from your hotel for an unforgettable tour of County Clare. Your tour will last approximately 6 hours, during which time you will be delighted by the unique scenery and many archaeological features of the county. Read on for a detailed description of some of the highlights.


Must-See Sites

Poulnabrone Dolmen and Stone Fort, County Clare

On The Map: Poulnabrone Dolmen & Caherconnell Stone Fort are less than 1 kilometre apart, in the dramatic limestone Burren Region of County Clare, in the west of Ireland. Both sites are located just off the R480 road, which connects the towns of Corofin (to the south) and Ballyvaughan (to the north).

Poulnabrone Dolmen (pictured) is a Portal Tomb, and one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland, mainly due to its memorable shape and easy access from the road. The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The site was excavated in 1986 and the human remains of more than 20 adults and children, plus other artefacts were discovered. Examination of these items allowed archaelogists to date the tomb to approx 3000 B.C. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place is unknown. Just 1 kilometre south of the dolmen, lies the impressive Caherconnell Stone Fort. Caherconnell is almost a perfect circle, and 140-145 feet in external diameter. It's walls are 12 feet thick and from 6-14 feet high, and it is an exceptionally well preserved example of stone ring-fort. The fort is in its original state, and its location, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas, suggests a defensive settlement. This may not have been defensive in a modern military sense, but more for personal security from wild animals and raiders. Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200A.D.


Lahinch, County Clare

On the Map: Lahinch is a seaside town in County Clare, on Ireland's rugged western coast. The town is accessed via the N85 road from Ennis (to the southeast), or the more coastal N67 road from Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Miltown Malbay (to the south).

The village of Lahinch is world renowned for two things: golf and surf. Lahinch Golf Club was founded in 1893 and has been confounding golfers from all over the world ever since. Matched only by Ballybunion in the famous links stakes, Lahinch is a must for anyone who loves the game of golf. The long sandy beach at Lahinch has long been a centre for surfing in the west of Ireland, but the recent discovery of a giant wave in the shadow of the Cliffs of Moher a few miles up the coast has brought dare-devil surfers flocking to Lahinch from as far away as South Africa and Hawaii. The result is that the village’s population of 800 swells to ten times that number each summer. The mix of golfers, surfers and bemused locals makes Lahinch a very unique place indeed.


The Burren, County Clare

On the Map: The Burren is located in the north of County Clare in Ireland's west. The closest town is Ballyvaughan to the north, but the Burren is also easily accessible from Doolin, Lisdoonvarna (to the west) and Ennis (to the south).

The Burren, or Boireann, meaning Great Rock, is in County Clare. It is, without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe.  The Burren occupiues approximately 250 square kilometers. Bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. Stroll the meadows, be astonished by the boulders, and read the trail marks and footprints that the ice age and volcanoes left behind. The Burren is littered with ancient and megalithic sites. The most dramatic of these is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive 5,000 year old portal tomb. Poulnabrone is one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place, is a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists.


Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

On the Map: The Cliffs of Moher are located on the western coast of County Clare. The Cliffs are accessed via the R478 road that connects Doolin (to the north) and the seaside town of Lahinch (to the southeast).

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs stand 214 metres (700 feet) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower, constructed by Sir Cornellius O'Brien in 1835, stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. There are two paths to take north and south along the cliff edge, providing spectacular views all the way.  Construction of an award winning eco-friendly Visitor Centre was completed in 2007. The interpretive centre named 'Atlantic Edge' contains state of the art displays and visitor facilities. The grass-roofed building is cleverly set into the hillside - a unique cave-like structure which minimises the visual impact on this fabulously scenic location. 


Ennis, County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - More Info - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Chauffeur Tour of Connemara , County Galway

This morning your friendly & knowledgeable driver-guide will collect you from your hotel for a tour of County Galway's wonderful Connemara Region. Your tour will last approximately 6 hours, during which time you will be treated to some of the most wild & unique scenery in all of Ireland. History, both ancient and recent plays a part too! Read on for a detailed description of some of the highlights.


Must-See Sites

Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway

On The Map: The Sky Road drive begins in Clifden Town. Clifden is located on Ireland's west coast in the Connemara Region of County Galway. Clifden is reached via the N59 road from Galway to the southeast, and Westport to the northeast.

The Sky Road is an exhilarating 11km/7ml circular drive west of Clifden Town. The Sky Road is well signposted from Clifden. You will first pass Abbeyglen Castle Hotel (on your left), and after approx 400 metres beyond the hotel, take a look back towards Clifden. The 12 Bens mountains provide a wonderful backdrop to the town, and its two church spires, complete Clifden's distinctive skyline. The scenery along the Sky Road is quite simply, stunning. As you travel, the Sky Road separates into the lower and upper roads. The lower road takes you along the shoreline, and although pleasant, the upper road is more popular, owing to the commanding views it offers over the entire area. As the upper road rises, you are treated to breathtaking island & coastline views. There is a good-sized car park at the highest point of the upper road for wonderful photo opportunities. If you continue along the Sky Road thereafter, you will eventually join the main N59 Road, a few kilometres north of Clifden.


Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

On the Map: Kylemore Abbey is located in County Galway, in the midwest of Ireland. The Abbey is accessed via the N59 road that connects the towns of Clifden (to the southwest) and Westport (to the northeast). 

Set in the Connemara mountains is Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle. Given it's picture-perfect location, Kylemore is often touted as Ireland's most romantic castle. Built by the English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, visitors to the three reception rooms in the Abbey are touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. Kylemore Castle was sold to Benedictine nuns fleeing war-torn Belgium in 1920 and the Castle became an Abbey. The Community of Nuns re-opened their International Boarding School here and also established a day school for local girls. Mitchell Henry built the recently re-opened Neo-Gothic Church (under restoration) between 1877 and 1881 as a memorial to his wife following her untimely death. The Church, a ‘cathedral in miniature’, is a centre of reflection and prayer for many visitors. Visitors can also see the Mausoleum where the original owners are buried.


Connemara, County Galway

On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).

Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara's capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed.  From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland's big sky country.


Quiet Man Bridge, County Galway

On The Map: The Quiet Man Bridge is located five miles from the village of Oughterard, in County Galway in the west of Ireland.

The Quiet Man Bridge is internationally famous as a location for the 1951 movie, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The film is regarded as one of the top 100 ever made, and tourists by the busload stop to photograph it. Leam Bridge, as it is known locally, is in a condition almost identical to 1951. This is the bridge where Wayne's character, Sean Thornton dreams of his youth in the opening scenes of the movie and hears his dead mother's voice describing White O'Morn cottage. More than 50 years have passed since Irish-American director John Ford shot his classic movie, but interest in the film has never been stronger. Shot on location in the west of Ireland John Ford’s beloved romantic comedy The Quiet Man has been celebrated for its larger-than-life portrayal of the Emerald Isle. Most of the Quiet Man outdoor scenes were shot in various locations in counties Galway and Mayo - mainly around the scenic Maam Valley on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle and the nearby village of Cong.


Cong, County Mayo

On the Map: Cong is located in County Mayo in the midwest of Ireland. The village is 45 minutes/ 43km north of Galway City, and is most easily accessed via the R334/R346 road that intersects with the main N84 road connecting Galway & Castlebar cities.

Cong is without doubt most famous for being the location of John Ford's 1951 classic, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The Quiet Man Cottage Museum allows visitors to relive the movie as if actually on-set.  Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts, costumes - etc. are authentic reproductions. The majestic remains of Cong Abbey are the relics of an Augustinian abbey founded in the 12th century by Turlough O'Connor, King of Connaught and High King of Ireland.  The Cross of Cong, an ornate processional cross intended for the abbey, is now in Dublin's National Museum. Ashford Castle, perhaps Ireland's most exquisite castle hotel is located just outside the village.


Ennis, County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - More Info - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Chauffeur Tour of Dingle County Kerry, County Clare

This morning your friendly & knowledgeable driver-guide will collect you from your hotel for a tour of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. County Kerry is known as the Kingdom County, and for good reason. It is widely regarded as Ireland's most scenic county, and the Dingle Peninsula in particular, is quite simply, stunning. The Peninsula is also of immense archaeological importance, and there are a remarkable number of monuments and sites of note. Read on for a detailed description of some of the highlights.


Must-See Sites

Conor Pass, County Kerry

On the Map: The Conor Pass is located just northeast of Dingle town on the Spa Road.

The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering or leaving Dingle. This narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula, where roads fork to Cloghane/Brandon or Castlegregory. The views from the road are breathtaking, as the glaciated landscape of mountains and corrie lakes comes into view. From the scenic carpark at the summit there are views as far as the Aran Islands, located off the coast of County Galway


Ancient Dingle, County Kerry

On the Map: The Dingle Peninsula is located in County Kerry on the beautiful southwest coast of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N86 road from Tralee, a major town 50 minutes/ 50km to the east.

The Dingle Peninsula is world-renowned as a place of great scenic beauty, and many would argue that it is indeed the most picturesque location in all of Ireland. There is however, simply no argument with regard to its massive archaeological importance. No other landscape in western Europe boasts the density and variety of ancient monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. It has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years, and because of its remote location and lack of agricultural development, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments! From Stone Forts & Monastic sites to Ogham Stones & ancient Sun Dials, the peninsula literally has it all. One of the most notable sites is the 6th century Gallarus Oratory (pictured) - a remarkably well-preserved early Christian church. Quite how it has survived the ravages of Atlantic weather for so long is a testament to its builders. No mortar was used in its construction, and aside from a slight sag in the roof, it is in perfect condition! Overlooking the village of Camp, you'll find Cathair Con Ri, the finest promontory hill fort in the country. Stunningly located at 2000 feet above the valley, this impressive cliff-top stronghold dates from 500 BC to 500 AD.


Slea Head, County Kerry

On The Map: Slea Head is located on the Dingle Peninsula in the south west of Ireland. From Dingle town, head west on the R559 that encircles Slea Head and eventually returns to Dingle.

The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in a large number of ancient & megalithic attractions as well as offering stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. To properly enjoy the Drive, a half-day should be set aside for the journey. The route is suitable for motorists, but is also ideal for cyclists: it is possible to hire a bike at a number of locations in Dingle.


Dingle, County Kerry

On the Map: Dingle is located in County Kerry on the beautiful southwest coast of Ireland. The town is most easily accessible via the N86 road from Tralee, a major town 50 minutes/ 50km to the east.

The residents of Dingle, or An Daingean as it is now officially known, are the envy of everyone in Ireland. They live in what many agree is the most beautiful part in the country, in a strikingly attractive fishing village with fantastic pubs, rousing music, great restaurants and more characters per head of population than anywhere in the world. The key to Dingle is to visit as many pubs as you can while there. Seek out the old pubs frequented by the locals, sit up to the bar, order a drink and prepare to be entertained! The Dingle Peninsula on which the town is located is littered with ancient archeological sites including stone forts and many beehive huts. Scenically, the Peninsula is an absolute delight with every turn of the road revealing more of the achingly beautiful landscape. One highlight is the Slea Head loop drive from Dingle which is easily driven in an hour or cycled in an afternoon. For the energetic, a day spent climbing Mount Brandon, the peninsula's highest, will be richly rewarded. The views from the top on a clear day are absolutely stunning.


Ennis, County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - More Info - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Final Day in Ennis, County Clare

Today is your last day in Ireland, and you will again have time to spend around Ennis Town on foot. Ennis is a great spot to shop or people-watch, and offers a fantastic variety of restaurants and pubs. The two biggest visitor attractions in the town are highlighted below, and are well-worth a visit.


Must-See Sites

The Clare Museum, County Clare

On The Map: The Clare Museum is located on Arthur's Row - just off O'Connell Square and adjacent to the Temple Gste Hotel, in the very heart of Ennis Town.

The Clare Museum is located in a beautifully restored former convent built by the Sisters of Mercy congregation in 1861. The museum exhibition "The Riches of Clare: its people, place and treasures," occupies two galleries and incorporates the traditional method of displaying original artefacts from the county with modern interpretive tools such as colourful display panels, audio visual and computer interactive presentations, models, some replicas and commissioned art pieces. The collection comprises a large display of archaeological material of local provenance, and many locally collected artefacts never seen before in public. All showcases have been specifically designed with their contents in mind and environmentally conditioned to the requirements of the artifacts displayed in them. The concept of the exhibition is thematic, focusing on the lives and experiences of the people of Clare through the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy. And best of all...admission is free!


Ennis Friary, County Clare

On The Map: The 13th century Ennis Friary is located at the southern end of Abbey Street in the heart of Ennis Town.

The origins of Ennis date back to 1240AD, when Donnchadh Caribreach O’Brien helped establish the Franciscan Order in Ennis, by his offer of hospitality to wandering Friars. Construction of the Friary began - the site was then an island on the river Fergus. The Friary contains numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone. A carved image of St. Francis displaying the stigmata is evident in the nave. He carries a cross staff and wears the Franciscan habit. Under the south arch of the tower, an elaborate tracery canopy of the late 15th century was perhaps part of an ornate tomb.  The corbels supporting this are carved on one side with a bishop and, on the other, the Virgin & Child. The magnificent east window, with its five tall, narrow lancets, lights the chancel. The chancel once contained several royal and aristocratic tombs. Among those remaining at the friary are the canopy of the Inchiquin/O' Brien tomb and also the Creagh tomb which incorporates five sculptured passion panels from the much older MacMahon Tomb. Set into the back of this tomb is thirteen carved figures representing Christ and the Apostles, all dating from the mid 15th century. Visitors to Ennis Friary can also see the sacristy, an impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. Leading out from the sacristy is the cloister area where part of the arcade has been reconstructed.


Depart From

Airport Transfer & Flight Home, County Clare

This morning your driver will collect you from your hotel, and transfer you to Shannon Airport. The airport is only 15 minutes away, and we'll see that you arrive 2 hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 nights at The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis

TRANSPORTATION

  • 3 Days of Chauffeured Touring

DINING OPTIONS

  • 5 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfast each morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • The Wonders of County Clare Chauffeur Daytour
  • The Unspoilt Beauty of Connemara Chauffeur Daytour
  • The Majesty of the Kingdom County Chauffeur Daytour

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Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

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Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

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Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

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Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

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Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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