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4-Night Authentic St. Patrick's Day

Price: From $898 Per Person.4 Nights

Stay in the heart of Dublin’s city center during Ireland’s most festive time of the year, St. Patrick’s Day!  Get a taste of how the locals experience this globally celebrated Irish Landmark holiday.  Your journey begins on March 15th in Dublin where you can unwind at your home for the next four nights, the 4-star Camden Court Hotel, a Dublin favorite aptly located near bustling Grafton Street.  Explore Ireland’s amazing capital before embarking on an authentic pub crawl.  On the following morning, take an even deeper dive into the city’s history on a walking tour of Dublin, then follow it with a Connoisseur tasting experience at the Guinness Storehouse where you can drink exclusive brews and learn how to authentically pour a Guinness from the tap.  On the big day, experience the St. Patrick’s Day festival with the locals and celebrate this auspicious event.  On your last day in Dublin, we have decided to let you be your own guide as we reckon some of you might need to take it easy after your authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  If you’re up for a little hair of the dog, why not visit Jameson Distillery or the Irish Whiskey Museum?  

There is limited availability for this tour so book it today before it sells out!

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights at Boutique 4-Star Dublin City Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure 

DINING OPTIONS

  • 4 Delectable Full Irish Breakfasts

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin Musical Pub Crawl in Dublin's Famous Temple Bar
  • Award Winning Walking Tour of Dublin Led by Historians
  • Guinness Connoisseur Experience - Journey to the Heart of the Black Stuff
  • Cheer on the Exuberant St. Patrick's Day Parade As It Winds Through the Heart of Dublin City

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • See Buildings, Venues, and Spaces across the City Illuminate Green for St. Patrick's Day!
  • The Iveagh Gardens
  • St. Stephens Green
  • Temple Bar
  • Grafton Street
  • Trinity College
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Jameson Distillery
  • Irish Whiskey Museum

Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out is before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Dublin Musical Pub Crawl

Dublin, County Dublin

The Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl is led by two professional musicians who perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish Music and its influences on contemporary world music. The Crawl is best described as a moving concert, at which everyone is guaranteed a seat in the privately booked pubs. The Crawl is a highly entertaining and informative evening of music and song. The musicians explain the history of Irish music and share their personal stories of the how Irish people interact with the music as its played today. You will visit famous pubs and bars in the Temple Bar area. All pubs are privately booked, with private bar and are in close proximity to one another. Tours take place every night April to October and Thursday thru Saturday in other months. Your tour begins at 7.30 pm and typically lasts 2.5 hours.

 

*Note: Children under 18 years of age may not attend the Musical Pub Crawl*


Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin

Your tour includes a luxurious private transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel. Once you have collected your luggage, proceed through to the Arrivals Hall, and look for your driver. He/She will be holding an iPad with your name thereon, and will quickly escort you outside, where your ride awaits. Before you know it, you will have arrived at your Dublin City Center Hotel, and your Irish adventure can truly begin! That's right, no endless searching for the right airport shuttle, bus or taxi. No trying to figure out where you're going or which bus stop is yours. Just the perfect start to a well-deserved, relaxing vacation... All part of our Authentic Vacations 5-star Customer Service!


Overnight Location

Dublin, County Dublin

On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.

Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park (twice the size of New York City's Central Park), Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Gaol and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery.  A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.


Must-See Sites

Greening the City, County Dublin

In celebration of Ireland's national holiday, a host of major landmarks and spaces across Dublin City will don their best shades of emerald during the annual Greening of the City. 

List of Buildings Going Green 2019

3 Arena
52 St. Stephens Green
AIB, O’Connell Street 
Aras an Uachtarain
BallsBridge Hotel
Brown Thomas
Casino Marino
Christchurch Cathedral
City Hall
Civic Offices & International Relations Office
Cliff Town House
Collins Barracks
Custom House
Dicey’s
Dublin Airport
Dublin Castle Lower Yard
Dublin Castle Upper Yard
Dublin Port (The Diving Bell on Sir Rogerson’s Quay, Port Centre and Crane 292)
Enterprise Trade & Employment
Entrance To Stephens Green - Shelbourne Hotel Side
Farmleigh - Water Tower
Four Courts
Government Buildings
Intercontinental
Iveagh House
Kilmainham Courthouse
Kilmainham Gaol - Entrance
Leinster House
Mansion House
Marlbourgh Street Complex
Morrison Hotel 
National Concert Hall (NCH)
National Gallery of Ireland
National Library – Kildare Street
National Museum – Kildare Street
Natural History Museum
Olympia
Phoenix Monument
PricewaterhouseCooper
Rathfarnham Castle
RDS
Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK) - Clock Tower
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Teeling’s Whiskey Distillery
The Church
The Convention Centre
The Marker Hotel
The Wright Group
Trinity College Dublin

The Iveagh Gardens, County Dublin

The Iveagh Gardens are among the finest and least known of Dublin's parks and gardens.  They were designed by Ninian Niven, in 1865, as an intermediate design between the 'French Formal' and the 'English Landscape' styles.  They demonstrated the artistic skills of the Landscape Architect of the mid 19th century and display a unique collection of landscape features which include Rustic Grotto's and Cascade, sunken formal panels of lawn with Fountain Centre Pieces, Wilderness, Woodlands, Maze, Rosarium, American Garden, Archery Grounds, Rockeries and Rooteries.

The conservation and restoration of the Gardens commenced in 1995 and to date, most of the features have been restored, for example, the Maze in Box hedging with a Sundial as a center piece.  The recently restored Cascade and exotic tree ferns all help to create a sense of wonder in the 'Secret Garden'.  The pre 1860s rose varieties add an extra dimension to the Victorian Rosarium.


Temple Bar, County Dublin

On The Map: Temple Bar lies in the heart of Dublin City. Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, and just west of Trinity College and Grafton Street.

The lively and vibrant Temple Bar District - Dublin's Cultural Quarter, is well worth a visit. Best known for being Dublin’s major nightlife center, Temple Bar comes alive after dark, with many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. For those visiting during the day, the area boasts a timeless charm, with narrow cobbled streets and a plethora of cultural organizations, such as the Irish Film Centre & Project Arts Centre. There are also a variety of small galleries and stores - perfect for a day of shopping. While Temple Bar after dark might not be for everyone, the area is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. 


St Stephen's Green, County Dublin

On The Map: St Stephen's Green is located in the heart of Dublin City, at the southern end of bustling Grafton Street - the city's premier shopping street. The famous Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is adjacent to the northwestern corner of the Green itself.

Stephen's Green is Ireland's best known Victorian public park. Originally enclosed by a wall in 1664, access to the 22 acre Green was restricted to local residents until 1880. The Green has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, as well as spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding. The herbaceous border also provides colour from early spring to late autumn. Sanctuary from inclement weather can be obtained in the Victorian lakeside shelter or in the Victorian Swiss shelters in the center of the park. Over 3.5 km of pathways are accessible for all users. The waterfall and Pulham rock work on the western side of the green are worth of a visit, likewise the ornamental lake which provides a home for waterfowl and a garden for the visually impaired. A number of sculptures are located throughout the green. A children's playground is a popular attraction of the park. Lunchtime concerts are performed during the summer months.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out is before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Historical Walking Tour of Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin

The Historical Walking Tour is an award-winning tour featuring an outstanding blend of history and humour on the streets of Ireland's vibrant capital. Described as more of a 'seminar on the street' than your run-of-the-mill sightseeing tour, you'll start at Trinity College main gates. take in the grounds of Trinity College, Old Irish Parliament, Dublin Castle, City Hall, the original Viking settlement at Wood Quay, Christ Church Cathedral, Four Courts. and finish in the old port of Temple Bar. From the architectural splendors of Georgian Dublin, to highlights of Irish history, your guide has a passion for all aspects of Irish history and will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

Meeting Point: Trinity College Front Gates located on College Green.

Timing and frequency of the tour varies depending on the time of year.  Please see your voucher for details.


Must-See Sites

Gaelspraoi, County Dublin

GaelSpraoi is an exciting series of events available throughout the festival promoting the use of the original Irish language, Gaelic, in fun and novel settings. Although everybody in Ireland speaks English, Gaelic is very much alive and on your travels, you'll see plenty of signs written in this ancient language which to non-speakers can seem totally incomprehensible. Discover Gaelic through workshops, live shows, and films suitable for all ages, and enjoy the ceoil and craic (music and fun)!


Grafton Street, County Dublin

On The Map: Grafton Street runs from Saint Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north

Grafton Street is without doubt Ireland's premier shopping street - in terms of retail rent, it's the fifth most expensive in the world! With beautiful historic buildings housing iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas, Weir & Sons and Bewley’s Grafton Street Café, Grafton Street offers an experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianized, with the exception of a short stretch that runs between Nassau Street and College Green and contains the 18th century Trinity College Provost's House, home to the head of the college. If shopping's not your thing, Grafton Street is still worth checking out. It's a bustling, atmospheric spot, and high quality street performers including musicians, poets and mime-artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds.


Trinity College, County Dublin

On The Map: Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin City. Just south of the River Liffey, the campus grounds are bordered by Grafton, College, Pearse, Nassau & Leinster Streets.

Time spent in Dublin would not be complete without a visit to Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st, it is one of the oldest universities in the British Isles, and the very oldest in Ireland. Standing on a self contained site in the very heart of Dublin, the College itself covers some 35 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces surrounded by buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. Although Trinity offers much of interest to the visitor, the crown jewel is without doubt the Book of Kells. The Book is an 'illuminated manuscript', globally celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as 'insular majuscule'. Written in the 9th century, it has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid-19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.


Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin

On The Map: The Guinness Storehouse is centrally located in Dublin City at St. James Gate, just off Crane Street and south of the River Liffey. The Storehouse is a leisurely 20 minute stroll west of Trinity College.

Come and explore Ireland’s top visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and company. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the seven-story visitor experience tells the epic tale of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building.  It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin. 


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out is before 12:00 noon.


Must-See Sites

St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, County Dublin

There’s really nothing quite like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. The Dublin St. Patrick's Festival parade, part of the five-day national St Patrick’s Festival, is one of the most popular in the world and no doubt the biggest and best. It starts at noon on Parnell Square on Saturday, March 17th, and will weave its way through central Dublin.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade held in Ireland was in Dublin in 1931, and today, half a million people are expected to come out to join the celebration, which features Irish community groups and pageant companies, and more than 2,000 marching band members from around the world helping create an exciting carnival atmosphere. 

A Community Arts Project, City Fusion, helps promote diversity at the time of the national holiday. The project engages with groups and communities from a variety of backgrounds and puts them alongside professional artists to create and stage two large-scale pageants for the Festival parade.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out is before 12:00 noon.


Must-See Sites

Old Jameson Distillery, County Dublin

On The Map: The Old Jameson Distillery is located in the Smithfield area of Dublin City. Walking from Trinity College (approx 20 minutes), head west on Dame Street to Lord Edward Street to Christchurch Place. Carry on past Christchurch Cathedral and take the next right onto Bridge Street. Head straight over Merchants Quay and Fr. Mathew bridge across Arran Quay. Walk up Church Street past St. Michans Cathedral and then take the next left onto May Lane /Bow Street. Alternately, the Distillery is Stop 20 on the 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus tour.

Set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, The Old Jameson Distillery captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Tours operate 7 days a week all year, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audio visual presentation. Expert guides then lead you through the fascinating story of Jameson, one of the world’s most famous whiskies. Follow the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing. The journey is completed with a visit to the Jameson Discovery Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience - a complimentary glass of Jameson and mixer plus a chance for selected volunteers to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster". After your tour, browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant or bar and soak up the unique atmosphere.


Christ Church Cathedral, County Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral (founded c.1028) is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt. There’s so much to see and discover at Christ Church Cathedral. Here are a few ideas to get you started...
Explore the Crypt:
Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt, one of the largest in Britain & Ireland, and the earliest surviving structure in the city. The crypt houses fascinating memorials, the cat and the rat, The Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop and the Cathedral Café. The crypt can also be hired for events.
Follow in the Footsteps of Pilgrims:
Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period, with an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus. Today, it is still possible to see one of these relics, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin.
Visit the ‘Cat & the Rat’:
A mummified cat & rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular. Mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry.’
Experience Evensong:
The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland's finest choirs, and is constantly in demand to perform in concerts, on tours and on radio broadcasts nationwide. Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin's musical life and took part in the first performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1742. The choir sings Evensong four times a week during term time.  
Treat yourself to tasty delights in the Cathedral Cafe in the atmospheric 12th Century Crypt Relax after your visit with tea and coffee and culinary delights in the Cathedral Café. You can enjoy delicate sandwiches, scones with cream, a sumptuous variety of cakes as well as a selection of coffees and teas.


Dublin Castle, County Dublin

Since its foundation in 1204, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of Dublin.  Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments (the most important state rooms in the country). The grounds of the Castle are free to explore, as is the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.  Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased from the Apartments in the Upper Castle Yard.


Irish Whiskey Museum, County Dublin

The Irish Whiskey Museum is an exciting new venture located in the heart of the Golden Mile in Dublin City - directly across from Trinity College. If you choose to take a tour, you will journey back through time in a historic setting. This fantastic museum will unveil the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey. It is a unique tour concept, as unlike other whiskey tours around the world, the focus is not the distilling process. Instead the origins of Irish Whiskey are uniquely depicted - its rise to glory, its dramatic fall from grace, and of course, the current revival of new Irish whiskeys. This interactive, ultra modern experience offers a WOW factor that firmly places it among the very best of Dublin's visitor attractions. A visit to the museum includes a fully guided tour through 5 unique rooms, and a complimentary tutored whiskey tasting session. With an exclusive collection of Irish whiskey memorabilia dating back to the 1800s. blended with a modern twist, this is one memory you are sure to savor.


Included Experiences

Dublin Airport Private Transfer

Dublin, County Dublin

Today you will be collected from the Dublin Airport, and enjoy a private and luxurious transfer to your Dublin hotel.


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


Guaranteed Tour Date

MARCH 15, 2018
From $898 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights at Boutique 4-Star Dublin City Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure 

DINING OPTIONS

  • 4 Delectable Full Irish Breakfasts

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin Musical Pub Crawl in Dublin's Famous Temple Bar
  • Award Winning Walking Tour of Dublin Led by Historians
  • Guinness Connoisseur Experience - Journey to the Heart of the Black Stuff
  • Cheer on the Exuberant St. Patrick's Day Parade As It Winds Through the Heart of Dublin City

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • See Buildings, Venues, and Spaces across the City Illuminate Green for St. Patrick's Day!
  • The Iveagh Gardens
  • St. Stephens Green
  • Temple Bar
  • Grafton Street
  • Trinity College
  • Temple Bar
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Solo travelers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of $421 USD

“Ireland trip”

Jun 13, 2019 by Al Acuna/Pam Carroll. Your Hometown: Clayton

Hi Alaina: I wanted to touch bases with you regarding our Ireland trip. First, we all very much enjoyed the trip, Ireland was beautiful with many sites to see and the people were extremely friendly and for the most part, made us comfortable. I have to admit that I did do a lot of driving – over 1,000 kilometers driving around the island and driving on the left side of the road and survived. Pam was a great navigator and helped me a lot while driving the roads and highways. The car was great, perfect for the four of us and our luggage. The weather was good as we had only a couple of rainy days while touring sites but most of the time it seemed to stop while touring and visiting all of the major sites we wanted to see. Thanks for doing a great job on the reservations regarding the hotels and Heatons' Guest House. We experienced only one problem checking in to any of hotels and itinerary and that information is included in the attached separate letter which we sent to the general manager of the Lodge Hotel in Kindle...

There are two hotels that you should be aware of that you might want to investigate and reconsider before using them in future tours. The Lodge at Kinsale though in a beautiful location was up in the hills and out of the way and would have been a dangerous drive at night even though we wanted to go to dinner away from the lodge, we did not feel safe driving thru the dark hill roads back to it. And dinner at the lodge was not up to the standards a hotel like this should have had. I will be attaching a copy of the letter we are sending to the manager of the Lodge Hotel as we had a less than satisfactory experience there.

The second hotel was the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. We thought it was a bit out of the way up in the hills away from the areas and sites that we wanted to see in Cork. We had to walk quite a distance to some of the sites and restaurants in town and walking back we all felt a bit uneasy walking the dark streets at night. The hotel itself was an odd configuration, as we had to take one elevator from the reception area, walk down a long hallway to a different section of the hotel and find a second elevator, walk down another long hallway just to get to the third-floor room. As we discovered the second elevator was not working at night and we had to find the stairs and trudge back to our room late at night. We changed rooms the second day as the room was unsatisfactory.

We very much enjoyed Dublin and wish we would have had an extra day there, the Dingle Peninsula was beautiful and wish that we would have had another day there as well. Galway Bay could have been cut down to one day. One of the many highlights of the trip was Ashford Castle and the afternoon tea. That was an outstanding experience of the trip. And I would recommend that in the future, since it is 45 minutes outside of Galway Bay, that you consider placing clients closer to Ashford Castle as it is such a beautiful sight to see and experience, and one afternoon is just not enough. The Lake Hotel in Killarney was beautiful as you suggested and I am glad that I listened to your advice and stayed there.

All in all, we enjoyed our Ireland trip. Thank you for all of your assistance and expertise. I look forward to working with you again on another trip in the future.

Al Acuna

Jun 13, 2019 by Mark. Your Hometown: Bettendorf

Everything worked smoothly. You are constantly on the go and I think we saw all the major attractions in Ireland. The guides were very knowledgeable and fun to listen too. Well run your!

“Some very good, some not”

Jun 13, 2019 by Kevin Reynolds. Your Hometown: Bend

We spent 10 days in Scotland this past May and for the most part, everything went very well. Hotels: Some exceptional, one downright nasty! Here are our thoughts on the hotels:

Edinburgh - Hotel du Vin
Incredible place remodeled insane asylum (no kidding). Room was large, bathroom modern, biggest shower I've ever seen in a hotel (a bit overkill but hey, if you need a shower to fit 6 people then this is your place!). Staff was excellent and helpful. Great location, 5-minute walk to the Royal Mile.

Inverness - Glenmoriston Townhouse
Clean is about the best thing I could say about this. Very un-charming, kind of like staying in a chain hotel/apartments. Staff was ok if a bit distant. Room was good sized but bathroom small. Why so many hotels in Europe have pedestal sinks and absolutely no room put anything down is beyond me. Can't be a cost thing - how much can a shelf cost?

Isle of Skye - Cuillin Hills Hotel
Wonderful place with a great view of the charming harbor of Portree. Great staff, great public areas, and an excellent restaurant. Room was a decent size, bathroom excellent.

Fort Williams - Alexandra Hotel
Horrid place. Dirty, worn out, incredibly small rooms, tiny bathroom. This place was so bad that we left after one night and drove to Stirling paying for a new hotel at our own expense (no refund from the Alexandra). Ft William is a dingy, run downtown and the only reason to go there is the outdoor activity and the steam train. Honestly, with a bit of an internet search, I found several places around the area that would have been a better place to stay. The Alexandra is rated 3 stars but I would call it more a 2. Maybe just a step above a youth hostel.

Outside Edinburgh - Melville Castle
Our last night was in a delightful place with loads of history (estate has ties to Mary, Queen of Scots and the current building was built in the Victorian era). Spent a fun hour with one of the owners, Bill Hays who told us the history and a few ghost stories (which delighted my wife). Room was big (suite) and the bathroom was modern. Great restaurant, downstairs in the basement (think a well-lit dungeon - cozy).

Our activities were, for the most part, great although I would stay away from "The Scottish Experience" in Edinburgh. It's a hokey dinner show place with poor food and cheesy entertainment. Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and many other things to see in Edinburgh are great. If you have any interesting in medicine don't miss the Surgeons Museum.

A highlight for me was Culloden Battlefield with its excellent visitor center near Inverness. We spent over 3 hours here.

The Highlands overall are stunningly beautiful especially in May when the hills were very green. The history is everywhere and there is so much to explore!

“Awesome Irish Experience!”

Jun 13, 2019 by Sydney Puder. Your Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

My husband and I traveled to Ireland from Minneapolis, MN. We booked our own flights, but all of our accommodations and tours were booked with Authentic Vacations. Everything was seamless besides one hotel reservation, which they fixed within moments of me calling! They also did not include a tour voucher for the Cliffs of Moher which I thought was strange since that is one of the main things to see in Ireland, but we could swing it being that everything else had already been included!

I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations to my family and friends!

Jun 13, 2019 by Jimmy. Your Hometown: ST Marys, GA

This was our 40th anniversary present to ourselves and our 3rd time in Ireland with Authentic Ireland. Lonna worked with us to ensure that everything went as planned and our vacation was perfect. There were no surprises or details that did not go as Lonna planned. We are working on a list of places that we want to travel to next year and look forward to working with Lonna ( a consummate professional) and Authentic Ireland.

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