Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more

Authentic Vacations

4.8 | Excellent
  • 96% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • None
Headquarters
  • Santa Rosa, CA

24
Authentic Vacations Reviews & Ratings 96% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 22 Great 1 Average 0 Disappointing 1 Terrible 0
Value:
4.8 Guide:
4.8 Activities:
4.8 Lodging:
4.8 Transportation:
4.8 Meals:
4.8

Tour Reviews

F

Does Not Recommend

Covid19 changed EVERYTHING, CAREFUL. May 2020

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
I chose Authentic Vacations because of their great reputation, and "peace of mind" guarantee. COVID19 HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING, CAREFUL! We were booked for 9/2020 13 night trip to the UK, Uh Oh. 3/2020 we contacted our first agent to find she was furloughed 2/2020. Uh Oh. Having already paid Authentic $10K+ we tried rescheduling, NO GO. We then asked for a refund. Our 2nd agent, though cordial, had his hours CUT BACK early 3/2020. After 2 months of many contacts with Authentic and NONE of our $10K back, we have hired an attorney. Because Authentic has dragged their feet on getting our money back, we are panicked that any of the tour providers involved could be, if not already insolvent. Will update this review if possible.
Read more

RD

Recommends

I worked with Tim on a 10 day trip… November 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I worked with Tim on a 10 day trip chauffeur driver for my 84 yr. old clients. They said it was the best trip they have ever taken. Tim was great to work with and so knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Read more

KL

Recommends

A very delightful first visit to Ireland. October 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had an amazing 8 day Ireland vacation. We worked closely with our travel advisor, Heather B., to plan every detail of our trip. Heather tailored it perfectly to fit our interests and our desire to meander by car along the coasts to visit the historic, cultural and nature sights of southern Ireland.

We stayed at seven lovely B&Bs on the west, south and east coasts. The B&B hosts were wonderfully gracious and welcoming. Heather made dinner reservations or recommendations for each night, which were universally fabulous.

We visited many centuries old monasteries, castles, forts and settlements. We toured several wonderful museums. Heather provided us with a Google maps link for each day our travel. The beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and seaside villages along the coasts were delightfully scenic, peaceful and sublime. We drove exactly 1,000 miles on our trip at a very leisurely pace.

Highly recommend Authentic Vacations and Heather B. to plan your customized Ireland Adventure.
Read more

KP

Recommends

Honeymoon in Ireland October 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
For our honeymoon/first international trip, working with Authentic Vacations was a huge help! We had two travel agents because our first agent ended up leaving the company a few months before our trip. Diana made all of our arrangements, and answered a lot of questions to ease my worries. My only complaint is that by the time we got our passports and were ready to book our flights, she told us she wouldn’t be back in the office for the next week. When she came back, the airfare went up.
Our second travel agent was Lainie. She sent us all of our documents on time and answered more questions for me.
We had a great time on our self-guided tour through Ireland. We stayed at two bed and breakfasts, and three hotels. We enjoyed the B&B’s more. Our last hotel, Celbridge Manor, was very stuffy inside and we had to sleep with the window open to air out the room. I would not go back there again.
Our driving experience was good. Make sure you take a lot of pictures of your rental car before you leave the parking lot. We had a few damages on our car that were either not listed, or only listed as minor scratches. Also, our GPS didn’t work very well so we ended up only using maps on my cellphone with Verizon.
Overall I recommend working with a travel agent for an international trip to ensure you get the most of your vacation.
Read more

BC

Recommends

I had a great experience with Authentic… October 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a great experience with Authentic Ireland. They made all of our arrangements for car and lodging. They also provided an itinerary with suggested sites. We really appreciated having everything pre-paid before we left. It made check-in and check-out quick and easy wherever we went.
Read more

M

Recommends

Jocoya helped us to plan a perfect week… October 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Jocoya helped us to plan a perfect week in Dublin with two wonderful day trips: Wicklow and Glendalough and another to the Giant's Causeway. She asked about our interests and made fantastic recommendations that made the trip even better!
Read more

From Authentic Vacations

As the originators of “authentic” travel, Authentic Vacations launched its brand in 2001 with a diverse selection of customizable, curated travel packages to Ireland. While Authentic Vacations has evolved over the years, expanding to destinations beyond Ireland, the company’s core value of delivering an authentic product and service has always been paramount. Itineraries abound with a variety of unique activities and accommodations, all carefully vetted by AV’s product team, to ensure that clients experience a distinctive adventure, brimming with character and local charm.

As a member of the esteemed Tour Partner Group (TPG), Authentic Vacations is the leading company for creating tailor-made, authentic travel experiences for Northern European destinations including Iceland, Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK. With a culturally-diverse staff of destination experts, Authentic Vacations delivers its unique brand of travel to more than 200,000 clients each year. And with offices in London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Phoenix and San Francisco, Authentic Vacations offers a level of personalization and client support that is unsurpassed in the travel industry.

Associations:

  • American Society of Travel Advisors
  • United States Tour Operators Association

 

See All Authentic Vacations Trips >

What is Stride?
Stride is the top reviews site for experiential travel and tour packages.

Now you can search tens of thousands of trips from more than 1,000 operators and expert trip planners. Most travel agencies and websites only show options from large companies that pay big commissions. We show you all the options we can gather. We want you to have all the information to find your perfect trip, no matter who it’s with. About us.

Use Stride to:
Search thousands
Search thousands of itineraries and match your style and budget.
Compare local
Compare local experts with global tour operators side by side.
Read reviews
Read reviews by travelers and experts.
Read reviews
Save money as a Stride member (its free), with exclusive deals & rebates.
We are on a mission...

...to help more people travel further, travel more, and travel better. Learn more.

Got it
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!