Thinking About a Trip to Ireland?

18 Feb

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Some people call it the travel itch and I definitely have it. Two years ago my husband and I decided we would take a trip to Ireland. We traveled in May 2011 for ten days and had an awesome time. The island is so much prettier and greener than any picture or movie could ever depict. Before we even left we were talking about making a trip back. Not only was Ireland a great country with great people, it’s also a great place to go because it’s small enough to see a lot of the country in little time. With that said, I want to share my knowledge and advice for vacation packages to Ireland.  If you’re looking for a little adventure I believe this is the best bang for your buck.

When I started researching Ireland I wasn’t even really sure where to begin. I had never been out of the country (other than a cruise to Mexico 7 years earlier) so I didn’t have any experience with international travel. I started seeing more and more information on Bed & Breakfasts (B&B), so I started to do a little research and comparing pricing. I came across this site www.AuthenticIreland.com and requested for more information. I was very impressed with the quick response from an actual human being and not an automated e-mail.

After I told the travel consultant roughly what we were looking for she offered me this, “Go as You Please” Bed and Breakfast tour. This was a package that gave an allowance of daily travel vouchers (depending on how long you were staying) to a B&B. It allowed either booking your B&B prior to arriving in Ireland or book it the night before and you just give the voucher at the time of your stay. The flexibility on the trip would allow us to spend more time in one area or another and there are more than 1,000 participating B&B locations available in Ireland. This package surprisingly included a rental car, as well. We ended up booking with them and I was happy. There also weren’t any hidden fees or things that came up that weren’t expected, which was always a fear for me, so that also made me happy. It was nice that since (quite obviously in the name) the Bed & Breakfast gives you your first meal of the day, so one less meal to worry about spending money on. We would each eat a decent breakfast, then a snack, then dinner. This way we weren’t spending 3 meals a day out. Got to make up for the beer expenses somehow!!

This Go as You Please package flexibility really made our trip fun and exciting. Just being able to decide the night or two before where we’d be staying and in which county made things that much more interesting. The Authentic Ireland Company also mailed us a complimentary package of maps, coupons, guides to major cities, and other useful travel information (including B&B vouchers – but those you paid for to get the complimentary pkg…ok so maybe it’s not complimentary).

I do recommend if you’re going to do a bed and breakfast tour that you book your B&B for the first night (or two) and your last night (or two) just in case. When we went there they were having a bank holiday or public holiday and rooms were a little harder to get the last couple nights. I also recommend, if you’re a student, bringing your student ID. I’m thankful I did because I got discounts at a lot of the castles and museums.

Our Package Included

  • B&B Accommodation – For as Many Nights as You Require
  • Rental Car – Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes
  • Full Irish Breakfasts – Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • B&B Guide – Details All Participating Properties – More than 1,000 Nationwide
  • Optional Upgrades – Include a Castle, Dublin Hotel or Medieval Banquet
  • Your Vacation Online – 24/7 Access to Your Tour Details & Travel Documents
  • 5-Star Customer Service – Expert Advice, VIP Service & 7-Day Travel Helpline
  • Risk-Free Cancellation Policy – No Change or Cancellation Fees

So if you’re interesting in book a trip to Ireland, I recommend using Authentic Ireland. They offered prompt, professional, and accommodating customer service. The price was pretty reasonable considering it included your B&B and a rental car. It’s always a little scary booking your first international trip, so having some knowledge and background as to what worked for someone else is always helpful.

If you’re interested in booking a trip to Ireland, please share your comments or ask questions.

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Pub in Doolin, County Clare

 

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Cliffs of Moher – Where I got engaged!

 

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Blarney Castle Mansion, County Cork

 

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Blarney Castle grounds (a view from top of the castle)

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One Response to “Thinking About a Trip to Ireland?”

  1. TravisChristiansen February 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Thanks for the information on the B&B and car rental! I really enjoy the pictures as well!

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