The Long and Winding Road...led us happily to Martin and Authentic Irish Tours! What a blast we had on The Beatles tour of London and Liverpool ion August 2022. Martin arranged all the hotels, stops, guides, and transportation--all perfectly organized. We never had to worry about anything except having a good time, and that we did with abundance. Five Stars!!
We worked with Martin Hughes and Authentic Irish Tours for a two-week trip to Ireland and London. I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience. From the very first email to the day we got back home, Martin and his team were nothing short of amazing! He worked within our timeframe and budget and stayed in touch every step of the way to make sure the trip was exactly what we wanted. The result was a magical trip for 7 people (ranging in age from 16 to 62) that was absolutely flawless. If you are considering any kind of travel - but especially travel to Ireland - Martin and his team are exactly what you want! I am eternally grateful for all they did for us to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Booked our dream vacation, bus tour through Ireland, for September 2020 through a different travel agency...Well, we all know how that ended. I was crushed, devastated, and convinced that I would never see Ireland's beauty firsthand. My husband and I happened to meet Martin from Authentic Irish Tours Travel Agency at an event in Valpo and lamented our 2020 trip that never came to fruition. My sweet husband met with Martin in secret and re-booked our trip for our anniversary, only "new and improved". Instead of seeing Ireland by piling on and off a tour bus following a pre-set schedule, we would be renting a car and embarking on a true Ireland adventure. Now, mind you, I was a tad anxious at first thinking out driving all about the Irish countryside, but we were reassured by Martin that this was the way to truly see Ireland. We just got back from our trip two weeks ago and I can honestly say that in hindsight I am so glad our original trip was canceled because of COVID! From start to finish the whole trip went so smoothly. We stayed at four different hotels, all great. Getting our car rental was easy (driving was actually easier than we thought it would be). You would think with so many reservations that there would be some problem along the way, but no, everything was so easy. The only "hiccup" we had was an issue with the names on our airline tickets, which was quickly and professionally handled by Authentic Irish Tours. If you are looking for a true Ireland vacation, I would say that Authentic Irish Tours should be your "go to" for all that you are looking for. Working with Martin has been great...We may just be going back and we know who we will be calling.
I highly recommend Authentic Irish Tours Travel Agency! From the very beginning, they have made us feel so well taken care of and confident in their ability to help us plan our trip. We went thru AITTA to book a tour abroad with a well-known tour company, which one might simply book on their own. So glad we went through AIITA! The tour company caused a couple major rebooking issues, and Martin stepped in and smoothly managed all of the problems on our behalf. We didn't have to worry about anything. Plus, every time we had a question, Martin and the rest of the team were eager and ready to answer. You really do get personal service there!
Martin was great at helping us plan our trip to Ireland. He knows all the details about the areas your traveling to, that make the trip more personalized to what you would like your experience to be.
Awesome people, Authentic, knowledgeable and great to work with!!
Martin Hughes will put together a tour of beautiful Ireland that you will never forget!
Joe & Helen
Thanks to the diligent efforts of Martin Hughes and his team, we enjoyed our trip to the “Wild Atlantic Way” very much. Rather than going on a programmed tour, we decided to hire a private driver and go our own way at our own pace. Martin facilitated the services of a wonderful driver who also acted in the capacity of a personal tour guide. His name was Robert McNulty and his extensive knowledge of Irish history and local sights really made the trip. He was thankfully familiar with some of the best pubs and restaurants en route, and his advice was always spot-on. The Mercedes vehicle was spacious and comfortable and it was a blessing for us to enjoy the scenery without worrying about either the “other-side-of-the-road” driving adjustment or navigating our itinerary or getting lost. The hotel lodgings arranged by Authentic Irish Tours were very nice, but if we could do it over again, we’d opt for more Bed and Breakfast choices. Local Irish hospitality is not to be missed.
Joe & Colleen
I can not speak highly enough about our trip to Ireland with authentic Irish tours, Martin huges and John Hanley were awesome from the first moment we met them. The people in their office was very kind and helpful too.We not only went to Ireland to visit we also
got married there and with all their help everything went off without a hitch. Martin did a great job of working with us and making sure we were prepared for the money exchange, the driving differences, the roundabouts. He also recommended a pub that my husband fell in love with. Martin also keep in contact while we were there just to make sure everything was going smoothly. Like I said, going our first time over the pond with authentic Irish tours was the greatest time my husband and me has ever had. So thank you Authenic Irish tours for having such great people working for you.
Mike & Shirley
My wife and I came back from Ireland on June 7. Thanks to Martin it was the best trip we had. Martin knows so much about the hole of Ireland . If you want someone who knows their stuff on traveling Martin Hughes is the man to go to. Thanks for the memories