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About Us

The Authentic Story


As the originators of “authentic” travel, Authentic Vacations launched its brand in 2001 with a full selection of customizable, curated travel packages to Ireland. Authentic Vacations has expanded over the years to destinations beyond Ireland, but the company’s core value—delivering an authentic product and unparalleled service—has remained paramount. Inspirational itineraries abound, with a variety of unique experiences and accommodations, all carefully vetted by AV’s product team, to ensure our clients have the travel they want with local character, guides, and color.

As a member of the esteemed Tour Partner Group (TPG), ), Authentic Vacations is the leading business for customized travel in Northern European Destinations such as Iceland, Scandinavia, Ireland, and the UK. And, Authentic is the only travel group offering customized travel within the United States. With a culturally diverse staff of experts, Authentic Vacations delivers its unique brand of travel to more than 200,000 clients each year. With offices in London, Dublin, Copenhagen, and Scottsdale, Authentic Vacations offers a level of personalization and client support that is unsurpassed in the travel industry.

Authentic does the research, planning, and booking. Our clients relax and feel the wonder of Milestone Moments™ Travel with every experience.

Explore a little deeper. Laugh a little louder. Remember a little longer.

Authentic Travelers

Why Traveling Authentic Makes a Difference

Truly Authentic Experiences

Humans travel to experience a way of life that they are unfamiliar with and to create memories that will last a lifetime. We thrive on transformational experiences in travel and giving people the opportunity to experience as a local does and to hopefully understand what makes that little pocket of the world so special.

Tailor-Made Itinerary

Traveling is a unique experience, and we understand the intricacies of designing an itinerary that is 100% in sync with your expectations. Each of our Destination Experts has a designated region of expertise and can work with you on customizing an itinerary that meets all the requirements specified.

Unique & Boutique Accommodations

An authentic vacation wouldn’t be complete without unique accommodations. At Authentic Vacations, we believe that the best way to fully immerse in local culture, is to stay at one-of-a-kind hotels and B&Bs. From small guest houses and boutique hotels, to grand castles and luxury lodges. We have long standing relationships and contracts with a huge variety of traditional-style properties and have a plethora of options at our fingertips that can help fulfill any of your expectations.

Authentic Secret Spot

Traveling can often feel like a cookie-cutter experience. Everyone is interested in seeing the same landmarks and attractions, and while we still think people should experience these well-known destinations if it is their desire, we want to encourage people to journey down the road less traveled. We can advise you on local secret spots that will help enhance your authentic experience. This could be a local pub, a beautiful view, or an adventurous activity!

19 Years Of Experience

We have been in business since 2001 and our staff of 160 will ensure that your upcoming vacation will be handled professionally, and with superb customer care & support – before, during and after your trip.

Our Certifications & Licenses
  • We are IATA, USTOA and ARC certified

  • We are licensed in California, Washington, Hawaii, Florida and Iowa

  • We are insured with a $1M Errors & Omissions bond

  • We are fully bonded and licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland (License No. TA0725)

  • We are a member of the American Society of Travel Agencies

  • We have an A+ Rating as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business

  • We are SSL Certified which assures all data sent to us remains private and secure