Multi-Day Tour

12 Day Irish Odyssey (12 days)

CIE Tours International

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland


Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
Herbert Park Hotel None

Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol

Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour guide at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your tour guide and travel companions over a welcome drink.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
Herbert Park Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures of art and photography. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office. Head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing.

Day 3
Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
The River Lee Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse to meet the owners and learn about country living while enjoying tea and freshly-baked scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople create all the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of magnificent trophies. Visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building which incorporates a 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Continue along the south coast to Cork for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Killarney, Ireland
Cork, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Blarney Castle & Killarney

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of the city and the English Market. A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types. Drive through Counties Cork and Kerry to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.

Day 5
Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to the town of Dingle and enjoy a light lunch before returning to Killarney. The rest of the day is free

Day 6
Galway, Ireland
Killarney, Ireland
Radisson Blu Galway Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Travel north and cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast of County Clare. Here view the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower to get views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Continue to Galway for a walking tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay.

Day 7
Galway, Ireland
Radisson Blu Galway Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

"The Quiet Man" & Connemara

Drive to Cong where "The Quiet Man" movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and watch crystal cutting at Connemara Celtic Crystal before returning to Galway.

Day 8
Galway, Ireland
Derry, Ireland
None Breakfast, Dinner

Country Life Museum & Belleek China

Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces and stop in Donegal town. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.

Day 9
Derry, Ireland
City Hotel, Derry Breakfast, Dinner

Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway

Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Stop for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. See turf cutting at Shean’s Heritage Farm and return to Derry for free time.

Day 10
Kingscourt, Ireland
Derry, Ireland
Cabra Castle Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay

Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.

Day 11
Drogheda, Ireland
Kingscourt, Ireland
The D Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk

Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to Drogheda to join a local guide for a walking tour to see the head of St. Oliver Plunkett, the first Irishman to be canonized in 700 years, and 14th century St. Laurence Gate in the medieval walls. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub, located in a former brewery.

Day 12
Dublin, Ireland
Drogheda, Ireland
None Breakfast

Tour Ends in Drogheda

Your tour ends after breakfast. Drogheda is 30 miles north of Dublin Airport so ensure you have appropriate transfer arrangements made.

Note: All components of this tour (hotels, meals, visits and attractions) for 2016 are subject to change until finalized

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12 Day Coach Tour - Irish Odyssey

Superior First Class hotels - 11 Nts/21 Meals

Trip Highlights:  


Start with a 4-course dinner including an Irish coffee and the sparkling entertainment show features Noel V Ginnity’s best-loved of all Irish Cabaret acts, plus a host of the top selection of Irish entertainment.


Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.


The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast and is dominated by the Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches provide spectacular views.


Visit a farmhouse for a slice of Irish country life. Meet the owners and chat about their lives as you sample some fresh home-baked scones with tea or coffee.


This Abbey is home to an order of Benedictine Nuns. See the fairy tale castle and Abbey set in an area of great natural beauty in Connemara. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance.


To stroll on the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway is to voyage back in time. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire visitors. In 1986 the Causeway was designated a World Heritage site and a comprehensive visitor centre tells about its geology.


Dating from 1760, this castle hotel is set in 88 acres of parkland with a 9-hole golf course. Well-appointed guest rooms, gourmet dining and gracious public rooms combine for a great stay

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We include all the necessary ingredients for a successful tour – many competitors charge additional for sightseeing and dinner/shows which can add up to an additional $550 per couple per week. Small Private Groups & Multigenerational Travel

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This means you are free to enjoy your vacation without daily sales pitches or unexpected additional outlay, which could cost couples over $550 per week.

CIE Tours’ coach tours include daily sightseeing programs with prepaid admission fees, full breakfasts, table d’hote dinners, medieval banquets and cabarets – everything to make your vacation perfect! We include these features so that you are free to enjoy your vacation without daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs. Our tour directors do not sell optional features while you are on tour so that they can focus 100% on your enjoyment and interests. We urge you to compare our included tour features to those of other tour companies and check their optional tour costs to understand why we have earned our excellent reputation for quality and value.

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CIE Tours is the Premier Specialty Tour Operator offering the highest quality and widest range of programs to Ireland and Britain. Our reputation for security, reliability and utmost satisfaction is well known in the travel world. We have been serving this destination for 85 years and are held in the highest of esteem. CIE Tours' array of tour itineraries and luxury chauffeur-drive options allows you to explore these countries on a personal level, to create an in-depth travel experience that will resonate with your interests and desires.

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Knowledgeable efficient & friendly service


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2016

We were very pleased with our CIE tour. We were happy with the places that we visited & time allowed. The coach driver was an excellent driver, friendly & knowledgeable. One suggestion would be to provide a brief written page/summary of the days events & be sure everyone knows ahead of time of any adjustments in timing of events. Thanks overall great job! We would recommend CIE & go with them again ourselves.
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila
Not Recommended

B&B may not be for everyone


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

we had booked the B&B and self-drive with CIE tour, the Hop on and off bus was included in Dublin for 2 days, but the CIE bus was on strike; we end up got tickets for the Red color bus. When we arrived at Dawn house at Waterford, om 09/11 @230pm, the owner were not at home, we had to drive around to find a place to eat and got back to the place late at night, and on Sunday all the shops at downtown Waterford were closed. We stayed 2 night at Beechwood house @ Blarney, for 2 night from 09/12-09/14, on the day we are about to check out @1030am, the male owner knock the door and ask us when are we leaving, while my husband taking a shower.... We arrived at Beechgrove Farmhouse at Clare on 09/16 @230pm, and nobody was home, and we had to drive around to go somewhere to eat,the owner said she would be back at 330pm. It seemed to me that when we were travelling and tried to be respective to their countries, but it seemed that we were not being treated the same way we were expected

Experts! Ran like clockwork

By: Tracey1

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2016

Our driver and tour guide, Tom, was wonderful. He ran our trip seamlessly and was friendly and knowledgable. we could not have had a better experience. Our trip was busy but we still had down time and never felt rushed. I would absolutely travel with this company in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schmitzer


By: Karen

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

This is the way to vacation when you prefer to see multiple sites and cities. Ian Walker was our tour guide and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable and tailored the visit to our group needs. We would never have been able to experience this very positive trip if my sister and I were trying to do this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Heather Loss

Loved our driver/guide

By: katmcl

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

This was our first trip overseas, and we are so glad we went with a tour group. We didn't have to worry about anything once we got on the plane. Our driver/guide, Nigel, was so impressive in the way he was able to navigate through busy narrow streets. He knew alternative routes that would help us avoid the worst rush hour traffic. The best thing about Nigel, though, was the stories and history he told about the area. We would never get that just driving ourselves around. His love of Ireland and Dublin was infectious. He had the right touch of humor, personality, and properness. We were able to get right into all of the places we visited. Tickets were ready, no standing in line, and a guide ready to give us some background. Checking into hotels was also streamlined, no waiting. I would love to do another CIE Tour, and if I go back to Ireland, I would love to be on a trip with Nigel!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson


By: Alba

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

We were very pleased with our tour throughout Ireland. We covered a lot of ground in 10 days, which was what we wanted. We wanted to see as much as possible. The choice of visited sights was a good mix to hit varied interest levels. Outside of some meals, most of the events were included in the tour price. The bus was clean and comfortable and our guide/driver was knowledgeable, personable, and humorous. We appreciated staying on schedule so we didn't miss out on any sight-seeing. I highly recommend CIE Tours for Ireland. It's a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Marje Henkel


By: JG

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the Pub Tour. Hotels were in a great central location. No extras or hidden costs. Would have preferred more time in Galway or Westport rather than Spanish Point, but do understand the time constraints. Only criticism is would have expected more meals in Pubs rather than Hotel. All in all, though, it was a great tour and will definitely go on another CIE tour in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Trip of a Lifetime

By: The Queen

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

This was our second CIE tour and we could'nt have been more pleased. Bob, our tour guide, gave us a thorough history of Ireland. He told personal stories of growing up in Ireland and delighted us with his tales. He were treated like royality and will certainly look forward to our next CIE tour.
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone


By: Debi

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

Bob our guide was awesome. Highly recommend this tour. Loved his knowledge of Ireland and his sense of humor!!
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone


By: Anne

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Excellent experience with CIE Tours
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila

Our Irish Adventure

By: Karen Kennedy

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2017

The CIE tour was very good. The Mystical Ireland itinerary was just where we wanted to go, and the hotels and food were good. If I had any issues it would be with our tour guide, Sean. He got a bit testy as the trip went on, and made me uncomfortable when he scolded us in front of the other travelers. He told me he's been doing CIE tours for 23 years and I think he's tired of answering the same questions over and over. Our driver, Brian, was excellent. The private driver who met us at Bunratty Castle Hotel, Raphael Mulally was beyond excellent. He was friendly, accommodating, funny and very interesting. He really knows Ireland! We will hire him again on our next visit.
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Tim B

By: Tim B

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

I would recommend them for booking
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Vogel