Multi-Day Tour

13 Day Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way (13 days)

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Shannon, Ireland To Tour Ends at Shannon

13 Day Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way (13 days)

Day 4

Country Life & Donegal Castle

Day 5

GLENVEAGH CASTLE & GRAND ATLANTIC

Day 7

Titanic Belfast & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

Day 10

Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Dingle Peninsula

Day 11

Sheepdogs & Dingle Bay Cruise

Day 12

FOYNES FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM & MEDIEVAL BANQUET

Day 13

Tour Ends at Shannon

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
22 Oct 2018
Shannon, Ireland
None Dinner
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Ennis hotel. Ennis is 16 miles from Shannon Airport, be sure to arrange transportation from your airport. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. On a clear day, you can see across to the Aran Island. This evening, join your group for a welcome drink before enjoying dinner. (D)
Day 2
23 Oct 2018
Galway, Ireland
None None
Journey through the lovely Connemara region to admire the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. (B, D)
Day 3
24 Oct 2018
Westport, Ireland
None None
Take a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Access Achill Island by bridge and follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Stop in Keel for a casual lunch before returning to Westport for a gentle walking tour around town. The evening is free for independent activities and dining. (B, L)
Day 4
25 Oct 2018
Country Life & Donegal Castle
None None
Immerse yourself in the history of Irish life with a visit to the Museum of Country Life which features exhibits of domestic goods used during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Relax and enjoy a drive through Counties Mayo and Sligo and around Donegal Bay to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century, then continue to Stranorlar. (B, D)
Day 5
26 Oct 2018
GLENVEAGH CASTLE & GRAND ATLANTIC
None None
Travel into the heart of Donegal to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Tour the rooms and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Experience the glorious natural beauty of the Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Return to Stranorlar with time to relax before dinner. (B, D)
Day 6
27 Oct 2018
Derry, United Kingdom
None None
Start your day in Derry with a local guide for a walking tour of this ancient yet contemporary city – with its medieval city walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Drive along the north coast, pausing for photos at Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Experience wonderful scenery along the coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route and continue to Belfast. (B, D)
Day 7
28 Oct 2018
Titanic Belfast & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
None None
Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast. Immerse yourself in the history of this ill-fated ocean liner through state-of-the-art displays. Visit Down Cathedral, historical burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. In Dublin, head to the popular Abbey Tavern for a hearty dinner of Irish specialties and a lively traditional show. (B, D)
Day 8
29 Oct 2018
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast
Tour Dublin city with its elegant Georgian squares and brightly-painted doorways, St. Stephen’s Green and shopping areas around Nassau Street. Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rising started. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the afternoon use your independent vouchers for an open-top bus tour of central Dublin and a visit to Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. (B)
Day 9
30 Oct 2018
Blarney, Ireland
None None
Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos of the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing 12th century church ruins. At Blarney Castle kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk the lovely grounds. Treat yourself to quality Irish-goods at Blarney Woollen Mills or take a look around the village green. Travel along the picturesque County Cork coast to Rosscarbery. (B, D)
Day 10
31 Oct 2018
Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Dingle Peninsula
None None
Journey along the coastal route through Bantry, Kenmare to Killarney. Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane before sitting down to a casual lunch. Drive along the Dingle Peninsula and stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee before continuing to Dingle town. Explore the charming town and enjoy dinner on your own. (B, L)
Day 11
01 Nov 2018
Sheepdogs & Dingle Bay Cruise
None None
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for lovely vistas and watch skilled dogs obeying commands from the shepherd to round up mountain sheep. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views of the Ring of Kerry and the shoreline of the Dingle Peninsula. Spend an afternoon at leisure before dinner. (B, D)
Day 12
02 Nov 2018
FOYNES FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM & MEDIEVAL BANQUET
None None
At the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum discover the early days of aviation and passenger travel. Visit the Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages and watch daily life of rural Irish families. While here, you might like to stroll over to Durty Nelly’s Pub for lunch. This evening, enjoy a medieval-style evening of feasting and song at either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle. (B, D)
Day 13
03 Nov 2018
Tour Ends at Shannon
None Breakfast
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Discover highlights of the world's longest coastal drive along Ireland's west coast. If scenery and sea views are high on your list of must-sees - this is the tour for you. Start in Shannon and end in Dublin or extend your tour back to Shannon via the Dingle Peninsula. Highlights include Cliffs of Moher, Achill Island and Giant's Causeway.

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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

By: DRBSLP


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

By: HORSE COUNTRY PEOPLE


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

Scotland

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

Ireland

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

CIE PUB TOUR

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

Bob

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

Ireland

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

Tour Operation

By: Deni


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2018

It was excellent. This tour was the Scottish Dream. Our Tour Director, Ian, was excellent and even wore his kilt two days of the tour. The hotels were actually better than the ones in Ireland. With the exception of Jury's Inn, Glasgow, we had 4-star accommodations and MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, could be considered a 5-star. The food was not fancy but was very good at each hotel. We have traveled with Tauck Tours on several occasions and can say without reservation that this CIE tour was comparable to Tauck without the extra expense.

Ireland Hotels were Amazing - London was not

By: Travel Girl


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

I did not book any tours through CIE, but our hotels were. Ireland hotels were beyond amazing, but our London hotel was beyond awful.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Pendergrast

2018 Scots Irish Tour

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2018

We had a very good trip with CIE tours. It was our first experience on that type tour and we were pleased with our choice. Would use their company again. The only issue we had was that a "Get Up and Go" booklet was not included with the documents that were sent from CIE. That booklet had information that would have been helpful to us prior to leaving for the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Palilonis