Multi-Day Tour

12 Day Irish Odyssey (12 days)

CIE Tours International

Dublin, Ireland To Tour Ends in Drogheda

12 Day Irish Odyssey (12 days)

Day 2

Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

Day 3

Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Day 5

Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Day 6

Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Day 7

"The Quiet Man" & Connemara

Day 8

BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & BELLEEK POTTERY

Day 9

Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Day 10

Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay

Day 11

Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk

Day 12

Tour Ends in Drogheda

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
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Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, 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. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2
Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
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Take in the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains as you head 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 to use your vouchers to visit a featured attraction. In the evening, head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 3
Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal
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Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople through the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of pieces to make them sparkle. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)
Day 4
Blarney, Ireland
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Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head 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. (B, D)
Day 5
Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula
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Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel on to discover the beauties of the scenic Dingle Peninsula and experience views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. There will be frequent stops at strategic locations to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner in the charming town of Dingle before returning to Killarney. (B, D)
Day 6
Cliffs of Moher & Galway
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Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that soars 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway. (B, D)
Day 7
"The Quiet Man" & Connemara
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Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. 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 before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (B, L)
Day 8
BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & BELLEEK POTTERY
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Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die." The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. At Belleek Pottery, watch craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces. Follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)
Day 9
Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk
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Visit the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city center. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 10
Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay
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Head 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. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 11
Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk
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Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and walk through one of them. See how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to the historic town of Drogheda for a leisurely stroll and sample locally-brewed beer in a traditional pub. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub. (B, D)
Day 12
Tour Ends in Drogheda
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Your tour ends after breakfast. Drogheda is 30 miles north of Dublin Airport so ensure you have appropriate transfer arrangements made. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Description

This itinerary all around the coastline will allow you to appreciate Ireland to the fullest. Journey to Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Galway, Derry and Drogheda and soak up the ambience of Cabra Castle Hotel. Sightseeing highlights include Neolithic tombs, the Dingle peninsula, the majestic Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway.

About Us

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