Multi-Day Tour

15 Day British & Irish Grandeur (15 days)

CIE Tours International

London, United Kingdom To Tour Ends in London

15 Day British & Irish Grandeur (15 days)

Day 2

Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London

Day 4

Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening

Day 6

FERRY TO IRELAND & ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Day 7

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DUBLIN

Day 10

SHORT RING OF KERRY & SHEEP HERDING

Day 11

JAMESON WHISKEY & WATERFORD CRYSTAL

Day 12

South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet

Day 13

Roman Baths & Stonehenge

Day 15

Tour Ends in London

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
None Dinner
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)
Day 2
Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London
None Breakfast
Discover the magnificence of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's royal residence. Move at your own pace through the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms, vast Tudor kitchens and more. The afternoon and evening are free so you may use your included Oyster card to explore central London by public transport. (B)
Day 3
Cambridge, United Kingdom
None None
Take a stroll around Cambridge to view some of the famous university colleges, including King’s College, and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Head to York to tour the stately York Minster, with towers and colorful stained glass. Appreciate the narrow streets and medieval houses during a guided walking tour. (B, D)
Day 4
Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening
None None
Visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of artifacts, an exhibit on Downton Abbey, and take a stroll through Alnwick Garden. Travel through the Northumberland National Park and on to your hotel near Edinburgh where you’ll experience a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and fun music. (B, D)
Day 5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On 5 to August 19 departures experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)
Day 6
FERRY TO IRELAND & ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM
None None
Head to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Tour the city to see Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts. In the evening head out for a pub dinner at the Cultra Inn on the grounds of Culloden Hotel. (B, D)
Day 7
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DUBLIN
None Breakfast
Travel through the scenic Glens of Antrim to the Giant's Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends. Head to your Dublin city center hotel and enjoy a free for individual pursuits and dining. (B)
Day 8
Dublin, Ireland
None None
Tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College’s campus and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free for you to browse and sightsee independently. In the evening enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by Irish music and dance. (B, D)
Day 9
Blarney, Ireland
None None
Travel south, pausing for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, with 12th century church ruins. Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods the Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue to Killarney, famous for its exquisite location. (B, D)
Day 10
SHORT RING OF KERRY & SHEEP HERDING
None None
Visit the delightful Muckross House, a 19th century furnished mansion with an interesting history and U.S. connections. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Immerse yourself in farm life and see demonstrations of sheep herding before returning to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)
Day 11
JAMESON WHISKEY & WATERFORD CRYSTAL
None None
Head to Midleton to tour the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Enjoy a sample at the end of the tour. At the House of Waterford Crystal see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople. In the evening take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of the old port city of Waterford. (B, D)
Day 12
South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet
None None
Catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. Take a panoramic tour around the principal streets of Cardiff, considered the youngest and fastest-growing capital in Europe. In the evening head to Cardiff Castle for a tour of the Gothic-style residence and an unforgettable Welsh evening of dinner with local music and entertainment. (B, D)
Day 13
Roman Baths & Stonehenge
None Breakfast
Head out to explore the mineral-rich hot springs at Bath. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago and revived during the 18th century. View the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London for a free evening. (B)
Day 14
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
Plan a day of discovery around London’s attractions on an open-top bus tour. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. (B)
Day 15
Tour Ends in London
None Breakfast
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Description

Start and end in London on this in-depth vacation! Discover Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, medieval York and mighty Alnwick Castle before spending two nights in Edinburgh. Cross to Ireland to explore the Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney and Waterford. Travel through South Wales, stopping at Bath and Stonehenge and end with a night or two in London.

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