Multi-Day Tour

24 Day Grand Tour Of Britain & Ireland (24 days)

CIE Tours International

London, United Kingdom To Tour Ends in Windsor

24 Day Grand Tour Of Britain & Ireland (24 days)

Day 2

Tower of London & City Sights

Day 3

Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York

Day 6

ST. ANDREWS & HIGHLAND SCENERY

Day 7

Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery

Day 8

ISLE OF MULL & IONA ABBEY

Day 9

Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns

Day 11

INISHOWEN PENINSULA & DERRY SIGHTSEEING

Day 14

Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Day 15

Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs

Day 19

Ferry to Wales & Conwy

Day 20

Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

Day 21

Roman Baths & Glastonbury

Day 22

ST. IVES & MEVAGISSEY

Day 23

STONEHENGE & WINDSOR CASTLE

Day 24

Tour Ends in Windsor

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
None Dinner
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)
Day 2
Tower of London & City Sights
None Breakfast
Explore London on an open-top bus. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. The rest of the day is free. (B)
Day 3
Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York
None None
Head to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and walk through the house which is furnished as it would have been in his day. Journey north to the medieval city of York. (B, D)
Day 4
York, United Kingdom
None None
Take a walking tour around central York and visit York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Cross into Scotland and pause to view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh dine at a Scottish Evening with a lively show. (B, D)
Day 5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. On August 3 to August 17 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)
Day 6
ST. ANDREWS & HIGHLAND SCENERY
None None
Travel north to St Andrews, “the home of golf.” Enjoy some free time to explore independently. You may choose to visit St Andrews Cathedral or tour the British Golf Museum. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness, in the Highlands. (B, D)
Day 7
Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery
None None
Enjoy wonderful Highland views on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at a woollen mill and take photos at majestic Glencoe. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a sample. (B, D)
Day 8
ISLE OF MULL & IONA ABBEY
None None
Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull and then on to the peaceful Isle of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a place of pilgrimage as Scotland's first Christian settlement. Return to Oban in time for dinner. (B, D)
Day 9
Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns
None None
Drive alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. In Cairnryan embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast in time for dinner. (B, D)
Day 10
Belfast, Ireland
None None
Tour the highlights of Belfast and travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Pause at Dunluce Castle and head to Derry. (B, D)
Day 11
INISHOWEN PENINSULA & DERRY SIGHTSEEING
None None
Take in the scenic views of the Inishowen Peninsula as you sip an Irish coffee at the Seaview Tavern. In Derry, join a local guide for a walk around the medieval city walls. (B, D)
Day 12
Donegal, Ireland
None None
Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town to enjoy leisure time to explore independently. Continue your drive south passing through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Stop at Knock Shrine. In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour before dinner. (B, D)
Day 13
Connemara, Ireland
None Breakfast
Take in the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Enjoy lunch at Eddies of Clonbur before travelling back towards Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon is free for you to explore Galway at your leisure. (B)
Day 14
Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
None None
View the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for a drink with your group before heading to Killarney. (B, D)
Day 15
Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
None None
Tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House beside the tranquil Muckross Lake. Journey along part of the scenic Ring of Kerry route, stopping at a local farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare for lunch and leisure time. Return to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)
Day 16
Blarney, Ireland
None None
Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle or stroll the gardens. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour. (B, D)
Day 17
Waterford, Ireland
None None
Watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies at the House of Waterford Crystal. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (B, D)
Day 18
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast
Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)
Day 19
Ferry to Wales & Conwy
None None
Take a ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Take a guided walk around the walled town and tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. (B, D)
Day 20
Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
None None
Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Tour Cardiff, visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet this evening. (B, D)
Day 21
Roman Baths & Glastonbury
None None
Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur and head to Cornwall. (B, D)
Day 22
ST. IVES & MEVAGISSEY
None None
View the majestic pilgrimage island of St. Michael’s Mount. Continue to the seaside town of St. Ives to enjoy a brief walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Browse the charming village of Mevagissey. (B, D)
Day 23
TBD
None None
Marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town. (B, D)
Day 24
Tour Ends in Windsor
None Breakfast
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Description

Our longest, comprehensive itinerary taking in a wealth of highlights while staying at great hotels with most meals included. Start in London and visit Stratford-upon-Avon and York before staying in Edinburgh. Explore the Scottish Highlands and journey around most of the Irish coastline. Travel through Wales and England's West Country before ending in Windsor, close to 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

Great tour and Guide

By: Craftylady plus 1


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2018

My husband and I recently toured Northern Ireland with CIE. We knew we would have a great trip since this was our third tour with CIE. Obviously we have high expectations for great service. CIE did not disappoint!! Our tour guide/bus driver (Mike) made the best out of a tough situation. We were there through an unusual heat wave. He had the air conditioner on the bus serviced one evening to make sure it was as efficient as possible and bought bottled water and kept it chilled on the bus for us. His in-depth knowledge of local life and history added so much to our trip. We also enjoyed his sense of humor!!!
Travel Advisor:  Kara Duncan

Excellent

By: Mpc


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

Just wished food was at least a bit tastier
Travel Advisor:  Christine Van Vorst