Multi-Day Tour

Self Drive - Emerald Expedition (12 days)

CIE Tours International

Vacation Starts in Dublin To Vacation Ends Dublin Airport

Self Drive - Emerald Expedition (12 days)

Day 1

Vacation Starts in Dublin

Day 2

Explore Dublin

Day 5

Kerry Touring

Day 11

Drogheda Stay

Day 12

Vacation Ends Dublin Airport

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Vacation Starts in Dublin
None None
Arrive at Dublin Airport and continue into the city. Your day is free to explore independently. Use your prepaid vouchers for an open-top bus tour of central Dublin or visit one of Dublin’s prime attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, Epic Ireland or General Post Office Museum.
Day 2
Explore Dublin
None Breakfast
Today you may choose to see more of Dublin, either independently or using your open-top bus tour. Suggested visits include Dublinia, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Kilmainham Gaol. (B)
Day 3
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast
Pick up your car at Hertz downtown office and drive south to Cork, a distance of 160 miles. Suggested visits to Irish National Stud & Gardens in Kildare, Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. (B)
Day 4
Cork, Ireland
None Breakfast
The direct drive is only 50 miles but you might like to take a scenic route along the shoreline of West Cork. Suggested visits today are Jameson Experience, Fota House, Muckross House or Killarney House. (B)
Day 5
Kerry Touring
None Breakfast
You may like to take a full day tour to travel the popular 100-mile Ring of Kerry – it is better to drive in a counter-clockwise direction. Suggested visit to the Skellig Experience. The Dingle Peninsula is also a lovely day tour. Suggested visit to Dingle Brewing Company. , Blasket Centre or a Jingle Bay Cruise. Enjoy another evening in Killarney to sample the local pubs and eateries. (B)
Day 6
Killarney, Ireland
None Breakfast
Today’s journey is about 120 miles – cross the River Shannon by ferry and travel along the coast of Clare, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher. Drive through the Burren and around Galway Bay. Suggested visits to Knappogue Castle and Burren Centre. (B)
Day 7
Connemara, Ireland
None Breakfast
Today you may wish to tour Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery with misty mountains and sparkling lakes. Suggested visits today are Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, “Connemara Lady” catamaran cruise or take “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong. (B)
Day 8
Galway, Ireland
None Breakfast
The distance today is 170 miles and takes you through Counties Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Suggested visits to the Museum of Country Life, Belleek Pottery and Florence Court. (B)
Day 9
Donegal, Ireland
None Breakfast
Explore the scenery of Donegal or drive to the Giant’s Causeway, huge basalt columns. In Derry walk along the medieval city walls, which are intact and provide great views all around. (B)
Day 10
Derry, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
This is a journey of 100 miles by the direct route. You may stop at the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh or travel via Belfast to your castle hotel in Kingscourt, built in 1760. (B)
Day 11
Drogheda Stay
None Breakfast
Relax in the lovely setting of your hotel or use the 9-hole golf course. Your next hotel is only 30 miles away. Suggested visits to the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre, Trim Castle or Mellifont Abbey. (B)
Day 12
Vacation Ends Dublin Airport
None Breakfast
Dublin Airport is only 30 minutes’ drive so drop your rental car in good time for your flight. (B) >

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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.