Multi-Day Tour

Self Drive - Northern Exploration (9 days)

CIE Tours International

VACATION STARTS AT CABRA CASTLE HOTEL To Vacation Ends Dublin Airport

Self Drive - Northern Exploration (9 days)

Day 1

VACATION STARTS AT CABRA CASTLE HOTEL

Day 2

KINGSCOURT TO BELFAST

Day 4

INISHOWEN PENINSULA

Day 6

ACHILL ISLAND

Day 8

INDEPENDENT DAY IN DUBLIN

Day 9

Vacation Ends Dublin Airport

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
VACATION STARTS AT CABRA CASTLE HOTEL
None None
Arrive in Dublin City and pick up your car at the airport. Drive to Cabra Castle Hotel, 50 miles from Dublin Airport. Relax in the lovely setting of your hotel or use the 9-hole golf course.
Day 2
KINGSCOURT TO BELFAST
None Breakfast
Admire the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains and peaceful coastline as you drive north to Belfast, a distance of about 75 miles. You may wish to tour the central city to see the prominent buildings and political murals. Suggested visits include Down Cathedral, Titanic Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol. (B)
Day 3
Belfast, Ireland
None Breakfast
The direct route is about 70 miles but you might like to take a scenic route along the Nine Glens of Antrim to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Suggested visits are Giant’s Causeway, Causeway Coast Discovery Centre or the ruins of Dunluce Castle. (B)
Day 4
INISHOWEN PENINSULA
None Breakfast
Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive to Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. In Derry walk along the medieval city walls, which are intact and provide great views all around. (B)
Day 5
Derry, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
Travel southwest through rugged countryside with magnificent scenery, a distance of about 150 miles. You may like to stop in Donegal or Sligo. Suggested visits to Belleek Pottery, Drumcliffe Churchyard. In Westport you may take a gentle walk through the historic and planned town center. (B)
Day 6
ACHILL ISLAND
None Breakfast
Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Suggested visit to Westport House. (B)
Day 7
Westport, Ireland
None Breakfast
Today travel from the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast to the Irish Sea on the East Coast. You may wish to stop for sightseeing along the way, or visit Balltintubber Abbey or Tullamore Dew. (B)
Day 8
INDEPENDENT DAY IN DUBLIN
None Breakfast
Spend an additional day in Dublin exploring independently. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops and parks you may also enjoy visiting. Suggested visits include Guinness Storehouse, Glasnevin Cemetary Museum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. (B)
Day 9
Vacation Ends Dublin Airport
None Breakfast
Leave your rental car at Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight. (B) B: Breakfas >

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Description

Our Irish self-drive programs enable you to mix-and match so that you can create a perfect Ireland vacation. Plan your own itinerary by choosing the ever popular B & B vouchers, either on an open basis or pre-booked. Also choose from a wide selection of deluxe Irish castle hotels, elegant manor houses, cozy inns or modern properties throughout Ireland.

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.