Multi-Day Tour

2019 - 8 Day Irish Adventure (8 days)

CIE Tours International

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland

2019 - 8 Day Irish Adventure (8 days)

Day 2

6th Century Glendalough & Waterford Crystal

Day 3

Spike Island Cruise & Blarney Castle

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Drive & Skellig Experience

Day 5

Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Day 6

Sheepdogs & Derry's Medieval Walls

Day 7

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY & GLYDE INN

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
None None
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a private guided city tour. Highlights include 18th century Georgian houses with brightly-painted doors, tranquil parks and the wide O'Connell Street. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently in one of Dublin's many restaurants or lively pubs.
Day 2
6th Century Glendalough & Waterford Crystal
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Enjoy the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland's most beautiful destinations. Explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Walk through the deep valley to view the picturesque ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses. Relax as you continue to Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Before dinner, take a gentle stroll around the narrow streets of the historic city with a local guide. (B, D)
Day 3
Spike Island Cruise & Blarney Castle
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Cruise along the coast of Cobh and tour historic Spike Island. Explore the sites of a 6th century monastery, a sprawling fortress, the Victorian-era's largest convict depot and more. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Journey west through rugged countryside and settle in to your centrally located hotel in Killarney. (B, D)
Day 4
Ring of Kerry Drive & Skellig Experience
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Discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on Ireland's most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the film ”Star Wars VII.“ After lunch, stroll around Sneem and stop at Moll's Gap for its panoramic views. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to one of the town's many lively pubs. (B, L)
Day 5
Cliffs of Moher & Galway
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Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County Clare, stopping by St. Brigid's Well, a mystical site whose waters are said to have healing powers. View the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O'Brien's Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Head to Galway to join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city before spending some time on your own. (B, D)
Day 6
Sheepdogs & Derry's Medieval Walls
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Stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock, one of the world's leading shrines. Visit the church where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879. Immerse yourself in Irish farm life during a visit to an authentic working farm and watch trained sheepdogs round up mountain sheep. Head to Donegal for some free time in this charming town. On arrival in Derry meet a local guide to discover the history of this ancient city which retains its fortified medieval walls dating from 1613. (B, D)
Day 7
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY & GLYDE INN
None None
Explore the northern coastline and the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast and learn about the ill-fated ship through state-of-the-art displays. See the docks where this famous liner was built just over a century ago. Stop at the Glyde Inn for a farewell dinner with Irish specialties and entertaining traditional Irish songs and music. (B, D)
Day 8
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Maximize your vacation days as you travel right around the coastline of Ireland! See the main must-see attractions such as Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Giant’s Causeway. Stay in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Galway and Derry while enjoying great breakfasts and dinners, including a traditional pub sing-along experience.

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.

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

Satisfied Customer

By: "Shaf"


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

CIE Tour was carefully planned and orchestrated. Tour Guides and Drivers were excellent. Highly recommend!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Winslow

Excellent

By: Mpc


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

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

Di

By: msgorelik


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2018

She was extremely knowledgeable. Due to some physical limitations she was very solicitous to us. Her voice and accent did not hamper us. Her humor and personality made the trip a treat.
Travel Advisor:  Myra Fischel

We expected a lot but got more!

By: A Parent Lee


Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2018

We took the taste of Scotland and Ireland tour. What beautiful countries! Our tour was very well planned out so as to maximize our experience. I will use CIE again in the future. Our guides Ross and Austin were fabulous. They were both very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with. Austin has nerves of steel while driving the bus. For anyone thinking of taking this tour, please don't hesitate. It is more than worth it! Slainte!
Travel Advisor:  Connie Smith

Rock'n Britian and Ireland

By: PAT


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Our Tour Directors and driver were the best. We got a detailed history of everywhere we went. We never felt lost or out of touch. The coach was very comfortable and our driver Garry more than accommodating.We only wish we could have stayed longer. All the hotels were lovely! The only disappointment was with the Marriot in Glasgow. We felt a little unwelcome and in addition they wanted to charge us 10 Pounds per day to use the internet. Ridiculous! After and lot of complaining, the manager got us on as a guest and didn't charge us. We will never stay at another Marriot unless nothing else is available.
Travel Advisor:  Kelli Carney

Taste of Wales

By: Babs


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

Having done 2 previous tours with CIE, this one was not up to par. It seems the whole trip we were rushed when visiting sites. The guide was not as informative as previous guides. We had a great driver-Michael Ware. He was always courteous and helped getting us out of the bus for those who needed a little more time.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Pedersen

Trip to Scotland & Ireland

By: Zara


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Wonderful! I have never enjoyed a tour more than the one our Irish tour guide , Colum Clarke led. Every day he gave us interesting history from 800 to the present day, told us Irish jokes, and played Irish music. He also was personally attentive to me as an older adult: helped across several streets, put my backpack on the bus, and helped me up some difficult stairs. Onya, our Scottish guide, was also very good. I greatly recommend both of these tour guides who make this a wonderful trip!
Travel Advisor:  September Holstad

CIE tours

By: Armida


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

They were great, we chose the self-guided tour to Ireland! The hotels they selected were close to restaurants, pubs and other points of interest! When checking in to hotels and rental car desk, everything was prearranged and we did not encounter any issues as all of our reservations were waiting for us! The car included a GPS device; the navigation device was a lifesaver and it routed us to the most charming back-roads of south west Ireland. We were very pleased with CIE. We will surely use CIE for future trips. Btw, the backpacks, for each in our party of four, were very nice and filled with goodies such as an electrical converter and a rain poncho. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Janell Crookston

Colm Fitzgibbon CIE Tours

By: F and V and Co.


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

Our tour guide Colm was excellent! He was very knowledgeable about every place we traveled thru and to. He was also very personable and funny. We (all 10 of us!) had a great time on our tour of Ireland South.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Lynch

Scots Irish Tour

By: AMP


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2018

Tour was fantastic. ALL guides were fully knowledgeable about their particular area AND the United States as well and how Scotland and Ireland influenced the US. Walking tour guides were wonderful. Annika was REALLY good and NIGEL WAS WONDERFUL. He sang to us! The full day in Dublin (Monday) was pretty much a waste. We should have flown out on Monday. Bus didn't show up at hotel to take us to Hop On Hop Off. We stood waiting on the street for over an hour. Alot of people rented taxis. (Hotel said CIE should have arranged the bus that never came; however Nigel told us the hotel would take care of this.) We walked to St Stephens Green to catch Hop On Hop Off. All museums closed on Mondays. Very disappointed in the last hotel. No heat until November. Cold, high winds. They brought us a heater that had 3 (of 4) legs broken and THEY TRIED TO PROP A HEATER UP AGAINST THE DESK!!! We wouldn't allow them to do that. They also told us that this was their LAST heater. Don't use this hotel a
Travel Advisor:  Judy Miron

The Taste was Exceptional

By: JohnR


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

The key factor for what made our tour through Scotland and Ireland to be fantastic was the exceptional and most professional was the performance of tour guide and bus driver - John Greene.
Travel Advisor:  Pam Anderson