Multi-Day Tour

2019 St. Patrick's Day In Dublin: The Wearing Of The Green (6 days)

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Tour of Dublin and St Patrick’s Cathedral To Tour Ends

Valid for Departures: 14 Mar 2019 - 19 Mar 2019

2019 St. Patrick's Day In Dublin: The Wearing Of The Green (6 days)

Day 1

Tour of Dublin and St Patrick’s Cathedral

Day 2

Pub fun in the city

Day 3

Back to the Stone Age in Newgrange

Day 4

The big day

Day 6

Tour Ends

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
14 Mar 2019
Tour of Dublin and St Patrick’s Cathedral
None Dinner
Céad míle fáilte! Arriving in Dublin, you’ll be greeted by a CIE Tours shuttle to bring you from the airport to the four-star Ashling Hotel. Regroup for an introductory tour of Dublin - a marvelous city of charming pubs, stately Georgian buildings, hip restaurants, busy shops and grand old monuments, all infused with a special blend of history, music and wit. Visit the 800-year-old St Patrick’s Cathedral; legend says this building, Ireland’s largest cathedral, was built on the site of an ancient well used by St Patrick to baptize converts to Christianity. Celebrate your arrival over a welcome dinner in Dublin’s festive Temple Bar area. (D)
Day 2
15 Mar 2019
Pub fun in the city
None Breakfast
Explore Ireland’s pub culture and have fun discovering local whiskey and beer production. Begin with a trip to a leading distillery in the Liberties, one of Dublin’s most distinctive and historic working-class areas. Staying in the neighborhood, visit the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction and the home of Ireland’s most iconic stout since 1759. Have a pint in the Gravity Bar on the top floor as you gaze out at panoramic views of the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring as you wish – You might find that a “good puzzle would be [to] cross Dublin without passing a pub”, as James Joyce once wrote. (B)
Day 3
16 Mar 2019
Back to the Stone Age in Newgrange
None Breakfast, Dinner
Head out of Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley and the Stone Age passage tomb of Newgrange. Built over 5,000 years ago, it’s older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids; it remains a mysterious marvel today for the dramatic way the inner chamber floods with light at sunrise on the winter solstice. The surrounding area, Brú na Bóinne, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with riches from 6,000 years of history. Along the way, you’ll pass the hilltop at Slane where St Patrick lit an Easter fire, competing with the druids’ flames for a pagan festival on the nearby Hill of Tara, sparking a standoff that would eventually lead to Ireland’s conversion. Head back to Dublin that evening for dinner where brewery founder Arthur Guinness wed his bride, playwright Sean O’Casey and United Irishmen founder Theobald Wolf Tone were baptized, writer Jonathan Swift attended services, and composer George Frideric Handel practiced his organ as he composed ‘The Messiah’, which debuted nearby. (B,D)
Day 4
17 Mar 2019
The big day
None None
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Dublin’s iconic heart: at the landmark General Post Office, in the center of town, right on the parade route. The GPO, once the headquarters of the Easter Rising, is possibly the most important building in all of Irish history. On Easter Monday 1916, Irish rebel leader Pádraig Pearse read the Proclamation of Independence outside its doors, declaring Ireland a republic. The ensuing doomed rebellion would destroy much of Dublin’s city center and result in the executions of most of its leaders, but was the pivotal event in the establishment of Ireland as an independent state. Begin the day by touring the spectacular “Witness History” exhibition at the GPO, including an exciting display commemorating the 170-year history of the Irish flag, which first flew from the building’s rooftop during Easter Week 1916. Then the merriment really begins, with CIE Tours’ exclusive access to a private party in the GPO, made possible through our deep connections with and the support of Shannon Heritage - this is the first time ever the building is open for a party on St Patrick’s Day. From the party you can step just outside the door to watch the parade from the best viewing spot in Dublin – and it’s a celebration like no other! Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade is a magnificent moving street performance, with marching bands accompanied by flamboyant carnival-style performers, dancers, and street theater groups. It’s a marvelous swirl of color, music and joy. After the parade, you will have free time to revel in the city’s festive atmosphere. (B, L)
Day 5
18 Mar 2019
Wicklow, Ireland
None Breakfast
Relax as you wind down your trip with a visit to Ireland’s largest national park, in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Tour Glenadalough, a sixth-century monastery that flourished as a center of learning for hundreds of years, despite numerous sackings by Vikings. The many Irish and Latin manuscripts produced there by medieval monks preserved much of Europe’s knowledge of religion, astronomy and mathematics during the Dark Ages. The ruins of this settlement stand today, including a distinctive 30-foot round tower, churches dating to the 10th century, and one of Ireland’s oldest Celtic crosses. Come back to Dublin for a farewell drink in a traditional Irish pub, and then enjoy free time for your last night. (B)
Day 6
19 Mar 2019
Tour Ends
None None
The CIE Tours shuttle will bring you to the airport after breakfast. >

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Celebrate the magic and spectacle of St Patrick's Day in Dublin with the exclusive access that only CIE Tours can provide: enjoy an unprecedented, private pre-parade party at Ireland's most iconic historic building, Dublin's General Post Office - and then step outside to view the parade at the best location in town.

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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
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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

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