Multi-Day Tour

2019 - 9 Day Irish Spirit (9 days)

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Dublin, Ireland To Tour Ends in Dublin

2019 - 9 Day Irish Spirit (9 days)

Day 3

JAMESON EXPERIENCE & BLARNEY CASTLE

Day 4

Ring of Kerry & Irish Night

Day 5

Cliffs of Moher & The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Day 6

Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara

Day 7

CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & DUBLIN’S ABBEY TAVERN

Day 8

CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & DUBLIN’S ABBEY TAVERN

Day 9

Tour Ends in Dublin

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
None None
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Meet your guide and set off on a tour of central Dublin. Highlights include the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, and a drive long the wide O’Connell Street. Visit the GPO Museum and enjoy a welcome drink before dining independently at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.
Day 2
Kilkenny, Ireland
None None
Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to the city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Immerse yourself in its rich history through its collection of portraits and artefacts. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled glass blowers and cutters during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a local guide to learn about the region’s history. (B, D)
Day 3
JAMESON EXPERIENCE & BLARNEY CASTLE
None None
Head out to County Cork to Midleton for a tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up, treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills Then visit the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. After dinner, you may want to explore town on your own, perhaps sampling a lively pub or two. (B, D)
Day 4
Ring of Kerry & Irish Night
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Start your day with a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. Cross over to Valentia Island and learn about the island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and where scenes from the film “Star Wars VII” were filmed. Stop in the charming village of Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening, head out for an Irish night of dinner and a traditional show. (B, D)
Day 5
Cliffs of Moher & The Lodge at Ashford Castle
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Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax as you travel through the Burren and on to Cong where your hotel sits within the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in the Lodge. (B, D)
Day 6
Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara
None None
Enjoy a scenic cruise of Lough Corrib on board the Corrib Princess. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara and the crossroads known as the Maam Cross. Return to the Lodge at Ashford so that you may enjoy many of the facilities it has to offer. (B, L)
Day 7
CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & DUBLIN’S ABBEY TAVERN
None None
Head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city. Finish up your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 8
CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & DUBLIN’S ABBEY TAVERN
None Breakfast
Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer. (B)
Day 9
Tour Ends in Dublin
None Breakfast
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018. >

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Description

This tour stays for two nights each in Killarney and Galway and also in Dublin. This great value-for-money escape takes you to traditional Irish evenings in Dublin and Killarney. Walking tours, trained sheepdogs and whiskey tasting provide unique experiences interspersed with scenery along the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher and Connemara.

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