CIE Tours International
Traveling with CIE Tours International ensures your vacation will be filled with unique experiences and cultural emersion. For more than 80 years, CIE Tours has served as the most trusted Ireland and Britain tour provider. CIE Tours offers over 45 escorted coach tours to Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales. Choose from the widest selection of fully inclusive coach tours in the industry, with itineraries ranging from 5 to 24 days in length.
From budget friendly family vacations to 5-star castle resort splurges, our fully inclusive coach tours provide opportunities for everyone to see Ireland & Britain. All tours are fully inclusive and our peak season prices are up to 15% lower than other tour operators. All transport, accommodation and special features on tour are included, as well as most meals on tour, this value advantage saves couples an average of $550 per week.
Our locally employed tour directors are the best in the business and are focused on your enjoyment. From the moment you land in Ireland or Britain, your tour director is there to welcome you, handle your luggage, drive you from place to place and give you daily commentary.
If you wish to travel privately, CIE Tours can provide an authentic travel experience exclusive to you and your group of travel companions. Customize a group departure or explore our self-drive and chauffeur drive programs.
Discover our ever-expanding options for Ireland & Britain in 2016.
Taste of Ireland
5, 6 or 7 Days
Starting at $743 (with member benefit)
If you have just a little time, this is our shortest tour. See popular sights in the south of Ireland and you may add extra nights in Dublin and Bunratty. Kiss the Blarney Stone, view the scenic Ring of Kerry and the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Savor two special evenings at a dinner show and a medieval banquet. The perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle!
2017 Taste of Ireland (Tour C) 5 Days / 4 Nights
Day 1: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy PubWelcome to Dublin! Your tour starts at 2:00 pm from the hotel lobby when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.(D)
Day 2: Blarney Castle & KillarneyDepart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.(B, D)
Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Skellig ExperienceToday embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant continue your scenic drive. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for “Star Wars VII” movie. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.(B, L)
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty CastleLeave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.(B, D)
Day 5: Shannon DepartureYour program ends after breakfast today.(B)
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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