About CIE Tours
We are celebrating 81 years of travel excellence! During this time CIE Tours International has provided travelers with the highest quality vacations to Ireland and Britain and we continue to improve our tours and our services.
Over the years we have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with satisfied clients throughout North America. We are members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Both organizations ensure that all members meet stringent standards to protect the traveling public. In addition we set our own high standards for delivering excellent vacations with state-of-the-art luxury coaches; prompt and pleasant customer service; the best hotels; and carefully chosen visits and entertainment including the new and exciting Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience. We are already hard at work preparing our 2014 Ireland tours & our 2014 Scotland tours.
Our coach tours are fully inclusive with no optional extras to purchase at your destination. You pay one price and we insist that our tour directors focus solely on your enjoyment. Once you pay the deposit, we guarantee our land tour prices.
If you prefer to travel independently, we offer self-drive and chauffeur-drive programs for Ireland with a wide range of hotel accommodation, which can be booked in advance, as well as popular B & Bs.
Whichever way you like to travel, choose one of our fine vacations from our website and enjoy the greatest travel experience ever!
Brian W. Stack
President, C.I.E. Tours International, North America
What makes CIE Tours unique?
... all the little extras we include
CIE Tours includes a variety of attractions on every tour for an interesting travel experience. Check each tour itinerary to see exactly which places are featured. Admission costs are included in the tour price so that you don't waste time paying as you enter each attraction.
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES & PRICES
As the lowest airfares are non-refundable, we guarantee most of our land tour departures - see our website, where they are updated daily. We guarantee land tour costs will not increase, once you have paid your tour deposit, to protect you against international currency fluctuations. When you have paid for your airfare in full, there will be no change in the cost of the ticket.
GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
As a newcomer to an airport, it's great to have someone meet you. We include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary, whether we book your flights or you handle your own. If you arrive or depart later than our tour dates, you may purchase a transfer from us.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
CIE Tours has a special travel protection plan to safeguard your vacation costs if you have to cancel or change plans before departure and provide comprehensive protection against delays, illness and baggage loss while you are away. Our plan includes a great trip cancellation waiver benefit, so you may cancel for any reason up until 3 days prior to departure. We strongly advise you to take this coverage
CIE Tours will supply coach tour clients with airline e-tickets, tour vouchers, maps, ticket wallets, destination information, rain poncho, carry-on backpack, phone cards, VAT tax card, luggage tags and a strap. Self-drive clients receive accommodation vouchers and listings, ticket wallets, luggage tags and a strap. Use the tags and strap on your baggage for easy identification throughout your vacation. All you need to supply is a valid passport and, if driving, a current driver's license.
LEISURE & SPA FACILITIES
Most of the hotels we use offer wonderful leisure facilities and spas. When you travel on a coach tour, you will have some free time most days and may like to enjoy some relaxation and spa serenity! So be sure to pack a swimsuit and workout clothes.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
People who choose to travel in Ireland and Britain usually have an interest in the long history of the region and, as you tour around, you will visit a lot of ancient cities, churches and castles. All of our tour directors are well trained in the background information of the places and incorporate this history into their narratives in a manner that is fun and easy to digest. Similarly they are able to give you facts on the geography of the regions you travel through, giving you an insight into climate, farming, weather and other topics.
COACH TOURING & SIGHTSEEING
Some people think that on a coach tour, all you do is sit on the coach all day. Not true with CIE Tours! We have created balanced and varied days of sightseeing with plenty of stops for taking photos, shopping, lunch, snacks and bathrooms. You never travel for longer than two hours without getting off the coach.
Fully Escorted Coach Tours
See what you get on a CIE coach tour
Luxury coach travel, daily sightseeing and a professional tour director
Speedy group check-in at hotels
All breakfasts and most dinners including special dinner/shows
Airport transfers and baggage handling
Prepaid hotels, meals and admissions help you control vacation costs
Comprehensive tour documents
SELECTION OF ITINERARIES
Touring by coach is a vacation with a capital "V"! CIE Tours International offers the widest range of itineraries. Depending on your available time and budget, you can choose an ideal tour. All of our programs are carefully planned to permit full enjoyment of your vacation.
LUXURY TOURING COACHES
Travel in the height of comfort with CIE Tours and sit back and let an expert do the driving! Our state-of-the-art coaches feature panoramic windows for optimum viewing while reclining seats, individual climate controls and a public address system ensure your well-being.
YOUR TOUR DIRECTOR
CIE Tours could not exist without our great locally employed tour directors - they are the envy of the travel industry. 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 a daily commentary. Tour directors make history and culture come alive and create a superb experience with daily doses of humor, information and assistance.
Did you know that most other tour companies sell optional extras to clients while on tour?
That policy can cost couples up to $550 per week for options such as medieval banquets, dinner/shows, walking tours and more.
CIE Tours' coach tours include airport transfers, daily sightseeing programs with prepaid admission fees, full breakfasts, table d'hote dinners, medieval banquets and cabarets - everything to make your vacation perfect! We include these features so that you are free to enjoy your vacation without daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs. Our tour directors do not sell optional tours so that they can focus 100% on your enjoyment and interests. We urge you to compare our included tour features to those of other tour companies and check their optional tour costs to understand why we have earned our excellent reputation for quality and value.
CIE Tours uses three classes of hotels - first class (3-star), superior first class (4-star) or deluxe (5-star) properties on all tours. First class hotels feature a dining room, lounge, bar and comfortable rooms with many facilities. Superior first class hotels offer the same amenities with higher standards and many have leisure and spa facilities. Deluxe hotels offer luxurious features and are often in unique settings. We choose hotels in central locations or scenic regions and we name the hotels we use on each tour. Our website contains photos and detailed descriptions of each property.
When you travel as a group you benefit from speedy check-ins. On arrival at a hotel your tour director will announce your room number and you just pick up the key at the front desk. On departure you pay for phone calls, drinks or other extras. Transatlantic flights usually land in Europe early in the morning and, as check-in time is from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, rooms may not be available when you get to the hotel early.
Enjoy a medieval feast at Bunratty Castle
LIVE LIKE A QUEEN OR KING
For a royal experience, choose one of our deluxe tours where you can stay in 5-star properties including Ashford Castle or Dromoland Castle. Many other tours stay in 4-star castle hotels such as Clontarf, Cabra or Kilronan Castle, giving you the experience for a more moderate cost. We feature Bunratty, Knappogue or Cardiff Castle Banquets on a number of tours and all itineraries visit plenty of castles throughout Ireland and Britain.
Once you meet your tour director, you don't have to handle your luggage! At every hotel your suitcase is delivered to your bedroom door and collected on departure. However, luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one piece of carry-on baggage per person.
BREAKFASTS & DINNERS
Every morning a full cooked breakfast is served in your hotel to get your day off to a good start. In hotels a table d'hote dinner is served. This is a 4-course meal with 2 to 5 choices of appetizers, entrees and desserts followed by tea or coffee. Special requests for vegetarian or low fat meals should be made directly to the hotel and can be arranged easily. Usually you will have one or two free evenings in Dublin, Killarney, London or Edinburgh where you will find a wide range of restaurants. Lunch stops are at self-service restaurants so that you can choose what you like and save valuable time for sightseeing or in towns where you can find a friendly bar and choose "pub grub", casual dishes of many kinds.
All of our tours highlight a number of great evenings to enhance your vacation. These experiences enable you to sample local foods and enjoy special entertainment. Depending on the tour you choose, you may attend a fun banquet in historic places such as Bunratty, Knappogue or Cardiff Castles. Then there are musical dinner/shows in Dublin or Edinburgh, pub evenings in Killarney, or a Highland ceilidh with great Scottish music in Nairn. These will add great enjoyment to your vacation, and remember, these features are included in the cost of your tour.