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You can find up to date information on travel requirements by destination here

Because many of our destinations have vaccination requirements for indoor experiences (museums, restaurants, attractions, etc.), all CIE Tours guests must be fully vaccinated and carry proof with them to show as needed. Children who do not qualify for vaccination must be able to produce a verifiable negative COVID-19 test result in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The negative test result must show that the test was conducted within 72 hours before the start of the trip. 

You will need to show both your COVID-19 vaccination certificate and your passport for review. You should be prepared to wear a mask while in the airport (exemptions may apply to children or passengers who can provide evidence of a valid medical reason). Check your specific airport prior to departure.

We will adhere to any local guidelines in place at the time that we travel, including any regulations around masking. As a condition of participating in the tour, all guests must provide a signed copy of CIE Tours Pre-Trip Health Questionnaire to their tour director. Among other things, the document is an attestation that you agree to comply with all prevailing health and safety protocols in place at the time of travel. As any changes in regulation from local governments and health authorities occur, we will modify our guidelines accordingly.

Those that cannot for medical reason or due to disability wear a face mask may be exempt, however it is recommended that they wear a face shield instead.

Guests are required to bring their own personal protective equipment, and it’s important to note that the TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Additional hand sanitizer will be widely available for use throughout the tour, and the tour director will have spare masks if needed.

We will adhere to local guidelines regarding capacity that are in place at the time that we travel, and we will continue to adapt our plans to any changes in regulation from local governments and health authorities.

Because many of our destinations have vaccination requirements for indoor experiences (museums, restaurants, attractions, etc.) for departures starting September 20, 2021, all CIE Tours guests ages 12 and over will need to be fully vaccinated and carry proof with them to show as needed.

All CIE Tours staff on tour will be vaccinated.

We will adhere to the current government guidelines at the time of travel.

With nearly 90 years of experience bringing travelers through Ireland, our Dublin-based Operations Team is highly skilled at handling every type of medical emergency while ensuring limited disruption to other passengers. We will ensure that anyone with an illness receives prompt medical attention and if you have trip protection, we will provide assistance coordinating with your travel insurance company.

Since every situation is unique, CIE Tours highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to cover any possibly event such as trip interruption, emergency evacuation, or medical expenses. If someone else on the tour tests positive, we will involve the local authorities to determine what next steps should be and how to minimize disruption of the tour for other guests. If another passenger on your tour tests positive while on tour, and you are fully vaccinated, then you are not considered a close contact and therefore the disruption to your tour will be minimized.

Should you test positive we will assist you in making the necessary arrangements for accommodations to ensure that you are able to quarantine for the appropriate amount of time if required by local authorities. We will assist you with return flights and transportation to the airport. Any costs incurred will be your responsibility; therefore, CIE Tours highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance prior to the start of your vacation.

All attractions included on our tours are currently open and operating.  However, conditions in markets may change but we can assure you that we will adjust your itinerary with little to no impact to your overall experience. You will be updated of these changes (if required) as soon as possible, and your Travel Director will also keep you well informed while on tour. Note that depending on the country, you may be required to show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to dine indoors.

CIE Tours recommends taking a photo on your cell phone and carrying your proof of citizenship with photo ID. You will need to show this proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing the dates of the vaccine with the final dose given at least 14 days prior to your departure. As a backup, it may be helpful for your traveling companion to also have a photo of your vaccine card.

Current guidelines in many destinations require staff in hotel and restaurants to wear face masks, but this could change depending on what rules are in place at the time of travel. 

In order to return to the US, the CDC requires that all passengers present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Read the latest information here. Note that this requirement does not apply to return flights to Canada. 

For guests on guided coach vacations, CIE Tours can help to facilitate the necessary testing to meet CDC guidelines, but travelers will be responsible for cost of the test payable at time of administration. Your Tour Director will have more information while on tour.

Should you test positive prior to returning to the U.S., we will assist you in making the necessary arrangements for accommodations to ensure that you are able to quarantine for the appropriate amount of time if required by local authorities. We will assist you with return flights and transportation to the airport. Any costs incurred will be your responsibility; therefore, CIE Tours highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance prior to the start of your vacation. 

Explore our destinations

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Galway
  • Dublin
  • Killarney
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Brú na Boinne Visitor Center
  • Ring of Kerry

Pubs are about more than just Irish beer and whiskey—people come to enjoy music, laughs, and the legendary Irish wit.

  • Highlands
  • Loch Ness
  • St Andrews
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Isle of Skye
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Glencoe Mountains
  • Loch Lomond
  • Edinburgh Castle

Loch Ness contains more water than every lake in England and Wales combined—and Scotland itself has 31,000 lochs.

  • Tower of London
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Lake District
  • Stonehenge
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Cavern Club
  • Cotswolds
  • Windsor Castle

The Queen has eight royal residences, including the grand, 775-room Buckingham Palace and the centuries-old Windsor Castle, home to 39 English monarchs.

  • Colosseum
  • Vatican
  • Roman Forum
  • Accademia
  • Isle of Capri
  • Sorrento
  • Venice Gondola Ride
  • Bologna
  • Sistine Chapel

Every region in Italy has their own unique way to enjoy pasta—and there are more than 600 different pasta shapes to try.

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Golden Circle
  • Reynisfjara Beach
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Northern Lights
  • Lava Center
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Strokkur Geysir

Blame the Vikings for the lack of trees in Iceland's stunning landscapes. They deforested much of the country when they arrived here in the 700s.

  • Trinity College
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Louvre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Conwy
  • York Minster
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Waterford Crystal

The McCarthy family built the legendary Blarney castle, with its stone that gives those who kiss it the gift of eloquence.

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