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24 Travel Goals for 2024

And save in our "New Year, New Adventures" sale...

New years bring new dreams and hopes for new adventures. If you’re thinking about what you’d like to put on your travel wish list, we’ve got a few suggestions! Perhaps we’ll inspire you to join us in Ireland, Scotland, England, Iceland, or Italy next year. From historical castles to distillery tours and breathtaking landscapes, let's dive into the extraordinary experiences that await you.

  1. Discover the joys of Scotland, with Glasgow as your home base! Immerse yourself in history, culture, and natural splendor as you unpack once in thriving Glasgow and discover Arran, the Highlands, the Scottish Borders, and Edinburgh. Do it all on our Scottish Daytripper.
Glasgow Grosvenor hotel
Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel

2. Plan your perfect trip on a Custom Private Driver tour! No matter what you're dreaming of, our dedicated experts can make it happen! Play golf at legendary courses, trace your roots, stay in historic castles or chic city hideaways. Find out how on our Custom Private Driver Vacations page.

3. Taste whiskey at Jameson Experience in Midleton:. Immerse yourself in the rich history and craftsmanship behind one of the world's most renowned whiskey brands at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton Irish Heritage. Experience it on Irish Spirit or Irish Heritage.

4. Join a Truffle Hunt in Tuscany: Come along to Italy and indulge your senses in a truffle hunt in the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany. Experience the thrill of discovering these elusive culinary treasures, assisted by a trufflehunter and his trusty canine. Tuscan Treasures with Cinque Terre

5. Long Meadow Cider: Head to Armagh, and indulge your taste buds in the exquisite flavors of Long Meadow Cider. Explore the apple orchards and savor the unique taste of locally produced ciders. Follow it up with a picnic lunch! Come along on Irish Odyssey.

6. Soak in the floating hot tubs of Iceland's Vok Baths. It's just one of the amazing stops on our amazing "beyond the basics" tour of Iceland, which takes you to the Diamond Circle to discover so much more Icelandic beauty and culture. Come along on our Icelandic Explorer.

vok baths
Vok Baths in Iceland

7. Port of Leith Distillery: In Edinburgh, experience the art of distillation at the brand new, high-tech Port of Leith Distillery. Uncover the secrets of crafting fine spirits while enjoying the picturesque views of this historic port – and hear how this modern distillery aims for sustainability. See it on Scottish & Irish Sampler.

8. Discover the raw beauty of Donegal. This lesser-visited northern county was once called "the coolest place on the planet" by National Geographic. Explore its rugged landscapes and amazing beauty on Jewels of Ireland.

9. Learn Culzean Castle's connection to an American president: Delve into the grandeur of Culzean Castle, a masterpiece perched on the Ayrshire cliffs in Scotland. Tour its lavish interiors, beautiful gardens, and enjoy panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde. See it on Scottish & Irish Sampler.

Culzean Castle
Culzean Castle

10. Explore the rich cultural heritage of the Ards Peninsula., where Scottish and Irish influences intertwine. Discover the stories that shaped this beautiful region - and so much of Irish history - on the The Scots Irish Tour

11. Tour Fyvie Castle: Journey to Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and step into the enchanting Fyvie Castle. Admire its stunning architecture, explore the lavish interiors, and stroll through the scenic grounds. Come along on Scottish Clans and Castles

12. Take a London River Cruise from Greenwich to Westminster: Embark on a scenic river cruise from Greenwich to Westminster in London. Marvel at iconic landmarks along the Thames, including the Greenwich Observatory and the Houses of Parliament. See it on London Daytripper.

13. Explore the stunning coastal villages of Cinque Terre in Italy. Take the trains along scenic routes, savor local cuisine, and soak in the breathtaking views of the Ligurian Sea.  Tuscan Treasures with Cinque Terre

14. Discover Drum Castle: Nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside, Drum Castle invites you to wander through its ancient halls and explore its beautiful gardens. Uncover centuries of history in this well-preserved Scottish fortress. See it on Scottish Clans and Castles

15. Visit Waterford: Immerse yourself in the history of Ireland's oldest city, Waterford. From its medieval architecture to the world-renowned crystal, this destination is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Stay in Waterford on several of our tours, including Scottish and Irish Gold

16. Learn about Ireland's history at Strokestown: Step into the past at the Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. This award-winning museum offers a glimpse into Ireland's history through its preserved Georgian mansion and Famine Museum. See it on Irelands Wild Atlantic Way.

17. Take a day trip to the Isle of Arran: Embark on a day trip to the Isle of Arran, known as the "Scotland in Miniature." Marvel at its diverse landscapes, from mountains and forests to picturesque coastlines when you visit on our Scottish Daytripper.

18. Meet some Highland "coos" up close at Aberdeenshire Highland Cattle: Get up close and personal with the iconic Highland Cattle in Aberdeenshire. Capture the essence of Scottish countryside life as you encounter these majestic creatures with the opportunity to photograph them up close on Scottish Clans and Castles.

A Highland Cow in a Scottish loch
A Highland Cow

19. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way: Embark on an epic road trip along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Revel in the dramatic coastal scenery, charming villages, and the untamed beauty of the Atlantic coastline. Irelands Wild Atlantic Way

20. Take a self-drive adventure. You can either choose all your own adventures, or follow along the route of one of our popular itineraries. Learn all about it on our Independent Adventures page.

21. Dine at a vineyard, with wine and olive oil tastings, and a delicious dinner of traditional home-cooked cuisine. Come along on Tuscan Treasures with Cinque Terre

22. Discover the delights of Dundee: Spend a delightful morning in Dundee, a vibrant, artistic Scottish city. Soak in the artistic atmosphere on Scottish Clans and Castles.

23. Christmas in Waterford: Experience the magic of Christmas in Waterford. The festive lights, holiday markets, and cheerful atmosphere make it a perfect spot for getting into the festive spirit. See it on one of our winter tours, Evergreen Ireland South.

24. Book an extra night or two! Here's a tip for you: if you're going on a CIE Tours guided vacation, you might enjoy taking advantage of our pre- and post-nights. A pre-night can be very handy if you'd like an extra day to rest before your tour starts, or even if you'd like to be certain of being able to check into your room when you land after your early-morning flight. A post-night is a great way to extend your vacation a little bit longer and have a little extra time to enjoy your destination. 

And a final tip! Book by January 31 and save up to $600 per person when you purchase airfare along with select guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England, Iceland, and Italy. Sale prices start at $945 per person, plus airfare. Check out all the details of our New Year, New Adventures sale!


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London Daytripper

Starting from $2,095

6 Days

Enjoy the perfect combination of stay and play. On this innovative tour, make yourself at home in London, then venture out on incredible day trips to must-see attractions and experiences in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $500pp - Use Code EBD25500

Jewels of Ireland

Starting from $3,995

13/14 Days

Enjoy the splendor of every corner on this leisurely Ireland tour of the essential—and the unexpected.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2025 Tours: Save $100pp - Use Code EBD25100

Scottish Daytripper

Starting from $1,695

6 Days

Immerse yourself in history, culture and natural splendor as you unpack once in thriving Glasgow and discover Arran, the Highlands, the Scottish Borders, and Edinburgh.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $300pp - Use Code EBD25300

Scottish Clans & Castles

Starting from $3,045

10/11 Days

Revisit the past on this leisurely Scottish tour filled with castle ruins, ancient battlefields, and colorful stories from the country's rich history.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $100pp - Use Code EBD25100

Evergreen Ireland South

Starting from $1,195

7 Days

This spirited tour offers many of Ireland’s must-see highlights, with plenty of time for independent exploration.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $500pp - Use Code EBD25500

Icelandic Explorer

Starting from $4,495

9/10 Days

Explore Iceland's incomparable waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and landscapes, but take in so much more as you focus on its fascinating culture and heritage. Discover life in early Viking…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $100pp - Use Code EBD25100

Tuscan Treasures with Cinque Terre

Starting from $2,095

8 Days

Stay in a luxurious spa town to explore Tuscany’s medieval gems, enjoy gourmet food and wine, and discover the captivating villages of Cinque Terre.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Save $300pp - Use Code EBD25300

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Starting from $2,695

9/10 Days

Discover the untamed nature and rich cultural heritage of Ireland’s western coast, with its spectacular ocean vistas, enchanting towns, and craftsmanship deeply rooted in tradition.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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