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Holiday movies to transport you

Planning on going no farther than your couch this holiday? Check out these films set in some of our favorite places.

There’s nothing better during the lull of the holidays than snuggling under a blanket and watching a cheerful, sentimental movie – unless, of course, you could also be watching a film that will transport you to far-off places and inspire you to call your best buddies and start planning your next adventure. Here are a few of our favorite movies set in destinations close to our hearts. Settle in and pass the popcorn!

A Castle for Christmas

An American writer flees to the Scottish countryside from New York amid the scandal of killing off one of her popular characters. She receives a warm welcome at a local guesthouse, but it’s not long before she finds herself resident amid the cobwebs in a chilly castle with an even colder duke as her host. The film features Brooke Shields, but the real stars are Scotland's lush scenery, the exquisite castle interiors, hairy Highland cows, and endearing locals – and the tale is heartwarming as it evokes love, family, and the importance of home. Savor the glorious party scene replete with music and dancing – it might even put you in the mood for the evening of traditional food, music, and dance that you can experience on our Scottish tours.

How to watch: Netflix

Recommended tour: Scottish Clans and Castles

Christmas in Rome

Christmas tree in front of the Roman Colosseum
What could be more romantic than Christmas in Rome? 

When a newly unemployed tour guide meets a handsome but uncultured American businessman, can romance (and an exciting new commercial venture) be far away? This charming film showcases the sights of Rome beautifully, as we accompany the pair as they discover the art, history, culture, and wonder of Italy. We get a panoramic tour from one of the famed Seven Hills, a tutorial in coffee culture, a visit to a Christmas market, and a lesson in making panettone, the Italian Christmas bread. Watch for St Peter’s Basilica and The Colosseum, adorned in Christmas glory.

How to watch: Hallmark Channel and other streaming services

Recommended tour: Taste of Italy with Sorrento

Love on Iceland

Reykjavik at New Years
Reykjavik looks stunning at New Year's

A podcast producer in need of inspiration spontaneously gathers her old college gang together for a trip to Iceland. There’s a handsome local tour guide, plenty of gorgeously snowy scenery, and a couple of love stories along the way. Veterans of our Iceland tours will enjoy reminiscing as the film features so many splendid highlights that CIE Tours includes on our tours: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon, Reykjavik, and more. Those who have yet to experience the glories of the Land of Fire and Ice will thrill to the sights shown in this lovely little tale.

How to watch: Hallmark Channel and other streaming services

Recommended tour: Northern Lights Quest of Iceland 

Christmas at Castle Hart

Two American women visit Ireland at Christmastime and find themselves with jobs planning a lavish party at a splendid castle in this sweet love story with a case of mistaken identity at its heart. The movie was partly filmed at Dromoland Castle, the ancestral home of the O’Brien clan, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, a High King of Ireland. The castle is a favorite of ours, and you can stay there on CIE Tours' 8-day Irish Heritage tour. The Cliffs of Moher, soaring 500 feet above the ocean for about nine miles, also make a dramatic appearance.

How to watch: Hallmark Channel

Recommended tour: Irish Heritage

Happy viewing - and Happy Holidays!

Dromoland Castle is one of the stars of "Christmas at Castle Hart".

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Irish Heritage

Starting from $2,015

4.9
7/8 Days

See all the highlights on this classic tour - and on our 8-day option, luxuriate in a stay at the elegant, five-star Dromoland Castle Hotel.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Taste of Scotland

Starting from $1,215

4.6
5 Days

Explore the very best of Scotland's gorgeous scenery and bustling cities on this short-and-sweet introductory tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish Clans & Castles

Starting from $2,500

4.6
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

Taste of Iceland

Starting from $2,515

6 Days

Dive into one of the world's wildest and most wonderful places on this Iceland tour, which covers the volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls that wow every traveler.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Northern Lights Quest of Iceland

Starting from $2,255

6 Days

Hunt the horizon for the amazing aurora borealis on this Iceland tour. Explore the natural wonder and beauty of the land of fire and ice, from the Golden Circle to Diamond Beach.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Italy

Starting from $1,740

7 Days

Get your first taste of the delights of Venice, Florence, Rome, and more on this enchanting Italian tour. You'll  get to enjoy the ancient ruins, architectural and artistic masterpieces, and of…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Italy with Sorrento

Starting from $3,185

10 Days

Enjoy a little more time—and a lot more beauty—on this extended tour of Italy. Visit the most spectacular sights of Venice, Rome, and Florence with our Taste of Italy tour, then move on to the…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle with Driver

Starting from $5,875

8 Days

Relax as you travel from Limerick to Killarney, Waterford, Dublin and back. Your dedicated driver/guide will show you all the sights and regale you with history and lore. Finish this classic tour…

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