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Ireland Driving Tours | CIE Tours

Self-drive

Ready to explore Ireland on your own? We can help!

  • 4 trips through Self-drive Destinations

Plan your ideal custom trip, or follow one of our popular suggested itineraries. CIE Tours will make it easy – our trips include accommodations, daily breakfast and your rental car. You’ll have the freedom to sightsee and dine at your own pace.

Wherever you stay, you’ll be treated like a CIE Tours guest, and have the advantage of getting the competitive pricing we can access thanks to our long-established relationships with hospitality providers.

You’ll travel in the comfort of your own current-model Hertz rental car, with your choice of manual or automatic transmission – plus you’ll get a complimentary GPS navigation system to show you the way.

Stay where you like:

  • B&Bs: Stay in a real family home to experience a friendly welcome from Irish homeowners. Select from over 800 properties in a variety of town, country and farm locations. We’ll give you open vouchers so you can explore at will, or you may book in advance through Bed & Breakfast Ireland’s website.
  • A La Carte Hotels: Your choice of hotels range from value-priced to 5-star deluxe properties – pick from charming inns, stately manor houses, modern hotels and fabulous castle hotels.
  • Mix and Match: You can blend your options to suit your preferences. Spend a few nights in B&Bs and some in hotels. Pre-book your rooms, or book as you go for freedom to roam at will. We do suggest prebooking your first and last night near your airport for greater peace of mind.

Self-drive tips

  • You can use our self-drive vacations to extend your guided vacation before or after your scheduled tour dates by booking as many additional hotel nights as you wish.
  • Self-drive tours will allow you flexibility and freedom to go off the beaten path.
  • Use your complimentary GPS navigation system to easily navigate the roads.


It’s easy to get started!

You have two options to choose from:

  • Use one of the pre-planned itineraries below – it’s our simplest option!
  • Or build your own trip, with exactly the hotel stays you would like. Start exploring with our trip planner!

Self Drive Suggested Itinerary

Celtic Capitals

6 Days | 5 Nights with daily breakfast

Central Dublin hotel of your choice – 3 nights
Central Belfast hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Arrival transfer from Dublin airport to hotel
Taxi transfer to pick up your Hertz car rental in Dublin
3-Day Hertz car rental

Highlights

  • 2-Day hop-on/hop-off city bus tour pass
  • Entrance voucher to your choice of Guinness Storehouse,
    Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or GPO
    Witness History
  • Literary pub crawl in Dublin
  • Entrance to Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Admission to the world famous Giant’s Causeway
  • Admission to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge


Ireland’s Ancient East

7 Days | 6 Nights with daily breakfast

Central Dublin hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Kilkenny hotel of your choice – 1 night
Waterford hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Kildare hotel of your choice – 1 night
Arrival transfer from Dublin airport to hotel
Taxi transfer to pick up your Hertz car rental in Dublin
4-Day Hertz car rental

Highlights

  • Admission to Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Guided tour of Smithwicks Experience in Kilkenny
  • Guided tour of House of Waterford Crystal
  • Admission to Glendalough Visitor Centre
  • Admission to Irish National Stud and Gardens in Kildare


Ireland’s Atlantic Splendor

10 Days | 9 Nights with daily breakfast

Central Dublin hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Killarney hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Shannon hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Galway hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Dublin hotel of your choice near airport – 1 night
Arrival transfer from Dublin airport to hotel
Taxi transfer to pick up your Hertz car rental in Dublin
8-Day Hertz car rental

Highlights

  • 2-Day hop-on/hop-off city bus tour pass in Dublin
  • Entrance voucher to Blarney Castle
  • Entrance voucher to King John’s Castle in Limerick
  • Medieval Banquet Dinner at Bunratty Castle


Ireland Short & Sweet

7 Days | 6 Nights with daily breakfast

Central Dublin hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Dingle hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Galway hotel of your choice – 2 nights
Arrival transfer from Dublin airport to hotel
Taxi transfer to pick up your Hertz car rental in Dublin

Highlights

  • 2-Day hop-on/hop-off city bus tour pass Dublin
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
  • Guided coach day tour of Ring of Kerry
  • Entrance voucher to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens


Independent Rail Suggested Itinerary

Dublin Rail Explorer

7 Days | 6 Nights with daily breakfast

Central Dublin hotel of your choice –
6 nights Arrival and departure transfers to Dublin airport
Highlights

  • Choice of 2 (or 3) day tour excursions by rail to popular Irish spots
  • 2-Day hop-on/hop-off city bus tour pass
  • Entrance voucher to your choice of Guinness Storehouse,
    Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or GPO Witness History
  • Traditional Irish dinner & show (Merry Ploughboy)

Need help deciding?

We’re happy to help you create your dream trip! Give us a ring using the number at the top of this page.

 

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Based on 1962 Independent User Reviews

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CIE tours made everything extremely easy. We booked online and had them arrange our flights and transportation to and from the airport. When we finally met up with the tour group a day late, due to bad weather and flight delays, we found out that we had the best guide and driver, Colm Clarke. He was AMAZING- very accommodating and cheerful throughout the whole tour. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time. I've taken several tours and he surpassed any guides I've dealt with by far. The stops and sights planned are excellent and truly give you a taste of Ireland and Scotland. I found the hotels to be comfortable with good service. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this tour and how hard I;m working to get back to Ireland as soon as possible. Of course, I'll be booking with CIE again and requesting Colm (Seriously, he is the BEST).
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I had a great travel agent that organised everything
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Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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