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Scottish & Irish Gold

  • 2020 Scottish & Irish Gold – 16 Days/15 Nights
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Starts Glasgow
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Reserved seats at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo August 2 – 23 departures.
  • Mill the malt, stir the mash and smell the hops on a tour of Smithwick’s Experience, telling the story of the popular brewery in the heart of Kilkenny since 1710
  • Local guides will impart historic facts and local lore on walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway?and Waterford.

Trip Highlights:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Inveraray Castle
  • St. Andrews
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Sean’s Bar –A CIE Tours Exclusive
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens

Dining Experiences:

  • 15 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and Cleaver East in Dublin.

Hotels:

  • Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow (1 night) *
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night) *
  • Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night) *
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 nights) *
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights) *
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
  • Great Southern Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (2 nights)

*Or alternate hotel of similar quality

Hotels

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Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow Description:

Set in a historic building with a modern and stylish interior, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor is the perfect place to stay when visiting Scotland’s biggest city. Set in the bustling West End of Glasgow, just minutes from many attractions, the hotel is ideally located at 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, G12 OTA. With marble bathrooms, WiFi (fee applies) and LCD TVs, our guest rooms offer the perfect place for CIE Tours’ guests to relax after a day of exploring. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor features two dining venues, including Bo’Vine Meats & Wines, serving up delicious 28-day aged steaks, fish dishes, salads and an extensive wine list. Our stylish beGIN bar offers a selection of over 60 gins as well as craft beers, cocktails, wines and soft drinks in a unique atmosphere. With a listed façade, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor offers a unique setting to explore Scotland’s biggest city.

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish Description:

This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This friendly, modern hotel offers everything for an ideal vacation – spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views in a relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with breathtaking views. The Lochside Restaurant offers a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning and the best of Scottish produce. Guest can enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout their stay, as well as the leisure center with pool, hydro seat, bio-sauna and exercise room.

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn Description:

This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry Description:

Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag’s Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh Description:

This sleek, modern hotel features 156 rooms furnished to the highest standard with triple-glazed windows to offer a quiet, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. The stylish Steak and Grill restaurant and cozy Piano Lounge serves only the finest locally-sourced Scottish cuisine. Unwind at the swimming pool, gym and spa. It is located close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, within easy walking distance of the shops and pubs along the Royal Mile.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Description:

Originally built in 1863, this hotel today offers 228 air-conditioned guestrooms, all featuring modern decor in natural shades with burgundy touches and light-wood furnishings. Experience fine dining or casual bar food and enjoy the award-winning Sansana SPA and Pier Health Club. Dun Laoghaire has many shops and restaurants to explore. The property overlooks Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay and is located eight miles from Dublin city center. Dublin International Airport is 16 miles away, and can be reached by car or airport coach in approximately 45 minutes. Hotel parking.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway Description:

Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning Spirit One Spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney Description:

First opened in 1854, this hotel offers old-world charm coupled with up-to-date luxurious facilities and friendly service. Enjoy great food in the elegant dining room and relax in the bar or one of the many sitting areas. Guests will luxuriate in spacious and well-equipped bedrooms, and can take advantage of a full-service leisure center. The hotel is set on 20 acres of secluded, landscaped gardens, yet sits right in the center of Killarney and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Granville Hotel, Waterford

Granville Hotel, Waterford Description:

This family-run hotel is one of Ireland’s oldest, with significant historical connections, old-world charm and unique features. The friendly and professional staff are dedicated to making your stay pleasant and memorable. Enjoy delicious menus in the attractive dining room. The bar is a lively meeting place, often with live music. Comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms make for a great stay. Set on the waterfront, in the heart of Waterford city, this hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin Description:

This lively, modern hotel offers an excellent standard of hospitality, with two bars and two restaurants and 500 fully equipped guest rooms, making it Dublin’s largest hotel. With its many facilities and great location, it makes an ideal base for exploring Dublin. Located on Upper Leeson Street, this hotel is a 20-minute walk to Grafton Street. There is a city bus service right outside the hotel, which is within easy walking distance of Dublin’s “Georgian Mile” and the Grand Canal.

Itinerary

2020 SCOTTISH & IRISH GOLD – 16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS / 27 MEALS

Day 1: GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. Visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink.

Day 2: LOCH LOMOND & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven.
(B, D)

Day 3: ISLE OF SKYE & LOCH NESS
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit Armadale Castle, taking some free time for lunch. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea.

(B, D)

Day 4: CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOG TRIALS
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
(B, D)

Day 5: BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry.
(B, D)

Day 6: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse around the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing.
(B, D)

Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. August 2 – 23 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 8: TITANIC BELFAST & DUN LAOGHAIRE
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast with lunch provided onboard. Visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the full story of the ill-fated ocean liner, built in the nearby ship yards in 1912. Head to your hotel in the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire near Dublin, where you will meet your Irish driver/guide, and enjoy a free evening in this bustling seaside town.
(B, L)

Day 9: SEAN’S BAR & GALWAY CITY TOUR
Head to Athlone for a CIE Tours Exclusive experience at Sean’s Bar, the oldest bar in Europe; Sean’s Bar has been serving customers since 900 AD. Take a guided walking tour through the beautiful harbor city of Galway to view its iconic 18th-century Eyre Square and the surrounding stone-clad buildings and medieval winding lanes. Enjoy some free time to explore Galway on your own, then join your fellow travelers for dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 10: CONNEMARA CATAMARAN CRUISE & KYELMORE ABBEY
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (seasonal). Head to Kylemore Abbey to see elegant rooms and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Visit the Victorian Walled Gardens and enjoy a casual lunch. Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city.
(B, L)

Day 11: SHEEPDOGS, CLIFFS & TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT
Travel south around Galway Bay and through the Burren, a region of rounded limestone hills that has a curious lunar-like appearance. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. View the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. The evening concludes with a traditional Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner.
(B, D)

Day 12: JAUNTING CAR & RING OF KERRY
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane. See the highlights of Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, and take a break in the colorful village of Kenmare.
(B, L)

Day 13: BLARNEY CASTLE & TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION
Drive through the mountains into rich farming country on the way to Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for some traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal.
(B, D)

Day 14: WATERFORD WALK & KILKENNY
In the morning join a local guide for a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old city to discover Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Later, stop in Kilkenny for a look around the compact city center and have lunch on your own. Partake in the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to Cleaver East, a popular Dublin restaurant for a glass of wine and dinner.
(B, D)

Day 15: INDEPENDENT DAY IN DUBLIN
Enjoy an independent Dublin Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History
(B)

Day 16: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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52 Reviews


Customer: Mrs. Denise Marie Reid

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
We had a wonderful trip! We booked the Scotland and Ireland Gold 16 day escorted vacation. Everything was well organized with plenty of time to enjoy our surroundings. Our guides were well trained and had tons of information for us. The hotels along our journey did not disappoint, we felt like VIP’s throughout our stay. We would not hesitate to recommend CIE to our friends and would love taking another trip with them in the future. An added bonus were the friends we made on our trip. We are actually planning a vacation with great friends we met on this trip!

Customer: Jessica Violet Feldman

Date: 05/21/2018

Vacation:
I have travelled with CIE Tours in Scotland and Ireland twice now in 2015 & 2017 and would definitely do so again!

Customer: Frances Hereford Colonna

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Needed more history type info on the Scotland trip. Couldn't turn the Irish guide off. In contrast, 5 years ago, Rose Petrie had maps and song handouts, taught us the names of things, played games with us (the prize was a bag of haggis chips), and made the trip memorable. I liked having all the entry tickets paid for up front too. Great value.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 10/18/2019

Vacation:
Mary Larkin was wonderful to work with. She knew what we needed and provided it.

Customer: Alan George Wilson

Date: 09/25/2019

Vacation:
The entire tour of Scotland and Ireland was outstanding. Tour guides and drivers were exceptional. We would highly recommend CIE to others and would book a trip with CIE in the future.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/22/2019

Vacation:
The trip was more than I ever thought it would be. I learned more than I thought I would and had 2 wonderful guides and 2 awesome drivers. The trip was truly amazing and i recommend it to everyone who would like to see both of these amazing countries.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/20/2019

Vacation:
We were on the 16 day Scotish/Irland tour. One of my problems is that the day we left Scotland and went to Dublin through BellFast was to long of a day and then we were on the road at 8 the next morning. We thought you should have a day where the people left from the Scots tour to relax before starting the Irish tour. We also did not have a lot of free time as we thought we would have ... so in our case we lost a day so we could walk around Glasgow. I would recommend your tirps,both our guides were fun and very knowledgeable and our driver Paul in Scotland was the best.

Customer: Sheila Ann Moldenhauer

Date: 09/18/2019

Vacation:
Our tour was beyond my expectations! Our tour guide in Scotland, Alasdair, was outstanding! What a great introduction into Scotland and it's history with humor! So many of the hotels were historical with stunning grounds..even in the rain. I loved the fresh air & breathtaking views, including the hikes Alasdair led during our free time in Pitlochery. Ireland was beautiful and interesting and stunning, historical hotels! I learned so much about Ireland's history from our guide. I especially loved the informal evening with the Irish group in Killarney(it was a smaller setting than our Scottish night, more personal, more interaction, great humor) and the Marine Pub and the Jaunting car in Killkarney with our guide, Michael Ryan. In Galway, Connor led us on a memorable and very entertaining introduction to Galway. Every day I would say,"oh, this is my favorite part" and the next day I would say that again about another place! I will always remember the amazing, attentive staff at the Granville in Waterford. Our guide, Jack, was outstanding !! For booking, I was a little confused about the airfare. I had never booked a tour like this and didn't always know the questions I should ask. in June CIE told me to contact British Airways so I could choose seats so my sister & I could sit together. But British Airways told me I had to wait for CIE to send me the tickets. I waited a few more weeks to receive the ticket email. When I didn't receive it, I called CIE back & told them what British Airways had said. They told me to call them again & be sure to say I was with CIE. If that didn't work to call CIE back. It did work this time, and I was fortunate enough to get 2 of the few remaining seats on the aisle together. Our flight on British Airways in Economy to Scotland was much for comfortable than in American Airlines on our trip home. I appreciated the backpack(it was well used) and other helpful items that were included in the mailing. We had excellent drivers-Paul in Scotland with his great sense of humor & Mick in Ireland driving the new, longer coach. I felt very safe. And that can be said of the entire trip. My one disappointment was our last night at the Clayton hotel in Dublin. Sport teams were staying there so it was full. My sister & I were assigned a room that is usually for wheelchair accessibility, at least the bathroom was..the room would have been too small. But the hotel had to come and clean twice to remove a very unpleasant order in the bathroom-first the shower curtain & then I asked them to clean the entire bathroom which they did. It was an interesting shower that had no place for your soap or shampoo, made a terrible whistling sound when I pulled a rope near the sink to engage something(first step in instructions). Then turned on the water in the shower. It was a raised platform for a wheelchair to roll upon so there was no border to hold in the water so it leaked all over the floor.We also had trouble getting the A/C to work..had to call for assistance again. I guess it was a fitting last night because it didn't make me want to stay there, sadly. I will recommend CIE to others and would certainly use them for any future tours. I posted pictures and summaries daily on Facebook for friends back home and kept a journal too so I wouldn't forget this amazing adventure in my life, like sheep shearing with Neal in Scotland!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/09/2019

Vacation:
I had some difficulty with the booking service as your agent typed my name twice rather than my husband's name. Then they listed him as being a female. Took effort to get those two things corrected. My final documents were only received 10 days before our trip.

Customer: Kenneth Louis Schulte Jr

Date: 09/05/2019

Vacation:
Area and sights covered were interesting and the commentary was educational, especially Tom O'Reilly's in Ireland.

Customer: Alan I Fields

Date: 08/26/2019

Vacation:
Booking service was excellent. When I had questions I got rapid responses. Back pack, International electric Plug and rain poncho added greatly.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/24/2019

Vacation:
The group of about 40 people was too large. The bus was kept very cold, even in the wet and cool weather we had. The Scotland tour guide was somewhat snippy. When asked to repeat something, his response was that he had already said it. The Ireland tour guide never stopped talking. She was very knowledgeable, but some moments of silence would have been nice while traveling through the Irish countryside. The hotels they chose were lovely, many were old mansions. The breakfast buffets were just ok. I would suggest finding a hotel for the Tattoo that has clothes dryers. We got soaked while watching the tattoo, even with raincoats and ponchos. When we got back to the hotel, they had no options for drying clothes. The hairdryers were weak so we ended up packing wet clothes when we had to leave the next morning. The boat ride on Loch Lomond was a waste of time. It ended up being just a boat ride around a lake. The time would have been better spent at a tourist site. It was an interesting experience, but we will not take a bus tour again, at least one this large.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/09/2019

Vacation:
The itinerary was good, the hotels and food were as well

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/07/2019

Vacation:
Prompt reply when booking and follow up once booking complete.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/24/2019

Vacation:
Friendly, efficient

Customer: Mrs. Barbara Weeman

Date: 07/11/2019

Vacation:
We worked with a travel agency and had no difficulties.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/07/2019

Vacation:
The trip itself was fine once I was there but dealing with the main office in New Jersey was terrible. The people there are rude and uncaring to people’s problems. For the money I spent I would expect people to be more considerate when I email or call with problems regarding seating or time between flights.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/30/2019

Vacation:
The tour was easy to book & agents were very helpful. Our documents came on time and everything was accurate

Customer: Deborah Ann Golden

Date: 06/26/2019

Vacation:
CIE was easy to deal with in planning our trip. Róisín Sisk was our CIE representative and made our planning very easy. Our Scottish tour guide, Ian, made Scotland come alive, it was wonderful being guided by a historian. He is a true delight. Declan, our Scotland bus driver, made our bus trip comfortable and enjoyable. He drove us to Ireland and made sure everyone made it safely to Ireland. Our tour guide in Ireland, Brian, was also good. I wish we visited more historical sites and less breweries. Our Irish bus driver, Collin, made sure we reached our destinations safely.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/22/2019

Vacation:
Overall good and great experience and covered a lot of places ... I have done Irish and Scottish gold trip .. enjoyed every bit of it . Thanks to our guide and bus driver .. made tonnes of memories

Customer: Mr. James Robert Venner

Date: 06/13/2019

Vacation:
Booking this trip was easily accomplished on the web with two follow-up phone calls that were efficiently handled. It was a pleasure dealing with all CIE representatives.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/13/2019

Vacation:
Nice hotels and wonderful food

Customer: Theresa Ann Brantley

Date: 05/30/2019

Vacation:
Did an excellent job of explaining the various tours. Great service.

Customer: Ms. Kimberly Marie Arth

Date: 05/27/2019

Vacation:
Overall the tour was great! Our first tour guide Patrick was FABULOUS! The accommodations were over the top mostly. The backpack they gave us was used all the time and the group pictures were a bonus.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/27/2019

Vacation:
I was very impressed with the Scottish & Irish Gold tour. I booked this tour through Touring for Less 9 months in advance, and they were very helpful and responsive to questions.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 04/18/2019

Vacation:
Nice pace, generally good hotels, and not too many tourist trap type stops. Scotland was great. Would have preferred more in Northern Ireland and Dublin.

Customer: Wilbert Joseph Harrington

Date: 04/12/2019

Vacation:
No problem, everything went well.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/24/2018

Vacation:
Great experience! Happy to have the details taken care of. Looking forward to the next trip.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
I booked online. It was efficient and I was able to phone to confirm anything that I wondered about.

Customer: Lois Ann Kroll

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
Yes I have recommended them to others. In the future I would use an agent rather than handling everything on my own. Your representatives were helpful and polite and efficient. It would have been easier to coordinate our plans with two of us traveling together but not at the same address.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
I found CIE Tours through a search online and booked through CAA. The CAA Agent took care of all of the booking details for us.

Customer: Robert Lee Dalrymple

Date: 11/13/2018

Vacation:
Booked through Go Ahead Tours. Simple and effective. Descriptions were good and all promised services were provided.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/13/2018

Vacation:
The tour was well planned and managed. The tour guide, especially the lady that managed the Ireland portion of the tour was exceptional, taking into account that those of us arriving from the Scotland portion of the tour were already pretty worn out.

Customer: Linda Gail Dickey

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Really good itinerary, drivers, tour guides, and lodging overall ...would have been perfect with a few less castles in Scotland and adding one full day at Isle of Skye. Also, felt rushed at times and had some really long days trying to accommodate shoppers at local vendors shops. Most lodging was located within walking distance to downtown areas which was really good. Also, a short escorted tour in Dublin would have been nice.

Customer: Anita Marie-Anne Ruest

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
we booked through an travel agent and had no problems.

Customer: Judy Ann Becker

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
They were pleasant and professional.

Customer: Sam

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Booking the tour was easy and Karen was able to answer all my questions.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
The tour directors and bus drivers were great. 5 stars The sites were great . 5 stars The hotels were great. 4 of 5 were 5 stars - Jury’s Glasgow 1 star The plane reservations system broke down. CIE failed to provide Klm/ Delta with my email address so I couldn’t print the boarding pass and failed to provide seat assignments from JFK and we were not told about the extra cost of $22.50 for wanting our assigned seats before we get to the airport and wanting them together. Moreover having to go to Amsterdam because there was no direct flight (except initially there was. ). Plus we had to wait 2 hours at Glasgow airport for other group members after leaving Albany at 8:30 am Tuesday September 25 and arriving at 10am the 26th. My luggage was also damaged beyond repair along with that thr suitcase wet through and my clothes being wet.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
Greeting at the airport, tour guide, tour driver. It was a pleasure to be with these personnel. They were very professional. There were minor hick ups on the last leg, first night greeting, etc. but nothing to give a poor rating.

Customer: Mrs. Kathleen Louise Remington

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
The variety of hotel accommodations was great. They were all high class and cared for us and displayed the countryside well. The food was too good. Still dieting after the trip. Loved the off trail events.......the back road trips were great.

Customer: Ms. Barbara Ann Ardary

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
itinerary, bus driver, guides, hotels - everything was great. I only wish we would have had more time in St. Andrews. Scotland was my favorite part for the sheer beauty, history and scenery. The Irish people could not have been surpassed for warm, friendliness and kindness. I have nothing but glowing memories of my tour.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I rated my experience 4 stars because that was the rating of the hotels that we stayed at and food we experienced. Some hotels were more exceptional than others, but all in all, it was a four star experience. The guides, drivers, people we encountered deserve five stars. They were wonderful. I loved my experience in Scotland and Ireland. Our days were exhausting but I wouldn't eliminate anything from the itinerary.

Customer: Leonard Paul Yanavich

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
All was put together very well. Covered lots of the countries. Found knowledge by guides very good and interesting. Hotels were great..

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
Booking was by phone and went well. But no documents received until I called 4 weeks later. Our driver and tour guide in Scotland were exceptional. They were always in the lounge and dinning area in the evening to help in any way. They made the effort to engage anyone who sat by themselves. We couldn’t have asked for better. Pat and Danny were delightful. Our driver and tour guide in Ireland were adaquet and polite. But they were not as personable nor as engaging as Pat and Danny. They did ask questions but were not about in the evening .

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
This was my 4th tour with CIE. We were going with neighbors and had hope to get a discount. At first they wouldn't give us one but after an e-mail they not only gave me one but gave my neighbors one also. I was able to pay something every month for our two week tour. The only disappointment was that my neighbors were able to book transportation to the airport at the end of the trip and we were not offered that as we had to use a different airport at the beginning of the trip and find out own way to Glasgow. We were told we could not book transportation for one way.

Customer: Mr. Howard Wendell Phillips

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Very customer friendly. Answered all questions quickly. Provided alerts and preparation advise.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Extremely easy and transparent! We had very little time to plan and the website allowed us to pick exactly the vacation we wanted at the exact time we wanted it. Couldn't have been easier!

Customer: Mr. Gary Halvorson

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
We had a wonderful trip. it was organized well and we didn't have to worry about anything.

Customer: Diane Elizabeth Davis

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
All of the booking, the rates and info we received was excellent. We were only disappointed we didn't get to see Dublin, but that was due to the weather, nothing due to CIE.

Customer: Karen Reta Mckay

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
I was unhappy with the amount of stops - too many which resulted in not being able to see each thing satisfactorily. When we stopped in a town - it was so late that the stops and attractions were closed and we left too early in the morning to see anything. The accommodations were often very far away from the town so unable to see things in the evening. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. One of our accommodations was far below sub-par - we should have received a refund for the terrible room that did not even have a bath tub or proper shower. Had a broken lamp, huge heave in the floor - terrible place.

Customer: Nancy Mae Spanton

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Deanna did a wonderful job arranging our trip. We left the details to her and the people at CIE tours.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Good at first, need more frequent communication as tour date got closer

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