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British & Irish Grandeur | CIE Tours

British & Irish Grandeur

  • 2020 British & Irish Grandeur – 14 Days/13 Nights
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Starts London
Ends London
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater, and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 9 – 23 departures
  • Step back in time and discover Northern Ireland’s only Victorian-era prison, the Crumlin Road Gaol.
  • Visit the world of the Tudor court as you tour the art-filled splendor of Hampton Court Palace, the home of Henry VIII and his many wives.

Dining Experiences:

  • 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 7 dinners (D) including a lively Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a traditional Welsh evening in Cardiff Castle.

Trip Highlights:

  • Alnwick Castle & Garden
  • Trinity College Book of Kells
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Jameson Experience Midleton
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge

Hotels:

  • Novotel London Tower Bridge | London (2)
  • Novotel York Centre | York (1)
  • Courtyard Edinburgh West | Edinburgh (2)
  • Grand Central Hotel | Belfast (1)
  • Gresham Hotel | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Granville Hotel | Waterford (1)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff | Cardiff (1)
  • Novotel London Tower Bridge | London (1)

Hotels

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Novotel London Tower Bridge Hotel, London

Novotel London Tower Bridge Hotel, London Description:

This contemporary hotel lies a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station, 6 minutes from the Tower of London and 3 miles from the British Museum. The stylish, bright rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and sofabeds, as well as desks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks and Nespresso machines. Children age 16 and under stay with their parents for no charge. Room service is available 24/7.

Novotel York Centre, York

Novotel York Centre, York Description:

Overlooking the idyllic banks of the River Foss, CIE Tours guests can enjoy a 4-Star family-friendly stay at our Novotel York Centre hotel. Situated close to the historical City walls at Fishergate, YO10 4FD, York, this hotel is perfectly located for exploring the countless cultural offerings the city has to offer, as well as the numerous shopping, restaurants and bars too. Situated within a mile of York Minster and York railway station, it is a perfect base for visiting guests

Courtyard Edinburgh West, Edinburgh

Courtyard Edinburgh West, Edinburgh Description:

Embark on an adventure at the Courtyard Edinburgh West, a brand new hotel at 2 Research Avenue South, EH14 4BA. Offering an accessible location near the airport and 4-star accommodations, this hotel is a fantastic choice for travelers of all types to the United Kingdom. Experience a seamless check-in at the contemporary lobby, which is also home to The Avenue, the hotel’s all-day casual dining destination. Get acquainted with the spacious accommodations, all of which boast creature comforts like complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. CIE Tours’ guests will find no shortage of things to do during their stay.

Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

Grand Central Hotel, Belfast Description:

Hastings Grand Central Hotel is a modern upscale hotel that is the tallest building in Belfast. It opened in 2018 on the site of the original historic 1890’s hotel that was bombed in “The Troubles”. The 300 contemporary guest rooms are all equipped with a flat-screen TV and all rooms include a private bathroom, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a full-sized work desk, free Wi-Fi and spectacular city views. Restaurant options include the vibrant Grand Café and the elegant art deco Seahorse Restaurant. The chic 23rd story Observatory is Ireland’s tallest cocktail lounge with sweeping views of Belfast and beyond. Centrally located in the City Centre, Hasting Grand Central Hotel is a short walk to Belfast City Hall, the Grand Opera House and St. George’s Market. Also nearby and walkable are Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Jail, and the Belfast Botanical Gardens.

Gresham Hotel, Dublin

Gresham Hotel, Dublin Description:

The Gresham Hotel is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and is one of the best known hotels in Dublin city. This recently renovated 4 star hotel is located at 23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin, D01 C3W7. This grand hotel is a landmark building with original period features including stunning Waterford crystal chandeliers. Each of hotel’s 323 bedrooms and suites are equipped with complimentary WI-FI; the suites include penthouse balconies with stunning views across the city and the Dublin mountains. This famous landmark allows you to be close to many tourist attractions as well as great shopping and nightlife. The Gresham Dublin is a popular dining venue and is frequented by locals and visitors alike, and offers Toddy’s Brasserie, a popular choice for lunch and evening meals. You can also treat yourself to Afternoon Tea in Writer’s Lounge.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Description:

Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center. Along with 3 restaurants, this hotel has a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Stylish, spacious and fully air conditioned, each room offers an unique style with comfortable accommodations.

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 Cardiff, Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff Description:

This new 12-story hotel, opened in 2011, is one of Cardiff’s tallest buildings, with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Hotel Bar is open for drinks and casual food throughout the day. Stir Bar & Restaurant, overlooking Mill Lane, offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Two hundred sixteen guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, offering the perfect place to relax and unwind. These spacious and airy rooms offer beds with crisp white duvet and pillows, with outstanding views of the beautiful Cardiff surroundings. Facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Itinerary

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2020 British & Irish Grandeur 14 Days / 13 Nights / 21 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1London Arrival & Tour

Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.

Day 2Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London

Discover magnificent Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's royal residence. The afternoon and evening are free; you may use your included Oyster card to explore London by public transport. (B)

Day 3Day 3: Cambridge & York Minster

Take a stroll around Cambridge to view some of the famous university colleges and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Travel to York to tour stately York Minster, with its towers and colorful stained glass. Explore the narrow streets and medieval houses during a guided walk with your tour director. (B)

Day 4Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening

Visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the stunning artifacts and then take a stroll through The Alnwick Garden. Travel through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to your hotel near Edinburgh. Experience a Scottish evening with bagpipes and music following a traditional dinner. (B, D)

Day 5Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights and see the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own. August 9 – 23 departures view the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 6Ferry to Belfast & Crumlin Road Gaol

Head to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. On arriving, tour the city to see Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall, and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Step back in time at the Crumlin Road Gaol, the only Victorian-era prison in Northern Ireland. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D

Day 7Giant’s Causeway & Dublin

Travel through part of the scenic Glens of Antrim to the Giant's Causeway, a unique area of hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years. Head to your Dublin city center hotel and enjoy free time to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 8Dublin Tour & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings, and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free to sightsee independently. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Taylors Three Rock Pub followed by a festive evening of Irish music and dance. (B, D)

Day 9Blarney Castle & Killarney

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the gardens. Continue to the scenic town of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 10Ring of Kerry & Sheep Herding

Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. Head to Kenmare to browse around and have lunch. Immerse yourself in farm life and see a demonstration of dogs herding sheep before returning to Killarney for a free evening (B, L)

Day 11Day 11: Jameson Whiskey & Waterford Crystal

In Midleton, tour the Jameson Experience for the story and making of Irish whiskey and enjoy a sample dram. At the House of Waterford Crystal, see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople. Take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of the old port city of Waterford. (B, D)

Day 12South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet

Catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. Take a panoramic tour around the principal streets of Cardiff. In the evening, head to Cardiff Castle for a tour of its Gothic-style residence followed by an unforgettable Welsh evening of dinner with local music and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 13Roman Baths & Stonehenge

Explore the mineral-rich hot springs at Bath. Tour the Roman Baths, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London for a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 14Tour Ends In London

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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13 Reviews


Customer: Mr. Joseph Anthony Cosella Jr

Date: 11/30/2018

Vacation:
Great accommodations and wonderful tour guide and bus driver. We saw many sites that we would not have known about on our own.

Customer: Pamela Taylor Henson

Date: 11/28/2018

Vacation:
Outstanding tour! Great blend of three beautiful countries. The hotels and food were amazing. In addition, Dee, our guide, and Sarah, our driver were awesome! First time with CIE and I will use them, again! Loved the backpack, travel bag, adapters, etc!

Customer: Suzanne Macecevic

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
We had such a good time in our small group! I loved the places we went with our charming guide, Ken. It was my favorite trip to go on, ever.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/24/2019

Vacation:
Yes I would

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/31/2019

Vacation:
We booked on line and it went well. When I had any problems I was able to phone and talk to someone directly who quickly looked into the problem, fixed it, and sent an email letting me know.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/10/2019

Vacation:
Making my reservation with CIE was very easy. After selecting my tour, I was able to communicate with a representative and get all of my questions answered. Everything was done online and was easily completed. Communication was good as far as letting me know when payments were expected and when I would receive my trip information. Having CIE make my flight reservation made it a much more pleasant experience. Nothing to worry about on my part.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/03/2019

Vacation:
We were pleased with the booking service and, were we to visit Ireland again, be pleased to use their services.

Customer: Mr. John George Loos Jr

Date: 05/30/2019

Vacation:
The overall tour was very good. Two of the hotels were sadly lacking. One was under renovation and should have been closed. The other was in desperate need of updating. Our tour director was a whole other matter. He was uncaring and seemed distracted. In one instance he couldn’t even find the hotel we were to stay at.

Customer: Richard Orval Adams

Date: 05/31/2019

Vacation:
Very well organized and have and would advise others to use CIE. Our tour guide and coach driver were the best!

Customer: Matthew Lewis Whitefoot

Date: 12/26/2018

Vacation:
The trip was amazing. The food provided, travel arrangements, the schedule, and itenerary were amazing. Most of the hotels provided were amazing upscale experiences. The hotel in Cardiff was a dump, the only true disappointment. Our guide Pat was knowledgeable, easy to converse with, and a total joy on the trip. Our main driver Dave made us feel safe and was well experienced. Overall it was one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you!

Customer: Julian Joseph Quina Iii

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Booking went smooth except a misunderstanding about the air cost. The booking agent dropped us after getting us signed up.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
I booked this tour through Affordable Tours --- a big mistake! If I had to do it over again, I'd book directly through CIE. The actual tour was great.

Customer: Mr. Gerard C Beaucheane Sr

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
All trips booked were great. Hotels between 3 & 5 stars. Best driver I have ever seen (I drove Phila Fire engines for 33+ years) Sarah Wayper was fantastic ! Our Guide Manager John Cunningham was cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful & fun. We can't think of any way anyone could do better!

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