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Irish & British Focus | CIE Tours

Irish & British Focus

  • 2020 Irish & British Focus – 11 Days/10 Nights
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Get a taste of traditional Irish farm life at a farm in Galway, where you’ll tour the farm, watch sheepdogs at their work, and enjoy some tasty scones with tea.
  • Sit down to a dinner of Welsh specialties followed by a lively show with singing, storytelling and traditional music.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Roman Baths
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a lively Welsh evening in Cardiff Castle


  • Herbert Park Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick | Galway (1 night)
  • The Rose Hotel | Tralee (2 nights)
  • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
  • Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa | Cardiff (1 night)
  • Mercure London Bridge Hotel | London (3 nights)


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Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern, bright property offers guests style and comfort with modern amenities. The bright, contemporary guest rooms feature king or twin beds, air conditioning and high-speed internet. The Pavilion Restaurant serves a superior quality breakfast buffet, with traditional full Irish breakfast as well as other choices. Located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Herbert Park is a 30-minute walk to the city center and is adjacent to the peaceful Herbert Park, U.S. Embassy and RDS Showgrounds.

Hotel Meyrick, Galway

Hotel Meyrick, Galway Description:

Opened in 1852, this property has undergone extensive renovations since then. Today, the hotel combines old-world charm with a modern approach to guest comfort. Guest rooms are decorated in contemporary themes. Enjoy the Oyster Grill Restaurant, one of Galway’s foremost restaurants, the tranquil Oyster Bar and the casual menu and fun of O’Flaherty’s Bar. Experience the rooftop leisure club with views of Galway Bay. Located on Eyre Square, in the very heart of Galway city, with many attractions and shops nearby.

The Rose Hotel, Tralee

The Rose Hotel, Tralee Description:

The Rose Hotel, located at Dan Spring Rd, Tralee, Co. Kerry, is a four star hotel located in Tralee town, close to the town centre with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Offering CIE Tours’ guests 162 modern guest rooms, including 18 executive rooms, complimentary car parking & WIFI are also included. Relax and enjoy the surroundings of the newly renovated Bar & Restaurants and experience delicious food – the chef and his team have carefully selected ingredients in their menus to ensure you get a real taste of our local produce. Enjoy a pre-dinner Cocktail or an after dinner Whiskey in Dott’s Bar. If you want some relaxation time, our Serenity Spa will allow you to do just that, we use world acclaimed ELEMIS beauty products & techniques as well as a range of beauty treatments. There is also a fully equipped gym.

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford Description:

This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends a traditional façade and many other cozy attributes, with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music on the weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Description:

This modern hotel’s 165 bedrooms offer guests a range of rooms with facilities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The First Floor Restaurant has developed an enviable reputation for style, ambience and culinary excellence. The menu provides a varied and irresistible range of modern cuisine, all served with style. Located in the heart of Cardiff, all of the sights of Cardiff, such as the iconic Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle, are within easy walking distance.

Mercure London Bridge Hotel, London

Mercure London Bridge Hotel, London Description:

This contemporary hotel offers 144 bedrooms, the critically acclaimed Loft Restaurant and Bar, a gym, 24 hour room service, and Wi-Fi Internet access. It is located in Southwark in South Bank between Blackfriars Bridge & Southwark Bridge. It is within walking distance of the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Borough Market. It is 3 minutes from London Bridge or Southwark Underground stations.


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2020 Irish & British Focus 11 Days / 10 Nights / 17 Meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Tour EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum with your knowledgeable tour guide - and discover the stories of the men and women who left Ireland and the culture they brought with them. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2Dublin Tour & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Tour EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum with your knowledgeable tour guide - and discover the stories of the men and women who left Ireland and the culture they brought with them. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently. (B, D)

Day 3Clonmacnoise & Galway

Journey across rolling pastures to visit the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Head to Galway for a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lough Corrib, and savor an Irish coffee as you watch an Irish dancing demonstration (seasonal). Enjoy free time before dinner to browse the specialty stores, cafés, and pubs in the lively city of Galway. (B, D)

Day 4Cliffs of Moher & Tralee

Stop at a farm to watch trained dogs herd sheep and enjoy tea with scones. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, soaring high above the Atlantic Ocean. Ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Tralee. (B, D)

Day 5South Pole Inn & Dingle

Head to the Dingle Peninsula, where you’ll visit the South Pole Inn, home of the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. Take the Slea Head Drive to view the stunning coastal scenery, then enjoy free time in the charming town of Dingle. Enjoy a cozy dinner at Finnegans back in Tralee (B, D)

Day 6Blarney Castle & Waterford

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the gardens. Then travel along the coast to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 7South Wales & Cardiff

Ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock in South Wales. Journey through the countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Tour Cardiff Castle, built in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. Enjoy a fun Welsh evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 8Roman Baths & Stonehenge

Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff. Visit Bath, the city known for its natural, mineral-rich hot springs and tour the Roman Baths, popular 2,000 years ago. On Salisbury Plain, view the prehistoric circle of vast stone monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London, where you will enjoy a free evening. (B)

Day 9London Tour & Tower of London

Tour London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the Tower of London to see the fortress, the Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, the ravens, and the Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 10London Sightseeing

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in London with your voucher for a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 11Tour Ends in London

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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13 Reviews

Customer: Philip John Kramer

Date: 11/12/2018

My travel agent recommended you years ago and I have never been anything but happy with the way the trip is put together the little surprises along the way and the local tour guides you have. I will always be a satisfied customer and plan on using us you in the future

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/29/2019

Booking was very easy

Customer: Julianna Brickner

Date: 08/17/2019

It was easy and everyone was helpful

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/02/2019

So accommodating. When I asked about my daughter and I doing our own leg to Paris she had no problem booking our return flight there.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/19/2019

We were not permitted to use the bathroom on the bus which was my biggest concern. We were traveling with 2 people with medical conditions where using the bathroom was a must. This caused several people on the trip some anxiety as it cut into the touring time to make sure a bathroom was found and used before boarding the bus. In may situations, there were long lines for the restrooms and people were worried about getting back to the bus on time. Your advertisement for this trip clearly stated coach buses with bathrooms. My second area of dissatisfaction was again something that was advertised,,,free WIFI which I never had on the bus. I run a business where it was important to be in communication with others and I needed to wait until I returned to the hotel rooms to conduct my business which was totally unfair. Even the tour guide was overheard asking the bus driver why this newer bus did not seem to have WIFI connections. While our tour guide was knowledgeable about historical facts, she totally lacked inter personal skills and this put a damper on our trip. I was not the only person who felt this way. She seemed to have a low energy level and a medical condition which cased her to constantly clear her throat which was annoying as she was speaking on the microphone. As I observed other tour guides, they clearly had personality and connected with their clients. I am not sure why CIE has a policy that the driver and tour guide is not allowed to eat meals with us because this would have been a nice way to interact. I know that other companies don't have this rule. There was also definite tension between our tour guide (Mary) and our bus driver who was absolutely wonderful. Martin could not do enough for us but we all felt that we were discouraged from talking to him. This felt like we were back in elementary school. Our welcome orientation meeting was a joke with all of us getting one drink and a bowl of peanuts which not everyone can eat. A simple assortment of snack would have been so welcoming and would not have cost that much. It seemed very cheap to me. As we arrived to our first hotel, our rooms were not ready which was not a great way to start and our bags were left out in the lobby. We all brought our carry on bags on the bus as we did not want anything to get lost. After traveling long distances to get to Dublin, it would have been so relaxing to get to our rooms to freshen up. Another annoying thing was the rule about not recommending places to eat. Being new to this country, many of us had no ides what places were good and what places we should avoid. CIE could easily put together a list of 10 restaurants and then people could make better choices. Our local guides were more than helpful about places to eat. In several cases we did not have enough time to visit a particular place, eat lunch, use the bathroom and be back to the bus at the required time. For example,,at Blarney Castle those of us that waited in line to kiss the blarney stone did not have time to shop at the mill stores. We could have left earlier in the day to permit more time for shopping. The same thing happened at Stonehenge. We were doing the self guided tour but it left no time to visit the museum. My sister has celiac disease and had to advocate at each meal for the foods she was able to eat despite having notified CIE ahead of time about these special needs. I took the time to write this review in the hope that things can improve for people doing these tours in the future. People paid a good deal of money and for many our expectations were definitely not met.

Customer: Renee Leslie Wruk

Date: 06/17/2019

The whole process from booking the tour was very easy. All my questions were answered promptly.

Customer: Karen Sue Barton

Date: 06/15/2019

I was traveling with a friend that lives in another state and having to have one person be the main contact caused problems. It made problems with the payments, price and documents.

Customer: Lee Ryan Kaiser

Date: 06/15/2019

Thank you for all the accommodations and help. The best tour company I have used and the only one i will recommend to friends

Customer: Laura Marie Howell

Date: 06/16/2019

Booking service was just ok. Not everyone was knowledgeable

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/06/2019

We replied to an email regarding air transportation, but we were told it was premature. No one got back to us, so we overlooked it entirely and had to book our own. Our mistake, but it was upsetting.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/15/2018

An excellent company.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Food- stopped for "fast food" twice, with no other option available. Hotel meals were produced on a "food for the masses" type situation. The schedule was so tight we did not have time to go elsewhere for meals. Would rather have had more free time so we could decide where and what we wanted to eat, even at our own cost. Hotels- Overall fine, but our hotel room in Galway had a toilet that did not work well (would only flush once every 10 minutes, and that did not have enough pressure to clear the bowl). Hotel staff tried to tell us "that's how toilets in Ireland are." Time- our guides treated us like farm animals, moving us from one place to another. The end result was we were not able to fully experience ANY of the places we visited and left me feeling like our guides did not value us as customers.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

They were extraordinary - first class in every respect.

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