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Best of Ireland South

  • 2019 Best of Ireland South (Tour B) – 7 Days/6 Nights
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42 reviews
Starts Dublin
Ends Shannon
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • A scenic tour of Dingle Bay is enhanced by stories of local lore and history. Keep your eyes open – you might spot a dolphin or two.
  • Enjoy fresh baked scones with tea as you visit a local farmhouse.
  • Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.

Dining Experiences

  • 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners including a night at Taylors Three Rock Pub and a lively medieval castle banquet, plus tea and scones at a sheep farm.

Trip Highlights

Hotels

  • Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)

Hotels

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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin Description:

This hotel offers 150 air-conditioned, modern guest rooms with all conveniences for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant for breakfasts and dinners while the bar provides a place to relax with a drink or casual meal. Keep up your exercise program in the White Pebble Day Spa and gym. Located on Stillorgan Road on the south side of Dublin city, this hotel is 4 miles from the city center. Served by frequent city bus services and taxis.

Scotts Hotel, Killarney

Scotts Hotel,  Killarney Description:

The hotel offers 105 spacious guest rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, private bathroom, tea/coffee- making facilities and flat-screen TV. Soft and crisp duvets, snug throws, soft natural daylight and rich furnishings combine to create a sense of relaxation. Dine in the elegant Courtyard Restaurant or enjoy a casual snack in the relaxed, spacious Scotts Bar, where live music is performed at weekends. The family-run hotel is located in the center of Killarney town.

The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus

The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus Description:

This modern hotel is located on the wooded countryside of the Dromoland Castle Estate. The hotel features spacious rooms that are decorated in a traditional manner. There is a health and fitness club, indoor swimming pool, and multiple restaurants on the premise. Enjoy and elegant meal at Deerfield’s Restaurant, a casual meal in Shannigan’s Gastro Pub, or treat yourself to some afternoon tea.

Itinerary

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Best of Ireland South (Tour B) 7 Days / 6 Nights / 11 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Arrive Dublin & Independent Sightseeing

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening, you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 2Book of Kells & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to Taylors Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D)

Day 3Blarney Castle & Killarney

Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 4Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise

Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around. Next, a very special CIE Tours exclusive – visit Muckross Schoolhouse for an immersive experience showing rural Ireland in the 1930s. Smell the turf, learn about school life, watch a butter-making demo and more, before enjoying dinner in the schoolhouse. (B, D)

Day 5Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour. (B, D)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. Later, travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. In the evening, head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs. (B, D)

Day 7Tour Ends in Shannon

Your tour ends in Shannon after breakfast. (B)

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42 Reviews


Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
I couldn't have been happier. Matt was a better tour guide than I had thought possible. I was impressed with his knowledge, his demeanor, his treatment of tourists, and more importantly of the respect he was given at the places we visited. For me we could have spent a lot less time shopping and more time at the stops but it wasn't an all bad balance.

Customer: Mrs. Cynthia Jean Wilson

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I enjoyed every minute of this trip. The accommodations were great, the bus was new, clean and comfortable and our guide was superior. I would absolutely recommend both this trip and this tour group. And I'm a tough cookie to please!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Our CIE Ireland tour was fabulous, easy and so memorable!! Our guide/driver Dennis was the absolute best; very knowledgeable, funny, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the stops throughout the country and all the people we encountered were very friendly. I would definitely recommend this company and tour to anyone looking to visit Ireland!

Customer: Mr. Matthew Edmund Russell

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Everything about the trip was well done. This was a very special event; taking my mother on her first trip to Ireland. She had a wonderful time, loved the food, the hotels, the musical performances.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 01/01/2019

Vacation:
It was so easy & convenient to do everything through CIE including flights. Thank you for making my first international trip fun & enjoyable!

Customer: Michael Puleo

Date: 12/26/2018

Vacation:
Booking the trip was quick and easy. The booking agents were very helpful and found us a trip that was different than we originally planned because ours was full. It turned out to be a great trip.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
Tour guide was excellent and luckily the group was a fun group to be with. Accommodations were very good, variety of dinners were included and everything was handled efficiently.

Customer: Mrs. Patricia A Laychock

Date: 11/23/2018

Vacation:
Great trip. Loved Jerry!

Customer: Ms. Carol Constantian Lazell

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
I booked through a travel agent. All went smoothly.

Customer: Michelle J Montgomery

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Fine, as expected.

Customer: John Carey Couch

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
ORGANIZATION WAS EXTREMELY EXCELLENT FROM BOOKING THROUGH THE ENTIRE TOUR.

Customer: Lorraine Ann Hocking

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Service and tour was excellent, great pace and amazing scenery. Driver/guide was very informative and attentive. Would certainly recommend CIE tours!

Customer: William F Girolamo

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
We booked with Susan Kelly in NJ. The experience was great and Susan was very helpful and our tour guid John Dalton was wonderful. We could not have had a better tour guide to enjoy our travel

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Yes I definitely would recommend them again. The tour we took was fantastic. The booking process, however, is quire another story. I had to make several phone calls to CIE Tours and none of them were fruitful. Either I was on hold for way too long or the agent was not helpful at all. As a last resort, I took a trip to their Morristown office. Although that was not what they were used to, I was paired with a very helpful agent and the tour, as I said, was fantastic.

Customer: Nichole Christine Iademarco

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Our tour guy was beyond knowledgeable and amazing! The tour itself was exactly as written and food/hotels were great!

Customer: Judy Kay Mosher

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
I booked online, from USA. It was easy, clear, and no glitches or surprizes.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Professional tour guide provided excellent service and a good mix of humour, history, local culture.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Agents in Ireland were great. US agents not so much. This is our second tour.

Customer: Mrs. Roberta Marie Leddy

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
The staff was always responsive and helpful by telephone and website in answering questions and concerns. We will definitely book again with CIE

Customer: Sharon Lynn Pierce

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
Booking was a snap and the agent was very friendly and helpful. The tour was great!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
Tour guide, Gerry, was fantastic, so knowlegable and thoughtful. Tour was well organized, but there were a few things that would improve the tour.

Customer: Ms. Charlotte E Meucci

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
The trip was very good and the driver tour guide was amazing. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and he really made the trip great. The reason the trip didn't get 5 stars is when booking I was asked about allergies and I told them nuts and fresh fruit. every night till the last night night the desserts had nuts in it. When asked for an alternative I got a fresh fruit salad at 1 place I got ice cream not my idea of a vacation dessert I eat ice cream several times during my summers from a farm that makes the best. I don't want freezer box ice cream when on vacation. Why ask if there are allergies if you are not going to accommodate the person and it's a good thing I asked otherwise I would be dead. To me dessert is the best part of the meal. As good as the trip was we would plan our next trip with another company to see how they respond to the same issue

Customer: Duane Dana White

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Dennis the driver was fantastic.This suited our purpose well.

Customer: Cynthia Mandanici

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
very easy booking our trip

Customer: Mr. David Kenneth Walters

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Tour did not have a guide or host. This was left up to the driver who at times had his hands so full of driving on narrow congested roads that there was no narration or information. Nothing really stood out about the experience to make it any better than the average bus ride to different places. We were on the road in Europe for the 4 weeks leading up to the tour. We never received our backpacks or tour information/documentation that we had requested to be sent to the starting hotel. Slipshod operation, not nearly first class.

Customer: Mrs. Patricia Stout

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
It was the best , i plan another holiday with you company in the near future

Customer: Joseph Charles Gafa

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The tour was great. Our guide Gerry made the tour with his knowledge and insight shared along our travels. Some hotels had no AC. But in the end all was amazing and I would recommend CIE any day.

Customer: Mr. Carl Leonard Diedrich

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of Irish culture, history, politics, economy, etc. and he really "made" the tour. There were some times when we weren't able to do some things that were on the itinerary - due to weather - but our director did the best he could to arrange alternative plans. This trip hit many of the highlights of the Southern half of Ireland but it really only whet my appetite to come back for more!! We enjoyed every place we visited!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The booking agent could have been clearer on the timeframe within which an agent was available at the airport (a very tiny window/only the one time - and once that person was gone, there was no evidence of any CIE Tour presence at the airport at all). We wasted a lot of time trying to find someone from CIE to help us get to the hotel, to no avail. Eventually, we had to take an expensive cab ride to a hotel quite a bit off the beaten path.

Customer: Mr. Edward Joseph Oreilly

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The tour guide was outstanding. We were able to see all the sites in time. Thanks for safe comfortable ride.

Customer: Mrs. Jo Ann Shugert

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Very helpful in planning. Had to cancel and reschedule due to an illness. They were so helpful.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
I would definitely recommend CIE Tours. From booking to traveling around Ireland, we had exceptional service.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Tour guide excellent ... our only problem was with the Scott Hotel in Killarney...I had 4 rooms.. my son 25 was across from my wife and I and he had a woman his age come to his room late and a desk person for some reason followed them to room... pounded on door VERY loudly wakes all of us... Michel said she must leave... my son said ok in a few minutes and closed the door... Michel kept banging on door... he left and returned with a master key breaking in to their room. I wrote to the company owning the hotel and never even got a reply!!!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
It was a first for us and we have recommended CIE to all our family and friends. Looking forward to another great experience

Customer: Mrs. Priscilla E Delmonico

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Loved our trip to Ireland and thought the tour with CIE was very well organized and we enjoyed all the places we visited. There were times when we would have liked to spend more time in some areas, but due to the schedule we had to move on. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable and experienced. Thought we would hear a few more jokes during our drives. Everyone on our bus was very friendly and we got to know almost everyone. All of the hotels we stayed in were nice and the food was good. My only complaint was that we never received our backpacks, luggage tags and whatever else we were supposed to receive even though I called many times to ask about it before and after the trip.

Customer: Becci Rene Neil

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
They were great. Took care of our flights and answered any questions we had!

Customer: Amy Watson

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I booked over the phone, everything was very easy. Every time I called back to make a payment or get information everyone was very helpful.

Customer: Ms. Karin Elizabeth Stevens

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Excellent local tour guide-Gerry. Also liked the itinerary

Customer: Mrs. Mary Ann Martin

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
You had the best prices for the level of tour we were interested in. We were a bit frighrened to learn that the agent we were working with was no longer with your company but happily it all went well anyway.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Well organized trip, economically priced tour - hotels were clean and pleasant and food was very good

Customer: Mrs. Colleen A Schefold

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
It was easy and agents were helpful.

Customer: Gail Jones Rigney

Date: 05/28/2018

Vacation:
booking was easy

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