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.
- Blarney Castle
- Trinity College Book of Kells
- Cliffs of Moher
- Dingle Peninsula
- Jaunting Car ride in Killarney
- Muckross Schoolhouse – a CIE Tours Exclusive
- Sheepdog Demonstration
- 7 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.
- Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (2 nights)
- Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)
- Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin or Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport (1 night)
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin
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
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
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.
Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin
This modern hotel offers comfort, convenience, service and value in 142 tastefully decorated rooms. The Epic Restaurant serves international dishes, and the Gasworks Bar is a great venue for a drink or food service. Located to the south of the city center near the Grand Canal, this property is just a 15-minute walk to Grafton Street, Trinity College, the National Gallery of Art and many other attractions.
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Clonshagh
This contemporary hotel near Dublin Airport provides CIE Tours’ guests the ideal choice for a pre- or post-flight stay. Enjoy a range of dining options, from lite bites in the lounge to a more substantial meal in the restaurant. Rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling.
Best of Ireland South (Tour A) 8 Days/7 Nights/12 meals
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1Arrive Dublin & Open-Top Bus Tour
Tours A & B begin 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 2 Book 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 4Dingle Peninsula & 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 7Irish National Stud & Dublin
Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see immaculately-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin. (B)
Day 8Tour ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B)
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