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Irish Classic

  • 2019 Irish Classic – 13 Days/12 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit the iconic John B Keane’s Pub in the heart of Listowel. See where he penned some of his most famous works sitting by a blazing fire in a room behind the bar.
  • Sip a creamy Irish coffee as you enjoy a music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan.
  • Discover the colorful histories of Belfast, Derry, Westport, and Waterford on walking tours with local guides.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Down Cathedral
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House

Dining Experiences:

  • 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 9 dinners (D) including dinner in the drawing room of Westport House, a medieval-style banquet in a castle, and Taylors Three Rock traditional Irish dinner and show.

Hotels:

  • City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co. Meath (1 nights)
  • Hilton Belfast Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin (2 night)

Hotels

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CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston

CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston Description:

CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre is the perfect destination for a leisure or family break with cultural attractions on our doorstep in the Boyne Valley region. The Boyne Valley is one long list of Ireland’s must-sees: Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Monasterboice…and so much more.

Hilton Belfast, Belfast

Hilton Belfast, Belfast Description:

Relax at the Hilton Belfast hotel, with 198 contemporary guest rooms equipped with high-speed internet access, a work space and modern amenities. Enjoy river views while dining on classic Irish and British cuisine at Sonoma Restaurant. Listen to soft jazz while sipping on a tempting cocktail at Cables Bar. Get in a workout at the LivingWell Fitness Center. The hotel is located on Lanyon Place, on the banks of the Lagan River and a two-minute walk from the city center and the shopping at Victoria Square.

City Hotel, Derry

City Hotel, Derry Description:

This modern hotel features an open-plan lobby opening out to Thompson’s Restaurant and Coppins Bar. All 146 guest rooms have been designed to the most exacting standards of contemporary styling. The health and fitness club features a swimming pool and gym. Located in downtown Derry, within easy walking distance of Derry’s famous medieval walls and the city’s shops and pubs.

Hotel Westport, Westport

Hotel Westport, Westport Description:

Surrounded by woodlands, this modern property offers everything you need for a relaxing stay. The open plan restaurant offers great Irish breakfasts and excellent dining. Enjoy a beverage in the Maple Bar and use the extensive spa and leisure facilities. All guest rooms are spacious, with plenty of amenities. Ideal for touring the scenic region, this hotel is very close to the center of Westport town and within easy walking distance of pubs and shops.

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty Description:

Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty, this hotel is an ideal base for visiting and touring the cultural West of Ireland. There is a wide selection of dining options from which to choose, including Kathleen’s Bar and Fibber McGee’s Steakhouse Restaurant. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Pub and the shops at the Bunratty Village Mills.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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2019 Irish Classic 13 Days / 12 Nights / 22 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1Arrival & Dublin Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your hotel in County Meath, near Dublin airport. Tour Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College, and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries and visit the renowned State Apartments. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and before dinner. (D)

Day 2St. Patrick’s Grave & Crumlin Road Gaol

Visit Down Cathedral where St. Patrick’s historical burial site is marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life, and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Explore Crumlin Road Gaol and see what prison life was like through the ages. Head to central Belfast for some time to relax before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3Titanic Belfast & Walking Tour

Tour central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square, and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated liner. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own. (B)

Day 4Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim for views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This scenic region is one of the locations for “Game of Thrones.” Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle, and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. (B, D)

Day 5 Donegal Castle & Westport

Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Head to Westport for a gentle walking tour of this historic town. (B, D)

Day 6Sheep Herding & Westport House

Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and stop in the beautiful town of Leenane. Head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Enjoy a drink before taking a guided tour of Westport House, an 18th-century home complete with its original contents including portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Enjoy dinner in Westport House. (B,D)

Day 7Galway & Cliffs of Moher

Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic. Enjoy an evening at a medieval-style banquet in an authentic Irish castle. (B, D)

Day 8Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula

Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 9Killarney’s Lakes & Jaunting Car Ride

Enjoy a scenic traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music. (B, L)

Day 10 Blarney Castle & Waterford

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Dungarvan, enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional music at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic old port city. (B, D)

Day 11Waterford & Dunbrody’s Famine Ship

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with traditional Irish songs and step-dancing.. (B, D)

Day 12Dublin Sightseeing

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dun Loaghaire has to offer. (B)

Day 13Tour Ends In Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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28 Reviews


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It was easy. I researched this trip a lot and feel like we got a great trip for an excellent price. The website was easy and if I needed to speak to someone, they were available and friendly.

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First time touring and all was planned for us. Yes, would recommend CIE.

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The CIE Tour guide and drivers were excellent. Various restaurants selected offered a variety of menu items and quick service. One hotel near the Peace Bridge offered terrible service, and should be replaced.

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Booking was easy and their people very helpful.

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I was exceptionally happy with the whole experience from booking the trip until we got back home. Absolutely wonderful!

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Simple, easy booking & confirming trip.

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It was a wonderful tour of Ireland. The one hiccup was my ride to the hotel upon my arrival was not there, and I was to be there by noon. I arrived two minutes before noon and was told the driver left about fifteen minutes before I arrived. I ended up paying out of picket for a taxi ride to the hotel, I had paid for that ride that wasn’t there, and not paid back for it. Otherwise...loved my time there. Loree Sims booked my trip and all I had to do was sit back and let her do everything.

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This is my fourth CIE tour in 40 years, and I would go on another one tomorrow if I had the opportunity. They’re always great drivers and tour guides, of course the country is just beautiful, as are the people who live there! LOVE CIE TOURS

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Prompt professional responses to enquiries from the start. Guide/drive Joe polite, competent, highly professional, fun and full if information and fabulous stories which brought the trip and places alive. The quality of the accommodation over the 13 night trip was exceptional and well located, tour inclusions were great overall a fun worthwhile experience. we would and have recommend the company.

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Price was good Tommy and Jerry were great. Hotels good. Food great. Loved playing es we saw. Yes I would recommend them to friends.

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Great Tour

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Booking was easy. Everything including arranging flights. Our guide was the best. We saw and did so much; I can’t wait to go again.

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The best part of the trip was the tour guide and driver. Nice to have 2 people and not just the driver/guide. Great idea moving the seats each day, stops bickering! Good itinerary at interesting places, covered just about all the salient points of the island of Ireland. Nice hotel choices, good rooms and well placed. Thanks for a job well done.

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The booking service was professional, helpful and very easy to work with. I called with many questions and they answered each and every one. We cold not believe how easy it was to book everything thru C.I.E. This was a wonderful tour from beginning to end. Our tour guide, Tommy O'Rielly and our driver were professional, extremely knowledgeable, helpful, fun and I could go on and on. The hotels and meals were first class. Tommy O'Rielly pointed out so many things and explained everything! We would love to do this trip again!

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Fast, friendly and extremely responsive. No question too big or too small.

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THE HISTORY ,RELATE TO DRUIDS ,ANCIENT IRISH THE VIKINGS WELSH SCOTS RELATIONS NOT JUST A NARROW 1690-1922

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From the initial contact (Website) thru the booking process, everything was easy and "just right". Best thing was everything ended up just as expected - travel, accommodations, meals, tours----and costs. We all agreed this was one of the best tours we have ever been on! Thank you.

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I have taken two international tours of Ireland with CIE Tours, both I can only say were amazing. The professionalism of the tour guides, Sean Dunlevy on the first tour and Niall on the second were knowledgeable and fun. They took extra care to look out for senior guests and that each guest was able to enjoy themselves. It Was their expertise that made me fall in love with the country, it’s history and it’s people. I will use CIE again and know that another tour will be a grand experience and a value for the money.

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I used a travel agent.

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We loved the trip and enjoyed all the different sites. The walking tour of Derry was amazing. We enjoyed all our accommodation.

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Wonderfully planned and executed trip. Our tour director was a gem and looked after us as if we were in her own family. Lots of good, first hand info, including her native experiences growing up and raising her family. She did poetry readings, wonderful Irish stories and sang a song or two, all seemingly by memory. Any problems fellow travelers had were handled quickly and quietly. Every day was better than the last... Great travels!

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Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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