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Irish Legends

  • 2019 Irish Legends – 10 Days/9 Nights
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52 reviews
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Visit the South Pole Inn and learn the thrilling story of its original owner – a brave early explorer of the Antarctic.
  • Explore Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel that carried Irish refugees to North America in the 1840s.

Dining Experiences

  • 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D) including Dunboyne Castle Hotel welcome dinner, a drink with dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 9 Nights

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)
  • Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Hotels

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne Description:

This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, modern property for a pleasant stay. Large guest rooms are designed for a tranquil night’s rest. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and fine dining in the elegant restaurant or relax in one of the cozy bars. The spa and leisure center offers excellent facilities. Located beside Dunboyne village, just 15 miles from Dublin Airport and 14 miles from Dublin city center.

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny Description:

This hotel combines the best traditions of Irish hospitality with modern facilities, dedicated professionalism and friendly service. Set on 20 acres of parkland, the hotel has a rural atmosphere. There is a wide range of dining options, including the Dove Bistro. Relax in one of the 129 superior guest rooms and enjoy the extensive health club facilities. Newpark is located on Castlecomer Road on the outskirts of this compact medieval city. 20 minutes walk to center. 75 miles SW of Dublin city. Hotel parking.

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Description:

This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park.

Salthill Hotel, Galway

Salthill Hotel, Galway Description:

Modern amenities, a spectacular setting and luxurious interiors combine with traditional Irish hospitality and personalized service to create a great experience. Classically decorated guest rooms provide a simple, comfortable base for today’s discerning guest. Choose from the Amber or Prom Restaurants for dining and relax in the Blackrock Lounge. Fitness and spa facilities add to your stay. Salthill Hotel is situated on the spectacular Salthill Galway promenade, with panoramic views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills, just two miles from Galway city center.

North Star Hotel, Dublin

North Star Hotel, Dublin Description:

This newly refurbished hotel is located in the heart of Dublin at Amiens St, Mountjoy, Dublin, D01 X6P6, and is within walking distance of a host of tourist attractions. The property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay to each CIE Tours guest. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated, warm, inviting and designed to international standards. The extensive buffet selection offers both a Continental breakfast choices or a traditional hot Irish buffet using only the highest quality of freshly cooked products and is sure to satisfy every taste.

Itinerary

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Irish Legends 10 Days / 9 Nights / 17 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle

Tour begins at 2:00 PM in your hotel outside Dublin. Head out to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2National Stud & Kilkenny Walk

Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see some of the world’s fi nest thoroughbreds. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the city’s main road to see historic streets and buildings. Enjoy lunch in the Kilkenny Design Centre. The evening is free for dining on your own. (B, L)

Day 3 Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about the Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, and head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine to transport emigrants to North America. (B, D)

Day 4Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle

Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 5Killarney & Dingle Peninsula

Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd sheep. Enjoy tea and homemade scones at the farm. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour. (B, D)

Day 7Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort

Set out across the Galway Bay for Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Explore Kilronan, the main town, and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry. (B, L)

Day 8Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Sean's Bar

Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show. (B, D)

Day 9 Independent Bus Tour

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 10Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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Friday Sep 20, 2019 from Dublin Sunday Sep 29, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days $2549 Guaranteed Call to book
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52 Reviews


Customer: Terrence Patrick Mcnamara

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The Legends tour was outstanding. Tour guide Colm Murphy was excellent. History and storytelling along the route was very memorable and made the trip so worthwhile. Ireland's beauty sells itself with no words required, but Colm's words and personality still topped it!

Customer: Janet A Wiswell

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
I would never consider another tour company!! Our trip was WONDERFUL!!! Our driver/guide Michael Coleman, is so knowledgeable about Irish history and legends and is also a lot of fun. He really made my trip truly the trip of a lifetime!!

Customer: Dan Gale

Date: 11/16/2018

Vacation:
We really enjoyed the CIE bus tour. Every detail was taken care of, the rooms were great and meals were good. When we arrived at the next destination our luggage was always delivered to our room.

Customer: Mr. Michael J Sehne

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I will definitely travel again, using CIE ,everything was smooth,great hotels ,and the best driver/tour guide ever. Mr Colm Murphy

Customer: Mrs. Marianne Volchko Bieker

Date: 09/17/2019

Vacation:
Company solved a hotel problem by upgrading guests to a 5 star hotel. Driver/guide was caring, entertaining & always on top of the day’s excursions. Driver did the work of 2 people.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/12/2019

Vacation:
t rue to form. all questions answered promised items arrived in advance. everything was better than expected hotels, bus, super great and well informed driver, all side tours worth experiencing...…...last night Dublin hotel NorthStar was QUITE A LETDOWN John did not wait for surveys.

Customer: Paul Francis Braudis

Date: 09/11/2019

Vacation:
After the initial booking (using Norwegian Air), the airline cancelled. CIE, without consulting me, re-booked our party on a different airline on a different date and at a different time - neither of which fit our overall plans. It was eventually straightened out, but CIE should have consulted me first and not taken the liberty to do so on its own. Subsequently i had to cancel one of our party and CIE was very accommodating on this matter. Regarding the tour itself, we had no complaints. I'd rate the Dunboyne Castle Hotel as excellent, followed closely by the Salt Hill and Killarney Towers. The Newpark and North Star were average. If I were to go again, I'd skip any tour that included the Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle and Aran Islands. The remainder of the locations varied from very good to excellent (We all wished that the day on the Dingle Peninsula had been better.). Foley's Bar was very informative. It was unfortunate that the day in Dublin fell on a weekend - almost impossible to get into the Kilmainen Jail. The entertainment provided was very good and we all enjoyed the repertoire with Brendan, our tour guide.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/07/2019

Vacation:
booked online.. pretty painless.

Customer: Brion Charles Kenzie

Date: 08/25/2019

Vacation:
Excellent tour. Hotels for the most part were top notch. Thought the hauling of luggage would be an issue, but never was. Places visited was top notch as well, but what made this trip extra special, was our tour guide Colin McMahon. His love of his country, his dedication to his job, his sense of humor, knowledge and his professionalism and his treatment of all of us on the tour was extra special. And what a great guy. He is a credit to your company. He made a once in a lifetime vacation, so extra special.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/26/2019

Vacation:
The hotels were a hit & miss.

Customer: Helen Sullivan Baniszewski

Date: 08/23/2019

Vacation:
N/A - used a travel agent

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/23/2019

Vacation:
Polite and efficient.

Customer: Edward Matthew Curran Jr

Date: 07/27/2019

Vacation:
Our tour guide Philip Duffy was the reason I gave 5 stars . Philip Duffy was both bus driver and tour guide .That should not be , simply for safety reasons . Hotel selection was good to very good, Hotel location and lack of a/c were neutral to negative. All CIE people that I contacted before and during tour were excellent .Dumping us off on the last day with a couple do it yourself tours was a major NO NO

Customer: Cheri Lynn

Date: 07/19/2019

Vacation:
Although the process was smooth, I feel the agent could have given us more information about creating the account to manage our payments and offer a little more information about the tour in general since it was our first tour. We took advantage of a 2-for-1 airline promotion CIE was offering which allowed us to upgrade to economy plus! We initially booked American Airlines flights, but switched to United Airlines, and CIE was great about making the change for us. CIE responded to inquiries in a timely manner.

Customer: Mr. Valerio Barone

Date: 07/16/2019

Vacation:
Air travel was scheduled by CIE with insufficient lay over time and arrival time; this resulted in arriving 2 hours late which prompted us in securing taxi service to our first hotel paid by us with no reimbursement. Upon departure at the end of our tour, our lay over in London was insufficient and we almost missed our flight back to the US. We made a complaint to CIE Customer service asking to be reimbursed the 25 Euro we paid for the taxi, but, after repeated attempts to contact Customer service, we were never able to speak to one of your representatives to resolve this matter.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/14/2019

Vacation:
Everything was clear, well organized and fast. I have already highly recommended CIE Tours.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/09/2019

Vacation:
good service

Customer: Elizabeth Mullaugh

Date: 06/30/2019

Vacation:
Once the flight details were worked out, which were tedious, the booking service was great.

Customer: Nancy Sullivan Daniel

Date: 06/26/2019

Vacation:
It was perfect in every way!!

Customer: Mrs. Beverly Louise Pierson

Date: 06/18/2019

Vacation:
I did not have a lot of interactions with CIE Tours service, as the trip was handled by our travel agent. I did like the backpack and items and documents that were sent pre-tour; we used them every day on the tour. I did have a problem with getting registered and using the CIE web site, but my travel agent confirmed the tour was set up correctly and there was little additional information required by the web site.

Customer: Dirk Stephen Timmons

Date: 06/18/2019

Vacation:
Very organized and informative.

Customer: Timothy Steven Doane

Date: 06/12/2019

Vacation:
The tour exceeded expectations, especially Colin our guide/driver. The sights included were very well organized and laid out. Colin added many personal insights which highlighted our tour. CIE was just amazing from start to finish! Definitely considering more CIE tours in the future!

Customer: Janet Elaine Nickle

Date: 06/02/2019

Vacation:
Everyone I talked to while booking our trip were extremely friendly and helpful.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/01/2019

Vacation:
very easy, especially with the help of our travel agent at AAA

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/01/2019

Vacation:
Booked through AAA and all went well. We would gladly book another tour with CIE

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/29/2019

Vacation:
I was not the one who booked this tour. As far as I know it was an great experience. Every time I had to call with a question, any agent I spoke with was helpful, pleasant, and professional.

Customer: Kathy Meyer Aponte

Date: 05/29/2019

Vacation:
I was very impressed by the whole experience. We went on the Irish Legends. We were able to get the by one airline ticket get one free. The tour had an absolutely amazing guide named Frank. He was funny, professional, punctual but accommodating, very informative and really seemed to care and passionate about the tour. The tour was not overwhelming and didn’t feel rushed nor was it too slow. There was 41 on the tour and luckily it was a great group. We didn’t ride in the bus for much more than an hour and half without stopping. There was a bathroom on the bus but it was broken most of the time but even with my small bladder we had plenty of opportunity to go- I think Frank knows where every bathroom in Ireland is. I was not impressed with the Horizon card- it seemed to be more trouble than the paper receipts. I missed the kiosk at the airport to swipe it- I asked an airport personnel where it was and they told me just do it online when I got home and I had to have a form notorized and had to mail it back after I got home. The paper receipts I just filled them out and mailed them at airport- airport employee told me where that was so that was easier. I’m so glad we decided to go on this tour. Ireland was beautiful and the people delightful. I could not have seen and learned all I did if I had tried to arrange it on my own

Customer: Jacqueline Doris Walters

Date: 05/27/2019

Vacation:
Frank was smart,funny and so knowledgable. He kept us on time so we could do as much as possible. We saw so much, made wonderful trip friends, ate good meals and the hotels were for the most part very good. My husband and I debated doing the trip on our own but we made the right decision to go on a tour instead. We never would have learned so much about Ireland or found so many places if we were reading maps & driving on all those skinny roads! Negatives. Stopping at the jewlery store in the city known for pink dolphins. That should have been optional during our free time we had in that city.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
The first two hotels (4 nights) stayed at during the tour did not have enough water pressure or hot water to shower in the morning. The water literally dripped from the shower head. These hotels appear to be overbooking tours to the point where the hot water availability and water pressure is a problem. Also the rooms are DARK! Had to use a flashlight to find things in luggage even with all lights on in the room!

Customer: Catherine Eileen Zakaib

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
They were very helpful and answered all my questions. Any additional questions were dealt with promptly.

Customer: Arlene Faden

Date: 05/25/2019

Vacation:
This was my first time booking a tour. The CIE representatives were friendly, and very helpful answering all my questions. They were thorough in explaining the details of the trip. Frank Hamill was our tour director and he was knowledgeable, funny and organized. He made it a wonderful trip we’ll always remember.

Customer: R Lambert

Date: 04/03/2019

Vacation:
Susan Kelly was extremely helpful. She worked with me to get 9 people from different cities booked both tour and airline. She was a breeze to work with. Highly recommend her.

Customer: Doyle Everett Hale

Date: 03/27/2019

Vacation:
My touring experience in Ireland was fantastic. This seems to have been the very best way to take-in the most from a country I'd always dreamed of visiting. CIE had done their homework and provided the best accommodations and itinerary. The coach was impeccable and comfortable. Our tour-driver was very professional, engaging with the group, and very knowledgeable and proud of his homeland.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 03/23/2019

Vacation:
Great tour guide- a couple of the hotels were lacking.

Customer: Aaron James Snyder

Date: 03/21/2019

Vacation:
I would highly recommend them and would definitely travel with them again

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/26/2018

Vacation:
We booked our second CIE tour. We are very pleased with CIE.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/23/2018

Vacation:
Everything went very well!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/21/2018

Vacation:
Sue Kelly was outstanding as our booking agent.

Customer: Darcy D Larock

Date: 12/01/2018

Vacation:
Booking our trip was very easy. The booking agent answered all of our questions and everything went smoothly. However, when we landed in London, the agent at the Aer Lingus counter insisted we had missed our connecting flight to Ireland, which wasn't true. We showed her our travel documents, and she responded that it wasn't in the system. I tried repeatedly to make phone calls to CIE (cell service was terrible in Europe) but the CIE offices were closed. I left messages and never got a return call. The agent then put us on standby and eventually put us on our original flight stating that they had empty seats, but our luggage was left behind - for 3 days!! While I know that's not CIE's fault, I believe you should be aware since you're booking these flights for your customers. We were told this happens quite frequently. Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have bad reputations for delayed and lost luggage so your customers are better off getting direct flights to Ireland. We checked in with the CIE representative at the airport kiosk as instructed. He told us to wait outside O'Brien's Restaurant at noon for transportation to our hotel. We were at O'Brien's before noon but the shuttle driver had picked up 15 minutes early and left without us. Again, I made repeated calls to CIE and did not receive return calls. We took a taxi to the hotel because we were going to miss the start of our tour. The taxi was $35 Euros and it took 2 months to be reimbursed by CIE. This whole experience was a horribly stressful way to start our trip. First the frustration with our connecting flight in London, then being left at the airport in Ireland, and lastly waiting 3 days for our clothing with no guarantee we would ever see our luggage. Also, it's very frustrating to be stuck in a foreign country and have no way to get a hold of your travel agent. You need to have an emergency number to deal with issues like this.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Definitely recommend CIE. Everything was perfect. Love the backpack, and just used it on another 18 day tour. Also there were no 5:30 AM wake up calls.

Customer: Julie Marie Bauer

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Booking was easy. I used the website to determine what tour we wanted and called the company to work out dates and flights. We have used CIE for a previous Ireland tour and loved their people and services.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
We booked through a travel agent. After booking, we received complete information on what to expect, what to bring, tipping, etc.

Customer: Eileen Mulroony Joyce

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
I felt very rushed when I booked our trip. this was our "trip of a lifetime". after we were rushed through the booking, I did not know that our airline seats were not booked. we ended up spending an extra $800 to reserve airline seats coming and going to Ireland from Charlotte, NC. that was $800 I had not planned on spending! I wanted my family to sit together and I wasn't taking a chance to get bumped off the plan either. after I got back, I emailed several times to discuss this extra expense. finally, I spoke to someone who called me. i appreciated that. however, she was going to look into it and i NEVER HEARD BACK. the trip was great. Colin, the tour guide, was amazing. places we saw and visited were great. just wish the fellow that booked us had reserved our airplane seats!!!

Customer: Mr. Robert Dennis Mccarthy

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
They were quick to respond and assist us in making additional hotel arrangements.

Customer: Patricia A Obrien

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I've done 6 trips with CIE and would never go with anyone else and always recommend to others.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
Easy to work with. Knowledgeable and readily available.

Customer: Mr. Kenneth Edward Moore

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
This was a first class operation, providing excellent lodging and a wonderful tour guide. Michael Connelly made this a very special tour and took care of our every need. We will definitely book with this tour service in the future.

Customer: Ms. Joan T Fleming

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Everything was so well organized. Our tour guide was the best,(Michael Coleman). He always put us first in every way. I would highly recommend your company. I would day that this was the best vacation I have ever had. My only complaint is that we were unable to see the Cliffs of Moher because they were heavily covered in fog and that certainly wasn't your fault. All in all, I loved Ireland and I would love to return some day. And if I do I would certainly book with CIE!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The tour was well prepared and the tour guide/driver was excellent. We’re were continuously treated to the good humor of the Irish.

Customer: Timothy E O'Connor

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
We had a great time. CIE covered all the details. We had a great bus driver/tour guide.The hotel rooms were all very clean, comfortable.

Customer: Mrs. Agnes Straub

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
the whole tour was very organized. Full of information and history. I have already told several people about my great experience and will continue recommending CIE tour company.

Customer: Mr. Lawrence Thomas Jensen

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Well planned trip

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