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Irish Odyssey

  • 2019 Irish Odyssey – 12 Days/11 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Center to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange, which remain mysterious marvels to this day
  • Enjoy a special brew designed exclusively for CIE Tours at Walled City Brewery in Derry
  • Relax as you take in a special step-dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel

Trip Highlights:

  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Brú na Boinne Visitor Center
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Titanic Belfast

Dining Experiences:

  • 11 hot breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub with live show, and the Walled City Brewery Restaurant.

Hotels:

  • Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • The River Lee Hotel, Cork (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry (2 nights)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Meath (1 night)

Hotels

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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.

The River Lee Hotel, Cork

The River Lee Hotel, Cork Description:

This hotel offers modern design combined with warmth, charm and great facilities. The spacious lobby, bar and dining areas are enhanced by river views. Guest bedrooms soothe the senses with muted colors, simple lines and superb amenities. Dine in the chic Bistro, pamper yourself in the luxurious day spa or work out at the leisure center. Located on the banks of the River Lee near the city center. 10 minutes’ walk to the historic English Market and Patrick Street with its shops, restaurants and pubs. Hotel parking.

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.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway Description:

Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont is one of Ireland’s FINEST 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning spirit one spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.

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.

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt Description:

This castle’s history dates to 1760 and gives a mature, cultured air to the magnificent hallways and stairwells. Stay in one of 80 historical and richly designed bedrooms, most of which are situated in the courtyard development, a restoration of the original working areas. Play golf on the 9-hole course or walk around the extensive grounds. Located outside the town of Kingscourt, 50 miles northwest of Dublin city and 45 miles from Dublin Airport.

Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim

Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim Description:

Knightsbrook Hotel is a lovely 4 star property situated in the historic town of Trim and in the shadows of the ruins of Trim Castle and St Mary’s Abbey. Trim Castle was used in recent years for the filming of Braveheart with Mel Gibson. The hotel features stately common areas and rooms decorated in muted tones to provide a tranquil retreat.

Itinerary

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2019 IRISH ODYSSEY 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS / 21 MEALS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the General Post Office and Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2EPIC Ireland & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Visit EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the world's only fully digital museum, and discover the story of the 10 million people who have left Ireland in the last 1,500 years. Then enjoy the afternoon exploring on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour with admission to one of Dublin’s key visitor attractions. Later, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (B, D)

Day 3Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. At the House of Waterford Crystal watch experienced craftspeople blow glass and cut crystal. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 Blarney Castle & Killarney

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. (B, D)

Day 5Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel to the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at Slea Head to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner at a charming pub in Dingle before returning to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel associated with the writer J. B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway. (B, D)

Day 7Connemara & Corrib Cruise

Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib and sip some creamy Irish coffee. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (B, L)

Day 8Ballintubber Abbey & Belleek Pottery

Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as “the Abbey that refused to die,” Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Visit Belleek Pottery, then follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)

Day 9Giant's Causeway & Derry Walk

Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls. Take a walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant. You'll enjoy a drink with your dinner and a flight of 4 of the brewery's beers to taste - plus you'll get a bottle of CIE Tours' signature beer to take away. (B, D)

Day 10Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay

Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon to enjoy this lovely property and perhaps play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 11Megalithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner

Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Center to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange. See how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, share a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12 Tour Ends

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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26 Reviews


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I enjoyed the whole trip from beginning to end. The Tour Guide Dermot was so informative and funny!!! It was Amazing all the places we went to and the people we met. Fabulous, Simply Fabulous!!! Thank you all for a Trip of a Lifetime!!! (((♡♡♡)))

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YES,YES,YES Great Tour Great driver very knowledgeable had a great time covered most of Ireland on this tour top to bottom. Would like to go back .This was my second tour with CIE .I tell every one about CIE and their great tours.

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Everything was great - our tour guide was excellent but I forgot his name look at the tour date I did to give him an extra bonus - the people on our tour were all so fun to be sharing our journey with - had lots of laughs and wonderful memories -

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It was an excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Great experience.

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Everything went smooth. No surprises.

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Easy to book online

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I thought the tour was well planned and everything ran on schedule. Our tour guide was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and also had a sense of humor and was very friendly!

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Complicated paying for the trip from Australia.

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Changes made quickly and itinerary updated

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Happy with tour,but the last night was a let down,we picked this tour as it finished on my 60th and we were looking forward to farewell special dinner.it was just another night no one sat together and a let down

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Booked great hotels and had a varied and full itinerary.

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From the moment we were picked up at the airport we were made to feel welcomed and comfortable. Our guide, John C, was wonderful...full of information, local lure as well as advice. We got to know the folks we traveled with and had a ton of fun on our 12 day tour. There were a lot of laughs along the way.

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Booking the trip was easy and all the materials arrived as promised.

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We booked our CIE Tour on line but still needed assistance via phone from the main office. Overall the agents were very helpful and were able to address all our issues.

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I loved every minute of it. We saw and experienced things that we never would have been able to do on our own. Our bus driver/tour guide was excellent. He filled us in on Irish lore and was amusing every mile we made

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Star tour guide, excellent hotels and comfortable bus.

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CIE took care of all the details of our trip, from air flights, bus travel, hotels and an excellent tour guide, who stayed with us on the entire trip. It was truly a relaxing vacation. We could sit back and just enjoy our trip to Ireland.

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It is easy to use your website, but more importantly, we experienced outstanding support when we reached out to confirm our planned trip. The website is comprehensive and gives complete detail for the trip.

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The tour was a great experience for my new husband as he had never visited Ireland before, for me it was a wonderful reminder of previous tours of Ireland and visiting places from my last tours of your wonderful country. Our tour driver Gerry made the tour even more interesting with his explanation of the history and geography of your land

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Very responsive to questions

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Our tour guide John Callinan was amazing. He was funny and informative. He was polite and respectful. He really made the trip wonderful. I enjoyed most of the excursions, with the exception of the free time in Dublin. There wasn't enough time to do what we wanted, and we were kind of left adrift. There was quite a range with the quality of the accommodations from very good to quite poor. Especially the hotel in derry which was very poor, and we unfortunately spent 2 nights there.

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From booking the tour to my last day on the tour truly everything was just perfect

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As this was the first time that I was travelling over seas, I was very nervous. From the start, everyone I spoke with at CIE was fantastic. Each time I called, they took time to speak with me, and made sure my questions were answered.

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We were impressed with how well all activities including hotel stays, luggage handling, walking tours and special visits to attractions were organized. It was an entirely hassle free tour. We loved the selection of hotels and the meals were of excellent quality. The highest compliments go to our tour director, Dermot Honan. His narration throughout the tour was widely knowledgeable, interesting, thorough and captivating. We hung on his every word and wished we could have taken with us a written version of all the valuable information he shared with us about Ireland. His professional manner and excellent driving made the rides in the comfortable coach a pleasure. We will definitely recommend your CIE tours to our friends.

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Our tour was amazing! Hotels were top notch. Sean our driver and guide was so accommodating and full of knowledge about everywhere we went and were. His sense of humor was great. We can not wait to return to Ireland and CIE will be our choice again.

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I had a great travel agent that organised everything

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