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Irish Spirit

  • 2020 Irish Spirit – 9 Days/8 Nights
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Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Enjoy 350 acres of marvelous grounds as you stay in the Lodge at Ashford Castle, an elegant art-filled country house.
  • See where John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara brought “The Quiet Man” to life as you tour the classic film’s locations in the quiet village of Cong.
  • Visit the Jameson Experience Midleton and learn the story of Irish whiskey.

Dining Experiences

  • 8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) at Eddie’s of Clonbur and 5 dinners (D) including a fun Irish Night in Killarney, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 9 Nights

Hotels

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Ashling Hotel, Dublin

Ashling Hotel, Dublin Description:

This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. Located on the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring Dublin. City center and Temple Bar are just a 20-minute walk away, and both sites, as well as many other attractions, are accessible via the Luas tram, which stops near the hotel.

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin Description:

This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sumptuous retreat from bustling Dublin life. Choose from 151 rooms and suites offering lavish amenities, and be sure to try award-winning cuisine at the numerous on-site dining venues. A fitness center, beauty treatments and meeting rooms are all available as well. It is located on Stillorgan Road, 5 miles south of Dublin city center and 12 miles from Dublin Airport with good city bus services nearby. Hotel parking.

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford Description:

This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends a traditional façade and many other cozy attributes, with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music on the weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

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.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong Description:

This charming property is set on 10 acres of grounds, overlooking Lough Corrib in Cong and is located next to Ashford Castle. The traditional public guest rooms, restaurant and bar contrasts with innovative guest rooms with quirky décor and all modern amenities.

Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin

Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin Description:

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.

Itinerary

2020 IRISH SPIRIT – 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS / 14 MEALS

Day 1: Dublin Tour & GPO Witness History
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Meet your guide and set off on a tour of central Dublin. Highlights include the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, and a drive along wide O’Connell Street. Visit GPO Witness History, where you will enjoy a welcome drink in one of Ireland’s most important historic buildings before dining independently at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

Day 2: Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal
Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to the city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Immerse yourself in its rich history through its collection of portraits and artifacts. Then, proceed to Waterford, where you will witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled glass blowers and cutters during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of the historic city with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.  (B, D)

Day 3: Jameson Experience & Blarney Castle
Head out to County Cork to Midleton for a tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up, visit the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. After dinner, you may want to explore the town on your own, perhaps sampling a lively pub or two.   (B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry Highlights & Irish Night
Start your day with a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. Then set out to enjoy the highlights of Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. Spend some free time in the picturesque town of Kenmare and have lunch independently and then stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening, head out for an Irish night with dinner and a traditional show.  (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax as you travel through the Burren and on to Cong where your hotel, the Lodge, sits on the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in your hotel. You may choose to explore the beautiful gardens and grounds, or the castle itself, which is open to guests as long as there are no special events taking place.  (B, D)

Day 6: “The Quiet Man” & Connemara
In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for “The Quiet Man,” the classic film made in the village in 1952 starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddie’s of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara and the crossroads known as Maam Cross. Return to the Lodge at Ashford to enjoy many of the facilities it has to offer.  (B, L)

Day 7: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
Head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city. Finish up the day at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing.  (B, D)

Day 8: Independent Day in Dublin
Enjoy a day in Dublin with an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or GPO Witness History. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.  (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.  (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $940.

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49 Reviews


Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/21/2018

Vacation:
Five stars in every department. There is no way we could have planned something like this ourselves. In are heads we were trying to figure out what it really would have cost us to figure it out, book, reserve, drive while CIE took care of all of our needs for us. We honestly wondered how did they do it. Their years of experiance paid off not just for them but for the trip of our lives. We cant wait to book another, we are even thinking of doing our own special tour with just friends. I am sure we could fill a bus as much as we have shared with the 6 of us that went! Best and easiest way to travel.

Customer: Monique Marie Richard

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Dermot, our tour guide, was AMAZINNNGG!!!! His knowledge, personality, sense of humor, accommodating attitude made Ireland even more of a emerald gem. The accommodations at the Ashford Castle were gorgeous, the itinerary was full and enjoyable and I highly recommend this company and working with Dermot if you are able. Thank you for a memorable and meaningful experience

Customer: Debra Joy Glasson

Date: 05/27/2018

Vacation:
The company was wonderful as I could not afford to pay the rest of the trip they offered an extension of time. I was sorry to not do it but being robbed at the start of my trip even limited the finances more so I made the right choice when cancelling. Did run into CIE travelers at Dublin airport and they had nothing but praise for the company

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
First time to Ireland was FABULOUS! Our guide, Gerry was amazing! He shared so much about the culture and people with us. Without this tour we would not have learned so much and felt so comfortable in a new land. Gerry also has a great sense of humor, which put everyone at ease. Small group is definitely the way to go. There was plenty of space on the bus and the tours did not feel rushed.Will definitely be back!

Customer: Mrs. Amy Anne Mcginley

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
My CIE Tour to Ireland was amazing! It was everything the brochure said it would be and more. I would definitely recommend a CIE tour to friends and family.

Customer: Joel Keith Hern

Date: 09/29/2019

Vacation:
Excellent friendly professional people. Even when our airline pulled out 3 weeks before our trip, they worked with us to get the best flights that worked for us.

Customer: Lequita Ann Obrian

Date: 09/02/2019

Vacation:
I gave them 4 stars because of the issues with airline reservations. I even called them to ask about it, but they didn't think it was an issue with the answer "not to worry, we'll put you on the next flight out" Problem was the next flight was 24 hours later causing me to miss the first 2 days of my tour plus the expense and inconvenience of taking a bus to catch up with the tour. The booking of the tour itself was excellent and the rest of the tour was very good. I believe the girls trying to help were very sincere and caring. I have taken 7 tours with CIE, and I definitely will be taking more tours with them.

Customer: Carolyn Sue Robinson

Date: 08/30/2019

Vacation:
The trip as a whole was excellent. Our tour guide, John Callahan was very knowledgeable, and has a great personality.

Customer: Gerald Paul Amole

Date: 08/16/2019

Vacation:
CIE Tours made it easy and efficient to book my dream trip to Ireland. All phases of the experience were smoothly conducted.

Customer: Kathleen Shea Querfeld

Date: 07/25/2019

Vacation:
From booking, to preparation through the trip itself, CIE was top-notch. Your people made all the difference.

Customer: Penny Ellen Young

Date: 07/26/2019

Vacation:
The hotels were top notch, restaurants were good, tour was exceptional thanks to Colm & Ireland was breathtaking!!

Customer: Susan Elizabeth Obyrne

Date: 07/22/2019

Vacation:
CIE made it easy to see all the sites we wanted to in Ireland. The itinerary was well structured, and the coach driver Colm was informative and knowledgeable of the history of each area. We loved the experience!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/23/2019

Vacation:
CIE provided us with not only excellent service, but they provide us with the BEST tour director, Colm! An unforgettable memory for my family and our friends!!

Customer: James Joseph Toohey

Date: 06/17/2019

Vacation:
They were informative.

Customer: Claire S Gill

Date: 06/14/2019

Vacation:
Very patient, helpful and thorough as I worked through my first booking with a group tour.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/13/2019

Vacation:
The entire process was made easy with CIE. Once we made the decision to visit Ireland, CIE streamlined everything which allowed us to relax and enjoy our vacation.

Customer: James Michael Magee

Date: 06/10/2019

Vacation:
Well organized. Dermit was an excellent guide and bus driver. Full of wonderful stories and history. He made everything run so smoothly.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/30/2019

Vacation:
The process was made very easy, and our agent kept in touch with us and made sure all went smoothly. When I pointed out that the specials that were running made me wish I had waited longer to book, she responded with an additional 5% discount.

Customer: Donald R Wheeler Jr

Date: 05/27/2019

Vacation:
Very easy to use the on-line system

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
Easy on line booking. I was a little confused when I was contacted by Aoyla travel agent who was then my main contact.

Customer: Michael William Roach

Date: 04/11/2019

Vacation:
What you did well. In only one word "everything".

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 04/04/2019

Vacation:
I would recommend CIE to anyone who wants to go to Ireland. It was a fabulous trip from bus to hotels to admin office to restaurants to excursions--the whole trip! Noel was a great driver and guide. He's personable, funny, informative, smart, helpful, and, maybe most importantly, a superb driver. He can handle that huge bus in any kind of traffic, on any kind of road, in any kind of situation. It was all too short. The time shot by and was over before we knew it. The food was wonderful at all the venues. The entertainment was good. The hotels were very good, especially The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Maybe just a little more independent time would have been nice, but we saw all we came to see. It left us wanting more. We hope to book another tour in the future.

Customer: Mrs. Peggy Ellen Marshall

Date: 03/22/2019

Vacation:
CIE Tours brought us on a well planned and well executed tour of Southern Ireland. From the booking to the tour itself, communication was great and everything was as expected.

Customer: Karen R Oneil-Hallmark

Date: 12/28/2018

Vacation:
This is my second trip with CIE and I would absolutely travel with them again.

Customer: Kathly Wood

Date: 12/21/2018

Vacation:
Booking was very easy, customer service reps were extremely helpful

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
Took a long time to get answers

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
The tour was great and the driver/guide (Noel) was fantastic. Lots of great stops and fantastic food and entertainment. I would recommend this tour highly.

Customer: Ms. Monica Rae Moreau

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
The whole process from the website to the final leg of our trip back home exceeded our expectations. The website was so easy to use because everything was laid out and easy to understand.

Customer: Mr. Joseph Wilton Mitchell

Date: 12/21/2018

Vacation:
A very enjoyable trip,and a very knowledgeable guide/bus driver.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/14/2018

Vacation:
Everything about this trip was incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone. I would book another trip with CIE Tours in a heartbeat.

Customer: Mrs. Jennifer Ann Opfer

Date: 11/14/2018

Vacation:
Booking was easy.

Customer: Mr. Thomas Joseph Mudrick

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
my tour consultant was very helpful. i will use CIE in the future if the need arises.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
From signing up for the tour to the last day, the process was very easy at every step of the way.

Customer: Ms. Kathryn Sue Cronwall

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
I would absolutely recommend CIE tours. Such a stress free way to travel. Everything is booked for you and all you need to do is enjoy, learn, and experience the cuture.

Customer: Mr. Stavros Tsombaris

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
The first sales executive, Ian, I communicated with was excellent; Followed up on my questions and responded to my emails, even though he was in training for a period of time. While in training I spoke to other booking agents who did a good job but did not have Ian's enthusiasm and expertise

Customer: Mary Ann Mcnulty

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
The tour was excellent!!!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
CIE provided very professional and knowledgeable booking service.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Excellent. Very helpful and got us what we wanted

Customer: Mr. Dennis Patrick Grennan

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
exceeded our expectations, had a wonderful trip.

Customer: Ms. Patricia K Norcross

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Our tour guide was amazing. The bus was very comfortable. Meals were great. Itinerary was convenient and enjoyable. One of the hotel bookings proved to be inadequate. Otherwise, I would have given this tour 5 stars.

Customer: Maureen Renee Mccaleb

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
very good kept me informed answered questions

Customer: Mr. Edward Barring

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Everything about the tour was excellent. From the locations we visited to the meals and stop overs. But the best of all was our tour guide/driver Brian, who made everything fun and interesting.

Customer: Colleen S.

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Went on the Irish Spirit tour from June 16-23, 2018. Our driver/guide John Callinan was amazing. He was kind, patient, funny, and very knowledgeable about the country. We loved all of our stops and met some lovely people along the way. I highly recommend this tour!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
All services were provided as quoted

Customer: Mr. William Kelly Vach

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The tour was wonderful. The itinerary was a great value for the price paid. The tour director did a great job of narrating our trip. He was both funny, entertaining and informative. The hotels that we stayed in were all very nice. The meals were very good. The only negatives are that a few of the stops on the itinerary could be better, and one night were we were dining on our own was in a hotel that did not have many dining options within easy walking distance.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Booking was easy and the itinerary was comprehensive. I would have preferred traveling with a smaller group.

Customer: Kathryn Elaine Hornbeek

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Yes, we left a nice tip. We definitely use the tour company again

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Booking service was very easy- it was a wonderful experience start to finish, and I will definitely recommend CIE to others

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/27/2018

Vacation:
It was a wonderful vacation. Great service and stunning scenery.

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