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Jewels of Ireland

  • 2019 Jewels of Ireland – 15 Days/14 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to Antarctica.
  • Relax as you take in a special step dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.

Dining Experiences:

  • 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 10 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock and a medieval castle banquet.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blasket Centre
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Donegal Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Hillsborough Castle

Hotels:

  • The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
  • Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim, County Meath (1 night)
  • Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Hotels

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The Gibson Hotel, Dublin

The Gibson Hotel, Dublin Description:

The Gibson is a highly stylish, contemporary hotel in the heart of Dublin`s new cultural hub. Calming, comfy and tranquil, our hotel rooms are the ultimate escape from all the hustle and bustle outside. With carefully chosen soothing colors and textures, plus a host of little luxurious extras you can chill out. Located near the River Liffey, a brisk 15-minute walk will bring you to O’Connell Street or you can take a short tram ride on Luas.

Actons Hotel, Kinsale

Actons Hotel, Kinsale Description:

This hotel was established in 1946, making it the oldest in Kinsale. Since then, it has become an integral part of Kinsale town, and has been renovated and updated constantly to create a contemporary boutique-style hotel. Enjoy gourmet food at its best, with locally sourced ingredients, at either Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie or Fisher Street Restaurant. Seventy-four rooms provide guests with every comfort. The hotel is located near the center of Kinsale, in a scenic location overlooking the harbor and within walking distance of the town’s attractions.

Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney

Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney Description:

Dating back to 1877, this hotel retains a charming old-world and elegant atmosphere while ensuring guests have a comfortable stay with all modern facilities. The hotel features the award-winning Herbert Restaurant, featuring a menu of Irish specialties. The grounds offer great views over the mountains and the opportunity for delightful walks. Set on the edge of Killarney National Park, the Cahernane House is just two miles from the center of Killarney town centre. Member of Conde Nast Johansens.

Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis Description:

On the site of a 19th century Convent of Mercy, this contemporary family-owned hotel delivers a unique blend of warm hospitality, friendly service and pleasing decor. Each guest room offers all amenities for your comfort. Legends Restaurant is renowned for its good food and service. The traditional Preacher’s Pub has an inviting atmosphere, often with Irish music session.LOCATION: In the center of the market town of Ennis within easy walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs. Easy access to Shannon Airport which is 15 miles away. Hotel parking

Galway Bay Hotel, Galway

Galway Bay Hotel, Galway Description:

In this stylish hotel, all the rooms are designed to ensure warmth and comfort, with elegant furnishings and exceptional facilities. The award-winning Lobster Pot Restaurant offers contemporary Irish and international cuisine, while the Harvest Cafe serves informal lunches, dinners and snacks. The traditional Irish pub is the perfect place to meet friends. Enjoy a swimming pool and leisure facilities. Located in Salthill, a coastal suburb of Galway, with great views of Galway Bay and the Burren. Just 2 miles from the city center.

Mill Park Hotel, Donegal

Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Description:

A warm welcome awaits you at this hotel which is built around its unique-styled Granary, along with a choice of 2 restaurants, bar and lounge. The restaurants specialize in local fresh produce, especially seafood from the nearby fishing port of Killybegs. 100 luxurious bedrooms ensure a great stay and use the fully equipped leisure and wellness center. Set in a quiet rural setting two miles from Donegal town. The hotel is a perfect base for touring County Donegal, including the awesome Slieve League Sea Cliffs.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast Description:

This modern redbrick hotel is located near the River Lagan with easy access to Belfast city centre. The rooms are warm and inviting featuring wood furnishings and a cozy color scheme, while common areas are modern and sleek. Try dining at the onsite restaurant, The Gasworks, for authentic local dishes with views of Belfast.

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.

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern hotel offers 232 spacious and comfortable guestrooms, all offering a tranquil environment in which you can unwind and relax. Dine at the Sideline Bistro and Bar, where guests can enjoy stylish surroundings and a tempting choice of unique cuisine. The hotel also offers a fully equipped gymnasium. Located right beside Croke Park Stadium and close to city bus service to central Dublin, the Croke Park Hotel also provides easy access to local shops and pubs.

Itinerary

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2019 Jewels of Ireland 15 Days / 14 Nights / 25 Meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1Russborough House & Dublin

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Head to Blessington for a guided tour around Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art, and early photographic collections. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently this evening.

Day 2Dublin Castle & Dublin Tour

Tour central Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries, and see the State Apartments. Your afternoon is free to enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. Later, head to Taylors Three Rock for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D)

Day 3 Blarney Castle & Kinsale Walk

Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head south to Kinsale, an old fishing town now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. (B, D)

Day 4 West Cork Coastal Drive & Killarney

Journey along the rugged western coastline of Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for some free time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle and Killarney Estate. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and a free evening in Killarney. (B, D)

Day 5Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre

Explore the Slea Head Drive and embark on a scenic boat trip of Dingle Harbour and Bay to view the heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and green landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands. Enjoy some free time in Dingle and visit the South Pole Inn before continuing to Killarney for a free evening and independent dining. (B)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Travel inland to Ennis. Head out to a medieval-style banquet in an authentic Irish castle with traditional songs and stories. (B, D)

Day 7 Sheepdog Trials & Galway

Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Stop in a charming Burren village to explore independently. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions – the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Enjoy free time to explore before dinner. (B, D)

Day 8Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Homestead Visit

Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. At Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, experience farm life and see Connemara ponies, donkeys, and chickens. Savor a farmhouse lunch before heading to Standun in Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on Irish crafts. Spend a free evening in Galway. (B, L)

Day 9Belleek Pottery & Donegal Castle

Travel north through County Mayo. Stop at Lissadell House in County Sligo for a tour of this 19-century Greek revival mansion. In County Fermanagh, visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create the renowned fine china. Head to Donegal Castle before departing for your hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 10Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass

Enjoy a coastal drive to view Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. There enjoy traditional tea and scones before continuing through Glencolmcille to the majestic Glengesh Pass to Ardara. Visit Triona Design for demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 11Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway

Meet with a local guide for a walking tour to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim before heading to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 12Titanic Belfast & Hillsborough Castle

Tour Belfast and see a city filled with grand Victorian buildings. Visit Titanic Belfast and discover the city’s rich maritime history including the shipyards where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Hillsborough Castle, the residence of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland. Drive to Kingscourt to Cabra Castle Hotel, built in 1760, and enjoy free time. After dinner, enjoy a lively step-dancing display. (B, D)

Day 13Neolithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner

Visit Brú na Bóinne to learn about the 5,000-year old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Enjoy a free afternoon before enjoying dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 14Independent Dublin Sightseeing

14-day tour ends after breakfast. 15-day tour: 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 Dublin has to offer. (B)

Day 15Depart Dublin for Home

15-day program ends after breakfast. (B)

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The booking service was great. Very responsive on the phone and by email.

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This tour was booked online. We had a problem getting our travel doc package in time in spite of multiple emails and phone calls to CIE. We never did receive backpacks, name tags, etc. Vouchers for the tour came in the last few days via email.

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The CIE tour was wonderful and booking was easy. Everyone, from the CS to the Guides, was friendly, knowledgable, helpful and kind.

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Well planed trip. The company has much influence in dealing with problems encountered during the trip. A much respected company. Trip leader very knowledgeable and with personal highlights.

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Easy to book the tour.. Very good telephone staff. Hold time while waiting to speak to representative excessive.

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Everyone was very helpful and responsive to our requests

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They made planning our trip very easy, they handled air fair and the trip.

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Jewels of Ireland (October) was a fantastic sample of the history and culture that Ireland has to offer. Most of the hotels were stellar. Denis & Sean were the best and I would tour with them again. Some of the dinners were so-so but when you feed that many people it is hard. The breakfasts were always great though. Some of the stops were more opportunities to shop but did mind it much. I will happily tour with them again but 2 things I would have liked to have known ahead of time: CIE sends you plug adapters and the hotels use warm comforters not top sheets. If you sleep hot, plan ahead.

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Excellent booking service and we will definitely recommend CIE to friends and family.

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Karyn and I had the most unbelievable holiday with your bus tour of Ireland. The hotels you had booked were fantastic and amazing! The meals that were included couldn't have been better. We looked at all the bus tours available but your bus tour covered all of the areas , towns and unique places to see in Ireland. This was the main reason we chose C.I.E tours. Do not change a thing with this tour!!! Our tour guide was fantastic and he was incredible helpful in every way possible. Thank you!

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I booked the 14 night Jewels of Ireland tour. The booking for the trip was incredibly smooth and easy - Pick your tour, pay for it and all arrangements are done without worries of planes, hotel or transportation. Highly recommend.

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Very good except did not offer a post or pre trip option. Would like to have arrived in Dublin prior to tour start date as there was not enough time to see and do all there is to do there.

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