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Jewels of Ireland

  • 2020 Jewels of Ireland – 15 Days/14 Nights
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit Beleek Pottery to discover how the distinctive fine china, beloved by collectors worldwide, has been made since 1857.
  • Stroll the street of historic Kinsale, a picturesque harbor town that is a haven for foodies and art lovers.

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
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Donegal Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Hillsborough Castle


  • The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2 nights) 
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night) 
  • Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2 nights) 
  • Oakwood Hotel, Shannon (1 night) 
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights) 
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights) 
  • Jurys Inn, Belfast (1 night) 
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night) 
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim, County Meath (1 night) 
  • Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night) 


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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.

Oakwood Hotel, Shannon

Oakwood Hotel, Shannon Description:

This traditional hotel features dark wood and classical furnishings throughout. 101 spacious bedrooms provide everything for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Dine in the Pier 17 Restaurant or enjoy a beverage and more casual menu and carvery in Sophies Bar. Located in Shannon town, just 3 miles from Shannon Airport, it’s a perfect location for the first or last night of any trip. Also a good base to explore County Clare including the Burren and Cliffs of Moher.


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.

Jurys Inn Belfast, Belfast

Jurys Inn Belfast, Belfast Description:

Jurys Inn Belfast hotel is located right in the heart of the city – near the Assembly Buildings Conference & Exhibition Centre, Great Victoria Street Station and the Grand Opera House. The hotel has 190 spacious bedrooms, each featuring large, soft beds, en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV with Freevie and free WiFi. The rooms can sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children under twelve. Located on site are a full-service restaurant, bar and room-service.

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt Description:

Located in Kingscourt outside of Dublin, the Cabra Castle Hotel was built in 1760 and has high ceilings, grand staircases and historic hallways. Some of its 105 rooms are in Cabra Castle and some are in the converted 17th-century courtyard buildings, but each one has a unique individual style that mixes original period features and furnishings with modern comforts. All rooms have private bathrooms, telephones, tea/coffee-making facilities, satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add fireplaces, private balconies and 4-poster or canopy beds. Onsite there is an elegant restaurant serving fresh local food and also a traditional bar. The hotel’s patios and terraces have expansive views of the surrounding 100 acres of gardens and countryside.

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.


2020 Jewels of Ireland 15 Days / 14 Nights / 25 Meals

Day 1: Dublin Panoramic Tour & Dublin?Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Experience a panoramic tour of the capital city of Dublin. Then take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries, and see the State Apartments. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently this evening.

Day 2: Independent Tour of Dublin & Irish Night

Enjoy touring Dublin independently, on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Plus choose a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. Enjoy a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
(B, D)

Day 3: Kinsale Walk & Free Time
Head south to Kinsale, a picturesque old fishing town now renowned for sailing, art galleries, and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. Then take some time to explore Kinsale on your own before returning to your hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens.  Travel to Killarney for some free time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore Slea Head 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. Visit the South Pole Inn and sip a creamy Irish coffee while hearing about the daring exploits of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who left his explorer days behind to open the pub. Continue on to Killarney for a free evening and independent dining.

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening, head to a castle for a medieval-style banquet 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 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise (seasonal only) of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Travel on to see Kylemore Abbey and enjoy lunch in this majestic setting. Spend a free evening in Galway.
(B, L)

Day 9: Belleek Pottery & Donegal Castle
Travel north through County Mayo. Stop in County Fermanagh and visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create their renowned fine china. Visit Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th century and restored in the 1990s after falling into ruin for centuries. Have dinner in your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Triona Design Demonstration
Enjoy a coastal drive to view the Slieve League, Europe’s highest sea cliffs. Continue on to 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 11: Derry 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 12: Titanic 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 there. After dinner, experience a lively step-dancing display.
(B, D)

Day 13: Neolithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner
Visit Brú na Bóinne to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, with a visit to one of the tombs. Enjoy a free afternoon before having a farewell dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 14: Independent Dublin Sightseeing
Explore Dublin independently. Guests who have not used their vouchers on Day 2 may use them today to do the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour and choice of attractions. Otherwise, this vibrant city is yours to discover as you like. In the evening, dine independently at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 15: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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36 Reviews

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

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.

Customer: William J Noble

Date: 11/06/2018

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!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 10/02/2019

Easy. Iwould use them again

Customer: William Joseph Barbieri

Date: 10/01/2019

Our guide Joe Lavery was fantastic. He provided great information that made the tour fun and interesting. We were able to see a great amount of Ireland and felt like we got a good understanding of its past history with the Jewels of Ireland tour. Would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to visit Ireland.

Customer: Mrs. Diana Lynn Winters

Date: 10/01/2019

The sites were amazing, well planned . The tour director was very knowledgable, helpful, and kind!

Customer: Terrence

Date: 09/29/2019

We had booked the extra day of the tour but did not receive the additional vouchers ( for the hop-on hop-off bus, for the Epic Museum/Guinness attraction and for the airport taxi). There were other people on the tour that had a similar experience.

Customer: Norman Leroy Gundersen

Date: 09/27/2019

The tour was excellent. the only thing is we should be drop off where we started. John our bus host was fanastic so was our bus driver.It cost us an extra 100 euros to get back to Dublin where we started on the 14 day of our tour.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/27/2019

responsive- questions and clarification on a few items- were responded to promptly

Customer: Mrs. Ann Duley

Date: 09/27/2019

This was a fantastic tour . The places we visited were fantastic. The accommodation was excellent. The tour director and driver were more than you could expect . Yes I would recommend CIE and yes Iwill use them again to tour Scotland Thanks Heaps

Customer: Mr. Gregory Gorley

Date: 09/19/2019

We went through a travel agent, so I can’t comment on this

Customer: Linda Ann Frank

Date: 09/11/2019

I enjoyed the itinerary of this trip.

Customer: Leroy Ray Dell

Date: 08/28/2019

Excellent choice of venues and guide/bus driver was extraoridinary

Customer: Darnell Mire Tregre

Date: 08/12/2019

The booking of our trip to Ireland was easy and everything went as planned. The trip packets arrived with further details and were extremely helpful.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/08/2019

Great tour guide, nice accommodations, great itinerary

Customer: Patricia Coale Colgate

Date: 07/20/2019

It was a wonderful trip best I have taken in 26 years of travel. The only problems I had were 1 Nobody met me at airport-had to find bus, which was a long distance away-fell on way to bus trying to handle luggage and long trip. 2 Bus driver-Guide did not seem to understand that I needed copy of voucher for taxi to return to airport. He did get it the night before I left. The booking process was very good, answered my many questions every time I called. Do not know why my maiden name was on information that went to hotels-it made for much confusion at each hotel with getting correct name.

Customer: Ms. Janice Kay Scott

Date: 07/15/2019

It was easy to book the vacation and everything got taken care of for us.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/11/2019

Used a local travel agency. (P&H Travel Bridgewater, MA) who were very good.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/29/2019

My dealings with the booking service were very good. We decided to book our own flights but wanted to include transfers from and to the Dublin airport. They explained how we could do that and the trip went smoothly with no problems.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/27/2019

We called CIE with lots of questions about the Jewels of Ireland Tour and the person we spoke with was able to answer them to our satisfaction. Dara was the person we spoke with and he helped us with finding the best time for us to schedule our tour. Once we committed to scheduling the tour and made our initial deposit, the rest was easy. We liked the extras provided to us prior to the trip -- the backpacks with info re Ireland, a folding map of Ireland, converters for the wall outlets, rain ponchos, ID tags for our suitcases, etc. We were very happy with our tour itinerary as it took us to so many places we wished to visit. Most of our accommodations were very good and well located. Our special dietary needs were met at almost all of the places where we stayed, as well as at dinners at other venues. The schedule was pretty well filled and could perhaps use a little bit more free time, but on the whole, we greatly enjoyed ourselves. Our tour guide provided a lot of background information about each local area we visited, pointing out places of interest, where to find restaurants, etc. We learned some Irish history during our tour and enjoyed our various walking and building tours and tour guides as well. Every contingency was taken care of and while there were a couple of last-minute minor changes to daily itineraries, they were dealt with to cause minimal disruption.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/13/2019

They were helpful and made themselves easily available.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/28/2019

Replied promptly to enquires, very professional

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/26/2019

Además de viajar con ustedes por Irlanda, hicimos anteriormente el tour de Escocia. En ambas ocasiones quedamos muy satisfechos. La calidad de los hoteles, las comidas, las visitas varias, los micros, los guías y los choferes. Si comparamos la de Escocia con Irlanda nuestra única crítica es que la de Irlanda fue demasiado numerosa. Preferimos grupos más pequeños. Por lo demás no tenemos ninguna queja, quedamos muy satisfechos.

Customer: Mr. Alan Donald Higgins

Date: 05/26/2019

Providing a good and knowledgeable guide with a great tour bus driver

Customer: Richard Carl Holihan

Date: 12/27/2018

excellent, and very easy to use.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/22/2018

I had great experiences with all the personnel I dealt with in arranging this trip. They were very helpful in answering questions and making flight arrangements. I have already recommend using CIE tours to family and friends.

Customer: Mrs. Susan Diane Foehringer- Moniot

Date: 12/22/2018

They gave us the information we needed to book a great vacation.

Customer: Mr. Thomas Klage

Date: 11/16/2018

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.

Customer: David James Fertig

Date: 11/16/2018

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

Customer: Kathy Ann Crosslin

Date: 11/15/2018

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

Customer: James Joseph Quirk

Date: 11/14/2018

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.

Customer: George Gill

Date: 11/13/2018

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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

Everyone was very helpful and responsive to our requests

Customer: Mr. Gary Lee Lewis

Date: 11/13/2018

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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

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

Customer: Ms. T Hoerntlein

Date: 11/06/2018

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.

Customer: Corinne Costanzo

Date: 11/06/2018

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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