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Jewels of Ireland

  • 2019 Jewels of Ireland – 14 Days/13 Nights
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Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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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:

  • 13 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


  • 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)


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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.

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. Located 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.

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:

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.


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2019 Jewels of Ireland 14 Days / 13 Nights / 24 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 & Taylors Three Rock

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 3Blarney 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 4West 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. Stop for a group photograph. 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 to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories. (B, D)

Day 7Sheepdog 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. 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 & Cabra 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 13 Neolithic 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 your farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 14Depart for Home

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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28 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: 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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