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Northern Welcome | CIE Tours

Northern Welcome

  • 2020 Northern Welcome – 9 Days/8 Nights
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Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Witness a turf-cutting demonstration. Turf has been used as fuel throughout the years in Ireland.
  • Visit Derry’s Walled City Brewery for dinner and a tasting and take home an exclusive Signature CIE Tours beer.

Dining Experiences

  • 8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 6 dinners (D) including a traditional dinner and show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub, Walled City Brewery Restaurant and Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 8 Nights

Hotels

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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin Description:

This hotel offers 150 air-conditioned, modern guest rooms with all conveniences for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant for breakfasts and dinners while the bar provides a place to relax with a drink or casual meal. Keep up your exercise program in the White Pebble Day Spa and gym. Located on Stillorgan Road on the south side of Dublin city, this hotel is 4 miles from the city center. Served by frequent city bus services and taxis.

Wyatt Hotel, Wesport

Wyatt Hotel, Wesport Description:

This charming boutique hotel offers a great base for a stay in Westport. All 52 guest rooms are restful and provide great amenities. Enjoy tea or coffee at JW’s Brasserie, a relaxing drink in the traditional Cobblers Bar & Courtyard, or fantastic food and service in the welcoming dining room. Located on the Octagon, in the heart of Westport town. Great location for people-watching or browsing around the town.

Maldron Hotel Derry, Derry

Maldron Hotel Derry, Derry Description:

This is a stylish hotel with 90 spacious and comfortable guest rooms, which are well equipped. The Walls Restaurant which overlooks the historic city walls has been awarded an AA rosette and a passion for good food is evident. The Lyric Bar at the Tower Hotel is a music themed bar, a fitting tribute to a city renowned for its musical tradition. Guests can relax in the leisure suite complete with sauna and steam room. The hotel is located on Butcher Street, just within the historic city walls and within easy reach of city attractions.

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Europa Hotel, Belfast Description:

This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne Description:

This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, modern property for a pleasant stay. Large guest rooms are designed for a tranquil night’s rest. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and fine dining in the elegant restaurant or relax in one of the cozy bars. The spa and leisure center offers excellent facilities. Located beside Dunboyne village, just 15 miles from Dublin Airport and 14 miles from Dublin city center.

Itinerary

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2020 Northern Welcome 9 Days / 8 Nights / 15 Meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Arrival & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your hotel in Stillorgan, a suburban village of Dublin. Take a guided panoramic tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors and the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, a “Who’s Who” of modern Irish history. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or in the nearby coastal town of Dun Laoghaire

Day 2Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner Show

Spend some time touring Dublin independently with tickets for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and choose one of four of Ireland's most popular attractions: Guinness Storehouse, GPO Witness History, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or Teeling Distillery. In the evening, enjoy a meal of Irish specialties and a traditional show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. (B, D)

Day 3Sean’s Bar & Galway Walking Tour

Travel to Athlone in County Roscommon to enjoy a CIE Tours’ Exclusive, a visit to Sean’s Bar. Founded in 900 AD, it is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as Europe’s oldest pub; raise a glass there as thirsty patrons have done for centuries. Journey on to beautiful Galway where you’ll have lunch on your own before taking a walking tour of this vibrant harbor city. Proceed to the charming coastal town of Westport for a dinner at your hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 4Achill Island & Westport

Start the day with a walking tour of Westport. Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore, see the Deserted Village and stop in Keel for a casual lunch. Return to Westport and take a tour around the stately Westport House, which contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine there. The evening is free for independent exploration and dining in Westport. (B, L)

Day 5Sheepdog Demonstration & Donegal

Enjoy a scenic drive to County Sligo, where you’ll stop for lunch. Proceed on for a visit to a traditional farm to see a demonstration of trained sheepdogs herding sheep. Travel through rugged countryside and stop in Donegal for some free time to explore. Continue to Derry, where you’ll have time to relax or explore before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 6Inishowen Peninsula & Derry’s Walls

Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, to Banba's Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Stop at a pub overlooking the sea for tea and scones before continuing towards Buncrana. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the city's medieval walls, and learn about its turbulent history. Walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant; enjoy dinner there with a flight of 4 beers - and a bottle of CIE Tours' signature beer to take away. (B, D)

Day 7Giant’s Causeway & Turf-Cutting Demonstration

See the natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Take some time at the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for a talk and turf-cutting presentation before enjoying tea and scones. Drive south along the Glens of Antrim, one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This area is where many scenes from “Game of Thrones” were filmed. Travel on to Belfast where you will have some leisure time to explore independently before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8Titanic Belfast & Northern Ireland Farmhouse Kitchen Experience

Discover Belfast and see the prominent buildings, political murals, and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the story of this iconic liner. Depart for dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy.
If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $450.

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Saturday Mar 21, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Mar 29, 2020 to Dublin 9 Days $2489 Small Group Book Now
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31 Reviews


Customer: Vanessa Lee Mozayani

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
From the moment we booked the tour to the time we left our tour group, we received first quality service. The staff are friendly and are able to answer any questions we had. The accommodation was first class with meals also pleasing. We didn't have to worry about our luggage as it was picked up from our room after the end of every stay, and was up in our room by the time we had been allocated our rooms. The pace of the tour was perfect. We met some beautiful new friends on tour. It is the perfect way to travel. Highly recommend CIE tours.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/22/2018

Vacation:
I would definitely recommend them. Our tour guide was truly excellent: knowledgeable, personable, witty and funny, extremely patient. He had the challenging task of not only being a tour guide, but also driving around almost 40 of us, herding us from place to place and rounding up latecomers. The hotels we stayed in were very nice, with great restaurants. I was with a party of four, and we all agreed that we got to see and experience things we wouldn't have done on our own.

Customer: Carol Rodger

Date: 09/28/2019

Vacation:
This is our second time booking with CIE and we always call to book. The people dealing with customer are always efficient, knowlegeable and very polite.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/27/2019

Vacation:
Great and educational tour of Ireland. Got to sleep in a castle!

Customer: Matthew J Dowling

Date: 09/26/2019

Vacation:
Not happy with hotels in two locations. Cabra Castle isn't good with individuals who have limited mobility. The Moldran wasn't a four star. The rugs in hallways and rooms were dirty. The furniture was limited. The,bed,in our,room had springs with sprung,when you moved. The bathroom rub was hazardous. We called for a matt. The lip of the tub was four inches above my knee. We were given a handicapped room and this was a solution. However, the staff was outstanding. Westport was a charming hotel and once again the staff was wonderful. Need to find other hotels. Most of our group were seniors and some with mobility.

Customer: Janet Rains Taylor

Date: 09/04/2019

Vacation:
Excellent service!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/24/2019

Vacation:
The week after we booked the trip the price dropped and extra things were given.

Customer: Robynn Elizabeth Meehan

Date: 08/23/2019

Vacation:
Tour Guide Tom Hegerty was wonderful. We enjoyed the tour, but had some suggestions/complaints... 1-Norwegian Air was terrible. Travel to Dublin, we didnt get food until we insisted we ordered. My Celiac Disease was not communicated from CIE to Norwegian. I couldn't eat the meal we finally got after everyone else had finished. On trip home, I again couldn't eat the meal. 2-lack of communication regarding air check in 3-1st day of the tour was wasted. Our hotel room was not ready until after 4:30pm, really unacceptable. To have the first night spent in a location so far away from anything . We couldnt even explore. 4- We felt CIE should have realized the hotel in Derry was so close the the wall and it being the 50 anniversary of the uprising, not well planned at all. Was scary to say the least. The helicopters kept us up all night. The police presence and armed guards were very upsetting. 5- I felt the food on our last CIE tour was better, not as much Celiac accomodating. 6- Our Guide Tom Hegerty was great, he was so accomodating and helpful. Without Tom, we would have been thoroughly disappointed. 7-My luggage was damaged (wheel broken on flight to Dublin), which made it tough to move. 8-CIE needs a contact emergency number for the driver to give to all the travelers. I left my purse on the bus and couldnt reach Tom to let him know to hold it for me, as he was turning our bus in to be fixed. It is not a good idea for the guide to give his personal number, it should be a number from CIE. 9-The Europa Hotel was horrible and smelled of smoke. 10-Thought the trip could have better logistics, too much bus riding to get somewhere and eating at 7pm everynight was too late. We were then not able to go out in the evening to enjoy some local music/pubs because we had to be up so early.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/09/2019

Vacation:
I liked the option to have a smaller group tour. That’s more my style. Our driver/guide was outstanding. Great hotels. Would be nice if pre-trip info could’ve been mailed to Canada. Makes no sense to receive at destination.

Customer: Rosemary Fay Hill

Date: 07/19/2019

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The tour itself was great. We had a problem with meeting up with our guide at the airport. Our flight came into Terminal 1 and the agent was at Terminal 2. We could not find anyone in the Deblin baggage claim area to help us get to Terminal 2. We finally found our way there into the departure area but needed the arrival area. An airport worker finally helped us. I felt that the tour guide should have known we were coming into Terminal 1 and had someone there for us. CIE did set up the flight.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/04/2019

Vacation:
The tour was great! Especially with our guide/ driver Dennis.

Customer: Francis James Mcfadden

Date: 06/28/2019

Vacation:
What a wonderful experience! I Our tour provided the perfect blend of historical information, beautiful scenery and fine entertainment. Our tour guide, Dennis O'Sullivan, was an expert driver, great commentator and fun loving comedian! We left Ireland full of life long memories. I highly recommend CIE.

Customer: Judith Madeline Girard

Date: 06/13/2019

Vacation:
Excellent tour. Driver/guide Dennis was awesome. Highly recommend....

Customer: Rebecca Ann Abel-Kennedy

Date: 04/08/2019

Vacation:
I absolutley loved them. I spoke to one Irish lady(loved that she was Irish and not American) and she was so helpful. She made a wonderful impression of CIE and went above and beyond to help with my booking. I spoke to other CIE employees as well and they were all experts and I felt like I was in good hands.

Customer: Laurene Lee Stirone

Date: 03/23/2019

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Definitely my patient tour guide on my 7th trip. Small group got to ask lots of questions !!! Booking and organizing was fine.

Customer: Mary Lynn Mitchell

Date: 12/25/2018

Vacation:
Overall, the tour was very good, except for some of the hotels. Firstly, my name was again not correct on the roster and name badge. This is the second tour on which this has happened. I already wrote two years ago of this same issue. Sorry, you may think I am picky, but I happen to like my full first name, Mary Lynn. Customer Feedback was totally ignored on this issue. Secondly, we were never told that our first hotel was being switched from Cabra Castle to BarbersTown Castle, Kildare. Although it was nice, it was quite a distance from the original start off point, necessitating a much earlier start time on the departure date. We should have been told before the Tour left the US and not after traveling all night and finding out upon arrival. You had plenty of time to send an email. Thirdly, the Maldron Hotel was very dirty, with spots all over the carpet in my room and hallways. The hotel in Stilogran was quite a distance from the City Centre, making it not very inaccessible especially after dark. Would much have preferred a hotel within walking distance of the City Centre. On my tour in 2016 there were similar hotel issues in Glencoe. I see the Isle of Glencoe Hotel is still being used on this tour. I feel none of my input on the 2016 survey made any difference, and I doubt if this time will be any different.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/20/2018

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I was booking "Scottish Isles & Glens" & "The Outer Hebrides", two trips to Scotland, concurrently for 2019 with a tag on trip at the end of the second tour. I was very demanding but the CIE staff were very patient and helpful. Everything was booked to my perfect satisfaction! I have already done "Elegant Ireland" and "Northern Welcome". Both were fabulous which is why I'm back for more.

Customer: Mr. William Paul Bain Jr

Date: 12/21/2018

Vacation:
Very nice tour

Customer: Mr. David Charles Page

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Couldn’t fault the tour.

Customer: Ms. Jean Stephanie Hess Walsh

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
Never got my welcome package...mailed to travel agent not me, or tour guide. Dull side trips..in Derry on a Sunday, so all key buildings were closed...bad planning, bad local tour people for the stops

Customer: Ms. Mary Jane Patrick

Date: 11/12/2018

Vacation:
I had a terrific time, everyone was so nice. The tour went smoothly, our guide was great and very helpful.

Customer: Benoit Bedard

Date: 11/10/2018

Vacation:
A répondu à toutes mes questions de façon professionnelle. Réservation faite rapide et fluide. Mais nous avons acheté le vol inclus et les sièges furent les pires que nous avons eût dans tous nos voyages: les deux derniers sièges à l'arrière de l'avion. Et ceci pour les vols aller et retour. Très décu. American Airlines n'ont pas voulu nous déplacer.

Customer: Kevin Mark Evans

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Fine except for some automated email that said all my reservations had been cancelled. Once I call they told me it was wrong.

Customer: Mr. Arthur Edward Magee

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
First rate service, great documentation and communication.

Customer: Matthew Allan Mccready

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
The booking was great. It was very easy. We were even able to arrange to add extra days on to our tour before and after through CIE.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

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Food and hotels

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Every aspect of our planned trip to Northern Ireland was taken care of and was top notch. You made it so easy for us to just ENJOY!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Our second CIE tour. It was a wonderful experience!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The initial experience with booking and flights was a 1. The tour, hotels and driver/guide were a 5.

Customer: William Paul Gasparik

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
They made things easy. Was able to make 2 payments and check all details.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Pretty much everything was done very well. We were very pleased.

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