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Southern Gems - A CIE Tours Irish vacation that hits the hotspots

Southern Gems

  • 2020 Southern Gems – 7 Days/6 Nights
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10 reviews
Starts Dublin
Ends Shannon
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Hear the colorful story of Kinsale as a local guide leads you through medieval streets of this picturesque port town.
  • Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to Antarctica.

Dining Experiences:

  • 6 breakfasts (B), and 4 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock and a medieval castle banquet.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blasket Centre
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Blarney Castle
  • Foyne’s Flying Boast & Maritime Museum


  • The Gibson Hotel | Dublin (2)
  • Actons Hotel | Kinsale (1)
  • Cahernane House Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Oakwood Hotel | Shannon (1)


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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.



2020 Southern Gems – 7 Days/6 Nights/10 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 & Taylors Three Rock Pub

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 1930’s and 1940’s. 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: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


Dates and Prices

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If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $500.

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Sunday Apr 12, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 18, 2020 to Shannon 7 Days $1589 Guaranteed Book Now
Sunday Apr 19, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 25, 2020 to Shannon 7 Days $1609 Guaranteed Book Now
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Sunday May 31, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 6, 2020 to Shannon 7 Days $2209 Small Group Book Now
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Sunday Jun 21, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 27, 2020 to Shannon 7 Days $2189 Guaranteed Small Group Book Now
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10 Reviews

Customer: John

Date: 11/07/2018

Our Trip to Ireland was the experience of a lifetime. Whether seeing the historical sites of Dublin, wandering through Killarney, kissing the Blarney Stone or walking along the Cliffs off Moher we were in heaven. Our guide Peter was awesome and gave us a true sense of our ancestral home. We hope to return in the Spring of '19. Our thanks to Peter and CIE Tours for a fantastic experience

Customer: Bernard R Beriau Jr

Date: 05/22/2018

The trip revolves around the tour guide and driver. The route is clear and precise with the scheduled stops long enough for one to enjoy the location. The hotels, food and ambiance are perfect for travelers. I'd do it again!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/07/2019

#1 complaint: CIE wanted us to put a down payment down before we had a final figure of the tour and extended stay. I was finding air fair for $800.00+ round trip and CIE never let us know what those cost were. They threatened to cancel the trip and I thought fine with me, I needed to know the total cost before I was going to give them a down payment. #2. There could have been better communication explaining the extended stay process. We included an extended stay and booked it thru CIE. CIE never informed us that the expectations from them and the process of booking B&B's. I was concerned about not hearing how that process worked, I finally had to send emails asking when we would be able to book B&B's. I was satisfied with CIE getting back to us when I sent emails questioning the process. The trip was satisfying. The hotels you put us up in were good and food was delicious. I always felt somewhat deprived not being able to stop more for museums or informative places but when I look at the tour we took, we got exactly what we signed up for. If we wanted more there were other opportunities thru CIE to book a bigger tour. We got what we paid for. It takes a fair amount of time to cover the area the tour covered. We saw a fair amount of Southern Ireland. The stops were interesting. I did find out that CIE stops at places that support tour buses and an opportunity for the travelers to spend money. The shops were exceptional.

Customer: John Patrick Rouane Jr.

Date: 06/03/2019

The tour, accomodations and competent staff made our journey enjoyable.

Customer: Richard Goldman

Date: 12/25/2018

Limit number of 'attractions' that are nothing more than tourist traps. This takes valuable time away from learning about and appreciating local culture.

Customer: Nancy Schmatz

Date: 12/03/2018

Booking was easy and the staff was very helpful.

Customer: Kathleen M Yanchus

Date: 11/12/2018

Tour guide outstanding. Hotels excellent.

Customer: Ian Wright Bowen

Date: 11/11/2018

Great trip, meet some very wonderful people, saw all the high lites and the guides were awesome!

Customer: Dr Karen Houlihan Frohoff

Date: 11/12/2018

The tour team was excellent and entertaining. We have already recommended this tour to multiple friends who are planning a trip for 2019. The service was wonderful at most places on the tour. It was nice not having to worry about driving and being able to truly enjoy the views of the countryside from the coach.

Customer: Mr. Michel Jacques Prevost

Date: 11/06/2018

Everything on the tour was great. The communication from the head office in NJ, I cannot say the same. Once our deposits were made, I could not reach the agent but the sales/payment staff responded quickly to email. We were a party of 4 but the tickets were issued for two groups of two; my wife and I and my 83 year old mother in law and her sister. The sister contacted your offices to correct her name on the reservations. The agent/person who made the changes cancelled the air tickets under the incorrect name but did not rebook the flight under the corrected name. Because of this, we could not select seats in advance and they would have had to fly on standby on an overbooked flight.Only through the help of very accommodating airline agents were we able to fix it but they had to fly out to Toronto and then to Dublin separately with a delay of a couple of hours. Unacceptable from your company's part.

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