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Southern Gems

  • 2019 Southern Gems – 7 Days/6 Nights
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.

Dining Experiences:

  • 6 hot breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D) includng a night out at Taylors Three Rock for dinner and a show, and a festive medieval castle banquet.

Trip Highlights:

Hotels:

  • The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2)
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1)
  • Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1)

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

Itinerary

 

2019 7-DAY SOUTHERN GEMS

Day 1: Russborough 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 2: Dublin 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, 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 5: Scenic 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 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 Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Travel inland to Ennis. Head to a castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories.
(B, D)

Day 1: Tour Ends In Ennis
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

 

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7 Reviews


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Tour guide outstanding. Hotels excellent.

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

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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.

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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

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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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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!

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