Introducing two new CIE Tours destinations for 2019: Iceland and Italy! Experience all the highlights – the top attractions, most-beloved sights, and magnificent scenery – of these two very different locations. While the itineraries are brand-new, you’ll get all the signature features of the CIE Tours experience that we’re famous for: local, highly knowledgeable guides with a knack for storytelling; immersive experiences; and small, luxury coaches. Come explore with us on these exciting new guided vacations!
For lovers of art, history, architecture, delicious food, beautiful countryside or la bella vita, Italy is a dream come true. Our Taste of Italy vacation will showcase the art, history, food and beauty of this magical country. See the places you’ve been hearing about all your life – they are even more beautiful than you’ve imagined. Here are a few of our favorites:
Possibly the most important city in the history of the world, Rome offers thousands of years of history for you to discover. See the largest amphitheater ever built: the glorious Coliseum constructed in 80 AD. Visit the Vatican, home of Michelangelo’s High Renaissance masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. And don’t forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain – legend says you’ll get your wish and a return someday to the Eternal City.
The birthplace of the Renaissance, this city was once a center of wealth and commerce, and its profound value today is to be found in the splendors of its art, architecture and history. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo all once strode its streets. See the priceless treasures that remain: Michelangelo’s David, the stunning Duomo, the famed cathedral built by Renaissance architect Brunelleschi.
Known as La Serenissima, the Serene One, this beautiful city of canals is built on 118 small islands connected by small commuter boats known as vaporetti and over 400 foot bridges. It’s a supremely romantic place that has played an important role in art, music and politics over its 1,700 years of history. Cruise along the Grand Canal for views of the beautiful Doge’s Palace, a Gothic masterpiece that served as the seat of government for hundreds of years, and the enchanting Bridge of Sighs.
While Iceland’s charms may be lesser-known, they are no less magnificent. This northern nation’s landscapes are strikingly beautiful, with the black lava contrasting with green fields and blue skies to form an unforgettable color palette. This storied land is full of legends and a rich cultural history that is well worth exploring. On our new Taste of Iceland and Taste of Iceland and Ireland vacations, your trip will include:
Iceland’s capital city is a charming mix of the modern and traditional. One of the smallest capital cities in the world, Reykjavik was first settled in the 9th century by Norwegian and Celtic immigrants. While it was relatively isolated for most of its history, the city became internationally known as hub of art, music, and literature in the late 20th century. One of its most distinctive landmarks is Hallgrimskirkja Church, which was in construction for nearly 50 years before its completion in 1986. Its soaring tower can be seen throughout the city, and a visit to the top offers fantastic views.
The Golden Circle is a route that takes in some of Iceland’s most famed and fascinating highlights. You’ll see Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s greatest historic site. It’s where the Icelandic Parliament- the oldest still operating in the world – began in 930. You’ll also see Strokkur Geyser, Iceland’s busiest hot spring, which erupts high into the air every five or ten minutes. And then there’s Gullfoss Waterfall – an immensely powerful cascade of glacial water into a deep canyon – and a site of spectacular beauty.
Named one of the 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, the Blue Lagoon is known for its healing mineral waters, heated to a temperature of around 100 degrees Fahrenheit by lava fields. You’ll see a dreamy fog as you settle in for a relaxing soak, or enjoy a fine meal in the spa’s restaurant. Is there any better place to experience the Northern Lights in the winter or the summer’s midnight sun?