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Small Group Tours of Ireland, Scotland & Britain | CIE Tours

Small Group Departures

Start planning your ideal small group tour today!

  • 40 trips through Small Group Departures Destinations

The same great itineraries, but with smaller groups!

Like the idea of group travel but looking for a more intimate experience? Consider one of our Small Group Departures. You’ll get all the wonderful features of our regular guided holidays, with one key difference: we limit the trip to 26 guests.

You’ll still get our commitment to providing you with the highest-quality vacation, superior value and unparalleled service. It’s the same large luxury coach with panoramic views from every seat, the same expertly-designed itineraries, and the same insider access.

But fewer people means you’ll almost always have a window seat. You’ll have more access to your guide and the local experts. You’ll enjoy just a little more time at each stop.

We offer Small Group Departures on many of our most popular vacations, including the following:

What makes CIE Tours special?

Our expert local Tour Directors are what makes CIE Tours really special: they will help you know these destinations like the locals do. They are eager to share the backstories, the lore, and the historical perspectives that will make your trip so special. They will give you deeper access to these destinations, offering you more authentic experiences.

Everyone on an escorted vacation travels on a modern, luxury coach with panoramic window views. You’ll stay in great hotels. You’ll also enjoy pre-paid sightseeing, full breakfasts, many lunches and dinners, authentic local entertainment, and more – all with no hidden extras! And don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore on your own or just take a break to relax. Each of our vacations is stress-free, with no surprise hidden fees, and plenty of fun for all ages!

What’s included:

  • Full daily breakfast in your hotel beginning on Day 2 of your tour
  • Most other meals except as noted, so you’ll have free time to explore on your own
  • Welcome get-together drink for a chance to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
  • All on-tour transportation, including  shuttles and ferries to and from hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions
  • All on-tour entrance fees to sightseeing attractions included in your itinerary, plus vouchers to explore independently during free time
  • Free Wi-Fi on all coaches and in most hotels so you can stay connected along the way
  • Document wallet and backpack to keep all your paperwork and daily essentials organized during your trip
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, and handling of one suitcase per person throughout your vacation


CIE Tours is rated


Based on 1968 Independent User Reviews




CIE tours made everything extremely easy. We booked online and had them arrange our flights and transportation to and from the airport. When we finally met up with the tour group a day late, due to bad weather and flight delays, we found out that we had the best guide and driver, Colm Clarke. He was AMAZING- very accommodating and cheerful throughout the whole tour. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time. I've taken several tours and he surpassed any guides I've dealt with by far. The stops and sights planned are excellent and truly give you a taste of Ireland and Scotland. I found the hotels to be comfortable with good service. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this tour and how hard I;m working to get back to Ireland as soon as possible. Of course, I'll be booking with CIE again and requesting Colm (Seriously, he is the BEST).
I had a great travel agent that organised everything
Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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