Ireland

Take a journey through Ireland!
November 22-29th, 2021

Make the most of every moment of your Ireland vacation—you’ll discover all the can’t-miss Irish scenery and history on this fast-paced tour.

Escorted tours let you relax and enjoy your trip. CIE Tours brings nearly a century of experience to every tour and their trips feature the key highlights of every destination, along with authentic experiences you can’t book on your own.  Every activity and breakfast (along with many lunches and dinners) is included—so there’s no hidden extras.  You will hear personal stories and insider information to enhance every stop along the way. And you’ll enjoy the camaraderie that comes with making friends with your travel mates.

What’s Included? 

  • Full daily breakfast and many meals
  • An evening of Irish entertainment
  • Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
  • Welcome drinks with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
  • Comprehensive travel itinerary

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

    Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out a
    private guided city tour. Highlights include 18th
    century Georgian houses with brightly-painted doors,
    tranquil parks and the wide O’Connell Street. Take a
    guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity
    College to view the illuminated manuscript of the
    Book of Kells. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink
    with your group before dining independently in one
    of Dublin’s many restaurants or lively pubs.

    Day 2: Glendalough & Waterford Crystal

    Enjoy the delightful scenery of the Wicklow
    Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of
    Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. Explore the
    remains of one of the most important monastic sites
    in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.
    Walk through the deep valley to view the picturesque
    ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses.
    Relax as you continue to Waterford. Witness the
    creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to
    the House of Waterford Crystal. Before dinner, take a
    gentle stroll around the narrow streets of the historic
    city with a local guide.

    Day 3: Cobh & Blarney Castle

    Travel to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. A
    walking tour will reveal many of the places that still
    remain over a century since travelers embarked on
    that fateful voyage. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the
    famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil
    gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods
    at Blarney Woollen Mills. Journey west through
    rugged countryside and settle in to your centrally
    located hotel in Killarney.

    Day 4: Ring of Kerry Drive & Skellig Experience

    Discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on
    Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of
    Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way.
    Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig
    Experience, which explains the life of early Christian
    hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island
    that was featured in the film “Star Wars VII.”

    After lunch, stroll around Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap
    for its panoramic views. Enjoy the evening in
    Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit
    to one of the town’s many lively pubs.

    Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

    Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River
    Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County
    Clare. View the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost
    700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk
    along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for
    great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
    Head to Galway to join a local guide for a brief stroll
    through the twisting streets of the old city before
    spending some time on your own.

    Day 6: Sheepdogs & Derry’s Medieval Walls

    Stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock, one of the
    world’s leading Catholic shrines. Visit the church
    where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in
    1879. Immerse yourself in Irish farm life during a visit
    to an authentic working farm and watch trained
    sheepdogs round up mountain sheep. Head to
    Donegal for some free time in this charming town.
    On arrival in Derry meet a local guide to discover the
    history of this ancient city which retains its fortified
    medieval walls dating from 1613.

    Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Glyde Inn

    Explore the northern coastline and the Giant’s
    Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by
    volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Visit
    Titanic Belfast and learn about the ill-fated ship
    through state-of-the-art displays. See the docks
    where this famous liner was built just over a century
    ago. Stop at the Glyde Inn for a farewell dinner with
    Irish specialties and entertaining traditional Irish
    songs and music.

    Day 8: Tour Ends in Dublin

    Your tour ends after breakfast.

     

    NOTE: The features, itinerary and hotels shown for this tour are based on 2019 departures, and may be subject to change for 2021 departures.