CIE Tours International Inc.

Celebrating 84 years of travel excellence! During this time CIE Tours International has provided travelers with the highest quality vacations to Ireland and Britain and continue to improve their tours and services.

Over the years they have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with satisfied clients throughout North America. They are members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Both organizations ensure that all members meet stringent standards to protect the traveling public. In addition they set our own high standards for delivering excellent vacations with state-of-the-art luxury coaches; prompt and pleasant customer service; the best hotels; and carefully chosen visits and entertainment.

Their coach tours are fully inclusive with no optional extras to purchase at your destination. You pay one price and they insist that our tour directors focus solely on your enjoyment. Once you pay the deposit, they guarantee their land tour prices.


Tour Name (click name for details) Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
St. Patrick's Day in Dublin: The Wearing of the Green 6 Days Ireland Mar 14, 2020 $1059

Join the party for Ireland's spirited St Patrick's Day parade. This short-and-sweet tour includes exclusive access to a private party with the best parade viewing vantage point and behind-the-scenes look at the parade floats that morning—along with sightseeing excursions to prehistoric Newgrange, the Guinness Storehouse and other must-see things to do in Dublin.

Included:

Inclusive package with no hidden extras:
Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
Welcome drinks with your group
Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents
Our welcome gift to you:
A travel backpack
Travel adapter
Rain poncho
Luggage strap and tags
Documents wallet

Hotel: Ashling Hotel, Dublin

Day 1 Dublin Tour | St Patrick's Cathedral (flight not included)
Céad míle fáilte! Your tour begins at your accommodations, the four-star Ashling Hotel in Dublin. Start with an introductory Dublin tour—a marvelous city of charming pubs, stately Georgian buildings, hip restaurants, busy shops and grand old monuments, all infused with a special blend of history, music and wit. Visit the 800-year-old St Patrick’s Cathedral; legend says this building, Ireland’s largest cathedral, was built on the site of an ancient well used for baptisms by St Patrick. Celebrate your arrival with a welcome drink at your hotel, followed by a free evening to dine as you wish.

Day 2 Liberties Distillery | Guinness Storehouse | Merry Ploughboy Pub
Explore Ireland’s pub culture and have fun discovering local whiskey and beer production. Begin with a trip to a leading distillery in the Liberties, one of Dublin’s most distinctive and historic working-class areas. Staying in the neighborhood, visit the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction and the home of Ireland’s most iconic stout since 1759. Have a pint in the Gravity Bar on the top floor as you gaze out at panoramic views of the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish—You might find that a “good puzzle would be [to] cross Dublin without passing a pub," as James Joyce once wrote. Enjoy dinner and a show of traditional Irish music and dance at the 200-year-old Merry Ploughboy, the only pub in Ireland owned and managed by traditional Irish musicians. (B, D) (Please note: There are three coaches on this tour. Depending on the coach you are assigned to, you may be visiting one of the alternative attractions (Brú na Bóinne or Glendalough) on this tour during the day. )
(B, D)

Day 3 Brú na Bóinne | Old Street Restaurant
Head out of Dublin to the scenic Brú na Bóinne and its Stone Age passage tombs. Built over 5,000 years ago and older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, the site remains a mysterious marvel today. Learn about these wonders in the visitor's center, followed by a visit to either Newgrange or Knowth. Savor contemporary Irish cooking as you dine this evening at the Old Street restaurant in historic Malahide, a picturesque Dublin suburb. (Please note: There are three coaches on this tour. Depending on the coach you are assigned to, you may be visiting one of this tour's alternative attractions (Liberties Distillery & Guinness Storehouse or Glendalough) during the day. )
(B, D)

Day 4 St Patrick's Day in Dublin
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Dublin’s iconic heart: at the landmark General Post Office, in the center of town, right on the parade route. The GPO, once the headquarters of the Easter Rising, is possibly the most important building in all of Irish history. On Easter Monday 1916, Irish rebel leader Pádraig Pearse read the Proclamation of Independence outside its doors, declaring Ireland a republic. The ensuing doomed rebellion would destroy much of Dublin’s city center and result in the executions of most of its leaders, but was the pivotal event in the establishment of Ireland as an independent state. We’ll start the day by bringing you behind the scenes for a private tour of the floats and bands in the morning, as the festivities and the excitement are gearing up. Next, tour the spectacular “Witness History” exhibition at the GPO, including an exciting display commemorating the 170-year history of the Irish flag, which first flew from the building’s rooftop during Easter Week 1916. Then the merriment really begins, with CIE Tours’ exclusive access to a private party in the GPO, made possible through our partnership with Shannon Heritage. From the party you can step just outside the door to watch the parade from a private viewing spot—and it’s a celebration like no other! Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade is a magnificent moving street performance, with marching bands accompanied by flamboyant carnival-style performers, dancers, and street theater groups. It’s a marvelous swirl of color, music and joy. After the parade, you will have free time to revel in the city’s festive atmosphere.
(B, L)

Day 5 Wicklow Mountains | Glendalough Monastery
Visit Ireland’s largest national park, in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Tour Glendalough, a sixth-century monastery that flourished as a center of learning for hundreds of years, despite numerous sackings by Vikings. The many Irish and Latin manuscripts produced there by medieval monks preserved much of Europe’s knowledge of religion, astronomy and mathematics during the Dark Ages. The ruins of this settlement stand today, including a distinctive 30-foot round tower, churches dating to the 10th century, and one of Ireland’s oldest Celtic crosses. Stop in the Wicklow Brewery for lunch on your own. Enjoy free time in Dublin for your last night. (Please note: There are three coaches on this tour. Depending on the coach you are assigned to, you may be visiting one of the alternative attractions (Liberties Distillery & Guinness Storehouse or Brú na Bóinne) during the day. )
(B)

Day 6 Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Northern Welcome 9 Days Ireland Mar 21, 2020 $1789

Travel around the northern reaches of Ireland to discover unexpected—and enchanting—landscapes and experiences. This 9-day Ireland vacation package is perfect for a repeat traveler who's already fallen in love with the Emerald Isle.

Included:

Inclusive package with no hidden extras:
Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
Welcome drinks with your group
Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents

Our welcome gift to you:
A travel backpack
Travel adapter
Rain poncho
Luggage strap and tags
Documents wallet

Hotels:
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin
Wyatt Hotel, Westport
Maldron Hotel Derry, Derry
Europa Hotel (Hastings Hotel Group), Belfast
Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne

Day 1 Dublin Arrival | Glasnevin Cemetery Museum (flight not included)
Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your hotel in Stillorgan, a suburban village of Dublin. Take a guided panoramic Dublin tour to see elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors and the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, a “Who’s Who” of modern Irish history. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or in the nearby coastal town of Dun Laoghaire.

Day 2 Independent Touring in Dublin | Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner Show
Spend some time touring Dublin independently with tickets for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and choose one of four amazing things to do in Dublin: Guinness Storehouse, GPO Witness History, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or Teeling Distillery. In the evening, enjoy a meal of Irish specialties and a traditional show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.
(B, D)

Day 3 Sean’s Bar | Galway Walking Tour
Travel to Athlone in Co. Westmeath to enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive, a visit to Sean’s Bar. Founded in 900 AD, it is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as Europe’s oldest pub; raise a glass there as thirsty patrons have done for centuries. Journey on to beautiful Galway where you’ll have lunch on your own before taking a walking tour of this vibrant harbor city. Proceed to the charming coastal town of Westport for a dinner at your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 4 Achill Island | Westport
Start the day with a walking tour of Westport. Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, to capture wonderful views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore, see the Deserted Village, 100 abandoned stone summer "booley" cottages, and stop in the village of Keel for a casual lunch. Return to Westport and take a tour around the stately Westport House, which contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine there. The evening is free for independent exploration and dining in Westport.
(B, L)

Day 5 Sheepdog Demonstration | Donegal
Enjoy a scenic drive to County Sligo, where you’ll stop for lunch. Proceed on for a visit to a traditional farm to see a demonstration of trained sheepdogs herding sheep. Travel through rugged countryside and stop in Donegal town for some free time to explore. Continue to Derry, where you’ll have time to relax or explore before dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 6 Inishowen Peninsula | Derry | Walled City Brewery
Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, to Banba’s Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Stop at a pub overlooking the sea for tea and scones before continuing towards Buncrana. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the city’s medieval walls, and learn about its turbulent history. Walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant; enjoy dinner there with a flight of 4 beers.
(B, D)

Day 7 Giant’s Causeway | Turf-Cutting Demonstration | Glens of Antrim | Belfast
See the natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Take some time at the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for a talk and turf-cutting presentation before enjoying tea and scones. Drive south along the Glens of Antrim, one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This area is where many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed. Travel on to Belfast where you will have some leisure time to explore independently before dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 8 Titanic Belfast | Long Meadow Cider
Discover Belfast and see the prominent buildings, political murals, and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a state-of- the-art attraction that will immerse you in the story of this iconic liner. Visit Long Meadow Cider in Co. Armagh, a CIE Tours Exclusive. Enjoy a tour of this family-run farm and a tasting of their award-winning ciders and apple pie. Take home a sample of their apple cider vinegar, bottled onsite. Depart for dinner in your castle hotel in Dunboyne.
(B, D)

Day 9 Tour Ends in Meath
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Taste of Ireland 7 Days Ireland Mar 20, 2020 $1080

This fast-paced, short-and-sweet Ireland tour is the perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. Taste of Ireland hits all of the "greatest hits" highlights, with five-day, six-day or seven-day departures to suit your schedule.
Another great date and rate: Mar 29, 2020 $1145

Included:

Inclusive package with no hidden extras:
Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
Welcome drinks with your group
Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents

Our welcome gift to you
A travel backpack
Travel adapter
Rain poncho
Luggage strap and tags
Documents wallet

Hotels:
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty
Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin

Day 1 Independent Tour of Dublin (flight not included)
Your tour begins with a day of independent touring in Dublin. Take a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and enjoy a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. Dine independently this evening.

Day 2 Dublin | Dublin Castle | Merry Ploughboy Pub
Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Your city tour starts at 2:00 PM from the hotel lobby with a local guide for a panoramic tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, rows of Georgian houses with colorfully painted doorways and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group. In the evening, head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3 Blarney Castle | Killarney
Depart Dublin and drive through the agricultural midlands of Ireland. Stop for photos of the stately ruins of the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4 Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience | Sheepdog Demonstration | Killarney
Embark on Ireland’s most popular 100-mile scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. There will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant, you’ll continue your scenic drive to Valentia Island where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a demonstration of a sheepdog herding flocks, a shearing demonstration (seasonal), and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.
(B, L)

Day 5 Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is near Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast of excellent traditional dishes and wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.)
(B, D)

Day 6 Galway | Dublin
Head north to Galway for a panoramic tour of the city with some free time on your own to explore. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 7 Depart from Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today.
(B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner