Ireland

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Ireland 2020-08-03T10:51:08+00:00

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IRELAND

Nestled in the heart of the country is a haven of picturesque villages, stunning tracks, trails and waterways and brilliant bars and restaurants. Ireland’s rural heartland, which stretches outwards from the banks of the Shannon bisecting the island into its various provinces and counties, has something for every visitor – it’s yours to uncover.

Highlights of Ireland

9 days
Dublin to Belfast
if you’re in the market for something more meaningful than a pint of green beer, hop aboard this delightful nine-day adventure to the Emerald Isle. Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, traditional music in a local pub… seriously, it doesn’t get much more quintessentially Irish than this. We mix the essential sites and time in the villages to really round out the experience. Even if Ireland isn’t the Old Country for you, this trip will make you feel as though you’re back home.
Drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub
Visit the sites along the Ring of Kerry
Walk some of the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher
Explore the cities of Dublin and Belfast
On sale!
2021:
MAY 15, 29 $2379
June  5, 19, July 10, 31 $2549
Book by August 31, 2020
Book with Confidence!
For a limited time, tours departing before Dec. 31, 2020 can be cancelled and rebooked up to 14 days prior to departure and those departing between Jan. 1st 2021 and July 31, 2021 can be cancelled and rebooked up to 30 days prior to departure.
Travel with Confidence:
• Even smaller. Even better: maximum group size has been reduced to 12 travelers on most tours to ensure even smaller groups
• Private rides: Exclusive use of private transportation (except planes)
• My Own Room (plus extra legroom): My Own Room option is available for 50% off, and now includes extra space on all their private vehicles
• More “personal” personal space: All rooms on trip will be either double or single and have en-suite bathrooms

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS ESCAPE


6 DAY TOUR FROM EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW
Take an exciting Caledonian adventure through the highlands from Edinburgh to Glasgow on this guided vacation in Scotland! Enjoy the moors even more by visiting during the off season, with fewer crowds and lower prices. Begin in Edinburgh to visit the Castle and admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Visit the home of golf at St. Andrews. Stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry and admire its Scottish Baronial architecture, then cross the battleground at Culloden Moor. Spend the night in the Highland capital of Inverness, and prepare for a day of glorious Scottish scenery on your drive along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for the elusive Nessie! Take a spirited tour of Ben Nevis whisky distillery, and admire even more beautifully rugged landscapes from Glen Coe to Oban on the western coast of Scotland.
Travel through the serene glens, lush forests, and rushing rivers of The Trossachs—Scotland’s first national park. Relish in the lovely views of Loch Lomond. Take a drive through Glasgow to see its 12th-century cathedral, stately university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built in the heyday of the tobacco barons. Finally, gather with your traveling companions, and raise a glass to this bonnie jaunt of a guided vacation in Scotland.
2020: Nov 22, 29 $1039 Dec 6 $899
Prices are per person in single, double or triple room occupancy.

IRISH ESCAPE

7 DAY TOUR FROM DUBLIN TO DUBLIN
Escape to the lush landscapes, charming cities, and friendly people of Ireland during the low season so you can experience it all without the crowds and, most importantly, without the high-season prices. This Ireland tour is an ideal introduction to the Emerald Isle for first-time visitors who have limited time. You’ll relish in some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery as well as its most famous towns. You’ll start and end in Dublin, and you’ll also have overnights in Ennis, Killarney, and Waterford. Highlights of this tour include the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, where you’ll savor breathtaking views of these sheer cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and awe-inspiring landscapes. Words cannot capture the magnificence of this natural beauty; it must be witnessed in person!
You’ll also have time to enjoy bustling Dublin, the “Fair City,” Adare with its pretty thatched cottages; medieval Waterford, home to the famous crystal; and Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest and liveliest towns. From the scenic beauty to the unique interactions and experiences with the down-to-earth locals, this Ireland tour is sure to delight all of your senses, and at a price you just can’t miss!
2020: Oct 31, Nov 1, 7,8, 21, 22, 29 $1239
Dec 5, 6, 12, 13 $1169
Prices are per person in single, double or triple room occupancy.

NORTH OF IRELAND ESCAPE


7 DAY TOUR FROM DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

Escape to the beauty and history of the “Emerald Isle” on your guided tour of Ireland. Enjoy your getaway into the green valleys and sweeping seashores without the large crowds or costs of the “busy” travel season. You’ll begin in the fair city of Dublin. Admire statue-lined O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare, and elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses and colorful doors behind the wrought-iron fences. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral along the way.
Leave the bustle of Dublin for the green landscapes of Ireland’s countryside, and visit Rathbaun Farm. You’ll learn about Ireland’s sheep-farming practices, and try your hand at scone baking in the farmhouse kitchen. You’ll travel on to western Ireland’s colorful harbor city of Galway, with its vibrant shops, cafés, and traditional pubs. On your way to Northern Ireland, pass through Westport, Donegal, and Letterkenny. Then, enjoy a guided walk on Derry’s Old Town walls, and visit the amazing natural formation of the Giant’s Causeway—massive interlocking basalt columns that dramatically extend across the seashore.
Spend two nights in Belfast, with plenty to see in Northern Ireland’s capital city, including the fascinating Titanic Experience. On your way back to Dublin, stop in Carlingford. This Cooley Peninsula town is famous for its oyster farms, medieval buildings, and 12th-century King John’s Castle overlooking the city. Spend the last night of your escorted tour of Ireland where you began, in Dublin. You’ll see why this escape through Ireland’s beauty and history is made even better without the crowds of the high season on your affordable, guided Ireland vacation.
2020: Nov 1, 8 $1169
Dec 13 $1039
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

South of Ireland Escape

6 Day Tour from Limerick to Dublin

Travel through Ireland’s rugged landscapes and welcoming locales during the off season and see your luck change! From Limerick to Dublin, you’ll experience the beauty and charm of the Emerald Isle. Take an excursion from Limerick to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher

2020:
Nov 1, 15, 22 $10399  Dec  13 $889
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy

IRISH & SCOTTISH SAMPLER


8 days/7 nights
Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 – August 19th departures
Discover the unique flavors of Belfast as a local guide leads you on a fun walk of some top food and drink spots around Belfast city center.
Visit Brú na Boinne to learn about the Neolithic people who built the ancient passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth – older than the pyramids and mysterious marvels to this day.
Trip Highlights:
Blair Athol Distillery, Dalkey Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Pollok House, Scenic Glens of Antrim,
St Andrews, St. Michan’s Church Dublin, Hillsborough Castle
7 breakfasts, 6 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh and a tasting tour in Belfast.
2020 fares from:
Sept $3574 Oct $2612

Irish Explorer

10 days/9 nights

See Donegal’s spectacular Slieve League cliffs– and enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive experience as you sip Irish coffee while taking in the view. Gain unique insight into the history and heritage of the stunningly beautiful west of Ireland at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, and enjoy a farmhouse lunch. Enjoy a pint at Blakes of the Hollow Pub in a CIE Tours Exclusive experience – and see the handcrafted “Game of Thrones” door carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges.
9 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner, Nancy’s Bar in Ardara, and Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show.
Trip Highlights
Belleek Pottery
Blarney Castle
Cliffs of Moher
Abbey Tavern
Cruise on Lough Corrib (Seasonal)
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Florence Court House
Whiskey Experience in Killarney
Sheepdog Demonstration
Slieve League Cliffs
2020:   Oct 4 $3184 Oct 18 $3704

Taste of Ireland

Visit a farm in the beautiful mountains of County Kerry and watch border collies hard at work as they round up sheep.
Tour the magnificent State Apartments of Dublin Castle – once the living quarters of the viceregal court, the Apartments today are the venue for presidential inaugurations and other State ceremonies.
Dining Experiences
6 daily breakfasts, 1 lunchand 3 dinners including a night at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a traditional show, and a medieval castle banquet
Trip Highlights
Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin Castle, Ring of Kerry, Sheepdog Demonstration
Skellig Experience
7 days: 2020: fares from
Oct $2118 Nov $1923

Ireland Explorer

7 Day Tour from Limerick to Dublin
Start with two nights in Limerick, known for its warm, authentic Irish personality—as well as the famed poetry of the colourful Limerick. An ideal walking city, Limerick is the perfect place to explore, from castle to cathedral to museum to pub. There’s an optional opportunity to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the lively city of Galway. Next, set off for one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, Adare, with stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and the real treat—freshly baked scones. Spend a night in Killarney—the “Town in the Park”—and enjoy the Irish shops, Killarney National Park, or any optional activities including the beautiful Ring of Kerry drive. Pass through the splendid scenery of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence” that promises the gift of gab.
On to the fair city of Dublin with its statue-lined O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. You’ll soon discover that Dublin is as intimate as a village and friendly as your favourite pub. Walk the streets that gave us the literary works of Yeats, Beckett, and Joyce.
2020:  Oct 18 $1059
Oct 4 $1189

JEWELS OF IRELAND

14 Days/13 Nights
Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to Antarctica.
Relax as you take in a special step-dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.
Dining Experiences:
13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 10 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock and a medieval castle banquet.
Trip Highlights:
Blasket Centre, Brú na Bóinne, Dingle Bay Cruise, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Slieve League Cliffs,
Titanic Belfast, Hillsborough Castle
2020:
Oct 2 $4588 Oct 4 $4471

The Scots Irish Tour- 11 days

Authentic Local Experiences:
Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 – 20 departures.
Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and see behind the scenes of the Queen’s former floating home.
Sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole.
Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
Welcome get-together drink with your group
Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
2020: fares from:
Oct $4601

IRISH PUB TOUR

8 Days, from $2127

Learn about Ireland’s folk traditions and tales as you explore cozy pubs around the country, including story-telling at Dublin’s Oldest Pub, the Brazen Head, and dinner and music at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Visit Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Guinness Storehouse. Stay in Kilkenny, Killarney and Westport, towns renowned for lots of lively pubs.
Authentic Local Experiences
Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole.
Discover the rich history of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile as you explore with a local guide.
Happen upon live music on a Pub Crawl through Westport, a beautiful planned town from the 18th century.

Dining Experiences
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch at McGann’s Pub in Doolin and 7 dinners including The Church Cafe Bar and Restaurant, Celtic Whiskey Bar (including a Tasting and Chocolate Pairing), and the 12th-century Brazen Head Pub folk dinner.
Trip Highlights
Blarney Castle; Cliffs of Moher; Guinness Storehouse Tour; Smithwick’s Experience; Teeling Distillery; South Pole Inn with Irish coffee
Dingle Peninsula; Sheepdog Demonstration

2020 fares from:
Oct $2651 Nov $2287

South of Ireland Escape

6 day tour from Limerick to Dublin
Travel through Ireland’s rugged landscapes and welcoming locales during the off season
and see your luck change! From Limerick to Dublin, you’ll experience the beauty and charm of the Emerald Isle.
Take an excursion from Limerick to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
Explore the buzzing harbour city of Galway, and be amazed at the 100-mile panoramic drive on the Ring of Kerry.
From the town of Killarney, travel to Blarney and get a chance to kiss
The Stone of Eloquence. Enjoy free time in the picturesque fishing-port town of Kinsale.
Take in the old-world charm of Kilkenny, then continue to Dublin’s “Fair City” for an orientation drive to
see O’Connell Street’s statues, red-brick townhouses of the Georgian squares,
Trinity College, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Find the luck of the Irish on an off-season escape and guided tour of Ireland.


Land Only
December 01, 08, 15 $889
Prices are per person in single, double or triple room occupancy.