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2020 Irish Explorer - 10 Days/9 Nights

2020 Irish Explorer - 10 Days/9 Nights


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ireland

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Clontarf Castle Hotel lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport and a few miles to the north of Dublin city center. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, a fascinating who’s who of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel. (D)

Day 2: Florence Court House & Blakes Pub
Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Next, a CIE Tours exclusive: visit Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a Victorian bar that retains many features original to its founding in 1887. Famed author John McGahern, a regular visitor, described it as “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland”. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds. (B, D)

Day 3: Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh
Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe.Enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive experience: sip an Irish coffee as you take in the view from these impressive cliffs. Travel along the coast then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys to Donegal Town, a busy shopping town that was once a Viking port. Watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving at a local woolen shop. Enjoy an early dinner with a drink and music at the popular Nancy’s Bar in Ardara. (B, D)

Day 4: Belleek Pottery & Galway Cruise
Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and take a relaxed cruise on Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland (April 1 – October 21 departures). Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Homestead
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes, and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy an evening free for independent dining and exploration. (B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Drive through Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Country Clare, which is dotted with ruined castles. Enjoy lunch on your own in a coastal village. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney andenjoy the Celtic Whiskey Bar experience with dinner that includes a chocolate tasting. (B, D)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry Tour
Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. Immerse yourself in farm life with a demonstration of sheepdogs herding flocks. Continuing on the scenic drive, pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. In Killarney, have dinner at your hotel then enjoy free time to discover some of the lively pubs. (B, D)

Day 8: Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9: Independent Bus Tour
Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. (B)

Day 10: Your Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.  >

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Accommodations

Package: Irish Explorer - 10 Days/9 Nights land tour

Clontarf Castle Hotel
Steeped in Irish history, the Clontarf Castle Hotel offers guests all the charm and splendor of a ro...

Mill Park Hotel
A warm welcome awaits you at this hotel which is built around its unique-styled Granary, along with ...

Mill Park Hotel
A warm welcome awaits you at this hotel which is built around its unique-styled Granary, along with ...

The Hardiman Hotel (Formely Hotel Meyrick)
The Hardiman Hotel is a flawless combination of Victorian grace and opulent luxury. Located right in...

The Hardiman Hotel (Formely Hotel Meyrick)
The Hardiman Hotel is a flawless combination of Victorian grace and opulent luxury. Located right in...

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center...

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center...

Herbert Park Hotel
This modern, bright property offers guests style and comfort with modern amenities. The bright, cont...

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.7

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Ratings based off 15 reviews - currently showing 9 reviews with comments only

We loved our trip. The hotels were very good, bus was immaculate and our guide, Dominic. Was excellent.

I enjoyed this trip so much! I liked that we stayed 2 nights at each hotel. We didn't have to pack up each day. Our tour guide/ driver was wonderful, and informed us about each area and its history. A+ to him. His name was Dominic and he needs to be recognized as a " a great guide!". The airlines accomadations were done so well, (no running in airport to get to flight). I highly recommend CIE Tours.

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful accommodations, very interactive experience with the tour stops.

The CIE trip was wonderful! One of the nicest we have had. The price was not exorbitant, Jack was very helpful and pleasant - a pleasure to work with. The only reason I did not give Jack another "Strongly Agree" is because we are 84 and 85 years of age and we are not sure we will continue traveling. My husband had stated that he did not wish to travel any more 2 years ago, but when he heard about the Ireland trip he changed his mind, agreed to it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So thank you very much!

Once again we were totally satisfied with the tour we chose through CIE. All of the hotels were beautiful and had all of the modern conveniences. Staff was very attentive also. We were amazed at all of the wonderful sights we were able to see each day and of course the magnificent countryside of Ireland. Our tour director/driver had a fantastic personality. His knowledge of Ireland and it's grand history was impeccable! He told us age old stories with such great detail and he also had quite the gift to be funny along the way. He was kind and considerate of all the passengers in his care. If I were to have any recommendations it would be that better planning be put into the meals.Every hotel offered the absolute same breakfast! And our dinners which were split between the hotels and a local restaurant all had pretty much the same menu.This trip we felt that we weren't offered all of the flavors of Ireland. Every menu had Beef Stew with Guinness, Salmon and Seafood Chowder! And I didn't go to Ireland for Pasta and meatballs. We were looking for more variety, more traditional Irish cuisine. I did have lamb that was exquisite. Just a thought since you guys choose the itinerary maybe you can work on the menu also.

This was an excellent tour from the time we arrived until the time we left everybody was friendly courteous and professional. Our driver was exceptional very knowledgeable about Ireland.

Overall good travel. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Traveled with elderly parents and rooms were conveniently located on lower floors near elevators. One passenger had special dietary needs, vegan, and attempts were made to accommodate. One hotel had construction and no hot shower before departing in the morning but all over hotels were exceptional. Especially enjoyed the Clontarf Castle.

 CIE tour guide were all very professional and knowledgeable. 

The Irish Tour vacation was really great. I felt everyone was treated great. All hotels were really nice and very clean. I have nothing to complain about. But as always I am always glad to back home. Thanks for all your help.


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