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2024 Taste of Ireland (Tour B) - 6 Days/5 Nights

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ireland

Cities Visited

Bunratty , Dublin , Killarney , Shannon

  1. Day 1
    Independent Touring in Dublin
    Start this morning with a day of independent touring in Dublin on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. Your voucher also includes a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the GPO Museum. Dine independently this evening.
  2. Day 2
    Dublin City Tour | Dublin Castle | Merry Ploughboy Pub
    Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. At 2:00 PM, meet your tour director in the hotel lobby and depart for a panoramic tour of Dublin. Drive through the lively streets with a local guide, seeing this historic city’s highlights: Trinity College, elegant Georgian homes, and modern buildings rising by the River Liffey. Visit Dublin Castle for a guided tour and see the splendid State Apartments; for centuries the seat of colonial power in Ireland, this impressive complex is today a place for official ceremonies. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group, then head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with traditional music and step-dancing. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Blarney Castle | Killarney
    Travel through lush green countryside on your way to Blarney Castle. Along the way, stop for photos of the stately ruins of the Rock of Cashel on their hilltop perch. At Blarney, climb the winding staircase to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and gain the gift of the gab, or wander the beautiful gardens. Arrive in the friendly lakeside town of Killarney, where you’ll dine at your hotel this evening. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience | Sheepdog Demonstration
    Visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Moriarty’s in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, before embarking on the famed Ring of Kerry scenic drive. The winding, 100-mile route reveals breathtaking coastal and mountain views, with plenty of photo stops. Pause for a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant. Continue on to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, a visitor center telling the story of the neighboring island of Skellig Michael, which you’ll see off the coast. Learn how this island, a filming location for “Star Wars”, was once the austere home of early Christian monks. Stop for a stroll around the quaint, colorful village of Sneem, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains. Visit a farm to see a demonstration of skilled dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening to dine and discover the pubs as you wish. (B, L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
    Leave Killarney, taking a 20-minute ferry ride across the River Shannon before driving along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone soaring almost 700 feet above the Atlantic. Continue on to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a medieval-style feast of traditional Irish fare at a castle. Lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of medieval times. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.) (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Tour Ends in Shannon
    Your tour ends in Shannon after breakfast. (B) >
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Accommodations

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it a unique charm. Standard rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling. The Brasserie Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. Tom’s Bar is a great place to relax with a drink or a snack. Set in Ballsbridge, close to the Royal Dublin Society and Aviva Stadium, this property is a short distance from the city center, with good bus service close by.
Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney Towers Hotel
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney Towers Hotel
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Clayton Hotel Limerick
With views from the beautiful location on the River Shannon waterfront in Limerick City Center, Clayton Hotel Limerick offers free WiFi throughout and access to the Waterfront Restaurant, Grill Bar and Restaurant and ClubVitae leisure center, featuring a 39 foot indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and sauna. The light and modern rooms offer CIE Tours' guests a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi and private bathrooms with soft cotton towels, a hairdryer and toiletries. Grill Bar & Restaurant offers locally sourced flame-grilled food with a view and a bar with contemporary designs where guests can enjoy an extensive European lunch and dinner. For a lighter bite indulge in a handcrafted coffee and specialty teas with freshly bakes snacks throughout the day in Red Bean Roastery. The Waterfront Restaurant in the heart of the city feature views of the River Shannon from wrap around glass walls.

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

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 70 reviews - currently showing 18 reviews with comments only

Excellent trip and guide. Only suggestion would be to start each day on the bus at 9:00 am, not 8:00 am - everyone is asleep for at least the first hour or so.

Patrick, our Tour Guide was absolutely fabulous. Very knowledgeable both on Irish history and current events in the area.

The entire experience was wonderful. I would highly recommend CIE to friends and family.

All the hotels were great except the last one in Dublin which was really sub par. The problem is people were given the evaluations to fill out before we ever got to that hotel and most filled out their evaluations based on the other hotels we had visited. One tour member even had a bloody hand print on her shower door, stains on her pillowcases and hairs on her sheets. It's too bad it was the last memory we had of the trip, as otherwise things were lovely.

As this was our first trip to Ireland my wife and I thought the guided bus tour was the best way to enjoy our visit. As it turns out it was better than expected. Our tour guide was friendly and professional and we were able to sit back and relax on the bus.

My granddaughter and I had a great time. She didn't even want to come home. The driver went everywhere that the tour had said on line.

Everything was well arranged and flowing smoothingly. I was impressed with the flawlessness of the operation's execution considering the logistics involved. My compliments to all involved and best regards

CIE was an excellent tour company with very nice travel accommodations and itinerary. I would highly recommend them for your tours in Ireland and UK.

Thanks for a most pleasurable experience

A thoroughly enjoyable experience for my granddaughter and me. An excellent guide, and the pace was ideal. They even had wifi on the bus. We never used it, as the beautiful scenery took all our attention. I would certainly recommend CIE tours and book through Affordable again.

Fabulous tour, excellent hotels, delicious meals, knowledgeable guides, good variety of activities! What more can I say? Here is my tribute to Pat Curran: Twas a great taste of Ireland with Pat and Seamus Our tour guide and driver and leprechaun famous The Quiet Man Pat was most definitely not For we heard Ireland\'s history and great battles fought We learned about hurling and rugby and sports And stories behind the Anglo Norman forts The Eloquent Stone we were able to kiss And the west coast of Ireland he didn\'t let us miss. We laughed at his jokes and smiled at his wit His pubs and his eateries sure made a hit. 

The CIE tour experience was wonderful. We had a terrific guide who made the tour flow seamlessly. Excellent accommodations and meals. Great value for the money. I would go again!

My trip to Ireland was the best time of my life! I made many friends, The tour guide was wonderful, and I would love to do it again. THANK YOU!

The only thing is we felt there could have been a little more organized for the last evening as more of a group farewell. Without it, the trip was hardly Six Days. But we loved the group and the tour guide and generally had a great trip.

Killarney Tower Hotel, Academy Hotel in Dublin and Bunratty Castle Hotel were all nice. Burlington Hotel in Dublin is substandard at best. Our Tour Director did an outstanding job!

Everything was great. The only complaint was the last hotel before we flew home. Academy (best western) in downtown Dublin. The room was extremely small and hard to move around. The staff were not friendly at all and missed calling the wake up call in am for us and few others on the trip. Other than that it was great. Also the driver/tour director for CIE tours was excellent.

My daughter and I were so happy with the tour and everything associated with it. We couldn't believe how wonderful it was; so much packed in to each day and wonderful guides and a beautiful peaceful country. We hope to take another trip with your co. CIE was excellent. 

I am not sure that at age 81 bus tours with one night stops and early wake up and departures is the most enjoyable way to travel. Will try a river boat trip next.

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