2020 Best of Ireland South (Tour A) – 8 Days/7 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Stop in Adare – well-known for being one of Ireland’s prettiest villages – and see its charming streets and thatched cottages.
  • Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.
  • Gain a fascinating and quirky perspective on the Irish capital’s rich history in a CIE Tours Exclusive: an after-hours visit to the Little Museum of Dublin, accompanied by a welcome drink.

Trip Highlights

Dining Experiences

  • 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) including a lively medieval castle banquet, plus tea and scones at a sheep farm.

Hotels

ITINERARY

Best of Ireland South (Tour A) 8 Days/7 Nights/12 meals

Day 1: Independent Touring in Dublin
Tours begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Enjoy your day with 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. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening, you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 2: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. Next, visit the Little Museum of Dublin; located in a Georgian townhouse, it tells the fascinating story of the city. Your after-hours visit is a CIE Tours Exclusive – you’ll enjoy a welcome drink there with your group before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.  (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Traditional Irish Dinner
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish entertainment over dinner.  (B, D)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour.  (B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above 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. Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs from days of yore.  (B, D)

Day 7: Irish National Stud & Dublin
Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see impeccably-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin.  (B)

Day 8: Tour ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today.  (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

  • 2020 Best of Ireland South (Tour B) – 7 Days/6 Nights

ITINERARY

Best of Ireland South (Tour B) – 7 Days / 6 Nights / 11 meals

Day 1: Independent Touring in Dublin
Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Enjoy your day with 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. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening, you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 2: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. Next, visit the Little Museum of Dublin; located in a Georgian townhouse, it tells the fascinating story of the city. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.  (B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.  (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Traditional Irish Dinner
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish entertainment over dinner.  (B, D)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour.  (B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above 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. Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs from days of yore.  (B, D)

Day 7: Tour ends in Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

  • 2020 Best of Ireland South (Tour C) – 7 Days/6 Nights

ITINERARY

Best of Ireland South (Tour C) 7 Days/6 Nights/11 meals

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. Next, visit the Little Museum of Dublin; located in a Georgian townhouse, it tells the fascinating story of the city. Your after-hours visit is a CIE Tours Exclusive – you’ll enjoy a welcome drink there with your group before dinner.  (D)

Day 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.  (B, D)

Day 3: Dingle Peninsula & Traditional Irish Dinner
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish entertainment over dinner.  (B, D)

Day 4: Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour.  (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above 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. Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs from days of yore.  (B, D)

Day 6: Irish National Stud & Dublin
Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see impeccably-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin.  (B)

Day 7: Tour ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today.(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

8 DAY TOUR PRICES AND DATES BELOW, CALL FOR 7 DAY OPTION PRICES OPTION B OR C

Start End Price
Saturday Mar 7, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Mar 14, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2287
Saturday Mar 14, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Mar 21, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2339
Thursday Mar 19, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Mar 26, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2274
Saturday Mar 21, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Mar 28, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2222
Thursday Mar 26, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Apr 2, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2313
Saturday Mar 28, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 4, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2417
Thursday Apr 2, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Apr 9, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2443
Saturday Apr 4, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 11, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2443
Saturday Apr 11, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 18, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2534
Saturday Apr 18, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Apr 25, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2508
Saturday Apr 25, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 2, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2599
Saturday May 2, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 9, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2729
Thursday May 7, 2020 from Dublin Thursday May 14, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2703
Saturday May 9, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 16, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2703
Saturday May 16, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 23, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2794
Saturday May 23, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 30, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2794
Saturday May 30, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 6, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2794
Thursday Jun 4, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jun 11, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Saturday Jun 6, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 13, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Thursday Jun 11, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jun 18, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Saturday Jun 13, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 20, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2833
Saturday Jun 20, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jun 27, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2859
Thursday Jun 25, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jul 2, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Saturday Jun 27, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 4, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Thursday Jul 2, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jul 9, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2859
Saturday Jul 4, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 11, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Thursday Jul 9, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jul 16, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2859
Saturday Jul 11, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 18, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2833
Thursday Jul 16, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jul 23, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Saturday Jul 18, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 25, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Thursday Jul 23, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Jul 30, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Thursday Jul 30, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Aug 6, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2859
Saturday Aug 1, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Aug 8, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Thursday Aug 6, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Aug 13, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Saturday Aug 8, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Aug 15, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Saturday Aug 15, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Aug 22, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Saturday Aug 22, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Aug 29, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2924
Saturday Aug 29, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Sep 5, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2963
Saturday Sep 5, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Sep 12, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2898
Saturday Sep 12, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Sep 19, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2729
Thursday Sep 17, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Sep 24, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2703
Thursday Sep 24, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Oct 1, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2573
Saturday Sep 26, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Oct 3, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2547
Thursday Oct 1, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Oct 8, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2443
Saturday Oct 10, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Oct 17, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2404
Thursday Oct 15, 2020 from Dublin Thursday Oct 22, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2313
Saturday Oct 17, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Oct 24, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2313
Saturday Oct 24, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Oct 31, 2020 to Dublin 8 Days C$2274