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14 Night Self Drive Tours
This comprehensive All-Ireland tour can be accessed via any of the Irish Airports and encompasses all regions of the country, including Northern Ireland. This touring Ireland vacation does entail quite a bit of driving but it will leave the traveler with a wonderful array of memories of the diverse scenery and cultural differences that they will encounter from one end of the country to the other. While the accents and dialects of the spoken word will vary greatly while journeying from County Cork on the southern tip of Ireland to the northern counties of Donegal and Antrim, the one unchanging constant will be the level of friendliness, humor and welcome that you receive throughout your travels. While the suggested tour itinerary and tour overview clearly outlines how you will be able to visit many of Ireland’s most historical locations and attractions, make sure to take time-out to get to know the local people and their culture. See touring Ireland overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
This 5 Centre Style Tour is perfect for the traveler who prefers to explore the countryside from a limited number of bases rather than switch accommodations every night or two. This way of touring Ireland will allow the visitor a greater amount of time to get to know the areas in which they are residing and of course the locals that reside in those locations. One of the greatest advantages of the 5 Centre Tours is that you will undoubtedly feel considerably more rested at the end of the tour than someone who has taken the alternative 14 night tours where they stay in each location for just one or two nights. You will stay in Kilkenny in the South East, Kerry in the South West, and Galway/Mayo in the west of Ireland, Donegal and Derry in the north and Dublin City for the final 3 nights. See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
This Best of Ireland Tour is a 14 night tour based on Ireland’s most famous sights including Trinity College and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Powerscourt House & the Waterford Crystal exhibition in the South East, Blarney Castle and the Cobh Heritage centre in Cork, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the ‘Burren Landscape’ of County Clare as well as the Aran Islands and Connemara in County Galway and Irelands most visited attraction, the ancient Megalithic Tombs at Newgrange. There are 4 choices of accommodation; 14 nights in hotels, B&B's or Manor Houses, or a stay involving 4 nights in a quality hand-picked B&B, 6 nights in Hotels and 4 nights in our wonderful intimate Manor House Hotels. Other combinations available on request. See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
This luxury tour includes overnights in Irelands premier 5***** Hotels and Castles. Your route will allow you to visit Ireland’s most popular sights. While you travel, enjoy the spectacular scenery and intriguing history that Ireland has to offer. Your accommodations include the best that Ireland has to offer in terms of service, location and gastronomy, with tasting menus available upon request. Luxury and Deluxe accommodations available. See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
Irish pubs are known throughout the world for the friendliness and warmth of their hospitality and also for being the meeting place for like minded souls who find themselves in search of quality conversation, humour, music and food. The Irish Pub & Folk Tour takes you to towns that offer numerous great pubs renowned for their atmosphere, food and superb traditional music. As you travel between these towns in the east, south and west of Ireland, you will also have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful & picturesque landscapes that Ireland has to offer. Combine that with the history of the regions that you are passing through and you have the makings of an unforgettable vacation. See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
There is no doubt today that modern Irish cuisine compares with the very best in the world. Furthermore, it excels in showcasing the very high quality of Ireland’s natural, fresh, locally-produced ingredients. Experience the creative and culinary talents of Irish chefs on offer in luxury establishments as you travel around the island of Ireland. While you travel, enjoy the spectacular scenery and intriguing history that Ireland has to offer. Needless to say, the accommodations will be in keeping with the high standards of this Gourmet Tour. See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary....read more
This easy-going and relaxing tour includes time in some of the most historical and picturesque areas of the southern half of the country. The first 6 nights will be spent in the south eastern counties of Wicklow, Wexford & Waterford where you will have the opportunity to visit attractions such as The Monastic settlement at Glendalough and Powerscourt gardens in Wicklow, the Dunbrody Famine Ship and The Kennedy Homestead in Wexford and the Waterford Crystal Factory and Lismore gardens in Waterford. In Cork and Kerry, you will be able to Kiss the Blarney Stone and visit attractions such as the Cobh Heritage centre, the Midleton Jameson distillery, the Ring of Kerry and of course the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. From here you will be travelling north along the west coast of Ireland including visits to the Cliffs of Moher and Burren region in County Clare .See tour overview for sightseeing possibilities and general itinerary...read more
Just thought I would drop you a line or two following our trip to Ireland and our CIE tour (Taste of Ireland Sept. 8 to 13th 2008)
We had the most wonderful driver, Harry Crofton on our trip. He was not only personable, charming (and very handsome,) but his knowledge of the history of Ireland and his general sense of pride in the country and its achievements was most impressive. Everyone on that bus was ‘educated’ in such a wonderfully positive way, it helped us all forget the terrible weather outside! Nothing Harry could have done about that.
I thought the tour was very worthwhile, marvelous accommodations, terrific food and amiable hosts. An unexpected visit to Jameson’s where my husband was chosen as a taster was a nice surprise.
I would certainly recommend this Taste of Ireland to anyone with limited time to spend. I was very impressed with the new and improved Ireland, lovely roads, food and accommodations. Unbelievably expensive though, but for our part, well worth it.
I did phone Paul O’Neil in CIE Dublin to tell him how much we had enjoyed Harry Crofton, but thought it would do no harm to mention it to you as well. If there are commendations out there, Harry should get one.
Thanks Liz for all your help in setting up this trip. Now if I could just get rid of the jet lag I would be fine!
Take care and may you enjoy the golden colours of Autumn in Ireland
Pat & Chuck Benedict, Calgary, Alberta