8 Day Independent Irish Spirit

CIE Tours
4.6 . Excellent
90%
Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
7 days
From: $ 642 $ 92 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery with misty mountains and sparkling lakes
  • Pleasant two-hight Stays in Killarney & Galway
  • Enjoy Independent Dublin tour
  • You have opportunity to create your own daily Itinerary
  • Visits Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience and Blarney Castle

Short Description

We offer two tour itineraries based on popular coach tours. These programs combine the security of pre-booked Irish hotels so that you know where you will stay each night with the flexibility for sightseeing and dining every day.

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Dublin
End City Dublin

Itinerary

Day 1: Vacation Starts in Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport and continue into the city. Your day is free to explore independently. Use your prepaid vouchers for an open-top bus tour of central Dublin and a visit to one of Dublin’s prime attractions.

Day 2: Dublin to Waterford

Meals: Breakfast

Take a taxi to the Hertz downtown office to pick up your car and head south from Dublin to your next hotel stay in Waterford, a distance of 100 miles. Suggested visits – Irish National Stud & Gardens, Kilkenny Castle, House of Waterford Crystal.

Day 3: Waterford to Killarney

Meals: Breakfast

Drive along the south coast of Ireland, a distance of about 120 miles. You may like to stop in Cork or Blarney. Suggested visits – Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience, Blarney Castle.

Day 4: Kerry Touring

Meals: Breakfast

You may like to take a full day tour to travel the popular 100-mile Ring of Kerry – it is better to drive in a counter-clockwise direction. Suggested visits – Kerry County Museum, Skellig Experience. The Dingle Peninsula is also a lovely day tour. Suggested visit – Dingle Brewing Company.

Day 5: Killarney to Galway

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s journey is about 120 miles traveling via Limerick. Suggested visits – Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park. Or cross the River Shannon by ferry and drive along the coast of Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Drive through the Burren and around Galway Bay.

Day 6: Connemara Region

Meals: Breakfast

Connemara Region Tour: Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery with misty mountains and sparkling lakes. Suggested visits – Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, “Connemara Lady” catamaran cruise or take “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong.

Day 7: Galway to Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

This is a distance of 130 miles, traveling from the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast to the Irish Sea on the East Coast. Stop for sightseeing along the way or get to Dublin by lunchtime. Check in to a different hotel in Dublin. Suggested visits – Strokestown Park House, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site or Kilbeggan Distillery.

Day 8: Vacation Ends Dublin Airport

Meals: Breakfast

Leave your rental car at Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight.

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Price Per Day: $ 92 per day
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192 CIE Tours Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 164
Great 8
Average 1
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Terrible 19
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4.5
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4.6
Lodging
4.6
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8 Day Independent Irish Spirit

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY WITH CIE!

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I gave this return 1 star only because that’s the lowest possible option, otherwise they would receive 0 stars!!! I had a trip planned for September of 2021 to Iceland. 12 days before the trip, my husband got Covid. Even though it was 12 days before the travel date, they still would not allow me to reschedule the trip. My husband has Alzheimer’s and this would likely have been his last trip out of the country, had I been able to reschedule. I was told I could put in a claim to get a partial refund. Since September 5, I have been battling with CIE to get said refund. Countless emails and phone calls claiming my check would be in the mail by “next week.” I eventually contacted Trip Mate to see if I could get any answers and they informed me that the check couldn’t be sent out because CIE hadn’t released the money. I tried countless times to reach the customer service manager, Mary Larkin, but every time I called she was “on another call” or “at a meeting.” Eventually I was told I could only email her to get in contact with her. I did exactly that about my refund I have been waiting months to receive and she finally called me back. She said it was inexcusable that the refund had taken this long and assured me she would have the money released and have Trip Mate expedite sending the check to me “by next week.” This conversation took place on April 7 and no money has been received at this time. Better Business Bureau has been contacted to handle the matter from here. These people are thieves, do NOT under any circumstances book with them!!!
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Loved our experience

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Loved our experience with our tour guide Mert our CIE tour in July/August of 2015 we have many pictures that we wanted to share with our group — I believe maybe however, the person in charge of creating a group page for our group — couldn’t read my handwriting when we had past the clipboard around to put our email addresses on as myself, husband and daughter never received any notification of the group page — kelli_landaverde@icloud.com or Kelli_landaverde@yahoo.com ; a.ponce219@gmail.com ; aponcelandaverde@gmail.com —- would still love to keep in touch with the group — that’s what’s so sad being together side by side for two weeks getting to know someone and then to never hear from one another ever again
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Our Guide was awesome. John did an amazing job

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I took my 80 year old Dad and he bragged about it every day till he passed 5/2020. It was the best thing I have ever done. Wish I could do it again with him.
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Both unfair and unacceptable

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Like many others here, we have clients booked with CIE Tours, and their tours have been canceled, in one case twice. CIE only offers a future travel credit, without option for a refund. They say that their policy is like other tour operators, however, Globus Family of Brands and others that we work with are offering the option for a full refund in the case that they cancel the tour. Clients are upset and CIE's policy is both unfair and unacceptable.
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Here is their policy on their own website

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Here is their policy on their own website.
CIE TOURS CANCELLATIONS: If it becomes necessary to cancel a coach tour prior to departure, at the discretion of the company, CIE Tours will offer the next available date at no additional land cost or will make a full refund of all monies paid to CIE Tours. CIE Tours cannot accept responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to such a tour booking or for any cancellation penalties due to non-refundable airfares, unless ticket is purchased from CIE Tours. Airline penalties may apply.
And yet they will not honor it. Stay away from this company. They do not care about you after they get your money.
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I can't say how disappointed I am with CIE Tours

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I can't say how disappointed I am with CIE Tours. I have had to cancel a planned tour of Ireland this year for two due to Covid 19 and the risk involved due to age and compromised immune systems of the parties involved.
CIE tours are unwilling to offer refunds of our deposits. I certainly could not recommend them to our friends and families as a reliable tour operator.
I have spoken to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland who quoted me the Package Holidays & Travel Trade Act and who said we are entitled to a refund of deposits paid.
I am very unhappy with this situation and am considering my next move if this matter is not resolved to my satisfaction.
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Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Independent

Accommodations

Ashling Hotel
Dublin

This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. The hotel offers a wide range of services and amenities. Located on the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is well placed for exploring Dublin. It’s a 20-minute walk to the city center and Temple Bar or just 5 minutes by Luas tram which stops close to the hotel. Hotel parking.

Dooley's Hotel
Waterford

This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends its traditional façade and many other cozy attributes with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music at weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal. Parking nearby

Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney

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.

Westwood House Hotel
Galway

This modern hotel emphasizes personal service and a friendly attention to detail. Relax in one of the spacious conservatories, dine fireside in the intimate Meridian Restaurant or enjoy a relaxing drink in the split-level Westwood Bar. All 58 guest rooms are furnished attractively and provide amenities for a comfortable stay. Leisure facilities nearby. It is located in the Upper Newcastle suburb of Galway, one mile west of the city center. Convenient to reach the city attractions as well as for touring further afield. Hotel parking.

Grand Canal Hotel
Dublin

This contemporary hotel offers 142 spacious rooms equipped with plenty of conveniences, including tea/coffee makers. The Epic Restaurant serves international dishes and the Glassworks Bar offers a pleasant atmosphere for a drink with sports programs on plasma TVs. A fitness center and free Wi-Fi add to clients’ enjoyment. It is located to the south of the city center near the Grand Canal. It’s a 15-minute walk to Grafton Street, Trinity College, National Gallery of Art and many other attractions. DART train service nearby. Hotel parking.

Trip ID#:

IndIriCie

Meals Included

7 Breakfasts

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