CIE Tours are celebrating 83 years of travel excellence! During this time CIE Tours have provided travelers with the highest quality vacations to Ireland and Britain and they continue to expand their product to other parts of Europe. Known for fully escorted touring vacations in state-of-the-art luxury coaches, CIE Tours also offer city stays, self drive vacations and more! And with all that experience, you know you are in good hands.
CIE Tours offer fully escorted coach tours – with guaranteed departures. Plus CIE Tours guarantee land tour costs will not increase, once you have paid your tour deposit, to protect you against international currency fluctuations. And when you have paid for your airfare in full, there will be no change in the cost of the ticket.
CIE Tours are fully inclusive – there are no optional extras to purchase at your destination. Many tour operators sell optional additions to clients while on tour - such as medieval banquets, dinner/shows, walking tours and more. That policy can cost couples over $550 for options.
All CIE Tours travel programs are protected by the company's $550+ Advantage - a no-fee benefit guaranteeing that travelers are never charged for special features often considered optional extras with other tour companies. With CIE you pay one price and the CIE tour director focuses solely on your enjoyment and not on selling you additional elements to your tour.
As part of your tour cost a full cooked breakfast at your hotel is included every day - as well as a table d'hote dinner in your hotel most evenings. And all tours enable you to sample local foods and enjoy special entertainment. Depending on the tour you choose, you may attend a fun banquet in historic places such as Bunratty, Knappogue or Cardiff Castles. Then there are musical dinner/shows in Dublin or Edinburgh, pub evenings in Killarney, or a Highland ceilidh with great Scottish music in Nairn. These will add great enjoyment to your vacation – all included up front in the cost of your tour.
CIE Tours uses three classes of hotels - first class (3-star), superior first class (4-star) or deluxe (5-star) properties on all tours. For a royal experience, choose one of the deluxe tours where you can stay in 5-star properties including Ashford Castle or Dromoland Castle. Many other tours stay in 4-star castle hotels such as Clontarf, Cabra or Kilronan Castle, giving you the experience for a more moderate cost. CIE Tours also feature Bunratty, Knappogue or Cardiff Castle Banquets on a number of tours - and all itineraries visit plenty of castles throughout Ireland and Britain.
Your professional Tour Director and friendly local guides will educate you in the local history and culture and take care of you from the minute you arrive at the airport. Once you are met you never need to handle your luggage again. Some people think that on a coach tour, all you do is sit on the coach all day. Not true with CIE Tours! Their balanced and varied days of sightseeing have plenty of stops for taking photos, shopping, lunch, snacks and bathrooms. And you never travel for longer than two hours without getting off the coach.
CIE are best known for fully escorted coach tours and for their extensive expertise in, and knowledge of, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. As an example of CIE Tour’s local connections - the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a live show on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle during a three-week season in August. Tattoo tickets are featured on all CIE Tours' vacations staying in Edinburgh during that time. Altogether they offer over 50 itineraries that range from 5 to 24 days, including tours that cover more than one country.
Also consider one of CIE Tour’s popular coach tours traveling to destinations in Eastern Europe and Italy – with the chance to visit destinations such as Dubrovnik, Prague, Venice, St Petersburg and many more. Or explore Europe with city based, independent European vacations that feature cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Rome! Packages vary from 7 to 10 days in length, giving you the ability to immerse yourself in each city’s culture. Itineraries include private airport transfers, centrally located hotels, full breakfasts and English-speaking local hosts in each city. Plus you can take advantage of a Hop-on Hop-off city tour in select locations.
As well as coach tours, CIE Tours offer an Irish self-drive program enabling you to mix-and match and create the perfect Ireland vacation. Plan your own itinerary with the ever popular B & B vouchers, either on an open basis or pre-booked. You can also choose from a wide selection of deluxe Irish castle hotels, elegant manor houses, cozy inns or modern properties throughout Ireland. CIE Tours use Hertz Car Rentals featuring current model vehicles with either manual or automatic transmission.
Or – let someone else do the driving with a customized chauffeur-drive vacation in Ireland – ideal for a party of two or a small group. This is a great way for family or friends to explore the Emerald Isle and maybe celebrate a special occasion. Your driver will look after you every step of the way and reveal all the best places to shop, eat or find entertainment.
You can extend your vacation at the start or end of a coach tour by booking as many additional hotel nights as you wish. Put together a special itinerary from a selection of hotels throughout Ireland, from cozy country-style inns to magnificent 5-star deluxe Irish properties.