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CIE Tours 2023 - 9 Day Irish Explorer

8 Nights / 15 Meals
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 2 Donegal, 2 Galway, 2 Killarney, 1 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-EXA-23-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,235

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


See Donegal’s spectacular Slieve League cliffs – and enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive experience as you sip Irish coffee while taking in the view from the clifftop. Visit the Victorian Blakes of the Hollow Pub, which famed author John McGahern once called “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars” in Ireland. Enjoy a pint as you view the handcrafted “Game of Thrones” door, carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges. 

Trip Highlights:


Belleek Pottery Blarney Castle Cliffs of Moher Irish Night in Dublin Blakes of the Hollow Pub – A CIE Tours Exclusive Experience Glasnevin Strokestown Park Slieve League Cliffs – A CIE Tours Exclusive Galway Walking Tour Sheepdog Demonstration 

Dining Experiences:


8 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 6 Dinners (D) 

Hotels:


Clontarf Castle HotelDublin (1) Mill Park HotelDonegal (2) Hardiman HotelGalway (2) Killarney Plaza HotelKillarney (2) Herbert Park HotelDublin (1) 

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin City Tour | Glasnevin Cemetery Museum | Clontarf Castle
Your tour departs at 2

Day 2: Strokestown Park | Blakes of the Hollow Pub | Donegal Visit Strokestown Park to explore Ireland's tragic history. Tour the National Famine Museum and then Strokestown House; the grand Georgian mansion will reveal the contrast between the luxurious lives of its residents and the destitution of their tenants. Stroll the park to see the walled gardens and woodlands. Next, a CIE Tours exclusive

Day 3: Slieve League Cliffs | Triona Design | Nancy's Bar
Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive experience

Day 4: Belleek Pottery | Galway
Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You'll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and take a walking tour with a local guide; explore this vibrant city's medieval past and artistic, musical present. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.(B, D)

Day 5: Connemara Celtic Crystal | Dan O'Hara Homestead | Connemara
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes, and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal factory to watch skilled artisans demonstrate fine glass-cutting. Travel on through spectacular scenery to visit Dan O'Hara's Homestead, where you'll discover traditional farming methods, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy an evening free for independent dining and exploration. (B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher | Killarney
Drive through Co. Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the cliffs to see spectacular vistas, including Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney, where you will dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry Tour | Sheepdog Demonstration
Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland's most famous and popular scenic drive. Stop at Moriarty's in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Immerse yourself in farm life with a demonstration of sheepdogs herding flocks. Continuing on the scenic drive, pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll's Gap. Your evening is free to explore in Killarney tonight, as you dine independently and perhaps discover some of the town's lively pubs. (B)

Day 8: Blarney Castle | Abbey Tavern
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B

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*Tour Land StartCIE RetailRequest Quote
04/09/2023 $2,445.00
04/23/2023 $2,725.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/14/2023 $3,045.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/21/2023 $2,785.00
05/28/2023 $2,785.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/11/2023 $3,095.00
06/18/2023 $2,825.00
07/02/2023 $2,725.00
07/16/2023 $2,995.00
08/06/2023 $3,095.00
08/20/2023 $2,825.00
09/03/2023 $2,825.00
09/24/2023 $3,095.00
10/15/2023 $2,235.00
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