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CIE Tours

4.7 | Excellent
  • 91% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1932
Headquarters
  • Dublin, Ireland
Trips
  • 21

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CIE Tours Reviews & Ratings 91% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 41 Great 2 Average 1 Disappointing 0 Terrible 3
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Tour Reviews

M

Recommends

outstanding May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Tour Guide was Tom Clancy and he was the best guide and entertaining commentator throughout our 2 weeks. Saw a comment about early departures from hotels. That happens to accommodate the breadth of sites you will see which were outstanding. Highly recommend CIE tours- not a glitch for our two week tour and THANK YOU JOE CLANCY!
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M

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beautiful countries April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
In August of 2018, my daughter and I had the absolute pleasure of doing the "Taste of Scotland and Ireland" tour. We had the best guides and driver... Starting in Scotland, we got to see (included in the tour cost) an amazingly well done "Spirit of Scotland" live show in Edinburgh and the "Tattoo" at Edinburgh Castle. Highly recommend both! Our drive up through the highlands and along Loch Lomand and the tour of Loch Ness was so beautiful! All of the countryside was amazing and so many highlights, too many to mention. We left our tour guide in Scotland and our driver, Nigel, took over the tour for the Ireland leg of the journey. He was an amazing wealth of information and fun!!! He sang to us, told jokes, could answer pretty much any question we asked, and was an incredibly safe driver, making us all feel at ease and able to relax and watch the wonderful scenery unfold before us. The Ring of Kerry was my favourite leg of the journey... amazing vistas and the shades of green!! Oh, the green!! What a beautiful country. The hotels and food often left more to be desired but, overall, this did not have a negative effect on how much we enjoyed visiting these beautiful countries. I more than fulfilled my number one item on my bucket list and can't wait to go do it all again!! CIE Tours was the best and we highly recommend them to anyone!
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Fantastic! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour was amazing and our driver and guide, Joe Lyons, was absolutely awesome!! He went over and above to make the tour so interesting. We would definitely recommend CIE.

M

Recommends

Best Irish Adventure Tour! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Well organized, excellent tours, terrific driver/guide. Only one hotel we didn’t like, but the rest were great! Might have stayed a little longer at some stops, but on the whole great. Will use again!!!!
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Excellent tour ! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
From my first interaction I was very pleased with all the information given to me to make my trip stress free and the most enjoyable. My guide Markene was exceptional and went the extra mile every day. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was a pleasure which made us understand and appreciate Iteland and its history.
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J

Recommends

Excellent April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Service was great. Booking was easy. Our tour guide Michael was excellent. Really knew his history. He was personable and really took care of all of us on the tour. All the hotels meals and itinerary of our tour was fabulous. Loved everything we did. Also loved that it was all inclusive and we didn't have to think about add ons.
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Stride Review

New Jersey-based CIE Tours, in business since 1932, is one of the largest operators of escorted coach tours through the British Isles, Eastern Europe, Italy, and Ireland.

Quick facts

Founded in 1932

Travel Style: Large Coaches, not handicap accessible

Single supplement required for those traveling solo

Group Size: Average 35, maximum 48

Typical Age Range: Older travelers 50+. Children are welcome, minimum of 8 years old, so families are common as well.

Average Tour Price: $2,233

Accommodation Style: 3, 4, and 5 star hotels, depending on the itinerary. 4 stars are the most popular, combining a decent price with comfortability.  

What Makes CIE Tours Stand Out?

  • Specialize in Ireland tours
  • All-inclusive and great value
  • Discount Offers
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CIE is a long-established company with extensive regional knowledge in Ireland. They offers especially good value, with all-inclusive pricing. Also look for early-booking discounts as well as seasonal discounts for solo travelers.

As part of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), CIE ensures that their company goes above and beyond when it comes to their client’s safety. They also offer a wide-range of itineraries depending on the client’s budget, interest, and schedule.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with CIE Tours?

  • Ages 50+
  • History buffs
  • Mid to high budget travelers
  • Those who want all parts of the itinerary planned out

Travelers seeking all-inclusive group tours of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as a few destinations in Continental Europe. Customers tend to be aged 50-plus and have an interest in history and wish to stay in nice hotels (ranging from three to five stars) with a choice of budgets.

Irish coastline walk CIE Coach Tours

The kind of traveler who enjoys a completely hassle free experience, with all activities, meals, and sightseeing planned out. Coach tours are generally enjoyed by travelers who like driving - daydream and gaze out large windows at the world passing by in comfort on your way to the next wonderful stop.

If you love learning about history, culture, with your days full of ancient cities, churches, and historical information their guide style would be a good fit. And with the occasional spa day at your hotel thrown in these all-encompassing journeys take care of the mind and the body.

Top Destinations

  • Ireland
  • Europe

Beautiful England castle on lake

CIE Tours are especially known for tours in and around Ireland, and this is their primarily focus. They also travel to Scotland and Britain, with a small number of coach tours offered in Italy, Eastern Europe, and the Balkan Peninsula. Occasionally, river cruises on the Rhine and Danube are also available.

CIE Tours Travel Style

Most of their tours are on large, roomy, comfortable coaches, in the premium - luxury range. Amenities on board are basic, and coaches make frequent stops to avoid the need for using the restroom on the bus.

Traditional pub in Ireland CIE Tours

Group size is a max of 48, though 35 people is the average on the CIE Tours. Virtually all aspects of the trip – with no optional extras -- are included in the initial rate, which will not go up after booking, and departures are guaranteed. Itineraries range from 5 to 24 days, though the majority sit in the 8-10 day range.

CIE will also set up self-drive trips and homestay and B&B vacations for you if you want to travel on your own, or arrange customized tours for groups of 10 or more people.

Why Choose a Tour With CIE?

With more than eight decades of experience, CIE Tours offers dependable service and regional know-how. The company estimates that the average traveler will save $550 per week by not having to pay for optional extras during the trip. Their all-inclusive tours alleviate the stress of planning a vacation by providing daily guided tours, hotels, meals, and airport transfers.

Castle on banks of Ireland

CIE Tour guides are experts in Ireland and the other regions they travel through, so if you’re looking for comfort, inclusivity of price, plus a high caliber of knowledge and experience, this is a good place to start.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the CIE Travel Protection Plan?

Travel insurance is required on all CIE Tours. The Travel Protection Plan is an easy, convenient way to purchase insurance at the time of your booking, covering cancellation. See other travel insurance options  

2. Are there restrooms on the coaches?

Yes, most CIE coaches have restrooms for emergencies. Safety protocol means they are not to be used while the coach is in motion. CIE Tours make regular stops for travelers to stretch their legs and use the facilities.

3. Are CIE Tours handicap accessible?

No. Unfortunately the coaches are not equip to handle large wheelchairs or scooters. Walkers or foldable wheelchairs can be accommodated. Sightseeing tours require some walking over short distances, and some difficult stairs, such as when exploring castles. Uneven surfaces are common especially when exploring old sites and ruins.

4. What should I pack?

One large piece of luggage is permitted, which will fit under the coach. Layers are advisable for the weather in Ireland, which can be chilly. You may also bring a small backpack or purse. On “Supreme” tours, men will require a dinner jacket, but on all other tours this is not necessary. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

5. Are tips included?

No, tips for your driver, porter, guides, and tour director are not included in the price. They are not required, but are a customary show of gratitude, especially if you enjoyed the trip!

6. What about airport transfer?

If you choose to purchase airfare through CIE, complimentary airport transfer is provided for flights arriving before noon. You can choose to purchase airport transfer if you elect to buy your airfare separately.


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FAQ

Are flights included?
Yes

From CIE Tours

For the 2015 season we will celebrate 83 years of travel excellence! During this time CIE Tours International has provided travellers with the highest quality holidays to Ireland and Britain and we continue to improve our tours and our services.

Over the years we have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with satisfied clients throughout the world. We set our own high standards for delivering excellent holidays with state-of-the-art luxury coaches; prompt and pleasant customer service; the best hotels; and carefully chosen visits and entertainment.

Our coach tours are fully inclusive with no optional extras to purchase at your destination. You pay one price and we insist that our tour directors focus solely on your enjoyment. Once you pay the deposit, we guarantee our land tour prices.

If you prefer to travel independently, we offer self-drive and chauffeur-drive programs for Ireland with a wide range of hotel accommodation, which can be booked in advance, as well as popular B & Bs. Whichever way you like to travel, choose one of our fine holidays from our website and enjoy the greatest travel experience ever!

What makes CIE Tours unique?

Sightseeing Visits: CIE Tours includes a variety of attractions on every tour for an interesting travel experience. Check each tour itinerary to see exactly which places are featured. Admission costs are included in the tour price so that you don't waste time paying as you enter each attraction.

Guaranteed Departures & Prices: We guarantee most of our land tour departures which are updated daily on our website. We guarantee land tour costs will not increase, once you have paid your tour deposit, to protect you against international currency fluctuations.

Group Airport Transfers: As a newcomer to an airport, it's great to have someone meet you. We include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary. If you arrive or depart later than our tour dates, you may purchase a transfer from us.

Travel Documents: On arrival CIE Tours will supply coach tour clients with tour vouchers, maps, ticket wallets, destination information, rain poncho, carry-on backpack, phone cards, VAT tax card, luggage tags and a strap. Self-drive clients receive accommodation vouchers and listings, ticket wallets, luggage tags and a strap. Use the tags and strap on your baggage for easy identification throughout your holiday. All you need to supply is a valid passport and, if driving, a current drivers license.

Leisure & Spa Facilities: Most of the hotels we use offer wonderful leisure facilities and spas. When you travel on a coach tour, you will have some free time most days and may like to enjoy some relaxation and spa serenity! So be sure to pack a swimsuit and workout clothes.

History & Geography: People who choose to travel in Ireland and Britain usually have an interest in the long history of the region and, as you tour around, you will visit a lot of ancient cities, churches and castles. All of our tour directors are well trained in the background information of the places and incorporate this history into their narratives in a manner that is fun and easy to digest. Similarly they are able to give you facts on the geography of the regions you travel through, giving you an insight into climate, farming, weather and other topics.

Coach Touring & Sightseeing: Some people think that on a coach tour, all you do is sit on the coach all day. Not true with CIE Tours! We have created balanced and varied days of sightseeing with plenty of stops for taking photos, shopping, lunch, snacks and bathrooms. You never travel for longer than two hours without getting off the coach.

Fully Escorted Coach Tours:

See what you get on a CIE coach tour

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain Luxury coach travel, daily sightseeing and a professional tour director

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain Speedy group check-in at hotels

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain All breakfasts and most dinners including special dinner/shows

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain Airport transfers and baggage handling

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain Prepaid hotels, meals and admissions help you control holiday costs

--CIE Tours to Ireland, Scotland and Britain Comprehensive tour documents

Selection Of Itineraries: Touring by coach is a holiday with a capital H! CIE Tours International offers the widest range of itineraries. Depending on your available time and budget, you can choose an ideal tour. All of our programs are carefully planned to permit full enjoyment of your holiday.

Luxury Touring Coaches: Travel in the height of comfort with CIE Tours and sit back and let an expert do the driving! Our state-of-the-art coaches feature panoramic windows for optimum viewing while reclining seats, individual climate controls and a public address system ensure your well-being.

Your Tour Director: CIE Tours could not exist without our great locally employed tour directors they are the envy of the travel industry. From the moment you land in Ireland or Britain, your tour director is there to welcome you, handle your luggage, drive you from place to place and give you a daily commentary. Tour directors make history and culture come alive and create a superb experience with daily doses of humour, information and assistance.

Associations:

American Society of Travel Agents, United States Tour Operators Association

Awards:

Trips & Specials

Up to $600 off available for travelers aged 8-18

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10 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,160

Highlights

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including: Welcome dinner in London, Welsh Evening in Cardiff , Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show , Scottish evening in Edinburgh, 2 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Walking tours of Waterford and York
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland
  • Jerpoint Park Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 to 18 departures
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, Glasnevin Museum, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
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14 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,855

Highlights

  • Visits and admissions to Dalkey Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Explore Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills
  • See the House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London
  • Experience Paris with Independent Sightseeing
  • Amazing Welsh Evening in Cardiff
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12 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,051

Highlights

  • Enjoy the great start with a train ride on a narrow-gauge steam train to admire the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park
  • See the Welsh Castles & Scenery
  • Experience Tenby Evening Walk
  • Visit St David's Cathedral
  • Visits and admissions to Chester Cathedral
  • See the National Slate Museum, Harlech Castle, Pembroke Castle, Lovespoon Workshop
  • Explore Killarney and admire the famous lakes on a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle
  • Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk
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8 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,608

Highlights

  • Visits and admissions to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See the Dove Cottage, Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets
  • Pass the beautiful shoreline of Loch Ness with views of this deep lake.
  • Opportunity to Beatles Tour of Liverpool
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