Photo: Video - Why Travel With CIE Tours?
ABOUT CIE TOURS
CIE Tours has been the premier tour operator for Ireland and Britain vacations, earning a reputation for excellence rooted in its signature Irish hospitality since 1932. Expertly crafted vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales plus Iceland and Italy suit every travel style and taste - from the camaraderie of coach tours and custom group travel to a variety of independent adventures, small group tours and personalized private driver experiences. Having served over three million travellers, CIE Tours has the knowledge and experience to take care of every detail, so travellers can focus on enjoying every moment of their experience. CIE Tours makes it easy for guests to immerse themselves in a new destination with exclusive access, authentic experiences, and in-depth knowledge. The genuine warmth and expertise of its guides and hosts shines through, with guest satisfaction ratings of 95%.
WHY CIE TOURS?
EXPERIENCE & LONGEVITY
As the largest North American tour operator sending visitors to Ireland and Scotland, CIE Tours has taken more than three million travelers on the vacation of their dreams. While their own journey over nine decades in business has taken them through numerous historic moments, their experience has proven that while travel might look a bit different for a while, the famously warm welcome of CIE Tours and Ireland itself will always be there to greet you.
Book your future vacation with peace of mind. Make a new 2021 booking with CIE Tours and rest easy knowing you may modify your travel plans up to 30 days before departure. Change to another destination, another itinerary or another departure date anytime through 12/31/22.* And, for the ultimate flexibility, purchase their enhanced travel protection plan that allows you to cancel your travel plans for any reason, up until 24 hours before you leave.
HEALTH & SAFETY
CIE Tours has instituted comprehensive health and safety standards, working closely with local partners to ensure appropriate sanitizing, health protocols and physical distancing all while maintaining their famous CIE Tours hospitality. Many of their partner relationships go back decades, and they only work with service providers that will consistently deliver upon their high standards.
Photo: Spectacular views at the Cliffs of Moher along the Atlantic Coast in Ireland.
WHAT MAKES CIE TOURS UNIQUE? ALL THE LITTLE EXTRAS WE INCLUDE
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. Our decades old-relationships and deep roots Ireland enable us to give our guests access to exclusive venues and experiences no other tour operator can offer.
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES & PRICES
As the lowest airfares are non-refundable, we guarantee most of our land tour departures – see our website, where they are updated daily. We guarantee land tour costs will not increase, once you have paid your tour deposit, to protect you against international currency fluctuations. When you have paid for your airfare in full, there will be no change in the cost of the ticket.
GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
When we book your flights together with a coach tour, we include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary – a $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
We offer the option to purchase a travel protection plan that can provide you with peace of mind. Change or cancel your travel plans for any reason, up to 24 hours before you leave. Once on the road, you’ll have comprehensive coverage for your travel investment, for your belongings and most importantly, for you in case of any unexpected occurrences.
CIE Tours will supply coach tour clients with airline e-tickets, tour vouchers, ticket wallets, destination information, rain poncho, carry-on backpack, 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 vacation. All you need to supply is a valid passport and, if driving, a current driver’s 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.
Photo: Historic castle on the banks of a body of water
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.
Photo: Couple enjoying the view of Kylemore Abbey while travelling with CIE Tours
CIE Tours monitors all aspects of their travel programs carefully by choosing local tour directors and training them in every detail; by inspecting all hotels and attractions; and by listening to their clients. At the end of every coach tour, they distribute a questionnaire so that travellers can evaluate their own experiences and give feedback. All completed questionnaires are fed in to a computer program that provides CIE TOURS with percentages on every facet of the tour. Their Quality Control Department follows these ratings and comments very carefully and, if not up to standards, the hotel, restaurant or visit is advised that it needs to improve if it wishes to continue to feature in the portfolio of tours offered by CIE TOURS.