Beyond the spectacular autumn landscape and a wealth of seasonal festivals, one of the best perks of a fall trip to Ireland is the waning of summer’s crowds, allowing visitors to enjoy the Emerald Isle’s legendary attractions at a quieter pace.
And now, CIE Tours International is appealing to those who appreciate a little extra breathing room with a Fall Private Room promotion that waives the usual single-room supplement, saving travelers who prefer a room to themselves up to $1,310 on select tours through Ireland, Scotland and Britain (promotion code NOSUPP18).
CIE Tours’ Private Room promotion is valid with 15 of its popular fall tours. Here are just four of the enticing possibilities:
From Dublin to the beautiful Southwest coast, this one-week tour hits all the right notes, beginning with the capital city and Dublin Castle plus an excursion to the Palladian-style Russborough House.
Other highlights include Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the colorful fishing village of Kinsale, and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. Guests spend a day on the Dingle Peninsula with a boat ride around Dingle Harbor, a trip to the Blasket Centre to learn the history of the now-abandoned Blasket Islands, and an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn.
The spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the charming town of Ennis, and a medieval banquet at Knappogue or Bunratty Castle top off the tour.
The Connemara countryside is particularly beautiful in fall and a trip to Dan O’Brien’s Homestead, where guests can see the famous Connemara ponies and enjoy a farmhouse lunch, is a tour highlight.
The tour begins in Dublin, with time to explore the city, and includes Donegal’s spectacular Slieve League cliffs, a wool spinning and weaving demonstration, a visit to Belleek Pottery, and a castle-viewing cruise on Loch Corrib. After stops at the legendary Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle, guests enjoy a farewell toast at Abbey Tavern.
This tour begins in Edinburgh with visits to Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle then continues into the highlands with a stop at Blair Atholl Distillery.
Guests will travel along the shore of Loch Ness and across to the Isle of Skye then on to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum before a ferry ride to Belfast.
Highlights of the Irish portion include the Titanic Belfast, Giants Causeway, and Donegal highlights from Glenveagh National Park to a stay in Kilronan Castle.
Other highlights include the mining history of the Arigna Valley, free time in historic Carrick, Galway City and the Cliffs of Moher, before ending with a medieval banquet at Bunratty or Knappogue Castle.
For fans of the Beatles, U2, Thin Lizzy and more, this tour takes guests from London and Liverpool—where they’ll visit the British Music Experience and sites associated with the Fab Four—to Dublin for a music walking tour and the Irish Rock ‘n Roll Music Experience.
Along the way are stops in Britain’s beautiful Lake District before heading to Scotland for a chance to explore Edinburgh and Loch Ness and sample a “wee dram” at the Blair Atholl Distillery.
From there, it’s a ferry hop to Belfast. In addition to Dublin, Irish stops include a night of traditional Irish entertainment in Dingle and a visit to the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, which in addition to introducing guests to the early days of air travel boasts a reputation as the home of Irish coffee.
Guests will learn to make their own before heading to the Cliffs of Moher, then enjoy a sheepdog demonstration at Rathbaum Farm and return to Dublin for a last-night castle stay.
To learn more about CIE Tours’ collection of tours and the exclusive Private Rooms offer, visit www.cietours.com/us/privateroom.aspx or connect with a travel professional. Reference NOSUPP18 with your booking.