CIE's Three New Tours

CIE Tours International has announced 48 escorted vacations to Europe for leisure-seekers in 2011, including three brand new tours. Most provide a minimum of two nights at each hotel, in order to minimize repacking and allow relaxed enjoyment of tour destinations.

CIE's eight-day/six-night "Irish Spirit" tour offers two night stays in both Killarney and Galway, and is priced from $858 plus airfare. This all-inclusive package provides first-class hotel accommodations with private bath, meals, transportation, sightseeing, entertainment and more, with departures from February 26 through December 10.

Focusing on the main highlights of Ireland, this tour visits Dublin, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway and Connemara. Activities include free time in key destinations, a guided luxury coach tour of Dublin, a catamaran cruise on Killary Fjord, and tea and scones at Rathbaun Farm. Admission fees to leading attractions are also included – from The Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills, and The Skellig Experience, to the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory. For travelers with more time, a nine-day version of this itinerary is available, featuring an extra day/night in Dublin.

CIE's "Irish Quest" and "Irish Interlude" tours offer itineraries featuring the North of Ireland, and the "Irish Explorer" and "Irish Odyssey" are longer tours covering more points of destination. All include multiple two-night stays.

Good to know: Guests on these tours can break away on the second day of any two-night stay to make independent arrangements for local activities such as golf, spa, horseback riding, walking or cycling.

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