CIE Tours International will be launching its new Weekender Collection, comprising five-day, value-focused getaways to Ireland and the U.K. this fall and winter. These include a choice of three city breaks in Dublin, London and Edinburgh, a guided tour of the best of Ireland’s Southwest, and two New Year’s Eve celebrations.
All Weekender Collection trips combine the freedom of independent travel with expert assistance from CIE Tours’ guides. The trips also include air transfers to and from the hotel on start and end dates. On the first full day, a guided walking tour familiarizes guests with their destination. On day two, a dedicated private concierge will meet with guests in the hotel lobby to help them plan out their remaining days and get the most out of their stay.
The Weekender Collection includes:
London Locals: Five days, November 2018 – March 2019
The package includes accommodations and daily breakfast at Hilton London Paddington, centrally located to the many top sites. Guests receive tickets to The Original Tour (London’s most popular hop-on, hop-off tour bus with a choice of routes visiting the city’s top attractions), plus tickets for three walking tours (changing of the guard, Soho’s rock and roll history, and Jack the Ripper). Guests are also treated to a river cruise down the Thames to see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
New Year's Eve in London – Fireworks and Fun: Five days, December 29, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Offering all the features of London Locals, this tour puts guests in the heart of the city’s New Year’s celebration, complete with its annual fireworks spectacular over the River Thames.
Easy Edinburgh: Five days, November 2018 – March 2019
Guests receive accommodations and daily breakfast in Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket and three day passes on the hop-on, hop-off Edinburgh Bus Tours. A choice of three routes includes: The city center Edinburgh Tour visiting Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, and Georgian-style New Town; The Majestic Tour with highlights spanning the Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Palace of Holyroodhouse; and City Sightseeing, covering all the main attractions complete with a special “Horrible Histories”’ commentary that includes all the “gory bits.”
New Year's Eve in Edinburgh – Tartan and Toasts: Five days, December. 29, 2018 – January 2, 2019
This package includes all the features of Easy Edinburgh plus a tour of Edinburgh Castle and a ghost walk of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Blair Street Underground Vaults in the company of a local guide. Guests will also have the chance to join the city’s New Year’s festivities, from street fairs to midnight fireworks to a national Auld Lang Syne singalong.
Dublin Delight: Five days, December 2018 – February 2019
The package includes accommodations and daily breakfast at Ashling Hotel, a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse, and three days of access to the city’s hop-on, hop-off tour bus. Guests also receive a voucher to visit their choice of the modern Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland (the world’s only fully digital museum), or GPO Witness History (a museum dedicated to the Easter Rising of 1916).
Kickin’ Killarney: Five days, November 2018 – March 2019
With three nights at the Killarney Avenue Hotel and one at the historic Bunratty Castle Hotel, this tour is more like a classic guided experience than others in the Weekender Collection. Day 1 takes guests to the Cliffs of Moher on the way from Shannon Airport to Killarney. On the days that follow, guests will explore: The Dingle Peninsula Drive with free time in Dingle town to enjoy the fishing village’s pubs and music scene; Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry; and Blarney Castle and Bunratty with time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, a meander through quaint Bunratty town and a farewell drink at the landmark Durty Nelly’s.