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Date:

09/10/2017

Traveller Name(s):

Shirley Dohei

Home City/Town:

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Month/Year of Travel:

08/17

Tour Name, Independent, Self Drive, Private Chauffeur, Other:

Taste of Scotland and Ireland

Comments:

What an amazing trip this was. Liam, our tour guide and driver, was so knowledgeable and made each day interesting. All our hotels were first class. All the places we stopped were clean, had good food, and were so beautiful. I loved everything. Some of the days on the bus were very long but we sure saw a lot. I love Scotland but I think I was more impressed with Ireland. It was so picturesque, so green, and so friendly.
Also the 3 walk-on city guides were very helpful, able to answer additional questions that were not really part of the tour. I would certainly recommend CIE tours to others as an awesome company to travel with. The pictures I posted on Facebook of hotels each day certainly had my friends jealous. As a Canadian, seeing these historic buildings was so exciting. We don't have "old" buildings like those.
All in all, I loved the tours and I would use CIE again.

 

 

 

Date:

09/09/2017

Traveller Name(s):

Christine & Josh

Home City/Town:

York, PA

Month/Year of Travel:

August/September 2017

Tour Name, Independent, Self Drive, Private Chauffeur, Other:

Wild Atlantic Way

Comments:

My family of 8 just got back from the 9 day Wild Atlantic Way Tour. My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon ten years ago and wanted to come back again with a larger group. We chose this particular tour due to the itinerary. I really wanted to see north-western Ireland and Giant's Causeway, but it also included the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Dublin for those in our group who had never been to Ireland.

This was the first coach tour that we ever did and we were very impressed with the ease of travel. The pace of this tour was great, you didn't feel rushed and there was plenty of time to relax and explore on your own in the evenings. CIE selected charming hotels in the small towns and modern hotels in the cities. Our favorite hotel was Kee's Hotel in Stranolar. I would go back again in a heartbeat! The hotel's dinners were delicious and the bar had live music both evenings with some young local Irish dancers performing for us one night.

Our guide/driver Niall kept the group entertained with his stories about Irish life, history, & culture. He was very charismatic and funny. CIE's policy of rotating seats ensured that everybody had the opportunity to sit in the front of the bus and watch him maneuver the winding roads. The timing worked out great for us, in that we got the front seat the day we were driving through Northern Ireland along the Antrim Coast.

Overall, we had a great time and I would highly recommend CIE and this tour in particular to anyone. If we had the time, I would've loved to do the full 13 day tour. Those who stayed on posted amazing photos on FB.

 

 

 

Date:

09/08/2017

Traveller Name(s):

Colleen Koval

Home City/Town:

Hazle Township,PA

Month/Year of Travel:

Aug/Sept

Tour Name, Independent, Self Drive, Private Chauffeur, Other:

N/A

Comments:

Just returned from a tour of Southern Ireland and had a wonderful time. The country is beautiful, rich in histoy and so much to see. Out driver/tour guide, Joe Lyons, was our "pot of gold" in Ireland. He is so knowledgable and passionate about his country and its history. An exceptional driver and guide, his humor and Irish wit kept us smiling for the duration of our trip. I would recommend CIE tours for anyone planning a trip to Ireland. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer.

 

 

 

Date:

09/08/2017

Traveller Name(s):

DEBI LAPIDUS

Home City/Town:

WEST NYACK, NEW YORK

Month/Year of Travel:

SEPTEMBER 2017

Tour Name, Independent, Self Drive, Private Chauffeur, Other:

IRELAND IN SUMMER

Comments:

Just returned from a fabulous week in Ireland with our driver/guide Joe. His commentaries along the way were so interesting. We could sense his pride in showing off his country as he gave us detailed information of each county we drove through! Irish History and Culture came alive with his narrative of the Irish famine, the reasons behind the need for the Republic of Ireland to break from British rule and the influence the Vikings had on the Irish people. Each site, field of animals, cliff, town and city was explained fully! Not to mention learning some of the real Irish language! I've traveled somewhat extensively, had some good guides and some terrible ones. However I must honestly say that our Joe became one of our "family" for a week and was the best guide I've ever been with! I never thought of putting a visit to Ireland on my "bucket" list but am so glad I did. Thank you CIE and Joe for making my adventure to the Emerald Isle so memorable. I hope that I will be able to return and experience even more of this colorful land!

 

 

 

Date:

09/08/2017

Traveller Name(s):

Lorna Veglia

Home City/Town:

Hazleton, PA

Month/Year of Travel:

Aug/Sept 2017

Tour Name, Independent, Self Drive, Private Chauffeur, Other:

Custom tour of Ireland

Comments:

Just returned from an 8 day tour of Ireland: loop beginning and ending at Shannon. Though it was a whirlwind tour, we had the opportunity to visit many well known sites along the way. The tour was well organized and our accommodations were excellent for the most part. Our only complaint was Trinity Center Hotel in Dublin. They were rather disorganized and the lifts were broken when we arrived (it happens). So there was a delay in getting our luggage, but otherwise we were fairly comfortable. Our driver/guide, Joe Lyons made our trip special. He was very knowledgeable, and informed us about Ireland's history as we travelled. His humor was unique!! A real gem of a man! If we tour Ireland again, I would request him. C I E's use of only local Irish guides is a real asset.

 

 

 

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