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Date:

20/03/2018

Traveller Names:

Helen Payne

Home Location:

Western Australia

When Did You Travel:

05 August 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Scots Irish Tour

Comments:

I enjoyed your tour so much last year and have been meaning to write and thank some one. We did the full Scotland / Ireland tour last August and were fortunate enough to have Dick McBride as driver and Patrick O’Riodan as Tour Guide. Two more finer gentlemen we could not find. So kind and helpful to two bumbling Australian women who didn’t know their way around. They were so imformative and helpful to us.
Please thank them for me. Should have written this a long time ago but time slips away.
Any way, thank you for keeping us in mind should there be a cancellation.
Your company -CIE is the best.

 

 

 

Date:

27/12/2017

Traveller Names:

2

Home Location:

Melbourne, Australia

When Did You Travel:

November 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Taste of ireland

Comments:

My husband and I were on the 8 day Taste of Ireland trip in November 2017. It was our first ever coach tour experience, so we really did not know what to expect.It turned out to be one of our most memorable trips thus far. Firstly Liam Finnegan our tour director was an absolute legend! His fantastic stories, funny jokes and snippets about all the amazing history and culture of Ireland, made it all all the more interesting and fun. The itinerary was well planned and organised. We met such great people on the tour. A good mix from all over the world and different age groups made it very enjoyable. I cannot recommend this tour and CIE tours enough. The cherry on the cake would definitely be if Liam is your tour director. Thanks CIE for making this trip unforgettable, we are already looking at options to book your Scotland tours in the foreseeable future.
Anoosha & Saj

 

 

 

Date:

29/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Carol Batten

Home Location:

Canberra, Australia

When Did You Travel:

22 Sept - 4th October

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Irish Odyssey

Comments:

Great trip which covered so many parts of Ireland. Never having been there before and it was amazing. Tour Director Gerry was fantastic, he had such a vast knowledge of the history and was an amazing guy. Would definitely go on another CIE Tour. I was the only Australian in a group of Americans and Canadians. Was a bit concerned at first, but it was fantastic and I had a great time. Thankyou CIE and Gerry.

 

 

 

Date:

17/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Dr Kris Fawcett

Home Location:

Queensland , Australia

When Did You Travel:

04/10/17

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Pub and Folklore Tour of Ireland

Comments:

Just wanted to provide some feedback re the tour.
Travelling by myself I was a little apprehensive at first but these concerns were soon allayed. From day one of the tour I felt welcome , valued and included.
The hotels were lovely, the company was wonderful and we saw a lot quickly and efficiently without it seeming too rushed or commercial. I loved everything we saw - and also everything our tour guide recommended outside the tour. Despite being a commercial tour I felt was able to experience some genuine irish local hospitality. All the local tour guides were amazing also.
In fact I have nothing negative to report. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the history described by our tour guide. Also everything our tour guide Lesley recommended we see was excellent. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat - the only flaw was it made me wish I was irish!!
So many thank yous for your recommendation - I don’t have much time off in my profession but this was the best holiday I have had. And that is priceless.

 

 

 

Date:

17/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Julie Barry

Home Location:

Sydney NSW Australia

When Did You Travel:

September 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Jewels of Ireland

Comments:

Our Tour was amazing in every way possible. It was so much fun and I was sad when the holiday ended and we had to say goodbye to Dee and Oliver and our fellow travellers. Our Tour Director/Guide Dee was fantastic. She had a world of knowledge and was fun and enjoyable to be around, she recited poetry, sang us songs and her history and knowledge of Ireland was amazing. Our bus driver Oliver was fantastic as well. Our group got on very well and I met some lovely people. I will definitely do another CIE tour in the future and recommend to others to do.

 

 

 

Date:

16/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Kris Fawcett

Home Location:

Brisbane Australia

When Did You Travel:

04/10/17

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Pub and Folklore Tour Ireland

Comments:

Cannot fault the tour - I went by myself and was made to feel very included and welcome at all times.The tour guide Lesley I cannot speak of highly enough - knowledgable, passionate about Ireland and very helpful. Saw a lot quickly - but felt was personalised versus commercial and rushed. Would recommend to anyone and would do again in a heartbeat

 

 

 

Date:

11/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Sharon, Linda & Gladys

Home Location:

California USA

When Did You Travel:

Oct 2-14. 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Wild Atlantic Way. With private driver

Comments:

My mom, sister and I have toured Ireland once before with a CIE tour bus. It was a great trip. We decided we wanted to return and see another region on this trip. We briefly entertained the idea of renting a car but decided that perhaps a private tour with a chauffeur would be better. That was the best decision ever! We have had the most amazing trip this time. Our driver / guide Martin Doyle met us at the airport and from that moment on we found we had truly made the right choice! He could not have been more helpful in any way. He took such good care of us. He was an excellent driver and guide. He had a vast knowledge of the areas we toured as well as all things Irish. He was kind and considerate to my mom, always ready to assist her as needed. He took us to so many wonderful places that a tourist might not ever see on their own. As well as to many places the big busses could never go. The personal touch and attention to details was spot on!! We will miss our new friend, however, before leaving we got lots of tips and ideas for our next trip to the green isle. And you can be sure that we will be requesting Martin Doyle as our driver / guide once again! Thank you Martin for a very memorable trip! Sharon, Linda & Gladys

 

 

 

Date:

10/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Corinne & Gord Mccaffrey

Home Location:

Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada

When Did You Travel:

September 29, 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Irish Odessey

Comments:

We have just finished our CIE Irish Odessey Tour and couldn’t be happier! As this trip was our first time in Ireland, we wanted to see it all . . . And we did. Every day was full of seeing famous sights and visiting local, small hidden treasures. Travelling through the beautiful, green, Irish country side was a delight unlike any other. But the best part of our trip, each and every day, was our guide and driver, Sean Gray. He provided us with a wealth of historical facts everywhere we went, showed us points of interest that we never would have discovered on our own, provided us with many laughs, addressed the needs of everyone on the bus with a smile, and made each person feel like the most important person on his bus. Sean’s attention to detail made the trip first class. Sean takes great pride in showing his country to visitors and makes everyone feel at home.
This was our first CIE tour, but it won’t be our last!

 

 

 

Date:

07/10/2017

Traveller Names:

Kate and Ian Robinson

Home Location:

Sydney, Australia

When Did You Travel:

12 - 20 March 2017

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Irish Explorer tour

Comments:

Apologies for the delayed review. As indicated, we did the Irish Explorer tour in March. We usually travel semi-independently but decided to take a chance on an organised group tour for a change. So glad we chose CIE Tours. The arrangements and booking process were seamless, and all aspects of the tour itself were superb and, from our perspective, great value for money. Most of the accommodations exceeded our expectations, the included meals were all of a high quality, and the tour inclusions were excellent. We particularly liked the policy of rotating seats on the bus each day. We were a smaller group of 34, so there were spare seats on the coach anyway, but we understand that CIE ensures there are always a couple of empty seats to add to everyone's comfort in peak season. The guide and driver was Brian Hanrahan, and we can't praise him enough. Thoroughly skilled and professional, patient and good humoured, but always keeping the group on track to meet the schedule. His affable nature helped the group (age range mid 20's to mid 70's) to bond and cooperate in a quite amazing way during the tour. If we undertake a future tour in Ireland, England or Scotland, we won't look beyond CIE Tours.

 

 

 

Date:

28/09/2017

Traveller Names:

Harry and Marilyn

Home Location:

Stratford Vic Australia

When Did You Travel:

17/09/17

Destination, Tour Name or Independent:

Irish Explorer (10 days)

Comments:

Very well organised, genuine 4 star accommodation and good meals, with no hidden costs, makes this the best tour we have experienced. Our thanks to our guide Brian, a wonderful ambassador for his country, not only kept us informed, but thoroughly entertained with his Irish humour and wit.

 

 

 

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