Ireland, a land steeped in history and natural beauty, beckons travelers with its enchanting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. For those looking to visit Ireland, CIE Tours is a premier choice, offering a variety of experiences that blend comfort and authenticity.
Best of all, CIE Tours can take you to five of the top must-visit sites in all of Ireland: Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway, Ring of Kerry, and the Guinness Storehouse. These magical sites offer distinct slices of Ireland and stand as a testament to the country's unique allure. Let's take a closer look at each.
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Nestled in lush gardens, the 10th-century Blarney Castle stands as a testament to medieval architecture and Irish folklore. The Blarney Stone, its most famous feature, was perched high on the battlements in the year 1446, and legend has it that kissing the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.
CIE Tours not only facilitates this unique experience but also offers a comprehensive exploration of the castle's nooks and crannies, including the Witches Kitchen and the Wishing Steps. The surrounding gardens are also a botanical delight, featuring a diverse range of flora. As you wander through these historical and horticultural wonders, you are transported into a world where the past resonates with every step.
The Cliffs of Moher, towering above the Atlantic Ocean, are a must-see for those who visit Ireland. The cliffs stretch for 9 miles and reach heights up to 700 feet above the water. They have been the site of several movie scenes, including Harry Potter and The Princess Bride. CIE Tours takes you to the best viewing spots, ensuring an unobstructed encounter with this natural marvel.
A visit to the Cliffs of Moher is not just a visual treat; it's an enlightening journey into the heart of Ireland's natural heritage. Best of all, most CIE Tours itineraries in Ireland make a stop at this natural wonder, ensuring that you can see them no matter where your travels ultimately take you.
The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an awe-inspiring example of nature's artistry. This geological wonder, consisting of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, is the result of ancient volcanic activity.
CIE Tours provides a comprehensive exploration of the site, delving into both the scientific explanations and the enchanting myths that surround its formation – primarily the legend of Finn McCool, the giant said to have built the causeway as a bridge to Scotland. Walking along the causeway, you're not just traversing a stunning landscape; you're stepping through a portal into a world where myth and science meet.
The Ring of Kerry is more than just a scenic drive, it's a voyage through the heart of Ireland's natural and cultural landscapes. This 110-mile-long circular route traverses the Iveragh Peninsula, offering stunning views of mountains, lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean.
With CIE Tours, you'll journey past scenic viewpoints like "Ladies' View," which was once visited by Queen Victoria, and Skellig Michael, a rocky outcrop where Star Wars was filmed. Each stop along the Ring of Kerry tells a story, whether it's through the rugged beauty of the landscape, the charm of a small village, or the warmth of the Irish people.
Popular CIE Tours like Irish Heritage and Taste of Ireland include a drive through the Ring of Kerry.
The Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of Dublin, is a pilgrimage site for beer enthusiasts and history buffs alike. With CIE Tours, you're taken on an immersive journey through the history of Guinness, one of Ireland's most iconic brands. The tour starts at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors, each dedicated to a different aspect of the Guinness story.
You'll learn about the brewing process, the history of the brand, its iconic advertising, and, of course, the craft of pouring the perfect pint. The tour culminates at the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy 360-degree views of Dublin. This experience is more than just a brewery tour; it's a celebration of Irish brewing heritage.
CIE Tours stands out for its comprehensive, well-organized itineraries that cater to a variety of interests. Itineraries provide a balance of exciting experiences with plenty of downtime at hand-selected hotels to keep you feeling fresh. The experienced local tour guides will help bring Ireland's stories to life, adding depth and context to each destination.
With CIE Tours, you're not just visiting sites; you're experiencing them through the lens of local knowledge and historical insight. Travel your way and let CIE Tours take care of all the logistics for you.
Are you excited to visit Ireland? Avoya Travel makes it a breeze to browse and select a plethora of CIE Tours itineraries to the amazing destinations described above. From 7-day tours of the North's regal castles (with a stop at Giant's Causeway) to 5-day tours encompassing stops at Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher, there are options for everyone!
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