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Travelers can have in the tour operator’s core regions of Ireland and Britain. And, they answer the desire of loyal guests for adventurous tours experience in new destinations. All guided tours can be customized for group travel and individual Private Driver experiences. They include:
—New! Ireland South Daytripper: 7 days from $2,210 CAD. Guests live like a local in the picturesque village of Adare for five nights of this tour, staying at a luxury, family-run hotel and taking day trips to the Cliffs of Moher, highlights of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, and a scenic rail journey to the seaport town of Cobh—the last port of call for the Titanic. Along the way, they’ll enjoy a sheepdog demonstration, jaunting car ride, a drink at the South Pole Inn, and a visit to Blarney Castle. Capping off the tour is a private pub experience near Dublin and free time to explore before a final night’s stay in Ireland’s capital city.
—New! Castles & Manors of Ireland: 8 days from $3,445 CAD. In three CIE Tours exclusives on this tour, guests take part in the “feeding of champions” at the Irish National Stud and Gardens, sip Irish coffee at Europe’s oldest pub (dating back to 900 AD), and enjoy dinner in a 12th century castle keep, staying each night in a historic manor house or castle as they traverse the island. The tour is bookended with castle stays at Barberstown Castle in Co. Kildare and Cabra Castle in Co. Cavan. Manor stays include the historic Cahernane House and Glenlo Abbey. Guests also visit Ross Castle by jaunting car, 1867 Kylemore Abbey, Russborough House (site of an infamous art heist) and Muckross House and Gardens.
—New! Ireland by Road & Rail: 8 days from $2,600 CAD. Guests explore Ireland via modern coach, rail, boat and even a vintage double-decker bus—complete with afternoon tea—on this eight-day adventure that starts and ends in Dublin. Classic attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, the Book of Kells and Waterford Crystal are paired with hidden treasures like Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory—one of the smallest and most remote chocolate factories in the world. Other highlights include beautiful Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher and lively Galway City.
—New! London Daytripper: 6 days from $2,080 CAD. With London serving as home base for a series of day trips, guests only need to unpack once. The tour starts in the afternoon with a visit to the Tower of London and a welcome dinner at the hotel. Day trips include Windsor to see the Queen’s official residence, Stonehenge and the Roman baths in Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, and Kent to tour Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.
—New! Best of London & Paris: 7 days from $2,600 CAD. Guests experience two of the world’s great capital cities on this special tour. It starts with afternoon tea while touring London in a vintage double-decker Routemaster. The next few days include the British Museum, a London pub food tour, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Then it’s off to Paris by Eurostar train, followed by a Seine River cruise. Days five and six include the Louvre, Montmartre, and plenty of free time to explore the City of Lights.
—New! Best of Northern England: 8 days from $2,600 CAD. Traveling from London to Liverpool, guests on this tour explore medieval cities and the stunning Lake District along the way. It starts with independent sightseeing in London before journeying to the college towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Ely Cathedral, York Minster, Whitby’s ancient seaport (traveling by vintage train), and the Victorian spa town of Harrogate are among the stops. A scenic cruise down Lake Windermere and a train ride through the Leven Valley follow before the tour ends with free time in Liverpool to explore The Beatles’ legendary hometown.
—New! Best of Southern England: 8 days from $2,795 CAD. Among the authentic experiences on this tour that begins and ends in London are a visit to Blenheim Palace—the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the real-life inspiration behind Downton Abbey, a ride in a private capsule on the London Eye, and a tour of Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria’s childhood home. Other tour highlights include the famed Roman baths in Bath, the Elizabethan-era Chavenage House, the massive monoliths of Stonehenge and the white chalk cliffs, known as the “Seven Sisters.”
—New! Taste of England: 14 days from $5,330 CAD. Starting in London and ending in Liverpool, this sweeping tour of England combines the Best of Northern England and Best of Southern England tours in one, treating Anglophile travelers to all the main attractions of this fascinating country—and so much more. Punting on the River Cam stops for tours and samplings at Shepherd Neame Brewery, the Lakes Distillery and Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and a vintage train ride from the Goathland Station that portrayed Hogsmeade Station in the first “Harry Potter” film are among the authentic experiences guests will enjoy along the way.
—New! Iceland & Ireland Adventure: 11 days from $4,705 CAD. Guests enjoy more of Iceland’s highlights, from the famed Golden Circle to an insider’s visit to the sustainable greenhouse at Fridheimer Tomato Farm to an evening soak in the Blue Lagoon. The Irish half of this epic adventure spans the Emerald Isle’s north and south, with stops in Glendalough, Waterford, the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Donegal, Giant’s Causeway and more.
—New! Best of Iceland & Ireland South: 10 days from $4,245 CAD. This tour invites guests to mingle with locals and in-the-know travelers at Iceland’s Secret Lagoon and explore the Golden Circle with highlights such as Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser before flying to Dublin. A jaunt through Ireland’s magnificent south follows, stopping to see Ireland’s most famous racehorses at the Irish National Stud, then continuing on to Killarney, Dingle, Adare and Galway.
—New! Northern Lights Quest of Iceland: 6 days from $2,770 CAD. Guests on this tour will experience Iceland’s top highlights and hidden gems, including a sail from The Old Harbor on a quest for the Northern Lights and a journey to the Secret Lagoon—a more intimate alternative to the popular Blue Lagoon, which is also included. Another highlight is early admission to the LAVA Center, an interactive, high-tech experience exploring the epic forces of nature that formed this volcanic island nation.
—New! Taste of Italy with Sorrento: 10 days from $4,125 CAD. This new tour includes all the highlights of CIE Tours’ popular seven-day Taste of Italy tour, topped off by a jaunt south to Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. Guests explore Venice, Florence and Rome, with free time for dining in Bologna and wine tasting in Orvieto, before heading to Italy’s southern coast for a visit to Pompeii, a ferry ride to Capri and an authentic Naples-style pizza lunch.
In addition to these 12 new tours, CIE Tours has introduced its brand-new River Cruise Collection with stops in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and Hungary. CIE Tours already offers the largest selection of vacations in the market to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, giving travelers the greatest choice. In 2020, its new range of expanded destinations offer more options than ever.
CIE Tours guided vacation experiences include daily sightseeing admissions, full breakfasts, entertainment, most dinners as well as unique visits. This inclusive advantage means no upselling by tour guides or optional extras to pay for once the tour is underway. Click here to explore more…
Planning for Travel trip or are you just going to dip into your savings and head off no matter the cost? How much can you really afford to spend? Set an overall spending limit and then determine where it can take you; try to stick to it. There is so much involved –accommodation, transport fares, food, shopping, entertainment, gifts, telephone calls, excursions, and so on.
Book early to get the best deals. Fares can vary considerably depending on the time, day or month of travel. The long school vacation attracts very steep fares as families across the world embark on their summer holidays. If you are on a tight budget, avoiding weekend travel often results in huge savings; mid-week travel is much cheaper than the weekend.
If you travel off-season, you are bound to get better deals than if you go at Christmas time or school holidays. Not only will fares be much cheaper and air mile tickets readily available, but destinations will also be less crowded. Indeed, now is a good time to book your Christmas travel!
It is so much more convenient to fly directly to your destination, but if you have time to spare, there are significant savings in considering a flight with a stop over or two. Don’t forget to inform your bank or credit card provider if you are travelling abroad. If they see unusual transactions from a foreign land, to secure your account from fraud, they may block your card. It is also best to take along more than one card, in case you experience some problems with one of them; sadly this is still a common occurrence with some debit and credit cards. Even though we like to be cashless, it always pays to have some cash on you, just in case the card is declined for whatever reason.
Always keep your bank’s international customer service number handy as well as an individual name; you might need it. There is nothing worse than being stranded without money in a foreign land.
Don’t keep all of your cash and cards in the same place incase you are a victim of theft. You might have a card in your wallet but have another card and cash in a separate bag, just in case. If you lose your wallet, your cards are declined, or the ATM has run out of money, you will be so glad that you had some cash on you. But, avoid having too much cash on you, as it may not be covered by your travel insurance if it gets lost or stolen.
There is so much pressure to keep up appearances; children in school want to show their friends that they traveled “abroad” and with “everyone else” travelling, you just cannot “afford” to stay at home. Some will even go as far as borrowing to finance an expensive holiday. Avoid this unless there is the absolute certainty of an impending inflow of funds or a compelling reason to do so.
Remember that your focus should be on your goals and not on other peoples’ goals; we don’t really know “the Jones” story but they are usually broke and trying to keep up with you!
A medical emergency can literally wipe out your savings. Always take out travel insurance. For a small premium, protect yourself and your family should one of you fall ill or have an accident during your travels. This sounds obvious but so many people just don’t bother to purchase travel insurance, and end up losing a lot of money when things go wrong; this could rage from cancelled flights, lost money, baggage or getting ill far from home.
You are at your most vulnerable when you first arrive at a new destination. That first airport taxi ride from the airport may be one of your most expensive so do plan ahead. Try to research the lower-cost alternatives including train, coach, etc. If you are staying in a fairly decent hotel, they will usually have a free shuttle service; remember to ask about this when you are making your booking. It makes you feel safe as well particularly if you are travelling alone.
It’s best to figure all of this out before your trip; when you arrive tired and with tons of luggage, the last thing you need is to be ripped off by an unscrupulous driver or enter an unauthorized vehicle and put yourself in an uncertain situation when you’re far from home.
Protect valuable documents. If you have ever lost your passport when you are travelling, you will know that it is a horrid experience. You can be completely stranded and insecure; identity is critical. Having most of your important documents and photos backed up is essential. Keep both digital and physical photocopies copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, and important phone numbers on you, just in case.
Avoid carrying very expensive items including jewelry when you travel particularly if you cannot afford to lose them either financially or emotionally. Make use of the hotel safe and put valuables away.
Over the last few years, there has been so much innovation in holiday rentals. Local residents can rent out their rooms, even entire apartments. “AirBnB”, for example, has transformed accommodation options. Many travelers actually find this experience more rewarding as it is usually more spacious and cheaper than hotel accommodation.
Doing a little research on the local exchange rate against your home currency can make a huge difference. Quickly do your mental arithmetic before you make a purchase; it helps you make more efficient purchase decisions.
How much could a few texts, a few email checks, social media updates and downloads on the go possibly cost per day? A lot! Purchase an international roaming plan that will cover your travels as roaming charges can result in a staggering telephone bill when you return home. They are a source of huge expense when you travel and must check emails and download on the go; don’t forget to keep data switched off until you need it. Be sure of what you will be paying both for making and receiving calls. Pay your bills in advance so that you don’t get cut off whilst you are away.
Switching to a local sim card as soon as you arrive at your destination is a good idea; it is always cheaper to make local calls. Make sure that your loved ones colleagues and key contacts have the number so that you don’t miss important calls. Pay for a good internet package unless you will be in a connected environment most of the time.
Be careful when it comes to making online transfers or dealing with sensitive transactions in public places, as many hotspots are not at all secure. If you must use them in an airport in transit for example, be sure to log out completely to protect your self from identity fraud.
Remember the essence of a vacation; it is really about spending quality time with loved ones, and having time to rest and rejuvenate. This may just be the time to simply stay at home, a time to revisit your passions, hobbies, pastimes, and sports.
A vacation need not be that expensive. Don’t attempt to pay for what you cannot afford. You do not have to travel abroad; rediscover your own environment by visiting places close to home with your children.
With careful planning, you can find a balance between having an enjoyable vacation without breaking the bank.Book Your Hotel on Planet Earth’s NO 1 Accommodation Site, Guarantees The Best Prices For Any Type of Property, Ranging From Campsites to Five-Star Luxury Properties Worldwide.