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CIE Tours Travel Blog

 

CIE Tours is excited to be able to share actual on-tour experiences with our guests as our newest team members hit the road with CIE Tours! Our Social Media Concierges will be traveling through Ireland and UK on CIE Tours to give you updates and insights from our exciting destinations. Follow along to get a feel for what we have to offer here at CIE, and to learn about different cultures and experiences along the way!

 

Courtney Buzzanca

A Party in Killarney

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 19, 2017

 

With our trip just hovering at the half-way point, we are feeling a second wind come over us and are filled with the Irish spirit! Our full day in Killarney was met with the tail-end of a hurricane, but our spirits are always high and the laughs are always plentiful.

Our tour of the Muckross house was informative and seemed flabbergasting that a house could be so luxurious. It is difficult to believe that people lived in such a manner. Everywhere we turned there was another room to explore. I would not have wanted to be a servant in this house because following the room that correlated with the ringing bells would have been mayhem!

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Group picture at the Killarney Plaza, Killarney, Ireland
Group picture at the Killarney Plaza, Killarney, Ireland

What Moher could you ask for?

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 17, 2017

 

Does anyone else love a good Cliffs of Moher pun more than me? Regardless, the cliffs don't need any puns or gimmicks; they speak for themselves.

We left our Hotel in Galway in the early hours of the morning to make sure we would beat the rush to the cliffs. Ireland never ceases to amaze me with its beauty! On the way to the cliffs, our coach driver, Steve, stopped for us to take scenic pictures of Cork Screw Hill. Maneuvering the winding road must have been challenging, but it was nothing for our hero, Steve! Our guests are truly in awe of Steve's driving prowess. Just another way that CIE has really delivered on a carefree tour. "Trust in Steve," has been a common phrase amongst the guests!

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Cork Screw Hill, Galway, Ireland
Cork Screw Hill, Galway, Ireland

Discovering delightful Derry and Donegal

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 15, 2017

 

We are flying through this trip! The guests and I are floored by everything that we've seen so far and eager for everything yet to come. From the Giant's Causeway, we trekked over to Derry, or as they call it in Northern Ireland, Londonderry. Our coach took us on a city tour of Derry and it was fascinating to learn about Northern Ireland's past.

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The Peace Bridge, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
The Peace Bridge, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

Exploring Northern Ireland

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 13, 2017

 

After a leisurely ferry ride to Belfast, we were able to settle down at the Europa Hotel right in Belfast. The following morning, we packed up our belongings and journeyed on through the streets of Belfast. Our guide, Ian, and our master driver, Steve, took us through the streets of Belfast sharing the interesting history of Northern Ireland. We made a stop at a mural depicting Northern Ireland's history and it was quite interesting and moving.

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Mural of Northern Ireland's history, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Mural of Northern Ireland's history, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Discovering Inverness and Oban, Scotland

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 11, 2017

 

We departed for Inverness after a delightful two nights in Edinburgh. Everyone in the group was still reeling from experiencing the military Tattoo the previous evening. We were all eager to continue our Scottish escapades and journey further north.

On our way to Inverness, where we would be settling in for the night, we made a stop in St. Andrew's. Any golf lover must know the significance that St. Andrew's has with the sport. Even if you have little interest in golf, there is still a great deal to see in this small town on the water.

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Guests enjoying a walking tour of the Abbey at St. Andrew's, Scotland Border
Guests enjoying a walking tour of the Abbey at St. Andrew's, Scotland

Discovering Edinburgh, Scotland

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 9, 2017

 

We arrived in Edinburgh on Monday after leaving our hotel in York. The ride was filled with views of sheep and bends. Our guide corrected me when I called the bends "mountains". We were in Scotland now, so needed to adapt our terminology. What an extraordinary experience being able to look into Scotland and England at the same time when we reached the border.

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England/Scottish Border
England/Scottish Border

Discovering Stratford-upon-Avon and York

 

by: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 6, 2017

 

And we are off!

Welcome to my first blog post as CIE's second Social Media Concierge for the CIE pilot program. I will be on CIE Tour's Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland Tour. This morning we left our hotel, The Park Plaza Waterloo, and made our first stop at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was difficult to part with our hotel given that when I woke up that morning I had a clear view of Parliament and the London Eye. With our bellies full of a grand English breakfast, we began our pursuit for the city of York in Yorkshire.

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Statue of Shakespeare surrounded by his characters, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Statue of Shakespeare surrounded by his characters, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK


Samantha Henderson

From The Air To You

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: July 2, 2017

 

Well... We made it. My journey with CIE has come to an end. I am currently writing to you from my Delta plane, feeling incredibly full after all the food they've given me. This month has been one I'll never forget, but let me tell you about the past two days.

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Stonehenge and Me!
Stonehenge and Me!

Onto my Fourth Country

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 28, 2017

 

Last night was so much fun! Upon arrival, we started off the night with a tour of Cardiff Castle. We were able to climb the tower and view incredible rooms along the way. I think we were all blown away by the intricacy of each room. For instance, one room had the story of each astrological sign illustrated on the wall. The bathroom had brass fish on the bottom of the bathtub, and the highest room's ceiling was dotted with small silver domes that shone like stars when the chandelier rose. I'll start saving up now in case it ever goes on the market!

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Roman Baths, Bath
Roman Baths, Bath

"Taste Of" a New Tour

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 27, 2017

 

Today, I joined a new tour! This tour is called Taste of Cornwall and Wales. My tour director is David Turner, the epitome of a fine Englishman. This tour is part of a longer one that is twenty-four days in total, Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland. Twenty-eight people were on the tour, including a family of ten made up of Grandma and Grandpa, their daughter and son accompanied by their spouses, and four grandchildren. The family decided to take the tour as a celebration of the grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary... Congrats!

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The Quay Hotel
The Quay Hotel

Down Through County Down

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 25, 2017

 

This morning, most guests ate breakfast at the Stranorlar hotel, but I opted for some extra sleep and hopped on the motor coach bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Austin took us on a short drive from the hotel to Titanic Belfast. When we arrived, a woman came onto the coach and explained the Titanic Experience. Once we understood what we were about to see, we exited the coach and entered Titanic Belfast.

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Mosaic, Down Cathedral
Mosaic, Down Cathedral

Weaving Together Special Memories

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 22, 2017

 

Breakfast was exceptional today, as usual, and fueled us for a busy day of Irish culture. The first event of the day was exploring the Museum of Country Life, not too far from our hotel in Westport. The museum was really interesting. I love to learn, especially about Ireland, but I am not one for museums at all. This one, however, really had me intrigued. I liked the artifacts on display which gave a surreal glimpse into the lives of my ancestors. The intense reality of Irish history is not always completely uncovered. It's not all leprechauns and Guinness. The Irish people went through so much. It was interesting to identify with them by experiencing exhibits that dug deep into their personal lives and traditions. It's powerful to see how far Ireland has come.

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Weaving loom, Irish House
Weaving loom,
Irish House

CIE Tour or Fairy Tale?

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 21, 2017

 

This morning, we woke up to a terrific and easy breakfast buffet at Hotel Westport and had a chance to enjoy the food and chat for a while before heading out for the day. The first thing we did was go on a walking tour of Westport. Along the way, our friendly and informative guide told us stories and really interesting facts about the town. We had the afternoon and evening to ourselves later on, so he recommended many good places to go for food and good fun.

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Humpty Dumpty, Westport House
Humpty Dumpty, Westport House

Wild Memories Being Made on the Wild Atlantic Way

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 20, 2017

 

I am so excited for the upcoming week! I can tell that the Wild Atlantic Way tour is going to be a great one because it already has been so far and it's only day two! This time, the tour group is made up of thirty-five guests and our effortlessly chill and funny driver-guide, Austin. Austin has been amazing because he is so calm. He is never rushing us or too worried about time, as long as we are all happy and enjoying ourselves. Many of the guests have told me that they are very impressed by his commentary as we travel from place to place. No one can believe how much he knows about Ireland.

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Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

Flying Boats, Cliffs of Moher and a Medieval Banquet!

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 16, 2017

 

Today was a big day! We departed Dingle, unfortunately, but were very excited for what the day had in store for us. The first excursion of the day was the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, where we learned all about the magnificent flying boats and their history. After watching a short but interesting film, we followed a guided tour through the museum, looking at artifacts from the flying boats' flights and diagrams explaining the contraptions.

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Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

Good Fun – Killarney's Jaunting Cars
to Dingle's many Pubs

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 15, 2017

 

Once again, we bid a sad goodbye to another great town as we left Kinsale. We could have stayed in the Actons Hotel forever. The food at the hotel was outstanding. I had the goat cheese tart and the ravioli... I could eat both of those dishes every day for a year and never get tired of them.

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Watch Tower, Dingle Bay
Watch Tower, Dingle Bay

From Dublin to Kinsale,
with a little "Blarney" along the way

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 13, 2017

 

The Southern Gems tour of Ireland is off to a great start. Yesterday morning, we left the modern and very accommodating Gibson Hotel in Dublin to visit Russborough House in Wicklow. We met up with a very knowledgeable guide who brought us through the mansion, shedding light on the rich history, as well as more recent events associated with the family who once resided there. In each room, the items within were explained in great detail through captivating stories and explanations of their uses and worth.

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Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

The Beauty of Giant's Causeway

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 10, 2017

 

I have just had an incredible day! We left the beautiful Culloden Hotel and Estate this morning after a tasty breakfast. We then travelled toward Giants Causeway via the most gorgeous route. We drove along the Nine Glens of Antrim, which offers views of vibrant green rolling hills, as well as a rugged coastline. The ride was very enjoyable and went by almost too quickly.

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Nine Glens of Antrim
Nine Glens of Antrim

Continuing to Scotland and Ireland

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 9, 2017

 

I never knew so much could happen in four days! My first week with CIE has come and gone and every day I fall more and more in love with the new people, the new places, and the plethora of new experiences. In the past four days we have enjoyed three different countries, stopping along the way at beautiful and fun places that I never even thought I'd ever get the chance to see.

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Culloden Hotel, Holywood
Culloden Hotel, Holywood

And Away we go!

 

by: Samantha Henderson

 

Date: June 5, 2017

 

Hello, and welcome to my first tour with CIE, British and Irish Delight! This tour begins in London and will bring me and my fellow guests to York, Scotland, Belfast and Dublin.

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London's Big Ben

Travel Blog Archive:

Courtney Buzzanca

A Party in Killarney
08/19/2017

What Moher could you ask for?
08/17/2017

Discovering delightful Derry and Donegal
08/15/2017

Exploring Northern Ireland
08/13/2017

Discovering Inverness and Oban, Scotland
08/11/2017

Discovering Edinburgh, Scotland
08/09/2017

Discovering Stratford-upon-Avon and York
08/06/2017

Samantha Henderson

From The Air To You
07/02/2017

Onto My Fourth Country
06/28/2017

"Taste Of" a New Tour
06/27/2017

Down Through County Down
06/25/2017

Weaving Together Special Memories
06/22/2017

CIE Tour or Fairy Tale?
06/21/2017

Wild Memories Being Made on the Wild Atlantic Way
06/20/2017

Flying Boats, Cliffs of Moher and a Medieval Banquet!
06/16/2017

Good Fun – Killarney's Jaunting Cars to Dingle's many Pubs
06/15/2017

From Dublin to Kinsale, with a little "Blarney" Along The Way
06/13/2017

The Beauty of Giant's Causeway
06/10/2017

Continuing To Scotland and Ireland
06/09/2017

And Away We Go!
06/05/2017