CIE Tours offers travel incentive for 2019 Private Driver experiences
CIE Tours’ Private Driver experiences allow travelers to explore hidden aspects of well-known destinations at their own pace, guided by local drivers who have a love of storytelling and are eager to share their insider knowledge. Through May 31, travel advisors can book a 2019 trip – helping clients experience Ireland and the U.K. like a local – and save 5 percent on their Private Driver experience.
Perfectly suited for couples, friends and family groups seeking a more personalized, leisurely pace, the Private Driver experience combines the best of both worlds: the flexibility of traveling on one’s own with the convenience of a guided tour.
Travelers can create their own itinerary or adapt one of CIE Tours’ exceptional group vacation schedules. Either way, they’ll enjoy pre-booked hotels and the services of an expert local driver eager to share local lore and hidden gems along the way. Guests are free to linger in places that catch their fancy—and spend less time in places that don’t. And, there’s the freedom to start their day when they want (Late riser? Sleep in.) and to dine where and when they want, with plenty of great local recommendations from their driver.
There are countless ways that CIE Tours can craft a custom itinerary, be it a spa retreat, a fishing excursion or a castle stay, a search for family roots, or a bucket list-worthy golf vacation. Guests simply sit back, relax and leave the left-side-of-the-road driving to CIE Tours.
Here are ideas to inspire travel advisors and their clients to craft a custom itinerary:
Off the Beaten Track (nine days): Start with a stout at the rooftop bar of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, then head north to Belfast and the Nine Glens of Antrim—nine wooded river valleys carved into a 54-mile stretch of coastal roads and valleys. Explore Derry, the Giants Causeway and the Dark Hedges immortalized in Game of Thrones. Delve into Donegal history with stops at Glenveagh Castle and Donegal Castle, then take a scenic drive through the Sligo landscape that inspired the poet Yeats. There’s a ferry trip from Galway to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, time to explore the barren beauty of the Burren and the iconic Cliffs of Moher, and a final overnight stay in magical Dromoland Castle.
Family (nine days): Two nights in Dublin gives families plenty of time to explore the kid-friendly appeals of Ireland’s capital city, including a stop at Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, an amphibious Viking Splash Tour, and a visit to EPIC Ireland. Then it’s off to Kilkenny for a Hurling Experience at Legends Hurling Museum and O’Loughlin Gaels Stadium, home to the Kilkenny Cats. Explore medieval Waterford and the vibrant city of Cork, whale watch off the coast of Kinsale, kiss the Blarney Stone and take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through scenic Killarney National Park. Head round the beautiful Dingle Peninsula with a stop for a sheepdog trial. Snap Instagram-worthy photos of colorful thatched houses in charming Adare and the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. A visit to Bunratty Folk Park offers a view into 19th century Irish village life before a final night in lovely Ennis.
Find more suggestions here, including an eight-day Elegant Scottish Highlands itinerary that combines castle stays with excursions through a hauntingly beautiful landscape of rugged mountains and sweeping glens. Guests will discover the magical scenery of the Scottish Highlands, with austere mountains and vast stretches of open land, and visit some of Scotland’s famous castles such as Eilean Donan, Glamas or Balmoral. They’ll witness evocative ruins such as Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness while enjoying the luxury and superb service of their chosen castle hotels.
*Terms and conditions:
5% discount on land only pricing, per person, for 2019 Private Driver customized and preset land packages reserved between April 23-May 31, 2019. Not combinable with any other CIE Tours offers or discounts, may be withdrawn at any time, are subject to availability and other conditions may apply. Call: 1-800-243-8687 for details.
About CIE Tours International
The premier tour operator for Ireland and Britain vacations, CIE Tours offers fully inclusive and expertly guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, from coach tours to small group travel and highly curated private itineraries. These destinations have expanded to Iceland and Italy with CIE Tours’ newest itineraries launching this year. Since 1932, the Morristown, New Jersey-based company has earned a reputation for excellence that is rooted in its signature Irish hospitality, the genuine warmth and expertise of its guides and hosts, and a talent for fostering lasting friendships on the road. CIE Tours makes it easy for travelers to immerse themselves in a new place with exclusive access, authentic experiences, and in-depth knowledge that, in the spirit of Celtic heritage, often begins with a story. For more information, visit CIE Tours.