CIE Tours International

19 ratings (17 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

    Highest Rated Consumer Review by the Community

  • DONT "Go-As-You-Please" with CIE!

    Sep 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The frustration of dealing with CIE will not kill you.
    Cons: Too numerous to mention briefly. Read our review.

    Summary: We were taking our 82 year old father to Ireland. Being novice travelers, eight of us family members booked a Go-As-You-Please CIE Tour where you drive yourself and the airfare, car rental and B&B vouchers are all included in the price. We paid an ... read more

  • Scottish Isles & Glens - Sept 2012

    Sep 27, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent Knowledgeable Guide & Driver
    Value for Money
    Variety, Well Organized
    Quality Service, Great Website
    Cons: Sometimes felt rushed during visits to attractions
    The whole bus caught a cold (Not CIE's fault)

    Summary: Just returned from the 11 day guided tour in Scotland - it was our first trip 'Across the Pond' and also first coach tour. A terrific trip! CIE's website was very detailed, easy to navigate, gave all prices and details needed, was able to book and pay ... read more

  • Taste of Scotland and Ireland

    Jul 27, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Driver, Guide, Hotels, Food, Sights
    Cons: Couple early mornings, tour ended

    Summary: My tour of Scotland and Ireland with CIE was first rate. There is nothing like being treated like royalty. All the details were worked out for us, our driver Paddy always called ahead to ensure our rooms were ready when we arrived, no time wasted at the ... read more

  • What to pack and other things to know

    Aug 14, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything taken care of and efficient.   Guides excellent
    Cons: No flexibility.  

    Summary: I was frustrated and over-packed because of the lack of info on what to pack on a bus tour with CIE to Ireland and/or Scotland so I am sharing from my experience this month. Pack only jeans or slacks, nice casual tops, walking shoes, and raingear. ... read more

  • Ireland Go As you Please --- PLEASE DO!

    Oct 19, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: flexible, good value
    Cons: Weather (not much CIE can do about that)

    Summary: In March 2006, my husband and I spent a week in Ireland on the "go as you please" plan. We opted to NOT pre-book the first night, as we wanted to go to Kinsale directly that day. We had emailed/booked our B&B there ahead of time and the following night ... read more

  • Irish Heritage/Galway Extension

    Sep 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tour guide and tour bus driver; Knappogue Castle banquer, Galway extension, Waterford Factory
    Cons: Dinner at 6:30. Hotel discrimination against "bus" people, but MINOR issue in a great trip.

    Summary: We just returned from Aug 24 Irish Heritage/Galway extension trip with our two daughters (21 and 16) and had a wonderful time! My daughters were apprehensive about a "bus" trip, but it turned out to be just the thing for a short family vacation and an ... read more

  • Irish spirit tour

    Apr 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A lot of fun.
    Cons: enough sheep and cows. ready to go home by the 5th day

    Summary: If you are getting into Dublin first thing in the morning, you won't get a room until at least noon. Book a room for the day before. Mespil Hotel served it's purpose. Walking distance to anything you needed or wanted. Nice staff. Guinness stop wasn't ... read more

  • Go-As-You-Please -> Stress-As-You-Go

    Jan 25, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Famous name for Irish tours.
    Cons: Expensive; some needed info was not conveyed.

    Summary: About our tour I'll start by saying that we are not very experienced international travelers, thus certain naive assumptions were made. ...When our travel agent sang many praises to CIE TOURS International, after briefly glancing at costlier ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Two wonderful weeks in Ireland

    Dec 22, 2012 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Well organized, no stress way to see the country.
    Cons: irish beer and whiskey is good but the food is not bad.

    Summary: I can't say enough good about this company. We went on a two week bus tour all around Ireland. Everything was wonderful and well planned. Our driver was great. Ireland is a great place to visit and this is a food company. On our trip the VP was on the ... read more

  • Irish Spirit Tour

    Jul 24, 2012 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Knowledge of tour guide
    Variety of experiences    
    Cons: One day the weather was very misty!

    Summary: Just returned from the 7 day Irish Spirit tour and I can't say enough good things about CIE. This was our first trip to Europe, and it was great. The places we stayed were so nice - extremely clean and comfortable. We'd been told the food in Ireland was ... read more

  • Go as you Please:( Seriously NO not with CIE

    Jul 11, 2012 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: none
    Cons: too rigid a Fraud program

    Summary: My experience with CIE has been very poor.  They are inflexible, for a go as you please program.  I tried every B & B in their book and site and could not find a B & B to accomodate us.  I asked to exchange the B & B vouchers ... read more

  • Ireland and Scotland

    Sep 19, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: -tour guides who are local and know their country;
    -very good coach drivers; clean, safe buses.
    Cons: -not always enough free time

    Summary: My mother and I have used CIE Tours twice.  Once in 2000 to take a bus tour of Ireland, and again in August of 2011 to take a bus tour of Scotland.  Both trips were GREAT!  We have wonderful bus drivers and tour guides both times.  ... read more

  • Wonderful staff & experience

    Aug 17, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Exceptional service, stellar accommodation choices ,very insightful on delivering interesting commentary on the area/region.  
    Cons: None - we had an incredible time.

    Summary: in July 2011 my girlfriend and I opted to take a girls only trip and headed to Ireland for a week of adventures.  Although we opted for the self guided tour through CIE, their staff was wonderful!  We were provided an excellent itinerary, ... read more


    Aug 23, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great Hotels, great restaurants, smooth travel, knowledgeable guides/drivers, all wrapped around a jam-packed itinerary.
    Cons: Eliminate the "tourist-trap" areas. Don't need them on a "get to know" trip

    Summary: I, too, traveled alone on 8/5 to 8/13 through London, Coltswold, Strafford, the Lake District, Edinburgh, the Highlands and Glasgow - all via CIE Tours. It was wonderful. Rushed? Maybe a tad, but with all we saw, it was so worth it. The Hotels were ... read more

  • Wonderful Trip to Ireland

    Aug 14, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The landscape,culture & lovely Irish people (especially Ned Roche,) made this a memorable trip!!!!
    Cons: The only disappointment was Foggarty's(Dublin). The food and service were not very good.

    Summary: My husband, son and I recently took a C.I.E. tour through Ireland. We were traveling with twenty other Americans that we already knew. It was a great trip! Our tour guide, Ned Roche, really added to the enjoyment of the trip. He was knowledgeable, ... read more


    May 7, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: joe clancy, john costello, the intinerary, all of it!
    Cons: none

    Summary: We recently returned from a CIE tour Irish Heritage. Words can't explain what a WONDERFUl trip we had. Our tour guide was Joe Clancy. His knowledge and sense of humour made the trip so memorable! Our driver was John Costello, he could drive the bus on ... read more

  • Bus Tours

    Apr 19, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: All inclusive. Intelligent Guide. First Class accommodations. Adjustable for group's needs.
    Cons: Lunch on own.

    Summary: I am the tour coordinator for a busy senior center. Our trips are known for high quality. This is in reference to our first CIE tour. Arrangements were made through another tour company. Upon arrival in Ireland I became aware of many differences in the ... read more

Showing 1-17 of 17 reviews