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Irish Pubs and Folklore Highlight Last-Minute CIE Summer Deals

Tour Operator | CIE Tours International | Lisa Iannucci | July 19, 2016

Irish Pubs and Folklore Highlight Last-Minute CIE Summer Deals

PHOTO: Ireland, in all its glory. (Courtesy CIE Tours)

Still looking for a last-minute summer getaway? It’s not too late! Booking last-minute trips can often result in tremendous savings.

For example, these CIE Tours to Ireland, Britain and Scotland are discounted hundreds of dollars which, as you’ll see, can provide extra spending money for more ale and pints.   

Irish Pubs & Folklore – this seven-night journey includes enough grub and pint tastings to leave you fulfilled. You’ll tour Dublin, Ireland’s capital, with a professional guide and enjoy sampling aged whiskey at Teeling Distillery, the area’s newest distillery. Snag another draft at Smithwick’s Brewery, and learn about “black beer” at the Guinness Storehouse. You will enjoy “Food, Folk and Fairies” at Dublin’s oldest pub, Brazen Head Pub, where it’s all about Ireland’s myths and beliefs in times past.

When you’re not eating or drinking, there are tours of the Glasnevin Museum, the final resting place for many prominent Irish residents, and Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, where there are, of course, more historic pubs. This extensive journey offers much more to do, including a memorable trip to the Blarney Castle where you’ll kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and watch craftspeople create at the House of Waterford Crystal.

2016 Irish Adventure: If you’re looking for more adventure, this trip includes walking tours of Waterford – Ireland’s oldest city -- , Galway, and Derry.  If you’ve only seen the Book of Kells in pictures, you can enjoy its exquisite beauty on this Trinity College walking tour. Stand where the emigrants stood on the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a reconstructed 19th-century vessel showing the harsh sailing conditions they experienced on their way to North America.

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This tour also includes travels from Dungarvan to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. Of course, you’ll also kiss the stone at the Blarney Castle. Star Wars geeks will definitely enjoy the Skellig Experience, which shows how these islands were featured in the "Star Wars VII" movie. Dinner shows and other walking tours round out this jam-packed expedition.

Scottish Clans & Castles: Scotland is home to hundreds of castles that were used to keep enemies out and residents safe. Today, there are tours to see the ones that are still standing and the ruins of those that aren’t. This 10-day excursion starts in Glasgow, where you’ll explore the Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, before heading to Stirling Castle to learn about “Braveheart” William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots. The Eilean Donan Castle, built in the 13th century, is also featured on this itinerary as well. You’ll see the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, once Scotland’s largest castle, but was destroyed in Jacobite wars. Finally, you’ll feel like a princess at the Brodie Castle, a 16th-century tower house with fairytale towers and a library with over 6,000 volumes. In between your castle visits, you’ll enjoy Leault Farm, where dogs round up sheep, and a tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Here you will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where you’ll walk through the Queen’s residence.

There are several combinations of tours to choose from on your way to Scotland, Ireland and Britain. Find one that fits your needs and adventure level and book that last-minute memorable summer trip before the temperatures start to plummet again.

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