The highlight of this tour is an opportunity not to be missed. A tradition since 1634, the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ that occurs once every 10 years in the quaint village of Oberammergau. This is just the beginning of amazing sights. Visit the cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest, stop to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Newschwantstein Castle, spend a few days in Nuremberg, one of the most prestigious cities of the Middle Ages and an overnight in Munich, home to centuries old buildings and numerous museums.
With its beautiful countryside, astounding archaeological sites and bucolic villages, Greece charms you to your core. And then there is Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization and democracy, with the famous Acropolis, Pantheon and Temple of Zeus. Outside of the capital, we take you to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, to the Delphi oracle & museum and to the Meteora monasteries, perched on massive stone formations. Our trip also includes some island hopping to Santorini, an island of extreme beauty with deep fuchsias, cobalt blues and oyster pinks. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece.
This ten-day tour is ideal for repeat visitors. This tour includes authentic experiences like a turf cutting demonstration, CIE Exclusive visit to Sean’s Bar, Sheepdog demonstrations, walking the Peace Bridge in Derry and staying overnight at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Wander off the beaten path with CIE and U.S. Tours, to explore the spectacular beauty of Northern Ireland.
On this 10-day tour you will discover 1500 years of romantic ruins of Armadale Castle, the spiritual home of one of Scotland’s largest clans, visit seven additional castles, take a scenic train ride, board the Loch Ness Cruise, and enjoy Scottish entertainment, and that is just the start. For Departures in August, take your reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Enjoy first-class accommodations in the seaside town of Minori, dubbed “the town of good taste,” where gastronomic delights will awaken your senses. Overlook the terrace gardens spotted with citrus trees that fill the rugged hillsides and cascade down to the sea. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Amalfi and Ravello, historic cities boasting medieval architecture like Saint Andrew’s Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, a partially buried city after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and visit Sorrento for authentic pizza at a local restaurant. Stop in the fishing village of Positano, where white homes overlook the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Cross the Bay of Naples aboard a jetfoil to the fabled Isle of Capri, spotted with open air cafes and boutique shops. From there, explore the lively port of Salerno and then Paestum, one of the best collections of Greek temples in Western Europe. Enjoy the captivating sights, flavors and customs that make Italy’s Amalfi Coast a hit on many bucket lists.
See Iceland’s highlights and hidden gems on an introductory tour of this spectacular island. Start in Reykjavik, Iceland’s Capital City where you will be charmed by the natural beauty surrounding it and the beautiful brightly-colored rooftops. Discover Reynisfjara’s black sand beach and rock formations that legend has it were formed by trolls centuries ago. Visit the famed Golden Circle including the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a meeting place of old Icelandic clans. No trip to Iceland would be complete without a stop to the Blue Lagoon, a large man-made lake surrounded by a lava field which is also a geothermal spa.
Enjoy this leisurely paced 9 day tour that offers a little of everything. Start in Dublin with a City Tour. As you make your way south visit the House of Waterford Crystal, Jameson Distillery and a visit to Blarney Castle, with a kiss for good luck. Then continue onto Killarney and the scenic Ring of Kerry. As you travel north visit the famous Cliffs of Moher for that perfect photo opportunity and then onto a two-night stay at the Lodge at Ashford Castle, former estate of the Guinness Family.
Sicily, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is full of art, history, and traditions. This Italy tour has everything, beginning with the enchanted beauty of Taormina’s Greek-Roman amphitheater, with its spectacular views of Giardini di Naxos and Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Then tour the Archaeological Park of Syracuse followed by Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples. The Theban poet Pindar described the temples as “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.” Visit Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, among the many distinguished palaces and monuments.
Travel to Italy and revel in renowned attractions and exquisite sites; Doge’s Palace in Venice where you will see the beautiful rooms decorated by 16 century artists, Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Rome’s Colosseum, plus so much more during this ten-day immersion into “la dolce vita”! You can experience vinegar tasting in Modena and wine tasting at a castle in Umbria and we are sure your heart and soul will delight in the unforgettable sights and museums disseminated along the way.
On this quintessential Scottish experience, you visit majestic castles, cruise on Loch Lomond, and visit Edinburgh Castle. You’ll sample Scotch Whiskey, learn of Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charles, and the Atholl Highlanders. Ending with the unforgettable Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this is an ideal trip for first-timers to Scotland.