CIE Britain and Ireland!

Granted, the continent has some of the most amazing sights to see, but when it comes to islands, you just cannot beat  Britain and Ireland for their magic and mystery!

As Islands go, Britain and Ireland are not exactly the biggest Islands in the world, but then again, they are not the smallest – that honour goes to Bishop Rock which is situated 4 miles west of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall and is 46 meters long by 16 meters wide!

With Britain, it’s the fascinating and ancient  history that so attracts thousands upon thousands of inquisitive people to its shores each year. Britain’s history is so rich you can even find layers of it in the earth! Take York for example, their Museum Gardens contain a whole array of historical buildings ranging from the Romans to the Middle Ages with layers of walls depicting each period. The actual museum itself was completed just before the Victorian period and still attracts hundreds of people a day to its doors! The majestic York minster is still of course another major attraction which cannot be ignored as you make your way around this beautiful city.

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The majestic York Minster

 

Then, of course there is the wonderful Capital City of London to be captivated by. See the historical Houses of Parliament, the legendary Big Ben and the traditional Yeomen of the Queen’s Body Guard to name but a few!

London at twilight

London at twilight

 

 

Whereby Britain is the island that is steeped in history and tradition, it can be said that Ireland is the more magical ‘Emerald Isle’. Ireland was given this poetic name of ‘Emerald Isle’ due to its green and luscious countryside. and it’s not hard to see why!

Ireland has that certain magical and mystical feel about it, at every turn you are reminded of  myths and legends and the scenery only reinforces those feelings.

Find a way to explore Ireland and take full advantage of this green and wonderful land!

Ireland – Your Heaven on Earth!

CIE Tours International

 

You may or may not recognize the logo above for CIE Tours, but you will soon as this leading Irish tour operator has and continues to build its excellent reputation year in year out!

 

 

They have a wonderful Irish classic tour for 2016 which features some of the most stunning sights anyone can have the privilege to see!



 

Irish Classic

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  • Lasting for 12 Days
  • Prices Starting From £91 per day

Highlights include:

    • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
    • Giant’s Causeway
    • Sheepdog Trials
    • Walking Tours of Waterford & Derry
    • Jaunting Car Ride

Tour Includes:

    • Sightseeing by luxury coach
    • Professional tour director
    • 11 nights in hotels listed
    • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
    • 7 dinners (D) including

      – Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

      – Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show

      – 5 table d’hote dinners

    • 2 lunches (L)
    • Welcome get-together drink
    • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
    • Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Galway and Waterford with local guides
    • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
    • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
    • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
    • Sheepdog trails on Ring of Kerry
    • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
    • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Ulster Folk Park, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship and JFK Homestead
    • Headsets for walking tours
    • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

The Giant’s Causeway is one particular highlight to witness and is close to some of the locations where the world famous ‘Games of Thrones’ is filmed.

The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its thousands of interlocking hexagonal basalt columns, was created by cooling lava bursting from a volcanic eruption some 60 million years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty giant, Finn McCool. It’s setting within a dramatic coastal landscape rugged cliffs and magnificent views make for a breathtaking and surreal sight.

 

 

The Titanic Belfast is also a must see! This amazing monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage and world renowned visitor attraction is the birthplace of the infamous and tragic RMS Titanic which sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. Titanic Belfast’s fascinating exhibition consists of nine interactive galleries, covering a host of various themes which start with Titanic’s construction during 1909-1911.

 

So there you have it, over the years CIE Tours have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with satisfied clients throughout the world. Their standards are high, their holidays are excellent, they have state -of-the-art luxury coaches, prompt and pleasant customer service, the best hotels, and the all important outstanding visits and entertainment put on just for you!

Legendary Locations for Game of Thrones!

The excellent award winning HBO production Game of Thrones has now become a phenomenal worldwide success! This is partly to do with some of the most extraordinary film locations and set pieces that have both amazed and moved an audience crying out for some truly outstanding escapism.

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These extraordinary film locations include Northern Ireland, with extensive filming along the stunning Causeway Coast and Glens.

 

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Stunning Causeway Coast

The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its thousands of interlocking hexagonal basalt columns, was created by cooling lava bursting from a volcanic eruption some 60 million years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty giant, Finn McCool. It’s setting within a dramatic coastal landscape rugged cliffs and magnificent views make it perfect for Game of Thrones.

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Giant’ causeway

 

Northern Ireland is not the only amazing film location, the enchanting walled town of Dubrovnik, Croatia is also used for many scenes.

 

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

 

Dubrovnik is used for the many scenes depicting King’s Landing – home to the Crown and where the legendary Iron Throne can be found. It has also been described as ‘paradise on earth’ by George Bernard Shaw so it is easy to see why this beautiful place was chosen as a location.

 

Dubrovnik is not the only warm country to be featured in Game of Thrones, Malta has also had it’s share of fantastical scenes.

 

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Malta

 

Malta is a medieval masterpiece and proved an ideal backdrop for the Seven Kingdom’s capital of King’s Landing during the first series !

On a colder front, Iceland made an excellent choice for some of the Game of Thrones ‘North of the Wall’ scenes.

 The Godafoss in Iceland

The Godafoss in Iceland

 

The beautiful Lake Myvatn with its outstanding and magical landscapes was the perfect backdrop for scenes ‘beyond the Wall’ and where the  White Walkers may roam! The area offers a vast spectrum of geological formations and the intense geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular coloured deposits. The Godafoss, also known as ‘The Waterfall of the Gods’, is a spectaculat sight to behold, and only reinforces why this magnificent area was the location of choice.

 

So there you have it, just a glimpse of some of the truly amazing locations that the makers of Game of Thrones have used to fuel our imaginations and secure a place in outstanding television Cinematography history.