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The coaches are not handicap accessible so you must be able to get on and off the coach unaided by our staff and be able to rotate seats on the coach. If you need extra walking assistance, you may bring a light-weight foldable wheelchair which can be stowed in the luggage compartment. You must advise us when booking a tour that you will be using a wheelchair or other medical equipment.
Play it safe and plan to arrive 2.5 to 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure time to allow for any unexpected delays in traffic, check-in, security, or long lines at the newsstand!
Morning departure time depends on the itinerary to be covered on any particular day. In Britain the tour day begins between 8.00am to 8.30am, while in Ireland the day usually begins between 8.30am and 9.00am. Arrival back to the hotel/ or at the next hotel is usually between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.
CIE Escorted tours use three classes of hotels – these are first class (3 star), superior first class (4 star, which include castle properties) or deluxe (5 star, which include castle properties).
First class hotels (3 star) feature a dining room, lounge, bar and comfortable guest rooms. Many have leisure facilities.
Superior first class hotels (4 star) offer the same amenities with higher standards and many have leisure and spa facilities.
Deluxe hotels (5 star) offer luxurious features and are often in unique settings.
It is important to note that European hotel rooms generally tend to be smaller than North American hotel rooms.
For your hotel room you can choose to have:
Double– One bed for two people (usually Queen size, sometimes Double/Full. King only by request and not always guaranteed).
Twin– Two separate beds (can be two Single beds, two Double/Full, one Single & one Double/Full, etc…)
Triple– Two beds to sleep three people. Rarely will there be three separate beds. (Normally you will find a Double/Full bed and one twin bed for a total of 2 beds. Sometimes you may find two Double/Full or three Single beds, but it is rare.) Please note there is no reduction in cost for a third person sharing a room with two others. For comfort, we suggest that three adults take two separate rooms.
Twin and Triple Room configurations will be assigned based on hotel availability at the time of check-in.
Note: No more than three people can share a hotel room on escorted tours.