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"Itinerary was perfect"
Robbie, the tour guide was awesome, the itinerary was perfect, visiting so many beautiful places in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 8:.30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner.
Your Travel Director takes you past the Custom House and along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College and experience an insight into its history from a university insider. Enjoy fast-track VIP entry into its famed library and the 9th-century Book of Kells exhibition.
Go behind the scenes at one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers in Kildare. Visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a 'journey through life.' Visit the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman.
Travel along the Grand Parade to see Cork’s City Hall and Opera House. Continue on to visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence—once kissed, never forgotten! On to Killarney where you join a local Jarvey onboard a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. Return midafternoon for time at leisure.
Begin the day with a short ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors’ Center at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Join your Travel Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.
The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland’s famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Londonderry and experience sightseeing with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls. Journey around the coast to the amazing Giant’s Causeway and continue along the Antrim Coast to your hotel.
Journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the history of the area, his family and the estate. Delight in freshly made, traditional Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Glasgow to see the city’s grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
A scenic drive takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond and the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, before reaching Fort William. Experience a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery and intriguing tales of Nessie.
Enjoy an orientation of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Center, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was finally defeated. Savor a ’wee dram’ during a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery as you delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.
A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains passing Blair Castle. Cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews and see the Old Course, the home of golf since its invention in the 15th century, before enjoying free time to explore. Continue to Edinburgh. In the evening, select departures will attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Join your Local Expert and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Honors of Scotland, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile, and travel along Princes Street to see the monument to Sir Walter Scott Memorial before a walk through the New Town. Join your friends at the stylish Galvin Brasserie de Luxe for a grand finale Celebration Dinner of modern-Scottish cuisine served with wine.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with transfers arriving at Edinburgh airport at 6:15 am and 9 am. Conditional apply.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry. In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world.
Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.
Adult Price: €71
An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. Afterwards, we'll explore the monastic remains before returning to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Adult Price: €25
Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbour. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral to hear of the town’s maritime past and also visit the Queenstown Story to discover how the town became the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.
Adult Price: €23
Lively and fun loving, Cork city is justly celebrated for fine local produce and great restaurants. Tonight, take the opportunity to dine out and enjoy the great atmosphere and vibrant heart of Ireland's 'rebel' city. Three course dinner with a drink.
Adult Price: €46
A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: €34
Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.
Adult Price: €73
We enjoy a drive through the beautiful Trossachs to visit Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python, Doune Castle is now used as a film location for Game of Thrones. Doune is also the main Castle in the new hit show, Outlander.
Adult Price: £26
In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.
Adult Price: £40
Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whislt listening to the tales of Steve, a man who has devoted over twenty-five years of his life to hunting for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. A unique evening, following the journey of the ultimate "Nessie Hunter"!
Adult Price: £20
Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.
Adult Price: £20
Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!
Adult Price: £60
Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.
Adult Price: £27
This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
Adult Price: £23
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