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Best of Ireland & Scotland (Premium)

14 Days from $3,716 per person

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Journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Ireland and Scotland, meet warm-hearted locals and experience legendary Gaelic culture firsthand.

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Journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Ireland and Scotland, meet warm-hearted locals and experience legendary Gaelic culture firsthand.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane/Clayton Hotel Charlemont
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane/Clayton Hotel Charlemont
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Maldron Hotel South Mall
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Killarney Avenue Hotel/Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Killarney Avenue Hotel/Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Inn at Dromoland
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa/Clayton Hotel
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Ballygally Castle
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Kingsmills Hotel/Hilton Coylumbridge
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Kingsmills Hotel/Hilton Coylumbridge
  12. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
  13. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
  14. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with transfers arriving at Edinburgh airport at 6:15 am and 9 am. Conditional apply.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $950 per person

Triple Room Supplement: $70 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $153 per person

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers operate at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Departure transfers on the last travel day arrive at Edinburgh airport at 6:15 am and 9 am.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Included Quality Dining

13 Breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea, 5 Dinners and 2 Dinners with Wine, all with tea and coffee. 

Insight Experiences

  • Ardgowan: Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart welcomes you with a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish high tea
  • Visit Trinity College and see Book of Kells in Dublin • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare • Waterford Crystal workshop • Killarney National Park with a Jarvey • Londonderry with a Local Expert

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cross the Irish Sea by ferry • Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Visit Blarney Castle • Cliffs of Moher • Giant's Causeway • Culloden Moor • Cairns of Clava • Edinburgh Castle
  • City tours of Edinburgh with a Local Expert
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Reviews

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Jeanna Roush
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Service rating : Our tour guide, Robbie was wonderful. The Itinerary was perfect, we saw so much of Ireland, North Ireland, and Scotland. Weather altered our trip a bit as gale force winds hit the area and we were not able to visit Connemara. Sad, but totally understandable!! Robbie did a great job of adjusting our schedule to other options. Yes, we would book again with GET.
Vacation : Robbie, the tour guide was awesome, the itinerary was perfect, visiting so many beautiful places in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Service rating : If I could, I would rate Insight a 20 star group! Our AWESOME Tour Director, Michael Doughty, and our driver, Keith, were professional, courteous, caring, as well as a minute by minute focus of WORLD CLASS customer service/care! Do NOT use any other group except Grand European Travel! Second to none!
Response from Grand European Travel:
20 stars! That's amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your kind words. We hope to see you again very soon.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Vacation : FANTASTIC tour; loved that it was tailored to local sights and experiences; we saw the major cities as well, but tours with local experts were superb!
Friday, September 21, 2018
Richard Hoffmaster
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Service rating : We worked with Tess and I appreciated her service and help.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We'll be sure to let Tess know that you appreciated her help in planning your Ireland and Scotland vacation. We're pleased to know you had a great time and enjoyed your travels.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation : It was a wonderful trip and I think that we received the value of the money that it cost.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Joyce Graves
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Service rating : Out tour guide Mike O'Doughty and driver Keith Beck were excellent.The tour was more than we expected and gave us a tour that was complete with great extras.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when we can exceed expectations! Thank you for booking with us and we are so happy you enjoyed your trip.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Vacation : The most complete tour of Ireland and Scotland.
Monday, September 17, 2018
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Service rating : Trip pricing was provided as a group, 6 people. There was no way to know how much money was owed without calling GET. Very difficult to reach my agent. Thought I had paid in full, only to discover I still owed money.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion on your trip invoices and payments. We will be happy to separate out all guests to have their own invoices had we known it was an issue. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Vacation : Enjoyed tour very much. Most hotels were fine. Some hotel locations left much to be desired. Tour guide, Mike, was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and history. He also had a fantastic sense of humor. Mike made the trip!
Monday, September 10, 2018
Gerard Sinnott
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Service rating : Well done. My only negative feedback would be the comfort of the bus seats and I would add more 2 day stays.
Vacation : Good price. Was put off by some of the optional tour prices.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Raymond League
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Service rating : GET provided the services that we need from taking the planning into their hands. Providing us with an effortless process.
Vacation : Made it easy to plan and schedule payments.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Sophia Rennard
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Service rating : It was a fantastic vacation. Our tour director was great! Very informative! We enjoyed Ireland so much. The shows were also great and so was the food. Scotland was fantastic too! The Military Tattoo was a dream come true for my husband and I enjoyed it too! The royal mile walk was very strenuous for me as I was still recovering from total knee replacement! But I made it and enjoyed it! Farewell dinner was delicious!
Vacation : Well worth the money but the Hotel in Glasgow was the worst! Got off the elevators and stale smoke was horrible. Room left a lot to be desired. Drop them and find a better place!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Deborah Mascorro
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Service rating : Every phone call I made to the company was handled professionally and expediently. They were very friendly and accomodating.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We are so happy that everything went off smoothly and professionally. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Vacation : Beautiful tour; saw so much. The accommodations were very nice which was important as well.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Nancy Lehr
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Service rating : Our guide - Robbie Joyce - was very helpful with suggestions and any problems that happened. I had left an important medication at home. Through Robbie's knowledge and effort, I was able to get enough pills to make the trip enjoyable. He knew all the "out of the way" spots for shopping and new experiences. He made the journey worth the airplane trip over and back home. Enjoyed listening to his Scottish accent too. Our driver Jason Croton must have been a magician. He could squeeze that huge bus through tiny streets and archways and then back it up for parking. The places where we stayed each night were delightful - warm with the heat wave - but that is how it is in the Isles. The trip was excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our Travel Directors are simply the best. We are so happy that you enjoyed Ireland and Scotland and the expertise of Robbie Joyce. We will be sure to share your comments with him. Thank you for taking the time to write!
Friday, July 13, 2018
Vacation : Enjoyed the people, guide and driver very much and got to see some beautiful places. Well worth the money
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Richard Radziewicz
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Service rating : For the most part, purchasing the trip was easy. Making flight arrangements was a little more difficult. Need to involve the traveler in seat selection and not just assign seats. In our case, we wanted comfort class and it took awhile to get to the right person.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. Since seat assignments are under the control of the airlines themselves and subject to change, we cannot guarantee specific seats on any flight, but are always happy to communicate any specific requests to the airlines. We are glad to see that you were able to upgrade to Comfort Class.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Vacation : For a tour titled "Best of Ireland and Scotland," this tour left a lot to be desired. Too much bus time. Way too much time at minor attractions and not enough time at major attractions. Many major attractions were just "drive byes." Three years ago we spent four hours in St. Andrews. This year we were allotted one and a half hours and that was supposed to include lunch! The hour and a half at Ardgowan was pure TORTURE!! Who wants to listen to someone babble on for an hour about his ancestors. I can get that on line!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
This particular trip does cover quite a bit of ground and unfortunately, the only way to travel between cities is by Motor Coach. We will certainly share your suggestions with Insight Vacations' Quality Control team and thank you for bringing them to our attention.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Kimberly Wimmer
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Service rating : The service was fantastic. Our travel Director Darren Munslow was fun, energetic, and was always very helpful with any questions or concerns. Our driver Keith was also very polite and helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing! So glad to know you had a wonderful time on your Ireland & Scotland vacation! Happy travels.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Vacation : I liked the fast pace and all the cities we visited.I believe the rate was a good value.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Lauranne Whiteis
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Service rating : They were great in planning our trip. The airline people were especially helpful they called before our trip and changed our flight to a direct from Portland or to Amsterdam. That saved us several hours of travel. Thank you for that. Wish they could have done that on our return We had a 4 hour layover in Seattle on the way back. Seattle is a 45 min trip from Portland.
Vacation : Not sure what you want here the trip was wonderful. We didn't realize that it was booked thru Insight till we got there. They are great. The accommodations were excellent. We did all the excursions and were not disappointed. The travel directer was so knowledgeable and funny. The driver was great as well as the people booked on this trip. We made many new friends The countries are beautiful.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Patricia Dalgleish
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Service rating : John Pelletier was wonderful to work with. Excellent customer skills. The trip went off exactly as expected. No glitches what so ever. Your company does a wonderful job of working with your sub-companies such as insight.
Vacation : The price for the "package trip" is very, very good.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Service rating : Choosing and reserving the trip was very easy. Our Tour Director was very experienced and knowledgeable, and the bus driver was great. The tour itself covers a lot of ground, but you get to see the highlights and enjoy some great experiences with your fellow travelers along the way. The hotels were first class, and check-in and check-out was very efficient. Just wish we would have had more time at some of the more popular attractions.
Vacation : It was a great experience and the price was reasonable considering all that was included.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
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Service rating : Grand European is a fabulous travel company with such a large variety of trips and great service. The paperwork and travel documents are very detailed and very informative for our trips.
Vacation : We loved Scotland & Ireland but were very disappointed with a couple of hotels. Mainly in Dryman out of Glasgow. Room so small we had to put suitcases in the bathtub at night in order to get to bathroom at night. My husband being 6’5 could barely stand in the room. Whole night was awful! Definitely not up to Insight standards!! Worst we have ever stayed on a GET tour. breakfast was awful the next morning which makes me rate this hotel as a minus 5! Disappointed we were not staying in Glasgow as we had thought. Too many optional dinners and tours. Made for an lot of extra expenses. Dune castle should have been included in the tour because it was not worth the money we spent. Bright side of the trip was our FANTASTIC tour director Cheryl Duke and bus driver first half of trip Jerry! Alan our 2nd driver was not as professional and not very neat. Bus not kept as clean as our first driver Jerry.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
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Service rating : Good customer service agent in booking, answering questions, and getting all accomplished pre trip.
Vacation : Hotel in Ballincollig, Ireland out of town from Cork, the room was dirty & dusty. Hotel in Dryman was worst we have ever stayed in! Beds were terrible. Room was so small could not even have suitcases open to be able to get to bathroom! We should have been in Glascow hotel in town. Definitely not even a one star hotel. Breakfast in Dryman hotel had 4 tour groups in dining room at same time & ran out of all food when we were there to eat. Awful experience. Definitely not up to a Insight standard.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hollis Elder
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Service rating : our tour was given to Insight Vacation Tours. They did an excellent job. Our tour guide was Michael Doughty and he was very personable and very knowledgeable of both Ireland Nd Scotland. Our bus driver was Gerry Gernon and he was great. He was very safe and helped everyone on the bus when possible. A great twosome.
Vacation : Out place was rich in history. Our guide taught us many interesting facts.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Service rating : Insight was the name of the tour and our guide and driver were excellent. Not only did Michael make us laugh with his blarney but the bus driver was always attentive to road and polite to passengers.
Vacation : We saw everything promised in brochure and hotels were excellent choices except for one.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Rodney Baer
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Service rating : Destination choices were good. Hotels were varied and located well. Buffett breakfasts were good. Liked having meal choices.
Vacation : It gave us a good overall look at Ireland and Scotland while seeing many locations in depth. The Tattoo was deciding factor for this selection.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Donna Miller
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Service rating : We visited all the main places we wanted to see. Our guide, Rory, was excellent. He was open to questions and always available.
Vacation : I think it was a good value.
Monday, August 21, 2017
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Service rating : Yes, I would use your service again. Had a great time.
Vacation : The service was great. The tour guide, he was excellent, and the bus drivers were also.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We take great pride in our people and the service they deliver, so we're pleased to know you enjoyed their company too! 
Friday, August 25, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
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Service rating : WHEN WE WERE TRANSFERED TO INSIGHT WE RECEIVED NO ADVANCE NOTICE OF CANCELLED ADD ON IN EDINBURGH. THE WINNOCK HOTEL HAD NO HOT WATER THRUOUT VISIT.. BEN NEVIS ON NESSIE WAS A WASTE OF FUNDS.OUR GUIDE SHAMED US FOR HAVING TO RETURN TO HOTEL TO PICK UP THOSE FEW THAT DID NOT SIGHN UP FOR POTATO FAMINE TALK. RORY WAS SELDOM WITH GUESTS AT DINNERS, EVEN FAREWELL.
Vacation : SEE PREVIUS COMENTS GREAT SCENERY
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Service rating : Our guide was very knowledgeable about all of the history between the two countries. It was a pretty fast-paced tour. Meals were fine. When we arrived at a two day stay the accommodations in my room we're not up to par. The shower did not work and there was no attempt to fix it while we were there. One luck of the draw for a bad room I understand. I had several less than appropriate rooms.
Vacation : Other than several bad rooms, it was a fine trip. I over looked the garbage in two different hotels. One of the two nights stay we had a very small room way at the other end of the building. Our friends had a lovely large room along with the rest of the travelers in our group. In Edinburgh again we were in the older part of the building. It would be nice to rotate the less than desirable rooms between all of the travelers.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Elinore Sherman
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Service rating : It was well planned,we saw many exciting places. Our tour guide was very informative, he knew and shared the history of Ireland and Scotland in many amusing ways.
Vacation : A great tour, we learned many facts of the countries in with a great guide.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thomas Bell
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Service rating : Very helpful with the reservation. Had to make an air change and they did a good job.
Vacation : Good value for the money. Was able to see a lot on this trip
Monday, August 14, 2017
Mary Varriano
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Service rating : We booked this trip nearly a year before we took it. Our 'go-to' person was Michelle Gumringer who did an outstanding job of answering questions and concerns both expediently and professionally. Much appreciated!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for your kind comments about Michelle.  She is one of our longest-serving employees and her expertise is unmatched!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vacation : I loved this trip!! We were treated to lots of history of both countries which was what I want in a vacation. We visited many interesting places, had great cuisine, and traveled in comfort in the coach we had.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Martha Brancazio
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Service rating : I had to call several times for information that should have been provided without request, for example, my travel itinerary. Customer service was not good.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It is our general practice to email your travel itinerary as soon as payment is made. We also have this information available at any time on our website.  We apologize if there was a miscommunication with your booking, and we will address the situation immediately.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Vacation : The selected tour stops were, in my opinion, chosen for economy not interest. An example, in Dublin, we were taken to a swan statute (free) and no St Peters Cathedral. Why?
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Service rating : My trip was well organized; flights were booked promptly. The GET contact answered all emails from me quickly and thoroughly. The tour guide did an excellent job. One of the two bus drivers did a great job.
Vacation : Overall a well run, thoughtful tour.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent tour director, availability of vegetarian options, quality of hotels
Vacation : Excellent tour director, availability of vegetarian options, quality of hot
Monday, July 17, 2017
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Service rating : Too many hotels located away from the heart of cities with some very small rooms. Did not see what was anticipated other than a drive-through of some major cities. Tour manager quite aloof
Vacation : Tour appeared to be more of an overview than an all inclusive experience
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Anne Forrest
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Service rating : From start to finish, everything was smooth and very professional -- reservations, pre-trip material, efficiency when we decide to cancel our travel insurance and go with another policy. And the Insight guide, driver, accommodations, activities, trip information, etc were all first class.
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We love hearing that everything went smoothly for you and that you enjoyed your trip.  Thank you so much for sharing your comments and we hope to see you again very soon.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Vacation : The cost of the trip was excellent value for what we got. We also liked the add-on excursions or activities. That gave us a chance to say yes or no. We've taken tours with other tour groups and this was by far the best experience, best organized, best guide and most informative.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Service rating : Ireland and Scotland are beautiful and so historic it is hard not to enjoy a trip there. Our hotels were very good and food was good. The coach and driver were magnificent. Biggest drawback was the trip guide while on the coach spoke way too fast with Irish accent and kept the mic right at his chin that created an echo and made him hard to understand. We missed a lot of the history and stories he told.
Vacation : Price was reasonable. A good value.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
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Service rating : Well planned and well guided by Clodgh Fitzgerald. She is a treasure and should get a raise.
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent tour guide and bus driver.
Vacation : One hotel night was terrible. I told them which one it was.
Monday, July 11, 2016
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Service rating : Seemed to do what they could to suit my needs.
Vacation : breakfast with only coffee or tea. Not everybody drinks these. Same with most meals: beer, wine or water. How about a soft drink?
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Service rating : This was my 4 th. trip with European Travel. I like the fact that a Tour Guide is with us at all times and explains the history etc. of the country and the past behind it.
Vacation : Excellent
Monday, June 20, 2016
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Service rating : This was our 6th trip with Grand European and they are excellent! Every trip we have taken has exceeded our expectations. We would not travel with any other company.
Vacation : We couldn't have been more pleased with our Ireland and Scotland vacation. Our tour guide, Cherryl Duke, along with our two bus drivers were some of the best we have ever had. Cherryl was very personable and her knowledge of the area was outstanding. Grand European is fortunate to have these quality people on their staff.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
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Service rating : Travel was through sister compant Insight Vacations.
Vacation : Good
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Service rating : Outstanding.
Vacation : I was able to see 99% of what I wanted to see. I need to spend at least a week in Edinburgh alone.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland and Scotland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering either country.

  • The currency in the republic of Ireland is the Euro (€).  Northern Ireland and Scotland use the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try in Ireland include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Scottish cuisine goes beyond traditional haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties s to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a local pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The weather in Ireland and Scotland is mild,damp, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland and Scotland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent of the bill. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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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.

Dublin

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

Adult Price: € 24.00

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.

Dublin

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71.00

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.

Cork

Port Of Cobh Excursion

Adult Price: € 22.00

Drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Explore the Heritage Centre and relive the story of the emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great passenger port.

Cork

Cork Dinner

Adult Price: € 45.00

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.

Killarney

Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: € 33.00

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.

Limerick

Shannon Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 69.00

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.

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

Adult Price: £37.00

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.This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Loch Lomond

Doune Castle and the Trossachs Drive

Adult Price: £26.00

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.

Inverness

An Evening with Nessie

Adult Price: £20.00

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"!

Edinburgh

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £60.00

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!

Scottish Highlands

Blair Castle

Adult Price: £20.00

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.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Adult Price: £27.00

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.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

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.

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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!

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