Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on this tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. It is chock-full of priceless experiences, sights, and memories brave and true!
- 11 night guided vacation with accommodation
- 15 Meals: 11 breakfasts; 4 dinners
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Sightseeing tours
Highlights: Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Adare, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Alloway, Fort Willima Inverness, Culloden Moor, Pitlochry, St. Andrews, Edinburgh
|May 13-October 14, 2022||from $2669 tax included|
|Single Room Supplement||add from $607|
(Tour Director & Driver)
|add $150 per person|
Airfare to Dublin & return from Edinburgh additional but can be added once available
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- DUBLIN – Orientation drive
- KILKENNY – Visit the colorful town
- WATERFORD – Visit the home of the famous crystal
- BLARNEY – Visit the famous village
- RING OF KERRY – Takes pictures of the Lakes of Killarney
- KILLARNEY – Visit the popular resort town
- ADARE – Admire the thatched cottages
- CLIFFS OF MOHER – Savor the spectacular views
- GALWAY – Visit the port city
- DERRY – Visit the walled city
- GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – See the amazing basalt columns
- BELFAST – Visit Northern Ireland’s capital
- BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN – by ferry
- ALLOWAY – Stop in Robert Burns’ birthplace
- FORT WILLIAM INVERNESS – Visit the Highland capital
- CULLODEN MOOR – See the battle site
- PITLOCHRY – Visit the Highland resort
- ST. ANDREWS – Visit the home of golf
- EDINBURGH – Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
Day 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or discover the vibrant Irish capital. Why not end the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?
Accommodation: The Bonnington Dublin Hotel (or similar)
Day 2 DUBLIN (B)
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions to start your day in the “Fair City” with an orientation drive along statue-lined O’Connell Street; elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought-iron decorated windows; Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Maybe join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.
Day 3 DUBLIN–KILKENNY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE (B/D)
Kilkenny, with its medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. There is time to stroll through pretty lanes with colorful painted houses and enjoy a morning coffee. Continue on to Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, before arriving at the seaside resort of Tramore. Before dinner, an optional pub tour might be fun.
Accommodation: Majestic Hotel (or similar)
Day 4 TRAMORE–BLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY (B)
The first of today’s highlights is Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish handicrafts and handmade crystal. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY, and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort town of Killarney.
Accommodation: Killarney Court Hotel (or similar)
Day 5 KILLARNEY–ADARE–LIMERICK (B)
In Killarney this morning, there is time for an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the National Park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Then to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Its main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings and thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. On to Limerick and, this evening, consider joining an optional medieval banquet.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 113 km
Accommodation: Limerick City Hotel (or similar)
Day 6 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO (B/D)
Breathtaking scenery awaits you today. Start with a visit to the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER and fantastic views over the Atlantic and Clare coast. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren and stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
Accommodation:Southern Hotel Sligo (or similar)
Day 7 SLIGO-DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST (B)
Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry, the walled city on the banks of the Foyle River. Continue on to awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how millions of years ago the more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built.
Accommodation: Jurys Inn Belfast (or similar)
Day 8 BELFAST–ALLOWAY, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW (B/D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in the capital city of Northern Ireland before boarding the FERRY for the Irish Sea, crossing to Cairnryan. On your way to Glasgow, stop in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km
Accommodation: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End (or similar)
Day 9 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM– INVERNESS–CULLODEN MOOR–ELGIN (B/D)
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, then pause in the Highland capital of Inverness. Cross Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians. Your overnight destination is Elgin, nestled in the world-famous whisky region.
Accommodation: Eight Acres Hotel (or similar)
Day 10 ELGIN–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH (B)
Travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort set amongst a beautiful scenery. Then, head to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Finally, cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield (or similar)
Day 11 EDINBURGH (B)
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departures July 29, August 5, and August 12, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Day 12 EDINBURGH (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.