2018 - 9 Day Irish & Scottish Sampler
4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights /14 Meals
Small Group Departures Available
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Authentic Local Experiences
- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 30 to August 20 departures.
- Discover the unique flavours of Belfast as a local guide leads you on a fun and food filled walk of some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre.
Blair Athol Distillery
Blair Athol Distillery
Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely
conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of
Blair Athol 12 Year Old.
Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol
HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast,
Northern Ireland. It is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland since 1996. It is
affectionately known as the Crum.
Come and enjoy the award-winning Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre just south of Dublin city, along a breath-taking
coastline. For your enjoyment, learning and fun in our a fortified town house (small castle), early Christian Church
The rock on which today’s castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 years
and Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret’s
Chapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcanic
eruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of
Ireland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the
mighty giant, Finn McCool.
Pollok House was where it all began, back in 1931. The discussions for the founding of the National
Trust for Scotland took place inside Pollok’s cedar-panelled smoking room. Now the house is undoubtedly
one of the grandest in our care.
Scenic Glens of Antrim
Scenic Glens of Antrim
The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim and an area
of outstanding natural beauty. It comprises nine valleys, that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast.
The main towns and villages are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough and Glenarm.
Golf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400 AD and the Old Course is renowned
throughout the world as the Home of Golf. By the 19th century it was part of the way of life for many
local people and golf. Golf still plays a major part in the culture and economy of St Andrews today.
St. Michan's Church Dublin
St. Michan's Church Dublin
St. Michan's Church located in Church Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a Protestant church of the Anglican
Communion. The first Christian chapel on this site dates from 1095, and operated as a Catholic church
until the Reformation.
- Six dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show, and a Scottish evening in Edinburgh.
- Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
This friendly, family-run hotel offers fine views over Dublin Bay. The Library Bar is the perfect venue for a quiet drink and you may dine in the award-winning PJ's Restaurant or in the informal Dungeon Restaurant. Guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay and the hotel offers extensive leisure facilities. The hotel is located in Killiney, a suburb 9 miles south of Dublin city center and 18 miles from Dublin Airport. Fast DART train service into Dublin is ½ mile away.
Dublin (2 nights)
- Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
The Maldron Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the heart of Belfast city, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. It’s minutes from popular tourist attractions, the Grand Opera House and Great Victoria Square. The hotel has a bar, the Grain and Grill restaurant offers a variety of dining options, and a buffet breakfast is served. The rooms are air-conditioned and offer a desk, seating area and flat-screen TV.
Belfast (2 nights)
- Atholl Palace Hotel
Atholl Palace Hotel
The Atholl Palace Hotel was originally opened in Victorian times and it retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features and outstanding views and furnished to the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag's Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
Pitlochry (1 night)
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
This contemporary hotel is a 7-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle and some of the guest rooms have views of the castle. Sophisticated yet casual rooms have designer toiletries, free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking equipment. A brasserie offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals, plus city views, and private dining is available at a rooftop restaurant with castle views. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness suite and 6 meeting rooms. The Grassmarket hosts an excellent collection of pubs and restaurants of many types.
Edinburgh (3 nights)
2018 IRISH & SCOTTISH SAMPLER 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set off for a guided walking tour of Dalkey Village, an upmarket suburb filled with interesting shops, restaurants and bars. Visit the imposing Dalkey Castle where history will come alive for you. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
Discover Dublin with its rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares, historic Trinity College and Leinster House. Admire the fine interior woodwork at St. Michan’s Church and see the organ on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. The afternoon is free for further exploration with your vouchers for the hop-on-hop-off city and a visit to one featured attraction. Tonight you’ll enjoy authentic Irish cuisine and traditional entertainment at Taylors Three Rock.
Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre to learn about the nearby passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth constructed over 5,000 years ago. Embark on a panoramic tour of Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Visit Crumlin Road Gaol to explore over 150 years of Northern Ireland's dark history from political prisoners to everyday citizens imprisoned during "the Troubles".
Travel along part of the Nine Glens of Antrim, a scenic region with lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava that has given rise to many legends. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle before enjoying an additional photo opportunity at The Dark Hedges where scenes from the “Game of Thrones” were filmed. In the evening, join an enthusiastic guide for a fun and food filled walk and tasting to some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre.
Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a guided tour of Pollok House, a grand country house which gives a real flavor of life in the 1930s. Continue northwards into the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands to your historic hotel in Pitlochry. This hotel first opened its doors in 1884 and still retains many original features with unique guest rooms and spacious grounds.
Visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whiskey is distilled and sample a “wee dram. Continue to St. Andrews – known as the “Home of Golf”. After a short walking tour spend some time exploring on your own. This evening, enjoy a Scottish evening with traditional Scottish cuisine and a lively show of Highland dancing and bagpipes. On July 30 to August 20 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle esplanade and the Scottish evening will move to the following day.
Head out on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh to see the main points of interest -- wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town”, built to expand the cramped conditions in the old city. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle, where the crown jewels of Scotland are housed. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining.
Spend the day on an independent hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh. Also enjoy a walking tour around parts of the city’s historic areas – you will have a selection of different tours and routes.
Your program ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Rates & Hotels
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|Mon Jun 11, 2018||Tue Jun 19, 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Jun 18, 2018||Tue Jun 26, 2018||US$2840|| || || |
|Mon Jun 25, 2018||Tue Jul 03 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Jul 09 2018||Tue Jul 17, 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Jul 23, 2018||Tue Jul 31, 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Jul 30, 2018||Tue Aug 07 2018||US$2670|| || || |
|Mon Aug 06 2018||Tue Aug 14, 2018||US$2745|| || || |
|Mon Aug 13, 2018||Tue Aug 21, 2018||US$3490|| |
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|Mon Aug 20, 2018||Tue Aug 28, 2018||US$2580|| || || |
|Mon Sep 03 2018||Tue Sep 11, 2018||US$2840|| || || |
|Mon Sep 10, 2018||Tue Sep 18, 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Sep 17, 2018||Tue Sep 25, 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Sep 24, 2018||Tue Oct 02 2018||US$2390|| || || |
|Mon Oct 01 2018||Tue Oct 09 2018||US$2590|| || || |
|Mon Oct 08 2018||Tue Oct 16, 2018||US$2140|| || || |
|Mon Oct 15, 2018||Tue Oct 23, 2018||US$2140|| || || |
Single room supplement: $495