IRISH & SCOTTISH SAMPLER 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / 13 MEALS
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Visit Dalkey Castle, built in 1390, where 500 years of history are brought to life with costumed actors in a fun and interactive tour. Your leisurely stroll in this heritage town will follow in the footsteps of international best-selling writer Maeve Binchy to the Memorial Garden in her honor and past the favorite pub of U2’s Bono. Enjoy a welcome drink in the hotel with your group before dinner.
Tour central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College and Leinster House, where both houses of the government convene. Visit St. Michan’s Church to admire the fine interior woodwork and an organ on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. Take the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour for an independent exploration of Dublin and admission to one of Dublin’s top attractions. In the evening, head to Taylors Three Rock for an Irish night for a traditional dinner and lively show.
Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitor 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 Hillsborough Castle, the home of the Queen when she visits Northern Ireland.
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. In the evening, join a guide for a fun and food-filled walking and tasting tour to some of Belfast city center’s top food and drink spots.
Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Visit Pollok House, a grand country house that 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. The hotel still retains many original features, with unique guest rooms and spacious grounds.
Tour Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample a “wee dram.” Continue to St Andrews on the east coast. This town is renowned as the “Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest. Take a short walking tour and spend some time exploring on your own. The July 29 to August 19 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Head out on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh to see the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town,” built to expand the cramped conditions found 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. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner followed by a lively show of Highland dancing and bagpipes.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner