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CIE Tours 2017 - 16 Day Scottish & Irish Gold

4 Star Vacation - 15 Nights - 28 Meals Overnight: 1 Glasgow, 1 Ballaculish, 1 Nairn, 2 Pitlochry, 2 Edinburgh, 1 Dublin, 2 Galway, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 2 Dublin
From Glasgow to Dublin
Tour Code #: GB-DRAGOA-17-16D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,498

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh: Scottish Evening in Edinburgh This fun evening starts with a 4-course dinner where you can sample the traditional Scottish dish of haggis, neaps and tatties. Then the music, dance and storytelling begins and offers you an insight into many aspects of Scottish life.
  • Jarvey's Irish Night: Jarvey's Irish Night Head to Muckross Park Hotel to their award-winning Irish Pub that is the perfect venue for a genuine Irish experience with superb food, followed by a great evening of traditional Irish music with the house band and the amazing Torc Irish Dancers.
  • St Andrews: St Andrews 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.
  • Whisky Tasting: Whisky Tasting Scotland is world-famous for its whisky, which is distilled all around the country. Walk through a working distillery to view the many steps of how whiskey is produced from the simple ingredients of malted barley and water. Try a sample “wee dram” at the end of the tour.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Cliffs of Moher One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site This great monastery was founded in 548 by St Ciaran and was a great centre of learning in medieval times. Many manuscripts were written there. Today see three high crosses and the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers set on a mound beside the River Shannon.
  • Farewell Dinner At O’Connell’s in Dublin: Farewell Dinner At O’Connell’s in Dublin Enjoy a wonderful dining experience when you visit this popular and elegant restaurant in Donnybrook where good food rules. Watch a demonstration of bread-making and then enjoy it with your starter. Enjoy some mellow music while you savor the excellent cuisine.


Superior First Class Hotels

Jurys Inn Glasgow: Glasgow (1 night)
Ballachulish Hotel: Ballachulish or
Isles of Glencoe Hotel: Ballachulish (1 night)
Newton Hotel: Nairn (1 night)
Atholl Palace Hotel: Pitlochry (2 night)
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel: Edinburgh or
Norton House Hotel & Spa: Edinburgh (2 nights)
Royal Marine Hotel: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa - Galway: Galway (2 nights)
The Malton Hotel Killarney: Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road: Dublin (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 15 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 10 dinners (D) including
    • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    • Jarvey's Irish Night
    • O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin
    • 7 table d'hote dinners
  • 3 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh
  • Loch Lomond scenic cruise
  • Ferries to the Isle of Skye, from Scotland to Ireland and across River Shannon
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 30 to August 20 departures
  • Walking tours of Galway and Waterford
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Inveraray Castle, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Blair Castle, Glamis Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House & Gardens, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Waterford’s Medieval Museum
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow City Tour
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions including parks and squares and view extensive art collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate views of Highland peaks. Drive to Inveraray and browse around the town before touring Inveraray Castle, home of the Campbells and used as a location for the Downton Abbey series. Drive through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places, and on to the coast to your hotel in Ballachulish. (B, D)

Day 3: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Drive through the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set in spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)

Day 4: Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdogs
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746 when British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The Visitor Centre explains how events led to the conflict and was the end of the clan system in Scotland. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep. Drive past the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5: Blair Castle & Whisky Tasting
Your first stop today is Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. You will learn about Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Queen Victoria and the Atholl Highlanders. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whisky making and sample a “wee dram”. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the hotel gardens, museum and facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6: Glamis Castle, St Andrews & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Macbeth and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. If you prefer, browse through the medieval town with its ruined cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes and kilts. (B, D)

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle and admire splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. On July 30 to August 20 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 8: Titanic Belfast & Vibrant Dublin
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy lunch on board. Close to the Belfast ferry terminal in the heart of the docks, visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Drive south to Dublin where you are free to dine independently. (B, L)

Day 9: Clonmacnoise & Galway
Leave Dublin and visit Clonmacnoise Monastic site, founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran on the banks of the River Shannon. See elaborate high crosses as well as many church ruins and round towers. Drive to Galway for a gentle walking tour before checking in to your hotel, located near specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy free time before dining in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 10: Connemara & Catamaran Cruise
Drive through the heart of Connemara to Leenane to embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord. Enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century can still be seen. Stop for a casual lunch and tour Kylemore Abbey, an impressive mansion that is set in a lovely location by a lake. Return to Galway where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 11: Cliffs of Moher & Irish Night
Travel south around Galway Bay to see the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Watch trained working dogs herd sheep and take a ferry across the River Shannon. Drive to Killarney and take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view the wonderful scenery. This evening head out to enjoy an Irish Night featuring a lively show and dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: Ring of Kerry Tour & Muckross House
Travel around the famous Ring of Kerry route. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky offshore islands and savor a casual lunch. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views and tour Muckross House to see period furnishings. Enjoy free time to browse around Killarney. (B, L)

Day 13: Blarney Castle & Waterford Crystal
Drive to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Stop in Dungarvan at the Marine Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session. Check into your historic Waterford hotel. At the House of Waterford Crystal watch glass blowing and cutting by master craftspeople and see intricate trophies. (B, D)

Day 14: Waterford Walk & Dublin Restaurant
Start your day with a fun walking tour to discover Waterford’s long history. Then visit the Medieval Museum, which incorporates a 13th century Choristers’ Hall. Stop in Kilkenny for a look around the city center before heading to your hotel in Dublin and savor an elegant farewell dinner at O’Connell’s Restaurant. (B, D)

Day 15: Independent Bus Tour
Spend an additional day in Dublin so that you may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. (B)

Day 16: Depart Dublin for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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