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CIE Tours 2019 - 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-19-16D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,930

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28th, July 31st, August 2nd, August 4th, August 7th, August 9th, August 11th, August 14th, August 16th and August 18th departures. Relax and enjoy the majestic scenery as you cruise Loch Lomond.  Sip an Irish coffee as you enjoy a casual music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan.  

Trip Highlights:


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.

Culloden Battlefield This is the site of the last land battle within the UK, in which King George II’s troops defeatedBonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters in 1746; around 1200 people were reputedly killed.The Visitor Centre, opened in 2008, includes exhibitions, restaurant, shop and a landscaped roofplatform for views over the battlefield.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. It reopened in 2006 after a three-year refurbishment and since then has been one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions.

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.

Titanic Belfast Opened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconicship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conceptionand construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.


Dining Experiences:


Ten dinners including Scottish evening in Edinburgh, traditional Irish Night in Killarney, O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin 

Hotels:


Jurys Inn Glasgow -  Glasgow (1 night)
Isles of Glencoe Hotel -  Ballachulish (1 night)
Muthu Newton Hotel -  Nairn (1 night)
Atholl Palace Hotel -  Pitlochry (2 night)
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel -  Edinburgh (2 nights)
Royal Marine Hotel -  Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)
The Galmont Hotel & Spa -  Galway (2 nights)
Great Southern Killarney Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel -  Waterford (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road -  Dublin (2 nights)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink. (D)

Day 2: LOCH LOMOND & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in the “Downton Abbey” series. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)

Day 3: ROAD TO THE ISLES & ISLE OF SKYE
Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and Visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy as you travel the shores of Loch Ness on your way to Nairn. (B, D)

Day 4: CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOG TRIALS
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5: BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (B, D)

Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh to 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. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. On July 28 to August 18 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 8: TITANIC BELFAST & VIBRANT DUBLIN
Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy lunch on board. Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic through state-of-the-art displays at Titanic Belfast. Tonight in Dublin, check out some of the local pubs or restaurants for independent dining. (B, L)

Day 9: CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & GALWAY CITY TOUR
Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour through the city center. Enjoy free time to explore Galway on your own before dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: CONNEMARA CATAMARAN CRUISE & KYLEMORE ABBEY
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Head to Kylemore Abbey to see elegant rooms and the charming church set beside a tranquil lake. Visit the Victorian Walled Gardens and enjoy a casual lunch. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (Mar 18 – Oct 28 departures). Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city. (B, L)

Day 11: CLIFFS, SHEEPDOGS & TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT
Travel south around Galway Bay and through the Burren, a region of rounded limestone hills which has a curious lunar-like appearance. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. View the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Embark on a memorable ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Head out for a traditional Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: JAUNTING CAR & RING OF KERRY
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane. Head to Muckross House for a guided tour and a stroll through the gardens. Set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive -- the Ring of Kerry -- with plenty of stops for photo opportunities. Savor a light lunch and take a break in the colorful village of Sneem. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge and tour the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian monks on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own. (B, L)

Day 13: BLARNEY CASTLE & TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION
Drive through the mountains into rich farming country on the way to Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before travelling along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for some traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. (B, D)

Day 14: WATERFORD WALK & O'CONNELL'S RESTAURANT
In the morning join a local guide for a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old city to discover Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Later, stop in Kilkenny for a look around the compact city center and have lunch on your own. Partake of the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant for a glass of wine and dinner. (B, D)

Day 15: INDEPENDENT DAY IN DUBLIN
Enjoy an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 16: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

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