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CIE Tours 2017 - 11 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland

4 Star Vacation - 10 Nights - 18 Meals
Overnights: 1 Glasgow, 1 Nairn, 2 Edinburgh, 2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 1 Bunratty, 1 Dublin
From Glasgow to Dublin
Tour Code #: GB-SCA-17-11D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,988

CIE Tour Highlights:

Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

Get a flavor of Scotland with a dinner of Scottish specialties, including haggis, and a lively show with songs, stories and a display of

traditional step-dancing. Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner Travel along Dublin's Grand Canal aboard a vessel that used to transport Guinness. Today it's a lovely restaurant with great food and live music so that you can enjoy dinner as you glide along peacefully.

Medieval Castle Banquet You are transported back in time for medieval-style dining with a mead reception, a four course feast, and of course good wine. The entertainment is provided by the world-renowned entertainers and is a fitting compliment to the feast.

Loch Ness Cruise This large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is approximately 23 miles long and forms part of the Caledonian Canal. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 21.8 square miles after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as “Nessie”.

St Andrews - Home of Golf 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.

Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurelyconducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram ofBlair Athol 12 Year Old.

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.

Killarney’s Jaunting Car See the Killarney National Park, Muckross Lake and the 15th century Muckross Abbey at a leisurely pace while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.

Hotels:Superior First Class:


Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central -  Glasgow (1 night)
Newton Hotel -  Nairn (1 night)
Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club -  Edinburgh (2 nights)
Royal Marine Hotel -  Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
Killarney Avenue Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel -  Bunratty (1 night)
Maldron Hotel Pearse St -  Dublin (1 night)
 

Tour Includes:


Sightseeing by luxury coach Professional tour director 10 nights in hotels listed Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1 6 dinners (D) including - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh - Canal Cruise dinner and live music - Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet - 3 table d'hote dinners 2 lunches (L) Welcome get-together drink Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dublin Loch Ness scenic cruise Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 01 to 22 departures Ferries from Scotland to Ireland and across the River Shannon Walking tour of Dublin’s Trinity College Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney Galway walking tour and Clonmacnoise Monastic Site Visits and admissions to Provand’s Lordship, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher 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 Highlights
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. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house built in 1471. The house was originally part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Join your tour director, guide and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Drive through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill for some refreshment and shop for quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue your journey north to Nairn for your next overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews
Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and sample some before continuing south to St Andrews, renowned as the “Home of Golf”. Take a panoramic drive around and then spend some time exploring on your own. Head towards Edinburgh and your gracious manor house hotel, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses and spa facilities a few miles from the city. Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent local cuisine with haggis, followed by a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (B, D)

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning tour the principal sights of central Edinburgh. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On August 01 to 22 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner which was built in the adjacent docks. State-of-the-art displays describe working conditions in the shipbuilding industry and the construction of the Titanic. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your hotel, located overlooking Dublin Bay. The evening is free. (B, L)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
Tour central Dublin today to see fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares and pass the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Take a brief walk through Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge through central Dublin. (B, D)

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle
Travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea with scones and watch skilled sheep dogs herd sheep. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains where you’ll check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney’s famous “singing pubs.” (B, D)

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Experience a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen to cross the bridge to Valentia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island, and how it featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Enjoy a casual lunch and stop in the pretty village of Sneem. Pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views and return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)

Day 10: Shannon or Dublin Extension via Galway
Drive to Galway for a walking tour around the central part of the city. Visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, founded in 546 AD by Saint Ciaran. View elaborate Celtic crosses, round towers and ruins of medieval churches. Drive to Dublin and check into a different hotel and you are free for independent activities and dining. (B)

Day 11: Depart Dublin for Home
Your program ends after breakfast today. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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