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CIE Tours 2017 - 15 Day The Scots Irish Tour

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 14 Nights - 26 Meals
Overnights: 2 Edinburgh, 1 Inverness or Nairn, 1 Ballachulish, 2 Belfast, 1 Letterkenny, 2 Ballyfarnon, 1 Ennis, 2 Killarney, 2 Dublin
From Edinburgh to Dublin
Tour Code #: GB-SNA-17-15D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,164

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Special Dinner/Shows in Edinburgh & Belfast: 
  • Medieval Castle Banquet: 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.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia: Royal Yacht Britannia Home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, this intimate yacht sailed around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can discover this most special of royal residences.
  • Isle of Skye: Isle of Skye This is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The wild and rugged scenery is dominated by the Cuillin Hills. Because of the frequent gentle rain showers, it is sometimes called the "Misty Isle". Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to Skye after his defeat at Culloden.
  • 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.
  • 2-Night Stay in Kilronan Castle: 2-Night Stay in Kilronan Castle This luxurious property is set on 40 acres with lovely scenery all around. Enjoy a wonderful mix of old-world elegance, state-of-the-art facilities and high standards for a memorable stay.

Hotels:

Superior First Class:

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club: Edinburgh (2 nights)
Columba Hotel: Inverness (Sunday Departures) or
Newton Hotel: Nairn (Tuesday Departures) (1 night)
Isles of Glencoe Hotel: Ballachulish or
Ballachulish Hotel: Ballachulish (1 night)
Europa Hotel: Belfast (2 nights)
Station House Hotel - Letterkenny: Letterkenny (1 night)
Kilronan Castle: Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
Temple Gate Hotel: Ennis (1 night)
Killarney Towers Hotel:  or
Killarney Avenue Hotel:  Killarney (2 nights)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road: Dublin (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 14 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 11 dinners (D) including
    • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    • Ulster Folk Museum Evening
    • Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    • Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
    • 7 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Edinburgh
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 06 to 22 departures
  • Ferries from Isle of Skye and from Scotland to Ireland
  • Walking tours of St Andrews, Belfast, Derry and Galway with local guides
  • Ferry across the River Shannon
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Sheepdog trials
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Boyle Abbey, Enniskillen Castle 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: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel, located on two golf courses a few miles from the city center. Drive to Leith for a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. See the various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your tour director and guide. Then you are free for independent dining this evening.

Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Tour central Edinburgh to see the highlights. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. On August 06 to 22 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, and your Scottish Evening will be the day before. (B, D)

Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town to learn about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue through majestic Highland scenery to your hotel in Inverness (Sun departures) or Nairn (Tue departures). (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Drive alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge. Discover some of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. (B, D)

Day 5: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
This morning enjoy final views of the magnificent Highlands as you drive south through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Travel along the coast to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served. (B, D)

Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ulster Folk Park
Take a gentle walk with a Belfast guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Park for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music. (B, D)

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Derry’s Walls
Drive along the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls before driving to Letterkenny. (B, D)

Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion on a guided tour and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Stop in Donegal town and visit the beautiful Cistercian ruins of Boyle Abbey before continuing to Kilronan Castle. (B, D)

Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Free Time
Drive north this morning to Enniskillen, strategically situated on the banks of the picturesque River Erne. Tour Enniskillen Castle, which was once the home of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains and take a look around the town on your own. In the afternoon relax in your lovely castle hotel. (B, D)

Day 10: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Head to Galway city for a walking tour with a local guide to see Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square. View the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. In the early evening head to 15th century Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet and check in to your hotel in Ennis afterwards. (B, D)

Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney
Travel across the River Shannon Estuary by ferry to discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for wonderful views. Stop in the town of Dingle for a look around and sip a creamy Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn, owned by an Antarctic explorer. Head to Killarney in time for dinner. (B, D) (B, D)

Day 12: Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where brightly-painted buildings are enhanced with flowers and sit down to a light lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry, pausing for a sheepdog demonstration. Return to Killarney to relax and explore the town. (B, L)

Day 13: Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Drive through County Cork to climb Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made products. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel as you head north to Dublin. A short drive will bring you to the popular Abbey Tavern for a farewell dinner with Irish songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 14: Independent Dublin Touring
Explore Dublin at your own pace today. You may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. (B)

Day 15: Depart Dublin for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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