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CIE Tours 2019 - 8 Day Irish & Scottish Sampler

4 Star Vacation - 7 Nights /13 Meals Small Group Departures Available
Overnights: 2 Dublin, 2 Belfast, 1 Pitlochry, 2 Edinburgh
From Dublin to Edinburgh
Tour Code #: IE-CSA-19-8D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,299

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences 

Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 19 departures. Discover the unique flavors of Belfast as a local guide leads you on a fun walk of some top food and drink spots around Belfast city center. 

Trip Highlights:


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.

Dalkey Castle  Come and enjoy the award-winning Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre just south of Dublin city, along a breath-taking coastline. For your enjoyment, learning and fun in our a fortified town house (small castle), early Christian Church & Graveyard

Edinburgh Castle The rock on which today’s castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 yearsand Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret’sChapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

Giant's Causeway The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcaniceruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one ofIreland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about themighty giant, Finn McCool.

Pollok House was where it all began, back in 1931. The discussions for the founding of the National Trust for Scotland took place inside Pollok’s cedar-panelled smoking room. Now the house is undoubtedly one of the grandest in our care.

Scenic Glens of Antrim The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim and an areaof outstanding natural beauty. It comprises nine valleys, that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast.The main towns and villages are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough and Glenarm.

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.

St. Michan's Church Dublin St. Michan's Church located in Church Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a Protestant church of the Anglican Communion. The first Christian chapel on this site dates from 1095, and operated as a Catholic church until the Reformation.

Hillsborough Castle 

Dining Experiences:


7 breakfast (B) and 6 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh and a tasting tour in Belfast. 

Hotels:


Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel - Dublin (2 nights)
Maldron Hotel Belfast City - Belfast (2 nights)
Atholl Palace Hotel - Pitlochry (1 night)
Apex Grassmarket Hotel - Edinburgh (2 nights)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & DALKEY HERITAGE TOWN
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. (D)

Day 2: DUBLIN TOUR & TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK PUB
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. (B, D)

Day 3: BRÚ NA BÓINNE VISITOR CENTRE & BELFAST
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. (B, D)

Day 4: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & BELFAST TASTING TOUR
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. (B, D)

Day 5: FERRY TO SCOTLAND & PITLOCHRY
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. (B, D)

Day 6: WHISKY TASTING & ST ANDREWS
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. (B)

Day 7: EDINBURGH TOUR & CASTLE
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. (B, D)

Day 8: TOUR ENDS EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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