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Insight Vacations Best of Ireland & Scotland (Summer 2017) (B935)

15 Days from Dublin to Edinburgh Print
Tour Style: Country Roads Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Ireland, Scotland

Despite the many regional variations between Ireland and Scotland, they share a natural affinity, tracing back to their Gaelic roots, together with stunning landscapes, and warm-hearted communities.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: See the Custom House and elegant Georgian Squares.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
  • Cork: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral.
  • Galway: See the Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats.
  • Londonderry: See ‘Derry's Walls' and Georgian houses.
  • Great Glen: View the Commando memorial and Ben Nevis.
  • Highlands: Drive along Loch Ness. Visit the prehistoric burial cairns of Clava.
  • St Andrews: Visit the university town and see the golf course.
  • Edinburgh: Enjoy a guided city tour down the Royal Mile past Holyroodhouse and over to the 18C ‘New Town'.
  • Scenic drives: Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Antrim & Ayrshire Coasts, Glencoe, Grampian Mountains, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Highlands: Sample a ‘wee dram' and learn the fascinating process of whisky production at the Glenlivet Distillery.
  • Edinburgh:An unforgettable Celebration event sees you dining on a sunny evening, watching the occasional estuary traffic, and toasting to new-found friends!
  • 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
  • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the gothic Guildhall.
  • Alloway: Explore the famous site in Alloway where Burns was born and learn about the inspiration behind his greatest works.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • Killarney: A local 'Jarvey' informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Giant's Causeway: Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a cruise.
  • Highlands: Find out why the battle changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.
  • Edinburgh:For a limited time in August, witness the astonishing spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Edinburgh: Walk within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
  • Inverness: The signature Kingsmills Hotel comprises of an extended 17th century residence, presenting a seamless blend of style and substance.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Dublin
On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. At night, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day: 3 In Dublin’s Fair City
Orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history.(FB)
Day: 4 Waterford and Cork
Kildare offers a look behind the scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life'. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Then travel on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee.(FB)
Day: 5 Travel to Blarney Castle and Killarney
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, see Cork’s City Hall and Opera House, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! Continue on to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvey’ on-board one of the jaunting cars. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.(FB / D)
Day: 6 Ring of Kerry Experience
(Relaxed Start) Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem, cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure.(FB)
Day: 7 To Limerick, the Land of Song and Legend
Begin the day with a delightful ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to Limerick. See St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone.(FB)
Day: 8 Glorious Galway to Sligo Bay
(Relaxed Starts) Join your Tour Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.(FB / D)
Day: 9 Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Ballygally
The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Derry. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway, then take a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel, that overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.(FB / D)
Day: 10 Ayreshire Coast and Burns Country
(Relaxed Start) Ride the ferry to Scotland and continue along the Ayrshire Coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of Arran. Pass The Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where you visit Robert Burns' birthplace and see the Burns' monument Brig 'O Doon'.(FB)
Day: 11 Journey through Glencoe and Loch Ness to Inverness
In the morning, head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Absorb the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the Commando Memorial for a view of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen.(FB / D)
Day: 12 A Highlands Experience
(Relaxed Start) Participate in an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lie the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2,000BC. Then have a 'wee dram' at a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, hear stories of the whisky smugglers and delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.(FB / D)
Day: 13 St. Andrews and Edinburgh
A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl's Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish capital. In the evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.(FB)
Day: 14 Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital of Culture
In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town. Later, there is still time to shop. In the evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant for a grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Bon Appetit!(FB / CD)
Day: 15 Farewell Edinburgh
Transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:15 & 09:00.(FB)

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