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Irish & Scottish Sampler 2021 (8 Days)

8 days with CIE Tours   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Dublin Arrival| Dalkey Castle | Dalkey Village 
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, a local resident. Enjoy a welcome drink at your castle hotel with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2 Dublin Panoramic Tour | Independent Sightseeing | Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour | Taylors Three Rock Pub 
Take a panoramic tour of central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College and then Leinster House, where both houses of the government convene. In the afternoon, enjoy free time in Dublin to explore as you wish. In the evening, head to Taylors Three Rock for an Irish night with a traditional dinner and lively show. (B, D)

Day 3 Brú na Bóinne | Belfast Panoramic Tour | Hillsborough Castle 
Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre to learn about the nearby passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, followed by a visit to one of these ancient tombs, 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 the stately Hillsborough Castle, the home of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Northern Ireland, (B, D)

Day 4 Nine Glens of Antrim | Giant’s Causeway | Crosskeys Inn
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. Enjoy lunch with your group in Ireland’s oldest thatched roof pub, the Crosskeys Inn, a CIE Tours Exclusive. (B,L)

Day 5 Ferry to Scotland | Pollock House | Pitlochry
Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a visit to 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 Whiskey 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.  (B)

Day 7 Edinburgh Tour | Edinburgh Castle | Independent Sightseeing 
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. (B, D)

Day 8 Tour Ends in Edinburgh 
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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All This Included
If you only have a week to spend on vacation, this tour packs in plenty of scenery, historic places and exciting experiences. Start in Dublin before heading to medieval Derry, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast. A short ferry crossing lands you in Scotland to stay at the Atholl Palace Hotel. Sample whisky before visiting St Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
Highlights
  • Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of Blair Athol 12 Year Old.
  • 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
  • The rock on which today’s castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 years and Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret’s Chapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
  • The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty 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.
  • The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim and an area of 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.
Accommodations
Dublin: Herbert Park Hotel
Belfast: Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Pitlochry: Atholl Palace Hotel
Edinburgh: Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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