Scotland and Ireland with Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$4599 double occupancy air not included
Presented by Affordable Cruise Tours and Travel
Authentic Local Experiences:
- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater, and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Enjoy farm life as you sample freshly baked scones with tea and watch a sheepdog demonstration.
- Discover the rich history and local tales of Edinburgh, Galway and Dublin with local guides.
- Blair Athol Distillery
- Blarney Castle
- Cliffs of Moher
- Edinburgh Castle
- Loch Ness Cruise
- Skellig Experience
- Titanic Belfast
- Sheepdog Demonstration
- 12 breakfasts (B),1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh and a festive medieval castle banquet.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central | Glasgow (1 night)
- Muthu Newton Hotel, | Nairn (1 night)
- Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club | near Edinburgh (2 nights)
- Hyatt Centric The Liberties | Dublin (2 nights)
- Killarney Avenue Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
- Bunratty Castle Hotel | Bunratty (1 night)
- Galmont Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
- Bunratty Hotel | Bunratty (1 nights)
2020 Scotland & Ireland Journey –
Tuesday, Aug 25: Glasgow Highlights
Tour begins 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow — 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. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)
Wednesday, Aug 26: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its beauty. Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, admiring the wild and spectacular scenery. Continue through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill to shop for quality Scottish goods. Embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Nairn. (B, D)
Thursday, Aug 27: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews
Visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a sample. Travel to St Andrews, best known as the “Home of Golf.” Take a panoramic drive around, then spend some time exploring independently. Continue on to your gracious manor house hotel outside Edinburgh set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses. Enjoy a Scottish evening with traditional cuisine and a lively show of songs, stories, and dancing. (B, D)
Friday, Aug 28: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore the principal sights of central Edinburgh from 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 where compact medieval houses reach several stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city on volcanic rock. The castle contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The rest of the day is free. The August 4 – 25 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Saturday, Aug 29: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Depart Edinburgh and travel through Ayrshire and along the coast. Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. At Titanic Belfast, immerse yourself through state-of-the-art displays in the local history of this ill-fated ocean liner, built in the nearby shipyards. Then travel to Dublin, where you will enjoy some free time for dinner on your own. (B)
Sunday, Aug 30: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
Discover central Dublin with a local guide. See the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares, and the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Take a walk around Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1028. In the evening board a former Guinness barge for a canal dinner cruise complete with traditional Irish music. (B, D)
Monday, Aug 31: Farmhouse Tea with Sheepdog Demonstration & Blarney Castle
Travel through the midlands of Ireland on your way to a traditional farm. Immerse yourself in farm life with tea and scones at a farmhouse visit and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. Head to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Head to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. (B, D)
Tuesday, Sept 1: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Step back in time as a jaunting car drives you past Ross Castle on Lough Leane. Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive — a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the film “Star Wars VII.” Enjoy a casual lunch before a pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. Return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)
Wednesday, Sept 2: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
After crossing Shannon by ferry, take in the enormity of the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic. Walk along the cliffs for stunning views. Later, at Bunratty Castle Hotel, you’ll have free time to visit the Folk Park, have a drink in 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub, or just relax independently. In the evening, enjoy 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)
Thu, Sep-03 CONNEMARA SIGHTSEEING
Today, meet your CIE Tours driver/guide at the Bunratty Castle Hotel. Next, travel through the Connemara Region to admire the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. As you drive along you will see many sheep that graze freely and also tracts of bogland where some people hand-cut peat for home heating. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a tour of the elegant mansion and church, set beside a tranquil lake. Learn of the tales of tragedy, romance and royal visits. Also, walk through the magical Victorian walled garden before heading to the lively city of Galway.
Check into your hotel and settle into your room before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: GALMONT HOTEL, GALWAY
Fri, Sep-04 ARAN ISLANDS & DUN AENGUS
This morning, take a short ferry ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintained traditional fishing and farming. The Irish language is still spoken widely. Then, take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Have a look around Kilronan before returning to Galway, where you are free for individual pursuits and dining.
OVERNIGHT: GALMONT HOTEL, GALWAY
Sat, Sep-05 ENNIS SIGHTSEEING
Leaving Galway, journey into Ennis and set off on a walking tour to see the principal sights and learn some of the town’s vibrant history. The town dates back to the 11th century and is full of character with its narrow streetscapes, quaint shops, monuments and markets, which give the town a medieval feeling. Continue your travel to Bunratty and check into your hotel. You may like to relax or freshen up before meeting your group for dinner at a local pub or restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: BUNRATTY CASTLE HOTEL, BUNRATTY
Sun, Sep-06 RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
Transfer to Shannon Airport and check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying back to the United States.