- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
- Maldron Hotel Belfast City (2 nights)
- Atholl Palace Hotel Pitlochry (1 night)
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel (2 nights)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 6 dinners
- Taylors Three Rock dinner w/ traditional show
- Welcome get-together drink
- Visits, tours and admissions
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
7 Nights / 13 Meals
Starts in Edinburgh / Ends in Dublin
Special Irish & Scottish Dinner/Shows
2018 Irish & Scottish Sampler 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel, located about 8 miles south of Dublin city center. Drive to Dalkey Village, now an upmarket suburb, for a gentle guided walk through the village, filled with interesting shops, restaurants and bars. Visit the imposing Dalkey Castle where history will come alive for you. Marvel at local literary connections in the newly re-furbished Writers’ Gallery in the castle. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip and enjoy dinner in your hotel.
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
This morning set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells and Leinster House where both houses of the government convene. Tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates from 1220-1259, and your guide will point out monuments to prominent people, including Dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. In the afternoon explore Dublin by open-top bus, plus a visit to Guinness or the General Post Office, where the 1916 Rising started. Drive to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a dinner with Irish specialties. Then sit back with an Irish coffee to watch a lively show with music, songs and step-dancing.
Day 3: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre & Belfast
Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitors 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 Crumlin Road Gaol to explore over 150 years of Northern Ireland's dark history from political prisoners to everyday citizens imprisoned during "the Troubles".
Day 4: Giant’s Causeway & Taste & Tour Belfast 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. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle before enjoying an additional photo opportunity at The Dark Hedges where scenes from the “Game of Thrones” were filmed. In the evening, join an enthusiastic guide for a fun and food filled walk and tasting to some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre.
Day 5: Ferry to Scotland & Pitlochry
Take a short ferry ride to Scotland and drive along the west coast to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a break and a guided tour around Pollok House, a grand country house which gives a real flavor of life in the 1930’s with lavish family rooms filled with priceless furniture and an impressive collection of Spanish art as well as vast servants’ quarters. Continue your drive northwards into the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands to your historic hotel in Pitlochry. This hotel first opened its doors in 1884 and still retains many original features with unique guest rooms and spacious grounds.
Day 6: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews
Very close to your hotel in Pitlochry tour Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample a “wee dram” before leaving. Continue south through great scenery to St Andrews, located on the east coast. This city is renowned as the “Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied. Take a short walking tour and spend some time to explore on your own. Drive south to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel. Head out for a Scottish Evening where you’ll dine on some excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing. On August 01 to 22 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle esplanade and the Scottish evening will move to the following day.
Day 7: Edinburgh Tour & Castle
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour to see the main points of interest. See the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town”, built to expand the cramped conditions in the old city. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. This is where the priceless crown jewels of Scotland are housed. The balance of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining.
Day 8: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
Your program ends after breakfast.