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- Departures from main US airports.
- Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
- First class hotel accommodations
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Transportation shown in itinerary
Departures from main US airports.
International flights: US - Dublin, Edinburgh - US.
Internal flight: Dublin - Edinburgh.
14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
Visits and entrance fees as is indicated in the itinerary.
All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
English speaking guide.
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Arrive at your US departure airport ready to board a flight to Dublin, the Ireland capital. Night on board.*
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive at Dublin airport and transfer to the hotel. Meet your English speaking guide at the lobby of the hotel to begin a walking Tour of Dublin. This tour will show you the main sights and introduce you to the wonderful city and history passing by Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland and home to the Book of Kells. Continue to the area of Temple Bar which is the cultural centre and home to colourful pubs, Irish music, dance and much more. You will learn the story of the Ha’Penny Bridge over the River Liffey and will also walk past Dublin Castle which was the seat of British Rule in Ireland for 700 years. Continuing your walk you will see Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is Ireland largest Church and named after the patron Saint of Ireland. The tour will finalize in the Temple Bar area where we recommend visiting Guinness Storehouse*. Overnight stay in Dublin.
* Optional Guinness Storehouse: Visit the famous factory including the Connoisseur Experience, tasting paddle of a range of Guinness beers, a pint of Guinness, and entry to the wider Guinness Storehouse culminating in a trip to the Gravity Bar. Learn about traditions and stories of the most popular variants of the "black stuff"- Guinness Draught, Guinness Original, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and one of our beers from The Brewers Project range. You will also learn the craft of how to pour the perfect pint of your very own Guinness.
Dublin - Athlone - Galway
After breakfast, meet your English speaking driver-guide at the lobby of the hotel. Today, depart from the capital to begin your tour of the Republic of Ireland. Your first major stop will be in the town of Athlone in the very centre of Ireland. Athlone is on the river Shannon which is the longest river in Ireland flowing from Lough Ree, a vast lake with furrowed banks and dozens of islands. You will have a panoramic tour of the town and see the impressive Athlone Castle originally built in the 13th century for King John by his Irish Justiciar, Bishop John de Gray of Norwich. After some free time in Athlone, continue west towards Galway. Galway is a port city on Ireland’s west coast and it sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. You will visit the city centre, learn about its history and enjoy Eyre Square, which is a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs and many still offer Irish folk music. Overnight stay in Galway. (B)
Galway - Connemmara - Galway
Breakfast at the hotel. Today depart from the hotel towards Connemara National Park which is a cultural region in County Galway. The area has a strong association with traditional Irish culture and contains a major part of the Connacht Irish-speaking Gaeltacht, which is a key part of the identity of the region and is the largest Gaeltacht
in the country. Here we will have the chance to take an optional cruise on the Killary Fjord* which is well worth it! On the way back to Galway, you also have the option to add an optional visit to the Cliffs of Moher**. Overnight stay in Galway. (B)
* Optional cruise on the Killary Fjord: Enjoy the views of the Killary Fjord on an amazing tour by cruise.
** Optional Excursions of the Cliffs of Moher: Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of the ocean from the most famous Cliffs in Ireland.
Galway - Limerick - Killarney
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, depart the hotel at 09:00 AM towards County Kerry. On the way, stop in Limerick, one of the major cities in Ireland, dating back to the end of the 12th century. Limerick County is also where John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather was originally from. You will visit the city of Limerick, where you also have the chance to enter King’s John Castle*. You can also enjoy some free time to walk around or try an Irish coffee, as Limerick is where the drink was invented. After a bit of time in Limerick, we depart towards the southwest of Ireland, County Kerry, which is renowned for its beautiful scenery and amazing Killarney National Park. Overnight stay in Killarney. (B)
* Optional excursion King’s John Castle: Discover the westernmost Normal Castle in Europe. The castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. The remains of a vikings settlement were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the site in 1900.
Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Youghal
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you get the chance to visit the Ring of Kerry with all of its natural beauty at the National Park, lakes and coast where you can see all of the incredible beaches and small Irish towns. In the afternoon, head towards to Cork and prior to that, you can optionally visit Blarney Castle*. Visit the city of Cork, the second-largest city in Ireland after Dublin, before heading towards the hotel. Overnight stay in Youghal. (B)
* Optional visit to Blarney Castle: Visit the Castle where you will find the Blarney Stone which, legend has it, endows anyone that kisses it with the ‘gift of the gab’, which the Irish are famous for.
Cork - Waterford - Kilkenny - Dublin
Breakfast at the hotel. On your last touring day, head northeast back towards the capital, Dublin. On the way, stop in the seaport city of Waterford which is Irelands oldest city. Whilst in Waterford we also recommend an optional visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory*. Continue the day to the medieval town of Kilkenny with its cobblestones, secret street, many churches and also its imposing St. Canices Cathedral (also known as Kilkenny Cathedral). After free time at your disposal, continue northeast to Dublin crossing through Glendalough and the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, where you can book an optional visit to Glendalough Monastic City**. Arrival to Dublin and overnight stay. (B)
* Optional visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory: Enjoy an interesting visit to the world-known famous factory for its crystal making.
** Optional visit to Glendalough Monastic City: Discover Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin. From 1825 to 1957, the head of the Glendalough Valley was the site of a galena lead mine. Glendalough is also a recreational area for picnics, for walking along networks of maintained trails of varying difficulty, and also for rock-climbing.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your leisure to enjoy your last moments in Dublin. You can complement your day by booking any of these optional excursions: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour*, EPIC Museum**. In the evening we recommend booking a fun and entertaining Irish evening with dinner***. Overnight stay in Dublin. (B)
* Optional Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour: Experience unique tour, tastings and classes at home with the world's favourite Irish whiskey, hosted by the inimitable Jameson Ambassadors.
** Optional EPIC Museum: Located in the CHQ building in one of Dublin's most historic locations. CHQ, formerly known as Stack A, or the Tobacco Shop, was built between 1817 and 1820 to store valuable shipments of tobacco, tea, and spirits. Designed by Scottish engineer John Rennie with his son of the same name working as his main assistant, this industrial masterpiece had the largest floor clearance before the 20th century in the city of Dublin. The building became famous when it hosted the Banquet of the Crimean War in 1856, celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers.
*** Optional The Merry Ploughboy Pub for Irish evening including dinner: This Irish music pub and restaurant has free live music every weekend, plus an unforgettable traditional Irish night dinner and show every night. The traditional dinner and show has been awarded "Best Traditional Dinner/Show in Ireland”. This event, an entertaining evening in a 200 year old pub, owned and run by musicians, combines authentic Irish food with music, song and dance. Transfer included.
Dublin - Edinburgh
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Edinburgh. Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to the hotel. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town with neoclassical gardens and buildings. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city. Overnight stay in Edinburgh. (B)
Attention: During the winter season in Scotland the itinerary may be affected. In that case it is important to review the notes.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Panoramic City Tour on foot of Edinburgh with a professional English-speaking guide, visiting the Grassmarket area of the city, the elegant Georgian New Town and the historic Old Town. Among its main attractions, there is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St Giles Cathedral and The National Gallery of Scotland. You will enjoy a walking tour of the Royal Mile and you will visit Canongate. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to wander through the city streets. We recommend an optional visit to the Edinburgh Castle*. Overnight stay in Edinburgh. (B)
* Edinburgh Castle visit: Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress built on a volcanic rock located in the centre of the city. It has been used for military purposes since the 12th century, being used for civil uses only in very recent times. Enter it and explore all the corners of this wonderful castle!
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a free full day at your leisure to continue discovering this amazing city. We recommend the Scotch Whisky Experience* and in the evening, the Scottish Evening with show**. Overnight stay in Edinburgh. (B)
* Scotch Whisky Experience: Throughout an interactive exhibition, you will be able to see how the manufacturing process of this drink is developed in a fictitious distillery and they will tell you about many curiosities about the world of whiskey. Discover the largest whiskey collection in the world, made up of bottles of peculiar shapes from different historical periods.
** Scottish Evening with show: Traditional Scottish entertainment with music, dancing and song in a magnificent setting. Dinner included 3 dishes, ½ bottle of wine and a tasting of traditional Haggis.
Edinburgh - Stirling - St Andrews - Aberdeen
After breakfast, meet your guide and depart towards Stirling where you will have the opportunity to book an optional visit of Stirling Castle*. The castle played an important role during the Scottish independence wars and many will recognise it as it is featured in the 1995 film, Braveheart. You will then continue to St Andrews where you will visit the town known as the home of golf. You will have time to visit the famous university city and enjoy the optional excursion to St Andrew Castle** and St Andrew Cathedral***. Free time for lunch. Continue towards Aberdeen, stopping on the way to take pictures of the beautiful Dunnottar castle with the optional entrance to visit it****. Overnight stay in Aberdeen. (B)
* Optional Visit Stirling Castle: Discover the historic castle of the city of Stirling, built in the 14th century on the top of the hill, a volcanic peak, which is surrounded on three sides by sharp cliffs. You will be able to discover the famous Stirling Heads, these are dozens of faces that King James V commissioned to carve in oak around 1540. They represent kings, nobles, mythological characters and Roman emperors.
** Optional Visit St Andrew Castle: Learn about the history of this castle. Built initially by Mons Roger through to the different stages until today, where most of the castle is in ruins, surrounded by a wall.
*** Optional Visit St Andrew Cathedral: Discover the history and curiosities behind what was once the most important Cathedral in Scotland. Today only its ruins remain.
**** Optional Visit Dunnottar castle: Visit the ruins of this Medieval castle, perched on a rocky cliff headland on the northeast cost of Scotland. The castle buildings essentially correspond to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, but it is speculation suggests that an important fortress already existed in this place in the so-called dark ages.
Aberdeen - Castle Fraser - Cairngorms National Park - Aberdeen
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the city of Aberdeen in a Panoramic tour by coach with a guide. Today you will visit the area in and surrounding the Cairngorm Mountains and on the way you can also book an optional tour of Castle Fraser*. Enjoy some free time at your disposal during lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will pass by Speyside, famous for the whisky distilleries. Here, you will visit a whisky distillery with tour and tasting. Return to Aberdeen and overnight stay. (B)
* Optional Fraser Castle: Built between 1575 and 1636 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland. It is filled with family portraits (including one by Raeburn), ornaments and mementos - all of which have their own colorful stories to tell about the lairds. One of the castle’s most evocative rooms is the striking Great Hall.
Aberdeen - Inverness - Aviemore
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by coach with a guide towards Inverness with a chance to stop and visit Elgin Cathedral*. On the way, admire the wild nature of the Highlands. Visit of Inverness and then, optionally but very much recommended, a cruise of Loch Ness** with views of Urquhart Castle. Overnight stay in the Aviemore area. (B)
* Optional visit Elgin Cathedral: Also known as "The Lantern of the North", Elgin Cathedral is a set of ruins, renowned for being the cathedral that housed the first bishops in Moray.
** Optional Cruise of the Loch Ness: Enjoy the beauty of Loch Ness in all its wonder. Immerse yourself in Scotland's most famous legend.
Aviemore - Trossachs - Glasgow - Edinburgh
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will depart south towards Glasgow via the beautiful Trossachs where you will see the biggest Loch in Scotland, Loch Lomond. Once you arrive in Glasgow, the second most important city in Scotland and the largest, you will have a panoramic visit and then some free time to explore the city. In the evening, return to the capital. Overnight stay in Edinburgh. (B)
Edinburgh - US
Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip. (B)
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.