Ireland: Irish Myths and Legends
The Irish Myths and Legends tour will introduce your family to many aspects of Irish life and history, as well as being just plain fun!
You’ll enjoy these great experiences and more:
- Don your horned hat for a fun Viking tour of Dublin by land and sea – in an amphibious vehicle. The Vikings, of course, were frequent invaders into Ireland, and began a settlement in Dublin around 840 AD. On this tour you’ll hear about not just the Vikings but also see sights such as Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin and much more.
- Engage in a fun cook-off with your fellow travelers as you prepare a traditional Irish meal with a local chef. Roll up your sleeves and learn a little bit about Irish food culture as you engage in friendly competition with your fellow travelers. You’ll all be winners in this cook-off, as you savor the results of your efforts as lunch.
- Visit a traditional farm. You’ll take a walk around the farm with a guide, then have tea and scones. The real highlight will be a demonstration by highly skilled sheepdogs – watch them hard at work as they tend their flock!
- Have a picnic on beautiful Spike Island. This 103-acre island in Cork Harbour bears witness to 1300 years of Irish history. Once the site of a monastery, in Victorian days Spike Island was the home of the largest prison in the world. You’ll take a ferry out to the island, and then you’ll learn the story of the many rebels, rioters, convicts and captains who once inhabited the place.
- Dine in a luxurious rail carriage that was once part of the legendary Orient Express. This Pullman carriage had a storied history. Built in 1927, its routes included the Monaco/Istanbul/St. Petersburg runs, and later it was used on the Brighton to London line. In 1974, it played a starring role in the Agatha Christie film, “Murder on the Orient Express”. It now rests in Galway at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel.
Scotland: Scottish Lochs and Castles
Visit Scotland with your family on our “Scottish Lochs and Castles” guided vacation. Your experiences will include:
- Enjoy a bit of maritime touring. Take a fun speedboat ride, enjoying great views. Then board a historic Tall Ship – the Glenlee, built in 1896 as a cargo ship. After circumnavigating the globe four times, this ship has now become a museum. You can visit the Captain’s Cabin, the engine room, and the children’s play area.
- Visit Stirling Castle, once home to generations of Scottish monarchs – including Mary, Queen of Scots. With most of the building dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle has been besieged eight times and is one of Scotland’s most important historic sites. When you visit you’ll travel back into 16th century life, visiting with costumed court officials, servants, and maids of honor. And you’ll also learn to fire a cannonball and storm a castle!
- Go on safari in the Highlands! Climb aboard a 4WD vehicle and and search for wildlife. Then meet the distinctive Red Deer – you can feed and pet these magnificent animals. You’ll also meet the Barn Owl for a hands-on demonstration.
- See some of Scotland’s most gorgeous scenery: Take the Jacobite Steam Train – as seen in the Harry Potter films – through some of the most beautiful areas of the Highlands. And take a cruise on Loch Ness – perhaps you’ll see the world’s most famous monster, but you’ll surely enjoy the wonderful views.
- August departures will enjoy an evening out at the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo – Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, enjoy the pageantry and spectacle of this gathering of military bands and performers.
England and Wales: English Knights and Wizards
Bring the kids on this family-friendly tour of England and Wales. You’ll enjoy a number of quintessentially British experiences: seeing the highlights of London, traveling through the countryside, visiting a castle, and so much more. Your vacation will include all this – and more:
- Explore London – you’ll tour the city enjoy the panoramic views from a capsule on the London Eye. Take in a matinee in the city’s legendary West End theater district. And visit the Tower of London – the home of both ghoulish prison tales from throughout the centuries and the Crown Jewels!
- Walk in the world of Harry Potter – take a walking tour in London with a guide who will introduce you to Harry’s World, and then see where the cinematic magic happened with a tour of Warner Bros. Studio. You’ll go behind the scenes to discover how the film was made, see props from the film, and even get a guided tour of the Great Hall at Hogwarts!
- Travel back in time with a visit to two of the ancient world’s most fascinating sites. You’ll visit Stonehenge – Ponder the mystery of this standing stone circle, built 5,000 years ago – explore how these stones were taken to this location, and why they were installed there. And you’ll also visit the Roman baths – and meet Roman characters who can tell you all about this fascinating site. These public baths were an important part of Roman culture
- Explore the wonders of Wales: Visit Harlech Castle, a medieval fortress built by Edward I in the 13th century and besieged by the British in 1407 . You’ll also tour beautiful Cardiff Castle, and enjoy a banquet in this luxurious space.
- Visit with birds of prey at Chester Cathedral Falconry: Come face to face with a golden eagle, have an owl land on your hand, and meet Tink the friendly vulture.
Scotland and Ireland: Lochs, Luck and Lore
On this amazing trip you’ll visit both Scotland and Ireland. You’ll share in these experiences and more!
- Learn about life in a medieval castle: Don some chain mail, try on a helmet, and feel the weight of a sword at Trim Castle.
- Explore the world of Irish sport: Tour Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association – learn about Gaelic football and the ancient Irish game of hurling.
- Visit a farm – and get a special opportunity to “Be Irish”: learn the skills of hurling, play a bodhrán drum or bake brown bread on this special exploration of rural life.
- See Edinburgh Castle, a fortress perched high above the city on a gigantic slab of volcanic rock.
- Visit the basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway, learning both the science of these volcanic structures and the legend of the giant said to have built them as a path to Scotland.