Authentic Local Experiences
- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 – August 19th departures
- Discover the unique flavors of Belfast as a local guide leads you on a fun walk of some top food and drink spots around Belfast city center.
- Visit Brú na Boinne to learn about the Neolithic people who built the ancient passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth – older than the pyramids and mysterious marvels to this day.
- Blair Athol Distillery
- Dalkey Castle
- Edinburgh Castle
- Giant’s Causeway
- Pollok House
- Scenic Glens of Antrim
- St Andrews
- St. Michan’s Church Dublin
- Hillsborough Castle
- 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh and a tasting tour in Belfast.
- Fitzpatrick Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
- Maldron Hotel Belfast City, Belfast (2 night)
- Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (1 night)
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin
This friendly, family-run hotel offers fine views over Dublin Bay. The Library Bar is the perfect venue for a quiet drink, and you may dine in the award-winning PJ’s Restaurant or in the informal Dungeon Restaurant. Guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, and the hotel offers extensive leisure facilities. The hotel is located in Killiney, a suburb 9 miles south of Dublin city center and 18 miles from Dublin Airport. Fast DART train service into Dublin is a half mile away.
Maldron Hotel Belfast City, Belfast
The Maldron Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the heart of Belfast city, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. It’s minutes from popular tourist attractions, the Grand Opera House and Great Victoria Square. The hotel has a bar, the Grain and Grill restaurant offers a variety of dining options, and a buffet breakfast is served. The rooms are air-conditioned and offer a desk, seating area and flat-screen TV.
Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry
Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag’s Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh
This contemporary hotel is a 7-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, which can be viewed from some of the guest rooms. Sophisticated yet casual rooms have designer toiletries, free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee-making equipment. A brasserie offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals, plus city views, and private dining is available at a rooftop restaurant with castle views. Other amenities include an indoor pool and fitness suite. The Grassmarket hosts an excellent collection of pubs and restaurants of many types.
IRISH & SCOTTISH SAMPLER 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1DUBLIN ARRIVAL & DALKEY HERITAGE TOWN
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. Enjoy a welcome drink at your castle hotel with your group before dinner. (D)
Day 2DUBLIN TOUR & TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK PUB
Tour central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College and Leinster House, where both houses of the government convene. Visit St. Michan’s Church to admire the fine interior woodwork and an organ on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. Take the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour for an independent exploration of Dublin and admission to one of Dublin’s top attractions. In the evening, head to Taylors Three Rock for an Irish night for a traditional dinner and lively show. (B, D)
Day 3BRÚ 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 the majestic Hillsborough Castle, the home of the Queen when she visits Ireland. (B, D)
Day 4GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & TASTE & BELFAST TASTING TOUR
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. In the evening, join a guide for a fun and food-filled walking and tasting tour to some of Belfast City Centre’s top food and drink spots. (B, D)
Day 5FERRY TO SCOTLAND & PITLOCHRY
Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a guided tour of 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 6WHISKY 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. July 29th - August 19th departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Day 7EDINBURGH TOUR & CASTLE
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 and bagpipes. (B, D)
Day 8TOUR ENDS EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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|Monday Sep 23, 2019 from Dublin||Monday Sep 30, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2349||Guaranteed||Call to book|
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