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Lochs, Luck & Lore

  • 2019 Lochs, Luck & Lore – 8 Days/7 Nights
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Starts Dublin
Ends Edinburgh
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • “Be Irish for a Half Day” at Causey Farm where you might bake brown bread, learn theskills of hurling or play a bodhrán drum.
  • Go back in time with a Trim Living History tour at Trim Castle where you’ll experience first-hand what knights of old felt when they got ready for battle.
  • Visit the 16th-century Culzean Castle – and learn about the ghostly myths and legends of the family that once inhabited it.

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), and 5 dinners (D), including a traditional pub dinner with beer tasting for the grownups, dinner and a show at the Glyde Inn, and a farewell dinner.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trim Castle Living History Demonstration
  • Croke Park
  • St Michan’s Crypt Tour
  • Causey Farm
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Culzean Castle
  • Speedboat ride
  • Edinburgh Castle

Hotels:

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, near Dublin (2 nights)
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow (2 nights)
  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, near Edinburgh (1 night)

Hotels

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne Description:

This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, modern property for a pleasant stay. Large guest rooms are designed for a tranquil night’s rest. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and fine dining in the elegant restaurant or relax in one of the cozy bars. The spa and leisure center offers excellent facilities. Located beside Dunboyne village, just 15 miles from Dublin Airport and 14 miles from Dublin city center.

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Europa Hotel, Belfast Description:

This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow Description:

Dive into the culture-rich heart of Glasgow from the stylish surroundings of the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel, just opposite from the Central Railway Station at 301 Argyle Street. It is a striking building, known for its sculptural copper wall that runs down Argyle Street. Choose from any of its carefully created rooms and suites and enjoy first-class amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet plus bathrobes and slippers. This contemporary city-center hotel also offers easy access to all of the city’s major transport links and famous shopping destinations. Take time to sample the creative fare of the on-site eatery, the Collage Restaurant, which offers a taste of British fare with a sumptuous selection of specialty dishes. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the on-site bar, Grahamston at the Atrium, where you can savor perfectly poured cocktails, wine and beer. The Radisson Blu Hotel is the perfect choice for urban adventure-seekers traveling with CIE Tours.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh Description:

Blending the traditions of a baronial manor with modern amenities, the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is a breathtaking golf resort set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Our luxury hotel features intricate architecture, with our unique main house period rooms filled with character and traditional furnishings to create an unforgettable stay. Situated just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests can easily access world-class attractions while enjoying on-site amenities that include two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor pool, tennis courts, beauty salon and the Dalmahoy Leisure Club. Home of the award-winning Pentland Restaurant, this luxurious hotel also offers full-service catering to complement the unparalleled event spaces that make the Dalmahoy a truly remarkable destination in Edinburgh.

Itinerary

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2019 8-DAY LOCHS, LUCK & LORE / 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS/14 MEALS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Trim Castle & Trim Living History

The tour begins at 2:00 PM at your hotel. Set out for the towering Trim Castle located on the River Boyne, the largest Norman Castle in Ireland. Built over a 30 year period in the 1100's, this magnificent castle will delight movie fans as the castle in “Braveheart.” Immerse yourself in the Trim Living History tour and step back in time to experience the castle and the grounds as they were in medieval times. Try on a helmet and chain mail, feel the weight of a mighty sword in your hand to see how knights defended the castle’s keep. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2Croke Park & St. Michan's Church Crypt

Begin the day with your choice of a Croke Park GAA Skyline tour, a thrilling walkway located 17 stories above the heart of Dublin with stunning panoramic views of the city’s landmarks, or a tour of the 80,000 seat stadium. Then visit the GAA Museum to discover the gripping history of the Gaelic games from ancient times to the present, including an Interactive Games Zone where you can test your own Gaelic game skills. Tour the city of Dublin and enjoy all of its most famous sights. Proceed on to historic St. Michan’s Church for a visit to the crypt and get up close to several of their famous mummies, including the 800-year-old ‘Crusader.’ Hear a talk about Viking history, followed by dinner and traditional entertainment at the Glyde Inn. (B, D)

Day 3Causey Farm & Titanic Belfast

Enjoy a visit to Causey Farm and see how it feels to “Be Irish for a Half Day,” an interactive cultural experience where you might get to play a bodhrán, bake some brown bread, try some ceili dancing or hurling, or see a sheepdog demonstration.Savor a farm lunch, then travel on to Belfast for a tour of its Victorian quarter and Titanic Belfast to experience the history of the shipyards along with the story of the famous and ill-fated oceanliner, the Titanic. (B, L, D)

Day 4The Giant's Causeway & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Travel to the Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns created by ancient lava flows – or perhaps it was, as legends say, built by an angry giant, Finn McCool, who used it as a path to fight a Scottish rival. Take in the breathtaking views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel through some amazing countryside in County Antrim and arrive at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Perched 100 feet above the rocks and spanning 66 feet in length crossing from the mainland to the island of Carrick-a-Rede, every step will give you a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding natural beauty and stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland. (B)

Day 5Cairnryan & Culzean Castle

Embark on a ferry journey from Larne to the small village of Cairnryan, an important site of maritime history especially for its contributions during World War II. Visit Culzean Castle and Country Park, an 18th century castle surrounded by lush gardens. There you will enjoy lunch and a private tour. Later, you’ll have a free evening in Glasgow, with dinner on your own. (B, L)

Day 6Glasgow & Speedboat Ride

Take a panoramic tour of the city of Glasgow. View its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, its stunning cathedrals, and George Square, the city’s principal square named for King George III. Take a trip to Luss outside of Glasgow, and get ready for an exciting ride on a speedboat. In the evening, adults will enjoy a beer tasting of some of Scotland’s most interesting brews, as the children enjoy a non-alcoholic tasting, along with a pub dinner for all. (B, D)

Day 7Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

Journey on to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, for a guided tour of the city. See the elegant 200-year-old Georgian New Town and stroll down the Royal Mile, the Old Town’s main thoroughfare where there are still medieval houses to see. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle and marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, where monarchs were crowned in days gone by. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with all your new friends. (B, D)

Day 8Departure From Edinburgh

Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. (B)

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Sunday Jun 30, 2019 from Dublin Sunday Jul 7, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $1950 Book Now
Sunday Aug 4, 2019 from Dublin Sunday Aug 11, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2050 Book Now
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