Authentic Local Experiences:
- Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 – August 18 departures.
- Sample a “wee dram” as you learn about whisky making at Blair Athol Distillery.
- Blarney Castle
- Cliffs of Moher
- Connemara Marble Factory
- Edinburgh Castle
- Inveraray Castle
- Isle of Skye
- Skellig Experience
- St Andrews
- Titanic Belfast
- 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a Medieval castle banquet, and The Merry Ploughboy Pub in Dublin.
- Radisson Blu Glasgow or Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow (1 night)
- Isle of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
- Muthu Newtown Hotel. Nairn (1 night)
- Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 night)
- Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin (2 nights)
- Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
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.
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow
Set in a historic building with a modern and stylish interior, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor is the perfect place to stay when visiting Scotland’s biggest city. Set in the bustling West End of Glasgow, just minutes from many attractions, the hotel is ideally located at 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, G12 OTA. With marble bathrooms, WiFi (fee applies) and LCD TVs, our guest rooms offer the perfect place for CIE Tours’ guests to relax after a day of exploring. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor features two dining venues, including Bo’Vine Meats & Wines, serving up delicious 28-day aged steaks, fish dishes, salads and an extensive wine list. Our stylish beGIN bar offers a selection of over 60 gins as well as craft beers, cocktails, wines and soft drinks in a unique atmosphere. With a listed façade, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor offers a unique setting to explore Scotland’s biggest city.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This friendly, modern hotel offers everything for an ideal vacation – spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views in a relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with breathtaking views. The Lochside Restaurant offers a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning and the best of Scottish produce. Guest can enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout their stay, as well as the leisure center with pool, hydro seat, bio-sauna and exercise room.
Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn
This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
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.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
This sleek, modern hotel features 156 rooms furnished to the highest standard with triple-glazed windows to offer a quiet, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. The stylish Steak and Grill restaurant and cozy Piano Lounge serves only the finest locally-sourced Scottish cuisine. Unwind at the swimming pool, gym and spa. It is located close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, within easy walking distance of the shops and pubs along the Royal Mile.
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin
This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it a unique charm. Standard rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling. The Brasserie Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. Tom’s Bar is a great place to relax with a drink or a snack. Set in Ballsbridge, close to the Royal Dublin Society and Aviva Stadium, this property is a short distance from the city center, with good bus service close by.
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park.
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty
Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty, this hotel is an ideal base for visiting and touring the cultural West of Ireland. There is a wide selection of dining options from which to choose, including Kathleen’s Bar and Fibber McGee’s Steakhouse Restaurant. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Pub and the shops at the Bunratty Village Mills.
2019 SCOTTISH & IRISH DREAM - 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHT / 21 MEALS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Your guide will lead you on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions including parks and squares and view extensive art collections at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Join your group for a welcome drink.
Day 2LOCH LOMOND & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the “Downton Abbey” series. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and on to the loch shore in Ballachulish. (B, D)
Day 3ISLES OF SKYE & EILIAN DONAN CASTLE
Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera ready as you travel along the shores of Loch Ness on your way to your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set in spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)
Day 4CULLODEN & SHEEPDOGS
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene moorland to see monuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in farm life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep. Travel to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)
Day 5BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Visit Blair Castle, dating back to 1269, which has been transformed through the ages from a medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. Tour Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whiskey making and sample a "wee dram." Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens, museum, and facilities or stroll around Pitlochry. (B, D)
Day 6GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Macbeth, then drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. Browse through the medieval town with its ruined cathedral and castle. In Edinburgh, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, and kilts. (B, D)
Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Discover the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” and the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city on a tour of Edinburgh. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle and admire splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. The July 28 to August 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Day 8: BELFAST & DUBLIN
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast, enjoying lunch on board. Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic through displays at Titanic Belfast. In Dublin, check out local pubs or restaurants for an independent dinner. (B, L)
Day 9DUBLIN & MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
The morning is yours to explore Dublin independently. The Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is a great option - use your included vouchers to see the sites and visit one attraction. At 2:00 PM meet your new Irish guide/driver and tour group in the hotel lobby and set off to see Trinity College, public buildings, tranquil parks, and rows of Georgian houses. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, the historic heart of Dublin. This evening, enjoy a traditional Irish dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub. (B, D)
Day 10BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Head to the stately Rock of Cashel for memorable photos. Gain the gift of gab when you kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. After dinner, you may like to head to a "singing pub." (B, D)
Day 11RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCE
The Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views – will provide you many photo opportunities. Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience, which describes nearby islands. Watch a demonstration of highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep. Spend a free evening in Killarney. (B, L)
Day 12CLIFFS OF MOHER & BUNRATTY CASTLE
Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, relax and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval-style feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)
Day 13TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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