Day 1Glasgow Tour | Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of the highlights of Glasgow, a city built on industry but now known for its stunning Victorian architecture, a creative cultural scene, and thriving restaurants and nightlife. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing one of Europe's finest art collections, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian, and Dali. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and then the evening is yours to explore and dine as you wish.
Day 2Loch Lomond Cruise | Inveraray Castle
Embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond for views of highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland's most spectacular and beautiful places, and then to your hotel in Ballachulish on the shores of Loch Leven.
Day 3Isle of Skye | Loch Ness
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (Saturday departures from July 29 to August 19 stay at the Marriot Inverness Airport Hotel).
Day 4Culloden Battlefield | Sheepdog Trials
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle and stroll around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Spend the evening in a gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Day 5Blair Castle | Whisky Tasting
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring hotel gardens and museum, or browsing around Pitlochry town.
Day 6 Glamis Castle | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
Visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth”. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”. Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. July 30 - August 20 departures enjoy an evening free to dine independently.
Day 7Edinburgh Castle | City Tour
Take a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, from its medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile to the 200-year-old “New Town” area. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 30 - August 20 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Day 8Ferry to Belfast | Titanic Belfast | Dublin
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the full story of the ill-fated ocean liner, built in the nearby ship yards in 1912. Head to your hotel in the seaside suburb of Dun Laoghaire near Dublin, where you will meet your Irish driver/guide, and enjoy a free evening in this charming harbor town.
Day 9Sean's Bar | Galway City Tour
Head to Athlone for a welcome drink at Sean's Bar, the oldest bar in Europe. Join a local guide for a walking tour through the beautiful harbor city of Galway; see its stone-clad buildings and medieval, winding lanes. Enjoy some free time to explore Galway on your own, then join your fellow travelers for dinner at your hotel.
Day 10Connemara Catamaran Cruise | Kylemore Abbey
Explore scenic Connemara. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (seasonal). Head to Kylemore Abbey, set beside a tranquil lake, to see elegant rooms, the charming church and the Victorian walled gardens. Return to Galway, where your evening is free to explore the city's lively pubs and excellent restaurants.
Day 11Sheepdogs | Cliffs | Traditional Irish Night
Travel south around Galway Bay, through the austere beauty of the Burren, to visit a sheep farm and see trained sheepdogs show off their herding skills. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary as you head to Killarney, where you'll enjoy a traditional Irish night featuring dinner and an entertaining show.
Day 12Jaunting Car | Ring of Kerry Highlights
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle. See the highlights of Ireland's most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, and take a break in the colorful village of Kenmare. In the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, stop in to Moriarty's, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own.
Day 13Blarney Castle | Traditional Music Session
Drive through the mountains on the way to Blarney Castle. Climb the winding staircase to kiss the famous stone, or just explore the tranquil gardens. Travel along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan, a CIE Tours Exclusive Venue, for some traditional music. Continue to Waterford, where you'll witness the creation of sparkling masterpieces as you visit the House of Waterford Crystal, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner.
Day 14Waterford Walk | Kilkenny
Join a local guide for a walking tour of the narrow streets of Waterford, discovering its fascinating past. Head to Kilkenny for free time in its medieval city center. Tour the beautifully restored Kilkenny Castle to see glorious 17th-century tapestries, painted portraits, and sumptuous furnishings. Travel on to Dublin, where you'll dine with a glass of wine at The Donnybrook Gastropub.
Day 15Tour ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.
The Sandman Signature Hotel is a stunning hotel with 179 bedrooms in the center of vibrant Glasgow, known as Scotland's "dear green place". The city is known for its fabulous art scene, industrial history, and incredible music. The property has a fitness facility, a beautiful restaurant space and bar, with delicious dining options and perfectly executed cocktails.
Situated in a breathtaking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, this historic hotel really is a Highland home away from home. All the rooms reflect the region’s Highland heritage, with many offering stunning views of the loch and the breathtaking mountain scenery all around. The hotel serves as a base from which guests can explore the Glencoe and Fort William areas or discover many of the local activities and attractions, from golf to the great outdoors. Enjoy complimentary use of the nearby health club, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bio-sauna and exercise room.
Muthu Newton Hotel is close to the Nairn golfing links and the Moray Firth offering unrivalled peace and tranquility. Just 10 miles from Inverness airport and less than a mile from Nairn train station. Once frequented by Charlie Chaplin it stands overlooking the Moray Firth and beyond to the Black Isle. The Hotel has 63 rooms with a lush view, the Highland Conference Centre and a wedding venue. The sea-side town of Nairn is one of the prime locations and one of the sunniest spots in Scotland.
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.
Set in a Victorian mansion in 55 acres of grounds, Norton House features a luxury spa, award-winning restaurant and boutique rooms with free internet. Edinburgh is a 20-minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.
Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. The health club also has a swimming pool with feature fountains, a fully equipped gym and treatment rooms.
The Royal Marine overlooks Dublin Bay and provides direct access to Dun Laoghaire Promenade and Pier. It has a health club, spa, indoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Designed over 2 floors, Hardys Bar serves fine cuisine in a modern environment. The Dun Bistro offers stunning harbor views and serves modern European cuisine.
There are plenty of beautiful coastal and countryside walks, including Peoples Park, in the immediate vicinity.
The Galmont is one of Ireland's premier 4-star hotels, located in Galway City on the Wild Atlantic Way. Located on Lough Atalia, overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont is located just a 5-minute walk from the city’s bustling shops, pubs and restaurants. The dining options at The Galmont reflect the sophisticated nature of the hotel. Indulge in the ultimate relaxation experience in spirit one spa, a haven of peace and tranquility where the pressures of everyday life are left at the door.
Great Southern Killarney, first opened in 1854, is Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. This iconic Grand Dame is centrally situated in the heart of the town with 6 acres of manicured grounds to enjoy. Featuring 177 beautifully appointed bedrooms & suites ranging from Classic Rooms to Grand Suites on site, the property also offers Self Catering Houses. Impressive guest facilities include Garden Room Restaurant, Brownes Bar, Killarney Wine Room, Residents Lounges & Innisfallen Leisure Centre.
The Granville Hotel in Waterford overlooks the River Suir and is a 5 minute walk from St Patrick’s Cathedral. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, and an award-winning restaurant.
Rooms at the Hotel Granville include bathrooms with baths, showers and heated towel racks. They also have safes and there is a 24-hour room service menu.
The Bianconi Restaurant overlooks the quayside and serves traditional Irish and international cuisine.
Just 30 minutes from Dublin International Airport and a 15-minute stroll from St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street shopping, Clayton Hotel Burlington Road is the ideal base for your stay in Dublin. Our stylish bedrooms include a HD TV with 24 hour sports and news channels along with a spacious work desk and complimentary Wi-Fi. Clayton Hotel Burlington Road offers a fitness suite with views over the city, a business center, a chic bar and an elegant restaurant where breakfast is served.
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