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Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends (2016)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 13 | From: $6,795
Days 1-2: Arrive Glasgow, Scotland
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where you gather tonight for a welcome dinner. The next day, take a panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and lunch in the Willow Tea Rooms. At the Hunterian Art Gallery, see the reassembled interiors of the home of Art Nouveau designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Hotel du Vin | Meals: D (Day 1); B L (Day 2)
Days 3-4: Inverness / Into the Highlands
Depart Glasgow for a Loch Lomond cruise and time at leisure in Fort William, which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis mountain. Drive the Great Glen and along the shores of Loch Ness, stopping at its edge to explore Urquhart Castle. Arrive at your hotel, where tonight, a festive dinner is set to Scottish dancing and bagpipe music. The next day, explore the richly-adorned Dunrobin Castle, where you witness falconry in its gardens. Unwind with a tasting at the Dalmore whisky distillery. Later, travel to the battlefield of Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746.
Kingsmills Hotel | Meals: B D (Day 3); B (Day 4)
Day 5: St. Andrews / Birthplace of Golf
Drive to Pitlochry, with time to shop before lunch at Hettie’s Tearoom. In St. Andrews, birthplace of golf and home of Scotland’s oldest university, walk the legendary Old Course. Continue to Edinburgh.
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Edinburgh / Castle and Crown Jewels
Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels. Drive the Royal Mile, past St. Giles’ High Kirk, to Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s official residence in Scotland (subject to closure for official events).
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel | Meals: B
Days 7-8: Dublin, Ireland / Historic, Easygoing Capital
Fly to Dublin, Ireland, and transfer to your hotel before gathering for dinner this evening at a traditional Irish restaurant, which features artisanal farm products from around the country. The next day, explore charismatic Dublin, Ireland’s capital city with a thousand-year history. Visit the esteemed Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, where you enjoy a private tour of its library. Later, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland.
Westbury Hotel | Meals: B D (Day 7); B (Day 8)
Days 9-10: Blarney & Killarney / The Kingdom of Kerry
Tour the haunting Rock of Cashel. Its stone towers and monuments comprise one of the most impressive collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture found anywhere in Ireland. Next, explore Blarney Castle. Dare to kiss the Blarney Stone, built in the castle’s steep battlements and said to bestow the “gift of the gab” upon all who do. Later, check in to your Victorian hotel in Killarney. The next morning begins at Kissane Sheep Farm, where you watch keenly trained sheepdogs gathering their flocks. Journey through Killarney National Park to Muckross House, a vine-covered manor in the shadows of craggy Macgillycuddy’s Reeks.
The Malton | Meals: B L D (Day 9); B (Day 10)
Days 11-12: Dingle & Doonbeg / The Living Past
Follow the south shore of the Dingle Peninsula to charming Dingle Town, and then take the Slea Head Drive, a road that hugs the cliff tops. Continue to your beautiful accommodations set along the Atlantic and featuring an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course. The next day, venture to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Scan this rugged landscape that regularly endures the fiercest of Atlantic storms to spot its large colonies of birds, including Atlantic puffins. Traverse the Burren, a lunar-like, karst landscape that is rich in historical and archaeological interest. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a delightful farewell dinner, followed by a lively presentation of traditional Irish music and dance.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel | Meals: B L (Day 11); B D (Day 12)
Day 13: Depart Shannon
Transfer to the airport in Shannon and depart.