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Scotland & Ireland: A Family Journey (2017)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 12 | From: $5,995
Day 1: ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Arrive in exciting Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
G&V Royal Mile | Meals: D
Day 2: EDINBURGH / Treasure in the Castle
Tour this city of historic eye candy, exploring the hilltop Edinburgh Castle with its incredible Crown Jewels, the Royal Mile and Mary King’s Close, buried beneath the city. Your afternoon is at leisure before a Scottish Night dinner with traditional entertainment.
G&V Royal Mile | Meals: B D
Day 3: ST. ANDREWS / Birthplace of Golf
Drive to St. Andrews, birthplace of golf and home of Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William and Princess Kate met as students. Explore the legendary Old Course. Travel to Pitlochry, where you enjoy lunch at Hettie’s Tearoom and see the creation of Heathergems jewelry during an Artisan Connection. Enjoy watching highly trained sheep dogs at work before arriving at your hotel in Inverness.
Kingsmills Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 4: INVERNESS / Highlands Traditions
Drive to the Scottish Highlands. Explore the notoriously storied Dunrobin Castle and watch an amazing falconry display in its gardens. Visit Dalmore whisky distillery, where parents enjoy a tasting. Your evening is at leisure.
Kingsmills Hotel | Meals: B
Day 5: INVERNESS / The Stuff of Legend
Travel to the battlefield of Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. Later, cruise the waters of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Stop in charming Fort Augustus to watch the locks of the Caledonian Canal, then take the less-trodden path on an 18th-century military road to see the Falls of Foyers. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant.
Kingsmills Hotel | Meals: B D
Days 6-7: DUBLIN, IRELAND / Exciting Capital City
Fly to Dublin, Ireland, and transfer to your hotel. The next day, explore this colorful non-stop capital from the seat of a World War II amphibious vehicle on a Viking Splash tour. Later, step into another world rich in Irish legends at the National Leprechaun Museum.
Westbury Hotel | Meals: B L D (Day 6); B (Day 7)
Days 8-9: BLARNEY & KILLARNEY / The Kingdom of Kerry
Stop for views of the haunting Rock of Cashel en route to the Donkey Sanctuary, where you visit with and learn about rescued donkeys from across the country. Continue to Blarney Castle, where you climb its tower and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow the “gift of the gab” upon all who dare. Later, check in to your striking contemporary hotel in Killarney. The next morning begins with a spin in a lively jaunting car ride with real jarvies (drivers). Journey to Muckross Traditional Farms to see farming traditions in action. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, with time to explore Killarney.
Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa | Meals: B L D (Day 8); B (Day 9)
Days 10-11: DINGLE & DOONBEG / Celtic Life
Follow the shore of the Dingle Peninsula to charming Dingle Town, continuing on the Slea Head Drive along the soaring cliffs. Check in to your boutique hotel, a former 18th-century manor house in the center of Ennis town. The next day, visit Craggaunowen, a living history park focused on the Bronze Age Celtic way of life. See its castle and learn of the voyage of St. Brendan, an explorer who some say discovered America before Columbus. Return to your hotel with time at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner.
The Old Ground | Meals: B L (Day 10); B D (Day 11)
Day 12: DEPART SHANNON
Transfer to the airport in Shannon and depart.
Child Pricing | Children under 12 sharing with an adult save $400.
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