ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Arrive in bustling Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
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).
ST. ANDREWS | Birthplace of Golf
Drive to St. Andrews, where you walk the legendary Old Course. Later, travel to Pitlochry for lunch at Hettie’s Tearoom and time for shopping. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner set to authentic Scottish dancing and bagpipe music.
INVERNESS | Heart of the Highlands
Travel to the rugged North Sea coast of the Highlands. Explore the richly adorned Dunrobin Castle and witness falconry in its gardens. Visit the Glenmorangie whisky distillery, tasting the spirit and meeting with its makers. The next morning, travel to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. Cruise the enigmatic waters of Loch Ness, stopping to explore Urquhart Castle and returning along its pretty southern shore. View the cascading Falls of Foyers before returning for dinner at a local restaurant.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | The 'Titanic' & Giant's Causeway
This morning, fly Dublin before driving to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a close look at the history of this rapidly changing city. Take a self-guided tour of the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit. Continue to your hotel, where you have dinner. The next day, visit the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Belfast along the Antrim Coast road, one of Europe’s most scenic drives, pausing at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which connects the mainland to Carrick Island far below. Before lunch, partake in an Irish breadmaking demonstration.
OMAGH | The Living Past
Explore Belfast before travelling to Omagh for lunch. Then, experience the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, a fascinating tribute to the strength of the bonds between Ireland and America through the centuries. Tonight, check into your hotel in the Republic of Ireland.
WESTPORT, IRELAND | Wild Connemara
Drive this morning to the charming town of Ballina and see the Dolmen of the Four Maols, a stone tomb that dates back to the Celtic period. Continue through the beautiful landscapes of the Connemara countryside to Westport. Over lunch in a cozy pub, enjoy a true Irish cèilidh (musical gathering) in this home of traditional music.
STROKESTOWN | The Famine Years
Visit 18th-century Strokestown Park House for a private tour. While there, explore the Irish National Famine Museum for insight into this sad chapter of the nation's history. Visit Ireland's oldest distillery, Kilbeggan, for a tour and tasting before continuing to your hotel in Dublin.
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral
Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the eight-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts in the world. Continue to the renowned Guinness Storehouse, situated on what was once the world’s largest brewery and enjoy a well-earned pint. Spend an afternoon exploring Dublin at leisure, and then gather for a memorable farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport and board your flight.