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Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends 2018


12 Days from $6,495

Limited to 24 guests

In Scotland, explore Edinburgh's hilltop castle, tour coastal St. Andrews, and venture to the Highlands; In Ireland, discover Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park and the majestic Cliffs of Moher.

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Discover captivating cities, mountainous lands and coastlines, and incredible legends in two vibrant countries

Sample Scotland's "water of life" on a visit to a Scotch whisky distillery and meet its craftsmen

Explore the city of Belfast and visit Titanic Belfast, where the famous ship was built

Experience the region's musical heritage with intimate performances in Scotland and Ireland

22 meals, with 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
DAY 2
EDINBURGH | Castle and Crown Jewels
DAY 3
ST. ANDREWS | Birthplace of Golf
DAYS 4–5
INVERNESS | Heart of the Highlands
DAYS 6–7
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | The 'Titanic' & Giant's Causeway
DAY 8
ARMAGH | The Living Past
DAY 9
WESTPORT, IRELAND | Wild Connemara
DAY 10
STROKESTOWN | The Famine Years
DAY 11
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral
DAY 12
DEPART DUBLIN
DAY 1
ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Arrive in bustling Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

The Glasshouse
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
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).

The Glasshouse
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
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.

Kingsmills Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 4–5
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 Dalmore 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.

Kingsmills Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner
DAYS 6–7
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | The 'Titanic' & Giant's Causeway

This morning, fly to Belfast for a close look at the history of this rapidly changing city. Take a self-guided tour at the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit. Next, explore Belfast with a local expert who shares insight into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland. Later, quench your thirst at a historic local brewery, where you enjoy a tour and dinner. The next day, visit the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and partake in an Irish breadmaking demonstration before lunch. Return to Belfast along the Antrim Coast road, one of Europe's most scenic drives.

Culloden Estate & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8
ARMAGH | The Living Past

Depart Belfast for Armagh and see the Two Cathedrals, seats of both Protestantism and Catholicism in Northern Ireland. 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 in to your castle hotel in the Republic of Ireland.

Markree Castle
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
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.

Markree Castle
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
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.

Dylan Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral

Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the eighth-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts in the world. Continue to the fascinating Casino Marino, a jewel of Neoclassical architecture. Spend an afternoon exploring Dublin at leisure, and then gather for a memorable farewell dinner.

Dylan Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12
DEPART DUBLIN

Transfer to the airport and board your flight.

Meals: Breakfast


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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $230

(Inverness/Belfast)

Minimum age is 10 years old.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 11.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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