This eight or nine day tour of Ireland packs in plenty of scenery, historic places and exciting experiences. Tour Ireland's capital city Dublin before heading to medieval city of Derry, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast. A short ferry crossing takes you in Scotland to stay at the Atholl Palace Hotel.
If you're looking for a shorter vacation jam-packed full of activities, scenery and experiences, then this may be the tour for you! Beginning in Dublin, you tour the north of Ireland, visiting Derry, the Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast. After taking a short ferry journey to Scotland, you can spend a night in the beautiful Atholl Palace Hotel. Also in Scotland you can sample some local Whiskey, visit St' Andrews and Edinburgh.
(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).
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(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village
Your Irish Vacation starts in your Dublin hotel at 2:00pm. Leaving the Hotel, you drive to Dalkey Village for a gentle walking tour through the village, which is filled with many interesting and old- style buildings. Next up is Dalkey Castle, which has been restored to its old self, so you can really get a feel for what living in it may once have been like. Come evening, you join your course director in your hotel for a welcome drink.
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Taylor's Three Rock Pub
Driving down the mains streets you can take in some of Dublin’s most famous sights like Trinity College, the Spire and the GPO. You can also go on a guided tour of parts of Dublin castle, the seat of power in Ireland for centuries. In the afternoon you can go on an Independent Bus Tour as well as visit to the Book of Kells or the General Post Office Museum. Come evening, it’s off to Taylor's Three Rock Pub, for a traditional Irish meal followed by a lively show including traditional music and dance!
Day 3: Antrim Coast & Giant's Causeway
Leaving Dublin, you head north through Irelands midlands to Derry, where a local guide will give you a walking tour of the city. Walk Derry's walls which encircle the city centre and admire some of the traditional buildings that still line the streets! Next stop is at the peculiar Giant's Causeway, where hexagonal pillars of rock cover the landscape! Learn of legends of giants and the actual 60 million year old origin of the Causeway. In the evening you go to your Hotel in Ballycastle and relax before Dinner!
Day 4: Heritage Farm & Titanic Belfast
Leaving your hotel today you head to The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre, where you can enjoy fresh tea, scones and good old Irish Hospitality. You can also enjoy a live turf cutting demonstration, to help you understand how Irish homes were heated for hundreds of years! Drive along Antrim's Nine Glen's for beautiful scenery, this is also where a lot of the show "Game of Thrones" is filmed! Reaching the northern capital, see all the sights Belfast has to offer such as old Victorian architecture, the grand City Hall and the famous shipyards where RMS Titanic was built over 100 years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast where you can learn all about the construction and unfortunate end of the Titanic through modern displays. Come evening check into your hotel.
Day 5: Ferry to Scotland & Pitlochry
Today you leave Ireland on a ferry, heading to Scotland. Once there, you drive along the west coast to Glasgow, where you can take a short break and tour of Pollok House, a fine country house. It's decorated with 1930's furniture and decor, as well as a lot of art and antiques. Continuing northwards, you head to the stunning Scottish Highlands to your hotel in Pitlochry. Opened in 1884, this hotel still has its classical feel to it and is worth exploring the grounds if you have some spare time.
Day 6: Whisky Tasting & St. Andrews
Close by to your hotel is our first outing of the day, you head to the Blair Athol Distillery where you can try a dram of their whiskey and see how the liquor is made. Driving south next, you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery before reaching St. Andrews. Known for golf and its University which is the oldest in Scotland! St. Andrews University is also where Prince William and Kate Middleton Studied! Enjoy a walking tour of the town and spend some time walking around. Check into your hotel in central Edinburgh and head to a Scottish evening where you can enjoy some authentic cuisine as well as a traditional show of bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts!
Day 7: Edinburgh Tour & Castle
Leaving your hotel this morning, you can take a walking tour of Edinburgh to see some of the main sights. Enjoy walking around the wide streets, and incredible mansions of the Georgian New town which is now ironically over 200 years old! Take a stroll down the Royal Mile, where many medieval houses are packed in tightly together. Tour the grand Edinburgh Castle, where you can enjoy excellent views as you look down at the city. The priceless crown jewels of Scotland are also kept in Edinburgh Castle. You have the rest of the day to yourself to explore and take in everything Edinburgh has to offer!
Day 8: Independant Bus Tour of Edinburgh
As an extension of your tour you can spend an extra day in Edinburgh, where you can enjoy an Independant hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city!
Day 9: Tour Ends in Edinburgh
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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