This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.
This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
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Itinerary - 12 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND & SCOTLAND
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Day 1 Dublin
Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, there's time to rest or discover the vibrant Irish capital. Why not end the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?
Day 2 Dublin
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions to start your day in the "Fair City" with an orientation drive along statue-lined O'Connell Street; elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colourful doors, and wrought-iron decorated windows; Oscar Wilde's Trinity College; and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Maybe join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.
Day 3 Dublin Kilkenny Waterford Tramore
Kilkenny, with its medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. There is time to stroll through pretty lanes with colourful painted houses and enjoy a morning coffee.
Continue on to Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, before arriving at the seaside resort of Tramore. Before dinner, an optional pub tour might be fun
Day 4 Tramore Blarney Ring of Kerry Killarney
The first of today's highlights is Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish handicrafts and handmade crystal. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY, and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort town of Killarney
Day 5 Killarney Adare Limerick
In Killarney this morning, there is time for an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the National Park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle.
Then to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland's prettiest towns. its main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings and thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. On to Limerick and, this evening, consider joining an optional medieval banquet.
Day 6 Limerick Cliffs of Moher Galway Sligo
Breathtaking scenery awaits you today. Start with a visit to the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER and fantastic views over the Atlantic and Clare coast.
Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren and stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops, and a busy cafe and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
Day 7 Sligo Derry Giant's Causeway Belfast
Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry, the walled city on the banks of the Foyle River. Continue on to awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how millions of years ago the more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built
Day 8 Belfast Alloway Glasgow
Enjoy a leisurely morning in the capital city of Northern Ireland before boarding the FERRY for the Irish Sea, crossing to Cairnryan. On your way to Glasgow, stop in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.
Day 9 Glasgow Fort William Inverness Culloden Moor Elgin
Follow the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis. in the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, then pause in the Highland capital of inverness.
Cross Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians. Your overnight destination is Elgin, nestled in the world-famous whisky region
Day 10 Elgin Pitlochry St Andrew's Edinburgh
Travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort set amongst a beautiful scenery. Then, head to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing.
Finally, cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Day 11 Edinburgh
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town," home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. in the "Old Town," visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure.
Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure
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Day 12 Edinburgh
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Accommodation Meals as per the itinerary Sightseeing as per the itinerary Experienced Driver Guide Comprehensive commentary Travel in an air-conditioned coach
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Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.
Single Supplement A single supplement is available on all nights of this trip from an extra AUD $692 subject to availability.
Triple Share Not available.
Children Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.
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