Ireland Scotland Tour for Families
Ireland Scotland Family Vacation
13 Day First Class Escorted Tour- SMALL ESCORTED GROUP TOUR OF SCOTLAND & IRELAND
THIS TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 PERSONS
The best of Scotland travel combined with the best of Ireland travel. Here, there are no strangers - only friends you have not yet met. The lilting accents and wit of the locals will enchant you.
Monday - DEPART FROM HOME
Your vacation begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: EDINBURGH.
Tuesday - EDINBURGH
Take a hop-on-hop-off panoramic sightseeing tour of Edinburgh. Tour highlights include Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles’ Cathedral, Burns Monument, National Gallery, and the Palace of Holyrood House. Enjoy a traditional Scottish Music Show, with dinner.(D)
Wednesday - ST. ANDREWS & CASTLE STAY
Travel to the university town of St. Andrews, known not only as the home of golf, but where William and Kate met. The medieval center consists of a series of narrow alleys and cobbled streets a castle,and the now ruined cathedral. Tonight, we stay at the 480 year old Fernie Castle located on acres of woodlands, with its own lochan.(CB,D)
Thursday - PITLOCHRY/LOCH NESS MONSTER
Drive through the Victorian town of Pitlochry to the Edradour Distillery, Scotland's smallest, for an intimate tour and a tasting, including soft drinks. Later, in the highlands alongside Loch Ness, enjoy monster hunting. Our lovely hotel is near Ft. William.(B)
Friday - RIDE THE HARRY POTTER TRAIN/ISLE OF SKYE
Ride the Jacobite "Hogwarts Express" steam locomotives. We head by ferry to Skye, and up to Portree, where pastel houses line the harbor. Skye has ruined castles, awesome scenery, Viking fortresses and is home to legendary clans, immersed in Celtic myths & legends. We stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander" and a James Bond movie.(B)
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Saturday - GLENCOE/GLASGOW
Enjoy the mystical mountains of Glencoe. In the 1692 battle here, 40 members of the MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not forswearing the Jacobite cause. They say you can still hear their cries!Visit Stirling Castle to see the Great Hall and Tapestry Workshop.(B)
Sunday - GLASGOW/DUBLIN
Board your return flight. Arrive in Dublin, Ireland's capital, which has retained its Georgian elegance, and transfer to your hotel. Our afternoon tour of Dublin takes you to Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells, and St. Patrick's, Ireland's national cathedral. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of old Dublin, where you sample Ireland's most famous creamy stout. Storytelling, dinner and traditional music in a candelit Dublin pub: The scene is set in one of Dublin's oldest pubs. As early as the 1600's, it was a popular haunt. The Seanachi, the Irish word for storyteller, entertains with oral tales of fairies, Celtic warriors and legendary deed-doing. Tales are told and songs sung and everyone is made to feel welcome. With turf fire glowing a perfect setting in which to take you back through the romantic mists of time. History comes alive tonight!(B,D)
Monday - DUBLIN/WICKLOW A full day in the "Garden of Ireland" including Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, and Glendalough. The charming walled garden at Powerscourt, the striking terraces, fine statuary and varied trees are linked by carefully designed walks and set in the magnificent surroundings of the Wicklow Mountains. The Glendalough monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, and a graceful round tower in a spectacular, scenic setting. (B)
Tuesday - KILKENNY Enjoy the relaxed pace of Ireland, known for its bogs and turf fires, rich farmlands and scenic countryside. Travel through the Curragh, the horse breeding center of Ireland. You visit Kilkenny Castle. Stay in Kilkenny, somewhere very special with its cobbled streets and castle, one of the finest examples of an Irish medieval town. Tonight, "Meet the Irish" by staying as a welcome guest in a local home, not only wonderfully located, but also fully equipped, comfortably homey, and clean. Enjoy a pub lunch. (B,L)
Wednesday - BLARNEY/COBH/KILLARNEY This morning you take the scenic route to Cobh, originally a small fishing village. Cobh was the departure point for many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, and is associated with the loss of the Titanic. Visit Blarney, with a chance to kiss "The Stone". Travel through landscapes of the rarest green, where herds of black and white cows peek from every hill on the way to Killarney.(B)
Thursday - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
An incredible day awaits! The scenic and spectacular Ring of Kerry offers unrivaled views of County Kerry's magnificent shoreline, one of nature's masterpieces. Traveling via Killorglin you see beautiful mountain vistas and rugged landscapes along the way. Travel through Killarney by pony and trap. Have your camera ready! A musical pub evening is in store for us tonight, complete with local entertainment. (B,D)
Friday - ADARE/SHANNON
We'll travel to the quaint village of Adare, distinguished by its charming thatched cottages. Tonight, we've planned a special farewell castle medieval dinner. We'll be transformed back in time as we sip the traditional mead and don bibs to eat with our fingers at a fun-filled medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle, built in 1460 on the edge of Ratty River and protected by a moat. You have a choice, too, to stay at a wonderful 5 star castle hotel - Dromoland Castle. Dromoland Castle is a spectacular place to spend your last night's stay if you are flying into or out of Shannon Airport. Dromoland was the ancestral home of the Lords Inchiquin, direct descendants of Brian Boru, high king of Ireland. It is one of the finest examples of a baronial residence. Up the grand staircase are found the hotel's premier rooms and luxurious suites and a portrait gallery of past incumbents of the estate. Jacket and tie for gentlemen are required after 7pm in the elegant, formal dining room and the book lined bar where guests often settle after dinner to join in the singing of popular Irish ballads. Fishing, horse riding, and bird shooting can be arranged nearby. The golf course meanders around the castle and is a challenging par 71 measuring over 6500 yards.(B,D)
Saturday - HOMEWARD
The tour ends with a transfer to Shannon Airport. Return home with the memories of the friends you've met, and a lifetime of stories to relate. (B) Transfers and hotels available to Dublin available at added cost.
Airport transfers according to our schedule
*Minibus or motorcoach with driver/guide
*First-class accommodations for 11 nights; room with private bath.
*11 hearty breakfasts (B,CB), 1 pub lunch (L), 5 dinners (D)
*Baggage handling at hotels.
*All taxes and service charges.
*All sightseeing and entrance fees.
Some highlights: Edinburgh - hop on hop off tour, St Andrews - castle and cathedral, Highlands - Ride the Hogwarts Express, Eilean Donan Castle,Distillery visit, Stirling Castle. Skye - Ferry to the Isle of Skye,Book of Kells at Trinity College
Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, and Glendalough
Killarney by pony and trap and Ring of Kerry tour
Muckross Traditional Farm
Scenic Drives â€“ Royal Mile, Princes Street, magnificent Glen Coe, the road to Skye, searching for the Loch Ness Monster, Scottish Highlands
Your 3* & 4* hotels/castles:
Edinburgh-Jurys Inn (1 night)
Cupar-Fernie Castle (1 night)
Fort William-Glenspean (2 nights)
Glasgow-Holiday Inn Airport (1 night)
Dublin-Ashling Hotel (2 nights)
Kilkenny-Homestay (1 night)
Killarney-Killarney Plaza Hotel (2 nights)
Shannon-Oakwood Arms or Dromoland Castle (1 night)
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Not Available - No individual space available, but available for groups
of 6 or more,
Guaranteed=Guaranteed to go, and there are
still a few seats available. Book now.
Private Departure=Departure booked by a
group. No individual space available.
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rate! Airfare can be booked 11 months in advance
|Departs to Edinburgh Monday
||Returns From Shannon Saturdays
||Est. Air/Land JFK/ BOS/ EWR* USD
|CHILD REDUCTION 5-11
tickets on August departures available at a cost of $148.
Transfers: We are offering transfers at a set time on our tour. Anyone not arriving in time for this transfer will need a PRIVATE transfer. Transfer schedule for coach tours: returns to SNN at 9AM. If you have an earlier flight, you must pay for a private transfer.
Booking your own flights: Please book a flight from Glasgow to Dublin at 8AM on Sunday. Flight is not included int he land only price.
If you have just 6 persons in your party, we can give
you a PRIVATE DEPARTURE JUST FOR YOUR GROUP AT NO ADDED COST, on any
day. A group of 8 or more - save 5%.
*Airfares are estimates only, based on limited availability and are subject to
change. The air inclusive prices above are for general information only and not
a reflection of current seat availability. Prices are inclusive of air tax.
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