2017 Taste of Scotland & Ireland - 10 days/9 Nights

2017 Taste of Scotland & Ireland - 10 days/9 Nights


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house built in 1471. The house was originally part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Join your tour director, guide and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Drive through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill for some refreshment and shop for quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue your journey north to Nairn for your next overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews
Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and sample some before continuing south to St Andrews, renowned as the “Home of Golf”. Take a panoramic drive around and then spend some time exploring on your own. Head towards Edinburgh and your gracious manor house hotel, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses and spa facilities a few miles from the city. Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent local cuisine with haggis, followed by a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (B, D)

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning tour the principal sights of central Edinburgh. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On August 01 to 22 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner which was built in the adjacent docks. State-of-the-art displays describe working conditions in the shipbuilding industry and the construction of the Titanic. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your hotel, located overlooking Dublin Bay. The evening is free. (B, L)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
Tour central Dublin today to see fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares and pass the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Take a brief walk through Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge through central Dublin. (B, D)

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle
Travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea with scones and watch skilled sheep dogs herd sheep. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains where you’ll check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney’s famous “singing pubs.” (B, D)

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Experience a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen to cross the bridge to Valentia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island, and how it featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Enjoy a casual lunch and stop in the pretty village of Sneem. Pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views and return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)

Day 10: Tour Ends Shannon
Your program ends after breakfast today. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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Inclusions

Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
Get a flavor of Scotland with a dinner of Scottish specialties, including haggis, and a lively show with songs, stories and a display of

traditional step-dancing.


Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner

Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner
Travel along Dublin's Grand Canal aboard a vessel that used to transport Guinness. Today it's a lovely restaurant with great food and live music so
that you can enjoy dinner as you glide along peacefully.


Medieval Castle Banquet

Medieval Castle Banquet
You are transported back in time for medieval-style dining with a mead reception, a four course feast, and of course good wine. The entertainment is provided by the world-renowned entertainers and is a fitting compliment to the feast.


Loch Ness Cruise

Loch Ness Cruise
This large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is approximately 23 miles long
and forms part of the Caledonian Canal. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface
area at 21.8 square miles after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest
by volume. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".


St Andrews - Home of Golf

St Andrews - Home of Golf
Golf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400 AD and the Old Course is renowned throughout the world as the Home of Golf.
By the 19th century it was part of the way of life for many local people and golf. Golf still plays a major part in the culture and economy of St Andrews today.


Blair Athol Distillery

Blair Athol Distillery
Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. After enjoying a leisurely
conducted tour, you can mull over the distinctive character of the finished article as you sip your dram of
Blair Athol 12 Year Old.


Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend
for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s
Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara.
The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.


Killarney's Jaunting Car

Killarney's Jaunting Car
See the Killarney National Park, Muckross Lake and the 15th century Muckross Abbey at a leisurely
pace while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.




Hotels:
Superior First Class:

GB-GLA-GTH
Glasgow (1 night)
GB-NAI-NEW
Nairn (1 night)
GB-EDI-MAR
Edinburgh (2 nights)
IE-DUB-RMA
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
IE-KER-KAV
Killarney (2 nights)
IE-CLA-BCA
Bunratty (1 night)

Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional tour director
9 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
6 dinners (D) including

- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

- Canal Cruise dinner and live music

- Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet

- 3 table d'hote dinners
2 lunches (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dublin
Loch Ness scenic cruise
Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 01 to 22 departures
Ferries from Scotland to Ireland and across the River Shannon
Walking tour of Dublin's Trinity College
Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Visits and admissions to Provand's Lordship, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
Audio headsets and group photo
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

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  • Taste of Scotland & Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights Land tour
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    Accommodations

    Package: Taste of Scotland & Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights Land tour

    Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
    Blending the traditions of a baronial manor with modern amenities, the Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel & Cou...

    Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central
    Check in to DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central and count on stylish comfort and a signature warm c...

    Newton Hotel
    This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hot...

    Bunratty Castle Hotel
    This hotel is named for the famous Bunratty Castle, just across the road. Originally a Georgian mans...

    Royal Marine Hotel
    Originally built in 1863, this hotel today offers 228 air-conditioned guestrooms, all featuring mode...

    Killarney Avenue Hotel
    The contemporary hotel offers all the modern comforts that you would expect in a superior hotel. Wel...

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    Ratings based off 1228 reviews about CIE Tours. Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
    By Tina S on Nov 13, 2016

    Absolutely fantastic in every way!

    By Michael S on Nov 07, 2016

    The tour set up by Affordable Tours foy my wife and I was great. Everything on the trip was exceptional. I hope to use Affordable Tours and CIE again in the future.

    By Holly C on Nov 04, 2016

    Our trip to Ireland was everything we had hoped it would be and more. Our driver/ tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining ensuring that we left Ireland fully emersed in the culture and beauty of both Scotland and Ireland.

    By Charles V on Nov 01, 2016

    Great trip..wonderful guide

    By Susan N on Oct 14, 2016

    Our tour with CIE through Affordable Tours was a great experience. Everything was exactly as described and well organized. The driver was excellent and was also a great guide. The other guides were also good. The tour was well thought out to allow time for all the listed events, as well as some time for you to shop and relax. I would highly recommend this tour.

    By Linda V on Oct 14, 2016

    The trip was by CIE and the hotel in Derry. The City Hotel was far below par and I indicated this on the CIE evaluation

    By Karen M on Oct 09, 2016

    We had a great trip! The best part of booking with C.I.E. Tours International was there were no optional extras.

    By Wayne M on Oct 07, 2016

    CIE did a wonderful tour for us. We were very happy with the guide, driver, and the tour itself. Everything was as described with no attempt to up-sell us on things we didn't want.

    By Theresa Y on Oct 04, 2016

    Only one place I would never stay at again was the Clayton in Dublin. We went to dinner there on our last night. The service was terrible. It took over 2 hours to dine. Other people were in and out while we were waiting. Then, we ended up with the wrong items, so they offered desserts. It took 35 minutes and still wasn't served so we left.

    By Sue L on Oct 02, 2016

    We were surprised that we were joining a tour already in progress. When we arrived at the airport in Edinburgh, there was a CIE representative waiting with an iPad with our name displayed on the screen. We said our hellos and found out we were not on her tour. She apologized and offered to contact the transportation company CIE uses. After a quick call, she told us they were not available. She advised us to get a taxi and proceed to the hotel that was part of our tour. We arrived at our hotel at 9:00 AM and our room, as expected, was not ready. The hotel manager gave us the first room available at 11:00 AM and we got some much needed rest after an overnight plane trip. The hotel was okay but nothing special. There were not any restaurants nearby so our food choices were severely limited. Our tour director welcomed us when he arrived and was very personable. He told us about the history of the areas we were visiting as we traveled from Scotland to England. A few more stories or additional history would have been a welcomed bonus. The participants on the trip started to ask more questions and the trip became more interesting. I love the way CIE rotates the travelers on the bus. I love that we got to see so much in so little time. However, time at each day trip was very limited. We felt extremely rushed and felt pressured to return to the bus for the next leg of the trip. When you factor in time for lunch or a snack, there was not much time for exploring at each area. The time crunch put a lot of pressure on us. The food at the hotels was quite dreadful. Breakfasts were the same day after day. The evening meals were sub par even at the Marriott, a hotel chain known for their excellent food services. The same applies to the pubs we visited. I can honestly say that we did not have a good meal on this tour with the exception of the Scottish evening in Edinburgh. The quality of food at the pubs was particularly disappointing. Once we were on our own, we found some wonderful and inexpensive places to eat. I don't know who at CIE picks the places at which their clients eat, but if TripAdvisor or Yelp could be employed, I think your clients would be much happier. It's not only armies that travel on their stomachs.

    By Deborah L on Sep 23, 2016

    Our CIE tour guide was incredible. His knowledge, personality and organization was first class and I would book a CIE tour with him any time! His shared information prepared us for the places we visited, and tied all of the history of Scotland into an easily understandable timeline. Our CIE bus driver was wonderful. He was very professional, friendly, courteous and I was always comfortable with his skill and safety driving. Our CIE "Scottish Dream" was first class! CIE does a wonderful job with beautiful lodgings, trips and extremely professional, knowledgable and delightful guides. Tickets to all attractions are included, so we didn't have to wait in lines for tickets, like other tour groups we saw. My only negative is that the trip was advertised as an 8 day tour but was actually 6.5 days, as we started the tour Friday afternoon and the following Friday was our return trip home in the wee hours of the morning. The Thursday travel day was included in the listing as one of the tour days, but it was just our time of daytime/ red-eye traveling to get to Scotland. I loved Scotland and am eager to return again soon!

    By Carolyn B on Sep 23, 2016

    The trip was fabulous, and we saw LOTS of the beautiful country. However, the daily schedule was a little hectic. I would encourage you to schedule in a little more down time.

    By David W on Sep 21, 2016

    The tour exceeded expectations. The driver/guide was exceptional. I would definitely travel again with him. The only hesitation is that the tour is listed as 8 days/7 nights. It started at 2 PM on Wednesday and ended at 10 AM the following Wednesday. That is 7 days.

    By Donald N on Sep 20, 2016

    I will say that the Irish Adventure Tour was one of the best travel experiences we have had. The value of this tour based on the food, hotels, transportation and guided tours cannot be beat.

    By Elizabeth L on Sep 19, 2016

    Our trip far surpassed our expectations.


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