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2024 Scottish & Irish Dream - 14 Days/13 Nights

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Glasgow Tour & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of the highlights of Glasgow, a city built on industry but now known for its stunning Victorian architecture and creative cultural scene. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing one of Europe’s finest art collections. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at the hotel, then you are free to explore the city and dine as you wish. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  2. Day 2
    Loch Lomond & Inveraray Castle
    Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray and have lunch on your own before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the “Downton Abbey” series. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and continue on to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Isle of Skye & Loch Ness
    Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Culloden & Sheepdog Demo
    Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene moorland to see monuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in rural life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep. Travel to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Blair Castle & Whisky Tasting
    Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum, or browsing around Pitlochry town. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Glamis Castle, St Andrews & Scottish Evening*
    Visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth”. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”. See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. July 28 – August 18 departures enjoy an evening free to dine independently. (B, D*)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
    Take a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, from the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses of the Royal Mile to the elegant mansions and wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town”. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 28 – August 18 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Belfast Ferry, Titanic Belfast & Dublin
    Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic through displays at Titanic Belfast. Drive on to Dublin, where you have a free evening to explore the city’s excellent restaurants and famed pubs. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
    Explore Dublin independently on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of four top attractions to visit with your included voucher: Guinness Storehouse, the GPO Museum, Teelings Distillery, or EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. At 2:00 PM, meet your new Irish guide/driver and tour group in the hotel lobby. Join a local guide for a Dublin City tour, and then take a guided tour of Dublin Castle. This evening, enjoy a traditional Irish dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Blarney Castle & Killarney
    Head for Blarney Castle today, stopping for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel along the way. You might choose to climb the steep winding staircase to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, which legend says will give you the gift of the gab. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
    Take the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views. Stop off in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe to visit our CIE Tours preferred shopping partner, Moriarty’s. Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience, which describes nearby islands. Watch a demonstration of highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep. Spend a free evening in Killarney. (B, L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  12. Day 12
    Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
    Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and visit the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic. Check into your hotel, relax, and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval-style feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Galway & Dublin
    Drive north to Galway for a panoramic tour of the city with some free time on your own to explore. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Tour Ends in Dublin
    14-day tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner *Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner. >
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Accommodations

Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel
Ballachulish Hotel
Ballachulish Hotel
Situated in a breathtaking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, this historic hotel really is a Highland home away from home. All the rooms reflect the region’s Highland heritage, with many offering stunning views of the loch and the breathtaking mountain scenery all around. The hotel serves as a base from which guests can explore the Glencoe and Fort William areas or discover many of the local activities and attractions, from golf to the great outdoors. Enjoy complimentary use of the nearby health club, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bio-sauna and exercise room.
Muthu Newton Hotel
Muthu Newton Hotel
This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
Atholl Palace Hotel
Atholl Palace Hotel
Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag's Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
Norton House Hotel & Spa
Norton House Hotel & Spa
This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it a unique charm. Standard rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling. The Brasserie Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. Tom’s Bar is a great place to relax with a drink or a snack. Set in Ballsbridge, close to the Royal Dublin Society and Aviva Stadium, this property is a short distance from the city center, with good bus service close by.
Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney Towers Hotel
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney Towers Hotel
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Clayton Hotel Limerick
With views from the beautiful location on the River Shannon waterfront in Limerick City Center, Clayton Hotel Limerick offers free WiFi throughout and access to the Waterfront Restaurant, Grill Bar and Restaurant and ClubVitae leisure center, featuring a 39 foot indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and sauna. The light and modern rooms offer CIE Tours' guests a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi and private bathrooms with soft cotton towels, a hairdryer and toiletries. Grill Bar & Restaurant offers locally sourced flame-grilled food with a view and a bar with contemporary designs where guests can enjoy an extensive European lunch and dinner. For a lighter bite indulge in a handcrafted coffee and specialty teas with freshly bakes snacks throughout the day in Red Bean Roastery. The Waterfront Restaurant in the heart of the city feature views of the River Shannon from wrap around glass walls.
Academy Plaza Hotel
Academy Plaza Hotel
This modern and centrally located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spacious and comfortable, including the large reception and lobby area, Sir Harry's Bar & Bistro, Oscar's Restaurant and Abacus Asian Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel, which is located on Cathal Brugha Street, just off O'Connell Street, one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, shops, galleries and pubs are all within easy walking distance.

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Questions & Answers

Question: what is the transportation between cities, countries

The majority of the time you will be on a private motorcoach. You will take a ferry ride to Belfast.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
3.9
Professional Staff
4.1
Repeat with Operator
3.7
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 9 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

We d id not get our CIE backpack with converters, poncho,etc. until we had been there a week. Luckily, I brought my own power converters that I had bought. We were told that our group would be 20 to 25 people. It started out 23 people, then jumped to 46 after 4 or 5 days, then another busload joined us in Ireland for the last week. Not what I signed up for. I do not hear well. I was told that I would receive headphone so I could hear, but I did not, so I could not understand half what our guides said.

We fell in love with Scotland and Ireland. I had been to Ireland prior on a tour and loved it. This time though, I hated to leave Scotland. The places that we stayed at were beautiful. There were a couple of things that were a disappointment, when our tour left Scotland we had to join a different tour and our group was divided due to available space. Many felt displaced after making friends the first part of the journey. I had wished that our whole tour stayed in Scotland. We felt we had a wasted day with two trips to a sheep farm - one in Scotland and one in Ireland. One would have been enough. I don't think I would do two countries again though, I would stay the two weeks in one. I would love to go back to Scotland again.

We received excellent service from Affordable Tours. Thanks for your excellent service. Also all the 21 travelers were pleased with your service and CIE was a great tour!

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