15 Days | 14 Nights | 2 Countries
$6095 Twin Share
$980 Single Supplement
Start Date: May 6th, 2024
Day 1: May 6th, 2024
Welcome to Dublin
Explore the Celtic heritage and hospitality of Ireland and Scotland on this grand adventure through beautiful landscapes and enchanting cities. Our first day sees us delve into the whimsy of the Irish capital, before joining our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.
Meal(s): Welcome Reception
Hotel(s): Mespil or similar
Day 2: May 7th, 2024
Discover Diverse Dublin
Drive through the streets of Dublin, joining your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Squares and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the city. Stop for a pint of ‘the Black Stuff’ in Temple Bar, admire the colourful performers on Grafton Street or consider joining an Optional Experience this evening to tap your feet to the lively sounds of Irish music at an Irish cabaret.
Day 3: May 8th, 2024
Journey to Waterford Dive into Culture
Dive Into Culture and gain insights into Ireland’s strong tradition of breeding worldclass thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud in Kildare. Enjoy a guided walk admiring the powerful steeds that have made racing history and stroll around the tranquil Japanese gardens. We travel to the House of Waterford Crystal this afternoon and Dive Into Culture yet again to witness this delicate craft, watching talented master craftsmen at work in their workshop.
Hotel(s): Fitzwilton or similar
Day 4: May 9th, 2024
Onwards to Blarney and Killarney – Connect with Locals
Travel to Cork and bend over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift
of the gab’ before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. We journey to 1930s Ireland this evening for an unforgettable experience, visiting the working farms of Muckross, where we’ll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. Your visit will help to preserve the heritage of rural Ireland and you’ll Connect With Locals, savouring delicious local flavours during your Be My Guest visit to the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Be My Guest
Hotel(s): Killarney Towers, Hotel Killarney or similar
Day 5: May 10th, 2024
A Day on the Ring of Kerry
The astounding beauty of Iveragh Peninsula accompanies us on this soul-stirring coastal journey around the Ring of Kerry – a dramatic landscape of mountains, loughs and lakes which have inspired writers and poets for centuries. See Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap with the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks peaks in the distance.
Day 6: May 11th, 2024
Continue to Galway and Ballina
Drive to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, known for its thatched cottages. The imposing stone cathedral, built on the site of an old prison and Eyre Square on our next stop in Galway, where we’ll enjoy some free time to explore the city before continuing our journey northward. This evening we dine in our hotel.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel(s): Ballina or similar
Day 7: May 12th, 2024
Off to Donegal and on to Londonderry
Head north to Donegal with its ‘Diamond’ centre before joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century walls. See the ‘Troubles’ neighbourhood of Bogside, with its murals depicting the battles of that time.
Hotel(s): City Hotel or similar
Day 8: May 13th, 2024
Admire the Giant’s Causeway and on to Belfast Make Travel Matter Dive in Culture
Tread in the footsteps of Finn McCool and along the other-worldly Giant’s Causeway ‘steps’ that descend into the sea during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Your visit will help to conserve this iconic landmark. We arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Experience where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the capital of Northern Ireland.
Hotel(s): AC by Marriott or Stormont or similar
Day 9: May 14th, 2024
Cross the Irish Sea to Glasgow
Join your Local Specialist in Belfast this morning for an included city tour which will take you to Queen’s University and the Baroque Revival-style City Hall. We board our ferry in Belfast and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving through the Ayrshire countryside bound for Glasgow, our home for the next two nights.
Hotel(s): Hilton Garden Inn City Centre or similar
Day 10: May 15th, 2024
Discover Glasgow’s Rich Legacy Dive Into Culture
Delve into Scotland’s intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the town to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry. We head to whisky country next, visiting a whisky distillery where we’ll Dive Into Culture and learn how to make Scotland’s favourite honey-coloured drink with a chance to sample a wee dram. We return to Glasgow for some free time to explore the city.
Day 11: May 16th, 2024
Continue Over the Sea to Skye
Journey along the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the tragic site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds at the ‘Glen of Weeping’. Continue to Fort William at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Then, cross to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll spend this evening dining in our hotel.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel(s): Dunollie or similar
Day 12: May 17th, 2024
Venture to Loch Ness and Culladen in the Scottish Highlands
We leave the rugged beauty of Skye behind and venture to the site where three lochs meet. View Eilean Donan Castle before travelling along the banks of Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster that bears its name. The bloody battlefield of Culloden is our next stop, where we spend a poignant moment reflecting on the many men who lost their lives in the brief but brutal battle between the Redcoats and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites. This evening we spend the evening dining at our hotel in the Scottish Highlands.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel(s): Highlander or similar
Day 13: May 18th, 2024
Journey to Enchanting Edinburgh
Traversing the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, we pass Pitlochry before arriving in St. Andrews to see its famous golf course on which golfing greats have clamoured to play for centuries. We cross the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Hotel(s): Novotel Centre or Marriott or similar
Day 14: May 19th, 2024
Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures
Join your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, surveying the city from imposing Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. As our memorable holiday comes to an end, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to reminisce over shared experiences.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 15: May 20th, 2024
For now, it’s time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and our newfound friends, at the end of an unforgettable Celtic sojourn. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
- Discover Waterford, Adare, Galway and Glasgow
- Visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, Giants Causeway, Titanic Experience in Belfast, a whisky distillery, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle
- View Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews
- See St. Patricks Cathedral in Dublin, Galway Cathedral and Loch Lomond
- Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
- Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
- Optional Experiences and free time
Terms and Conditions
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: Airfares (unless otherwise stated), passports and applicable visa fees, charges imposed by third parties, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature, beverages, meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary, excess baggage, travel insurance.
PRICE: The advertised price is in Canadian dollars, per person twin share.
DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required within 3 days of booking.
FINAL PAYMENT: The balance of monies due for the trip must be paid by March 07, 2024.
CANCELLATION FEES: In the event you must cancel your booking, cancellation fees will apply.
AMENDMENTS: Fees may apply to any change made to your booking once confirmed.
REFUNDS: No refund is available if cancellations occur after the trip has commenced or in respect of any sightseeing, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilized.
ITINERARY CHANGES & TRIP CANCELLATION: Trafalgar reserves the right to vary itineraries should circumstances dictate, as well as cancel or reschedule any trip departure in accordance with operating requirements, or circumstances beyond its control. The advertised trip requires minimum numbers to depart. Should these not be met,Trafalgar reserves the right to alter or cancel arrangements.
PASSPORT AND VISAS: You must have a valid passport with 6 months validity from date of return. For Visa requirements, contact your Travel Agent.
HOTELS: The hotels listed in the itinerary are listed as a guide only and are subject to change.
PORTERAGE: One suitcase is included in the trip price on arrival and departure from each trip hotel. Refer to https://www.trafalgar.com/en-ca/resources/websiteterms-of-use for details of luggage allowances.
TRANSFERS: Your Travel Agent can provide details of arrival and departure transfers.
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ROOMING ARRANGEMENTS: All pricing is based on twin share accommodation. If a single room is required, the appropriate single supplement will need to be paid. Single rooms are subject to availability.
COACH USE: In most cases individual guests will travel with your group on this trip.