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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Columba Hotel, Inverness (1 Night)
Isles of Glencoe Hotel or Nevis Bank Inn, Ballachulish (1 Night)
Europa Hotel, Belfast (2 Nights)
Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (1 Night)
Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon (2 Nights)
Temple Gate Hotel or Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 Night)
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Day 10: Cliffs Of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Head to Galway city and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle and the narrow streets. Travel through the Burren, an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 200m above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening head to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet. (B,D)
Day 11: Tour Ends in Ennis
After Breakfast, our motorcoach will transfer the group to the airport for our return flight home. A morning or afternoon flight will see us back into Chicago this evening. (B)
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 0: Depart Central Illinois for Chicago O'Hare International Airport for an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland
Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Land this morning and begin touring Edinburgh!
Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. Explore various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner (D)
Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Head out to see the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore on your own. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (B,D)
Day 3: Blair Castle & Highland Scenery
Head through the rolling green countryside of Perthshire to visit Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl. Enjoy a tour of Blair Athol Distillery where you can see the process of whisky production and sample the finished product. Take in Pitlochry for some free time to explore and have lunch independently. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Iverness. (B,D)
Day 4: Isle Of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Travel alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the "Road to the Isles" through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. (B,D)
Day 5: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
Enjoy views of the magnificent Highlands as you travel through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet's life and poetry. Embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast. (B,D)
Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ulster Folk Museum
At Titanic Belfast delve into the history of the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Take a walk with a local Belfast guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Museum for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music. (B,D)
Day 7: Giant's Causeway & Derry's Walls
Enjoy the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, known for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Discover the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. Head to Derry and enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to see the 17th century city walls, which are some of the best-preserved in Europe, and the Diamond, the main central square. (B,D)
Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll through the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Spend some free time in Donegal and have lunch independently before heading to the Belleek China Factory. Watch skilled craftspeople mould and decorate clay to form delicate and highly decorative pieces. Travel to the luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before enjoying dinner in the castle's fine restaurant. (B,D)
Day 9: Arigna Mining Experience & Carrick on Shannon
Visit the Arigna Mining Centre to experience what like was like for a coal miner in the Arigna Valley before the mines closed down. Browse through the exhibition area which outlines 400 years of mining history in the area. Then enjoy some free time in the historic town of Carrick on Shannon, situated on the River Shannon. In the afternoon relax in your lovely castle hotel before dinner. (B,D)
“I had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip to Ireland. Everything the trip included was well worth the money.
It seemed we were back in time although everything was modern and up to date.
The colors of the countryside, the clouds and sky were brighter. I felt like I was in another world. The people were so kind and helpful. It really was a dream come true.”
Thank you, we're glad you had a great time!
Arigna Mining Experience
Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle
Cliffs of Moher
Glenveagh Castle & National Park
Isle of Skye
Royal Yacht Britannia
PASSPORT BOOK REQUIRED, THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP
March 30th-April 10th, 2019