Celtic Highlights! 13 Days – $2924*
13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow
July 3 – 16, 2016
Aug. 28 – Sept. 10, 2016
MRTA Member Price = $2924*
*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are very limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.
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This fascinating journey delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle.
- Begin in lively Glasgow and head north via the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond to Fort William, Loch Ness, and the Highland capital, Inverness.
- Travel south, stopping at Culloden Moor and visitor center, scene of the battle between the Hanoverians and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans, and Balmoral Castle (when open).
- Spend two nights in Edinburgh; visit the famous castle and Holyrood Palace (except when the Queen is in residence).
- Tickets are included for the world-renowned Military Tattoo on departures August 10, 17 & 24.
- In the Lowland hills, see the blacksmith’s shop at Gretna Green before crossing into England.
- Delight in the beauty of the Lake District and stop in Grasmere to sample its famous gingerbread on your way to Liverpool, where you visit the award-winning Beatles Story.
- Explore the North Wales towns of Betws-y-Coed and Caernarvon before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the “Fair City” of Dublin, where an orientation drive shows off O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College.
- Visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare.
- Enjoy tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant, a Local Favorite on this tour.
- Stop in Blarney on the way to the popular resort of Killarney.
- Then marvel at the scenic Ring of Kerry.
- Enjoy the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
- View the stunning Giant’s Causeway.
- Enjoy a visit to the pilgrimage village of Knock.
- See the walled city of Derry with guided walking tour.
- Enjoy Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital Belfast.
- Return to Glasgow for the conclusion of your vacation.
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- Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
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Day 1Arrive In Glasgow, Scotland
Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2Glasgow–Fort William–Inverness
Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital. (B,D)
At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Drive through the Grampian Mountains to BALMORAL CASTLE, the Queen’s residence during hunting season (when available). Then, through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years, and in the afternoon, via Perth to Edinburgh. Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this evening.
Day 5Edinburgh–Gretna Green–Grasmere, England–Liverpool
On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (B,D)
Day 6Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland
Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair…. At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (B)
An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you might want to take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. After your guided tour, enjoy [LF] TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. (B,D)
Day 9Killarney–Ring of Kerry–Adare–Limerick
Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)
Day 10Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Knock–Sligo
Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren you reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Sligo. (B,D)
Day 11Sligo–Derry, Northern Ireland–Giant’s Causeway–Belfast
First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a [LF] WALK on the old city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government. (B,D)
Day 12Belfast–Glasgow, Scotland
On this morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
Visit the castle (when open)
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
Visit Wordsworth’s village, [LF] try original Grasmere gingerbread
Visit the Beatles Story
Admire the impressive castle
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy [LF] tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant
ROCK OF CASHEL
Take photographs of this famous landmark
Visit the popular resort town
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
Admire the thatched cottages
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
Visit the religious site
[LF] Guided walking tour on the city walls
Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway
Guided “Living History” tour
Cross the North Channel by ferry
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures August 10, 17 and 24.
Full English breakfast; 7 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*
Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*
Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip
Porterage and hotel taxes and fees
Baggage handling at each hotel stop
Professional Tour Director throughout the trip
VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included
Motor coach transportation throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily
Special Welcome Dinner with wine
Special Farewell Dinner with wine
Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle
Headsets for sightseeing tours
Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coach and at most hotels
*If air fare is purchased with the tour
Radisson Blu Glasgow
Offering Free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.
Mercure Inverness Hotel
Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city’s numerous pubs and restaurants.
The George Hotel
The George Hotel is the pinnacle of luxury hotels in Edinburgh and proud winner of the Best Hotel in Edinburgh at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2011.
The stylish 4 star Novotel Liverpool is located in the city center. Book this Liverpool hotel for close proximity to the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Albert Dock and Liverpool One shopping center. Each of the 209 chic rooms has wireless internet and satellite TV.
The Gibson hotel is a contemporary 4* located at the Point Village Dublin right at the end of the red Luas line. Urban and funky, the Gibson is the ultimate urban retreat. All 252 bedrooms are designed with comfort and tranquility in mind – with luxurious Respa beds, power shower, free 100MB broadband, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and power hair dryer. Hemi Bar and Coda Eatery offer a little something for everyone, with Pan Asian dishes & cocktails served in Hemi Bar to a range of delicious prime cut steaks in Coda Eatery. Guests can avail of the 24hr guest gym and private relaxation area. Only a 15min journey to Dublin Airport via the Port Tunnel or a 12 minute ride to the city centre on the Luas the Gibson offers convenience, accessibility & much more.
A modern contemporary interior with tasteful furnishings, giving a warm relaxed atmosphere; the perfect Business Retreat.
Experience what Limerick has to offer first hand at The Clarion Hotel – the friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside City, the sporting passion, the history, the rural majesty of County Limerick and lots more.
Radisson Blu Sligo
Surrounded by the wild and beautiful countryside of Rosses Point, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo offers a scenic Irish getaway. This Sligo hotel fuses rugged countryside settings and old-world charm with dynamic design to create the perfect country retreat. With state-of-the-art spa and leisure facilities, guests can unwind in a tranquil haven set against the stunning scenery that defines Northwest Ireland.
The 4 star Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast City Centre and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for business or leisure. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this luxurious Hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure you have everything you need and much more during your stay.
The 4 star Novotel Glasgow Centre hotel, close to Sauchiehall Street. This Glasgow hotel is also within easy reach of the city’s nightlife, shopping and the SECC.
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).
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Clava Cairns and Pub Visit Clava Cairns is the site of an exceptionally well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns that were built about 4,000 years ago. The Bronze Age cemetery complex comprises passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairn, standing stones in a beautiful setting. Complete your excursion with 2 drinks of your choice at a local pub while you listen to some traditional music.
Approximate value: £20 GBP per person
Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, you will dine at a fine local restaurant.
Approximate value: £58 GBP per person
Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis Your evening commences in style with a piper welcoming you in traditional Scottish style. Savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine, then let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ written by Robert Burns.
Approximate value: £66 GBP per person
Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of “the black stuff” and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.
Approximate value: £59 GBP per person
Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening The enchanting evening starts with a four-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland’s leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.
Approximate value: £69 GBP per person
Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park When visiting Killarney, a jaunting car ride should not be missed! Your “jarvey” will pick you up at the hotel and take you along Killarney National Park, Deer Park and on to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein. There is time to take photographs of the restored 15th century castle in picture perfect setting, before taking a different route back to your hotel. All along the way, the driver will regale you with stories, anecdotes and local gossip.
Approximate value: £11 GBP per person
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet A memorable evening of entertainment at Bunratty Castle, once the home of the Earls of Thomond. Starting with a mead reception in the Great Hall you will then be led into the Main Guard for a four course meal with wine. The Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl’s Butler, will lead the wonderful entertainment which is provided by the renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers and accompanied by harp and violin.
Approximate value: £63 GBP per person
Sligo Pub Excursion Take your pictures of the breathtaking County Sligo coast in the glorious north west and then enter a world which can only be found in Ireland: a country pub with a wonderful atmosphere. The resident musician is a virtuoso who provides an evening of pure entertainment with world famous charm and ‘craic’. Enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to typical Irish songs on a very popular evening.
Approximate value: £27 GBP per person
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Glasgow:
in single room $162, in twin $115, in triple $112
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