Celtic Highlights

From their breath – taking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must – see attractions. For example, in Belfast you will visit the Titanic Experience to learn more about this ship and its ill – fated maiden voyage.

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Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Jurys Inn or Radisson Blu

Day 2: Glasgow – 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.

Hotel: Mercure Inverness

Day 3: Inverness – Culloden – Blair Atholl – Edinburgh

At Culloden Visitor Centre, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or DoubleTree by Hilton – Edinburgh City Centre, 2 nights

Day 4: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers 0809 through 0824, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the worldrenowned Military Tattoo.

Day 5: Edinburgh – 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original Grasmere Gingerbread. In Liverpool, visit The Beatles Story, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”

Hotel: Novotel

Day 6: Liverpool – 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 Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. 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?

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or The Gibson, 2 nights

Day 7: Dublin

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, consider an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 8: Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Blarney – Killarney

Horse – racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, pause to take photos at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.

Hotel: Killarney Towers or Scotts

Day 9: Killarney – 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 coloured 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 an historic castle.

Hotel: Clayton

Day 10: Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Sligo

Drive to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the aweinspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Then, spend the night in the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo.

Hotel: Clayton or Radisson Blu

Day 11: Sligo – Derry, Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a walk on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit aweinspiring 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.

Hotel: Stormont

Day 12: Belfast – Glasgow, Scotland

This morning, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Board your Ferry for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Jurys Inn or Radisson Blu

Day 13: Depart Glasgow

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$4,869.00$6,467.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 31$4,929.00$6,527.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$4,929.00$6,527.00
July: 05, 19, 26$4,929.00$6,527.00
August: 02$4,929.00$6,527.00
August: 09, 16, 23$5,139.00$6,737.00
August: 30$4,929.00$6,527.00
September: 06, 13$4,929.00$6,527.00
September: 27$4,899.00$6,497.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Meals: 12 breakfasts, dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry Crossing: Holyhead - Dublin / Belfast - Cairnryan
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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