If you’ve already got your flights, you can receive a $520*pp early booking discount off the advertised price instead. Ask your personal travel manager for more details.
Explore the Celtic heritage and hospitality of Ireland and Scotland on this grand adventure through beautiful landscapes and enchanting cities. Your first day sees you delve into the whimsy of the Irish capital, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.
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.
‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into Ireland’s strong tradition of breeding world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. Enjoy a guided walk admiring the powerful steeds that have made racing history and stroll around the tranquil Japanese gardens. 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.
Bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. Your journey to 1930s Ireland this evening, visiting the working farms of Muckross, where you’ll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, savouring delicious local flavours in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.
The astounding beauty of Iveragh Peninsula accompanies you 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.
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 at our next stop in Galway, where you’ll enjoy some free time to explore the city before continuing your journey northward. This evening you dine in our hotel.
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.
Tread in the footsteps of Finn Mac Cool and along the other-worldly Giant’s Causeway ‘steps’ that descend into the sea. Your visit will ‘Make A Difference’ by helping to conserve this iconic landmark. Arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre where you’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.
Join your ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for an included city tour which will take you to Queen’s University and the Baroque Revival-style City Hall. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving through the Ayrshire countryside bound for Glasgow, your home for the next two nights.
Delve into Scotland’s intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the toon to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry. Head to whisky country next, visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery where you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and learn how to make Scotland’s favourite honey-coloured drink with a chance to sample a wee dram. Your hearts warmed, return to Glasgow for some free time to explore the city.
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. At Glenfinnan, see the viaduct which Hogwarts Express crosses to get to Harry Potter’s beloved school of magic. Cross to the Isle of Skye where you’ll dine in your hotel.
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 your next stop, where you 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. Spend the evening dining at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.
Traversing the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, pass Pitlochry before arriving in St. Andrews to see its famous golf course on which golfing greats have clamoured to play for centuries. Cross the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Take to the enchanting streets of the Scottish capital this evening, soaking up its warmth and conviviality with an evening of traditional dance, music and Scottish fare. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
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 your memorable holiday comes to an end, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to reminisce over shared experiences.
For now, it’s time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends, at the end of an unforgettable Celtic sojourn. Transfers are available.
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Advertised prices are per person twin share, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ^Guests can choose to take advantage of either the Early Payment Discount, or the applicable air offer. They cannot take advantage of both. Air offer: The air offer $699 return per person is not combinable with the Early Payment Discount or any other promotional offer for any trips booked to qualify for the air offer. The air offer is available for new bookings until 31 Oct 2019 for Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines; until sold out. Prices are per person and represent adult economy from fares including any applicable taxes and surcharges. The offer is based on fares to and from the nearest European city to the trip’s start and endpoint. Other destinations are available; however, surcharges may apply. Airfares are valid for travel to Europe departing from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney for economy class travel between 1 Mar – 30 Nov 2020. Carriers may have differing permitted origins in Australia and travel periods (*Brisbane and Cairns available on Singapore Airlines only). A fee of $350 per person will apply to air bookings where any flight sector is outside of the airline’s system date range. A surcharge will apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required. One stopover on the entire journey is permitted at an additional cost. The air carriers selected are at the discretion of Trafalgar based on available fare classes at the time of booking and must be purchased in conjunction with one of the specified Trafalgar departures. The airfare cannot be sold in isolation and is subject to availability. Trafalgar reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares; fees and surcharges at any time. A non-refundable deposit of up to $350 per person and full payment for the airfare is due within five days of booking or by 31 Oct 2019 (whichever comes first). Full payment for the trip must be received by 18 Dec 2019 or no later than up to 90 days prior to departure from Australia (whichever comes first). Discount offer: based on a maximum of 10% Early Payment Discount. Early Payment Discount is on the land-only portion of selected holidays and can be combined with other Trafalgar brochure discounts where applicable, does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.