BEST OF IRELAND & SCOTLAND 2016

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

 

DAY 2 WELCOME TO DUBLIN

On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

DAY 3 DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY

Orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College and experience a student-led insight into its history. Then, enjoy fast-track entry into its famed library and the 9th century Book of Kells exhibition. Upstairs, in the magnificent barrel-vaulted Long Room, 200,000 of the Library's oldest books are housed in a procession of oak bookcases. As evening falls, there is time for shopping and the chance to see an Irish Cabaret show.  Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin Full Breakfast

 

DAY 4 WATERFORD & CORK

Kildare offers a look behind the scenes at one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers and visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life’. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald’s Tower, the ruined city walls and for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Then travel on to Cork, Ireland’s second most populous city, built on the River Lee. Hotel: Imperial Hotel Escape Salon & Spa, Cork Full Breakfast

 

DAY 5 TRAVEL TO BLARNEY CASTLE

In the morning, see the Court House and Cork's fine Georgian houses, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! Continue on to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvey' aboard one of the jaunting cars. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Hotel: Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Full Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 6 RING OF KERRY

(Relaxed Start) Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem, cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure. Hotel: Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Full Breakfast

 

DAY 7 LIMERICK. THE LAND OF SONG AND LEGEND

Begin the day with a delightful ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors' Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before continuing to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. See St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Your hotel is a Georgian Manor House set in 26 acres of beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Shannon. Hotel: Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick Full Breakfast

 

DAY 8 GLORIOUS GALWAY TO SLIGO BAY

(Relaxed Start) Join your Tour Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay. Hotel: Radisson Blu Sligo, Sligo Full Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 9 WALK IN THE GIANT'S STEPS ON THE WAY TO BALLYGALLY

The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland and visit Derry, its well-preserved walls are still topped with cannons. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you past the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway. Then take a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel that overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay. Hotel: Ballygally Castle Full Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 10 BURN'S COUNTRY AND GLASGOW

(Relaxed Start) Ride the ferry to Scotland and continue along the Ayrshire Coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of Arran. Pass the Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where you can visit Robert Burns' birthplace and see the Burns' Monument and famous ‘Brig O' Doon'. Spend the night by the peaceful Loch Lomond. Hotel: Winnock Hotel/Buchanan Arms, Loch Lomond Full Breakfast

 

DAY 11 JOURNEY THROUGH BLENCOE AND LOCH NESS TO INVERNESS

In the morning, head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Absorb the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the Commando Memorial for a view of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and then go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise.  Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness Full Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 12 HIGHLANDS EXPERIENCE

(Relaxed Start) Participate in an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lie the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2,000BC. Then have a 'wee dram' at a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery, nestled deep in the dramatic scenery of Speyside, hear stories of the whisky smugglers and delve into the fascinating world of the single malt. Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness Full Breakfast, Dinner

 

 

DAY 13 ST ANDREWS AND EDINBURG

A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl's Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish capital. In the evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Hotel: Roxburghe/Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh Full Breakfast

 

 

DAY 14 EDINBURG, SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL OF CULTURE

In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town. Later, there is still time to shop. In the evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant overlooking Edinburgh's famous Forth bridges - a unique water's edge setting for your a grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Bon Appetit! Hotel: Roxburghe/Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

 

DAY 15 FAREWELL EDINBURG

Transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:15 & 09:00. Full Breakfast

PRICE INCLUDES

Airfare – Tampa – Dublin - Edinburg Round Trip (AirFare Is Subject To Rate Change)

 

       Service At The Airport Upon Arrival And Departure                      All Transfers Included

 

                                 5 * * * * * Hotels

 

15 Days Custom Guided Tours On Luxurious Bus

 

Accommodations At Four And Five Star Hotels 

 

Porterage Service Included

 

⦿14 Breakfasts  ⦿ 7 Dinners

 

Entrance Fees To All Sites Listed In The Itinerary

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Travel Insurance –Purchased Within 30 Days Of Deposit

 

6 Dinners On Your Own To Experience Irish Pubs  & Scotalnds Finest Dishes Of Your Choice

 

Gratuities To Bus Driver, Tour Escort & Guide

(Recommended $10 Per Day Per Person

 

PAYMENTS

Deposit Of $500 At Time Of Registration

 

First Payment Due 30 Days After Deposit

 

Final Payment Due By May 1, 2016

 

Make Checks Payable To Travels With Helene

 

Mailing Address:  518 Aladdin Rd. Spring Hill, FL 34609

 

Credit Cards Accepted:  Master Card -  Visa – Discover – American Express (3% Finance fee is added)

 

PRICE PER PERSON

BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$5,625

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

$6,985

$500 Per Person Due At Time Of Registration

Contact Us:   

Helene M Riley or Mark E Riley

518 Aladdin Rd
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