The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh, take a quick ferry ride to Ireland and get to know the southern part of Ireland, including Dublin, Blarney, Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher.
Tour begins at 2:30 PM from your Glasgow hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow - a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers, and visit Provand's Lordship, Glasgow's oldest house, built in 1471. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
Day 2: Loch Lomond | Glencoe | Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its beauty. Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, admiring the wild and spectacular scenery. Continue through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill to shop for quality Scottish goods. Embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Nairn.
Day 3: Whisky Tasting | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
Visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a sample. Travel to St Andrews, best known as the “Home of Golf". Take a panoramic drive around, then spend some time exploring independently. Continue on to your gracious manor house hotel outside Edinburgh, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses. Experience a Scottish evening with traditional food and entertainment. August 3-24 departures enjoy time to explore and dine independently.
Day 4: Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh City Tour
Explore the principal sights of central Edinburgh from the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach several stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city on volcanic rock. The castle contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The rest of the day is free. The August 3 - 24 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Day 5: Ferry to Ireland | Belfast Panoramic Tour
Depart Edinburgh and travel through Ayrshire and along the coast. Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic drive through Belfast, seeing the highlights of this fascinating city, where the Titanic was built in the once-bustling shipyards. Visit Titanic Belfast to explore the fascinating story of the doomed ship. Then travel to Dublin, where you will enjoy some free time for dinner on your own.
Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing | Christ Church Cathedral | Canal Dinner Cruise
Discover central Dublin on a panoramic tour with a local guide. See the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares, and the General Post Office where the 1916 rebellion, which would lead to Irish independence started. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1028. In the evening, board a former Guinness barge for a canal dinner cruise complete with traditional Irish music.
Day 7: Farmhouse Tea with Sheepdog Demonstration | Blarney Castle | Killarney
Travel through the midlands of Ireland on your way to a traditional farm. Immerse yourself in farm life with tea and scones at a farmhouse visit and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. Head to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence". Head to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains.
Day 8: Jaunting Car Ride | Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
Step back in time as a jaunting car drives you past Ross Castle on Lough Leane. Head to the scenic Gap of Dunloe to visit Moriarty's, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the film “Star Wars VII.” Enjoy a casual lunch before a pause at Moll's Gap for panoramic mountain views. Return to Killarney where the evening is free.
Day 9: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
After crossing the Shannon estuary by ferry, take in the enormity of the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic. Walk along the cliffs for stunning views. In Bunratty check in to your hotel, where you can take some time to relax independently or have a drink in the nearby Durty Nelly's Pub, an Irish landmark. In the evening, enjoy a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages.
Day 10: Galway Walking Tour | Clonmacnoise | Dublin
Head to Galway for a walking tour around the city center. Visit the picturesque monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise, founded in 544 AD by Saint Ciaran. Back in Dublin, your evening is free to explore.
Day 11: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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