SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND – Departure 2 (#22107)

(AUGUST 15-26, 2022)

The beauty of Irish vistas and Scottish lochs and glens await! Cruise Loch Ness, visit famous distilleries, and explore Scotland’s charming villages and royal landmarks. See the shipyards where the Titanic was built and relax in grand, city-center hotels and a luxurious country castle. Delight in private entrances, unique dining, and VIP treatment all the way. We may even have a few surprises in store!

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  • $552 per person, Double
  • $644 per person, Single

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A $500 deposit per person is required with your registration form in order to reserve your spot. $100 is non-refundable after March 25, 2022.

Final payment is due April 25, 2022

what’s included

  • Round-trip airport transfers from Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
  • Round-trip air to Edinburgh and return from Dublin
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 10 nights’ accommodations
  • 16 meals (10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
Not included in the price of this tour:

Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable), current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, August 15, 2022

Today we will depart our Cedar Rapids/Iowa City pickup locations and transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Edinburgh.

Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.

Day 2: Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Upon arriving in Edinburgh, we will be met by our driver/guide for a panoramic city tour. Our guide will introduce us to the beautiful tree-lined streets and elegant squares of New Town and explain what life used to be like in the medieval Old Town. Both parts of the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are absolutely inspiring! Our tour will end at our Edinburgh accommodations for an evening at leisure.

Day 3: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Today’s sightseeing includes a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse highlighting both the palace’s dramatic past and its important role today as the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth. We’ll hear stories of its most famous residents from the past and present and see the State Apartments used by the Royal Family. Following our tour, we will continue taking in the sights of the city on a driving tour. The afternoon is yours to explore Edinburgh at your leisure. Head to Edinburgh Castle at the top of Castle Rock to marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels and learn about the history of this former home of many kings and queens. Or consider visiting one of the many art galleries and museums in the city center. If you’re looking to do a little shopping, take advantage of the cosmopolitan shops on Princes Street and the more traditional shops on the Royal Mile. There is also an amazing variety of award-winning restaurants, cafés, and bars for you to enjoy lunch on your own. After an exciting day, we will gather for dinner as a group in our hotel this evening.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4: Thursday, August 18, 2022

We’ll begin our day with breakfast before departing for a tour of the Barnton Quarry Nuclear Bunker. This underground complex was built in 1952 during the Cold War to keep royals safe in case of nuclear war, and it has long since been abandoned. We will then make our way to St. Andrews, the beautiful seaside town known as the “home of golf” and the place where Prince William met Kate Middleton. Golfers and non-golfers alike will thrill at the opportunity to drive through the famous Old Course and walk to the golf course’s iconic Swilken Bridge. There will be time to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat in town before we depart for our Pitlochry hotel.

(Breakfast included)

Day 5: Friday, August 19, 2022

Following breakfast we will visit the villages of Spean Bridge and Fort Augustus before admiring the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands while cruising on Loch Ness. This freshwater loch is one of the best known in Scotland thanks to Nessie, the incredibly elusive Loch Ness monster that is said to call the deep waters home! After lunch on our own, we will make our way to Dalwhinnie Distillery to learn about the traditional art of malt whisky distilling and sample the whisky with expertly paired chocolates. Our day will then come to an end with dinner as a group.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6: Saturday, August 20, 2022

Enjoy breakfast this morning before our journey to Glasgow for a tour of its famous sites. Here the legacy of centuries of wealth and achievement comes vividly to life in an architectural heritage recognized and celebrated worldwide. Our tour will include a stop at Glasgow Cathedral, one of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings. The cathedral has one of the finest collections of modern stained-glass windows in Britain. We’ll then board the afternoon ferry to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, and settle into our hotel before a lovely dinner together.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 7: Sunday, August 21, 2022

Our day begins at Titanic Belfast in the famous shipyards where the Titanic was built. The center boasts nine interactive galleries filled with priceless artifacts, full-scale reconstructions, and special effects that will teach us all about the Titanic from its construction to its sinking on April 14, 1912. We’ll then journey along the Antrim Coast to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rising from the Atlantic coast. Our last stop of the day will be at the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. For over 400 years, Bushmills has been handcrafting small batches of smooth-tasting Irish whiskey, and we will learn about their process before returning to our Belfast hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 8: Monday, August 22, 2022

We will say goodbye to Belfast today as we make our way to Derry for a city tour. The city is the only completely intact walled city remaining in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in all of Europe. A mid-afternoon departure will take us south into the Republic of Ireland to the lovely Lough Eske Castle, where we will spend the next two nights. Tucked into the magnificent green countryside, this splendid 5-star castle hotel offers a unique touch of well-deserved luxury in a storybook setting. We’ll settle into our rooms and then gather for dinner among elegant surroundings.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

After breakfast we will depart for the awe-inspiring Slieve League Cliffs. Here we will witness the incredible 1,900-foot wall of rock rising from the Atlantic Ocean and stand high on the cliffs to catch a glimpse of the jaw-dropping view. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, with the remainder of the day at our leisure back at Lough Eske. The castle offers easy access to golf, fishing, lakeside strolls, horseback riding on the beach or forest trails, and the slower-paced charms of Irish village life. Bikes are available to rent with many great trails around the lake and through the mountains. Or you may choose to simply enjoy a quiet afternoon, explore the hotel’s magical grounds, or relax in the spa.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 10: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Today we will head to Dublin for a panoramic overview tour of the city with a stop at Trinity College for a peek at the Book of Kells before checking into our deluxe city center hotel for the next two nights. Dinner this evening is on your own at one of the dozen great eateries right outside our door.

(Breakfast included)

Day 11: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Up first is a visit to Kilmainham Jail (subject to availability) to delve into Irish history. This is one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, previously used during some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Afterward, we will have time on our own to enjoy lunch and take in one of Ireland’s premium museums or do a little shopping. Our hotel is perfectly located to allow for a leisurely walk to Dublin’s top museums and many wonderful restaurants and shops. This evening our group will gather for a very special farewell dinner while sharing stories about our day and reminiscing about the wonderful journey we have shared together!

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 12: Friday, August 26, 2022

We will transfer to the airport after breakfast for our flight home.

(Breakfast included)