Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland with the Russells

with London extension
Sep 10-24, 2017 / 15 DAYS

Traverse small villages, beautiful country and seaside cliffs.

Travel through the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring suddenly to life. Start your journey in Edinburgh wit…

Your package includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 three-course dinners
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Titanic Belfast museum, Kilbeggan whisky distillery, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle, St. Patrick…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or s…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 10: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 11: Arrival in Edinburgh

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Arrive in Edinburgh, then transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Sep 12: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

Follow a Scottish local on a sightseeing tour of the city. • View the Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites • Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument  • Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone Enjoy a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Sep 13: Free day in Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

Glasgow / 1 NIGHT

Sep 14: Glasgow via Stirling Castle

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the picturesque Scottish countryside to explore Stirling Castle, where King James VI once lived. Then, continue on to Glasgow for a tour with a local guide. • Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde • Admire the city’s university and medieval cathedral • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of works by Scottish artists

Belfast / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 15: Transfer to Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the village of Cairnryan where you’ll board a ferry for your voyage across the Irish Sea to Belfast.

Sep 16: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, from a local’s perspective on a guided tour.  • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House • Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as “the Troubles” • Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast or add an excursion.

Galway / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 17: Galway via Kilbeggan

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Galway, stop in the town of Kilbeggan and take a tour of the historic whisky distillery. After a tasting, continue on to Galway for a sightseeing tour of the city led by your Tour Director. • Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater Company and the broad expanse of Eyre Square • View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch • Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop • Watch fishermen at work in the traditional fishing village of Claddagh

Sep 18: Free day in Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Galway or add excursions.

County Kerry / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 19: County Kerry via the Burren, Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the Irish countryside to County Kerry today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route. • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher • Take a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle

Sep 20: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula. • Take a scenic drive along the Slea Head Drive, enjoying impressive coastal views as you go • Enter the Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church overlooking the harbor at Ard na Caithne • Enjoy photo stops at Coumeenole Beach, Slea Head and Dunbeg Fort After free time for lunch in the town of Dingle, head to Killarney National Park for photos at Ross Castle on Lough Leane.

Waterford / 1 NIGHT

Sep 21: Waterford via Blarney Castle

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pay a visit to Blarney Castle, the home of the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant the “gift of gab” to those who kiss it. Then, continue to Waterford where you’ll tour the city’s famed crystal factory.

Dublin / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 22: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way. • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Storehouse  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go  • See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

Sep 23: Free day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in the Irish capital or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in Dublin with your group.

Sep 24: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension / Starting from $749 pp

London / 4 NIGHTS

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods and an unconquered heritage of more than 2,000 years of history.

Sep 07: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

Sep 08: Arrival in London

Welcome to England! Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with the city.

Sep 09: Sightseeing tour of London

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of London’s regal landmarks with a local expert leading the way.  • Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill • See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings • View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London • Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Sep 10: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Sep 11: Transfer to Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to King’s Cross Station to board your train to Edinburgh, where you’ll meet up with the rest of your tour group on day 2 of the main tour.

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