CELTIC HIGHLIGHTS - 2017

13 Days - GLASGOW to GLASGOW

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Overview

From their breathtaking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Bundoran in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must-see attractions. For example, you’ll enjoy a “Living History” tour in Belfast accompanied by a Local Guide who will give you a glimpse into life in the city and its history like only a local can.

You’ll also experience stunning scenery on this Britain and Ireland tour. Keep your eyes out for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland’s beautiful Highlands. Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher and awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of basalt columns formed millions of years ago. But that’s not all…Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary experiences just for you. For example, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, where you’ll enjoy tea and scones at its Japanese Gardens Restaurant. You’ll also taste the famous gingerbread crafted in Grasmere in England’s Lake District. Or how about a walk with a Local Guide on the old city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland? 

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Try original Grasmere gingerbread in Grasmere
Enjoy tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant
Guided walking tour on the city walls of Derry

STADARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- GLASGOW

Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner.

- CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site's visitor centre.

- BLAIR ATHOLL
Visit Blair Castle.

- EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

- GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth's village, try original Grasmere gingerbread.

- LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story.

- CAERNARVON
Admire the impressive castle.

- HOLYHEAD-DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry.

- DUBLIN
Orientation drive.

- KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant.

- ROCK OF CASHEL
Take photographs of this famous landmark.

- KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town.

- RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive.

- ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages.

- CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savour the spectacular views.

GALWAY
Orientation.

- KNOCK
Visit the religious site.

- DERRY
Guided walking tour on the city walls.

- COUNTY ANTRIM
Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant's Causeway.

- BELFAST
Guided "Living History" tour.

- BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.

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Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland's largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2GLASGOW - FORT WILLIAM - INVERNESS.

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Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital. (B,D)

Day 3INVERNESS - CULLODEN - BLAIR ATHOLL - EDINBURGH.

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At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit BLAIR CASTLE, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don't miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 4EDINBURGH.

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Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers 0807, 0814, and 0821, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 5EDINBURGH - GRETNA GREEN - GRASMERE, ENGLAND - LIVERPOOL.

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On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the "Fab Four." (B,D)

Day 6LIVERPOOL - NORTH WALES - DUBLIN, IRELAND.

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Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair.... At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (B)

Day 7DUBLIN.

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An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you might want to take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 8DUBLIN - KILDARE - CASHEL - BLARNEY - KILLARNEY.

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Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. After your guided tour, enjoy TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. (B,D)

Day 9KILLARNEY - RING OF KERRY - ADARE - LIMERICK.

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Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 161 kilometre (100 mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly coloured farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)

Day 10LIMERICK - CLIFFS OF MOHER - GALWAY - KNOCK - BUNDORAN.

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Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Bundoran. (B,D)

Day 11BUNDORAN - DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - GIANT'S CAUSEWAY - BELFAST.

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First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a WALK on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit aweinspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland's seat of government. (B,D)

Day 12BELFAST - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.

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On this morning's "Living History" tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 13GLASGOW.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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