Wednesday, August 23 to Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Discover Scotland and Ireland - Join us on our Celtic Adventure featuring local guides, smaller group tour and several two night stays.
Day 1: Wed., Aug. 23 - Our coach will transfer us from Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind the Canadian Tire Store and the Tour Office for our shuttle to Pearson International Airport for our overnight flight to Glasgow.
Day 2: Thurs., Aug. 24 - This morning, we arrive in Glasgow and meet our coach and driver. We will check in to our hotel in Prestwick. (B & D)
Day 3: Fri., Aug. 25 - Today we explore the “Athens of the North”, the city of Edinburgh with a local blue badge guide including visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood. This evening we attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place on the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle. Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance. (B)
Day 4: Sat., Aug. 26 - Today we take a scenic drive, travelling up the East Coast through Stirling, passing the Castle and Wallace’s Monument. We will make several stops enroute to Aberdeen including the medieval town of St. Andrews, the home of Golf as well as one of oldest universities in Britain. (B & D)
Day 5: Sun., Aug. 27 - After breakfast, we drive along the charming River Dee Valley made popular by Queen Victoria. This morning we visit Royal Deeside, a favourite retreat of the Royal Family. We will make a stop at Balmoral Castle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family as they make their way to Crathie Church. We will also visit Ballater where many of the stores display their Royal Warrants above their doors. (B & D)
Day 6: Mon., Aug. 28 - Today our tour takes us to Speyside and the Malt Whisky Trail. We will visit a distillery and learn about Scotland’s Famous Industry. We will visit Inverness-the Capital of the Highlands and Culloden where the last battle on British soil took place. Learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the battle of 1745 that was a turning point in Scottish history. (B & D)
Day 7: Tues., Aug. 29 - This morning we travel along the North coast, with many stops along the way including Nairn, a seaside town on the Moray Firth. We continue on Aviemore for a two night stay. (B & D)
Day 8: Wed., Aug. 30 - Today we travel down the Great Glen to Fort William. Our day includes a day trip to the Isle of Skye. The Island of Skye is situated off the West Coast of mainland Scotland. It is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides; Skye is renowned for its natural beauty, history and wildlife. (B & D)
Day 9: Thurs., Aug. 31 - This morning we travel to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We visit Aberfoyle where the Scottish Wool Centre is located. The Centre has everything from sheep to shops and provides demonstrations of spinning and working sheepdogs. (B & D)
Day 10: Fri., Sept. 1 - We are travelling South today and will spend some time in Glasgow including a guided tour where we will learn about the ship building history and the beautiful architecture. (B & D)
Day 11: Sat., Sept. 2 - This morning we learn about Scotland’s famous bard, Robert Burns by visiting the Burns Centre. We travel down the Ayrshire Coast, stopping to visit Culzean Castle as we make our way to Cairnryan to
board the Stena Ferry to Belfast. (B & D)
Day 12: Sun., Sept. 3 - This morning we take the marine drive on the North Antrim Coast and visit the Giant’s Causeway. Marvel at the bizarre basalt columns and local legends of the Giant's Causeway, taking time to fortify yourself with a wee dram at Old Bushmills Distillery. (B & D)
Day 13: Mon., Sept. 4 - Today we visit the Titanic Exhibit, a state of the art building. It tells the achievement of engineering the Titanic represented, as well as the stories of some of the men who built and sailed her. This afternoon we enjoy a guided city tour before departing for Waterford. (B & D)
Day 14: Tues., Sept. 5 - Our day includes a visit to the National Irish Heritage Park in Wexford. Irish National Heritage Park is an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland's cultural evolution. (B)
Day 15: Wed., Sept. 6 - Today we travel to Dublin passing through the Wicklow Mountains. The day is yours to explore Dublin’s ‘Fair City’, an ancient and cosmopolitan city. A Dublin Bus Hop On/Hop Off tour ticket is provided to help you get around and city’s attractions. (B & D)
Day 16: Thurs., Sept. 7 - This morning we depart for the Dublin Airport and our flight home. Our coach will be waiting for our arrival at Pearson Airport to return us home. (B)
includes: transfer by motor coach from Barrie & Bradford area to Pearson International Airport, return flights, departure taxes, motor coach transportation, Hamilton Tours Ltd. Tour Director, 14 nights hotel accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 15 breakfasts, 12 dinners, ticket for Edinburgh Tattoo, attractions and guided tours as listed in the itinerary, ferry crossings & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $6299.00& Single $6999.00
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking. A second deposit of $2000.00 is due on May 1, 2017 with the balance due in full by July 1, 2017
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.