Tour: GD - 2013 (GD) - 2013 / 2014

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Malahide Castle near Dublin, Ireland
Malahide Castle near Dublin, Ireland

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

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 traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 
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DAY 2Glasgow–Fort William–Inverness

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Inverness, Scotland Inverness, Scotland Loch Lomond Loch Lomond 
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DAY 3Inverness–Braemar–Edinburgh

Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor for a visit to a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where your guide explains the ancient art of distillation and will give you a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ‘WEE DRAM’ to sample. On to BALMORAL CASTLE, the Queen’s residence during hunting season (when available). Then, drive through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years, and in the afternoon, via Perth to Edinburgh. Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

Culloden Moor View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland 
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DAY 4Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers August 5, August 12, and August 19, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (Breakfast)

Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland For over forty years, the Royal Yacht served the British Royal Family.  Britannia is now a unique five-star visitor experience; come and tour five decks of this historic ship. 
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DAY 5Edinburgh–Lake District, England–Liverpool

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. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four,” and take home your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BEATLES STORY SOUVENIR.(Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Liverpool Flags along the windy streets of Liverpool 
Gretna Green

Gretna Green


"There are many legends of love that surround Gretna Green – the first town encountered across the Scottish border. For centuries, Gretna Green has been synonymous with elopement and blacksmith marriages, although marriage by a blacksmith is more legend than fact. Until the 18th century, church marriages among the lower classes in Europe were almost unheard of. Instead, lower class weddings were usually looked at as “marriage by declaration.” When England passed the Marriage Act of 1754, establishing church weddings as the only legal form of marriage, a sudden industry began over the border in Scotland, where couples could still wed by declaration. Scottish “blacksmith priests” began working in pubs and inns and the eloping couples came in droves."
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DAY 6Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland

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. (Breakfast)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 
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DAY 7Dublin

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Afternoon at leisure. Later, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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DAY 8Dublin–Kildare–Blarney–Killarney

Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park 
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DAY 9Killarney–Ring of Kerry–Adare–Limerick

Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick, where an orientation drive features St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (Breakfast)

View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland 
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DAY 10Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Sligo

Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren you reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Sligo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Cliffs of Moher Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views Cliffs of Moher 
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DAY 11Sligo–Derry, Northern Ireland–Giant’s Causeway–Belfast

A rich string of attractions awaits you today: the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff; BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china; and in Derry, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALK the city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, drive to Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway 
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DAY 12Belfast–Glasgow, Scotland

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 tonight at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 
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DAY 13Glasgow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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