Celtic Highlights (GD) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow


Celtic Highlights
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views
The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland
Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Liverpool
Dublin, the capital of Ireland
Cliffs of Moher
Giants Causeway
Cliffs of Moher
Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views
Loch Lomond

Vacation Overview

This fascinating journey delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. Begin in lively Glasgow and head north via the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond to Fort William, Loch Ness, and the Highland capital, Inverness. Travel south, stopping to visit a whisky distillery – and sampling a ‘wee dram’, our Local Favorite, and Balmoral Castle (when open). Spend two nights in Edinburgh; visit the famous castle and Holyrood Palace. In the Lowland hills, see the blacksmith’s shop at Gretna Green before crossing into England. Delight in the beauty of the Lake District on your way to Liverpool, where you visit the award-winning Beatles Story. Explore the North Wales towns of Betws-y-Coed and Caernarvon, before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the “Fair City” of Dublin, where an orientation drive shows off O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare. Stop in Blarney on the way to the popular resort of Killarney, and enjoy an orientation tour of Limerick. Marvel at the scenic Ring of Kerry, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, and stunning Giant’s Causeway. Visits to the pilgrimage village of Knock, the walled city of Derry, and Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast are also included, before returning to Glasgow for the conclusion of your tour.

     

GLASGOW
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

HIGHLANDS
Guided tour of a whisky distillery and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample a ‘wee dram’

BALMORAL
Visit the castle (when open)

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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, visit Trinity College

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

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

LIMERICK
Orientation drive

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

GALWAY
Orientation

KNOCK
Visit the religious site

DRUMCLIFF
Visit W.B. Yeats’ grave

DERRY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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

NOTES:
Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures August 4th, 11th and 18th


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. (Breakfast)

NOTE:
For departures on August 4th, 11th, and 18th, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views 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. The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen 
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DAY 5Edinburgh–Gretna Green–Grasmere, 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, to try original Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (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–Cashel–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)

Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland 
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DAY 10Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Knock–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 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 Cliffs of Moher Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views 
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DAY 11Sligo–Drumcliff–Derry, Northern Ireland–Giant's Causeway–Belfast

Start the day with a visit to the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff; and in Derry, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALK the city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring 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. (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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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan



Full English breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HELEN LEE

Years of Experience: 21 years

It's hardly a secret...Irish people love to talk-and I'm certainly no exception to that rule. So, guiding visitors around the scenic and historically rich British Isles is a natural fit for me, and has to be the best job for an Irish girl with a love of history and stories. In all reality, it's not like a job at all, but don't tell anyone!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Celtic Highlights:

  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh