Best of Ireland and Scotland

May 21, 2018 to June 4, 2018

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Ireland and Scotland, they share a natural affinity, tracing back to their Gaelic roots. Ireland is filled with history, creativity, folk legend, miles of spectacular coastline and an unsurpassed natural beauty. Combine this with a lively pub life, vibrant urban cities like Dublin and Cork, and everlasting Celtic traditions.

Scotland has a wealth of cultural and historical stories. Set against a backdrop of lush green landscapes, spectacular mountain scenery, mysterious lochs and colorful festivals, there is something for everyone to love.  Join us for this amazing adventure!

 

 

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Dublin.

On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer will take you to your hotel.

This evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane (or similar)

Menu: Welcome Reception and Dinner

This morning’s tour takes you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history.

Hotel: Clayton Cardiff Lane (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

Kildare offers a look behind the scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centers and visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life'. Then head to Waterford for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Then travel on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee.

Hotel: The Kingsley, Cork (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, see Cork’s City Hall and Opera House, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! Continue on to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvey’ on-board a traditional horse-drawn jaunting cars. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Killarney Avenue Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

(Relaxed Start) Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem and admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure.

Hotel: Killarney Avenue Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

Begin the day with a delightful ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to your hotel located at the gateway of the Wild Atlanta Way on the Dromoland Castle Estate.

Hotel: The Inn at Dromoland (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) Join your Tour Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

Hotel: Radisson Blu, Sligo (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Londonderry. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. Journey around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway, then take a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel, that overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.

Hotel: Ballygally Castle (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of his house and learn the history of the area, his family and the estate. Delight in a freshly-made, traditional Scottish tea and scone. Continue to Glasgow to see the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Meal: Full Breakfast, Afternoon Tea

In the morning, head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Absorb the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Experience a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen.

Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast, Dinner

(Relaxed Start) Participate in an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Then have a 'wee dram' at a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, hear stories of the whisky smugglers and delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.

Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl's Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews and see the Old Course, the home of golf since the 15th century before enjoying free time to explore. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Hotel: Holyrood Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see the Honours of Scotland, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town. Later, there is still time to shop. In the evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant for a grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Bon Appetit!

Hotel: Holyrood Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Your tour comes to an end today. After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the Edinburgh airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Full Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Dublin, and return from Edinburgh, Scotland including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Dublin and Edinburgh

Sightseeing and Services

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

 Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for twelve nights in 4-star hotels, including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling
  • Two nights in Dublin
  • One night in Cork
  • Two nights in Killarney
  • One night in Dromoland
  • One night in Sligo Bay
  • One night in Ballygally
  • One night in Glasgow
  • Two nights in Inverness
  • Two nights in Edinburgh

Included Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Seven dinners including a Welcome Dinner, five 3-course dinners, and a final evening Celebration dinner in Edinburgh
  • Added Fox Tour Experience – Scottish Dinner and Cabaret

Included Sightseeing

  • Highlands: Find out why the Battle of Culloden changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.
  • Blarney Castle: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Giant’s Causeway: Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.
  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle.  The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge.
  • Killarney: A local ‘Jarvey’ informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride. Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $800.00
Triple Reduction: $10.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 February 14, 2018

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $xx per person are included and subject to change.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

Past Passenger Discount: $175.00 per person for those who have traveled with Insight Vacation or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years.

Early Pay in Full Discount: $268.00 per person (based on double) if paid by February 26, 2018

Depart from Chicago (May 21 – 22)

  • Depart from Chicago O’Hare on United Airlines 152 at 9:05 PM and arrive in Dublin at 10:45 AM

Return from Edinburgh (June 4)

  • Depart from Edinburgh on United Airlines 119 at 11:30 AM and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 1:50 PM

 

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply. These flights are booked with and operated by United Airlines.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to February 14, 2018: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • February 15 – March 21, 2018: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • March 22 – April 20, 2018: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 21, 2018 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.