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Edinburgh, Old Town Scotland
The Royal Yacht Britannia -©Marc Millar
Departs: September 22nd, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Reveal the scenery, folklore, and people of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Spend three nights in Glasgow and go on a panoramic tour of the city, explore Inveraray Castle, and cruise Loch Lomond. Tour Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, Medieval Old Town, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Cross the Irish Sea and spend two nights in Belfast for a tour of the city, and visits to the award-winning Titanic Belfast museum. Marvel at the geologic wonder of Giant's Causeway, and the walled city of Derry. Explore Glenveagh Castle, and visit the Belleek Pottery visitor center. Tour Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and stroll the halls of the National Museum of Ireland before we return home.
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Hosted By: Rene Cloukey
Sports Director & Assistant News Director
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Day 1 : Scotland Bound
We begin with an overnight flight across the pond to Scotland.
Day 2 : Glasgow
This morning we enjoy a city tour featuring the highlights of Scotland’s largest and most colorful city.
Our accommodations for the next three evenings are in Glasgow.
We join this evening for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Inveraray Castle & Loch Lomond
Today we leave the bustle of Glasgow for the scenic splendor of Inveraray. Overlooking Loch Fyne and nestled among gorgeous gardens sits Inveraray Castle. This sprawling chateau offers history and sophistication.
After lunch at The George Hotel, we cruise the country’s most scenic waterway, Loch Lomond. Panoramic views of the Southern Highlands lay out before us as we glide along this impressive loch.
A special treat this afternoon is Glengoyne Distillery where we learn about the Scotch making process and enjoy a tasty sample.
Day 4 : Edinburgh & The Royal Yacht Brittania
Experience Edinburgh on a guided tour featuring the history of Georgian New Town, medieval Old Town, and enjoy a memorable visit to its iconic castle. First we explore The Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world.
Later we discover Edinburgh Castle. Towering above the city atop a hillside, we tour this historic fortress, one of the most important military strongholds in the country’s history.
Day 5 : Ferry to Belfast
We bid goodbye to Scotland today and board an exquisite Superferry for a pleasant trip to Northern Ireland. The Cairnryan Superferry offers unmatched beauty as we cross the Irish Sea to Belfast.
Upon arrival, we check-in to the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast for two nights. This deluxe property is located in the heart of the city.
The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city and uncover its many treasures.
Day 6 : Titanic Belfast Museum
Enjoy Titanic Belfast, a museum commemorating the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship. Built to resemble the doomed vessel, it extends over nine interactive galleries and is frequently rated as one of the top museums in the world.
This afternoon, Northern Ireland’s largest city comes alive on a panoramic Belfast guided tour. Belfast is a city rich with history, culture, and Irish craic. We see the Titanic Quarter, City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Queens University and the Prince Albert Memorial Clock.
Day 7 : Giant’s Causeway
We receive our first glimpse of Northern Ireland’s majestic coast this morning and discover the beauty of Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique geological wonder offers unmatched landscapes and surreal views.
Afternoon takes us to the historic walled city of Derry. Tour the iconic Guild Hall and discover the city’s fortified walls and city gates on a guided walking tour.
We overnight in Letterkenny, a bonny market town in the north of Ireland and rated the country’s “tidiest town” in 2015.
Day 8 : Glenveagh Castle & Donegal
We continue to Glenveagh National Park to tour the picturesque castle where Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable have vacationed.
We enjoy a scenic drive to Donegal and a dinner at our accommodations for the evening.
Day 9 : Belleek Pottery
Belleek Pottery is our first destination today. We begin in the visitor’s center and then enjoy a guided tour of the world-renowned pottery.
Lunch will be in Enniskillen before visiting Kells, one of the most important Monastic sites in Ireland and home to the Market Celtic Cross which dates from the 9th century.
Tonight's dinner and our accommodations for two nights are at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
Day 10 : Dublin
Discover Dublin this morning on a guided tour. View Dublin Castle, the Spire of Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Factory, the Ha’penny Bridge, and visit the National Museum of Ireland.
Our Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch today is at the Merchant's Arch. Between courses storytellers will provide insights of Irish life in times past.
Later there is time to stroll colorful Grafton Street or visit Trinity College.
Day 11 : Return Home
We fly home with wonderful memories of our adventure.
September 22nd, 2020 - October 2nd, 2020
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Final Payment Date: 06/19/2020
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Rene has been at WAGM for 32 years. He is the Sports Director and Assistant News Director at the station. Rene grew up in Ashland and has always had a passion for sports. He was in middle school when he set a goal of being the voice of the Boston Red Sox. He didn’t reach that goal, but feels that being the voice of Aroostook County and Western New Brunswick sports has been a dream job. He says “It never feels like a job, every day is a new adventure and a chance to tell a story about the area.”
Rene is very active in the county. He has a true passion for Special Olympics. He has served on the Area Management team for almost 35 years and has organized the Cloukey Charity Challenge Golf Tournament to benefit Aroostook Special Olympics for the past 31 years. He has been a member of the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club for the past 28 years.
Rene loves all sports and enjoys attending games at the local and professional level. He is also a history buff and enjoys traveling.
Join Rene and other WAGM viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.