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Edinburgh, Old Town Scotland
The Royal Yacht Britannia -©Marc Millar
Departs: May 19th, 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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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.
May 19th, 2020 - May 29th, 2020
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Final Payment Date: 02/14/2020
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Bill is the Chief Meterologist and provides forecasts for the Live at Five Newshour, NEWSChannel 2 at 6, 10, and 11 pm. He joined the Storm Tracker 2 team in 2006 and helped launch the Weekend Morning Show.
Bill graduated from SUNY Albany in 2006 with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and completed his master’s degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University. Bill holds a broadcaster seal from the National Weather Association.
Bill has a passion for teaching. He visits dozens of schools each year, teaches a climatology course in the fall and spring at Herkimer College, and holds a week long summer weather camp each year at MVCC and Herkimer College.
Bill enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking. One of his goals is to climb all 28 fire towers in the Adirondacks and Catskill Park. Bill also enjoys distance running and has completed three marathons. He also loves spending time with his beautiful wife Sara.
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