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Hosted By: Dave Eichorn
Retired NewsChannel 9 Meteorologist
Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, interesting folklore, and friendly people of Scotland & Northern Ireland. Spend three nights in Glasgow enjoying a 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, capital of Northern Ireland, including a city tour and visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Museum. Marvel at the geologic wonder of Giant’s Causeway and experience the intriguing walled city of Derry. Visit Glenveagh National Park and take a peek at Belleek Pottery for quintessential Irish craftsmanship. Tour Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and explore the city on your own or visit the National Museum of Ireland before returning home.
June 11th, 2024 - June 21st, 2024
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 03/08/2024
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. Later we get to know our fellow traveling companions for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Inveraray Castle & Loch Lomond
Experience Edinburgh on a guided tour featuring the history of Georgian New Town, medieval Old Town, and The Royal Yacht Britannia, the vacation home of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years. The Britannia has sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world! Later we discover iconic Edinburgh Castle. Towering above the city atop a hillside, we tour this historic fortress, one of the most important military strongholds in all of Scottish history.
Day 4 : Edinburgh & The Royal Yacht Britannia
Today we leave the bustle of Glasgow for the scenic splendor of Inveraray. We tour Inveraray Castle this morning. This seat of the Campbell Clan is a sprawling fortress that overlooks Loch Fyne and is nestled among majestic gardens. 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.
Day 5 : Ferry to Belfast
We bid goodbye to Scotland today and board an impressive Superferry for a pleasant trip to Northern Ireland. The Cairnryan Superferry offers scenic views of the North Sea as we cross the Irish Sea to Belfast. Upon arrival, we check in to our centrally-located hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city and uncover its many treasures.
Day 6 : Titanic Belfast
Northern Ireland’s largest city comes alive on a panoramic Belfast guided tour. Belfast is a city rich with history, culture, and lively Irish craic. We see the Titanic Quarter, City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Queens University and the Prince Albert Memorial Clock. In the afternoon we explore Titanic Belfast, a museum commemorating the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship. Built to resemble the doomed vessel, the museum extends over nine interactive galleries and is frequently rated as one of the top museums in the world.
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. This afternoon, we arrive in the walled-city of Derry and its iconic Guild Hall, discovering history on a walking tour of its city walls. 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 National Park & Donegal
We continue to Glenveagh National Park to see the beautiful gardens of Glenveagh Castle. We next visit the Crolly Distillery in the Gaeltacht region of Ireland where Gaelic is spoken. Here we learn how whiskey is made and have an opportunity to taste “the water of life!” 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. Skilled craftsmen & women demonstrate how this delicately sculpted and hand-painted pottery is made. Experience Irish Night at Taylor’s Three Rock dinner show, complete with delicious food, great music, and award-winning Irish dancing. Our accommodations are in the Dublin area.
Day 10 : Dublin
Discover Dublin this morning on a guided tour. View Dublin Castle, the Spire of Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge, and visit the National Museum of Ireland. This afternoon, you’ll be free to explore Dublin on your own.
Day 11 : Fly Home
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Dave is a retired Meteorologist with over 30 years of experience. He has won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology.
He has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While working on his master’s degree, he developed climate science courses for SUNY ESF under a NASA grant.
He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society. He also has a specialized background in meso-scale (small scale) atmospheric modeling and lake effect snow forecasting.
In his retirement Dave’s woodworking hobby has evolved into a small furniture making business using rare and beautiful wood.
Join Dave and NewsChannel 9 viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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