$2595 (double occupancy), $3295 (single occupancy) – Flight not included
Itinerary subject to change
Day 1 – USA-UK long haul international flight
Day 2 – London-Edinburgh
Our flight will arrive in LONDON. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city. Take the double decker bus tour to see the highlights such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, London Eye, Buckingham Palace,
Day 3 – Edinburgh
In the morning, we will take a fast train to Edinburgh. You will have free time to explore the Edinburgh Castle and walk the Royal Mile. See where the Harry Potter books got their start at the Elephant House. Take in the most beautiful views of the city at the top of Calton Hill.
These summer days are long and give you plenty of light. Sunsets on this trip will occur after 10:00 pm.
Day 4 – Edinburgh-Loch Ard
First thing in the morning we will visit the Palace of Holyrood House. You can take an audio guided tour through one of the Royal residences of the Queen of England. Learn the history of the palace that was once occupied by Mary Queen of Scots.
A short 20 miles from Edinburgh, we will head to nearby Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The palace (constructed in the 14th century) is now in ruins, but you can still wander its corridors and climb it’s winding staircases.
From Linlithgow, we will travel to the National Wallace Monument. This world famous monument is a 220 foot Victorian stone tower built to commemorate the Scottish patriot and martyr, Sir William Wallace. You can climb 246 steps to the top for a spectacular view of Stirling.
We now head to Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles of Scotland. Several Scottish kings and queens have been crowned here, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.
We will travel to nearby Loch Ard, to check into our hotel.
Hotel: Loch Ard
Day 5 – Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, Isle of Skye
Today we will explore the Scottish Highlands. Our first stop will be Trossachs Woolen Mill where we will stop for photos and a restroom break. We will continue on to the “meeting of 3 waters” to take some photos. We will stop in Fort William for lunch. After lunch we will make a stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the filming location for some of the most recognizable scenes from the Harry Potter movies.
We will continue to Mallaig, where we will take a ferry across to the Isle of Skye.
Hotel: Portree, UK
Day 6 -Isle of Skye-Inverness
In the morning, we will drive by Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. We will proceed to Mealtfalls waterfall for photos and then enjoy a walk at the Quiraing trail. From Quiraing, we will travel to Eilean Donan Castle. We will have lunch and you will have time to explore the grounds and inside the castle. The castle was involved in the Jacobite risings – series of rebellions and battles aiming to restore James II to power. We will continue on to the famous Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.
Hotel: Inverness, UK
Day 7 – Inverness-LondonDerry
This morning, we will take a flight from Scotland to Northern Ireland. Once we arrive at the airport, we will make our way to Dark Hedges – best known in the Game of Thrones series. We will then head for nearby Carrick a rede (a rope bridge spanning 65 feet and 100 feet high with striking views of the North Atlantic Ocean. We will also explore Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which was the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. We will take a photo stop at Dunluce Castle and then end our day in Londonderry.
Hotel: Londonderry, UK
Day 8 – LondonDerry-Ashford Castle
We will depart LondonDerry in the morning and take a scenic drive to Ashford Castle. We will take a brief stop in Mullaghmore to learn about the tragedy that happened to the Royal Family there. We will arrive at the town of Cong early in the afternoon so you can enjoy some free time for activities at Ashford Castle grounds.
Hotel: Lodge at Ashford Castle, Ireland
Day 9 – Ashford Castle-Dublin
This morning, we say goodbye to Ashford Castle and head to the famous Cliffs of Moher. People come from all over the world to see the cliffs. They have been featured in movies such as “The Princess Bride” and “Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows”. We will make our way to Dublin, where we will make a stop and take some time to see Temple Bar.
Day 10 – LONDON
We will catch a morning flight back to London, where we can pick up where we left off seeing the many sight of the city.
Day 11 – LONDON-LAS
Today we say farewell to the British Isles as we catch our international flight back to the United States.