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Dublin (Dun Laoghaire)
day 1 Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland
Dublin is a city of delights and surprises. Stroll across the Ha’Penny Bridge to Trinity College for a glimpse of the Book of Kells. Step inside the 11th century Dublin Castle. Stop by the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish history.
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
Isle of Man
day 2 Isle of Man, United Kingdom
From the Manx Grand Prix to the 14th century castle at Peel. From Rushen Abbey to the island’s own breed of cats and sheep. The Isle of Man stands on its own. Here you can enjoy one of our most exciting optional excursions – experience the motorcycle course that draws fans from all over the world on our own specially designed 3-seater Trike. And enjoy beautiful scenery of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve while you ride.
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM
Enjoy this beautiful Northern Ireland resort town, graced by sandy beaches and wonderful tide pools. You may also want to visit Belfast from here, with its superb gardens and architecture. Or arrange a side trip to the famous Giant’s Causeway. A visit to Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demsne will heighten your appreciation for the builder’s art.
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
day 4 Tobermory, Scotland
On the beautiful approach to Tobermory, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide if the cheery buildings along the harbor or the fishing boats in front have the brighter palette. Call it a draw, and an appetizer to the day ahead in this charming port off the beaten path. Go whale watching or watch the shadows play in the cloister of magnificent Iona Abbey. Good thing your ship is so appealing or you might be tempted to stay.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Watch for sea eagles as we approach Skye’s picturesque capital. The rare bird with an eight-foot wingspan was re-introduced here in 1975 and several pairs nest at Portree Bay. The pastel buildings along the waterfront and Cuillin ridges beyond promise a day of Hebrides-style adventure. Visit stately Dunvegan Castle, or shop for naturally dyed yarns in Skye colors.
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
The past in Kirkwall is dished out in B.C. dates. The 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae (the “Scottish Pompeii”), the Ring of Brodgar dating from 2700 B.C. Meet a laird or visit the Highland Park Distillery where a peat kiln still dries the barley.
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM
day 7 Invergordon, Scotland
Here is your entry to Scotland’s spectacular Highlands. In Inverness, listen for the song of the Highlands in the sparkling gurgle of the River Ness as it winds through the town’s center. Look for a glimpse of the elusive Nessie in Loch Ness. And wait for whispers of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the fairy tale setting of Cawdor Castle.
day 9 Edinburgh, Scotland
The culturally and historically rich capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is bounded by the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills. There is something for every interest, and sites and activities too numerous to mention. Some of the most popular attractions include The National Museum of Scotland, with over 20,000 exhibits spread over 36 galleries, the Museum of Childhood, full of toys and objects both past and present, Dynamic Earth, the only place in Scotland where you can travel through time and around the planet, and Edinburgh Castle, sitting majestically at the top of the Royal Mile, where a gun has been fired daily at 1 p.m. since 1861. The best preserved castle in Edinburgh is the Craigmillar Castle, built around 1400. Dirleton Castle boasts gardens first cultivated in the 16th century and featured in the "Guinness Book of Records" as the world’s longest herbaceous border. Featured in Dan Brown’s novel, "The Da Vinci Code," Rosslyn Chapel, founded in 1446, is both mysterious and beautiful. The National Galleries of Scotland showcases 65,000 art objects from Rembrandt to Picasso. The Royal Botanic Gardens, founded in 1670, offer 72 tranquil acres of what is considered one of the finest gardens in the world. The award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre features a range of state-of-the-art cameras to view the lives of the many seabirds in the area. Walkers will want to tour the Real Mary King’s Close, a world-class attraction of underground streets where people lived between the 17th and 19th centuries and Old Town, with many preserved medieval and Reformation-era buildings. Amazing panoramic views all across the city are found at Scott Monument, the 200-foot-high Victorian Gothic monument in honor of Sir Walter Scott.
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Government fees & taxes are additional.