These lands were once home to ancient Celtic and Gaelic tribes; today their histories blend comfortably into the modern day. Step into the Middle Ages on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and under the towering spire of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. In Belfast, old conflicts have given way to an influx of restored 19th-century architecture and a thriving arts scene.
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Day 1: Fly overnight to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
– Meet your Tour Director at the airport in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city scenically situated between Dun Laoghaire (pronounced “dun leery”) and Howth Head’s rocky peaks. Admire Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares and be sure to ask your guide about the colorful doors.
– Take a walking tour of Dublin.
– See the Book of Kells at Trinity College.
Day 3: Dublin
– Take an expertly guided tour of Dublin: Georgian squares; O’Connell Street; St Stephen’s Green.
– Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
– Visit the EPIC Emigration Museum.
– Explore Dublin on your own.
Day 4: Dublin | Belfast
– Travel to Belfast, a city in transition, and
learn how it’s redefining itself after famously undergoing a period of religious strife in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet, testaments to the city’s past still exist: Along Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road, witness giant political murals that help tell the history of Northern Ireland. In the city center you’ll see Victorian architectural gems such as the City Hall and the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast’s very own leaning tower. You’ll also pass the shipbuilding docks where the legendary steamship Titanicwas constructed.
– Take an expertly guided tour of Belfast: Lower Falls; Shankill Road; Belfast’s famous murals.
– Visit Titanic Belfast, an interactive museum and attraction.
Day 5: Belfast | Edinburgh
– Travel by ferry to Cairnryan.
– Travel to Alloway.
– Continue on to Edinburgh, where Edinburgh
Castle is the enduring symbol of Scotland’s capital and site of many of the nation’s storied events. Ownership of the fortress, perched atop an extinct volcano, changed hands many times over the centuries, from Scottish to English and back again. Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth here to James VI of Scotland, who would later rule England as James I.
Day 6: Edinburgh
– Enjoy a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. For a sense of what it was like
to live in Edinburgh in centuries past, stroll down the Royal Mile through the Old Town, a romantic jumble of medieval buildings, then learn the darker history of the city by walking in the footsteps of graverobbers Burke and Hare.
– Visit Edinburgh Castle.
– Take a walking tour of Edinburgh.
Day 7: Edinburgh
– Take an excursion to Stirling and the Trossachs: William Wallace Monument; sheepdog demonstration (April-September); Loch Katrine.
– Visit Stirling Castle.
Day 8: Depart for home