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September 20 – October 3, 2022

AAA Chairman’s Scottish & Irish Dream tour hosted by Rob Yelnosky

Join AAA Central Penn Board Chair, Rob Yelnosky on this amazing tour of Scotland and Ireland!

More information on this great trip is available in our Travel Talks blog. Please click here to view the recorded presentation.

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $4,249
Single $5,199

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Airfare is currently not included in the price of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available and may have a payment and cancellation schedule that is different from the land tour.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.

Desired pick-up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to a local International Airport
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • Twelve night hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a Professional CIE driver/guide
  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners
  • Welcome reception
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Hosted by AAA Board Chair, Rob Yelnosky
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

 

Highlights

  • Glasgow City Tour
  • Inveraray Castle (as seen on Downton Abbey)
  • Armadale Castle
  • Blair Castle
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • St. Andrews
  • Edinburgh City Tour
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Dublin, Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour
  • Blarney Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Medieval Castle Banquet

Itinerary

Tuesday, September 20: Depart for Scotland

Motorcoach from Central PA to a local International Airport for an overnight flight to Glasgow, Scotland.

Wednesday, September 21: Glasgow

Your tour begins this afternoon at your hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of the highlights of Glasgow, a city built on industry but now known for its stunning Victorian architecture and creative cultural scene. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing one of Europe’s finest collections. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at the hotel, then you are free to explore the city and dine as you wish. Hotel: Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow

Thursday, September 22: Loch Lomond & Inveraray Castle

Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the ‘Downton Abbey’ series. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places. Continue on to Ballachulish on the shores of Loch Leven. Hotel: Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish (Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, September 23: Isle of Sky & Loch Ness

Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit Armadale Castle. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. Hotel: Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (Breakfast, Dinner)

Saturday, September 24: Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdog Trials

Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene moorland to see monuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in farm life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep. Travel to your gracious manor-style house near Pitlochry. Hotel: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, September 25: Blair Castle & Whisky Tasting

Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Atholl Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum or browsing around the town of Pitlochry. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, September 26: Glamis Castle, St. Andrews & a Scottish Evening

Visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of ‘Macbeth’. Head to St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf”. See the famous royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. Hotel: Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, September 27: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

Take a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, from the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses of the Royal Mile to the elegant mansions and streets of the 200-year-old Georgian ‘New Town’. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping or dining. (Breakfast)

Wednesday, September 28: Titanic Belfast & Dublin

Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the art attraction that will immerse you in the full story of the ill-fated ocean liner, built in the nearby ship yards in 1912. In Dublin, check out local pubs or restaurants for an independent dinner on your own. Hotel: Clayton House Ballsbridge, Dublin (Breakfast)

Thursday, September 29: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub

Explore Dublin independently on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of four top attractions to visit with your included voucher: Guiness Storehouse, GPO Museum, Teelings Distillery or EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum. This afternoon, meet your Irish Guide/Driver in the hotel lobby. Take a panoramic tour of the city and then a guided tour of Dublin Castle. This evening, enjoy a traditional Irish dinner and show in the Merry Ploughboy Pub. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, September 30: Blarney Castle & Killarney

We’ll head for Blarney Castle today, stopping for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel along the way. Climb the winding staircase to the famed Blarney Stone, which legend says will give you the gift of gab. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into county Kerry where the scenery becomes mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Hotel: Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (Breakfast, Dinner)

Saturday, October 1: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Take the Ring of Kerry, a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views. Stop off in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe to visit Moriarty’s for some shopping. Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience, which describes nearby islands. Watch a demonstration of highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep. The evening will be spent in Killarney. Hotel: Everglades Hotel, Derry (Breakfast, Lunch)

Sunday, October 2: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Take a ferry across the River Shannon estuary and visit the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, relax and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval-style feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, October 3: Depart for USA

After breakfast, transfer to the Shannon Airport for your flight home and transportation back to Central PA. (Breakfast)

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

An original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour.

Payment

Deposit of $250 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by  July 4, 2022.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...

From June 13-July 16, 2022- $250 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From July 17-September 4, 2022- 30% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From September 5-12, 2022- 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From September 13-19, 2022- 90% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees

After September 19, 2022-NON-REFUNDABLE

 

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases the names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.

Insurance

For your protection, AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Scotland & Ireland in September average in the lower 60s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the cost of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing needed assistance.

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