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2019: 12 Days Ireland to Scotland –  A True Small Group Tour

From the Emerald Isle to Bonnie Scotland


Discover Scotland & Ireland Differently.

Story Land & Sea®'s

Tour features a true 'Leave the Herd Behind' approach to traveling Scotland and the Emerald Isle of Ireland. You will discover authentic experiences with our literary Pub Crawl, our Whiskey Tastings, and, of course, the diverse beauty of these countries. From Scotland's Raw Beauty to Ireland's Shades of Green, the Story Land & Sea® itinerary is re-imagined for near perfection.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Land & Sea® Tour Captain and local 'native' staff that will entertain and delight. Are you QueensLander or Story Alumni? inquire to see if one of your favorites is leading this journey!


First-Time Traveler's perfect itinerary:
12 Days Ireland to Scotland

  • Scottish Highlands
  • Ireland Duty Free
  • Ireland Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher

Day 1: International Flight Day: Bound for Ireland

Today is your flight date from North America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - Your flight is not included, however we do have an air department that could provide you a quotation. You will cross the Atlantic Ocean tonight en-route to Europe.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Galway, Ireland.

Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

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Arrive Shannon, Ireland airport

Day 2: Welcome to Galway

Upon arrival into Galway, check in to your hotel. if you have arrived early, have no fears. You can drop your bags and set off to wander Galway City's cobble stone streets and feel yourself stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. Known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, shopping and nightlife, Galway will refresh flagging spirits like no other place.

Our hotel is in the city center, so the guests who arrive early have lunch options and things to do. We get everyone checked in and plan for a 4:00 orientation walkabout.

INCLUDED ORIENTATION WALKING TOUR
At 4:00 pm, join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Galway. Learn the major landmarks and the lay of the land in relation to our hotel. We'll introduce you to the best ATM machines and other helpful information for your stay in Galway.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

About the Walking on our Tours
We do walk on our small group tours of Scotland & Ireland. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. You must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many cobblestone-paths and lanes of Scotland.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your Tour Captain in the incredible Irish city of Galway.

Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorites dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, there is always a Irish or Scottish Pint available.

Accommodation in Galway, 2 Nights
Deluxe: The Salthill Hotel or similar.
Classic: Galway Bay Hotel or similar.

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Galway

Day 3: Connemara Drive

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and guide in the lobby as we set out to explore the Connemara area of Ireland.

CONNEMARA SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
Now we are entering the wild beauty of Connemara: Mountains start to rise and there are vast, open, breath-taking spaces in the Maam Valley, a spectacular region that divides up the Maamturk mountains of Connemara.

Dropping down into the village of Leenane where the film The Field directed by John B. Keane was filmed, Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) unfolds.

Here you can see the salmon and mussel pots floating on the surface of the water where the fish are farmed here. Arriving now at the highlight of the tour, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, one can absorb the tranquil atmosphere while walking in one of Ireland’s most peaceful scenic areas.

We enjoy a panoramic journey and return to Galway.

ENJOY SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING:

    • Connemara - The drive is on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route and winds its way in spectacular fashion along the northern side of Killary Fjord, through a series of valleys between the peaks of Ben Creggan and Ben Gorm.
    • Leenane Village - The picturesque village of Leenane is our destination and the way there provides an unforgettable driving experience through the Connemara wilderness.

Consider an optional dinner tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Galway To Killarney

Day 4: The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

We depart Galway for Killarney and experience the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way.

After check in we offer the jaunting carts to Ross Lake where we will do a Story exclusive at Ross Castle Ruins.
Note: The jaunting carts may be on the following day depending on weather and schedule.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • The Cliffs of Moher - The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds.
    • Ross Lake & Ross Castle Ruins - An exclusive experience from Story (dependent upon weather conditions).

Story Way®  Dining: Dinner included tonight with the Tour Captain in Killarney.

Accommodation in Killarney, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Killarney Plaza Hotel or Similar
Classic: Killarney International Hotel or Similar

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Killarney & Ring of Kerry

Day 5: Enjoying the Kingdom of Kerry

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for dinner.

Jaunting Kart

This morning we’re off to explore some of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry from the town of Kenmare.

We'll take in a sheep dog demonstration which is quite fascinating. This afternoon enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • The "Ring of Kerry" - A beautiful drive on the coast.
    • Sheep Dog Demonstration

Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner in this town known for its traditional Irish music and pubs.

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Blarney Castle and on to Dublin

Day 6: Exploring Blarney Castle & Gardens

   Included Dinner Tonight: Tonight's dinner is included in Dublin.

Today we head to Dublin with a stop at Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence (some call the gift of Gab) and time to pillage the adjacent woolen mills.

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.

In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a center of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens. Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants. There will be time for lunch and shopping at the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill's, the largest in Ireland.

SPECIAL SIGHTSEEING TODAY INCLUDES:

    • Blarney Castle - The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.
    • Stone of Eloquence - The gift of 'gab' is just a castle's stairwell away from you if you dare!

Our destination this afternoon is Dublin. Upon arrival we will check in, freshen up and join the Tour Captain for a guided orientation walkabout of your Dublin surroundings.

Welcome to Dublin.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an included dinner this evening.

Accommodation in Dublin, 2 Nights
Deluxe:  
Radisson Blu Hotel or similar
Classic:  Grafton Capitol Hotel or similar

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Dublin Immersion Sightseeing

Day 7: Trinity College, The Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral

   Optional Dinner Tonight: Pub Crawl with Tour Captain through Dublin. Visit Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest Pub.

After your full Irish breakfast this morning meet the Tour Captain and our expert local guide in the lobby to commence our walking tour exploring the city center. Enjoy an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital.

The walking tour will begin at Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells.

In the afternoon you may choose to visit Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries.

EXPERIENCE IN DUBLIN TODAY:

    • Trinity College Library - Inspiration for movies and more.
      • Book of Kells
    • St. Patrick's Cathedral - Included admission and tour with our guide.
    • Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Dublin.
    • Brazen Head Pub

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Short Flight to Scotland

Day 8: Arrive Glasgow, Scotland Airport

   Included Dining: OBAN WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way! Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Dinner in Oban, Scotland.
   Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story® original experience with our
Reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain


ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain Host for our Orientation Walkabout where you will learn about the island.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy an included dinner tonight at an exclusive restaurant this evening with your Tour Captain to kick off the Scotland portion of our tour.

Accommodation in Oban, 2 Nights
Deluxe: The Perle or Similar
Classic: Columba Hotel or Similar

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Experiencing the Three Islands

Day 9: The Island of Mull, Iona & Staffa

Italy's Lake Como
Fingal's Cave

This morning we are off by Ferry to the Islands of Mull,  Iona and Staffa.

The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. Mull is the fourth largest Scottish island and has an area of 338 square miles. The coastline of Mull is almost 300 miles long. The population of Mull, Iona and Ulva is around 1,800 people which is probably doubled in the summer because of the many tourists that visit Mull each year. Much of the population lives in Tobermory, the only burgh on Mull until 1973, and its capital.

Traveling through Mull our destination is the small Island of Iona. In 563 Saint Columba, exiled from his native Ireland, founded a monastery on Iona with 12 companions. From Iona they set about the conversion of pagan Scotland and much of northern England to Christianity. Iona's fame as a place of learning and Christian mission spread throughout Europe.

Iona itself is three miles long and a mile and a half long. Iona can be reached by ferry from Fionnphort on Mull and will bring the visitor to Baile Mor which means Big Town. Iona differs much from Mull, there are no tall mountains but instead there are some lovely white beaches. Interesting sites on Iona are Iona Abbey which is home to the St John's Cross in the Abbey museum, Iona Nunnery, St. Martin's Cross and several other Celtic Crosses. 

The uninhabited island of Staffa includes the famous Fingal's Cave.Fingal's Cave was immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture, after he visited the island in 1829. The island's distinctive six-sided columns of rock are formed from basalt, the same as the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. During spring and early summer, the cliffs and grassy slopes provide nesting sites for various seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

We ferry back to Oban later in the afternoon and then you are invited to our optional dinner in town before traveling back to our accommodations for the night.

Tonight, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner in town before traveling back to our accommodation for the night.
 
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Lochs, Bens & Glens with Stirling Castle

Day 10: To Stirling & all things Braveheart

City of Stirling

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for dinner tonight.

This morning after a wonderful Scottish breakfast we depart Oban and travel deeper into Scotland. No journey would be complete without experiencing this amazing drive. We begin by by hugging the coast of Loch Linne, one of Scotlands most photographed lochs. We will be traveling through the infamous area where the MacDonald Clan was massacred by the Campbell Clan. Heading up the mountain you will be treated to spectacular views of high peaks, waterfalls and heather all around. Passing over the mountain we will discover the vastness of the Rannoch moor as we make our way to Stirling.
We will make our way to the home of Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to tour the Castle. In the distance you will see the monument erected to Sir William, The Wallace Monument. Afterwards we complete today's journey arriving into the magical city of Edinburgh, our home for the next three nights.

WELCOME ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain Host for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Edinburgh. You will learn where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for exchange rates, and other helpful information for your stay.

There will be time to for independent exploration of the Royal Mile or the Georgian New Town before our 7:00 pm welcome reception.

Accommodation in Edinburgh, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Radisson Blu Royal Mile Hotel or Similar
Deluxe: Ibis North Bridge or Similar

 
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Explore Edinburgh
Italy's Lake Como

Days 11: Edinburgh

   Included Dining: Enjoy an included farewell dinner tonight with your Tour Captain to top off our great journey together.

After a full Scottish breakfast we will meet our Blue Badge guide and driver for our driving/walking tour of Edinburgh's highlights, culminating with the tour of the Edinburgh Castle. Afterwards you will have the rest of the day to explore the many areas of Edinburgh such as the Grass Market area with it many famous pubs and eateries. You can take in the National Museum or the National Galleries or simply take a walk in the beautiful Princes Park.

OUR TOUR OF EDINBURGH INCLUDES:

    • Edinburgh Castle - Included admission and tour.
    • Walking Tour of the City - Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Edinburgh.


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Departure Day 12: Or Extend in Edinburgh As You Wish!


Tour Ends after breakfast this morning or extend:

Opt for additional experiences or explore more of Edinburgh on your own.
Please inquire with Reservation about extensions and pricing.

Optional Experiences

Da Vinci Code Fantasy and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this 6-hour 'Da Vinci Code Fantasy' tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar and Robert the Bruce.

St Andrews and The Villages of Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Explore St Andrews and the Villages of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Admire fine views over the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry on route into the Kingdom of Fife. Discover pretty coastal villages such as St Monans and Pittenween, then visit Anstruther and Crail with a guide. Perhaps visit St Andrews' castle and cathedral ruins, stroll along the harbour or soak up the sunshine at your leisure. Afterward, travel through the Lomond Hills and past Loch Leven on route back to Edinburgh.


 
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Don't Leave Too Soon —  Scotland is amazing in all its glory!

Have questions? To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711

 
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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Galway - 2 Nights



Killarney Hotel - 2 Nights



Dublin Hotels - 2 Nights


Oban Hotels - 2 Nights



Edinburgh Hotels - 2 Nights




12 Day Air Travel, 10 Night Ireland to Scotland True Small-Group® Tour



Deluxe Tours

Our Deluxe True Small Group Tour of Ireland & Scotland Features:

4- and 5-Star Deluxe Hotels located in the places you want to be! Deluxe tour features include:

  • Hotels feature world-class amenities, larger rooms and lobbies
  • Private bathrooms with showers and some baths
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Full, Hot Daily Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides per itinerary
  • Portage of your luggage
  • Walking Tours with Guides and Tour Captain
  • Special Access Entrance
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $2140

Story Hotels
There is a difference between centrally located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Hotels - compare with mainstream tour companies and you'll see we mean what we say. Our deluxe hotels feature large rooms, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and all the amenities of modern luxury properties.

Our Deluxe Dining Plan:
Five (5) Dinners included. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

Gratuities Included: Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Classic Tours

Our Classic Budget True Small Group Tour of Ireland & Scotland Features:

Superior Tourist or Classic Budget Hotel's features include:

  • Hotels feature private bathrooms with showers, typical European-sized rooms, small lobbies
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides
  • Walking Tours with Guides & Tour Captain
  • Special Access
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives per itinerary
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $1280

Exploration & Immersion: Enjoy the same great sightseeing as our Deluxe package with our professional guides and, yes, you go inside to the venues per the itinerary.

Classic Budget Dinner Plan:
Welcome Dinner in Galway is included. Consider upgrading to a total of Five (5) Dinners Included Plan for an optional supplement of $375/person. This adds four (4) more dinners to your experience for a total of five (5) included dinners.

To add a dinner while on tour (not pre-paid) the rate to opt-in while on tour is $130 per person collected by credit card and includes the entire dinner experience.

Classic Budget Hotel Rooms: Superior Tourist Hotel rooms are small, but safe and located in the hearts of the towns and villages. The rooms feature private bathrooms (typically small, European style lodging with some bathrooms featuring only a shower) with included breakfast.

About the Classic Breakfast: Classic Superior Tourist Hotel breakfasts include a standard experience with most offering coffee, juice and pastries.

Gratuities Included:Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Shannon
    $69 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers from Stirling to Edinburgh Airport
    $94 per person (2 guest minimum)

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

 

12 Days Ireland to Scotland Tour

2019 Scheduled Departures.

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and price: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option with either one of our Story Tour Captains® or Story Local Hosts®.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Story Deluxe Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Story Classic Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Departures in April 2019
Apr 20 $6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Departures in May-July 2019
May 25 $6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
June 29
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
July 6
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Departures in Aug-Oct 2019
Aug 5
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$6,979 + $295 $4,979 + 295
Sep 7
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Sep 15
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Oct 5
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295


2020 Scheduled Departures.

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and price: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option with either one of our Story Tour Captains® or Story Local Hosts®.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Story Deluxe Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Story Classic Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Departures in April 2020
Apr 20 $6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Departures in May-July 2020
May 25 $6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
June 15
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
July 6
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Departures in Aug-Oct 2020
Aug 3
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$6,979 + $295 $4,979 + 295
Sep 16
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295
Sep 30
$6,779 + $295 $5,779 + 295

 

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