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Overview

Celtic Highlights

Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discover on this Celtic tour of Britain and Ireland. Ancient castles? Check. Legendary lochs? Indeed. Sparkling seascapes and hallowed battlefields? You can bet your boots. Speaking of betting, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, a working stud farm and the beating heart of Ireland’s esteemed thoroughbred racehorse industry. From the storied cities to the tiny towns, you’ll feel your own heart beat as you savor the deep-rooted traditions and customs of the Emerald Isle and the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.

Highlights of Celtic Highlights

Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Irish Sea ferry.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $1,694*
18 guests in a party: $357*

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Celtic Highlights

UNESCO Sites

Forth Road Bridge|Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast|Old and New Towns of Edinburgh|The English Lake District

Meals

Full English breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Welcome to Glasgow! Free time. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS Secret Keys to Scottish Lochs GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares.
HIGHLANDS Take a scenic drive along Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe, and through Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe.
FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak.
LOCH NESS Visit the legendary lake. (B,D)
178 mi / 286 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE They can take the low road, but we’ll take the high road on a scenic ride through magic and mystery of the moors and glens of the Scottish Highlands. From lovely Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe to the boggy expanses of Rannoch Moor and the dizzying beauty of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, you’ll discover the legends of Loch Ness and more across the beauty of Scotland’s magnificent scenery.

Day 3

INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH A Red Moor & A White Castle CULLODEN Visit the Culloden Moor battlefield site and visitor center.
BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle. (B)
178 mi / 286 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT If these walls could talk, they would tell how the 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl have loved, won, and lost through seven centuries of history at Blair Castle, visited over time by Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria.

Day 4

EDINBURGH Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time in the afternoon.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 7 through August 21 only). (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
MUSIC & MASTERPIECES Ascend to Castle Rock to explore Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, with an 11,000-year history as "the most besieged place in Great Britain.” Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The Castle forms the background of the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an extravaganza of bagpipes and drums performed en masse in August each year.

Day 5

EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL Songs, Sonnets & Secret Vows GRETNA GREEN See where the Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and sample [LF] the original Grasmere gingerbread.
LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four. (B)
235 mi / 378 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
TIMELESS TRADITIONS Sweeten the day with classic Grasmere gingerbread and hear the story of Sarah Nelson, the Victorian cook who invented the world famous cross between cake and biscuit in 1854.

Day 6

LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND Forest Sprites & Ferry Sights NORTH WALES Scenic drive through the forest village of Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park. Take a ferry to cross from Holyhead to Dublin. (B)
131 mi / 210 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Pass through Snowdonia National Park’s forests, rugged mountains and sweeping coastline, where Welsh and the language of nature are spoken in stunning style.

Day 7

DUBLIN Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take an orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.

Day 8

DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY The Winner’s Circle KILDARE [LF] Visit the world renowned Irish National Stud.
CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached.
BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.
KILLARNEY Free time. (B,D)
231 mi / 372 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION The Irish National Stud is home to the long tradition of Ireland’s love of horses. This horse breeding facility in County Kildare, considered the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, continues to inspire all who visit, including Queen Elizabeth II. Hear about some of the world’s most magnificent champion stallions that have made racing history since the turn of the 20th century.

Day 9

KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland's southwestern peninsula.
ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages.
LIMERICK Free time. (B)
167 mi / 268 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Day 10

LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
GALWAY Free time. (B,D)
188 mi / 302 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky at the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Try to resist the inspiration that has moved artists, poets, and scientists throughout the ages as you stand on the edge of 320 million years of geologic perfection on the rugged coastline of County Clare.

Day 11

SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST Giant Steps in Northern Ireland DERRY [LF] Walk on top of the city walls with a Local Guide.
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago. (B,D)
187 mi / 301 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURAL GEMS Ireland’s only fully preserved historic walled city, Derry also took centre stage when Amelia Earhart landed her plane nearby having flown from Newfoundland in 1932. Walk on top of the 400-year-old city walls and hear the history of this vibrant place that links the Wild Atlantic Way to Causeway Coastal Route.

Day 12

BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND A Grand Ship & Great Scots BELFAST Visit the Titanic Belfast experience.
Take a ferry crossing to the maritime port of Cairnryan on Scotland’s west coast en route to Glasgow. (B,D)
82 mi / 132 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascinating Titanic Belfast experience for an in-depth look at the history and mystery of the legendary ocean liner. See artifacts and hear amazing accounts of Belfast’s boom in shipping and those who built her. Learn about the courage and loss of all involved on a fateful night in April 1912. Get an immersive look at the launch, sinking, and final resting place of the doomed ship, with myths and reality revealed.

Day 13

GLASGOW Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-04-23 2023-04-24 2023-05-06 $3719 $0 $3719 GD30424 Available
2 2023-04-30 2023-05-01 2023-05-13 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30501 Not Available
3 2023-05-07 2023-05-08 2023-05-20 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30508 Not Available
4 2023-05-14 2023-05-15 2023-05-27 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30515 Not Available
5 2023-05-21 2023-05-22 2023-06-03 $4149 $0 $4149 GD30522K Not Available
6 2023-05-28 2023-05-29 2023-06-10 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30529 Available
7 2023-06-04 2023-06-05 2023-06-17 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30605 Available
8 2023-06-11 2023-06-12 2023-06-24 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30612 Available
9 2023-06-18 2023-06-19 2023-07-01 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30619 Available
10 2023-06-25 2023-06-26 2023-07-08 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30626 Available
11 2023-07-02 2023-07-03 2023-07-15 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30703 Available
12 2023-07-09 2023-07-10 2023-07-22 $4149 $0 $4149 GD30710K Not Available
13 2023-07-16 2023-07-17 2023-07-29 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30717 Available
14 2023-07-23 2023-07-24 2023-08-05 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30724 Available
15 2023-07-30 2023-07-31 2023-08-12 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30731 Available
16 2023-08-06 2023-08-07 2023-08-19 $3929 $0 $3929 GD30807 Available
17 2023-08-13 2023-08-14 2023-08-26 $3929 $0 $3929 GD30814 Available
18 2023-08-20 2023-08-21 2023-09-02 $3929 $0 $3929 GD30821 Available
19 2023-08-27 2023-08-28 2023-09-09 $4149 $0 $4149 GD30828K Not Available
20 2023-09-03 2023-09-04 2023-09-16 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30904 Available
21 2023-09-10 2023-09-11 2023-09-23 $3769 $0 $3769 GD30911 Available
22 2023-09-17 2023-09-18 2023-09-30 $4149 $0 $4149 GD30918K Not Available
23 2023-09-24 2023-09-25 2023-10-07 $3739 $0 $3739 GD30925 Available
24 2023-10-01 2023-10-02 2023-10-14 $3299 $0 $3299 GD31002 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Radisson Blu Glasgow Offering free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay. Glasgow 301 Argyle St. Superior First-Class
2 Mercure Inverness Hotel Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants. All 121 guest bedrooms have HD TV and complimentary high speed WiFi. Enjoy panoramic views of the River Ness in the hotel's riverside restaurant or explore The 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie signature menue. Inverness Church St, First-Class
3 Marriott Courtyard Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing. Edinburgh 1 - 3 Baxter's Place Superior First-Class
4 Pullman Liverpool Guests will enjoy the conveniences of this central hotel and its bar, lounge, and Marco Pierre White Wheelers of St. James Oyster Bar & Grill Room. All guestrooms are bright, modern, and luxurious, and come with blackout curtains, minibar with complimentary mineral water, 55" TV with SKY TV channels, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, robe and slippers, waterfall shower, and luxury toiletries. There is free 5G Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Liverpool Kings Dock, Monarchs Quay Superior First-Class
5 Royal Marine Hotel The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is an historic and much-loved luxury landmark hotel, dating back to 1828, located in a prime South Dublin position overlooking Dublin Bay. Dun Laoghaire-C.Dublin Marine Road Superior First-Class
6 Scotts Hotel Kilarney Located in the heart of Killarney town centre, they is access to Scotts Hotel from East Avenue Road and College Street. It is within walking distance to Killarney National Park, restaurants, shops and bars. Killarney-Co.Kerry Scotts Street First-Class
7 Clayton Hotel Limerick Experience what Limerick has to offer first hand at Clayton Hotel Limerick - the friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside City, the sporting passion, the history, the rural majesty of County Limerick and lots more. Limerick Steamboat Quay Superior First-Class
8 Sligo Park Hotel and Leisure Club Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just on the edge of Sligo Town, the hotel is set in quiet parkland, surrounded by some of the scenic Irish countryside. Hotel facilities include 16 meter swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, plunge pool, fully equipped gym, and holistic treatment suite. There is an on-site award winning Hazelwood Restaurant and Jack B's Bar. The stylish and well-appointed rooms offer all the amenities such as tea/coffee facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Sligo Pearse Road Superior First-Class
9 Stormont Hotel The 4 star Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast city center and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for business or leisure. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure you have everything you need and much more during your stay. Belfast Upper Newtownards Road Superior First-Class
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