Welcome to MacItalia's luxury Celtic package, offering a deluxe all inclusive Ireland and Scotland package for overseas wholesale tour operators.

This tour is designed for small groups of around 12/14 pax maximum.

The category of accommodation is 4-star deluxe, all properties offering a high standard of service, food and amenities in castle type accommodation.

 

ABOUT THE PACKAGE

Day 1  Dublin to Kilkenny

Arrive at Dublin airport and meet up with your tour guide. Your special tour begins with a panoramic tour of Dublin, travelling down the sights of O’Connell Street, past the impressive Central Post Office and across the River Liffey into the south side of the city. We visit the famous Temple Bar area, Trinity College – which has the magnificent illustrated manuscript Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, as well as Christ Church Cathedral.

We finish our exhaustive city tour with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and a welcoming pint of the famous brew in the panoramic bar, with stunning views across the city. Dinner and overnight in a castle near Kilkenny.

Day 2  Kilkenny to Shannon

After your Irish breakfast, the group will go to Kilkenny City and visit the famous Kilkenny Castle. We will then head west and stop in Cashel for the visit of the famous Rock of Cashel. From Cashel, we then take the direction of County Clare, visiting Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Dinner and overnight in a castle in Co. Clare.

Day 3  Shannon to Connemara

The group then spends the morning discover the dramatic scenery of County Clare, with a stop at the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Our coach takes travelsthrough the quaint Irish country lanes and we drive across the lunar landscape of the Burren, spending time with a local guide to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of this unique landscape. The Burren lies south of Galway in County Clare, Ireland. The name Burren is from the Irish - bhoireann meaning a stony place. Its formation has lain unspoiled since the ice-age and is composed of karstic limestone, the largest area of such in western Europe.

After lunch, we head towards the bustling town of Galway and have some free time in Galway to enjoy the laidback ambiance of the city. Dinner and overnight in a castle in Galway.

Day 4  Connemara to Cong, nr Galway

We spend today visiting the magical Connemara region, beginning in the stopping in the charming town of Clifden, a quaint town set between the Atlantic Ocean, and the 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands.

Leaving Clifden behind our coach travels along the Skye Road with a stop to visit the idyllic Kylemore Abbey, home to the Irish Benedictine nuns since 1920. After our visit to the Abbey we continue our journey and head towards our luxury accommodation in Mayo. Dinner and overnight in a castle.

Day 5  Galway to Straffan, nr Dublin

After breakfast we will cross the Midlands, with our stop at the monastery of Clonmacnoise, which is one of Ireland’s monastic sites, dating back over 1500 years. After enjoying the monastery, we travel onto visit the Lockes Distillery Museum, and taste famous Irish whiskey.

Before we head towards our sumptuous accommodation, we visit the Irish National Stud and the beautiful Japanese Gardens, which is situated on the extensive lands of the Stud. Dinner and overnight in a castle in County Kildare.

Day 6  Arrival in Scotland

After breakfast, transfer to Dublin airport for departure flight to Scotland.

Arrive Glasgow airport, where clients will be met by their Scottish Tour Guide. Transfer to hotel for check-in, unload luggage, and time to allow the clients to get organised in their rooms. Then the guide will take the group for a city sightseeing tour of Glasgow by coach. This will include Glasgow Cathedral, the University buildings, Art Galleries and the many sites of architectural interest. In the evening dinner in the hotel and overnight.

Day 7  Excursion to Loch Lomond and Trossachs

After breakfast, the group will depart heading north of Glasgow for an excursion to Loch Lomond, the largest loch in Scotland. Surrounded by amazing woodland, Loch Lomond is set amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery. We’ll stop at the banks of the loch, with the optional choice to take a short boat trip.

In the afternoon, we’ll drive across the Trossachs National Park, with its rolling hills and varied wildlife, before we reach the medieval town of Stirling and visit Stirling Castle. In the evening return to our hotel in Glasgow for dinner and overnight.

Day 9  Glasgow / Edinburgh

After breakfast we’ll travel East to the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh and take in a City Sightseeing Tour by coach. This will include the New Town with its Georgian architecture, Princes Street and its Gardens, Carlton Hill with its breathtaking panoramic views, the Old Town and the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and a guided visit to Edinburgh Castle. Free time in the afternoon: your Tour Guide will be at hand to direct you to the many places of interest that Edinburgh offers (Museums and Art Galleries, Gardens, shopping, Royal Yacht Britannia, Monuments and Visitors Centres). In the evening we will attend a “Scottish Evening”, a typical dinner which takes place in the ballroom of the largest city hotels: during the meal, which is based on local produce, you will see a show of Scottish Music, Songs, Poems, Dancers and the Scottish Piper! Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 10  Edinburgh / Perthshire / Aberdeen

After breakfast we depart Edinburgh heading north. We’ll cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Our first stop will be just outside Perth for a visit to the Caithness Glass Visitor Centre, a small factory where, from a viewing gallery, you can watch glassmakers at work, turning sand into beautiful glass artefacts. We’ll then move further north for our next stop at Glamis Castle, which has been a royal residence since the 12th century.   In the evening we’ll arrive in Aberdeen for dinner and overnight.

Day 11  Aberdeen / Speyside / Inverness

Today we begin with a visit to the stunning picturesque clifftop Dunnottar Castle in nearby Stonehaven and then travel north into beautiful Speyside, the home of the Scottish Malt Whisky. With its clear rivers and rolling hills, the Spey Valley hosts many of the most famous Scotch Whisky Distilleries. We’ll have a guided tour of one of a local whisky distillery followed by a taste of the product. In the evening we’ll arrive in Inverness for dinner and overnight.

Day 12  Inverness to Glasgow

After a short drive from Inverness, we’ll reach Loch Ness. Surrounded by mystery and legend, the dark and deep waters extend for miles shaded by the Scottish moors. Time to visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, sitting on the banks of the loch. In the late morning we’ll return to Inverness to make our way back south towards Glasgow. In the afternoon we’ll stop near to the town of Pitlochry to experience a “Scottish Afternoon Tea” in one of the local tea-rooms, where we can sample the local pastries and cakes. In the evening arrive in Glasgow for dinner and overnight.

Day 13  Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Glasgow airport for departure flight.

The package includes:

  • 12 nights in 4-star castle deluxe hotels (11 nights on a DBB basis+ 1 night BB only)
  • Airport transfers with assistance on arrival and departure
  • Private transport in deluxe coach for the duration of the tour
  • Local guide throughout the tour (foreign languages available)
  • Service of luggage porters in all hotels
  • All admissions to places of interest visited during the tour
  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh with typical dinner and show
  • Afternoon tea in typical tea-room

Places to Visit

This package is provided by MacItalia

Tour available in several languages and can be run as an independent special group.

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"I want to thank you very much for the good services and the local assistance from your colleagues... have a nice day!"

Federica, Anthurium Viaggi Pisa (Italy)

"Everything was perfect, beautiful hotels, good coach driver... this group is really very demanding, they are used to high level services, if they come back completely satisfied, you can say it's a success!! I will surely contact you again for other groups in Scotland for next year"

ARCHEOCLUB Historical Group, Mrs.Antonella Lorinia, ANTHURIUM VIAGGI, PISA

"All special groups this summer went very well - the agencies told me that everything went fine and the customers were really happy with everything"

Brenainn Crisafulli, Mecca Viaggi (Italy)

"My clients were very happy and the organisation was excellent!"

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