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This is an Itinerary I created for a family vacation to Ireland & Scotland

This is an Itinerary I created for a family vacation to Ireland & Scotland

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  • 1. ITINERARY THE LUBECK FAMILY VACATION IRELAND / SCOTLAND JULY 30 – AUGUST 10, 2005 Ireland – Important Notes  Ground Tour Operator: Barry O’Connor Auto Tours – Tel: 011-353-64-31052  Private Chauffeur – Seamus Coffey – Tel: 087-6842397  Vehicle: Mercedes Midi-Coach w/ Table  Note: Driver will be flexible as long as Hotel stays are maintained  Admission Charges are not included for places mentioned in the Itinerary  Hotel Accommodations include Breakfast Accommodations Dublin: Westin Hotel (7/30-8/2) At College Green, Westmoreland Street Tel: 011-353-1-645-1000 Rooms: 2 Deluxe Queens + 1 Triple Adare: Adare Manor (8/2-8/3) Adare, County Limerick Tel: 011-353-61-396-566 Rooms: King Stateroom, King Deluxe & Standard Triple Mayo: Ashford Castle (8/3-8/5) Cong, County Mayo Tel: 011-353-94-954-6003 Rooms: Jr. Suite, Deluxe Queen & Deluxe Triple Restaurants 7/31 6:45PM - Pearl Brasserie, 20 Merrion St. Upper (minutes from Hotel) 8/1 6:30PM – Shanahans on the Green, 119 St. Stephen’s Green (minutes away) 8/2 6:30PM – Oakroom Restaurant – Adare Manor 8/3 7:00PM – George V Dining Room – Ashford Castle 8/4 7:00PM – George V Dining Room – Ashford Castle
  • 2. Scotland – Important Notes  Ground Tour UK Operator: British Welcome Tours / John Doonican – Tel: 011-44-01444-459234  Private Chaffeur – Andrea Todd – Tel: 07733-068850  Vehicle: Brand New Luxury Coach w/ Full Amenities  Admission Charges are not included for places mentioned in the Itinerary  Hotel Accommodations include Breakfast Accommodations Edinburgh: Balmoral Hotel (Not booked by Celtic – Guest Must Pay For Hotel Stay – this was not included in charges) (August 5 – August 7, and August 9 – August 10) One Princess Street, Edinburgh Tel: 011-44 0131-556-2414 Rooms: 2 Deluxe Kings + 1 Twin w/ Roll-a-way Bed St. Andrews: Old Course Hotel (8/7–8/9) St. Andrews Tel: 011-44 01334-474371 Rooms: 2 Deluxe Queens + Deluxe Triple Restaurants 8/5 6:45PM – Martin Wishart, 54 The Shore, Edinburgh (2 miles from Hotel) 8/6 7:00PM – Number One – The Balmoral Hotel 8/7 7:00PM – The Road Hole Grill – Old Course Hotel 8/8 6:45PM – The Sands – Old Course Hotel 8/9 6:30PM – The Tower Restaurant – Corner of Chambers Street & George IV Bridge (10-15 min walk from Hotel)
  • 3. SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 30-31, 2005 West Palm Beach – Newark - Dublin 11:00am A Personal Touch Limousine pick-up @ Jupiter Key 1:05PM PBI to Newark Airport Continental Flight # 1655 Seats: 1A, 2AB, 2EF 4:05PM Arrive Newark Airport Dan & Esther Arrive @ Newark (Meeting Time & Place TBD) 8:15PM Newark Airport to Dublin Continental Flight # 22 Seats: 3D, 3KL, 4KL / Dan & Esther Seats 2KL 7:45am Arrive Dublin (July 31, 2005) – Happy Birthday Tommy! Chauffeur will be waiting for you to clear customs and will be holding a sign w/ your name on it. Seamus Coffey – Tel # 087-684 2397 Depart Dublin Airport – Drive to Westin Hotel & Check-in Time To Rest & Freshen Up… Westin Hotel (7/31-8/2) College Green – Westmorland Street Tel: (011-353) 1-645-1000 Two Deluxe Queen Rooms + Triple 1:00PM Sightseeing Tour Chauffeur Seamus Coffey will meet you in Hotel Lobby This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Irish Capital, which includes O’Connell Street, the Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College, home of the world famous Book of Kells dating from the 8th Century. 6:45PM Dinner Reservations @ Pearl Brasserie 20 Merrion Street Upper (Located minutes away from the Westin) Time to rest for tomorrow’s journey…
  • 4. Monday, August 1, 2005 Coast Excursion Enjoy a wonderful Westin Breakfast this morning before your sightseeing journey, which will take you north of Dublin along the coast. (Seamus will arrange to meet you in the Hotel lobby) Today you will explore the picturesque village of Malahide and perhaps visit its famed castle. You will then journey to the fishing town of Howth and continue to explore. Returning to Dublin this afternoon, you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the famed Guinness Storehouse (admission not included) for a glimpse into the history of Guinness. This will be a perfect opportunity to do some shopping and exploring at your leisure. Take a nice rest and refresh yourselves for a wonderful dinner tonight 6:30PM Dinner Reservations @ Shanahan’s on the Green 119 St. Stephen’s Green (Located minutes away from the Westin) Time to rest for tomorrow’s journey…
  • 5. TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2005 Dublin - Adare Pack your bags and prepare for your next experience in Adare…you’ll be checking out of the Westin this morning after you’ve enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. Seamus will arrange to meet you in the Hotel lobby for your travel to the historic Rock of Cashel, the ancient castle home of the High Kings of Ireland (admission not included). Onward via the countryside to Limerick where you’ll visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (admission not included). Afterwards you will continue your journey to the Old World Village of Adare and the stately Adare Manor where you will rest for one night. Adare Manor (8/2) Adare County, Limerick Tel: (011-353) 61-396-566 King Stateroom, King Deluxe, and Standard Triple Don’t unpack too many things as you will only be staying here for one night Rest a little and get yourselves prepared for an incredible dinner in the Manor… 6:30PM Dinner Reservations in the Oakroom Restaurant Time to rest for tomorrow’s journey…
  • 6. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2005 Adare - Mayo Behold the beautiful countryside this morning and get ready for another day’s journey. Pack your bags and get ready to travel, but not before you’ve had a hearty Breakfast. Gather in the Manor’s Lobby where Seamus Coffey will be waiting for your journey north into the Burren region of County Clare. You’ll visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet and reaching out for 5 miles along the coast. Onward along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway City where you enjoy a brief sightseeing tour, which shows you Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch, and the beautiful Galway Cathedral. You will then continue your journey north to Cong, where the movie “The Quiet Man” was filmed and the site of Ashford Castle, which will be your home for the next two nights. There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Ashford Castle (see next few pages for more info) Ashford Castle (8/3-8/5) Cong, County Mayo Tel: (011-353) 94-954-6003 Jr. Suite, Deluxe Queen, and Deluxe Triple Ashford Castle is a site to behold…explore this magnificent Castle and then get ready for a dinner fit for a King! 7:00PM – Dinner Reservations in the George V Dining Room After Dinner, perhaps you’ll be enticed by a game of Chess in the Drawing Room…and a Nightcap Time to rest for tomorrow’s journey…
  • 7. THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2005 Connemara Excursion Before your journey begins today, start off with a wonderful breakfast. You will arrange to meet Seamus in the Castle’s Lobby for your journey through the wild and rugged land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks and rivers. You will visit Kylemore Abbey (admission not included), monastic home of the Benedictine Nuns. Enjoy some time to explore the picturesque Village of Clifden. Seamus will then return you to Ashford Castle where you have time to enjoy some estate activities – perhaps a spa treatment, a lake cruise on the private lake, or golf on the Estate’s 9-hole course. Relax and unwind and the prepare for your last night’s dinner, again in the George V Dining Room 7:00PM Dinner Reservations You’ll need a good night’s sleep for tomorrow you must rise at the break of dawn and continue your journey onto Scotland…
  • 8. FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2005 Dublin - Edinburgh Onward to Scotland…pack your bags…and prepare for an early Continental Breakfast before leaving Ireland. Seamus will meet you at 7:00 this morning. You will board the Mercedes Midi-Coach, and you will travel across the Irish Countryside to Dublin Airport where you will bid your Chauffeur Seamus farewell. 1:10PM Aer Lingus Flight #254 2:10PM Arrives Edinburgh Upon your arrival to Edinburgh, you will be met by Scottish Tourist Guides Association Chauffeur Andrea Todd (Tel # 07733-068850). Andrea will be your escort through the remainder of your journey. You will board a brand new Luxury Coach. Andrea will take you to the Balmoral Hotel for check-in. (Balmoral does not accept advance payment. Therefore you will be asked to pay the hotel directly.) Please note that you will be staying at the Balmoral for two consecutive nights 8/5 & 8/6. You will stay at St. Andrews Old Course Hotel on 8/7 & 8/8 and then you will return for 1 night’s stay at the Balmoral on August 9th. Balmoral Hotel (8/5, 8/6, 8/9) One Princess Street, Edinburgh Tel: (011-44) 0131-556-2414 2 Deluxe King Rooms, 1 Twin Room w/ twin rollaway Relax and unwind…explore this incredibly magnificent Hotel! 6:45PM Dinner Reservations @ Martin Wishart Restaurant (Located 2 miles from the hotel) Have a peaceful sleep and prepare for tomorrow’s journey…
  • 9. SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2005 Edinburgh If you’re confused about where you are…you’re in the beautiful country of Scotland. Today will be a full day of touring. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, which is included in your package. Andrea Todd will meet you at 9:00am and begin the day touring Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. This tour will show you all of the important attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (subject to a Royal visit), St. Giles Cathedral, and you may visit the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society (admission not included). Time will be allowed during the day for lunch and shopping, of course. After a full day of touring you’ll be happy to return to Balmoral to rest a while before dinner. 7:00PM Dinner Reservations @ Number One Restaurant located in the Balmoral Hotel. Have a peaceful sleep and prepare for tomorrow’s journey… Note that tomorrow morning you will be checking out of the hotel and will be checking into St. Andrews Old Course Hotel for two nights.
  • 10. SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2005 Edinburgh - St. Andrews This morning enjoy a wonderful breakfast with wonderful views… Andrea Todd will be waiting for you in the lobby for a 9:00am departure. This morning the suggested visits are on the outskirts of Edinburgh. First, the Scottish Mining Museum, which is very popular with children, and next there is Rosslyn Chapel (admission not included) – a medieval church now famous because it was featured in the best selling novel, The DaVinci Code. Doors open at Noon. Alternatively, you may visit Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Zoo, or Butterfly World. Next you will travel north across the Forth Bridge and along the coast road through the fishing villages of Anstruther and Crail to St. Andrews which will be your home for the next two nights. Old Course Hotel (8/7-8/9) St. Andrews Tel: (011-44) 0131-556-2414 Rooms: 2 Deluxe Queens & 1 Deluxe Triple (Accommodations include Breakfast) 7:00PM Dinner Reservations @ Road Hole Grill located within the Hotel Tomorrow’s Itinerary includes very early golf for Joe…sleep tight everyone
  • 11. MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2005 St. Andrews Joe – you need to be ready to play golf at 5:30am…shoes and clubs have been reserved (you may want to get there by 5:00am) The rest of the family can enjoy a wonderful breakfast this morning, while Joe is experiencing St. Andrew’s world famous golf course. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of St. Andrews. Apart from its fame as the home of golf, St. Andrews is a very attractive place in its own right. St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, and of course St. Andrews University where the heir to the throne, Prince William has just completed his degree. When the entire group has assembled after lunch, Andrea will take you to the City of Dundee where you’ll visit the RRS Discovery (admission not included) used by Captain Scott in his early explorations of Antarctica. Then it’s off to Glamis Castle (admission not included), home of the late Queen Mother, a majestic castle steeped in 600 years of Scottish history. Return to St. Andrews and relax before dinner. 6:45PM Dinner Reservations @ The Sands located within the Hotel Tomorrow you’ll journey back to The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh – pack your bags Nite...Nite...
  • 12. TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2005 St. Andrews – Edinburgh You will be checking out of the Old Course Hotel this morning. Get ready for a full day and prepare to board Andrea’s Luxury Coach at 8am this morning. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy a nice breakfast before your departure. Your tour will take you to Coupar and Kinross, and then through Glen Devon to Gleneagles Golf Resort, which recently hosted the G8 Summit. Then it’s off to Crieff to visit the Glenturret Distillery (Grouse Experience admission not included). After the visit, continue touring in to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – Rob Roy Country, St. Fillans and Lochearnhead to Loch Lomond. A boat trip from Tarbet is planned for 2:30pm, which will enable you to get the best view of the Loch (cost not included). Then join the motorway past Glasgow arriving into Edinburgh at approximately 5:00PM. You will be spending your last night at the famous Balmoral Hotel. Check-in, rest a bit, and then prepare yourselves for an incredible and memorable dinner. 6:30PM Dinner Reservations @ The Tower Restaurant (Located at the corner of Chambers Street & George IV Bridge a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel, or a 5-minute taxi ride) Enjoy your last night…tomorrow it’s homeward bound Edinburgh's first and finest rooftop restaurant has become a must for celebrities, visitors to the city and its fearsomely loyal locals who love the chic and luxurious interior, exceptional food and deft service that are the Tower's trademarks. Spectacular views of Edinburgh's castle and city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson's unmissable rooftop Tower restaurant above the landmark Museum of Scotland. Created by James Thomson, owner of the historic Witchery by the Castle nearby, the Tower is sleek and contemporary, but sports the typical Thomson touches of romance and a great sense of occasion. From the tweed banquettes, suede chairs and indulgent velvet hangings to the mosaic bar and sexy aluminum chairs the Tower reeks of an elegance and glamour are in contemporary restaurants.
  • 13. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2005 Edinburgh – Home Check out of the Balmoral Hotel early this morning…have a quick bite, and then it’s off to meet your Chauffeur Andrea who will be waiting to take you to Edinburgh Airport for your flight home. Plan on leaving the hotel between 6:00am – 6:15am (Need to allow 2 hours for check-in) 9:10am Edinburgh to Newark Airport Continental Flight # 37 Seats: 3AB-3EF-4B 11:35am Arrive Newark Airport 4:25PM Newark to West Palm Beach Continental Flight #1854 Seats: 1E-2EF-3EF 7:28PM Arrive West Palm Beach A Personal Touch Limousine will meet your flight 478-2282
  • 14. Scotland – London AUGUST 10, 2005 Enjoy the rest of your stay Esther & Dan…have a safe journey home Andrea Todd will return to the Balmoral Hotel at 8:45am and will escort the both of you to the Waverly Train Station, which is directly below the Balmoral Hotel. The train departs for London at 9:30am and arrives London at 2:21PM. First Class accommodations have been arranged for the train trip to London and you will be sitting in Coach L, seats 51N & 52N. (Andrea will have your Rail Tickets) The ride to London is approximately 5 hours. Hotel: Thistle Selfridge Hotel – 7 Nights Orchard Street Confirmation # 11074736 Executive Studio Suite 8/17/05Depart London – Fly Home (Allow 2 Hours for Check-in @ Airport) 10:30am Gatwick to Newark Continental Flight # 19 Business Class 1:25PM Arrive Newark Airport