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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Your journey starts in Dublin, Ireland, joining fellow solo travellers on this small group roving journey through Ireland to Wales, England and Scotland.

Welcomed by your tour director, we cruise the old Grand Canal for our welcome dinner. Your touring of Ireland starts with the famous sights of Dublin and of course, there’s no place more apt than Dublin to visit a Guinness storehouse and then, take in the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Then we move on to kiss the famous Blarney stone before carrying on for the picturesque landscape around the Ring of Kerry and take a breather in Killarney for a relaxing three night stay. As you uncover the charms of Ireland, you realise that potatoes aren’t the only ingredient in an Irish cooking class, will feel like landed gentry at Castletown House and then finally, cross the Irish Sea to Wales, England and Scotland.

Passing the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park, we discover Chester, formerly a 1stCentury Roman Fortress, feeling like you have time-travelled back as you walk the medieval streets and tudor rows. 

Onwards to a city made famous by the ‘Fab Four’, then enter England’s green and pleasant land, the Lake District inspiring the likes of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Beatrix Potter.

From the green lands of England to Scotland, try to understand what people say in Glasgow, drop by Mary Queen of Scots’ childhood home and cross the Battlefields of Bannockburn. We make our way up to the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Isles to listen to the ghosts at Iona Abbey, the resting place of Gaelic kings including Macbeth.  Maybe catch a glimpse of Nellie at Loch Ness, wonder at the Battlefields of Culloden, become a true Highlander by taking a wee dram at Pitlochry and call in on every golfers’ mecca at St Andrews.

Our roving adventure ends at magnificent Edinburgh, where as a fitting finale we experience the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Status:
    Final days to book
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Ireland, Scotland, Wales
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price with your own room $10595. Airfare additional. *EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Coach
  • Pace:
    1
  • Group Size:
    Holiday Group Size
  • Trip Code:
    ireland18-7
REVIEWS

I was very nervous as this was my first solo tour & my first time to the UK. I was put to ease at the pre dinner welcome drinks upon meeting my fellow travellers,tour director & coach driver. I had the time of my life & was kept on the go all the time. The knowledge the Tour Director gave prior to & at the destination was invaluable & increased the overall experience. I would recommend a solo tour to anybody considering one. I have made some life long friends along the way. So get out there and do it!

Sandy, 51 yrs, Brisbane, QLD

Just completed his fifth holiday with Encounter and his second UK / Ireland tour. I will be back for more!

Tony, 63 yrs, Melbourne, VIC
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INCLUSIONS

  • 18 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 10 dinners
  • 18 nights’ hotel stay
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
  • Tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • A scenic train journey up to the summit of Mount Snowdon
  • The services of a professional travel director throughout your journey
  • Documentation travel wallet containing the itinerary, hotel list, baggage labels
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person in and out of hotels
  • Tips and gratuities for the travel director, driver and local specialist guides
  • Arrival transfer airport to hotel, Dublin #
  • Departure transfer hotel to airport. Edinburgh #

# Airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. See getting there page for more details

 Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour in Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Pitlochry
  • Sightseeing tour with a local specialist in Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Castletown House, Harlech Castle, Beatles Museum, Stirling Castle, Iona Abbey, Battle of Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh  Castle
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
  • Train journey up to the summit of Mount Snowdon
  • A dazzling evening with tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Orientation tour in Chester, Liverpool, Lake
  • District, Glasgow, Pitlochry
  • Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist in
  • Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney
  • Castle, Castletown House, Beatles Museum,
  • Stirling Castle, Iona Abbey, Battle of Culloden
  • Battlefield, Edinburgh Castle
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry, Dingle
  • Peninsula
  • Tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after a long flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

DAY 1 - SUNDAY 29 JULY 2018
Arrive Dublin (2 Nights) 

Arrive to Dublin today, or perhaps you arrived yesterday and you can relax or spend time exploring this vibrant, friendly city.

This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on board Welcome Dinner. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner

DAY 2 - MONDAY 30 JULY 2018
Dublin Sightseeing 

This morning discover the city of Dublin and see the famous sights including Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist, followed by a visit to Guinness Storehouse to find out about the famous brew and the Guinness family. Spend the rest of the day as you please.

Tonight come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialties, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 3 - TUESDAY 31 JULY 2018
Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Blarney - Cork

Leave Dublin this morning and stop for photos at the Rock of Cashel. We’ll visit Blarney Castle and head to the Blarney Stone. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. Tonight we will dine at our hotel in Cork. 

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY 01 AUGUST 2018
Cork - Ring of Kerry Excursion -Killarney (3 Nights) 

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.

Join your companions this evening for a memorable dinner on a traditional farm in Killarney. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 5 - THURSDAY 02 AUGUST 2018
Dingle Peninsula Excursion and At Leisure 

This morning enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland’s most westerly point. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast  

DAY 6 - FRIDAY 03 AUGUST 2018
Killarney At Leisure

Today is yours to explore Killarney at your own pace. Killarney National Park offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including alking, cycling, horse riding or golf on championship courses overlooking the Killarney Lakes. 

This evening, watch a cooking demonstration of Irish cooking followed by a meal of the delicious food. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner  

DAY 7 - SATURDAY 04 AUGUST 2018
Killarney - Killaloe - Kildare 

This morning we leave Killarney and follow scenic roads through the beautiful Irish countryside to Kildare. We will travel to Adare, and view one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, and then continue on to Killaloe on Lough Derg. Learn to make traditional Guinness stew and Irish soda bread during your Cooking Demonstration (subject to availability) and enjoy the homemade results for lunch!

We will travel through Nenagh before arriving to Kildare where we will visit Castletown House. Tonight we will join together for dinner to farewell our time in Ireland. 

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner (and lunch subject to availability)  

DAY 8 - SUNDAY 05 AUGUST 2018
Kildare - Chester

Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn- drobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. This evening join  your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 9  MONDAY 06 AUGUST 2018
Chester - Liverpool - Lake District (2 nights) 

This morning we travel to the hometown of the Beatles - Liverpool, where we will visit The Beatles Museum. We will continue to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswalds Church. Tonight we will dine at our hotel.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 10  TUESDAY 07 AUGUST 2018
Lake District  Excursion  and  At  Leisure 

Today our Travel Director will take us on a more detailed tour of the Lake District with its beautiful lakes, mountain scenery, waterfalls and quaint villages. The afternoon and evening are yours to relax or explore in this idyllic region of England. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 WEDNESDAY 08 AUGUST 2018
Lake District  - Glasgow  (2 Nights) 

Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 12 THURSDAY 09 AUGUST 2018
Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion 

This morning enjoy a visit to the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn - the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy lunch (subject to availability) on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 13 FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018
Glasgow - Glencoe - Ballachulish (2 Nights) 

This morning we will travel via Loch Lomond and through the breathtaking ‘Glen of the Weeping’ at Glencoe. Onwards to Ballachulish for the next two nights. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 14 - SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
Mull and Iona Excursion 

Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 15 - SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2018
Ballachulish  -  Inverness

Make a stop at Loch Ness to see if you can find the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. From here we will vist the site of the Battle of

Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the sight has featured in Diane Gabaldon’s fictional novel ‘Outlander’. Arrive later in Inverness where your evening is at leisure.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 16 - MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018
Inverness - Pitlochry - St. Andrews - Edinburgh  (3 Nights)

Travel through the rugged Cairngorm Mountains before stopping in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Visit the Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and taste of a ‘wee dram’. Then we’ll travel to the historic town of St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. This afternoon we arrive in Edinburgh.

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 17 - TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2018
Edinburgh   Sightseeing and  Free Time

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. You are in Edinburgh at the time of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 18 - WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 2018
Edinburgh at Leisure

Today is yours to explore this historic city. Our Farewell Dinner tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There’s even a chance to sample Scotland’s national  dish – haggis.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner 

DAY 19 - THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2018
Depart Edinburgh

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your guided holiday draws to a close.

Meals: Full Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Dublin

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

2

Cork

Radisson Blue Hotel

1

Killarney

The Malton Hotel

3

Kildare

Killashee Hotel

1

Chester

Doubletree by Hilton

2

Lake District

Castle Green Hotel Kendal 

3

Ballachulish

Ballachulish Hotel

2

Inverness

Best Western Palace hotel & Spa 

1

Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

3

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

FITZPATRICK CASTLE HOTEL, DUBLIN
One of the only castle hotels on Dublin's South side. Fitzpatrick Castle, is an 18th Century four star Castle Hotel, offering stylish surroundings, friendly personal service and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings overlooking Dublin Bay.

Dine at PJ's Restaurant to taste the exquisite and diverse creations and enjoy a warm, friendly atmosphere & fabulous dining experience.

Conveniently located near Dalkey & Dun Laoghaire, situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, in the prestigious south Dublin suburb of Killiney and overlooking Dublin Bay. Just 14 km from Dublin's bustling city centre, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is easily accessed from both Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire ferry port.

RADISSON BLUE HOTEL, CORK
The many shops, cafés, and restaurants of this cosmopolitan city are all within easy reach. You'll be close to both the town centre and the airport, making the hotel a perfect base for exploring the city and beyond. 

A 20-minute taxi ride will take you to Cork's bustling centre. Explore the city's many beautiful churches, or head to its celebrated opera house.

THE MALTON HOTEL, KILLARNEY
Originally opened in 1854 & later named The Great Southern Hotel, now The Malton Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. Located in the heart of Killarney Town centre it is the perfect place to set off on an adventure, exploring the iconic Ring of Kerry.

The Malton Killarney enjoys an impressive history throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including.

Surrounded by six acres of beautiful gardens right in the centre of bustling Killarney town, within a moment’s walking distance of the sublime Killarney National Park.

The Malton Killarney’s boasts exceptional restaurants; choose from gourmet dining in the award winning Garden Room Restaurant, the unique & interactive wine experience in their wine rooms, or savour delicious bar food in The Punchbowl Bar.

There is complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

KILLASHEE HOTEL, KILDARE
Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare is located only 30kms from Dublin City and just 2kms outside of Naas town. Set amidst the lush rolling countryside of County Kildare, Killashee is truly a special place. From the Victorian grandeur of the Original House, to the acres of splendid gardens and gloriously wild woodland and trails, there are so many hidden places to explore. A truly enchanted setting, with a wonderfully rich history, that’s just waiting to be discovered. 

The hotel provides 141 bedrooms, a fully equipment gym, Leisure Club & Spa plus much more.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CHESTER
Situated in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chester is an 18th Century Manor House, offering contemporary accommodation, just two miles from the centre of the historic city of Chester.

Dine at the hotel’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and savour a delicious steak, or unwind in the Garden Room and Terrace restaurant where you can enjoy a menu created using some of the finest British ingredients around. Their onsite bar also offers an extensive gin menu, with its selection of botanicals from the finest English distilleries.

CASTLE GREEN HOTEL KENDAL, LAKE DISTRICT
Located in the charming ‘auld grey town’ of Kendal, Castle Green Hotel opened in December 1997 but the building itself dates back to 1847.

The Castle Green has created a unique dining experience that offers the best of Cumbrian cuisine in a contemporary environment.

BALLACHULISH HOTEL, BALLACHULISH
A warm welcome awaits you at the Ballachulish Hotel. Situated in a breath-taking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe

Roaring log fires, peaceful surroundings, a cosy atmosphere and over one hundred years of traditional hospitality make the Ballachulish Hotel a real highland gem.

INVERNESS PALACE HOTEL & SPA, INVERNESS
Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa offers a collection of Victorian properties and a modern garden cottage just a few steps from Inverness city centre. Dating back to the 1890’s, it presents the period architecture with a new elegant reception and lounge, and the only Inverness river side hotel with a superb Leisure Club & Spa (including a lovely pool!)

You’ll find a stylish Inverness city hotel at the heart of the Capital of the Highlands, just a short walk across the River Ness to the bustling shops, Inverness Castle & new viewing platform, Eden Court Theatre and excellent restaurants.  

RADISSON BLUE, EDINBURGH
Stay on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, just a short walk to major city centre attractions. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh’s famous shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street. The hotel is also within easy reach of Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Park, just adjacent. The park’s highest point is the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Take a short walk to the top and find stunning views of this unique capital city.

Each of the 238 stylish rooms and suites offer modern conveniences such as a pillow menu and free high-speed wireless Internet access. With two on-site restaurants, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal either—or, if you prefer, just stay in and order room service.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #1: Book & pay the tour deposit by Tuesday 31 October 2017
SAVE $400 for tour package with your own room | $250 if you share

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit by Tuesday 19 December 2018
SAVE $250 for tour package with your own room | $150 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* sharing/share refers to ‘twin share’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.  

Prices per person (in AUD)

Your Own Room

Early Bird #1: Tour only  (offer ends 31 October 2017)

$10595

Early Bird #2: Tour Only (offer ends 19 December 2017)

$10745

Standard: Tour only

$10995


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2600 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers if not on nominated tour flight
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $650 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by 29 April 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Dublin, Ireland
Depart from:  Edinburgh, Scotland  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
Flights are in addition to the tour price. Passengers have the option of selecting their preferred airline carrier and travel dates. Note, a group transfer applies to the nominated tour flight – see ‘Transfers’ below.

TRANSFERS
There is one nominated tour flight that includes the airport arrival and departure transfer for passengers on this flight.

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited.Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance including the The Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum group size of 26 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE [2 out of 5]
It's considered an easy pace with some free time included throughout your tour. There are some days that are faster-paced than others and some days of long distance driving are required.

This tour is also rated ‘2 out of 5’ due to the many places of stay being two or three nights.

ABOUT THE MEALS    
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. 

GROUP TRAVEL DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a professional Travel Director to accompany you throughout your journey. Your Travel Director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Travel by luxury air conditioned coach with reclining seats.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 23kg.  A charge of US$6 per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of luggage is permitted to be carried or if suitcase exceeds the weight or size limits.  This is not assurance that the additional luggage will be permitted on the coach.

Carryon luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12x11x6’ (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your seat or in the small overhead compartment.  Carryon luggage is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motor coach by you each day. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Wifi Hotspots is increasingly available in Ireland and Scottland.  Most of the hotels will offer wifi.  In some more remote area’s WiFi will not be readily available.  There are a number of devices that you can rent or purchase when travelling to assist with WiFi access.

If you have a smartphone you can download apps, such as “ WiFi Finder”, to help you find free WiFi hotspots in your area. These use GPS technology and built-in maps to locate the nearest WiFi hotspots to you.

Note: These are guidelines only and not a guarantee.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

I was very nervous as this was my first solo tour & my first time to the UK. I was put to ease at the pre dinner welcome drinks upon meeting my fellow travellers,tour director & coach driver. I had the time of my life & was kept on the go all the time. The knowledge the Tour Director gave prior to & at the destination was invaluable & increased the overall experience. I would recommend a solo tour to anybody considering one. I have made some life long friends along the way. So get out there and do it!

Sandy, 51 yrs, Brisbane, QLD

Just completed his fifth holiday with Encounter and his second UK / Ireland tour. I will be back for more!

Tony, 63 yrs, Melbourne, VIC

'A wonderful trip and exquisite memories! Being with a great bunch of people from breakfast to bedtime; experiencing the beautiful midnight sunset over a loch on the Isle of Skye; taking a trip down memory lane on a steam train with a special friend; finding a hidden gem at a sparkling lake in Connemarra; drinking guinness with friends on a ferry to Ireland; enjoying laughter and fun at a Scottish show; pondering on a battlefield in Scotland; getting soaked in the rain on a magnificent lake in Windemere; hanging upside-down kissing the Blarney stone; wonderstruck by awe inspiring worn stone steps; praying at a cathedral in Liverpool; finding my heritage in Britain's rich history.'

Linda, A young at heart 60-ish, Syney, NSW
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