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College Football Classic - Scotland Highlands Tour

Aer Lingus College Football Classic - Scotland Highlands Tour

Join our Scotland Highlands tour the week before the Notre Dame-Navy game to experience an unforgettable visit to Scotland. You will enjoy an evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Experience the life of a Scottish farmer and see how the farmer works with highly skilled dogs to herd sheep. After your visits to Glasgow, Nairn, Isle of Skye, and Edinburgh, you'll finish your tour with the highlight of your trip: weekend in Dublin to see the fighting irish of Notre Dame versus the Naval Academy Midshipmen.


Glasgow (1 nt) - Ballachulish (1 nt) - Nairn (1 nt) - Pitlochry (2 nts) - Edinburgh (2 nts)- Dublin (3 nts)
11 Days / 10 Nights
Depart US August 20, 2020
Land Tour: August 21 – August 31, 2020

$4,339 per person, double occupancy {Land Only}
Travel insurance:$276/person;Cancel for Any Reason Coverage:$414/person



 


 

 

Highlights

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • St Andrews
  • Notre Dame vs Navy game in Dublin

Inclusions

Tour Includes:

  • Aer Lingus College Football Classic game tickets
  • Recess 4 Grownups Tailgate Party
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach 
  • Professional Irish driver/guide 
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 10 nights
      • Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor | Glasgow (1 night) 
      • Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Ballachulish (1 night)
      • Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn (1 night)
      • Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry (2 nights)
      • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel | Edinburgh (2 nights)
      • Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin (3 nights)
      • Full Irish breakfasts (10)
      • Dinners (6) including:
          • Scottish evening with traditional dancing and music
          • Dinner and entertainment show at Merry Ploughboy Pub
          • Table d’hôte dinners (4)
        • Panoramic Glasgow City Tour
        • Loch Lomond cruise
        • Inveraray Castle
        • Blair Athol Distillery Tour and Tasting
        • Blair Castle
        • Isle of Skye
        • Eilean Donan Castle
        • St. Andrews, the home of golf
        • Castle and city tour of Edinburgh
        • Guinness Storehouse
        • Hop on Hop off open top bus tour of Dublin
        • Airport transfers at start and end of tour (on scheduled tour dates)
        • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
        • Ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

        Itinerary

        Fri,
        August 21

        GLASGOW CITY TOUR

        Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. Visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink. The evening is free for you to dine independently.

        OVERNIGHT: Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor | Glasgow

        Sat,
        August 22

        LOCH LOMOND CRUISE | INVERARAY CASTLE 

        Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey”. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT: Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Ballachulish

        Sun,
        August 23

        ISLE OF SKYE | EILEAN DONAN CASTLE 

        Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye, where you will take a short panoramic drive and then visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy as you travel the shores of Loch Ness on your way to Nairn. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT: Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn

        Mon,
        August 24

        CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD | SHEEPDOG TRAILS

        A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT: Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry

        Tue,
        August 25

        BLAIR CASTLE | WHISKY TASTING

        Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT: Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry

        Wed,
        August 26

        GLAMIS CASTLE | ST. ANDREWS 

        Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse around the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT:Macdonald Holyrood Hotel | Edinburgh

        Wed,
        August 27

        EDINBURGH CASTLE | CITY TOUR  

        Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the afternoon is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. This evening watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (Breakfast)

        OVERNIGHT: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel | Edinburgh

        Fri,
        August 28

        FLY TO IRELAND | GUINNESS STOREHOUSE 

        Your Scotland tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to Edinburgh Airport and fly to Dublin {Flight not included in tour package price}. In Dublin, you will transfer to your hotel. This afternoon visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. The evening is free for you to explore Dublin and the Temple Bar area. (Breakfast)

        OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin

        Sat,
        August 29

        AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC

        Today enjoy attending the Recess 4 Grownups tailgate party in a Temple Bar pub reserved just for our guests. Then we’ll drive to Aviva Stadium, a sporting stadium with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is also commonly known as Lansdowne Road while UEFA refers to it as the Dublin Arena. Today, Notre Dame and Navy will kick off the football season in what is hoped to be an epic game, where bragging rights are on the line. (Breakfast)

        OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin

        Sun,
        August 30

        DUBLIN | MERRY PLOUGHBOY SHOW 

        Enjoy your day in Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions – Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to The Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music. (Breakfast, Dinner)

        OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin

        Mon,
        August 31

        RETURN TO THE US

        Your program ends after breakfast. Transfer to the Dublin Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

        Terms and Conditions

        Terms and Conditions for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages

        General Tour Inclusions – see tour listing for specifics:                                Print Terms and Conditions

          • Football Game Tickets for College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium, Notre Dame vs. Navy
          • Exclusive Tailgate party for Recess 4 Grownups tour guests, including food and beverage
          • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy rooms with private bath as listed in specific tour description
          • Full Irish breakfast each morning of tour (after first overnight)
          • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a professional Irish driver/guide (one man) for tour days
          • Additional meals, visits, activities, and admission fees as described in specific tour itinerary
          • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
          • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

            Tour packages are land only and airfare is not included.

            All travel packages are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour space is limited, and pricing is subject to change prior to deposit. Land tour prices are guaranteed once deposited. It is best to make reservations early to ensure you can confirm your desired travel package.

            Notre Dame-Navy Tour Deposit and Payment Information:
            • $500 per tour package at time of booking
            • November 14, 2019:  $500 Additional Due per Tour Package {$1,000 total deposited}
            • May 15, 2020:            Final Balance Due 
            Tour Package Cancellation Policies:
            • Through November 13, 2019:              $400/tour package
            • November 14, 2019 – May 14, 2020:   $950/tour package
            • May 15, 2020:                                      Non-refundable
             
            Name Change Policies:

            Name Changes - Air: Cannot change names or substitute for air reservations.

            Name Changes - Land Tour:
            • October 15, 2019: No change fee
            • October 16, 2019 – April 30, 2020: $300 change fee/tour package
            • After May 1, 2020: No Changes Allowed
            Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment. Please see the optional trip insurance offered for our group.

            Participant Agreement required for tour registrationand available via hyperlink through registration form.