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April 3-14, 2013, Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Essential Experiences

12 Days
16 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

  • Visit a Scottish Whisky distillery and same the "Water of Life"
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Lomond
  • See the spectacular Giant's Causeway formed by ancient volcanic eruptions
  • Experience the rugged natural beauty of County Donegal and Glenveagh National Park
  • Join in the revelry and fun during a night of traditional Irish entertainment

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Double - $3,919
Single - $4,419
Triple - $3,889

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Kansas City Int'l Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $150 (subject to increase until paid in full), Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $220 per person, Hotel Transfers

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change

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Your Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2-3 Apex International Hotel Edinburgh, Edinburgh or Jurys Inn Edinburgh*, Edinburgh
Day 4 Inverness Centre (Riverness) Premier Inn, Inverness or Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Day 5 Normandy Hotel - Glasgow, Glasgow or Westerwood Hotel, Glasgow
Days 6-7 Europa Hotel Belfast, Belfast or Jurys Inn Belfast, Belfast
Days 8-9 Best Western White Horse Hotel Londonderry or Tower Hotel Derry, Derry
Days 10-11 Ballsbridge Hotel (was Inn), Dublin or Burlington Hotel Dublin, Dublin
*On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Day 1: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Overnight Flight
From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.
Day 2: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Edinburgh - Scotland's regal capital city. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Friday, April 5, 2013
A locally guided tour of the city begins with a visit to the famous Palace of Holyroodhouse*, once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Next, explore the famous Royal Yacht Britannia which sailed more than a million miles in service to the Queen. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Edinburgh independently. (B)
Day 4: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Edinburgh, Glamis - Inverness
Leave Edinburgh for a guided tour of Glamis Castle. Centuries old, the castle remains the residence of the Earls of Strathmore and was the birthplace of the Queen Mother. This afternoon, visit a Scottish whisky distillery and taste one of the world's most well-known whiskies! Enter the Highlands as you travel towards Inverness where you will stay overnight. (B,D)
Day 5: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Inverness - Loch Ness - Ft. William - Loch Lomond - Cumbernauld
This morning, drive the historic military road along the southern shores of Loch Ness, passing the famous Falls of Foyers. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready for sightings of "Nessie!" Make a stop in the former garrison town of Ft. William. Later, take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. (B,D)
Day 6: Monday, April 8, 2013
Cumbernauld - Ferry Crossing - Belfast, Northern Ireland
An early start takes you along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast. Upon arrival, settle into your city-center hotel for a two-night stay. (B,D)
Day 7: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Belfast - Downpatrick - Belfast
Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city's history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See "Samson" and "Goliath", the massive cranes of the shipyard that built the legendary Titanic. Next, travel to Downpatrick to see the reputed grave of St. Patrick before visiting the Heritage Centre which tells the story of his life. (B)
Day 8: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Belfast - Glens of Antrim - Giant's Causeway - Derry
Venture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the wondrous Giant's Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Continue to the walled city of Derry, situated on the banks of the River Foyle. Enjoy a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral and the Guildhall. (B,D)
Day 9: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Derry - County Donegal - Glenveagh National Park - Derry
Today's journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland covering 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Return to Derry with time to explore the town on your own and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 10: Friday, April 12, 2013
Derry - Ulster American Folk Park - Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Travel to the Ulster American Folk Park where you will find collected buildings and artifacts from generations past. As you walk through the museum, learn how the Irish used to live and about the tragic and triumphant experiences that awaited them in America after emigration. Pass through the scenic countryside and cross into the Republic of Ireland. Your day ends in the "Fair City" of Dublin. (B)
Day 11: Saturday, April 13, 2013
A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park, and the city's magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin's cultural treasures. This evening, partake in an "Irish Night", a memorable experience featuring great local cuisine and traditional Irish entertainment. (B,D)
Day 12: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Included Meals Key: B= breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Please Note:
To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for you own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of
purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Days of features are interchangeable.

*The Palace of Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence or for official state functions.

Air passengers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Dublin airport. All transfers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Dublin airport.

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone street.

Air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Important Reservation Information

Cancellation Charges for this tour: After your seat reduction date has passed, a non-refundable deposit will be retained. For Cancellation between 60-16 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 30% of total price. For cancellation between 15-1 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation on the day of departure and after: 100% of total price. For Ocean Cruises: For cancellation between 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 35% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: 60% of total price. 30 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of total price. For River Cruises: including Europe, Russia, Egypt and China, 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 85% of total price. For cancellation 30 or fewer days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 100% of total price. For Galapagos and Antarctica: A cancellation fee of 60% will apply for cancellation between 120-90 days prior to departure; A cancellation charge of 100% will apply for cancellation less than 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation protection is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Air rates are subject to change until tour is paid in full. If waivers have not been purchased and a reservation is cancelled for any reason prior to departure - Air is 100% non-refundable once paid in full. Cancellation charges also apply to reservations made for "pre" and "post" night accommodations. Purchase of Waiver and Insurance guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit), except the Waiver and Insurance fee itself, made to Collette Vacations for travel arrangements in case of cancellation of your travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure. The Waiver and Insurance does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual's Traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. Upon cancellation of transportation or travel services where you, the customer, are not at fault and have not cancelled in violation of the terms and conditions above, you will be refunded 100%. Please see your sales agent for more information, or review our brochure for details.

Consumer Protection Plans: Collette Travel Service holds membership in the following highly reputable industry organizations: the United States Tour Operators Association and the American Society of Travel Agents. Each association operates a consumer protection plan to cover deposits made by travelers. Full details are available from the organizations or Collette Travel Service. Collette is pleased to give this additional protection to our clients. Our California Sellers of Travel registration number is 2006766-20. Our State of Washington Unified Business Number is 601220855. Our Nevada Sellers of Travel registration number is 2003-0279.

Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Responsibilities: Neither Collette Travel Service, Inc., its affiliated entities and its and their employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively "Collette"), own or operate any person or entity which is to or does provide goods or services for these trips. Because Collette does not maintain control or operate the personnel, equipment, or operations of the suppliers it uses and as such Collette assumes no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage or other loss accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may not occasioned by reason of (1) any wrongful, negligent, willful or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the suppliers or other employees or agents; (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrument owned, operated or otherwise used by any of these suppliers; or (3) any wrongful, willful or negligent act of or omission on the part of any other party not under the supervision and control of Collette. Additionally, Collette waives any and all liability for losses or expenses due to sickness, lack of appropriate medical facilities or practitioners, weather, strikes, theft or other criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer problems, acts of God, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws of the country in which they are provided. Collette reserves the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant, or if Collette deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or the safety of the tour. Collette reserves the right to withdraw any tour at any time. Collette reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by the tour manager to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or of the individual participant. Collette does not accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline or other ticket to the tour departure city and return or otherwise. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the passenger at all times. Passengers may be photographed for the promotional purposes of Collette. Payment of the deposit to Collette constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. I agree that any dispute concerning, relating, or referring to this contract, the brochure or any other literature concerning my trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration according to the then existing rules of the American Arbitration Association in the State of Rhode Island. Such proceedings will be governed by and in accordance with the substantive Rhode Island law. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of its contract is void or voidable. Explorations and Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures are brands of Collette Travel Services Inc., a Rhode Island based corporation.

*Airfare: For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. If you purchase an air inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes, and fees. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date.

Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline's checked baggage policies.

Passengers may be photographed for the promotional purposes of the Nodaway Valley Bank Ambassadors Club. To opt out of this promotional usage, written notification must be provided to the Nodaway Valley Bank Ambassadors Club Coordinator (view Contact Us info).