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Scotland Ireland Tour 9 Days
Price 9 Days
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Glasgow 1Nts, Inverness 1Nts, Stirling 1Nts, Belfast 2Nts, Dublin 1Nts, Shannon 1Nts, Waterford 1Nts
  • Free time for optional Cairngorm Mountain train ride
  • Book NOW with LOW DEPOSIT SCHEME (T&C applies)
  • Perfect way to see the beauty of Scotland and Ireland -  home to enduring myths and legends, grand castles, bloody battles and the perfect swing.

     

    Day 01
    London - Lake District - Glasgow - City Tour (720kms)

    This morning, meet your tour director and commence your journey towards Lake District. The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and is famous for its breath-taking scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. After lunch, take a boat cruise on one of the lakes. Continue your journey further north of the UK, and arrive at the electrifying financial capital of Scotland. Upon arrival in Glasgow embark on a city tour to visit the Cathedral, City Chambers, George square & the famous University of Glasgow.

    [x] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner

    Day 02
    Loch Lomond - Glencoe - Nevis Range - Scottish Whisky Distillery - Spean Bridge – Lochness - Inverness (250kms)

    After breakfast, visit the famous Loch Lomond & Trossachs national park. Admire the breath-taking views and understand the mysteries which lie beneath this famous national park. Continuing your journey, drive along the chilling surroundings of Glencoe, well known for its tragic atrocities which took place in 1692. Stop for a brief photo stop (If time permits). Continuing your journey through the Grampian Mountains, arrive at Nevis Range, home to the largest mountain in the UK. Experience a cable car ride on Nevis Range, Britain’s only mountain gondola cable car. Visit the Scottish Whisky distillery where you will have the opportunity to taste fine whisky. After lunch depart Nevis Range, and drive to Spean Bridge for a photo opportunity of Ben Nevis. Later, visit the scenic Loch Ness, home to the famous legendary Loch Ness Monster – Nessie. Continue your journey towards Inverness and visit the romantic ruins of Urquhart castle (photo stop only).

    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner


    (Scottish Whisky Distillery can be visited on Day 2 or Day 3)

    Day 03
    Cairngorm Mountain (optional) - Pitlochry - Edinburgh Castle (270kms)
    Depart hotel for Aviemore, a beautiful town located near the Cairngorms National Park. Famous Ski Resort Park which attracts over 10,000 skiers a year, experience an optional Cairngorm Mountain train ride up the mountain. Continue your journey to stop at the Pitlochry famous for producing cashmere wool. Later, visit Edinburgh, first stop will be the Edinburgh castle, built on a volcanic rock, admire the beautiful views and structures of the castle from inside. Catch a glimpse of the Scottish Crown Jewels and understand the historical importance of the Scottish democracy. Later continue for an orientation tour, where you visit the famous Carlton hill. Descend on Castle Hill and walk along the cobbled Royal Mile, seeing St. Giles Cathedral and its crown shaped spire. Enjoy the sound of bagpipes as you walk along the Royal Mile, and don’t forget to buy your very own Scottish Kilt.

    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner

    Day 04
    Stranraer - Belfast City Tour - Titanic Giant Causeway - Belfast (300kms)
    This morning you drive towards Cairnryan to catch a ferry to Ireland. On arrival into Northern Ireland, start with the Belfast orientation City tour. View the Belfast Castle (From outside), Custom House Square, Northern Ireland War Memorial, St Georges Market, Great Victoria Street, Grand opera and much more. Continue to visit the famous gigantic Titanic. The iconic building (shaped like ship’s bows) comprises of 9 galleries over 4 floors and allows the visitor to travel through time from Edwardian ‘Boomtown Belfast’ (telling the stories of the workers who built her, the passengers who travelled on her, and her fateful voyage) to the present day with video footage of where she lies at rest. Have free time for shopping before dinner.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [x] Indian Dinner
    Day 05
    Giant Causeway - Old Bushmills Distillery - Belfast (210kms)
    Start this morning with the drive along the lovely Coastal Road of Northern Ireland. Continue our drive to visit the Giant Causeway - an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from volcanic eruption and a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Later continue to visit the Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Drive to Belfast for dinner and overnight.

    [Y]Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner

    Day 06
    Belfast - Dublin (200 kms)
    Late morning after breakfast we drive to Ireland's capital, Dublin. On arrival enjoy an orientation tour showing the major sites such as Jeanie Johnston tall ship, Custom House, O’Connell Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral which is the largest Protestant church, this cathedral, stands on the oldest Christian site in Dublin. Continue the tour onto the oldest university in the country founded by Queen Elisabeth I – the Trinity College. Later we see Dublin Castle (from outside), and the Phoenix Park. Later why not take a tour of Dublin’s top tourist attraction of Guinness Storehouse (optional).
    [x] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner
    Day 07
    Dublin - Cliffs of Moher - Shannon (320kms)
    After breakfast, travel from one side of the Irish coast to the other to make our way to admire the Cliffs of Moher, these spectacular sandstone and shale cliffs run for eight kilometres and rear up to 200m out of the sea. Later drive through the Emerald Isle’s wonderful scenery taking you to Shannon or Limerick area for the night.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner
    Day 08
    Bunratty Castle - Ring of Kerry - Waterford (350kms)

    This morning we will have the opportunity to visit Bunratty Castle (from outside) which was built in 1460 by the Mac Namara clan. This castle is just outside the third largest city of Limerick. Continue by road to County of Kerry where we will visit the town of Killarney and its beautiful surrounding lakes. Later in the afternoon experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive, around the Ring of Kerry’ County Kerry’s largest peninsula. Its varied landscape is truly a photographer’s delight. On your journey we will also see the town of Killorglin (famous for the Puck Fair), Daniel O’Connell’s Cahersiveen, the fishing village of Waterville. Finally, we arrive into the city of Waterford for the night.

    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Indian Dinner

    Day 09
    Waterford - Rosslare - Pembroke - London (600kms)
    After an early breakfast, drive to Rosslare Harbour where we board the ferry to Pembroke in Wales. After disembarking, proceed towards London and terminate your tour in London.

    [Y] Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [x] Indian Dinner

    Scotland Ireland Tour 9 Days
    CityNights
      Suggested Hotels Or Similar   Rating
    Glasgow
    1 N
    Alona Hotel or Similar 4 Star
    Inverness
    1 N
    The Grant Arms Hotel or Similar 3 Star
    Stirling
    1 N
    Holiday Inn Express Stirling or Similar 4 Star
    Belfast
    2 N
    Adair Arms Hotel - Ballymena Belfast or Similar 4 Star
    Dublin
    1 N
    Aspect Hotel Park West or Similar 4 Star
    Shannon
    1 N
    Park Inn by Radisson Shanon Airport or Similar 3 Star
    Waterford
    1 N
    Viking Hotel Waterford or Similar 3 Star
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    Optional Excursions costs


    Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore: (payable in advance at the time of booking)

    UK’s highest Funicular Railway, Cairngorm Mountain is also the home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows you to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500 ft. There is also a viewing terrace,exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British isles. One can enjoy the walks and the breath-taking view from the top (subject to weather conditions on the day of travel) 
    Adult (12+ years)    £15
    Child (2-11 years)   £10  


    Guinness Store house, Dublin: (payable in advance at the time of booking)
    Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse – the Home of Guinness. Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years.  The Guinness Storehouse building dates back to 1904 and is built in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture. It was once the fermentation plant of the brewery and is now a seven-storey visitor experience dedicated to the history of the making of this world-famous beer. 
    Fast track admission to seven storey visitor experience and complimentary pint of Guinness® (over 18 years only) or soft drink.
    Adult (12+ years)   £20
    Child (2-11 years)  FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)


    Loch Lomond Cruise: (payable to tour manager)
    Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery from the comfort of one of our cruises. Tarbet on the western shore provides the ideal base to explore the fjord-like northern landscape while the picturesque village of Luss focuses on the island gems of the south and enjoy a spectacular cruise in the heart of Rob Roy Country.
    Adult (12+ years)   £10
    Child (2-11 years)   £5

    Notes to Optional Excursions:
    ·Optional excursion is only offered if time permitting and minimum numbers of travellers opt for it along with the feasibility. This additional excursion is not compulsory.
    ·Optional excursions cost covers the extra hours for the Tour Manager and the Coach driver plus any additional cost to cover coach costs (fuel, road tolls, parking etc.) and any entrances charges if included.
    ·Some of the Optional Excursions can only be booked on the tour with the Tour Manager(subject to availability) on CASH payment & some tours pre-paid at the time of booking with Sona Tours office. (Kindly Check with our Sales consultant at the time of booking)
    ·The Duration of the tour is subject to change depending on the traffic and distance of travel from the city hotel.
    ·Terms & conditions apply



    Q: What essentials do I need to carry with me on the journey?


    A: Passports with relevant visas, travel insurance policy, appropriate currencies. Long journeys are unavoidable and we recommend you wear comfortable clothing and carry essentials such as a jacket or jumper, snacks, water, tissues etc., as access to the luggage hold may not be possible until a comfort stop or arrival at your destination.


    Q: Do I need to carry a passport and apply for Visa?

    A: All passengers require a passport for travel outside your country of residence. Please ensure you have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of completing the tour.

    We request you to see the following websites for the latest updates on travel to your destinations
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    For UK Residents: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
    For USA Residents: 
    https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

    You are responsible for ensuring that you have correct visa prior to travel. Sona Tours is not responsible or liable in any way should you be denied travel due to incorrect documentation.

    For further information on visas please contact Sona Tours or check our visa tab on home page.



    Q: What happens to me if stopped at customs & Immigrations?

    A:
     Sona Tours cannot be held responsible if passengers are stopped or held by any government departments, e.g. Police, Customs, Immigration or any other authorities. We are sorry to say that the tour will continue and no financial or any other kind of responsibility will be accepted by Sona Tours.


    Q: What clothes shall I wear or pack?

    A: During the lovely summer months, it is advisable to wear light garments during the day, but keep a light jacket or sweater in your hand luggage as evenings can get chilly. Also highly recommended are a family sized umbrella, rain wear, pair of sunglasses, pair of trainers or comfortable walking shoes Smart clothes will be required if you wish to go to a Casino or Nightclub. You may also be required to be ‘covered’ up when visiting certain countries or religious places.


    Q: What are the luggage requirements on the coach?

    A: Maximum weight allowed for luggage of each passenger occupying a seat is 20 kg. Please make sure that you are able to carry your luggage from the coach to your rooms as porter service is not provided on the holidays.

    We also recommend that children or family members not sharing a room have separate luggage as rooms cannot be guaranteed adjoining or nearby. It is advisable to put your name and address on each piece of luggage as many passengers have similar bags to avoid delays and confusion. Should there be any reasons your baggage or personal valuable is lost or stolen, you must report it to the tour guide, or in the absence of a tour guide to the local police or hotel. Sona Tours cannot accept any responsibility for your personal belongings.



    Q: Will I travel with people from other countries?

    A: The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.


    Q: How many people will be on my trip?

    A: It varies from different tours. An average of 40 to 48 guests on trips throughout Europe.


    Q: Will I have free time?

    A:  Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. We also give you the opportunity to tailor your trip with optional experiences. You might choose to enjoy some of the best seats in the house at the world-famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. Or maybe take a magical early-morning balloon ride over the Napa Valley.


    Q: What type of coach will I be travelling in?

    A: We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, most will have armrests, TV, VCR/DVD & cassette player fully air-conditioned or air cooled coaches – all with reclining seats and on-board restrooms (W.C. facilities on coaches have limited capacities, therefore we advise passengers to use them only on an ‘emergency’ basis. We try and make sufficient stops to ensure comfort for passengers). The high vantage point from your coach’s window means you can take in all the glorious scenery, whether it’s a vast rural landscape or an urban city centre.

    On rare occasions your coach may not have a W.C. facility on board.. We have a strict “no smoking and no alcohol” policy on all our coaches. During transfers we may use an alternative vehicle (and smaller coaches) which may not have the above facilities.


    On a touring holiday there are some long journeys which are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city and usually it’s the case that first and last days are the longest.


    Q: Can I change my pick up point?

    A: Pick up points cannot be changed 7 days or less prior to departure date. However, in case of an emergency if you need to change the pick-up point within a week of travel please advise our office immediately and we will try to help and may have to charge an administration fee.


    Q: Can I join Europe tours from other pick up point or destination?

    A: Yes, please see Europe pick up points at https://www.sonatours.com/contents/pick_up_points.aspx.

    Kindly note that there will be no reduction to the cost of your coach holiday in this case.


    Q: Can I select my seats?

    A: Yes, you have the option to select the seat number when making a booking. However the management reserves the right to change the seat numbers.


    Q: What time do I need to be at my point?

    A: It is imperative that you are at the pick-up point at least 15 minutes before the coach departure time. Also for those who are arriving at the pick-up via taxi, we recommend that you book the taxi the night prior to departure day as trying to get one on the day may be difficult. In the event that you miss the pick up at the appointed time, you would need to get to the next destination on your itinerary at your expense. We will not be able to provide any refunds in any circumstances if you do not continue with the tour.

    Please be on time as we cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss or expense suffered if you miss the coach or flight. For logistic reasons Sona Tours reserves the right to change the timings of any pick up one day prior to departure and the right to changes coaches during the trip.



    Q: Can I travel with my child or infant?

    A: Sona Tours welcomes children and infants. The rates for children and infants for all the tours are available in the brochure and on the website. If your child requires a booster/child seat, please carry one.


    Q: Do hotels have hot water for my baby?

    A: Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle (do not forget your adapter). Foldable pushchairs can be kept in the luggage hold of the coach.


    Q: Are wheelchairs provided?

    A: Sona Tours does not provide special tours for the disabled. It is possible to bring along a folding type wheelchair which may be kept in the baggage hold of the coach. The driver will load and unload the wheelchair from the coach for the passenger however they will need to be physically fit enough to be able to embark and disembark the coach on their own. It is also essential that a capable person is accompanying such a passenger on the tour to push their wheelchair.

    Sona Tours will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms. However, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. Should you require the above please advise at the time of booking to avoid inconvenience.


    Q: Is there a tour director on the tour?

    A: Escorted tours are accompanied by professional tour director or local guides throughout your itinerary. On rare occasions, your tour director may not meet you at your dedicated pick up point but at a later stage; however, the driver will be there to take care of your needs

    A number of itineraries include flights or rail journeys; it may be that you are not accompanied during these journeys; in this case, your Tour Director will meet you on arrival at your first destination. On occasions, it may be the case that your Tour Director may change whilst on tour; this is usually due to operational reasons or utilising local guides for their wealth of experience. If minimum number of passengers has not been achieved, we will have a driver guide and a small coach will be provided
    .

    Please ensure your tour director has your mobile number that you are carrying with you on tour. The tour director will provide passengers with their contact details for the duration of the tour on the first day.


    Q: Where will I stay?

    A: The hotels on our tours are carefully selected. Ensuring that a 3* category minimum is provided (overseas ratings are classified by countries own tourist boards) and can be located either in the city you are visiting or on the outskirt. Facilities vary from hotel to hotel and include en-suite bath or shower and generally a TV and telephone. Some of the rooms may have mini bars and 24-hour room service, use of these facilities will be charged to your account and payable by you on departure (Most hotels may require a credit card to cover your extras or cash deposits). Please remember that most hotels in Europe have small rooms unlike many other countries and also not all hotels will have air-conditioning or lift as standard. (If you have difficulty with stairs please advise us so we can try and request a room on a low floor). Rooms are also allocated as ‘run of the house’ so some guests may get larger or different type of rooms -we do not have control over this.

    Sona Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels whilst passengers are on tour to a similar standard due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that hotel’s normal check-in times are from late afternoon, e.g. 3 pm, and check out around 11 am, but it does vary from hotel to hotel.


    Q: Should I bring any electric outlet adapter?

    A: Electrical currents vary between Britain, the European continent and North America. We suggest you carry a converter for your appliances such as electric shaver, travelling iron, hair dryer and other personal appliances. We recommend that you purchase a universal electrical travel adapter to help prevent accidents and damage to your appliances


    Q: What will I eat?

    A: Breakfast is normally either continental or buffet and is taken at the hotel that you will be staying in. All other pre-booked meals will be either in the hotel’s own restaurant or at an outside restaurant and is not changeable. Available meal options are vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (where possible Halal). Please let us know the time of your booking what your dietary requirements are.

    The meals are pre-set buffet and a choice of menu is not available. The meals will only include the food; all extras i.e. alcohol, beverages or any extra items requested by you will need to be settled by you directly with the proprietor. Any meals not taken will not be reimbursed.


    Note: We endeavour to book Indian meals for dinner wherever possible, however due to local constraints if we are unable to do so, we will offer local options. If you have any specific dietary needs or allergies you must inform us at time of booking, so we can inform the caterer. Passengers with severe food allergies are advised to make appropriate arrangements prior to commencing their tour. Sona Tours reserve the right to change meal arrangement in circumstances which are beyond our control.


    Q: Can I have a special request?

    A: Sona Tours works at times with intermediary agents (Airlines, Hotels, Transport Companies, Other Suppliers, etc.) to arrange your holiday. If passengers have special requirements with regards to the service provided by the intermediaries such as a rooming request, seating request or a special meal request etc., then they should advice Sona Tours at the time of booking and we will endeavour to ensure the intermediary is advised of the request. It is important to note that we cannot guarantee the request and that the passenger should confirm their request with the concerned intermediary themselves before their departure.


    Q: What do I do if I have left something in the hotel?

    A: Every effort is made for your safety. Please note that you are responsible for looking after your valuables and property when on vacation. If an item has been left in a hotel you will need to call the hotel and arrange with them directly for the return of your item. 


    Q: What happens if something is lost or stolen?

    A: In case of theft you will need to advise your Tour Director immediately and report the theft to the nearest police personnel who will provide you with a police report or crime reference number. You are advised not to carry unnecessary valuables and to be vigilant at all times as tourist spots are well known targets for pickpockets.


    Q: How does tipping work?

    A: Tips for all our coach tours for the driver and tour leader are included. However, should you wish to tip separately, you are welcome to do so at your discretion.


    Q: What about porter service?

    A: Since there is no porter service provided on any of our holidays, passengers will be required to carry their own luggage throughout their entire holiday. If local porter service is available and you use this service, then tips for this will need to be settled directly by yourself.


    Q: Should I take credit card with me?

    A: We recommend that you take a credit or debit card on holiday with you, as it provides extra financial flexibility. Major international credit cards, such as Visa or MasterCard are accepted by many restaurants, shops and hotels. It is also possible to draw cash with your credit or debit card at some banks and cash machines, though this will incur a fee charged by your card provider.

    Advise your bank which countries you are visiting prior to travel so that you don’t run the risk of your card being refused and subsequent expensive phone calls to unlock it.



    Q: What about local currency?

    A: Currency of most of the European countries is Euro (€) and other Countries have their own currency. If you need assistance in identifying what currencies you would need whilst travelling, please feel free to ask us. If you need more local currency when abroad, we recommend that you exchange money at a bank rather than at hotels as they will charge high commission rates. You may also need your passport for identification as you would for traveller's cheques. Even though in Europe credit and debit cards are widely accepted, keep in mind the exchange rate may be poor and commission will be charged.


    Q: How can I check the local weather?

    A: You can check the local weather to your destinations here: http://www.accuweather.com


    Q: What if I arrive late and miss a part of the trip?

    A: We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a trip, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.


    Q: What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?

    A: We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a trip, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.


    Q: Can I drink the water in the countries I visit?

    A: In Europe it’s fine to drink the water from a fresh-supply tap. We suggest that you should always ask the locals or the hotel reception if in doubt.


    Q: Can I smoke on the coach?

    A: There is a strict policy of “no smoking, no alcohol and no smelly food” on all of our coaches. We do, however, make plenty of comfort stops.


    Q: What if I need to cancel my tour?

    A: Please note that if you for any reason need to cancel your tour, please let us know as soon as possible, this will help reduce the amount of cancellation charges you may have to pay. Cancellation charges will be as per the terms and conditions which you can find on our website.

  • All nights in 3* / 4* star hotels with breakfast
  • Meal plans as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances to sightseeing’s and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Tips to guides and drivers included
  • Executive coach transportation
  • Premium services of Bi-lingual Tour Director / Escort / Leader / Manager (when minimum numbers of passengers reached)
  • Return ferry crossings
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa charges
  • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks (beverages), laundry, other meals, potter service, other personal expenses, etc..
  • Any cost of beverages, alcohols with the set meals.
  • Other services not listed in inclusive item & the itinerary
  • More than 28 days prior to departure date 30% of Total Holiday Cost for Coach Tours
  • 27 - 14 days prior to departure date 75% of Total Holiday Cost for Coach Tours
  • 13 - 0 days prior to departure date 100% of Total Holiday Cost for Coach Tours
  • 30% of Holiday Cost for Coach Tours at the time of Booking 42 days / 6 weeks prior to departure
  • 28 days / 4 weeks prior to departure 100% of the Holiday Cost for Coach Tours
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