Viajes Team3- Mampaso Group - 11 nights V4

Mariano Martin Mampaso

Monday 24th June – Thursday 4th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 12
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Overview

Welcome to “A Celtic Odyssey,” an enchanting journey through the mystical landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. This meticulously crafted itinerary is designed to immerse you and your group of friends in the rich tapestry of these two captivating countries, where ancient traditions meet modern vibrancy.

Get ready to traverse emerald-green valleys, discover the echoes of ancient castles, and soak in the warmth of local hospitality as we embark on a remarkable adventure. Whether you’re drawn to the haunting melodies of traditional music in an Irish pub or captivated by the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this journey promises to be a blend of cultural exploration, breathtaking scenery, and unforgettable camaraderie.

Highlights

  • Explore the mystical lands of Ireland and Scotland on your Celtic Odyssey Adventure
  • Spend time with your lifelong friends, making memories to last a lifetime
  • Meet locals, and immerse yourself in traditional activities.
  • Enjoy learning the history, mythology and stories of these two ancient lands and how they are connected

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 24th June - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, your private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in may not be available till this afternoon, however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat.

The rest of the day is free to explore Dublin from the comfort and proximity of your hotel. There are some great self guided tours we can recommend or simply relax at your hotel enjoying the amenities. We are happy to make a restaurant recommendations and reservations for you and your guides will join you tomorrow.

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Tuesday 25th June - Walking Tour of Dublin

Your guides will join you at your hotel this morning and after some brief introductions its time to get out and explore!
One of the best ways to get to know a new city and learn some of its history is on a walking tour and this morning we have arranged for a local historian and guide to lead you around some of Dublins most famous and infamous sites.

Dublin is a vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Your guides will join you this evening for your first night in Ireland to toast your health and the magnificent days ahead.

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday 26th June - Little Museum of Dublin

This morning head to the Little Museum of Dublin for a private tour with the curator enjoying a brief and entertaining dive into the social history of the city. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the cafe next door before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the city with your guide.

No visit to Dublin is complete without a tour of the iconic Guinness  Storehouse. Your tour takes you across seven floors and the history of Guinness before taking in the 360 views of Dublin city from the Gravity Bar. From there, you will visit three different Dublin pubs, enjoying the best pints the city has to offer taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city along the way.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 27th June - Dublin to Ashford

Leaving the east coast, today we make our way cross-country to the west and to Ireland’s famed Wild Atlantic Way. Your destination this afternoon is the icomic 800 year old Ashford Castle, once ownd by the Guinness Family.

On route, we will expand on our knowledge and history of Ireland with a stop at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise. St Ciarán founded his monastery on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th Century. The monastery flourished and became a great seat of learning, a University of its time with students from all over Europe.Today the ruins include a Cathedral, two round towers, three high crosses, nine Churches and over 700 Early Christian grave-slabs.

 

Overnight: Cong, Co Mayo | Ashford Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 28th June - On site at Ashford

Once owned by the Guinness family, Ashford has a history dating back to the 12th century and has earned its place in Ireland’s history books. Today, Ashford is one of Ireland’s premier hotels offering an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy your day onsite today, soaking up the luxury and atmosphere of days gone past. A private Hawk Walk will give you the incredible opportunity to fly your very own Harris Hawks under the guidance of your instructor. After you have been introduced to your hawks you’ll set off into the magnificent woodlands to fly your hawks, as they follow you from tree to tree through the woods before swooping down to land on your gloved fist. Your instructor will explain the hawks’ exceptional eyesight, their speed and agility, and how they were trained by the Falconry School themselves.

Spend the afternoon relaxing or we can arrange some more activity for you including boat trips, clay shooting, a gentle bike ride or estate walks.

 

Overnight: Cong, Co Mayo | Ashford Castle Hotel
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 29th June - Connemara National Park

Spend your day with your guide discovering the delights of Connemara National Park. There are a myriad of different walks and trails to choose from and the picture postcard views you will experience today are some of Ireland’s most beautiful and yearned for landscapes. With over 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests to roam in, your guide will ensure this morning’s hike is unforgettable.

This afternoon, take a tour of the stunningly beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens. With a history spanning six centuries, Kylemore Abbey is the oldest Irish Benedictine abbey. The abbey has endured through wars, national conflict and migration and today is both a wonderful immersive visitor attraction and the community and home to a group of Benedictine nuns.

For your final night in Ireland,  dining this evening is after touring in lively Clifden village with your guide. Why not check out one of the local pubs after for a Trad. session. Your guide can return you to the castle when ready.

Overnight: Cong, Co. Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Sunday 30th June - Depart for Scotland

Depart today from your chosen airport, Knock is closest if there are flights available or Dublin will offer daily flights and transfer to Scotland, landing in Edinburgh where your Wilderness Scotland guide will be waiting to welcome you to Scotland.  From here you will transfer north out of the city to the rolling hills of Perthshire and your welcoming accommodation with far stretching views across the countryside that will lull you to sleep after your travel day.

Overnight: Perthshire | Ballintaggart Farm
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 1st July - Visiting a Scottish Hill Farm and a Landrover Safari

This morning you will head into the enchanting glen, delving deeper into the wilderness on a private landrover 4×4 tour. As you explore, look out for the russet red coats of red deer and the soaring silhouettes of golden eagles. Listen out for the chattering disapproval of grouse as they flap comically above the heath, chatting to your guide about the land’s topography. After enjoying a wonderful lunch in a secluded bothy you will return to your accommodation – perhaps via a local award winning chocolatier for a guided tasting of the delectable delicacy.

For your last night in Perthshire, you will dine under the stars, listening to tales of days gone by with the sound of a traditional harp floating across the summer evening sky for company.

Overnight: Perthshire | Ballintaggart Farm
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Tuesday 2nd July - St Andrews and Transfer to Edinburgh

St Andrews – the hallowed home of golf with its pristine fairways stretching their way along the seafront and the sound of a nine iron echoing around the greens.  Departing your Perthshire hideaway early this morning you will arrive here in time to enjoy a round of golf on one of the many different courses.  For the non golfers in the party there are lots of other options such as exploring the town, taking a hike with the guide or perhaps simply enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by.  After lunch in the Clubhouse, you’ll head to Edinburgh for your final couple of nights on UK soil.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Castle View Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Wednesday 3rd July - Exploring Edinburgh

After breakfast, meet your guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out for a day spent exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. Full of history, the capital is very accessible by foot. Wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to visit the architecturally stunning St Giles Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle. Pick up a coffee and a pastry from one of the wee artisan shops, dipping into local galleries, cheesemongers and bookshops. If you fancy an afternoon with a twist, head to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums, which holds one of the largest collections of surgical pathology in the world. This evening enjoy final dinner as a family under the twinkling lights of the city and a raise a toast to your Scottish and Irish adventure.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Thursday 4th July - Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, head to the airport and depart for home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 11
  • Most meals as indicated above namely breakfast and lunch daily, two evening meals in Ireland and three evening meals in Scotland
  • Services of two experienced and knowledgeable qualified guides from Day 2 to Day 10
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 10
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Including
  • – Private Walking Tour of Dublin
    – Private Tour Little Museum of Dublin
    – Guinness Storehouse and Pub Tour
    – Clonmacnoise
    – Hawk Walk at Ashford Castle
    – Connemara National Park
    – Entry Kylemore Abbey
    – Private Landrover Safari with bothy lunch
    – Guided chocolate tasting at an award winning chocolatiere
    – Session with a local storyteller
    – Music by a traditional harp player during your final dinner
    – Round of Golf at St Andrews (including shoe, club and trolley hire)
    – Private walking tour of Edinburgh with an expert local guide
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver/ guides
Optional Upgrades Read More

Upgraded rooms are available upon request

Pricing Read More

As Ireland and Scotland are different countries with different currencies, we are unable to quote one trip cost and will require two deposits and payments in each countries local currency.

Ireland Portion pricing NET €10,150 per person
Scotland portion pricing NET £4,195 GBP per person

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