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One break, two cities

Cork - Edinburgh

OVERVIEW

3 Day Itinerary: Edinburgh

Day 1
Private Transfer & Walking Tour.
Arrive Edinburgh Airport. 

Meet your chauffer at the airport, who will bring you to the hotel, where your guide will await you for the walking tour of the city. 

Edinburgh - the Athens of the North has enough to fill several days of touring. Start your tour with The Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen and was once home to Mary Queen of Scots. As the palace is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice. 

Edinburgh Castle - Scotland’s top visitor attraction stands high upon an extinct volcano. See the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny in the Castle’s Royal Apartments. Birthplace of James VI, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, he became the first Stuart King of England after the Union of the Crowns in 1603. 

Look for the tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building. Listen for the One O’clock Gun, fired daily from Mills Mount Battery. A striking addition to the Old Town Skyline, The Scottish Parliament is architecturally stunning, set among beautiful public gardens. 

The Royal Mile is the famous cobbled street linking the Castle with The Palace of Holyroodhouse and passing St. Giles High Kirk, John Knox House, Camera Obscura and many other museums and historic buildings of interest.

Afternoon free to explore on own.

Day 2
Kingdom of Fife, St. Andrews and Dundee tour with driver-guide.

The Fife coastline is a very special environment which has distinctive rock formations, delicate flora and a varied wildlife. Long sections of the Fife Coastal Path up to Crail can now be enjoyed by recreational and serious walkers. Look out for grey seals and, in summer, basking sharks and dolphins. 

The Coastal touring route passes through many pretty fishing villages like Elie, Crail, Pittenweem and Anstruther with its Secret Bunker, a reminder of the days of the Cold War. In St Andrews, first to the British Golf Museum. Next door, the Old Tom Morris Golf Shop is the world’s most famous and oldest golf shop. Founded by Old Tom Morris in 1848, it is located opposite the 18th green of the Old Course Links and has an extensive stock of golf wear and accessories. Bonkers on 60 Market Street is an award winning gift shop where you are sure to come away with something completely different. 

Before leaving see the Cathedral, St Rule’s Tower, the University & St Andrews Castle. Tour to Dundee, Scotland’s fourth city and known historically for its shipbuilding and whaling, for its jam, and for its jute industry. It is also known for journalism and for comics: Dundee remains the home of D.C. Thomson, publishers of the Beano and the Dandy. Dundee is also home to two universities: with all that implies for the availability of restaurants, pubs, and book and record shops.

Day 3
Free day in Edinburgh.

Day 4
Private transfer to Edinburgh Airport.

Where to stay in Edinburgh?

The Balmoral 5*
Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. With its
majestic clock tower, the hotel is a unique and contemporary
luxury five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh.

Apex Waterloo 4*
This elegant hotel has free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a gym.
Princes Street and Waverley Railway Station are just across the
road. With a rich history, this landmark building has returned to
hotel trading after 120 years.

Prices & Inclusions
Price includes:

• 3 nights’ accommodation with full Scottish breakfast, service
charges and taxes included
• Walking tour of Edinburgh
• Full day with the driver-guide in a luxury vehicle
• 2 airport transfers
• 24 hours service
Price for 5* option:
From GBP £1,435 per person sharing
Price for 4* option:
From GBP £1,195 per person sharing

3 Day Itinerary: Cork

Day 1
Arrive Cork Airport. 

Meet your chauffer at the airport. He will bring you to the hotel, where your walking tour guide will await you.

Enjoy 3 hour walking tour of Cork.

Cork City, which is Ireland’s second largest city, takes its name from the marshy land on the banks of the River Lee on which St. Finbarre founded a monastery around AD 650. The city’s narrow alleys, waterways and Georgian architecture give it a distinctly continental feel. 

For a wide choice of different cuisines head for the pedestrian area between St Patrick’s and Paul Streets. The English Market is a covered fruit and vegetable market established in 1610. Now selling a wide range of hand-made and exotic foods as well as the original fruit and vegetables, it is a food lover’s paradise.

Afternoon free to explore on own.

Day 2
Full day with the driver-guide touring Kinsale and Blarney Castle. An ancient seaside town, Kinsale is full of style and character. It is also a winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was an important English naval base, and it still has a distinct Georgian flavour. 

With its yacht-filled harbour, brightly painted cottages, bow-winded houses and displays of flowers in pots, tub and handing baskets, it marks the beginning of scenic West Cork, and well deserves its booming tourist industry. Only 18 miles from Cork, it is ideally placed as a deep-sea angling and yachting centre. 

In 1601 Kinsale was the scene of a battle in which English troops defeated a mixed Irish-Spanish force. It was followed by the ‘Flight of the Earls’, when many of the Irish aristocracy surrendered their lands and fled to mainland Europe. Continue onto the famous Blarney Castle. The story here says that Dermot MacCarthy had the gift of ‘plamas’, the Irish word for softtalking flattery. MacCarthy tried to talk his way out of handing over Blarney Castle to an agent of Queen Elizabeth I. He prevaricated until the Queen declared “I will hear no more of this Blarney talk”, and gave the English language a new word. The legend persists that anyone who kisses the famous stone high up on the castle parapets will be endowed with the “gift of the gab”. Aside from the magic stone, the castle, added in 1446 by Cormac MacCarthy to an earlier tower, is well worth a visit.

The massive four storey keep changed hands during the Civil and Williamite Wars and was used at one point as a prison for the Protestants of Cork. The gardens known as Rock Close were laid out by the Jefferyes family in 1759. Beside the castle is the Victorian Scottish baronial home of the Colthurst family. In the village are The Blarney Woollen Mills, one of the largest and best craft shops in Ireland.

Day 3
Free day in Cork.

Day 4
Private transfer to Cork Airport

Where to stay in Cork?

Hayfield Manor 5*
Set in two acres of gardens near University College Cork, the city’s
premier hotel provides every comfort and a remarkable level of
privacy and seclusion, just a mile from the city centre.

The River Lee Hotel 4*
The River Lee Hotel is well-located beside the university and
is within a comfortable (10 minute) walk to the city centre in
good weather. It is imaginatively designed to make the very most
of its waterside location, with all the main public areas having
balconies as well as acres of glass - the relatively low key decor
is designed to last.

Prices & Inclusions
Price includes:
• 3 nights’ accommodation with full Irish breakfast, service charges
and taxes included
• Walking tour of Cork
• Full day with the driver-guide in a luxury vehicle
• 2 airport transfers
• 24 hours service
Price for 5* option:
From EURO €1,200 per person sharing
Price for 4* option:
From EURO €890 per person sharing

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