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Highlights
  • Discover enchanting gardens including the subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens.
  • Explore archaeological sites like the Callanish Standing Stones and medieval blackhouse villages.
  • Residents of Ireland’s Tory Island introduce you to their language, music and stories.

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Ireland & Great Britain 2017

Great Britain & Ireland

Heart of Ireland in 8 Days Tour



 

 

Discover the remote and remarkable outlying islands of England, Scotland and Ireland on this expedition voyage. Experience the tranquility of uninhabited islands, the mystery of prehistoric ceremonial sites and the timeless traditions of small island towns


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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Value
4.6 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.4 Transportation
4.5 Meals
4.4
Secret Isles of Great Britain and Ireland

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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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S

Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Flights Depart

In Flight

Evening: Flights to London, England depart North America.

Day 2: Arrivals / London, England

Meals: Dinner

London 

Club Quarters - Trafalgar Square

Afternoon: In the afternoon meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

London  Club Quarters - Trafalgar Square

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel with an expert guide for an introduction to London.

Lunch: Lunch at a local pub.

Afternoon: After lunch you will have some free time to explore London independently.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in London.

Day 4: London / Portsmouth / Embark MV Sea Explorer

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer by coach to Portsmouth Harbor. With a local expert, explore the historic Portsmouth Dockyard, home to the Royal Navy.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive at the MV Sea Explorer. Embarkation begins at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Day 5: Guernsey and Sark, Channel Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Arrive this morning on Guernsey, the 'Island of Flowers'. There will be the option of a walking tour of St Peter Port including a visit to Castle Cornet, a 12th century battlement which guards the entrance to St. Peter Port Harbour. Alternatively, enjoy a panoramic drive during which we will seet he beautiful coastline and beaches and also visit the Little Chapel, built in 1914 as a miniature version of the famous basilica at Lourdes and covered in fragments of shattered china.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship as you sail towards Sark.

Afternoon: On the island of Sark Zodiac craft will bring you ashore for a visit to the enchanting Seigneury Gardens. Horse drawn carriages take you around this peaceful, traffic-free island which is alive with the songs of chaffinches, skylarks and mistle thrush.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 6: Tresco and St Agnes, Isles of Scilly

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Spend the morning on traffic free Tresco, walking its idyllic lanes from the beach to the famous sub-tropical Abbey Gardens. Defying the Atlantic weather, this miracle of a garden is the perfect spot for a morning of plant and bird spotting.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship as you sail towards St Agnes.

Afternoon: The delightful, tiny, community of St Agnes, the most south westerly community in the UK, offers marvellous coastal walks. The small island of Gugh lies across a narrow sandbar and here you will find a single stone monolith called the 'Old Man of Gugh' which dates back to the bronze age.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 7: Garnish Island and Bantry Bay, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: From the berth in Glengariff, spend the morning at Garnish Island and the beautiful Ilnacullin Gardens. These remarkable gardens owe their existence to the creative partnership, some seventy years ago of Anna Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The sheltered position and the Gulf Streem is favourable to the growth of ornamental plants, many normally only found in sub-tropical or Mediterranean climates.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, choose to relax on board the ship or visit the Bantry House, overlooking Bantry Bay. You will explore the house, one of the finest historic houses in Ireland, along with the gardens.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 8: Aran Islands, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: This morning cruise by the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Rising to 213 meters and over 5 miles long, they are home to an estimated 30,000 birds including Atlantic Puffin, razorbills and choughs.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: A little further up the coast and some 30 miles from the Galway Coast are the Aran islands. Call into the largest, Inishmore and explore some of the early Christian sites. The island was a place of monastic study from the earliest Christian times. Also see the dramatic stone fort of Dun Aengus, parts of which date back some 3000 years.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 9: Tory Island, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: After a morning at sea arrive at Tory Island located off the Northwest coast of Ireland and home to 150 or so Gaelic speakers. Although only 14 miles offshore, it feels like many more and island life here is full of traditions. Meet some fo the local community in the village hall and enjoy some of their legendary story telling, music and dance. Tory island is also famous for migratory birds; sea birds nest here in large numbers and a puffin colony nests on the northern cliffs. Look out for guillemots, kittwakes, fulmars, storm petrals and manx shearwaters whilst the corncrake has become a main attraction on the island.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 10: St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Arrive at first light in St. Kilda, a remarkable uninhabited archipelago some fifty miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. The largest island, Hirta, once supported a population of over 200, but the last islanders left in the 1930s. The Medieval village has been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and offers a marvellous link with the past.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 11: Stornaway, Isle of Lewis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: On leaving the island capital of Stornaway, head across the island to the beautiful west coast. Described as Scotland's Stonehenge, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000BC. There are a total of 32 stonesin a circular and avenue design. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Visit the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, probably built sometime in the last century BC, it would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family complete with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area. Our final stop is Gearrannan Blackhouse Village - a reconstructed settlement of traditional black houses where people and animals lived in close proximity. The houses are made using dry stone masonry and have thatched roofs, distinctively weighted down with rocks. Visit the small museum, enjoy a display of typical crofting activity such as weaving and take in the views at this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, sail past the Shiant Islands, a group of little islands located a few miles off the shores of Lewis. This is an excellent place to spot seals and hopefully White Tailed Eagles.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 12: Canna and Rum, Inner Hebrides

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sea Explorer

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Spend the morning on Canna which has a tiny agricultural and cattle rearing population. From a walk along the cliff top we may see Golden Eagles, White-tailed Eagles and Peregrine Falcons.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Sail during lunch to the adjoining island of Rum which is a nature reserve. Walk the nature trail, a beautiful area of wild flowers and typical Scottish island scenery.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Day 13: Oban, Scotland / Transfer to Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Edinburgh  B,L  Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor (or similar)

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship this morning, and spend the morning exploring the seaside resort town of Oban. Coach to the top of Battery Hill to see McCraig's Tower, overlooking Oban Bay. Next, visit Oban Distillery, to learn how traditional Scotch whiskey is produced from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Continue to coach to Edinburgh through the Scottish highlands. The driving time from Oban to Edinburgh is approximately 3 hours, but the views will be well worth it.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Edinburgh with a panoramic drive through this historical city, including both the Old and New Town. Later, check into your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Edinburgh.

Day 14: Edinburgh, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor (or similar)

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel this morning for an exploration of Edinburgh. You will start the morning at Edinburgh Castle. Perched above Edinburgh on Castle Rock, the castle dominates over the city. Continue exploring the sites along the Royal Mile ending at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to independently explore Edinburgh.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 15: Departures

In Flight

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,595

Price Per Day:

$ 506 per person
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • 36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 10 lunches, 12 dinners
  • 1 Expert-led lectures
  • 10 Field trips
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Club Quarters - Trafalgar Square

2 nights  London

Sea Explorer

9 nights  Belgravia, London

The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.             

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor (or similar)

2 nights Edinburgh

Located in the stylish West End of Edinburgh’s city center, the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel combines a historical 1860s listed building with a chic and modern interior. Housed over two buildings – the main building and the Townhouse annex - the hotel boasts modern decor, yet retains stunning traditional features such as beautiful coving, ceilings and ornate staircases. Situated only 200 meters from Haymarket train station and a short walk from popular attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, this unique Edinburgh hotel is the perfect base to explore Scotland’s capital.

Start City
London
End City
Edinburgh

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