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Celtic Filmscapes Summer 2017 tour

Celtic Filmscapes Summer 2017

Trafalgar Premier
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Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Highlights

  • Cinematic themed city tour in Edinburgh, Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin
  • See the Scottish Parliament building, Edinburgh New Town, Scenic Scottish Highlands, Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Culloden, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe and the General Post Office in Dublin

Short Description

Game of Thrones, Outlander, James Bond, Cloud Atlas, Chariots of Fire, Michael Collins, My Left Foot - dramatic scenery and unique locations will be revealed... Stopping at the actual film site of Winterfell in Castle Ward where you participate in an unique Game of Thrones experience and enjoy the thrill of firing live arrows whilst dressed in original character costumes from the show.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Start City London
End City London

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Cultural 50 plus

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Ireland

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Welcome to Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception and become acquainted with your Travel Director and travel companions. Welcome Reception

Day 2: Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a cinematic sightseeing tour of this enchanting city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile where Frobisher escapes down a hotel drainpipe leaving behind Sixsmith in 'Cloud Atlas' (2013), Princes Street where Renton and Spud 'choose life' in 'Trainspotting' (1996), the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Hear about the humble beginnings of J.K. Rowling who went on to write the Harry Potter stories. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional evening of traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?Full Breakfast

Day 3: Edinburgh – Falkland – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (3 Nights)

This morning travel to the town of Falkland which was made famous in the 'Outlander' (2014) television series as being the home of the Covenanter Hotel which is the location of Mrs Bairds B&B. Next visit the historic town of St. Andrews where the running scene along the beach from 'Chariots of Fire' (1981) was filmed. Later arrive at your scenic hotel located in the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Scottish Highlands – Excursion through the Cairngorm National Park – Visit Newtonmore and Culloden

Travel through the Cairngorms National Park. In 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012) the villain Bane's dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed here. Stop at the Highland Folk Museum to discover more about life in the highlands and see where inspiration was gained for some of the scenes in the TV series 'Outlander'. At Culloden view the battlefield of one of the most brutal battles in 1746 featuring Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobites. Over 1200 men perished in just over one hour. Visit the award-winning visitor centre and see where fictional characters Claire and Jamie from 'Outlander' said their goodbyes. Full Breakfast

Day 5: Excursion to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye

Travel through the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands before arriving at Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy a visit of the castle made famous in the James Bond film 'The World is Not Enough' (1999) featuring Pierce Brosnan. Travel on a bridge over the sea to Skye for a short drive to Broadford. It was on the Isle of Skye where parts of movies such as director Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' (2012) and the actor Michael Fassbender's 'Macbeth' (2015) were filmed. Return to your hotel for dinner. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow Area (East Kilbride)

This morning travel alongside the famed Loch Ness and see if you can spot Nessie. Stop for a photo opportunity of the ruins of picturesque Urquhart Castle. Traverse through the majestic Valley of the Weeping at Glencoe. It was here that many scenes from James Bond's 'Skyfall' (2012) were filmed as well as parts of the Mel Gibson movie 'Braveheart' (1995). At Loch Lomond hear stories of the Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor before arriving in Glasgow for an orientation tour. Full Breakfast

Day 7: Glasgow Area (East Kilbride) – Belfast

Travel south through spectacular Ayrshire countryside before boarding your ferry from Cairnyan in Scotland to Larne. A short drive brings you to vibrant Belfast the capital of Nothern Ireland. During your city tour with a Local Specialist see City Hall, Queen's University and the Titanic Quarter and hear about some of the films that have been made in the city. Full Breakfast

Day 8: Belfast – Giant's Causeway – Londonderry/Derry

Travel to the north coast and visit the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Parts of the American horror movie 'Dracula Untold' (2014) was filmed in this area. Stop to see the Dark Hedges where Beech trees either side of a small road have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create a natural arched tunnel where shadow and light plays through entwined branches. It was here that scenes from the television series 'Game of Thrones' were filmed. In Londonderry/Derry your Local Specialist will show you the city walls as well as the murals of the Bogside, which depict the troubles of Northern Ireland. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Londonderry/Derry – Game of Thrones Experience in Castle Ward – Dublin (2 nights)

Travel across Northern Ireland and stop in County Down at Castle Ward. Castle Ward's historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell, the backdrop for the series pilot and much of season one. It's also where you will find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark's Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men. A replica of the Winterfell Castle archery range movie set has been masterfully recreated in the Winterfell Castle courtyard where the filming originally took place. Dress up in character costumes from the show, tour the movie set, stand exactly where 'Jon Snow', 'Robb and Bran Stark' stood and enjoy the thrill of firing live arrows. Full Breakfast

Day 11: Depart Dublin

Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this cinematic experience. Transfers are available to Dublin Airport. Conditions apply. Full Breakfast

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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
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The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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I've never had a travel group cancel a trip before. Trafalgar canceled my honeymoon we booked ages in advance my honeymoon. They didn't even have the decency to call. They sent an email as if this wasn't a stressful enough time for planning. As far as we can tell from their non-direct answers they canceled it due to underbooking. Their solution was to just change to a different trip. I'm not sure if they realize how trip planning or buying plane tickets work. we'll never book with them again.
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I lost all trust in all tour companies after Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender on a 3 week tour. He is now jailed. I have contacted Trafalgar to at least get an apology, instead I received dismissive replies and now, radio silence. they had scrubbed this guide' social media to distance themselves AND they continue to manage his Facebook profile, changing his profile picture to pretend all is well. This is disgusting. We place our trust in tour companies mostly to be safe at destination. Think twice before using Trafalgar, they don't much care who works for them: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16094579.Man_jailed_after_destroying_computer_on_which_he_watched_dog_porn/
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Accomodations

  • Ballsbridge/Radisson Blu Royal

Additional Information:

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Meals Included:

  • 10 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners

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