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Annual President's Cruise: Castles & Cliffs: Circumnavigating Ireland & Beyond - 2023

Dublin • 11-night small ship ocean cruise with Holyhead, Fishguard, Cork, The Skellig Islands, Dingle, Galway, Donegal, Derry, Belfast • Dublin
  • Vantage Small Ship Ocean Cruise circumnavigating Ireland
    YOU’RE CORDIALLY INVITED! JOIN THE ANNUAL PRESIDENTS CRUISE: CASTLES & CLIFFS ON BOARD THE OCEAN EXPLORER!
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise circumnavigating Ireland & Beyond | Castles & Cliffs
    DISCOVER BELFAST ON YOUR CHOICE OF TOURS — A VISIT TO THE UNESCO-LISTED GIANT’S CAUSEWAY OR THE BELFAST BOTANIC GARDENS
  • SPEND A TOTAL FOUR DAYS IN DUBLIN, WITH AMPLE TIME TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN, A CITY TOUR, AND YOUR CHOICE OF TOURS
  • EXPLORE THE BREATHTAKING RING OF KERRY, A REGION BRIMMING WITH RENOWNED AND DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES
  • Edinburgh, Scotland extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
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Kingscourt, Ireland

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Live like royalty when you add an extension to Kingscourt, a community marked by its lush greenery, forest park, and rich history. For the duration of your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the chambers and passageways of Castle Cabra, Ireland’s famous castle-turned-hotel and your luxurious accommodation. Plus, enjoy an excursion to the stunning Dún na Rí Forest Park where you’ll walk along the banks of the Cabra River and learn about Kingscourt’s interesting backstory. Don’t miss this perfect way to top off your discoveries in Northern Europe!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations in Kingscourt at Ireland’s most famous hotel, Castle Cabra
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 17:

Depart Dublin and transfer to Dún na Rí Forest Park

This morning after breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to Dublin and set off for the Dún na Rí Forest Park, situated just outside of Kingscourt. Enjoy a guided walk along the lush banks of the Cabra River, which spans the full length of the park area and is steeped in wartime legend. A highly-contested territory, it was controlled by the warrior people of Gailenga from the 3rd to 11th centuries, at which point the O’Reilly family came into power. They erected the breathtaking Castle Cabra on their land in 1607, which is precisely where you’ll be staying for the duration of your time in Kingscourt.

This afternoon, check into the Castle Cabra hotel. Take in the view as you approach one of the most well-known hotels in Ireland, an imposing, ivy-laden fortress flanked by a picturesque courtyards and set against the endlessly green landscapes for which this country is famous. Check in and enjoy a brief orientation walk before settling in. Dinner is included in the castle tonight.

Included Feature

  • Dún na Rí Forest Park walk

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 18:

Pursue your own interests in Kingscourt

The day is yours to explore Kingscourt as you wish. Perhaps you’ll head into town and grab a pint of Guiness at Gartlan’s Pub, an institution of this small community providing a comfortable atmosphere to meet and chat with local people. Alternatively, maybe you’ll venture to nearby Carrickmacross where you can enjoy a round of golf, relax at the local spa, or explore the trendy local bars and restaurants.

Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Explore more of Kingscourt's natural beauty

You'll have today at your leisure to get to know even more of charming Kingscourt. This lively market town is situated in a tranquil glen, making it perfect for a stroll through leafy glades and over rustic bridges, as you admire the views of Slieve Gullion and Mountains of Mourne. Stop for lunch at a local pub, followed by a scenic afternoon hike atop Lough-an-Leagh Mountain, a popular hiking trail with incredible summit views.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 20:

Fly home

After breakfast, transfer to the Dublin airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Edinburgh, Scotland

FROM $2,499 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $624 PER DAY

Edinburgh’s imposing profile of black rock hills and rugged medieval fortifications stands in stark contrast to its cultured, quirky, and playful spirit. On this special President’s Club pre-extension, you’ll revisit Scotland’s dramatic history at Edinburgh Castle, wander the UNESCO-listed tangle of medieval Old Town and the neoclassical district of New Town, and dart into the quaint shops, inviting pubs, and fascinating museums that line the Royal Mile. But we’ve also outfitted this extension with special President’s Club highlights, including an excursion to the fabled fairways of St. Andrew’s, the home of golf, where a luxe seafood feast awaits you. Plus, enjoy traditional bagpiping upon your arrival in Edinburgh and a Scotch whiskey tasting that will enrich your understanding of this spirit and the Irish whiskey tastings that you’ll enjoy on your cruisetour. Don’t miss this exclusive Edinburgh extension made extra special for our President’s Club members!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations at the InterContinental Edinburgh The George (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • Panoramic tour of Edinburgh
  • Exclusive President’s Club Features: Scottish bagpiper entertainment, seafood feast at St. Andrews, and Scotch whiskey tasting
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly to Scotland

You’ll board an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland today, arriving on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Edinburgh

Upon arrival, if you purchased Vantage air, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel from the airport. Remember also to take advantage of the hospitality desk during your stay, where you can plan activities; or use our complimentary Concierge service to do so in advance. A Welcome Dinner is included at the hotel tonight, and you’ll be joined by a traditional Scottish bagpiper.

Exclusive President’s Club Feature:

  • Evening entertainment: Scottish bagpiper

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Edinburgh, and come aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

The unforgettable city of Edinburgh unfolds before you as we ride and walk on a half-day city tour. Highlights of the Old Town include Edinburgh Castle, set high above the city on Castle Rock, and St. Margaret’s Chapel. Built around 1130, it is the oldest surviving building in town. Fast-forward to 18th-century as you explore the New Town, with its elegant neoclassical and Georgian architecture. Both districts are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip set sail to visit their far-flung dominion, they did it on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll come aboard to inspect this elegant vessel, which often a hosted a retinue of more than 45 guests. It still features the furnishings and décor favored by the Queen when the ship was launched in 1953. The balance of your day is free. Your Vantage City Host will be happy to assist with tips, directions, and making reservations.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Discover St. Andrews, the home of golfing, and Scotland’s seafood

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf” and site of Scotland’s first university. Admire the charming cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds before we treat you to an incredible seafood lunch that highlights the bounty of Scotland. An introductory Scotch whiskey tasting awaits upon our return to Edinburgh, and this primer will set the stage for the whiskeys you’ll encounter on your cruisetour.

Exclusive President’s Club Features:

  • St. Andrews excursion with seafood lunch
  • Scotch whiskey tasting

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Fly to Dublin and join the base tour

Today you’ll head to the airport for a quick flight to Dublin, where you’ll join Day 2 of the base program of your President’s Club cruise.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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