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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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$10,199
  • $637
    PER DAY
  • 16
    DAYS
  • 37
    TOURS
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

4 DAYS FROM $2,499

Kilkenny, Ireland (Post-Trip)

4 DAYS FROM $1,199

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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

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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Kilkenny, Ireland (Post-Trip)

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

Step back in time to Kilkenny, where medieval history lives on through jaw-dropping architecture and museums. For the duration of your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the chambers and parklands of Lyrath Estate Hotel, your luxurious accommodation on the outskirts of the city. Plus, enjoy a private train tour from Black Abbey to Kilkenny Castle and learn about Kilkenny’s evolution from merchant town to brewing centre to craft capital. Don’t miss this perfect way to top off your discoveries in Northern Europe!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations in Kilkenny at the esteemed Lyrath Estate Hotel (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • 3 included features and Cultural Discoveries
  • 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 discover Kilkenny’s highlights

This morning after breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to Dublin and set off for Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s most charming yet smallest cities, and home to several historic buildings and a number of breweries. You’ll start our tour with a photo stop at the Black Abbey, built in 1225, before continuing on by mini-train to Kilkenny Castle, a sprawling 12th-century manor and the onetime residence of several royal families.

Afterwards, we’ll explore the Kilkenny of more modern times — an arts and crafts hub — as you’ll soon uncover at the Kilkenny Design Centre, home of the National Design & Craft Gallery. This will be the perfect place to pick up gifts and specialty items before lunch on your own in the village.

Upon checking in to your hotel, you may enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the stunning Lyrath Estate. At this 17th-century manor house, you’ll enjoy all-modern amenities with a true sense of history and luxury.

Dinner is at the hotel tonight.

Included Features:

  • Kilkenny city tour
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle via mini train

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit the Kilkenny Design Centre

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 18:

Go behind the scenes at the House of Waterford Crystal

This morning, we'll pay a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here you'll enjoy a VIP tour of the factory and see the manufacturers of these high-end products in action! It's a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the process of making these sought-after items.

Afterward, enjoy lunch on your own; the rest of day is yours to explore Kilkenny as you wish. Perhaps you’ll explore the grounds of the magnificent Lyrath Estate, seeking out wildlife on its 170 acres of parkland, take part in an onsite falconry experience, unwind with a spa treatment, or head to the Leisure Centre for a swim.

Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Included Feature:

  • VIP visit to the House of Waterford Crystal

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Explore more of Kilkenny’s natural beauty

You’ll have today at your leisure to get to know even more of timeless Kilkenny and its surrounds. Kilkenny is known for its year-round schedule of music and arts festivals, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Irish folk music, visual art, theatre, and more. Alternatively, if you’d like to go on an excursion to nearby Jerpoint Park — where the tomb of Saint Nicholas lies — or to the breathtaking Augustine monuments of Kells Priory, your City Host will be happy to assist.

This evening, celebrate your adventures with one last dinner at your hotel.

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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