College Football Classic
Majestic Scotland

Aer Lingus College Football Classic - Majestic Scotland Tour

Join our Majestic Scotland tour for an indepth tour of Scotland the week before the Notre Dame-Navy game. Beyond the key city visits and tours through the highlands, go off the beaten path to the Isle of Skye and Orkney Islands. Experience the bucket list event of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo before you depart Scotland for the highlight of your trip: the weekend in Dublin to see the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame versus the Naval Academy Midshipmen.

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Scotland Isles and Glens Map

Glasgow (2 Nts), Highlands (2 Nts), Ullapool (1 Nt), Orkney (2 Nts), Inverness (2 Nts), Edinburgh (2 Nts), Dublin (3 Nts)
15 Days/ 14 Nights

Depart US on Sunday, August 13, 2023
Land Tour: August 14 - August 28, 2023

Land Only Package:

$5,739 per person, double occupancy
          $7,569 per person, single occupancy

Highlights

Highlights


  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Isle of Skye
  • Orkney
  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Skara BraeBlair
  • Notre Dame vs Navy game in Dublin

Inclusions

Inclusions


NOTRE DAME VS NAVY FOOTBALL GAME

  • Aer Lingus College Football Classic game tickets
  • Recess 4 Grownups Tailgate Party

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Transport in Scotland by luxury motorcoach
  • Professional driver/guide in Scotland
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 10 nights
    • Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor | Glasgow (1 night)
    • Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Ballachulish (1 night)
    • Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn (1 night)
    • Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry (2 nights)
    • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel | Edinburgh (2 nights)
    • Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin (3 nights)
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at arrival and departure of hotels
  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour (on scheduled tour dates)
  • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags
  • On-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff in Dublin
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City stay taxes

DINING

  • Full breakfasts (10)
  • Dinners (5)
    • Dinner and entertainment show at Merry Ploughboy Pub
    • Table d’hôte dinners (6)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Panoramic Glasgow City Tour
  • Loch Lomond cruise
  • Orkney and Ring of Brodgar
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Blair Athol Distillery Tour and Tasting
  • Blair Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • City tour of Edinburgh
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Hop on Hop off open top bus tour of Dublin

Itinerary

Itinerary


SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023: DEPART US FOR SCOTLAND


MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023: GLASGOW ARRIVAL

City Chambers in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland

Your tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Enjoy a tour around the city famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. A prosperous port city due to international trade and shipbuilding, today it is Scotland’s cultural hub. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel | Glasgow


TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2023: ISLE OF BUTE | MOUNT STUART HOUSE

Take a ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery and a guided tour of the 19th-century Mount Stuart House. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy a free evening in Glasgow and dine independently.(Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel | Glasgow


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023: LOCH LOMOND | EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Travel along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. Travel through Fort William and visit romantic Eilean Donan Castle, spectacularly situated on an island at the meeting of three lochs. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Balmacara Hotel | Highlands


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023: ISLE OF SKYE | DUNVEGAN CASTLE | PORTREE

Explore the Isle of Skye and its associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Tour Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and former stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod. Enjoy photo opportunities including stunning Kilt Rock. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly painted houses clustered around the bay. Enjoy free time before dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Balmacara Hotel | Highlands


FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023: INVEREWE GARDENS | ULLAPOOL

Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of tropical trees and shrubs has been created. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port, and check in to your hotel near the harbor. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Royal Hotel | Ullapool


SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023: HIGHLAND SCENERY | FERRY TO ORKNEY

Admire the rugged mountains, coastline, and vast areas of open land of the sparsely populated northernmost section of the Highlands. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia, and other countries. Take advantage of the many photo opportunities along the way. Continue to Gill’s Bay on the northern coast of Scotland and take a ferry to the Orkney Islands. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Ayre Hotel | Kirkwall


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023: ORKNEY SIGHTS | RING OF BRODGAR | SKARA BRAE | ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle about 6 miles north-east of Stromness on the Mainland, the largest island in Orkney, Scotland.

Discover Orkney, starting with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next, explore the tiny Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. Travel on to the Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic henge and stone circle that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Skara Brae to see the well-preserved 5,000-year-old village dwellings and return to Kirkwall to see St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy free time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Ayre Hotel | Kirkwall


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2023: DUNROBIN CASTLE | INVERNESS

Dunrobin Castle

Board a ferry back to the mainland and head to Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 and renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms, this grand castle resembles a French chateau and its gardens were inspired by those at the Palace of Versailles. Continue south to Inverness, the principal town in the Highlands. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Columba Hotel | Inverness


TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023: URQUHART CASTLE | LOCH NESS CRUISE | CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD

URQUHART CASTLE (HISTORIC SCOTLAND) BESIDE LOCH NESS, NEAR DRUMNADROCHIT, HIGHLANDS. PIC: P TOMKINS/VISITSCOTLAND

Keep your camera handy as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict that led to the end of the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Return to Inverness with time to relax, shop, or walk alongside the river. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Columba Hotel | Inverness


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023: SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION | WHISKY TASTING

Immerse yourself in farm life and watch as skilled dogs round up sheep. Spend some free time in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is produced and enjoy a tasting. Travel on to Edinburgh and check into your city center hotel. Enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Apex Grassmarket Hotel | Edinburgh


THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023: CITY TOUR | EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Apex Grassmarket Hotel | Edinburgh


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023: FLY TO IRELAND | GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

Guinness Glasses

Your Scotland tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to Edinburgh Airport and fly to Dublin {Flight not included in tour package price}. In Dublin, you will transfer to your hotel. This afternoon visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. The evening is free for you to explore Dublin and the Temple Bar area. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin


SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023: AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC

This morning enjoy attending the Recess 4 Grownups tailgate party in a Temple Bar pub reserved just for our guests. Then we’ll drive to Aviva Stadium, a sporting stadium with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is also commonly known as Lansdowne Road while UEFA refers to it as the Dublin Arena. Today, Notre Dame and Navy will kick off the football season in what is hoped to be an epic game, where bragging rights are on the line. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin


SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2023: DUBLIN | MERRY PLOUGHBOY SHOW

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions – Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to The Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin


MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023: RETURN TO THE US

Your program ends after breakfast. Transfer to the Dublin Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages


By booking travel with us, you hereby agree to all of our terms and conditions of travel which can be found here:    Click Here to Download Terms & Conditions (pdf)

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Payment Amounts and Dates for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages

General Tour Inclusions – see tour listing for specifics:

  • Football Game Tickets for College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium, Notre Dame vs. Navy
  • Exclusive Tailgate party in Temple Bar pub for Recess 4 Grownups tour guests, including food and beverage
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy rooms with private bath as listed in specific tour description
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning of tour (after first overnight)
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a professional Irish driver/guide (one man) for tour days
  • Airport transfers on tour start and end dates
  • Additional meals, visits, activities, and admission fees as described in specific tour itinerary
  • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
  • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

Tour packages are land only and airfare is not included.

All travel packages are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour space is limited, and pricing is subject to change prior to deposit. Land tour prices are guaranteed once deposited. It is best to make reservations early to ensure you can confirm your desired travel package.

Tour Deposit and Payment Information:

  • $500 per tour package at time of booking
  • September 1, 2022: $900 Additional Due per Tour Package {$1,400 total deposited}
  • May 23, 2023, 2020: Final Balance Due 

Tour Package Cancellation Policies:

  • Through August 21, 2022: $250/tour package
  • September 1, 2022 - May 22, 2023: $1250/tour package
  • May 23, 2023: Non-refundable

Name Change Policies:

Name Changes - Air:

  • Cannot change names or substitute for air reservations.

Name Changes - Land Tour:

  • July 31, 2022: No change fee
  • August 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023: $300 change fee/tour package
  • After March 1, 2023: No Changes Allowed

Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment.

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