Visit the Capitals of Ireland and Scotland
Dublin and Edinburgh are known as much for their lush landscapes as their rich histories. You’ll have plenty of time to experience both on this 8-day vacation from Great Value Vacations, which includes 3 days in each city. Explore Dublin at your leisure; the included tours will give you a more in-depth look at Edinburgh. Click here to view the full itinerary. This vacation includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), or Chicago (ORD)
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel in Dublin
- One-way flight from Dublin to Edinburgh
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at The Place hotel or similar in Edinburgh with full Scottish breakfast daily
- Entrance to Edinburgh Castle with afternoon tea
- 24-hour Edinburgh city hop-on hop-off tour ticket
- Full-day Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky tour
Days 1–4: Dublin, Ireland
A postcard photo can’t do them justice—Ireland’s rolling green hills are sights to behold. In Dublin, this iconic landscape gives way to cobblestone boulevards and imposing Georgian mansions along the banks of the River Liffey, which flows right through the hub of the city. You can visit myriad attractions during your stay, including the Gothic, 13th-century Dublin Castle. It features the foundations of a 1,000-year-old viking fortress and one of the city’s oldest medieval towers. At the nearby Guinness Storehouse, you’ll learn the history of the famous brew and how it’s made. The onsite Gravity Bar offers 360-degree views of the cityscape, which you can enjoy with a rich, perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
- National Museum of Ireland: This museum boasts three Dublin campuses for archaeology, natural history, and the decorative arts.
- Temple Bar district’s cobblestone streets are lined with plenty of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. If you’re not feeling thirsty, you can browse its many galleries and boutiques.
- The Book of Kells depicts the four Gospels of the New Testament in stunningly detailed illustrations and calligraphy. It’s believed to date back to 800 AD, and is now on permanent display at the Old Library at Trinity College.
- Dublin City Gallery: Artist Francis Bacon’s entire studio—including the walls, floor, and ceiling—was moved here in 2001. See where the painter created his famous works, or check out pieces by Jack B. Yeats and Auguste Rodin.
- Accommodations: Besides spacious rooms, O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel features an upscale restaurant, a bar, and a fitness center. It’s also centrally located; you can walk to the National Gallery of Ireland.
- Upgrade available: An upgrade is available at time of booking for $99 per person, which includes breakfast at O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel, a hop on/hop off bus pass, and a tour of the Guinness Storehouse.
Days 5–8: Edinburgh, Scotland
Your next and final stop is Edinburgh, Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital. The included hop-on, hop-off tour is a great way to acclimate yourself to the city and learn about its attractions. Among these is stately Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Scottish monarch. Step inside Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock, on another included activity. You can explore its great hall or check out the Stone of Destiny—a slab of sandstone used in Scottish coronation ceremonies for centuries—and enjoy afternoon tea.
- Included tour: Get a taste of rural Scotland with a full-day tour of the Highland Lochs and Glens on day 7.
- Must-see museum: The National Galleries of Scotland displays works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Francis Bacon at three locations. Hop on the National Gallery bus for free transportation to each of the sites.
- Grab a drink: Edinburgh is rife with traditional pubs, where you can enjoy a hand-pulled, cask-conditioned ale. If you want to drink like a local, order a lager with a dram of whiskey.
- Postcard views: Head to the top of Calton Hill for a sweeping vista of Princes Street along the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- Eat like a local: Dig into a plate of haggis, mussels, or steak and braised cabbage on West Bow Street, Edinburgh’s foodie hot spot.
- Accommodations: The Place hotel offers an onsite lounge and restaurant and is located within walking distance of many attractions.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? How much does it cost to fly from a city that isn’t included in the deal options? Deal options with 3-letter airport codes depart from that specific airport. Deal options with full city names depart from an airport that is assigned at time of redemption with the tour operator. Departures from airports that are not included in the deal options may be available (and may cost more). For other gateways purchase the JFK option and call Great Value Vacations at 1-800-495-4903 for pricing from any airport that isn’t listed on the Groupon Getaways deal page.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Yes, for an additional fee you can arrange for that over the phone when you redeem your vacation.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? After your purchase, call Great Value Vacations at (800) 495-4903 for the most up-to-date availability.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? If Great Value Vacations is unable to book the stay you want during the available dates and before the book-by date, Groupon will refund your purchase.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? All travelers age 2 and over are required to purchase a Groupon. Different occupancy arrangements can be requested with Great Value Vacations at the time of reservation.
6. Is the price advertised available on every date? Airfare subject to availability. Additional fees may apply for some departure dates. Contact Great Value Vacations for details.