Explore Ireland, Scotland and England on this extensive itinerary. Visit scenic Dingle Peninsula and Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a gentle walking tour around Chester and a panoramic tour of Belfast, Titanic Belfast cruise on Loch Lomond and view the majestic Scottish Highlands. Evening entertainment includes Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner/show, lively Irish nights and a Scottish cabaret complete with haggis and whisky.
Explore Ireland, Scotland and England on this extensive itinerary. Visit scenic The Tower of London, the Lake District, Dingle Peninsula, Edinburgh Castle, Blarney Castle and St Andrews. Enjoy a gentle walking tour around Chester and a panoramic tour of Belfast, cruise on Loch Lomond and view the majestic Scottish Highlands.
Evening entertainment includes Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner. show, Kate Kearneys Cottage Irish Night, Scottish evening in Edinburgh and farewell dinner at Clontarf Castle.
Overnights for this tour:
Day 1: London Arrival & Tour
Start your trip at Heathrow Airport with an independent transfer to your hotel. At 2:30 pm take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column and lions of Trafalgar Square, Big Ben towering over the Houses of Parliament and Hyde Park. In the evening meet your tour director to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
Today you may schedule your London sightseeing when you take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently. (B)
Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon and Beatles' Liverpool
Drive through part of the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with mellow-hued stone houses, many dating from medieval times. Stop in Shakespeare's town of Stratford-upon-Avon for a look around on your own. Continue to Liverpool where a Beatles-themed tour will show you Penny Lane and the world-famous Cavern Club while your guide will fill you in on the Beatles' lives. Check in to your centrally-located hotel. (B, D)
Day 4: Lake District & Gretna Green
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with Beatrix Potter, and stop in Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the World of Beatrix Potter to see representations of the animal characters that she created in her children's books. Cross into Scotland and stop at the Old Blacksmith's Shop in Gretna Green, one of the world's most popular wedding destinations. Drive to Edinburgh and your hotel near the Royal Mile. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh. (B, D)
Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where old medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 7 to 21 departures, experience the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)
Day 6: St. Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St. Andews famous for golfing and Scotland's oldest and most famous university. Take a walking tour around the town where your tour directory will inform you on the town's history as well as viewin ghe ruins of St Andrew's Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue to Inverness, a major town in the Highlands. Check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the town center. (B, D)
Day 8: Ferry to Ireland & Belfast
Make an early start this morning as you travel south through Ayrshire to Cairnryan for a short ferry journey to Larne with your tour group and coach. Take a brief look around Belfast and stop at the famous Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner. Drive south past the Mourne Mountains to Dublin. Stop off for dinner and entertainment at the Glyde Inn before arriving in Dublin city. (B, D)
Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel south through farming country and stop to view the Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving through Macroom and into County Kerry, where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Check in to your hotel in Killarney and relax before dinner. (B, D)
Day 14: Depart Dublin for Home
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon, in good time to check in for your flight home. (B)
B=Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, D=Dinner, L=Lunch