Irish and British Focus

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See the best of Ireland, Wales and England in either 10 or 11 activity-filled days. Start in Dublin where the wit and music at Taylor's Three Rock Pub will set the mood for your vacation. Tour the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher before crossing the Irish sea. Your route covers the Welsh capital of Cardiff, the city of Bristol and Stonehenge's ancient mysteries before ending in the heart of London.

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  • Duration: 9 Nights
  • Start Location: Dublin Airport
  • End Location: London
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Superior First Class Hotels - 10 day (9 nights) or 11 day (10 nights) coach tour.

 

See the very best of Ireland, Wales and England in just nine activity-filled days. Start in Dublin where the wit and music at Taylor's Three Rock Pub will set the mood for your vacation.

Tour various highlights in Ireland including Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Galway City Tour, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney Castle and Waterford Crystal before crossing the Irish sea. Your route covers the Welsh capital of Cardiff, the city of Bristol and Stonehenge's ancient mysteries before ending in the heart of London.

 

 

 

Day 1 - Dublin Arrival
Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Take a short ride to the historic village of Dalkey, now an upmarket suburb for a gentle guided walk through the village. Visit the imposing Dalkey Castle and visit the newly re-furbished Writers’ Gallery. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip, where he will help you choose a restaurant to dine independently.

Day 2 - Dublin Tour & Taylor's Three Rock Pub
Take a tour around central Dublin, with spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see monuments celebrating the lives of prominent people and events in Irish history. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of the Cathedral and is buried here. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing or shopping. Enjoy dinner at Taylor's Three Rock Pub followed by an upbeat show with Irish music and dance. (B, D)

Day 3: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Tday you will leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This famous monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around and view the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to the city of Galway and join a local guide on a gentle walk through the city center before checking into your hotel. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance of lively streets with fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy some free time to browse around on your own before dining in your hotel. (B, D)
 
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Today stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a local farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Next travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coastline for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 ft. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and drive to your hotel which is located in the center of Killarney. (B, D)
 
Day 5: Jaunting Car & Ring of Kerry
Today you will take a jaunting car ride through part of the Killarney National Park to admire scenic views of some of Killarney’s lakes and mountains. Visit Muckross Schoolhouse for a taste of Irish countrylife where you will watch butter churning and bread making. Drive to the delightful and colourful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the spectacular Ring of Kerry route to view mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps visit a pub with live music. (B, L)
 
Day 6: Blarney Castle & Waterford
Today you will visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb to the top of the castle, take a walk through the stunning grounds with magnificent trees and colorful borders. Additionally shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs. Travel along the south coast to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Learn about the history of the 123 Irish passengers who embarked on the ill-fated RMS Titanic bound for New York. Next continue to the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. View a huge array of stemware in showrooms and you may purchase pieces also if you wish. Check in to your hotel in the center of Waterford and, after dinner, take a walking tour with a local guide to learn about the region’s history. (B, D) 

Day 7 - Ferry to South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to South Wales. Journey through pleasant farmlands and South Wales where coal used to be mined. Head to Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style castle in the 19th century. A tour of the castle is followed by a fun Welsh banquet. (B, D)

Day 8 - Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning explore Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in fashion in the 18th century Regency period. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, wonderfully preserved after two millennia and take a panoramic tour to see some of the stately Regency mansions and the Pulteney Bridge. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue into London and check for dfinner in your hotel (B)

Day 9 - London Sightseeing
Today explore London independently. Use one voucher for an open-top sightseeing bus tour - you have a choice of routes around London's famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish. A visit to the Tower of London or Kensington Palace is also included. (B)

Day 10 - Depart for Home from Heathrow Airport
Travel to Heathrow Airport by independent transfer in time to check in for your flight home. (B)

or 11 Day Tour...

Day 10: Independent Tour of London
Today you can schedule in London sightseeing by open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks in the city. There are a number of different bus routes which you can choose from as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
 
Day 11: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) 

B=Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, D=Dinner

(Please note prices are based on a 10 day tour).

Tour Options:
  • 10 days/9 nights or
  • 11 days/10 nights

(Please note prices are based on a 10 day tour).

Included in this tour:

  • Roundtrip Group transfers when you book our flights ($30 fee for transfers on Land-only bookings)
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 nights in hotels listed (10 nights if on 11 day tour)
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    -Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show 
    -Welsh Evening in Cardiff 
    -4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours to Dublin, Cardiff and London
  • Walking tours of Dalkey, Galway and Waterford
  • Tea and scones at Rathbaun Farm
  • Ferry across the River Shannon and from Ireland to Wales
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Muckross Schoolhouse butter and bread making demonstration
  • Visits and admissions to Dalkey Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • London open-top bus tour (11 day tour only)

Overnights for this tour:

  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick, Galway (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Tower Jpte; & Leisure Centre, Waterford (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff (1 night)
  • Mercure London Bridge Hotel, London (2 nights) or 3 nights if on 11 day tour.

(Please note prices are based on a 10 day tour).

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