See the best of Britain and Ireland in just 14 or 15 days. Start in the vibrant metropolis of London and see other capital cities - Edinburgh and Dublin. Visit major scenic regions including the Giant's Causeway, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. Shop along Oxford Street, explore medieval York and Chester and the Georgian squares of Dublin. Centrally located hotels provide excellent breakfasts and dinners. Enjoy special evenings with entertainment including a Scottish Cabaret Show.
Visit major scenic regions including the Giant's Causeway, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. Shop along Oxford Street, explore medieval York and Chester and the Georgian squares of Dublin. Centrally located hotels provide excellent breakfasts and dinners. Enjoy special evenings with entertainment including a Scottish Cabaret Show.
(Please note prices are based on a 14 day tour).
Hotels on 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 for a welcome drink before dinner 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 4: Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh
Drive north to visit the famous Alnwick Castle which is the second largeest inhabited castle in England. Travel through the scenic Northumberland National Park where you will stop at Jedburgh to view the ruins of an old abbey. Drive to Edinburgh in time for dinner at the Edinburgh Nights Cabaret where you will experience lively Scottish entertainment. (B, D)
Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh's highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Also enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On August 7 to 21 departures, experience the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)
Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ballygally Castle Stay
This morning drive to Cairnryan where you will take a ferry to northern Ireland. In Belfast take a panoramic tour of the city and visit Titanic Belfast to learn of the history of the ill-fated ship liner. Continue to the historic and famous Ballygally Castle Hotel in time for dinner and overnight stay (B, D)
Day 7: Giant's Causeway & Derry
This morning travel along the “Nine Glens of Antrim” with views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Visit the Giant's Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The enormous rocks have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Continue to Derry for your your guided tour of the city and drive south to your hotel located in Dublin Bay, a few miles from the city where you can dine independently. (B)
Day 8: 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 Trinity College to see the campus and view the Book of Kells in the Old Library. 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 9: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Depart Dublin and drive through central Ireland to view the Cliffs of Moher. The famous cliffs extend for 5 miles and rise of heights of almost 700 feet tall. Next take a ferry across the River Shannon to the famous town of Killarney and check in to your hotel (B, D)
Day 10: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Drive to the delightful and colourful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry where you can view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Next stop at a sheep farm watch trained dogs herding sheep before returning to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)
Day 11: Blarney Castle & Waterford Crystal
Visit the famous Blarney Castle this morning to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Travel through the outskirts of Cork city and along the south coast to the city of Waterford. Visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople and view a collection of amazing trophies. Check in to your hotel, located on the dockside of this port city. (B, D)
Day 12: Ferry to South Wales
This morning take a ferry from Rosslare to South Wales where the city of Cardiff is located. Take a brief tour of the city and head to Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. Head to a Welsh evening for dinner and typical Welsh music and entertainment. (B, D)
Day 13: 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. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, wonderfully preserved after two millennia and see the stately mansions of the Royal Crescent and Queen's Square. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue into London and check in to your hotel once again. (B)
Day 14: Depart from Heathrow Airport
Travel to Heathrow Airport by group coach transfer, to arrive by 9:00 am. Transfers to Gatwick Airport can be arranged at an additional cost. (B)
or if you are on the 15 day tour...
Day 14: Independent Sightseeing in London
B=Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, D=Dinner, L=Lunch
Please note prices are based on a 14 day tour.
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