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Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland | 24 Day Escorted 2018

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide

Accommodation

  • Park Plaza Hotel Waterloo (2 nights)
  • York Marriott (1 night)
  • Village Hotel Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel (1 night)
  • Perle Hotel (2 nights)
  • Europa Hotel Belfast (1 night)
  • Everglades Hotel Derry (2 nights)
  • Galway Bay Hotel (2 nights)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel (2 nights)
  • Dooley's Hotel Waterford (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Royal Dublin (2 nights)
  • The Quay Hotel Conwy (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff (1 night)
  • The Cornwall Hotel (2 nights)
  • MGallery Castle Hotel (1 night)

    Meals

    • Full breakfast daily except on day 1
    • 18 dinners & 1 lunch
    • Welcome get-together drink

    Other Inclusions

    • Visits, tours and admissions
    • 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

     

     

    23 Nights / 42 Meals

    Starts in London / Ends in London

    Highlights:

    In-depth Vacation with Prominent Visits

    Five Capital Cities

    Historic Walking Tours

    Great Scenery

    Coastal Views & Castles

    Entertaining Dinner Shows

     

     

    Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland Itinerary

    Day 1: London Arrival & Tour

    Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Meet your tour director for a welcome drink and dinner.

    Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights

    Today schedule your London sightseeing as you wish on an open-top bus tour. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.

    Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York

    Drive north through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and work and walk through the house where he was born where rooms are furnished as they would have been in his day. Continue your journey north to the medieval city of York.

    Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

    Take a walking tour around central York to see medieval streets and houses and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Travel north and stop briefly in Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey. Drive to Edinburgh and dine at a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and lively music.

    Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

    Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the compact medieval city centered on the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. On Aug 05 to 19 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Day 6: St Andrews & Highland Scenery

    Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university, for a walking tour around the town and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to your hotel in Inverness, in the Highlands.

    Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery

    Enjoy more wonderful Highland views as you travel south for a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Drive along the west coast to Oban and visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour.

    Day 8: Isle of Mull & Duart Castle

    Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides. Tour many of the historic chambers of Duart Castle, home of Sir Lachlan Maclean, the present Clan Chief. Drive to the colorful coastal town of Tobermory for a look around before returning to Oban by coach and ferry.

    Day 9: Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns

    This morning bid farewell to the Highlands as you drive alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast.

    Day 10: Belfast & Giant’s Causeway

    Tour the highlights of Belfast to see the impressive City Hall and Victorian buildings. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry for your overnight stay.

    Day 11: Derry & Inishowen Peninsula

    Start your day with a short walk around the medieval city walls of Derry. Then drive to Ireland’s northernmost peninsula of Inishowen. Enjoy plenty of coastal views as you follow the coastline and stop at Malin Head, the most northerly point.

    Day 12: Donegal Castle & Yeats’ Grave

    Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, and again at Knock Shrine before continuing to Galway for a walking tour.

    Day 13: Connemara & "The Quiet Man"

    Take a drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city center.

    Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

    Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea with scones and head to Killarney.

    Day 15: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs

    Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare and journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery. Visit a farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Enjoy a casual lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure.

    Day 16: Blarney Castle & Waterford

    Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour.

    Day 17: House of Waterford Crystal & Taylor's Three Rock Pub

    Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies. In New Ross tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840’s Famine. Travel to Dublin and dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with a lively show.

    Day 18: Dublin & Book of Kells

    Tour central Dublin to see the main sights. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free.

    Day 19: Ferry to Wales & Conwy

    Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town with its quaint streets and houses and see the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront.

    Day 20: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

    Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue through the center of the country with thriving farms and towns. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Take a walking tour of central Cardiff. Visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet there.

    Day 21: Roman Baths & Glastonbury

    This morning head east to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs and wonderfully preserved after two millennia. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur tales and drive to Plymouth, where Pilgrim Fathers sailed from in 1620. Check in to your hotel, close to the harbor.

    Day 22: St. Ives & Mevagissey

    Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain and view the majestic rocky island of St. Michael’s Mount. Browse around the charming village of Mevagissey.

    Day 23: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle

    Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town.

    Day 24: Tour Ends in Windsor

    Your tour ends after breakfast.

    23 Nights / 42 Meals

    Starts in London / Ends in London

    Tour Includes:

    Transport

    • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
    • Sightseeing by luxury coach
    • Professional driver/guide

    Accommodation

    Superior First Class

    • Hilton Olympia Hotel London (2 nights)
    • York Marriott (1 night)
    • Novotel City Centre Hotel Edinburgh (2 nights)
    • Glen Mhor Hotel Inverness (1 night)
    • Oban Bay Hotel (2 nights)
    • Europa Hotel Belfast (1 night)
    • Everglades Hotel Derry (2 nights)
    • Galway Bay Hotel (2 nights)
    • Castlerosse Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
    • Dooley's Hotel Waterford (1 night)
    • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
    • The Quay Hotel Conwy (1 night)
    • Maldron Hotel Cardiff (1 night)
    • Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth (2 nights)
    • Harte & Garter Hotel Windsor (1 night)

    Meals

    • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
    • 19 dinners (D) including
      - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
      - Molly Darcy’s Irish Night
      - Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
      - Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
      - 15 table d'hote dinners
    • Welcome get-together drink

    Other Inclusions

    • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway, Dublin, Cardiff, Plymouth
    • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
    • Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Waterford, Conwy and Windsor
    • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 to August 21 departures
    • Loch Ness scenic cruise
    • Oban Distillery whisky tasting and tour
    • Round trip ferry transportation to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
    • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
    • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
    • Visits and admissions to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Knock Shrine, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
    • 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.
    All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement for this tour is $1,898


    Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland Itinerary

    Day 1:

     

    London arrival and take a panoramic tour of the principal sights. (D)

    Overnight at Hilton Olympia Hotel London

     

    Day 2:

     

    Independent open-top bus pass and visit Tower of London. (B)

    Overnight at Hilton Olympia Hotel London

     

    Day 3:

     

    Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and travel north to medieval York. (B, D)

    Overnight at York Marriott

     

    Day 4:

     

    Visit York Minster and drive to Edinburgh for a Scottish Evening. (B, D)

    Overnight at Novotel City Centre Hotel Edinburgh

     

    Day 5:

     

    Edinburgh Castle and city sightseeing. (B)

    Overnight at Novotel City Centre Hotel Edinburgh

     

    Day 6:

     

    St Andrews walking tour and Cathedral visit, drive via Pitlochry to Inverness. (B, D)

    Overnight at Glen Mhor Hotel Inverness

     

    Day 7:

     

    Cruise scenic Loch Ness. Drive to Oban Distillery for a tour and tasting. (B, D)

    Overnight at Oban Bay Hotel

     

    Day 8:

     

    Day tour to Mull by ferry and visit Duart Castle, home to the clan Maclean for 400 years. (B, D)

    Overnight at Oban Bay Hotel

     

    Day 9:

     

    Leave the Highlands and drive south via Loch Lomond. Take a short ferry ride to Belfast. (B)

    Overnight at Europa Hotel Belfast

     

    Day 10:

     

    Tour Belfast and drive along the Glens of Antrim to view the Giant’s Causeway. (B, D)

    Overnight at Everglades Hotel Derry

     

    Day 11:

     

    Explore the Ulster American Folk Park and return to Derry for a walking tour. (B, D)

    Overnight at Everglades Hotel Derry

     

    Day 12:

     

    Visit Donegal Castle and stop at W. B. Yeats’ grave and Knock Shrine. (B, D)

    Overnight at Galway Bay Hotel

     

    Day 13:

     

    Connemara and Galway city touring and “The Quiet Man” walking tour. (B, D)

    Overnight at Galway Bay Hotel

     

    Day 14:

     

    View the Cliffs of Moher and take a ferry across River Shannon to Killarney. (B, D)

    Overnight at Castlerosse Hotel Killarney

     

    Day 15:

     

    Drive part of Ring of Kerry and watch sheepdogs. Molly Darcy’s Pub dinner/show. (B, D)
     
    Overnight at Castlerosse Hotel Killarney

     

    Day 16:

     

    Kiss the Blarney Stone, visit the Titanic Experience and take a walk in Waterford. (B, D)

    Overnight at Dooley's Hotel Waterford

     

    Day 17:

     

    Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship, drive to Dublin and enjoy traditional entertainment. (B, D)
     
    Overnight at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin

     

    Day 18:

     

    Dublin city sightseeing and view the 8th century Book of Kells at Trinity College. (B)

    Overnight at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin

     

    Day 19:

     

    Take a short ferry ride to North Wales and visit 12th century Conwy Castle. (B, D)

    Overnight at The Quay Hotel Conwy

     

    Day 20:

     

    See Snowdonia National Park and Welsh scenery. Dine at Cardiff Castle Banquet. (B, D)

    Overnight at Maldron Hotel Cardiff

     

    Day 21:

     

    See hot spring waters at the Roman Baths and drive to Plymouth. (B, D)

    Overnight at Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth

     

    Day 22:

     

    Day tour of Cornwall to view St. Michael’s Mount and Land’s End. (B, D)

    Overnight at Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth

     

    Day 23:

     

    Visit Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Walking tour of Windsor after dinner. (B, D)

    Overnight at Harte & Garter Hotel Windsor

     

    Day 24:

     

    Depart from London’s Heathrow Airport. (B)

     

    Tour Starts Tour Ends Price (PPDO) Tour Status  
    Fri Apr 27, 2018 Sun May 20, 2018 $7,115.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Fri May 11, 2018 Sun Jun 3, 2018 $6,500.00 Guaranteed Book
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