- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Park Plaza Hotel Waterloo (2 nights)
- York Marriott (1 night)
- Roxburghe Hotel (2 nights)
- Columba Hotel (1 night)
- Perle Oban 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 Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 13 dinners & 1 lunch
- Welcome get-together drink
- 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
18 Nights / 31 Meals
Starts in London / Ends in Dublin
Scottish & Irish Dinner/Shows
Great Scenery & Coastal Views
Loch Ness Cruise
2-Night Stays in Most Locations
Opportunities for Individual Pursuits
19 Day British & Irish Landmarks Itinerary
Day 1: London Arrival & Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director and head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.
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 through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon- Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Then enter the house where he was born to see rooms furnished as they would have been in his day. Continue your journey north to the medieval city of York and check in to your hotel.
Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening
This morning set out on a gentle walking tour around central York to appreciate narrow streets and medieval houses. The stately York Minster, with towers and stained glass, is the highlight of the walk. 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 & 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 August 7 to 21 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 & Iona Abbey
Take a ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull, then on to the peaceful Isle of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a place of pilgrimage as Scotland’s first Christian settlement. Return to Oban for dinner.
Day 9: Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns
This morning bid farewell to the Highlands as you drive through Glen Coe and alongside 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 for dinner.
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.
Enjoy a drive around the Inishowen Peninsula. Take in the scenic views as you sip an Irish coffee at the Seaview Tavern. In Derry, join a local guide for a walk around the medieval city walls.
Day 12: Donegal Castle & Galway
Travel past the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town to enjoy free time to explore and have lunch on your own. Continue to County Mayo to visit Knock Shrine. In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour before dinner.
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 free time and independent dining.
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. Cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry and head to Killarney, famous for its location beside lakes and mountains.
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. Just outside Killarney tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Enjoy lunch and return to your hotel.
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: Waterford Crystal & Taylor’s Three Rock
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies by skilled blowers and cutters. Visit Jerpoint Park Farm for tea and scones. 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: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.