2020 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland - 23 Days/22 Nights

2020 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland - 23 Days/22 Nights


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: London Arrival & Kensington Palace
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of London with a local guide. Visit Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria’s birthplace and former home of Princess Diana. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at your hotel before a free evening for independent dining.

Day 2: Independent London Sightseeing & St. Paul’s Cathedral
Enjoy an independent day of sightseeing with tickets for the Original London Hop-On, Hop Off city tour. Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral with your enclosed admission voucher. (B)

Day 3: Cotswolds & Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Travel through the Cotswolds, ¬ filled with rolling hills and charming villages. Stop for photos before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Enjoy free time in Stratford for lunch and some independent exploration before heading to your hotel in York. (B, D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening
Take a walking tour of central York and visit York Minster. Drive through the lush green scenery of northern England and cross into Scotland. View the ruins of Melrose Abbey. Celebrate with a traditional Scottish banquet and entertainment this evening. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
Tour Edinburgh with a local guide, Scotland’s capital city, famous for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. August 9 and August 16 departures will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Pitlochry
Take a tour of St Andrews the “Home of Golf.” Enjoy some free time before traveling on to Pitlochry for lunch. Proceed to Aviemore, a popular resort town in the Highlands. (B, D)

Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Glencoe
Cruise along Loch Ness; perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the legendary Nessie. Drive though the Highlands and visit Stirling Castle before going to your hotel in Strathclyde. (B, D)

Day 8: Rabbie Burns Birthplace Museum & Belfast
Stop at the Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet. Drive to the Cairnryan port to travel by ferry to Belfast, where you will dine in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9: Glens of ANtrib& Giant’s Causeway
Drive through the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim. Visit the Giants Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Return to Belfast for a panoramic tour of the city. Enjoy free time for dining independently. (B)

Day 10: Donegal & Galway
Depart for Donegal, where you will enjoy some free time and lunch independently. Visit Knock Shrine, a pilgrimage site where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. Depart for Galway and take a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Return to your hotel for dinner there. (B, D)

Day 11: Wild Atlantic Way Drive & Quiet Man Walking Tour
Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara. In Cong, take a short walking tour to see locations from the “Quiet Man.” Have lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, then travel to Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon is free to enjoy Galway on your own. (B, L)

Day 12: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Drive through the Burren and visit the Cliffs of Moher, and take a ferry across the River Shannon. Stop at John B. Keane’s Pub, where the famed playwright wrote his famous works. (B, D)

Day 13: Muckross House & Sheep Farm
Visit the 19th-century Muckross House and Gardens. Take a scenic drive along the highlights of the Ring of Kerry before stopping in Kenmare for lunch and some free time to explore. Travel to a traditional farm to see highly-skilled sheepdogs herd sheep. Enjoy a free evening in Killarney. (B, L)

Day 14: Blarney Castle & Cobh
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Visit Cobh and learn of this colorful town’s connection to the Titanic. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city of Waterford with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 15: Waterford Crystal & Taylors Three Rock
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how its famous glassware is made. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to learn the history of Irish emigration. Enjoy a night of traditional Irish entertainment and cuisine at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (B, D)

Day 16: Dublin & Book of Kells
Tour Dublin, then take a walking tour of Trinity College and see the 9th-century Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s ¬ nest cultural treasures. Explore Dublin independently for the remainder of your day. (B)

Day 17: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
Sail to Holyhead in Wales. Discover the town of Conwy and take a guided walking tour of its famous sights. Tour Conwy Castle with free time to explore on your own. (B, D)

Day 18: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
Head south through Snowdonia National Park, stopping in a traditional Welsh market town, where you’ll have some free time for lunch. View the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cardiff before heading to Cardiff Castle, where you’ll enjoy a tour followed by an elegant banquet. (B, D)

Day 19: Bath & Bodmin Moor
In Bath, visit the hot springs and the ancient Roman Baths. Stop in Glastonbury with its historic sites. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch. Take a scenic drive through Devon, across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall to your hotel in St Austell. (B, D)

Day 20: St Michael’s Mount & St. Ives
Travel to Marazion and see St Michael’s Mount, a remarkable tidal island. If the tide allows, walk out across the causeway. Travel to the artistic community of St. Ives for a walking tour. Browse the picturesque ¬ fishing village of Mevagissey. (B, D)

Day 21: Stonehenge & Salisbury
Visit the stone monoliths at Stonehenge. Take a tour of Salisbury, a medieval city famous for its cathedral, which houses one of the original copies of the Magna Carta. (B, D)

Day 22: Windsor Walking Tour & Windsor Castle
Head to Windsor for a walking tour with a local guide, then visit Windsor Castle, the Queen’s Residence. Explore independently for the rest of the day and evening. (B)

Day 23: Tour Ends in London
Your program ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.   >

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Accommodations

Package: Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland - 23 days/22 nights Land Tour

Novotel London Tower Bridge
This contemporary hotel lies a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station, 6 minutes from the Tower ...

Novotel London Tower Bridge
This contemporary hotel lies a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station, 6 minutes from the Tower ...

York Marriott
This modern, stylish hotel is an ideal base for exploring York. The Chase Bar & Grill is open for al...

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket
us Tours is proud to partner with the Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket, which is ideally located in the ...

Macdonald Highlands Hotel
The Macdonald Highlands Hotel is a relaxing, stylish 4-star hotel in the Macdonald Aviemore Resort s...

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Strathclyde
The DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde is ideally located just 20 minutes from the shops, museums and ...

Europa Hotel (Hastings Hotel Group)
This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofi...

Europa Hotel (Hastings Hotel Group)
This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofi...

Galway Bay Hotel
In this stylish hotel, all the rooms are designed to ensure warmth and comfort, with elegant furnish...

Galway Bay Hotel
In this stylish hotel, all the rooms are designed to ensure warmth and comfort, with elegant furnish...

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center...

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center...

Dooley's Hotel Waterford
This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends a traditional façade a...

Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel - Dublin
This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sum...

The Quay Hotel
This contemporary hotel and day spa complex offers real luxury on the breathtaking Deganwy Marina, w...

Park Plaza Cardiff
Set in downtown Cardiff and a 7-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, this high-end hotel is 1.5 miles fr...

The Cornwall Hotel
Relax, unwind and rejuvenate in wide open spaces at the Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate, a historical ...

Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel
The Mercure White Hart hotel is conveniently located in Salisbury's historic city centre, close to t...

Macdonald Windsor Hotel
Located minutes away from Windsor Castle is the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Set in a 1700s townhouse th...

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Ratings based off 1959 reviews about CIE Tours. Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
By Irving Z on Sep 20, 2019

Fantastic trip, more than I was expecting.

By Pamela A on Aug 11, 2019

We greatly enjoyed this tour. The itinerary covered a lot of fabulous places to see, the accommodations were excellent, and the tour guide/coach driver was very entertaining and informative. We will definitely consider CIE and Affordable Tours in booking our next vacation. Thanks!

By Joan G on Aug 10, 2019

I expected more hands on guidance in the choice of pubs, more going as a group. However I liked very much our driver/guide, Matt Nolan. His manner was very pleasant, his introductions to the areas we visited and history talks were just enough, and he was skilled driver on the narrow roads. Time on the bus was calm and quiet which seemed to suit us. He managed all the travel details professionally.

By Thomas T on Jul 17, 2019

Great tour, Highly recommended!

By Cherie C on Jul 07, 2019

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful accommodations, very interactive experience with the tour stops.

By Michaele F on Jul 07, 2019

Wonderful experience, we are looking forward to booking another tour.

By Eric J on Jun 28, 2019

Price very reasonable. Nice accommodations. Great tours and good amount of free time.

By Brian P on Jun 07, 2019

It was a great experience from beginning to end.

By Paula F on May 26, 2019

I would highly recommend CIE Tours. The tour, accommodations and food were excellent. Our driver, David, was the best!

By Ricky C on May 17, 2019

2nd trip with CIE. both were up to expectations. good drivers and guides. good selection of places to tour.

By Robert C on May 09, 2019

This was a great tour with lots of included activities. CIE was very accommodating and helpful.

By Thomas M on May 06, 2019

CIE is a very solid tour company. This was our third trip with CIE and we have toured with five other companies, all well known. CIE is not the cheapest, but the quality is excellent and there are no optional excursions. Everything is included in the price. This means they stick to popular tour options. Optional excursions offer the chance to customize the tour or to opt out of some selections. There were no CIE scheduled attractions that we would have left out. Service and organization were very sound as always.

By Glenda S on Apr 08, 2019

Our driver/ guide, Murt, made the whole experience very enjoyable. He had a great sense of humor, provided interesting stories & historical events and gave us the best amount of time each day to see all the events on our schedule.

By Raymond H on Mar 26, 2019

CIE was great. Tour Director was wonderful.

By Marilou V on Nov 11, 2018

Our tour director, Gary, was very professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. The itinerary was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.


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