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18 Day England, Scotland & Ireland - 18 Day England, Scotland & Ireland

18 Day England, Scotland & Ireland - 18 Day England, Scotland & Ireland


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England

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in London
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM if possible
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - London City Tour
Discover the history, pageantry and sights of the city with a half day tour of London's West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Go on to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Your tour ends in the heart of the city to explore the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join the optional tour of Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul's Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Stonehenge, Bath
Today, depart London and head to the circles of Stonehenge. Located in the middle of Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5000 years ago and the structure was finally completed 1400 years later. Continue to Bath's Georgian Crescents to find elegant stone buildings with terraces, crescents, and graceful squares. Visit the original 2000-year-old Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room with its natural mineral water. Later in the afternoon join the optional tour to the Village of Lacock. You will have time to explore the village before enjoying dinner at a historic local Inn
Optional: Village of Lacock with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bath
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool
Drive north today into the Heart of England through the villages of the Cotswolds, with its stone and thatch cottages, to the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, a charming market town. View Anne Hathaway's cottage, the school that William Shakespeare attended, and Shakespeare's birthplace. Enjoy time at leisure in this historic town, where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then travel to lively Liverpool for a change of pace, where The Beatles were born and rose to fame. With your guide, explore the notable sights made famous in song by the Beatles - Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. View the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles began their journey to fame and Liverpool's stunning Albert Dock complex, a reminder of Liverpool's history as a great and prosperous port. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Liverpool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Local Farmhouse Visit in the Lake District, Moffat, Edinburgh
Today, travel along the shores of Windermere, the largest lake in England at the heart of the rolling hills of the picturesque Lake District, stopping for tea and fresh-baked scones at a local farmhouse. Continue towards the charming village of Grasmere, the 19th century home of the poet William Wordsworth. Next, cross into Scotland at the border town of Gretna Green, famous for its "runaway" weddings, and past Moffat, known for its high-quality wool products. Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets. During your stay, discover the city's rich heritage and historic buildings. Its Old and New Town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Edinburgh City Tour
This morning, join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of traditional Scottish entertainment that includes dinner
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show (PM)
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - York City Tour, Leeds
After breakfast, depart Edinburgh and drive through the borderlands, past the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, and on to the Viking city of York, one of northern England's most compelling cities. Take an orientation tour through the narrow medieval streets surrounded by the 13th century York City Walls. Also included is a visit to the magnificent York Minster, with its breathtaking architecture and spectacular gardens. After the tour, continue on to Leeds
Overnight: Leeds
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Cambridge, Travel to London
This morning, travel south, passing Robin Hood country and Sherwood Forest to the university city of Cambridge. Here, stop for time at leisure. Admire King's College and its beautiful chapel before continuing to London. Celebrate your last night in the British capital with a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart for Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Ireland. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your new Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 5 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Dublin City Tour, Travel to Galway
This morning's sightseeing includes a panoramic tour of Dublin including a visit to Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. View St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral. After time for lunch on your own, continue westward to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition and a cultural center for the west of Ireland. Stop at Galway Cathedral and then continue to see the medieval city walls and colorful streets between the River Corrib and Eyre Square. Enjoy free time for a stroll in this bohemian town
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Connemara Excursion
Today, take a full day excursion into the Irish countryside. Travel west for a visit to the neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara National Park. There, admire the lakes, mountains, and calm shades of green for which Ireland is renowned
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Killarney
Begin with a drive south from Galway Bay through the rugged plateau known as the Burren and view the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that towers some 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Next, visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, offering a unique insight into Irish life around the turn of the century. A drive through the pretty town of Adare brings you at last to scenic Killarney
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Ring of Kerry Tour
Today's sightseeing begins with a tour through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry," perhaps the most picturesque locale in all of Ireland. Pass by the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, which are full of traditional colorful houses. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon. Perhaps, try the optional Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) excursion through the peaceful green countryside. Tonight, experience the optional Gaelic Roots Live Show,* an exciting Irish show which brings together all that is great about the culture and traditions of Ireland*Available for mid Apr-mid Oct departures only
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Optional: Gaelic Roots Live Show (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Friday - Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal Showroom
This morning drive through the scenic south of Ireland to visit the 15th-century Blarney Castle, where you will have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before stopping at the world-famous Waterford Crystal showroom for a factory tour to see the collection of exquisite glassware in its city of origin
Overnight: Waterford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Kilkenny En Route to Dublin
Today, head for Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore. Enjoy the sights of this historic town, and view the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle. This afternoon, return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner and lively traditional entertainment
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Sunday - Full Day in Dublin
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Dublin independently. In the morning, perhaps join the optional EPIC Ireland with lunch. This interactive experience will take you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration, from early times to the modern day. Afterward, attend a genealogy and Irish history talk, followed by lunch. Spend time visiting famous sites throughout the city, including Dublin Castle and the National Gallery, where both Irish and European pieces of art are beautifully displayed. Perhaps purchase some souvenirs on Grafton Street, the city's stylish and popular shopping area. In the evening, stop by one of the lively pubs in the Temple Bar district beside the River Liffey
Optional: EPIC Ireland with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18, Monday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-London, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight London-Dublin
  • 16 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights London
  • 1 night Bath
  • 1 night Liverpool
  • 2 nights Edinburgh
  • 1 night Leeds
  • 3 nights Dublin or Dublin Area
  • 2 nights Galway
  • 2 nights Killarney
  • 1 night Waterford
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†♦
  • 24 meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • Special Features

  • Tour Stonehenge, the best-known prehistoric monument in England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the 2000 year old Roman Baths and Georgian pump room with its natural mineral water
  • Tour Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the Crown Room, Royal Palace and St. Margaret's Chapel
  • Visit the Gothic style York Minster, a world renowned masterpiece of architecture and design
  • Visit Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells
  • Tour Kylemore Abbey, in the heart of the Connemara National Park
  • View the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock
  • Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, offering a unique insight into Irish life
  • View the Ring of Kerry, the mythical & unspoiled region in Ireland
  • Visit the 15th century Blarney Castle with a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Enjoy a tour of the world-famous Waterford Crystal Factory
  • Farewell Dinner with traditional Irish Entertainment
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    ♦ London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    London Gatwick Airport arrival transfers available at an additional cost.


    Accommodation Details:
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    Accommodations

    DoubleTree by Hilton Angel Kings Cross
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Islington.

    Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated nearby the Sydney Gardens.

    Jurys Inn Liverpool
    This tourist class hotel is located at Kings Waterfront, beside Albert Dock.

    Courtyard Edinburgh
    This superior tourist class hotel is located nearby the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre.

    Clayton Hotel Leeds
    This first class hotel is located in the south side of the Leeds city centre.

    The Tower Hotel
    This first class hotel is located on the River Thames across from the Tower Bridge.

    Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
    This first class hotel is ideally located in the Dublin Docklands.

    The Galmont
    This first class hotel is located on the waterfront of Lough Atalia in Galway.

    Dromhall Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the centre of Killarney.

    Dromhall Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the centre of Killarney.

    Dromhall Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the centre of Killarney.

    Randles Hotel
    This first class hotel offers luxury accommodation in Killarney and is ideally located just a five minute walk from the town centre.

    Randles Hotel
    This first class hotel offers luxury accommodation in Killarney and is ideally located just a five minute walk from the town centre.

    Dooley's
    This tourist class hotel is situated on The Quay in Waterford City, which is known for its exquisite crystal.

    Mespil Hotel
    This first class hotel offers a peaceful location in Georgian Dublin overlooking the Grand Canal.

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