EXPLORING BRITAIN & IRELAND - 2017
EXPLORING BRITAIN & IRELAND - 2017
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a comprehensive journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Day 2:
London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Today Dinner is included.

Day 3:
London

Today, see London your way! You may choose to board a coach to discover the pageantry of this grand city with a local guide. See and learn about Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to get a different perspective during a walking tour. Begin at your hotel and take to the streets where a local guide shares stories of days gone by; stroll past Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall and St James’s Park. Both tours see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace* (if held). Finally, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 4:
London - Stonehenge - Bath - Cardiff

This morning’s journey takes you to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through its cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Continue to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 5:
Cardiff - Ferry to Ireland - Waterford

Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There, we board our ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to charming Waterford, your home for the night.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6:
Waterford - Blarney - Killarney

Begin your day with a tour at the new House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Next, travel to the historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone where, legend has it, you will be blessed with the "gift of eloquence." This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 7:
Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Behold the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Upon returning to Killarney you will be treated to a time-honored Irish jaunting car ride.**
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 8:
Killarney - Rock of Cashel - Dublin

Today you’ll have the opportunity to talk and laugh with a local family when you visit their working farm. Later, we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, come to know the local culture when you join in the festivities at a traditional Irish Night show.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 9: Dublin

Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 10: Dublin - Ferry Crossing - Wales - Cheshire
Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 11: Cheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland - Edinburgh
Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 12: Edinburgh
Delve into Edinburgh’s rich history during a guided tour of the city featuring entrance to imposing Edinburgh Castle (home of the Scottish crown jewels) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,*** the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city in your own way.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 13: Edinburgh - York, England
En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 14: York - Coventry - Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey to Coventry and visit its famous modern cathedral, completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. Next, venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, you may choose one of the following: tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife; or, perhaps you’d prefer a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening, we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 15: Stratford-Upon-Avon - Tour Ends

Your journey through Britain and Ireland ends today.
Today Breakfast is included.
 

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Highlights...
London • Stonehenge • BathYork • Stratford-upon-Avon
WaterfordBlarneyKillarneyRing of KerryRock of CashelDublinFerry Crossing
Wales • CardiffCheshireLakes District
Gretna Green, ScotlandEdinburgh

15 Days • 20 Meals:
13 Breakfasts • 7 Dinners

CALL FOR PRICES*

*Starting from $3,799 per person, land only, double occupancy.
Call for airfare from your gateway.


YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1
  Overnight Flight
DAYS 2, 3
Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel or Grange St. Pauls, London
DAY 4
Maldron Hotel, Cardiff
DAY 5
Granville Hotel or Tower Hotel, Waterford
DAYS 6, 7
  The Breton Hotel, Killarney
DAYS 8, 9
Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
DAY 10
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Cheshire
DAYS 11, 12
Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh
DAY 13
Hotel 53 or Royal York Hotel, York
DAY 14
Walton Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Unique Experiences!

  • Ponder ancient mysteries at Stonehenge.
  • Overnight in the capital cities of London, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • Visit historic Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone.
  • See majestic Caernarfon Castle, where the future King of England was crowned Prince of Wales.
  • Join in the festivities as a guest at a traditional Irish Night show.

 

 


For more information call Pam Adair at 216.751.8301 or 888.878.8187


Please Note:
• Passport is required.
• To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing airfare from us with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
• This tour includes average physical activity. ou should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
• Our air passengers will arrive and depart from the London airports. On day 15, all our air passengers' transfers will depart from Stratford-Upon-Avon for the London airport. On Day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Days and features are interchangeable.
• Return flights should be booked prior to 11:30 a.m. Passengers arriving into Edinburgh between August 5-27, 2016 will be provided with tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo Show..

 

Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 1:33:43 PM