9 Day Irish & British Focus Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Dublin Arrival
Start at Dublin Airport with a hotel transfer between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Your Victorian hotel is a few miles south of Dublin. In the evening meet your tour director for a welcome drink and briefing on your tour. Dine independently in your hotel or in a restaurant nearby.
Day 2 : Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock
This morning tour central Dublin, with spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Visit Trinity College to see the campus and view the Book of Kells in the Old Library. The afternoon is free and in the evening enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by an upbeat show with Irish music and dance.
Day 3 : Russborough House & Killarney
This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections. Continue to the famous town of Killarney and check in to your hotel with great leisure facilities.
Day 4 : Jaunting Car & Skellig Experience
Take a leisurely jaunting car ride to view Killarney’s Lakes. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry tour for constantly-changing vistas of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about early Christian monks who lived on the rocky offshore islands. Stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views before returning to Killarney.
Day 5 : Blarney Castle & Waterford Crystal
Visit the famous Blarney Castle this morning to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel to Waterford and at the House of Waterford Crystal see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople and view a collection of amazing trophies. In the evening take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of this old port city.
Day 6 : South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to South Wales. Journey through South Wales where coal used to be mined to Cardiff and take a brief tour of the city. Head to Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. A tour of the Castle is followed by a fun Welsh banquet.
Day 7 : Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning explore Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, well preserved after two millennia and view stately Regency mansions. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to your London hotel once again.
Day 8 : London Sightseeing
Today explore London on an independent open-top sightseeing bus tour – you have a choice of routes around London’s famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish. A visit to either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana is included.
Day 9: Tour Ends Heathrow Airport
Travel to Heathrow Airport by independent transfer in time to check in for your flight home.
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner