2013 British & Irish Grandeur - 14 Days/13 Nights

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  • Scottish Evening In Edinburgh
  • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
  • Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Killarney's Jaunting Car
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Stonehenge
  • Haunted Ballygally Castle Stay


Deluxe & Superior First Class:

  • Doubletree by Hilton - West End
    London (2 nights)
  • York Marriott
    York (1 night)
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
    Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Ballygally Castle Hotel
    Ballygally (1 night) or
    Culloden Estate and Spa
    Belfast (1 night) for May 26 departure
  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dublin (2 nights)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • The Parc Hotel Cardiff
    Cardiff (1 night)
  • Doubletree by Hilton - West End
    London (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 13 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 9 dinners (D) including
    - Welcome dinner in London - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff
  • London open-top bus tour with a visit to either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace
  • Walking tours of Cambridge, York, Derry and Waterford
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 to 18 departures
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Visits and admissions to York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Russborough House, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room and Stonehenge
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person


14 Day British & Irish Grandeur Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : London Arrival & Tour
Start your trip at Heathrow Airport with an independent transfer to your hotel. At 2:30 pm take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column and lions of Trafalgar Square, Big Ben towering over the Houses of Parliament and Hyde Park. In the evening meet your tour director for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.

Day 2 : Tower of London & City Sights
Today you may schedule your London sightseeing when you take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.

Day 3 : Cambridge & York Walking Tours
Visit Cambridge for a stroll around some of the famous university colleges, including King's College, and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Head north to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets and medieval houses, which contain centuries of history. The stately York Minster, with towers and stained glass, is the highlight of the walk. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4 : Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening
View a portion of Hadrian's Wall and head north to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of art, portraits and furniture. The Alnwick Garden is beautifully landscaped and enhanced with architectural and water features. Travel through the scenic Northumberland National Park and make a brief stop in Melrose. Drive to Edinburgh and enjoy dinner at a fun Scottish evening with bagpipes, dancing and song.
(B, D)

Day 5 : Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh's highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Also enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On August 4 to 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Day 6 : Titanic Belfast & Ballygally Castle Stay
This morning will be an early start as you drive to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic tour to see the highlights, including Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Continue to historic Ballygally Castle Hotel in time for dinner and your overnight stay.
(B, D)

Day 7 : Giant's Causeway & Derry Walk
Travel along the scenic coastal route of the “Nine Glens of Antrim” and visit the Giant's Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The enormous rocks have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Continue to Derry for a walking tour around the medieval city walls with a local guide. Drive south to your Victorian hotel located on Dublin Bay, a few miles from the city and dine on your own this evening.

Day 8 : Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
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.
(B, D)

Day 9 : 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.
(B, D)

Day 10 : 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.
(B, D)

Day 11 : 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.
(B, D)

Day 12 : 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.
(B, D)

Day 13 : 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 14 : Depart for Home
Transfer to Heathrow Airport to arrive by 9:00 am.

B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

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