2014 - 15 Day British & Irish Grandeur
Deluxe & Superior First Class Hotels - 14 Nights/23 Meals

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Highlights


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Highlights:
  • Scottish Evening In Edinburgh
  • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub Dinner/Show in Dublin
  • Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Ring of Kerry Tour
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Haunted Ballygally Castle Stay

Hotels:

Deluxe & Superior First Class:

  • Doubletree by Hilton London - West End
    London (2 nights)
  • York Marriott
    York (1 night)
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
    Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Ballygally Castle Hotel
    Ballygally (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Mercure Holland House
    Cardiff (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel
    London (2 nights)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 14 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Jamie's Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
    - 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L) on Ring of Kerry
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
  • Walking tours of Cambridge, York, Derry, Dublin’s Trinity College and Waterford
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 to 17 departures
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland & across River Shannon
  • Sheep dog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Visits and admissions to Tower Bridge Exhibition, York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Edinburgh Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room and Stonehenge
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

Itinerary

2014 British & Irish Grandeur 15 Days/14 Nights

Day 1: London Arrival & Tour
Start your trip at Heathrow Airport with an independent transfer to your hotel. At 2:00 pm take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. Visit Tower Bridge Exhibition for stunning London views and learn about the inner workings of this famous bridge. In the evening meet your tour director for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.
(D)


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 either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.
(B)


Day 3: Cambridge & York Walking Tours
Visit Cambridge for a stroll past some of the famous 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. 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
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 Jedburgh to view the ruins of the abbey. Drive to Edinburgh and enjoy dinner at a 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 3 to 17 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
(B)


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 impressive 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.
(B)


Day 8: Dublin Tour & Taylor's Three Rock Pub
This morning tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Take a guided tour of Trinity College's campus and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free and enjoy dinner at Taylor's Three Rock Pub followed by a show with Irish music and dance.
(B,D)


Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
This morning drive through central Ireland to view the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast. These magnificent cliffs extend for five miles and rise to heights of almost 700 feet and offer wonderful views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to reach Killarney. Check in to your centrally-located hotel.
(B,D)


Day 10: Skellig Experience & Sheepdogs
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 and savor a casual lunch. Stop at Moll's Gap for panoramic views and at a nearby sheep farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep before returning to Killarney.
(B,L)


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 drive to 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 renowned for hot springs. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to your London hotel again.
(B)


Day 14: Independent London Sightseeing
Today you have a full day to schedule your preferred activities. If you wish you may use your open-top bus tour and Tower of London vouchers today instead of on day 2.
(B)


Day 15: Tour Ends Heathrow Airport
Transfer to Heathrow Airport for your flight home, using your voucher for a shuttle service. Allow enough time to reach the airport in good time for check in formalities. Transfers to Gatwick Airport can be arranged at additional cost.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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