2017 - 13 Day Irish & British Focus with Paris
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Highlights

Irish and British Focus with Paris 13 Day Tour
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Highlights:

  • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
  • Welsh Evening in Cardiff
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Stonehenge
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Paris with Independent Sightseeing

Hotels:

Superior First Class:

  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick
    Galway (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff
    Cardiff (1 night)
  • Mercure London Bridge Hotel
    London (2 nights)
  • Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg
    Paris (3 nights)

Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 12 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Welsh evening in Cardiff
    - 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours to Dublin, Cardiff and London
  • Walking tours of Dalkey, Galway and Waterford
  • Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
  • Ferry across the River Shannon and from Ireland to Wales
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Muckross Schoolhouse butter and bread making demonstration
  • Eurostar train from London to Paris and transfer between hotels and station in London and Paris
  • Paris open-top bus tour for 24 hours
  • Visits and admissions to Dalkey Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London
  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Itinerary

2017 Irish & British Focus with Paris 13 Days / 12 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take a short ride to historic Dalkey Village, now an upmarket suburb for a gentle guided walk through the village. Visit the imposing Dalkey Castle and see the newly re-furbished Writers’ Gallery. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip and he will help you choose a restaurant to dine independently.

Day 2: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock
This morning tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see monuments celebrating the lives of prominent people and events. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of the Cathedral and is buried here. The afternoon is free for independent activities. In the evening drive to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a great dinner followed by a show with humor, story-telling, Irish music and dance.
(B, D)


Day 3: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to Galway and join a local guide on a gentle walk through the city center before checking into your hotel. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance of lively streets with fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy free time to browse around on your own before dining in your hotel.
(B, D)


Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and drive to your hotel in the center of Killarney.
(B, D)


Day 5: Jaunting Car & Ring of Kerry
Take a jaunting car ride through part of the Killarney National Park to admire scenic views of some of Killarney’s lakes and mountains. Visit Muckross Schoolhouse for a taste of traditional Irish country life as you watch butter churning and bread making. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps visit a pub with live music.
(B, L)


Day 6: Blarney Castle & Waterford
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb to the top of the castle, take a walk through the lovely grounds with magnificent trees and colorful borders. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs and travel along the south coast to Waterford. Visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into elaborate and shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. View a huge array of stemware in the showrooms and you may purchase pieces also. Check in to your hotel in the center of Waterford and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.
(B, D)


Day 7: South Wales & Cardiff Evening
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock in South Wales. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. A fun Welsh evening with dinner and entertainment will round out your day.
(B, D)


Day 8: 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. View displays in the Visitor Center which give the story of the moving the huge stones with primitive tools to build this amazing circle. Continue into London in time for dinner in your hotel.
(B, D)


Day 9: London Tour & Tower of London
This morning take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free for further exploring and there is no shortage of great things to see and do. In the evening you are free for dinner.
(B)


Day 10: Eurostar Train to Paris
Transfer to the train station in London and take the famous Eurostar train to Paris via the Channel Tunnel, a journey of under 2 ½ hours. On arrival in Paris, transfer to your hotel and start your independent adventure by exploring this wonderful city.
(B)


Day 11: Open-top Bus Tour around Paris
Today experience the best of Paris at your own pace on an open-top bus tour to view the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees and more. You may stay on the bus for a panoramic ride or get off and on wherever interests you.
(B)


Day 12: Full Day at Leisure
You have a full day open for further sightseeing, either in the city center or you may like to wander outside the city to some of the many famous places such as the Normandy Beaches, Versailles or Giverny – all within easy reach.
(B)


Day 13: Tour Ends in Paris
Your tour ends after breakfast so transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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