2018 GRAND TOUR OF BRITAIN & IRELAND 24 DAYS / 23 NIGHTS
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
Explore London on an open-top bus. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. The rest of the day is free.
Head to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and walk through the house which is furnished as it would have been in his day. Journey north to the medieval city of York.
Take a walking tour around central York and visit York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Cross into Scotland and pause to view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh dine at a Scottish Evening with a lively show.
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. On August 3 to August 17 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Travel north to St Andrews, “the home of golf.” Enjoy some free time to explore independently. You may choose to visit St Andrews Cathedral or tour the British Golf Museum. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness, in the Highlands.
Enjoy wonderful Highland views on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at a woollen mill and take photos at majestic Glencoe. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and enjoy a sample.
Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull and then on to the peaceful Isle of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a place of pilgrimage as Scotland's first Christian settlement. Return to Oban in time for dinner.
Drive alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. In Cairnryan embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast in time for dinner.
Tour the highlights of Belfast and travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Pause at Dunluce Castle and head to Derry.
Take in the scenic views of the Inishowen Peninsula as you sip an Irish coffee at the Seaview Tavern. In Derry, join a local guide for a walk around the medieval city walls.
Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town to enjoy leisure time to explore independently. Continue your drive south passing through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Stop at Knock Shrine. In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour before dinner.
Take in the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Enjoy lunch at Eddies of Clonbur before travelling back towards Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon is free for you to explore Galway at your leisure.
View the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet (200m) above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for a drink with your group before heading to Killarney.
Tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House beside the tranquil Muckross Lake. Journey along part of the scenic Ring of Kerry route, stopping at a local farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare for lunch and leisure time. Return to Killarney for a free evening.
Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle or stroll the gardens. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour.
Watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies at the House of Waterford Crystal. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free.
Take a ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Take a guided walk around the walled town and tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I.
Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Tour Cardiff, visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet this evening.
Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur and head to Cornwall.
View the majestic pilgrimage island of St. Michael’s Mount. Continue to the seaside town of St. Ives to enjoy a brief walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Browse the charming village of Mevagissey.
Marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner