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British & Irish Grandeur

  • 2019 British & Irish Grandeur – 14 Days/13 Nights
Starts London
Ends London
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4th, August 11th and August 18th departures.
  • Step back in time and discover Northern Ireland’s only Victorian-era prison, the Crumlin Road Gaol.
  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep.

Dining Experiences:

  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners including a lively Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a traditional Welsh evening in Cardiff.

Trip Highlights:

  • Alnwick Castle & Garden
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Jameson Whiskey Experience
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge

Hotels:

  • Park Plaza London Riverbank | London (2)
  • Novotel York Centre | York (1)
  • Courtyard Edinburgh West | Edinburgh (2)
  • Culloden Estate and Spa | Belfast (1)
  • Gresham Hotel | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Granville Hotel | Waterford (1)
  • Clayton Hotel | Cardiff (1)
  • Park Plaza London Riverbank | London (1))

Hotels

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Park Plaza London Riverbank, London

Park Plaza London Riverbank, London Description:

Ideally situated on the south side of the River Thames near South Bank, the Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel offers guests comfort, convenience and the perfect location in central London. Hotel amenities include a business centre, a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi and on-site dining at chic Chino Latino. Guests can tour the Tate Britain, opposite the hotel, or walk to popular London attractions such as the London Eye and Big Ben. Book a room with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a workspace at the Park Plaza, and see what sets this property apart from other central London hotels.

Novotel York Centre, York

Description:

Experience modern comfort in any of our 124 newly refurbished rooms! Enjoy 4 star family friendly service. Situated close to the celebrated historical City walls and only a short Riverside stroll from the centre the hotel is perfectly located for exploring the historic and cultural delights of the city as well as its shopping, restaurants and bars. Kids can have fun in the play area or enjoy the pool. Car Parking is available from £13 per night. We will be carrying out some extension work from April 2018.

Courtyard Edinburgh West, Edinburgh

Description:

Courtyard Edinburgh West, a brand-new hotel located in Edinburgh, offers an accessible location near the airport and 4-star accommodations. The contemporary lobby is home to The Avenue, an all-day casual dining destination. The spacious accommodations boast complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Travelers can enjoy local attractions like Heriot-Watt University, BT Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo.

Culloden Estate and Spa, Holywood

Culloden Estate and Spa, Holywood Description:

Overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, this magnificent hotel is the most prestigious luxury five-star hotel in Northern Ireland. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands on 12 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. Guests are able to relax and enjoy the exquisitely prepared food – from a full Irish Breakfast to traditional Afternoon Tea to gourmet dining – at one of its fine restaurants.

Gresham Hotel, Dublin

Gresham Hotel, Dublin Description:

Located in the heart of Dublin city center, the Gresham Hotel is a landmark building with original period features including stunning Waterford crystal chandeliers. The hotel offers free WiFi and spacious rooms overlooking O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. Each bedroom features an LCD TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities. The Gallery Restaurant serves breakfast each morning, while Toddys Bar and Brasserie, and Writers Lounge offer a wide array of food and beverages. The River Liffey, Temple Bar and the shopping districts are just a few minutes’ walk away.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Description:

Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center. Along with 3 restaurants, this hotel has a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Stylish, spacious and fully air conditioned, each room offers an unique style with comfortable accommodations.

Granville Hotel, Waterford

Granville Hotel, Waterford Description:

This family-run hotel is one of Ireland’s oldest, with significant historical connections, old-world charm and unique features. The friendly and professional staff are dedicated to making your stay pleasant and memorable. Enjoy delicious menus in the attractive dining room. The bar is a lively meeting place, often with live music. Comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms make for a great stay. Set on the waterfront, in the heart of Waterford city, this hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Description:

This new 12-story hotel, opened in 2011, is one of Cardiff’s tallest buildings, with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Hotel Bar is open for drinks and casual food throughout the day. Stir Bar & Restaurant overlooking Mill Lane offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Two hundred sixteen guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, and offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. These spacious and airy rooms offer beds with crisp white duvet and pillows, with outstanding views of the beautiful Cardiff surroundings. Facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Itinerary

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2019 British & Irish Grandeur 14 Days / 13 Nights / 21 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1London Arrival & Tour

Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.

Day 2Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London

Discover magnificent Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's royal residence. The afternoon and evening are free; you may use your included Oyster card to explore London by public transport.(B)

Day 3Cambridge & York Minster

Take a stroll around Cambridge to view some of the famous university colleges and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Travel to York to tour the stately York Minster, with towers and colorful stained glass. Explore the narrow streets and medieval houses during a guided walk with your tour director. (B)

Day 4Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening

Visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the stunning artifacts, an exhibit on Downton Abbey, and then take a stroll through Alnwick Garden. Travel through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to your hotel near Edinburgh. That evening, you’ll experience a Scottish evening with bagpipes and music following a traditional dinner. (B, D)

Day 5Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights to see the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own. The August 4 - August 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 6Ferry to Ireland & Crumlin Road Gaol

Head to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Tour the city to see Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Step back in time at the Crumlin Road Gaol, the only Victorian-era prison in Northern Ireland. Head out for a pub dinner at the Cultra Inn on the grounds of Culloden Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7Giant’s Causeway & Dublin

Travel through part of the scenic Glens of Antrim to the Giant's Causeway, an impressive area of hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years. Head to your Dublin city center hotel and enjoy free time to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 8Dublin Tour & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings, and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free to sightsee independently. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Taylors Three Rock Pub followed by a festive evening of Irish music and dance. (B, D)

Day 9Blarney Castle & Killarney

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the gardens. Shop for Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue via Mallow to the scenic town of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 10Short Ring of Kerry & Sheep Herding

Visit the delightful Muckross House, a 19th century mansion set among the mountains. Head to Kenmare to browse around and have lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. Immerse yourself in farm life and see demonstrations of dogs herding sheep before returning to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)

Day 11Jameson Whiskey & Waterford Crystal

In Midleton, tour the Jameson Experience for the story and making of Irish whiskey, and enjoy a sample dram. At the House of Waterford Crystal, see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople. Take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of the old port city of Waterford.(B, D)

Day 12South Wales & Cardiff Castle Banquet

Catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. Take a panoramic tour around the principal streets of Cardiff. In the evening, head to Cardiff Castle for a tour of its Gothic-style residence followed by an unforgettable Welsh evening of dinner with local music and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 13Roman Baths & Stonehenge

Explore the mineral-rich hot springs at Bath. Tour the Roman Baths, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London for a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 14 London Sightseeing

Your program ends after breakfast.(B)

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6 Reviews


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We had such a good time in our small group! I loved the places we went with our charming guide, Ken. It was my favorite trip to go on, ever.

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Tour director was very vocal in her anti immigration views. She should have kept her personal views/feelings to herself!!!! She favored customers in an obvious manor!!!!!!!

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Booking went smooth except a misunderstanding about the air cost. The booking agent dropped us after getting us signed up.

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I booked this tour through Affordable Tours --- a big mistake! If I had to do it over again, I'd book directly through CIE. The actual tour was great.

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I wrote to the ceo with complaints, but I haven't heard back. That alone would cause me to downgrade the experience.

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All trips booked were great. Hotels between 3 & 5 stars. Best driver I have ever seen (I drove Phila Fire engines for 33+ years) Sarah Wayper was fantastic ! Our Guide Manager John Cunningham was cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful & fun. We can't think of any way anyone could do better!

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