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Essence of Britain & Ireland

  • 2019 Essence of Britain & Ireland 11 day/10 night tour
Starts London
Ends London
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2nd, August 9th and August 16th departures
  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep and enjoy fresh baked scones with tea

Trip Highlights:

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • York Minster

Dining Experiences:

  • 9 breakfasts including one at Cardiff Castle on most departures and 5 dinners including an evening of dining and entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.

Hotels:

  • Marriot Kensington Hotel, London (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff (1 night)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • York Marriott, York (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London (2 nights)

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Marriott Kensington Hotel, London

Marriott Kensington Hotel, London Description:

This modern hotel is located in Kensington, within walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and High Street Kensington shopping. Knightsbridge and Harrods are located just two tube stops away. Enjoy superb, vibrant facilities and modern design. Recharge in the comfort of one of the hotel’s 216 newly refurbished guest rooms Enjoy dinner in the new Atrium Restaurant and discover a selection of excellent cocktails in the Atrium Bar.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff Description:

Enjoy a stay at this impressive 21-story city center hotel with stunning views of the city. Guests appreciate convenient access to cultural attractions and shopping in Cardiff. Choose one of 215 cosy rooms, each with free Wi-Fi access and coffee/tea provisions. Savor flavorful Italian cuisine at the chic Filini Restaurant and enjoy a nightcap or appetizers at the Filini Bar & Lounge.

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.

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Description:

This modern and colorfully decorated hotel in central Edinburgh is located near the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

York Marriott, York

York Marriott, York Description:

This modern, stylish hotel is an ideal base for exploring York. The Chase Bar & Grill is open for all meals with an international menu. 151 luxuriously appointed guest rooms offer satellite TV, a hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities. Guests can enjoy one hour of free Wi-Fi access in public areas. The leisure club features a heated pool and spa facilities. York city center is within 2 miles of the hotel with York Minster being a 40-minute walk.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London Description:

Dating from 1874 and originally a terrace of sumptuous townhouses, this hotel’s classical English façade conceals a French-inspired interior with superb fresco ceilings, statues of Napoleon, original oil paintings, stained-glass windows and a huge open fireplace.

Itinerary

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2019 ESSENCE OF BRITAIN & IRELAND 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1 LONDON TOUR & WELCOME DRINK

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic drive around central London to see many famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before a free evening for independent dining.

Day 2STONEHENGE & ROMAN BATHS

Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to Bath to tour the Roman Baths, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. In Cardiff, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3CARDIFF & FERRY TO WATERFORD

Visit Cardiff Castle, first inhabited in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. You will enjoy breakfast there. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock, embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford.(B, D)

Day 4 SHEEP HERDING & DUBLIN’S MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB

Start the day with a walking tour of historic Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. At Jerpoint Park, enjoy a sheep herding demonstration and sample scones with tea. You’ll see the grave of St Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus, whose remains were moved there in the 12th century. Head to Dublin, dine at the lively Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy an entertaining show.(B, D)

Day 5GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly painted doorways and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin's top attraction: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or the General Post Office Museum, Dine on your own at one of Dublin’s many fine pubs and restaurants.(B)

Day 6BELFAST SIGHTSEEING & SCOTLAND

Head to Belfast where you’ll enjoy a short panoramic tour. Take a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Travel through gentle pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Stop en route for dinner before reaching your hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.(B, D)

Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore and dine on your own. The August 2 - 16 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.(B)

Day 8SCOTTISH BORDERS & YORK

Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses, and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh to see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue to York for a walking tour of streets are so narrow the medieval houses almost touch. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 13th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained-glass windows.(B, D)

Day 9 SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON

In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born. Walk around the town with its many charming black-and-white buildings. Drive through the picturesque Cotswolds to London for a free evening to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 10INDEPENDENT LONDON SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different routes to choose from including 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, former home of Princess Diana. (B)

Day 11TOUR ENDS IN LONDON

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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