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Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

  • 2019 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland – 23 Days/22 Nights
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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 3rd – 17th departures
  • Have a drink at the iconic John B. Keane’s Pub in the heart of Listowel
  • Visit a local farm to see a farmer work with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep

Dining Experiences:

  • 22 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show in Dublin, and a traditional Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet

Trip Highlights:

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Roman Baths
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Castle

Hotels – 22 Nights:

  • Hilton London Paddington | London (2)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton | York (1)
  • Mercure Haymarket | Edinburgh (2)
  • Columba Hotel | Inverness (1)
  • Perle Oban Hotel | Oban (1)
  • Europa Hotel | Belfast (1)
  • Everglades Hotel | Derry (2)
  • Galway Bay Hotel | Galway (2)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1)
  • Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (2)
  • The Quay Hotel | Conwy (1)
  • Park Plaza Cardiff | Cardiff (1)
  • The Cornwall Hotel | St. Austell (2)
  • Macdonald Windsor Hotel | Windsor (1)

Hotels

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Hilton London Paddington, London

Hilton London Paddington, London Description:

A Victorian engineering icon in the heart of London, Hilton London Paddington offers modern facilities in a fantastic location at Paddington Station – a beautiful and sophisticated hotel with a large range of rooms offered, from multiple guest room options to executive rooms. Each guest room features TV, air-conditioning, and tea and coffee-making facilities, among other amenities. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, try Carriages, a restaurant located in the Hilton, offering delicious cuisine with an Asian influence. For light snacks and free wifi, visit the lounge. You can also choose to visit 146 Paddington, a bar set in an old train station, featuring street-food-inspired dishes. The Hilton is within walking distance of an array of activities and attractions, Buckingham Palace, Little Venice, The London Eye, and much more.

 

DoubleTree by Hilton York, York

DoubleTree by Hilton York, York Description:

Enjoy a relaxing stay in the heart of the city at DoubleTree by Hilton York, located at St Maurices Road, York, YO31 7JA. The hotel’s prime location overlooks the historic City Walls and is within walking distance to many local famous attractions. CIE Tours’ guests will love staying in one of their 143 air-conditioned guest rooms featuring a 49-inch flat-screen HDTV, complimentary WiFi, work desk and safe. Start each day at The Yorkshire Bar and Grill with the freshly prepared breakfast buffet. Enjoy an array of local favorites, light bites and incredible seasonal dishes served in the courtyard garden or beautifully designed main restaurant. Our friendly staff will assist in every detail to ensure your stay is a success.

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket, Edinburgh

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket,  Edinburgh Description:

The Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket hotel is ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh, making it the perfect base for guests looking to explore this historic city. This stylish 4-star hotel provides all the comforts of home and more, with spacious rooms featuring  high-speed internet and coffee/tea making facilities, plus an on-site fitness centre, full bar and restaurant and more. With easy access to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Haymarket train station, the hotel is ideal for guests looking for style and convenience.

Columba Hotel, Inverness

Columba Hotel, Inverness Description:

Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.

Perle Oban Hotel, Oban

Perle Oban Hotel, Oban Description:

Perle Oban is a luxury hotel in Oban that boasts beautiful views over the harbour. Originally built around 1882, this landmark hotel will extend a warm Scottish welcome to guests. Designed with the perfect combination of Victorian charm and modern style, guest rooms have views of ocean, town or the surrounding hills and are fully equipped with everything for a comfortable stay, including complimentary Wi-Fi access. With the train station and ferry terminal a stone’s throw away, it is the ideal base for exploring the islands and highlands.

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Europa Hotel, Belfast Description:

This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.

Everglades Hotel, Derry

Everglades Hotel, Derry Description:

This hotel has a host of features to make any stay comfortable and inviting. Experience bistro dining at its best in the Grill or step into the Library Bar for snacks, cocktails and full bar service. In the 64 guest rooms, you will be pampered with extra-thick mattresses, the plumpest of pillows and soothing color schemes. Located on Prehen Road, 2 miles south of Derry city center. Easy access to city attractions by bus or taxi and convenient for touring County Donegal.

Galway Bay Hotel, Galway

Galway Bay Hotel, Galway Description:

In this stylish hotel, all the rooms are designed to ensure warmth and comfort, with elegant furnishings and exceptional facilities. The award-winning Lobster Pot Restaurant offers contemporary Irish and international cuisine, while the Harvest Cafe serves informal lunches, dinners and snacks. The traditional Irish pub is the perfect place to meet friends. Enjoy a swimming pool and leisure facilities. Located in Salthill, a coastal suburb of Galway, with great views of Galway Bay and the Burren. Just 2 miles from the city center.

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.

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford Description:

This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends a traditional façade and many other cozy attributes, with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music on the weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin Description:

This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sumptuous retreat from bustling Dublin life. Choose from 151 rooms and suites offering lavish amenities, and be sure to try award-winning cuisine at the numerous on-site dining venues. A fitness center, beauty treatments and meeting rooms are all available as well. It is located on Stillorgan Road, 5 miles south of Dublin city center and 12 miles from Dublin Airport with good city bus services nearby.

The Quay Hotel, Conwy

The Quay Hotel, Conwy Description:

This contemporary hotel and day spa complex offers real luxury on the breathtaking Deganwy Marina, with views over the Conwy Estuary. The fully non-smoking hotel has been meticulously designed throughout, and its architecture epitomises cool sophistication. The large, airy spaces, understated chic and sharp styling combine to create a truly inspirational hotel experience. Wall-to-wall windows with sea views flood the interiors with natural light, and the use of specially quarried Welsh slate makes a thoroughly individual design statement. The rooms incorporate plush beds dressed in crisp Egyptian cotton, luxurious bathrooms and unrivalled in-room facilities.

Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff Description:

The four-star Park Plaza Hotel is situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre just a short stroll from St David’s Shopping Centre and the historic Arcades, Cardiff University, Cardiff Castle, City Hall and the Principality Stadium. Whether on business or pleasure, guests will feel at home in the elegant luxury of this award-winning hotel where faultless service complements a superb range of facilities. These include 129 guest rooms, conference and meeting rooms, luxury spa and fitness facilities and an award-winning restaurant and bar.

The Cornwall Hotel, St. Austell

The Cornwall Hotel, St. Austell Description:

The White House, the original Victorian building, is the main manor house of the estate and home to the hotel bar, two restaurants and reception. The main house connects to 56 new stylish contemporary rooms, nestling in the wooded slopes of the 43-acre estate. All residents have complimentary use of our beautiful Clearing Spa with infinity pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, high-tech gym and tennis courts.

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor Description:

Located minutes away from Windsor Castle is the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Set in a 1700s townhouse this hotel features contemporary design with rich pops of color against a muted palette. The bedrooms are luxurious and elegant and features plush fabrics, free Wi-Fi, and an en-suite bathroom with drench showers. Enjoy a meal at the Scottish Steakhouse which uses quality ingredients to create innovative twists to delicious dishes.

Itinerary

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2019 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland 23 Days / 22 Nights / 39 Meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1London Arrival & Tour

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London, with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.

Day 2Tower of London & City Sights

Enjoy an independent day in London on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour with a choice of several routes, as well as a walking tour and River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. The rest of the day is free. (B)

Day 3Cotswolds Drive & Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Take a drive through the Cotswolds and head to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Journey north to the medieval city of York and enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 4York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

Take a walking tour of central York and visit York Minster. Cross into Scotland and view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh, enjoy a Scottish dinner with a lively show. (B, D)

Day 5Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. The August 3 - August 17 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 6St Andrews & Highland Scenery

Travel to St Andrews the "Home of Golf.” Enjoy free time where you may choose to visit St Andrews Cathedral, the British Golf Museum, or the Himalayas Putting Course. Travel through the Highlands and stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness. (B, D)

Day 7Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery

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 whiskey is produced and enjoy a sample. (B, D)

Day 8Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns

Drive along scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet. In Cairnryan take a short ferry to Belfast for dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9Belfast & Giant’s Causeway

Tour 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 for photos and head to Derry. (B, D)

Day 10Inishowen Peninsula & Derry Sightseeing

In Derry, join a local guide for a walk around the medieval city walls. Drive around the Inishowen Peninsula, and take in the scenic views as you stop by the Amazing Grace viewing point and Malin Head. (B, D)

Day 11Donegal & Galway

Travel past the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal to enjoy free time. Continue to County Mayo to visit Knock Shrine. In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour before dinner. (B, D)

Day 12Connemara & “The Quiet Man”

Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara. In Cong, take a short walking tour to see locations from “The Quiet Man.” Enjoy lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, then travel to Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon and evening is free to explore Galway. (B, L)

Day 13Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Drive through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, and ferry across the River Shannon Estuary. Stop at John B. Keane’s Pub in Listowel for a drink before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 14Short Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs

Tour the gracious 19th-century Muckross House beside tranquil Muckross Lake. Journey along part of the scenic Ring of Kerry, stopping at a local farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep. Head to Kenmare for lunch and time to browse. Return to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)

Day 15Blarney Castle & Waterford

Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” 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. (B, D)

Day 16Waterford Crystal & Taylors Three Rock

Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch masterpieces being created. 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. (B, D)

Day 17Dublin & Book of Kells

Tour central Dublin. Take a guided walking tour through Trinity College and view the priceless Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 18Ferry to Wales & Conwy

Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy in North Wales. Take a guided walk around the walled town to Conwy Castle, a huge 13th-century fortification built by King Edward I. (B, D)

Day 19Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

Travel through the Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales. Drive south across the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Take a panoramic tour of Cardiff and then visit Cardiff Castle for a tour and a traditional Welsh banquet. (B, D)

Day 20Roman Baths & Glastonbury

In Bath, tour the Roman Baths, renowned for its mineral-rich hot springs, popular 2000 years ago. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur, and then head to Cornwall. (B, D)

Day 21St Michael’s Mount & Mevagissey

View the majestic pilgrimage island of St Michael’s Mount and then to the seaside town of St Ives for a walking tour of the main sights and to admire the beautiful sandy beaches. Browse the charming village of Mevagissey. . (B, D)

Day 22Stonehenge & Windsor Castle

On Salisbury Plain marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen. In the evening, take a brief walking tour around the historic town. (B)

Day 23Tour Ends In Windsor

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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Saturday Jun 8, 2019 from Sunday Jun 30, 2019 to 23 Days $6599 Guaranteed Call to book
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