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Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

  • 2020 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 9th and 16th departures
  • Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College with a local guide, and visit the library to see the Book of Kells, a splendid medieval manuscript.
  • Tour Stonehenge, the famous mysterious stone monoliths built in prehistoric times.

Dining Experiences:

  • 22 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D) including Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a traditional Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet

Trip Highlights:

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

Hotels:

  • Novotel London Tower Bridge | London (2 nights)
  • York Marriott | York (1 night)
  • Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket or Vocco Edinburgh | Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Macdonald Highland Hotel | Aviemore (1 night)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Strathclyde | near Glasgow (1 nights)
  • Europa Hotel | Belfast (2 night)
  • Galway Bay Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
  • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • The Quay Hotel | Conwy (1 night)
  • Park Plaza Cardiff | Cardiff (1 night)
  • The Cornwall Hotel | St Austell (2 nights)
  • Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel | Salisbury (1 night)
  • Macdonald Windsor Hotel | Windsor (1 night)

Hotels

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Novotel London Tower Bridge Hotel, London

Novotel London Tower Bridge Hotel, London Description:

This contemporary hotel lies a 2-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station, 6 minutes from the Tower of London and 3 miles from the British Museum. The stylish, bright rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and sofabeds, as well as desks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks and Nespresso machines. Children age 16 and under stay with their parents for no charge. Room service is available 24/7.

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.

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.

Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Aviemore

Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Aviemore Description:

The Macdonald Highlands Hotel is a relaxing, stylish 4-star hotel in the Macdonald Aviemore Resort situated at the very heart of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Boasting 149 luxurious rooms and the signature Aspects Restaurant, this hotel is ideal for all leisure travelers. You’ll everything you need and more within the resort with a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars. Catch the latest movies in the cinema or the latest brand fashion in the luxury retail outlet. Enjoy the huge activity centre featuring a large leisure pool, soft play and multi activity rooms for babies up to teens. For golfers, there’s Macdonald Spey Valley Championship Golf Course. Voted one of the best in Scotland, this course boasts some of the most breathtaking views in the world.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Strathclyde, Glasgow

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Strathclyde, Glasgow Description:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde is ideally located just 20 minutes from the shops, museums and nightlife of Glasgow city centre. Nearby attractions include Hampden Park, the Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Each guest room features modern amenities including WiFi access and a large HDTV. The Space Restaurant & Lounge serves hearty casual meals and drinks throughout the day. The hotel is home to the largest Livingwell Health Club in Europe, featuring an extensive range of the latest fitness equipment, exercise classes and an indoor pool.

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.

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. Hotel parking.

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 Spa & Estate, St Austell

The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, St Austell Description:

Relax, unwind and rejuvenate in wide open spaces at the Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, a historical manor house hotel, rejuvenating Clearing Spa and collection of stunning self-catering Woodland Lodges; all set on a beautiful 43-acre backdrop of parkland and a unique arboretum. Just a breath away from many of Cornwall’s most popular sandy beaches and attractions, The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate is the perfect base to relax, enjoy and explore the best that Cornwall has to offer.

Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel, Salisbury

Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel, Salisbury Description:

The Mercure White Hart hotel is conveniently located in Salisbury’s historic city centre, close to the shopping and entertainment district. The city’s famous cathedral is a short five-minute walk away, while Stonehenge is located just 12 miles away. The hotel is set in an elegant Georgian building and offers a charming garden with and outdoor seating, perfect for relaxing on warmer days. All rooms are en-suite, equipped with LCD TV, WI-FI, hairdryers and iron with ironing boards Guests can dine in Squires Restaurant, which serves traditional British cuisine in elegant yet relaxed surroundings, or unwind and enjoy a morning coffee or evening cocktail in Spires Bar & Lounge.

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

2020 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland – 23 Days/22 Nights/38 Meals

Day 1: London Arrival & Kensington Palace
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of London with a local guide. Visit Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria’s birthplace and former home of Princess Diana. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at your hotel before a free evening for independent dining.

Day 2: Independent London Sightseeing & St. Paul’s Cathedral
Enjoy an independent day of sightseeing with tickets for the Original London Hop-On, Hop Off city tour. Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral with your enclosed admission voucher.
(B)

Day 3: Cotswolds & Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Travel through the Cotswolds, ¬ filled with rolling hills and charming villages. Stop for photos before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Enjoy free time in Stratford for lunch and some independent exploration before heading to your hotel in York.
(B, D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening
Take a walking tour of central York and visit York Minster. Drive through the lush green scenery of northern England and cross into Scotland. View the ruins of Melrose Abbey. Celebrate with a traditional Scottish banquet and entertainment this evening.
(B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
Tour Edinburgh with a local guide, Scotland’s capital city, famous for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. August 9 and August 16 departures will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Pitlochry
Take a tour of St Andrews the “Home of Golf.” Enjoy some free time before traveling on to Pitlochry for lunch. Proceed to Aviemore, a popular resort town in the Highlands.
(B, D)

Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Glencoe
Cruise along Loch Ness; perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the legendary Nessie. Drive though the Highlands and visit Stirling Castle before going to your hotel in Strathclyde.
(B, D)

Day 8: Rabbie Burns Birthplace Museum & Belfast
Stop at the Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet. Drive to the Cairnryan port to travel by ferry to Belfast, where you will dine in your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 9: Glens of Antrim & Giant’s Causeway
Drive through the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim. Visit the Giants Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Return to Belfast for a panoramic tour of the city. Enjoy free time for dining independently.
(B)

Day 10: Donegal & Galway
Depart for Donegal, where you will enjoy some free time and lunch independently. Visit Knock Shrine, a pilgrimage site where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. Depart for Galway and take a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Return to your hotel for dinner there.
(B, D)

Day 11: Wild Atlantic Way Drive & Quiet Man Walking Tour
Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara. In Cong, take a short walking tour to see locations from the “Quiet Man.” Have lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, then travel to Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon is free to enjoy Galway on your own.
(B, L)

Day 12: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Drive through the Burren and visit the Cliffs of Moher, and take a ferry across the River Shannon. Stop at John B. Keane’s Pub, where the famed playwright wrote his famous works.
(B, D)

Day 13: Muckross House & Sheep Farm
Visit the 19th-century Muckross House and Gardens. Take a scenic drive along the highlights of the Ring of Kerry before stopping in Kenmare for lunch and some free time to explore. Travel to a traditional farm to see highly-skilled sheepdogs herd sheep. Enjoy a free evening in Killarney.
(B, L)

Day 14: Blarney Castle & Cobh
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Visit Cobh and learn of this colorful town’s connection to the Titanic. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city of Waterford with a local guide.
(B, D)

Day 15: Waterford Crystal & Taylors Three Rock
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how its famous glassware is made. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to learn the history of Irish emigration. Enjoy a night of traditional Irish entertainment and cuisine at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
(B, D)

Day 16: Dublin & Book of Kells
Tour Dublin, then take a walking tour of Trinity College and see the 9th-century Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s ¬ nest cultural treasures. Explore Dublin independently for the remainder of your day.
(B)

Day 17: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
Sail to Holyhead in Wales. Discover the town of Conwy and take a guided walking tour of its famous sights. Tour Conwy Castle with free time to explore on your own.
(B, D)

Day 18: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
Head south through Snowdonia National Park, stopping in a traditional Welsh market town, where you’ll have some free time for lunch. View the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cardiff before heading to Cardiff Castle, where you’ll enjoy a tour followed by an elegant banquet.
(B, D)

Day 19: Bath & Bodmin Moor
In Bath, visit the hot springs and the ancient Roman Baths. Stop in Glastonbury with its historic sites. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch. Take a scenic drive through Devon, across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall to your hotel in St Austell.
(B, D)

Day 20: St Michael’s Mount & St. Ives
Travel to Marazion and see St Michael’s Mount, a remarkable tidal island. If the tide allows, walk out across the causeway. Travel to the artistic community of St. Ives for a walking tour. Browse the picturesque ¬ fishing village of Mevagissey.
(B, D)

Day 21: Stonehenge & Salisbury
Visit the stone monoliths at Stonehenge. Take a tour of Salisbury, a medieval city famous for its cathedral, which houses one of the original copies of the Magna Carta.
(B, D)

Day 22: Windsor Walking Tour & Windsor Castle
Head to Windsor for a walking tour with a local guide, then visit Windsor Castle, the Queen’s Residence. Explore independently for the rest of the day and evening.
(B)

Day 23: Tour Ends in London
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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