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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:

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 The Brasserie, 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

Description:

The DoubleTree by Hilton York is located in the heart of York, overlooking the City Walls and just a five-minute walk from York Minster. Guests will receive a warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in. The hotel has 143 rooms, all of which are air-conditioned and feature a 49-inch flat-screen HD TV, work desk and safe. Guests can enjoy the use of a fitness center and free WiFi throughout the premises. The Yorkshire Bar and Grill celebrates all things Yorkshire, offering relaxed dining areas and food.

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket, Edinburgh

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket, Edinburgh Description:

The Mercure Edinburgh Quay is ideally located in the heart of the city offering easy access to the EICC – Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Haymarket train station and Princes Street which are only a short walk away. Our friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and our bar and restaurant are the ideal place to unwind. All of our bedrooms offer Apple TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

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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:

Originally built around 1882, this landmark hotel will extend a warm Scottish welcome to guests. 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. Discover the elegant Restaurant Caledonian or pick the informal Café Caledonian. The Caledonian Hotel is situated in the center of Oban, right at the water’s edge. It is close to the ferry terminal for boats to the Isle of Mull.

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. 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, St Austel

The Cornwall Hotel, St Austel 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

 

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

Day 1: London 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.
(D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
Enjoy an independent tour of London with a choice of Hop-On, Hop-off and walking routes. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. The rest of the day is free.
(B)

Day 3: Cotswolds 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 4: York 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 5: Edinburgh 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 2 – August 17 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 6: St 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 7: Loch 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 8: Loch 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 9: Belfast & 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 10: Inishowen 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 11: Donegal & 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 12: Connemara & “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 13: Cliffs 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 14: Short 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, D)

Day 15: Blarney 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 16: Waterford 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 17: Dublin & 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 18: Ferry 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 19: Snowdonia & 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 20: Roman 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 21: St 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 22: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle
On Salisbury Plain marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen. After dinner, take a brief walking tour around the historic town.
(B, D)

Day 23: Tour Ends In Windsor
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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