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Rockin’ Britain & Ireland

  • 2018 Rockin’ Britain & Ireland – 14 Days/13 Nights
Starts London
Ends Dublin
  • 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 3 to August 17.
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the lives of the “Fab Four” as a local guide shows you around town focusing on places associated with The Beatles.

Trip Highlights:


  • British Music Experience


  • Dalwhinnie Distillery


  • Irish Rock’N’Roll Museum Experience


  • Scone Palace


  • Titanic Belfast


  • Tower of London


  • Tullamore Dew Distillery

Dining Experiences:

  • Eight dinners including a welcome dinner in London, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Glyde Inn, and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Hotels:

  • Park Plaza London Riverbank, London (2 nights)
  • Hilton Hotel Liverpool, Liverpool (1 night)
  • Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (1 night)
  • Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (1 night)
  • Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • The Brehon Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick, Galway (1 night)
  • Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Hotels

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Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall

Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall Description:

This is the perfect country retreat, once visited by Mary Queen of Scots and the historic building has the classic grace of a 16th century tower house. 70 guest rooms blend luxury and character. The Tower Restaurant has an AA Rosette for excellent local ingredients, expertly cooked in season while the cosy Vaulted Bar is the perfect spot for a drink or afternoon tea. Work out in the Vital Health and Wellbeing Club and Spa

Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow

Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Description:

This modern 13-story hotel offers 300 guest rooms, all with amenities to Marriott standards, including air-conditioned rooms and wireless Internet. Savor international cuisine and carefully selected wine pairings in the Source Restaurant. Rejuvenate with a visit to the Leisure Club’s indoor pool, sauna and gym. The property is located at 500 Argyle Street, in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of the River Clyde and the fashionable shopping district.

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.

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool Description:

This stylish, modern hotel was opened in 2010. Enjoy signature cocktails in the hotel’s elegant PIMA Bar or savor the finest seasonal cuisine at the Exchange Restaurant. Enjoy a range of guest rooms and suites – some with views over the city or the River Mersey – wireless internet access and satellite TV channels. Work out in the fitness center.

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.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dún Laoghaire

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dún Laoghaire Description:

This friendly, family-run hotel offers fine views over Dublin Bay. The Library Bar is the perfect venue for a quiet drink, and you may dine in the award-winning PJ’s Restaurant or in the informal Dungeon Restaurant. Guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, and the hotel offers extensive leisure facilities. The hotel is located in Killiney, a suburb 9 miles south of Dublin city center and 18 miles from Dublin Airport. Fast DART train service into Dublin is a half mile away.

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern hotel offers 232 spacious and comfortable guestrooms, all offering a tranquil environment in which you can unwind and relax. Dine at the Sideline Bistro and Bar, where guests can enjoy stylish surroundings and a tempting choice of unique cuisine. The hotel also offers a fully equipped gymnasium. Located right beside Croke Park Stadium and close to city bus service to central Dublin, the Croke Park Hotel also provides easy access to local shops and pubs.

Hotel Meyrick, Galway

Hotel Meyrick, Galway Description:

Opened in 1852, this property has undergone extensive renovations since then. Today, the hotel combines old-world charm with a modern approach to guest comfort. Guest rooms are decorated in contemporary themes. Enjoy the Oyster Grill Restaurant, one of Galway’s foremost restaurants, the tranquil Oyster Bar and the casual menu and fun of O’Flaherty’s Bar. Experience the rooftop leisure club with views of Galway Bay. Located on Eyre Square, in the very heart of Galway city, with many attractions and shops nearby.

The Brehon Hotel, Killarney

The Brehon Hotel, Killarney Description:

This contemporary hotel is home to the award-winning Danú Restaurant and Brehon Bar. With your every requirement in mind, 123 bedrooms have been designed with exceptional grace and elegance with a feeling of relaxed elegance. The hotel features the Angsana Spa, brought from Thailand. Located one mile from Killarney town center and opposite the famous Killarney National Park with views of surrounding countryside and mountains for which Killarney is renowned.

Itinerary

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2018 ROCKIN' BRITAIN & IRELAND 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1LONDON ARRIVAL & TOUR

Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Your guide will also highlight London’s famous rock and roll history. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTS

Spend the day discovering London’s attractions on your own with an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, a walking tour in the footsteps of London’s rock and roll legends or a scenic River Thames cruise. You might visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or you may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Dine independently this evening. (B)

Day 3BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE & BEATLES’ LIVERPOOL

Depart London and travel towards Liverpool stopping at a local pub for lunch. A local guide will show you around town focusing on places associated with the “Fab Four”. Explore the history of popular British music at the British Music Experience in Liverpool. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You might want to check out the world famous Cavern Club for an evening of live music. (B, L)

Day 4LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING

Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Near the Scottish border stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh. (B, D)

Day 5EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. See the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 3 to 17 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6SCONE PALACE & BLAIR ATHOLL DISTILLERY

At Scone Palace see the outstanding collection of antiques, paintings, rare artefacts and world-renowned grounds. Head into Pitlochry for lunch and free time to browse independently. Take a tour of the Blair Athol Distillery and sample a “wee dram” of their single malt. Continue to Inverness where the evening is free to check out some of the local pubs with traditional music and food. (B, L)

Day 7LOCH NESS & LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

Travel south through wonderful Highland scenery, passing the shoreline of the famous Loch Ness. See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and continue through the towering mountains of Glen Coe. Embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a drive around Glasgow before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8FERRY TO IRELAND & TITANIC BELFAST

From Cairnryan embark on a short ferry journey to Ireland. Visit Titanic Belfast and experience the history of this history ocean-liner through interactive galleries. Stop for a drink and dinner with entertainment at the Glyde Inn before arriving in Dublin. (B, D)

Day 9ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TOUR & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

A musical walking tour in Dublin will highlight areas associated with Irish rock ‘n’ roll. In the Temple Bar area, visit the Irish Rock’N’Roll Museum Experience including a working live music venue and recording facility. See the Irish Wall of Fame, The U2 Exhibition and the Thin Lizzy Experience. In the afternoon use your included vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. (B)

Day 10BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY

Head out to view the stately Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving through Macroom and into Killarney, where the scenery becomes more mountainous. After dinner at your hotel you may like to find a “singing bar” for some entertainment. (B, D)

Day 11DINGLE PENINSULA & CRUISE

Visit the Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”. Take in spectacular views from Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula. From Dingle embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and relax with a drink at the famous Murphy’s Bar in Castlemaine. In the evening head to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for an Irish night of dinner and traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 12FLYING BOAT MUSEUM & CLIFFS OF MOHER

Visit Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. The home of Irish coffee, you’ll learn how to make one yourself and enjoy a sample. Cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 200m above the Atlantic Ocean. Take a brief walking tour around Galway’s city centre with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 13TULLAMORE DEW DISTILLERY & FITZPATRICK CASTLE STAY

Enjoy tea and scones at Rathbaun Farm and watch trained dogs herding sheep. In Tullamore, tour the site of the original Tullamore Dew Distillery. Learn about the area’s history of canals, merchant classes and of course the making of the legendary Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey. Spend the night in an elegant castle hotel in Dublin and enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 14TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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