Authentic Local Experiences:
- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 – 16 departures.
- Get an insider’s perspective on the lives of the “Fab Four” as a local guide shows you around Liverpool, home of The Beatles
- British Music Experience
- Blair Athol Distillery
- Blarney Castle
- Scone Palace
- Titanic Belfast
- Tower of London
- Tullamore Dew Distillery
- 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Glyde Inn, and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
- Park Plaza London Riverbank | London (2)
- Hilton Liverpool City Centre | Liverpool (1)
- Malmaison Hotel | Edinburgh (2)
- Columba Hotel | Inverness (1)
- Glasgow Marriott Hotel | Glasgow (1)
- Croke Park Hotel | Dublin (2)
- The Brehon Hotel | Killarney (2)
- Hotel Meyrick | Galway (1)
- Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney | Dublin (1)
Park Plaza London Riverbank, London
Ideally situated on the south side of the River Thames near South Bank, the Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel offers guests comfort, convenience and the perfect location in central London. Hotel amenities include a business centre, a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi and on-site dining at chic Chino Latino. Guests can tour the Tate Britain, opposite the hotel, or walk to popular London attractions such as the London Eye and Big Ben. Book a room with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a workspace at the Park Plaza, and see what sets this property apart from other central London hotels.
Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool
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.
Malmaison Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Malmaison Edinburgh, perfectly placed on Leith’s bustling waterfront, is the ideal base for exploring many of the city’s most popular attractions. With a whole host of independent shops, stylish bars and cutting-edge restaurants, Leith is the most exciting area in the city. At this boutique Edinburgh hotel, you can relax with friends in the elegant cocktail bar and on sunny days, the waterfront terrace comes to life, offering the perfect spot to sip on Sauvignon. The hotel restaurant Chez Mal Brasserie is superb. And, of course, they have over 100 super-stylish rooms and suites– and a guarantee that your stay in Edinburgh will be one to remember.
Columba Hotel, Inverness
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.
Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow
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.
Croke Park Hotel, Dublin
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.
The Brehon Hotel, Killarney
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.
Hotel Meyrick, Galway
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.
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin
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.
TASTE OF BRITAIN & IRELAND 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS
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 to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTS
Discover London’s attractions on your own with an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, plus a choice of walking tours. You might visit the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels, or visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own. (B)
Day 3BEATLES' LIVERPOOL & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Travel to Liverpool, stopping for lunch along the way. A local guide will show you around the city focusing on places associated with the “Fab Four.” Explore pop music history at the British Music Experience. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own. Then check out the world famous Cavern Club for an evening of live music. (B, L)
Day 4LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING
Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Over the Scottish border, stop at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green before travelling towards Edinburgh. Enjoy a traditional dinner and ceilidh at your hotel in Edinburgh. (B, D)
Day 5EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore central Edinburgh, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own. On August 2 - 19 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)
Day 6SCONE PALACE & BLAIR ATHOL DISTILLERY
At Scone Palace see outstanding antiques and the world-renowned grounds. Head to Pitlochry for a traditional pub lunch and free time to explore. 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 the Highlands, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with a stop at Fort Augustus or Spean Bridge. See Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, and continue through the towering mountains around Glencoe. Explore the village of Tyndrum for lunch on your own. 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
Take a short ferry ride to Ireland. Visit Titanic Belfast and experience the history of this ocean liner through interactive displays. Stop at the Glyde Inn for a drink and dinner with entertainment. (B, D)
Day 9INDEPENDENT DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy your day in Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer. (B)
Day 10BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Shop for quality Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills, then drive through Macroom and into the mountainous scenery of Killarney. After dinner at your hotel, find a “singing bar” for some entertainment. (B, D)
Day 11DINGLE PENINSULA & CRUISE
Visit the Dingle Peninsula, made famous by the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Take in spectacular views from Slea Head at the western tip. Take a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and relax at the famous Murphy’s Bar in Castlemaine. 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. The home of Irish coffee, you’ll learn how to make one and enjoy a sample. Later explore the village of Doolin for lunch on your own. Ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to view the Cliffs of Moher. Take a brief walking tour around Galway’s city center with a local guide. (B, D)
Day 13TULLAMORE D.E.W. DISTILLERY & FITZPATRICK CASTLE STAY
At Rathbaun Farm watch trained dogs herding sheep and enjoy tea and scones. In Tullamore, tour the site of the original Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery. Learn about the area’s history and making of the legendary Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey. Stroll around Dalkey, an elegant suburb of Dublin, where you might even run into Bono. Spend the night in an elegant castle hotel in Dublin and enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 14TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)
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