EXPLORING BRITAIN & IRELAND
This epic journey takes you over fertile farmland and across the Irish Sea, through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
1 OVERNIGHT FLIGHT: We pick you up today and make our way to Charlotte, NC where we will catch our flight to London, England where we will spend the next three nights.
2 LONDON ENGLAND: Your journey begins in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at an English pub.
3 LONDON: Today we will discover the pageantry of London as a local guide will join us for a city tour. You will see Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure to explore this iconic city or partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.
4 LONDON / STONEHENGE / BATH / CARDIFF: Today we will travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. We will continue to the Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath’s Cobblestone streets. Your day ends in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
5 CARDIFF / FERRY TO IRELAND / WATERFORD: This morning we will join a local expert on a walking tour of Cardiff. We will learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Then its on to the the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard, where we board the ferry for Ireland. Upon arrival in Rosslare, we travel to Waterford, your home for the evening.
6 WATERFORD / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY: This morning, it’s your choice! Tour the house of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitors center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world –OR – enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and discover its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle, We make our way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that if you do, you will be blessed with the “gift of eloquence.” This evening it’s Diner’s choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a menu of Killarney’s great restaurants.
7 KILLARNEY / RING OF KERRY: This morning explore Killarney National Park on a traditional jaunting car ride. Then travel along the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey , marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains and picturesque villages. Later, see border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family run farm.
8 KILLARNEY / ROCK OF CASHEL / DUBLIN: Today we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the awe inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee!
9 DUBLIN: Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patricks Cathedral. Later, enjoy leisure time to explore the “Fair City” on your own.
10 DUBLIN / FERRY TO WALES / CHESHIRE: Today we Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, we pass by Llanfairpwllgwnngyllogerychwyr-ndrobwllllantys-iliogogogoch the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain. Tonight, Experience dinner at a traditional English Carvery.
11 LAKE DISTRICT / GRETNA GREEN / SCOTLAND / EDINBURG: Today we travel north to England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English Villiages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. We continue to Edinburg, Scotland’s majestic capital city.
12 EDINBURGH: Today it’s your choice! Come to know this regal city during a locally guided panoramic city coach tour – or – for a different perspective, join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently.
13 EDINBURGH / YORK, ENGLAND: En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. We then continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster.
14 YORK / STRATFORD: Journey to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice! Tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife – or – set out on a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner.
15 HOMEWARD BOUND: This morning we travel to the airport and depart for home with many fond memories of Britain and Ireland.
Price per Person
Deposit$500.00 per person
• Motorcoach Transportation to Airport
• Roundtrip Jet Transportation
• 14 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• Admission to All Listed Attractions
• Baggage Handling at Hotels
• Services of a Tour Director
*DEPOSIT DUE BY APRIL 10
Trip insurance is available to you on this tour for $315 per person.