The drawbridges are down. The silver is polished. The tea is brewing. One lump or two? How about five?! Showing you the sweet sights of five captivating countries over 24 days, our most in-depth tour of Britain and Ireland truly pours on the charm. Royals and writers, artists and architects, real-life warriors and fictional spies — you’ll walk in the footsteps of them all throughout the legendary cities, seaside villages, and quaint countryside hamlets of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Coast to coast, castle to castle, and pub to pub, you’ll drink in the classic landmarks and landscapes, the famous rivers and ruins, the breathtaking islands and Highlands, and the celebrated stories behind them all. From Abbey Road to Penny Lane and Stonehenge to Clava Cairns, this is the rock star of all Britain and Ireland vacations.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
|June 11, 2023||from $9,959 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Sun Jun 11||ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND|
|2||Mon Jun 12||LONDON|
|3||Tue Jun 13||LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER–PLYMOUTH|
|4||Wed Jun 14||PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL|
|5||Thu Jun 15||PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES|
|6||Fri Jun 16||NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND|
|7||Sat Jun 17||WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KINSALE|
|8||Sun Jun 18||KINSALE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY|
|9||Mon Jun 19||KILLARNEY|
|10||Tue Jun 20||KILLARNEY–DINGLE PENINSULA–ADARE–LIMERICK|
|11||Wed Jun 21||LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO|
|12||Thu Jun 22||SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST|
|13||Fri Jun 23||BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND|
|14||Sat Jun 24||DUBLIN|
|15||Sun Jun 25||DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND|
|16||Mon Jun 26||LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW|
|17||Tue Jun 27||GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–LOCH NESS–INVERNESS|
|18||Wed Jun 28||INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION|
|19||Thu Jun 29||INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH|
|20||Fri Jun 30||EDINBURGH|
|21||Sat Jul 1||EDINBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND|
|22||Sun Jul 2||YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON|
|23||Mon Jul 3||STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON|
|24||Tue Jul 4||LONDON|
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND
Day 2 – LONDON
THE ROYAL TREATMENT
LONDON Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes sights of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Day 3 – LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER–PLYMOUTH
PREHISTORIC FINDS & PUB FOOD
LONDON Meet your Tour Director and travel companions at 8 am and drive to Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Guided visit.
ILMINSTER Lunch at a local pub.
PLYMOUTH Local Favorite Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. See the Mayflower Steps in The Barbican.
Day 4 – PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL
LEGENDS OF LAND & SEA
PLYMOUTH Scenic drive through the West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall with photo stop at St. Michael’s Mount.
ST. IVES Enjoy free time in the popular seaside resort.
PLYMOUTH Free time this evening.
Day 5 – PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES
TIMELESS KINGS & THERMAL SPRINGS
GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the legend of the Holy Grail.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths followed by free time.
NEWPORT Free time
Day 6 – NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND
COFFEE WITH CREAM
NEWPORT Drive through South Wales to Fishguard and take a ferry to Rosslare.
WATERFORD Enjoy an Local Favorite Irish coffee demonstration after dinner.
Day 7 – WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KINSALE
FINE CRYSTAL & THE GIFT OF GAB
WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
KINSALE Free time.
Day 8 – KINSALE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY
BEAUTIES IN COUNTIES KERRY & CLARE
RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
KILLARNEY Free time this afternoon.
Day 9 – KILLARNEY
TRADITIONAL DISHES & DITTIES
KILLARNEY Free time before Local Favorite pub dinner with traditional Irish music.
Day 10 – KILLARNEY–DINGLE PENINSULA–ADARE–LIMERICK
IRISH EYES & CHEEKY RHYMES
DINGLE PENINSULA Visit the Blasket Islands Centre.
ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its thatched cottages.
LIMERICK Free time.
Day 11 – LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO
NOTES ABOVE HIGH SEA
CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
GALWAY Free time.
SLIGO Free time this evening.
Day 12 – SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST
DERRY GIRLS & DARING GIANTS
DERRY Visit the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago.
Day 13 – BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND
AN UNSINKABLE LEGEND
BELFAST Orientation drive includes City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queen’s
University. Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience.
CARLINGFORD Stop in the charming village on the Cooley Peninsula.
Day 14 – DUBLIN
IRELAND’S CAPITAL CITY
DUBLIN Orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.
Day 15 – DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
WELSH WORD CHALLENGE
DUBLIN Board a ferry to cross the North Channel.
NORTH WALES Photo stop at tongue-twisting town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Take a scenic drive through North Wales to Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL Free time this evening.
Day 16 – LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW
SONGS, SONNETS, AND SECRET VOWS
LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and Local Favorite sample original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where a Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.
Day 17 – GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–LOCH NESS–INVERNESS
SPECTACULAR IN SCOTLAND
GLASGOW Depart for a drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William en route to ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.
ISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of the Isles before driving across the Inner Hebridean island. Return to the mainland.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake en route to Inverness.
Day 18 – INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION
THE BRONZE AGE & BRAVE BATTLES
THE HIGHLANDS Visit the Bronze-Age chamber tomb site of Clava Cairns. Visit the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Brodie Castle.
Day 19 – INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH
MULLIGANS & MILITARY MUSIC
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town.
Day 20 – EDINBURGH
CROWN JEWELS & CASTLE VIEWS
EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, and the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time.
Day 21 – EDINBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND
CASTLE HEIRS & ENGLISH FARE
KELSO Visit Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.
YORK See York Minster on a guided walk through of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets called The Shambles.
Day 22 – YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
MR. & MRS. SHAKESPEARE
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
COTSWOLDS Scenic drive followed by Local Favorite dinner at a local pub.
Day 23 – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON
WOODSTOCK Visit Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace.
LONDON Free time this afternoon.
Day 24 – LONDON
SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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