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Exploring Britain & Ireland

1st October 2021
14 Days

Day 1: Friday, October 1, 2021 London, England Tour Begins (D) 

Your journey opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Hotel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London (Two Nights)

 

Day 2: Saturday, October 2, 2021 London (B)

 

Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II uses Windsor as both a private home and as a Royal residence where formal duties of state are performed. Windsor’s 1,000 rooms comprise the largest inhabited castle in the world. It dates back to the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, now replaced by the grand stone edifices. Explore one of Britain’s most visited historic buildings, its precincts, and the State Apartments, which house a delightful collection of Royal art treasures. Enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Windsor before heading back to London. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the castle that houses so much British history and lore is not to be missed!

 

Day 3: Sunday, October 3, 2021 London Stonehenge Bath Cardiff, Wales (B)

 

Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant 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 and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Your day ends in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Hotel: Hilton Cardiff, Cardiff (One Night)

 

Day 4: Monday, October 4, 2021 Cardiff Ferry to Ireland Waterford (B,D)

 

Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to Waterford, your home for the evening. After dinner tonight top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee! Hotel: Granville Hotel, Waterford (One Night)

 

Day 5: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Waterford Blarney Killarney (B, D)

 

This morning, it’s your choice! Tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s centre 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. Make your 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. Hotel: Scotts Hotel Killarney, Killarney (Two Nights)

 

Day 6: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Killarney Ring of Kerry Killarney (B)

 

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. Pause for a moment 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, lakes and picturesque villages..

 

Day 7: Thursday, October 7, 2021 Killarney Rock of Cashel Dublin (B,D)

 

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. Continue on to vibrant Dublin. Come to know Ireland's famed welcoming spirit, lively music and dynamic dancing during a fun-filled evening of Irish entertainment at its very best. Tonight, You will become Irish for the night as you take in the local entertainment and savour some of Ireland's most traditional dishes, such as homemade soda bread and Dublin coddle. The Irish dancers will dazzle you and the traditional Irish ballads will touch your heart. This toe-tapping evening will take you on a journey that captures the true local flavour in a welcoming setting and immersing you in the magic of Irish culture that is rich in tradition and cheer. Hotel: Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (Two Nights)

 

Day 8: Friday, October 8, 2021 Dublin (B, D)

 

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. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions.

 

Day 9: Saturday, October 9, 2021 Dublin Ferry to Wales Cheshire (B, D)

 

Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrn drobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic 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. Hotel: Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Chester. (One Night)

 

Day 10: Sunday, October 10 2021, Gretna Green, Scotland Edinburgh (B, D)

 

Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Edinburgh’s great restaurants. Hotel: Apex Grass market Hotel Edinburgh (Two Nights)

 

Day 11: Monday, October 11, 2021 Edinburgh (B)

 

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 Holyrood house, ** 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.

 

Day 12: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Edinburgh York, England (B, D)

 

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. 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. Tonight, surround yourself in old-world ambiance and the fresh flavours of Yorkshire when dining in a family-owned alehouse located in the centre of historic York. Begin by being treated to a tasting of five Yorkshire brews that includes a selection of ciders, lagers and ales. Then pick your favourite to enjoy with your homemade farm-to-table dinner. You’ll delight in the personal service as you are guided through the menu featuring a variety of seasonal local dishes including the region’s famous “Yorkshire pudding.” Take this opportunity to get to know Northern England’s budding farm-to-table movement showcased during this locally inspired dining experience. We will walk to the restaurant which is located nearby your hotel.  Hotel: Holiday Inn York City Centre, York (One Night) 

 

Day 13: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 York Stratford-upon-Avon (B, D)

 

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. Hotel: Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

Day 14: Thursday, October 14, 2021 Stratford-upon-Avon Tour Ends (B)

 
Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Britain and Ireland.

Price Per Person: $6,070

Single Supplement: $1,310


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OPTIONAL PRE TOUR EXSTENTION 

FROM: $1,825 per person 


Day 1: Paris (D)

Welcome to Paris, the “City of Light.” For dinner, get a taste of the city’s local flavours at a Parisian bistro, situated at the base of the Eiffel Tower. As the day draws to a close, admire the city from a relaxing sightseeing cruise, passing by illuminated landmarks as you drift softly along the Seine. Settle into your hotel, just steps away from the Eiffel Tower.

 

Day 2: Paris (B)

 

Step into a time gone by as you slide into the backseat of a vintage retro car. Your driver will double as a guide, providing commentary on the Parisian boulevards as you see some of the city’s most famous sights. After your drive, take advantage of time at leisure to explore on your own.

 

Day 3: Paris (B)

 

It’s your last day in Paris – how will you spend it? Perhaps you will visit the highly acclaimed Musée D’Orsay and enjoy your included ticket to this former railroad station which now houses some of the world’s best impressionist art. Or maybe you’ll hop on the metro and spend time in the hip bohemian neighbourhood of Montmartre. No matter how you spend your day – you’ll get a true taste of the Parisian lifestyle.

 

Day 4: Paris – Extension Ends (B)

 
Wish Paris goodbye as you depart for the train station. In less than 3 hours, you’ll be in London to begin your journey through Britain and Ireland.


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Tour: Exploring Britain & Ireland on 1st October 2021