Summary of The Day: Welcome to your tour of the UK and Ireland! Departing from London, we'll make our way to Stonehenge for an optional tour of the ancient archaeological wonder that has stood for thousands of years in the countryside of England's South West. Ponder the mysteries of this ancient site for yourself and learn about the history of the area (own expense).
Once you've had a chance to look around, we'll regroup and head to the beautiful and historic city of Bath, famous of course for the baths built here during the Roman Empire. Heading into nearby Wales, Caerphilly Castle is our next stop, where you'll be able to snap a few photos of this ancient attraction, built in the 13th century by Gilbert de Clare, a red-headed Norman nobleman.
Ultimately we'll arrive in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, where we'll retire for the evening.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast in Cardiff, we'll board the motorcoach and drive to Stratford, hometown of William Shakespeare! A market town with more than 800 years of history, Stratford-Upon-Avon still has many buildings that would be familiar to Shakespeare if he were still around today.
Then we'll head to Liverpool. A famous British port city with a rich history, Liverpool has something for everyone. Football fans will be delighted to be in the home city of the Liverpool and Everton football clubs, while music fans will be enthralled to be in the former stomping grounds of The Beatles. Spot the famous sites on our driving tour of the city; explore the city yourself during free time this evening. Why not head to Mathew Street, the beating heart of the live music scene and home to the world-famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles first made their mark on modern music?
Summary of The Day: On Day 3 we'll catch the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin! Upon arrival, we'll take a driving tour of Dublin.
Afterwards, enjoy some free time in this 1,000 year-old city. From the city’s Viking past, its medieval castles and its cathedrals, to its many museums illustrating some of the city's more turbulent episodes, Dublin is big enough to keep you entertained, but small enough to get across town in no time at all. Tonight there's also the option of visiting the Merry Ploughboy Music Pub for a taste of traditional Irish music (own expense).
Summary of The Day: Enjoy a free day in the city of Dublin! One of the city's most famous exports is of course Guinness, and on this day you'll the option of visiting the Guinness Storehouse to see how this famous dark beer is made. Alternatively, visit the National Museums of Ireland, take a walk along the South Wall, visit the city's most famous park St Stephen's Green, see the Irish Museum of Modern Art, or try out one of the many pubs and eateries.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Dublin behind us, we'll travel onward to Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland! Founded by Vikings in 914, Waterford has a fascinating history and rich maritime tradition. Following our stop here, we'll journey on to the famous Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and hopefully gain the 'gift of the gab.' Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland's most famous chieftains, Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's most famous attractions.
After that it's onward to the pretty town of Killarney in County Kerry, where we'll stop for the night.
Summary of The Day: Day 6 is a free day in Killarney. There are incredible trails, amazing golf courses and beautiful churches. Alternatively, join our free optional excursion to the incredible Ring of Kerry. Keep your camera ready – it's going to be a day of stunning scenery! The Ring of Kerry is home to breathtaking coastal views, emerald-green pastures and charming villages including Caherciveen and Kenmare, where we'll make comfort stops.
Take the opportunity to amble down the high street of Kenmare and try the culinary treats on offer from the cute cafes, bars and restaurants. Finally, Muckross House & Gardens is a stunning Victorian mansion in the heart of Killarney National Park. There you'll have the option of entering the estate to enjoy the scenery (own expense).
Summary of The Day: Yet another day of epic Irish scenery! Making our way up the Wild Atlantic Way, well stop in Adare and Limerick en route to the famous Cliffs of Moher and the town of Galway. Adare is often called Ireland's prettiest village, and with its preserved 19th-century thatch-roofed cottages housing craft shops and fine restaurants, it's not hard to see why.
We'll travel on through the county of Limerick and make our way to the Cliffs of Moher, one of the best-known attractions in all of Ireland. These incredible cliffs rise over 200 meters from the frothing ocean below, and the views on a clear day are absolutely breathtaking.
Finally we'll arrive in Galway, a bright, bohemian city renowned for its oysters, live music venues, cafes, weekend parties and contemporary vibe. Explore the city for yourself during your free time and experience all the charms that Galway has to offer.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Galway behind, we'll journey on to Northern Ireland, stopping first in Derry / Londonderry. Fresh from its makeover following its moment as UK City of Culture 2013, Northern Ireland's second city has a lot to offer.
Next we'll stop at Giant's Causeway, a famous natural oddity made up of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Learn about the myths and legends surrounding the area, then prepare for the final stop on the Irish leg of our adventure: Belfast!
Here we'll take a driving tour with a local guide. Game of Thrones addicts will be pleased to know that a large portion of the series was filmed here!
Summary of The Day: On Day 9 we'll make our way to Scotland! Boarding a ferry in Belfast, we'll arrive back in England and then head to Stirling, where we’ll be able to admire the famous Wallace Monument. Built to commemorate one of William Wallace's most famous victories at The Bridge of Stirling, the monument stands on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling. Then it's off to the Scottish Highlands! Admire the scenery as we travel to our accommodation in the highlands!
Summary of The Day: Today we set off into the Highlands to further explore this famous region of Scotland, stopping at the famous Loch Ness, reputedly the home of the Loch Ness monster! Go for an own-expense cruise on the Loch, and see the ruins of Urquhart Castle.
We'll then make a detour to a local whiskey distillery, where you'll have the chance to taste this most famous Scottish export!
Heading out of the Highlands, we'll arrive in Edinburgh for a walking tour of the Scottish capital. Apart from Holyrood House, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, keep in mind that this is the city where JK Rowling famously penned the first Harry Potter novel! Fans might find the city strangely familiar!
Summary of The Day: The day is yours to do as you wish. Revisit some of the highlights from yesterday's walking tour, or strike out on your own and discover the city for yourself. Explore Edinburgh Castle in full, or if the weather allows, take a stroll up to Arthur's Seat for panoramic views of the city below. Tonight we offer a traditional Scottish dinner, complete with the famous traditional haggis (own expense).
Summary of The Day: Saying goodbye to Scotland, we'll make for the famous Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland and the second-largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle. This castle has also featured in many famous films and TV shows, including two Harry Potter films, Downton Abbey, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Black Adder, Star Trek: The Next Generation and many more! Visiting the castle is an own-expense activity.
Next we'll travel to Yorkshire, and to the county capital, York. Home to York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, York is a charming city of winding cobbled streets lined with boutiques selling all manner of fascinating things. We'll take you on a walking tour of the city to see its most famous sites before heading to our accommodations for the evening.
Summary of The Day: On the final day of our tour we'll make our way to the historic university town of Cambridge! Along with the exquisite architecture, quirky traditions and deep history, there are a significant number of bright sparks who have passed through the city's famous university: John Milton, Charles Darwin, David Attenborough, Sacha Baron Cohen, Siegfried Sassoon, John Cleese, Nick Drake, Stephen Fry, William Wordsworth, Hugh Laurie, Rachel Weisz, and of course countless others.
We'll do the traditional thing and go punting along the river before we return to London where our tour concludes. What a ride! Be sure to share your details with your fellow travelers, we hope you've enjoyed exploring the British Isles as much as we enjoyed introducing them to you!
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