Highlights Of Britain & Ireland

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Day 1 - Arrive in London, England. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 - London. Your morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to the Tower of London or Windsor Castle, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (B)
Day 3 - London - Stonehenge - Bath - Newport, Wales. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing: a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace; prehistoric STONEHENGE, with its stunning visitor center; and in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the Severn River into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 4 - Newport - Cardiff - Waterford, Ireland. An orientation in the Welsh capital features the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Fishguard, where your FERRY is waiting. Sail across St. George's Channel to Rosslare and proceed by coach to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)
Day 5 - Waterford - Blarney - Killarney. Your first highlight today is a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Via the port city of Cork, motor to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, then on to Killarney for a two-night stay. Later, join an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)
Day 6 - Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion. Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip and take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. This afternoon, maybe an optional fun-filled horse-drawn jaunting car ride. (B)
Day 7 - Killarney - Adare - Cashel - Kildare - Dublin. Drive to quaint Adare with its colorful thatched cottages and on to the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Then, visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)
Day 8 - Dublin. Get an overview of Ireland's capital as you drive to statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (B)
Day 9 - Dublin - Malahide - Belfast, Northern Ireland. Set in 250 acres of park land, and formerly both fortress and private home of the Talbot family for nearly 800 years, your first visit is at MALAHIDE CASTLE. Join your guide on a tour of the castle with its interesting mix of architectural styles, then stroll through the extensive gardens. On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River and drive on to Belfast for a visit of the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. After your visit, enjoy [LF] a cup of TEA and a TRAY BAKE at Bistro 401. (B)
Day 10 - Belfast - Edinburgh, Scotland. First thing this morning, a "Living History" tour in the company of a Local Guide. See all the famous landmarks, including the Parliament House at Stormont, City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland's southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Day 11 - Edinburgh. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. For departures July 26 through August 16, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
Day 12 - Edinburgh - Alnwick, England - York. Relax and enjoy vistas of the beautiful North Sea coastline as you drive via Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnwick, voted the "best place to live in Britain" in a national survey. In York, England's most complete medieval city, visit YORK MINSTER, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Then, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)
Day 13 - York - Coventry - Stratford-Upon-Avon. In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral that rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE. (B,D)
Day 14 - Stratford-Upon-Avon - London. Today's spectacular highlight is a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. End the tour in style with a [LF]GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE while looking out over the Water Terraces. Depart after lunch and return to London at about 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)
Day 15 - London. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Highlights Of Britain & Ireland
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    15 Days
  Start City:   London
  End City:   London
  Price From   USD $3,069.00   See in Cart
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    $75

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    in single room $273-$413; in twin $153-$238; in triple $144-$220
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • LONDON
    Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held
    HAMPTON COURT
    A special walking tour through the palace's ornamental gardens
    STONEHENGE
    Visit the prehistoric monument
    BATH
    Visit the Roman relics
    NEWPORT
    Welcome dinner
    CARDIFF
    Orientation drive
    FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE
    Cross St. George's Channel by ferry
    WATERFORD
    [LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
    BLARNEY
    Visit the famous village
    KILLARNEY
    Visit the popular resort town
    RING OF KERRY
    Scenic peninsula drive
    ADARE
    Admire the thatched cottages
    KILDARE
    Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
    DUBLIN
    Orientation drive
    MALAHIDE
    Guided tour of Malahide Castle
    BELFAST
    Visit the Titanic Exhibition; ; enjoy [LF] tea and a tray bake at Bistro 401; guided "Living History" tour;
    BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
    Cross the North Channel by ferry
    EDINBURGH
    Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
    YORK
    Walking tour, visit York Minster
    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
    Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace
    BLENHEIM
    Guided tour of the palace, [LF] enjoy a glass of champagne
  • Launch Date
  • 09/15/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport
  • Notes
  • NOTE:
    • Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 26 through August 16
    • Departure June 19 - Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.
  • Title
  • Highlights of Britain & Ireland
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
 
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