Romantic Britain and Ireland (Preview 2019)
Additional Included Highlights
- Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town. York: See the city walls, York Minster, Clifford's Tower and the medieval Shambles. Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere. Edinburgh: Walk the Royal Mile and see the Palace of Holyroodhouse before and continuing to the 18 century New Town. St Andrews: Visit the town where Prince William met Kate Middleton
- See the Old Course where golf was invented. Pitlochry: Visit the town famous for its salmon leap. Loch Duich: See the Eilean Donan Castle. Fort William: See the World War II Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis. Glasgow: Your Travel Director will show you George Square, St Mungo's Cathedral and other grand public buildings of the city. Troon: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to reach Northern Ireland. Galway: See the cathedral, Lynch Memorial, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Limerick: See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral. Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages. Waterford: See Reginald’s Tower and the ruined city walls. Rosslare: Board a ferry to once again cross the Irish Sea, heading to Wales. Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium. Bath: Admire the fine Georgian architecture. Glastonbury: View the abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried. Plymouth: See Plymouth Hoe, the Royal Citadel, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Lake District National Park, Highlands, Loch Ness, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, Ring of Kerry, MacGillicuddy Reeks mountain range, Pembrokeshire, the valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor.
- Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle's of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones.
- Dublin: Before the crowds, visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
- Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
- Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
- Dining Summary:: 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
Signature and Highlight Hotels
- Belfast: The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.
- Torquay: The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.
Top Rated Highlights
- Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
- Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
- Ellean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
- Scenic Drives: Fall in love with incredible scenery and countryside as you pass the Cotswolds, the English Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, the Ring of Kerry, the MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range, Pembrokeshire, the valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge and Dartmoor.
- Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
- Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
- Glastonbury: Pass the ruined Abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried when you visit this town, famous for its yearly music festival.
- Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
- Edinburgh: Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
- Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
- Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.
- Blarney: It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax.
- Grasmere: Visit the grave of the English poet, William Wordsworth.
- Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
- York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
- Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
- Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
- Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents, led by your Local Expert.
- Dublin: You Local Expert will show you famous O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
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Ireland is an island in north-western Europe which has been divided politically since 1920. Most of the island is made up of Ireland (the Republic of Ireland). The remainder is Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this lovely island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland. Ireland also adds further interest to the landscape through the sacred associations of so many of its physical features.
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west and the North Sea to the east, with the English Channel to the south separating it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain in the North Atlantic. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.