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Britain and Ireland

11 Nights / 12 Days tour package for USD 1645 per person
Destinations Covered: Coventry - Newcastle - Edinburgh - Wrexhm - Dublin - Ennis - Killarney - Tremore - Cardiff 9011
 

England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales—experience them all on this comprehensive vacation. Your adventure begins in London before heading out to Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace. In Oxford, a walking tour takes in the colleges where Britain's elite receive their education, then experience the exquisite Cotswolds, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, and Lady Godiva's Coventry. Continue to York, England’s most complete medieval city, for a walking tour. See a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, and enter Scotland for two overnights in regal Edinburgh. Here, your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels.
Travel south through the Lowlands to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Continue through the Lake District, considered the finest of England's national parks, visiting Wordsworth's charming Grasmere and beautiful Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Enjoy a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Chester and drive into Wales through breathtaking Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed, and Llanberis Pass to the Isle of Anglesey. At Holyhead, board a ferry for Dublin, Ireland's capital, where an orientation drive shows you the main attractions. Head west and via Galway to the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher. Take a break in Adare, known for its remarkable thatched cottages, then enjoy breathtaking views on your drive along the spectacular “Ring of Kerry. After an overnight in the popular resort of Killarney, motor to Blarney, famous for its castle and Blarney Stone. Leave Ireland and take the ferry back to Wales for an orientation drive of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Then, return to England and stop in the Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics, and at enigmatic Stonehenge. Your tour ends back in London with free time.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
26-Mar-2013 06-Apr-2013 USD 1595
 
02-Apr-2013 13-Apr-2013 USD 1645
09-Apr-2013 20-Apr-2013
16-Apr-2013 27-Apr-2013
 
23-Apr-2013 04-May-2013 USD 1799
30-Apr-2013 11-May-2013
07-May-2013 18-May-2013
14-May-2013 25-May-2013
21-May-2013 01-Jun-2013
28-May-2013 08-Jun-2013
04-Jun-2013 15-Jun-2013
11-Jun-2013 22-Jun-2013
18-Jun-2013 29-Jun-2013
25-Jun-2013 06-Jul-2013
02-Jul-2013 13-Jul-2013
09-Jul-2013 20-Jul-2013
16-Jul-2013 27-Jul-2013
23-Jul-2013 03-Aug-2013
 
30-Jul-2013 10-Aug-2013 USD 1899
06-Aug-2013 17-Aug-2013
13-Aug-2013 24-Aug-2013
20-Aug-2013 31-Aug-2013
 
27-Aug-2013 07-Sep-2013 USD 1799
03-Sep-2013 14-Sep-2013
10-Sep-2013 21-Sep-2013
17-Sep-2013 28-Sep-2013
24-Sep-2013 05-Oct-2013
 
01-Oct-2013 12-Oct-2013 USD 1775
08-Oct-2013 19-Oct-2013
15-Oct-2013 26-Oct-2013
   
Hotels:

Coventry: Ramada (F)

Newcastle: Jurys Inn (F) at Gateshead

Edinburgh: Kings Manor (ST)

Wrexhm: Ramada Plaza (F)

Dublin: Jurys Inn Custom House (F)

Ennis: Auburn Lodge (ST)

Killarney: Killarney Court (F)

Tremore: Grand (ST)

Cardiff: Novotel  (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: London – Oxford – Stratford - upon - Avon – Coventry
Meet the Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing: a photo opportunity at Hampton Court Palace; Runnymede, where King John sealed the Magna Carta; Oxford, where a walking tour takes in the colleges where Britain’s elite receive their outstanding education; and through the lovely Cotswold Hills. At Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. Finally, at Coventry, whose center had to be rebuilt after the devastation of World War II bombings, hear the tale of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom. (D)

Day 2: Coventry – York – Newcastle
Leave the Midlands, passing the once-mighty Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood, and head north to York, England’s most complete medieval city. Stand in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Stop for the night in Newcastle, once an important center for the wool trade and coal mining, now a vibrant modern city. (B,D)

Day 3: Newcastle – Jedburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh
See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, then motor through wild Northumberland National Park to the Scottish border. Stop for photos at Jedburgh, with glimpses of the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, and then Melrose with its 12th-century abbey ruins and connections with Robert the Bruce. Afternoon arrival at Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 4: Edinburgh
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which for the Queen was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departures July 29-August 21, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 5: Edinburgh – Gretna Green – Lake District, England – Chester – Wrexham, Wales
South through the history-steeped Lowland Hills and a visit to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Drive through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Visit Wordsworth’s Grasmere, then follow the shores of Lake Windermere. In Chester, the historic county town on the River Dee, your walking tour takes in the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered shopping arcades called the “Rows.” (B,D)

Day 6: Wrexham – Llangollen – Betws - y - Coed – Dublin, Ireland
A scenic North Wales drive via Llangollen, home of an annual national competition for poets and musicians, and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. Pause at lovely Betws-y-Coed before heading over spectacular Llanberis Pass and, finally, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey. Take your photos at tongue-twisting Llanfair... and at Holyhead, board the ferry for the Irish Sea crossing to Dublin. (B)

Day 7: Dublin
A day in the "Fair City" starts off with an orientation drive through Eire’s capital and includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Dublin at leisure. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (B)

Day 8: Dublin – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
Head for dairy farm country in the center of the "Emerald Isle". In Galway, a vibrant city on the west coast with a great seafaring tradition, hear about the infamous Lynch Stone, commemorating the day Mayor James Lynch Fitzstephen hanged his son for murder. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher before heading for Ennis, county town of Clare. Tonight’s optional opportunity: a traditional Irish evening in the setting of a village barn with dinner, wine, and entertainment. (B)

Day 9: Ennis – Adare – Ring of Kerry – Killarney
Stop for photos in Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages and monastic ruins. In County Kerry, join the road known as the "Ring of Kerry" for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive. Focus your camera on sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Later, in Killarney, discover why this is such a popular resort. (B,D)

Day 10: Killarney – Blarney – Tramore
Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, famous for its magical Stone of Eloquence. Time to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city, and via Dungarvan to Tramore. Tonight, maybe an optional pub tour before dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 11: Tramore – Cardiff, Wales
An early start for the short drive to the ferry port at Rosslare. In just under four hours you cross St. George’s Channel to South Wales. Continue through rich dairy farmland to Cardiff, where an orientation drive introduces you to the capital’s major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight’s optional excursion is to Cardiff Castle for an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (B)

Day 12: Cardiff – Bath, England – Stonehenge – London
A day packed with highlights begins as you cross the spectacular Severn Bridge into England. Stop in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics, before passing Stonehenge, still an intriguing mystery. Return to London around 3 pm, where your holiday ends. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 1 night in Covertary
Accommodation for 1 night in Ennis
Accommodation for 1 night in New Castle
Accommodatiopn for 1 night in Killarney
Accommodation for 2 nights in Edinburgh
Accommodation for 1 night in Tramore
Accommodation for 1 night in Wrexham
Accommodation for 1 night in Cardiff
Accommodation for 2 nights in Dublin
Meals as per the itinerary
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary    
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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