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Ireland and Britain Escorted Tour

14 Nights / 15 Days tour package starting at USD 2579 per person
Destinations Covered: London - Newport - Waterford - Killarney - Dublin - Chester - Edinburgh -York - Stratford - Upon - Avon (GK) / 2013
 

Journey through the lands of kings, queens, and leprechaun. Begin in London with two overnights and guided sightseeing that features Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard, if held. Depart the city to admire the breathtaking gardens at Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, then venture on to prehistoric Stonehenge, picturesque Salisbury, and the Roman excavations at Bath. Cross into Wales and spend the night in Newport, then to the Welsh capital of Cardiff before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle. Highlights are a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney, the resort town of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Irish National Stud in Kildare, and an orientation drive in Dublin that includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College.
Return across the Irish Sea and through scenic North Wales into England’s Lake District. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere before heading to the Scottish Lowlands and Edinburgh for visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. On your way back to England, see Alnwick. Stop to admire the impressive gothic York Minster, explore Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and visit beautiful Blenheim Palace before returning to London for the end of your adventure.

 

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

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
09-Apr-2013 23-Apr-2013 USD 2579
 
16-Apr-2013 30-Apr-2013 USD 2849
 
23-Apr-2013 07-May-2013 USD 2869
30-Apr-2013 14-May-2013
 
07-May-2013 21-May-2013 USD 2869
12-May-2013 26-May-2013
14-May-2013 28-May-2013
 
19-May-2013 02-Jun-2013 USD 2869
21-May-2013 04-Jun-2013
26-May-2013 09-Jun-2013
28-May-2013 11-Jun-2013
02-Jun-2013 16-Jun-2013
04-Jun-2013 18-Jun-2013
09-Jun-2013 23-Jun-2013
11-Jun-2013 25-Jun-2013
16-Jun-2013 30-Jun-2013
 
18-Jun-2013 02-Jul-2013 USD 2869
23-Jun-2013 07-Jul-2013
25-Jun-2013 09-Jul-2013
30-Jun-2013 14-Jul-2013
02-Jul-2013 16-Jul-2013
07-Jul-2013 21-Jul-2013
09-Jul-2013 23-Jul-2013
 
14-Jul-2013 28-Jul-2013 USD 2969
16-Jul-2013 30-Jul-2013
21-Jul-2013 04-Aug-2013
23-Jul-2013 06-Aug-2013
 
28-Jul-2013 11-Aug-2013 USD 3169
 
30-Jul-2013 13-Aug-2013 USD 3069
04-Aug-2013 18-Aug-2013
   
Hotels:

London: Hilton London Metropole (SF)/Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (SF)

Newport: Hilton (F)

Waterford: Granville (F)

Killarney: Killarney Towers (SF)

Dublin: Hilton City (SF)

Chester: Mercure Chester East (F)

Edinburgh: The King James Hotel (F)

York: Mercure York Fairfield Manor (F)

Stratford - Upon - Avon: Holiday Inn (SF)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in London, England
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 River Thames, 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 River Thames. (B)

Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – 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; picturesque Salisbury with its vast cathedral; and in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the River Severn into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner 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. (B,D)

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney - Killarney
First of the day’s highlights 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, and 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 - Limerick - Kildare - Dublin
Drive to quaint Adare and in Limerick your orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. The Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, is on the way to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. 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, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (B)

Day 9: Dublin - North Wales – Chester, England
Back across the Irish Sea to the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. Take your photos at tongue-twisting Llanfair..., and then enjoy a scenic drive along the North Wales coast to Chester, where your walking tour takes in the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the “Rows.” (B,D)

Day 10: Chester - Lake District - Edinburgh, Scotland
In the Lake District, considered the finest of England’s national parks, enjoy a CRUISE along Lake Windermere on an historic iron steamship. After a stop at Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, visit Gretna Green on your way to Edinburgh. Your optional Scottish evening features 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. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. For July 23 through August 13 departures, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 12: Edinburgh - York, England
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. 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 ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 3 nights in London
Accommodation for 2 nights in Edinburgh
Accommodation for 1 night in Newport, Wales
Accommodation for 1 night in York
Accommodation for 1 night in Waterford, Ireland
Accommodation 1 night in Stratford - Upon - Avon
Accommodation for 2 nights in Killarney
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Dublin
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Chester    
 
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 without prior notice
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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