Britain and Ireland Discovery (Preview 2019)
Additional Included Highlights
- Oxford: See the spires and colleges of Oxford. York: See the York Minster, remnant of the city walls and walk through the warped Shambles. Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere. Gretna Green: Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married. St Andrews: See part of the Old Course at the home of golf. Pitlochry: Visit the town famous for its salmon leap. Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle. Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place. John O'Groats: It's barely a town but it is the most northern community on mainland Britain
- Have a look before boarding your ferry to the Orkney Islands. Eilean Donan: See the famous castle. Fort William: See the World War II Commando Memorial and view Ben Nevis. Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. Drumcliff: Visit the last resting place of Irish poet W.B
- Yeats. Galway: See St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone. Adare: See the picturesque thatched cottages. Cork: See the City Hall and Opera House. Waterford: See Reginald’s Tower and the ruined city walls. Dublin: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain. Conwy: Stop in the shadow of the mighty castle, upon the river. Chester: See the unique Rows, city walls, Jubilee Clock and the impressive cathedral. Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle
- Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions. Cardiff: See the Principality Stadium and the castle. Bath: See the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Plymouth: See the Mayflower Steps. Scenic Drives: Chiltern Hills, the Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines, English Lake District, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Highlands, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, Cornish Countryside, Salisbury Plain.
- Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, for a more authentic and intimate experience.
- Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
- Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your tour in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
- Wick: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
- Dining Summary: 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.
- Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
- Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
- Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
- Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
- Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott. Walk through the New Town and visit Edinburgh Castle.
Signature and Highlight Hotels
- Killarney: In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'
- Cornish Countryside: Enjoy the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St. Mellion International Resort, featuring a unique blend of contemporary style and unique facilities sprawled across 450 acres of peaceful countryside.
- Highlands: Hotels in the Highlands area are mainly traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region.
Top Rated Highlights
- Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
- Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
- Scenic Drives: Experience the wonderful countryside of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with some of the world's best scenery. Travel through the Chiltern Hills, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines, the English Lake District, the Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, the Isle of Skye, the Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, the Ring of Kerry, the Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, the Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.
- Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
- Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
- Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
- Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
- Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
- Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
- Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
- Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
- Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
- Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
- Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
- Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
- Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
- Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
- Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
- St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
- Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
- Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
- Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
- John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
- Grasmere: Visit the grave of the English poet, William Wordsworth.
- Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
- Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
- Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain's only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialise.
- Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.
- Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a scenic cruise.
- Orkney Isles: Join a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
- 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.
- York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
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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.