From the Shannon to the Thames

You’ve seen photos of London’s Big Ben—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve heard about Dublin’s friendly culture—now’s your time to experience it. You’ve read William Shakespeare’s plays—now’s your time to visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ve heard of the ill – fated Titanic—now’s your time to travel to Belfast and learn about how it was built. You’ve seen photos of Stonehenge—now’s your chance to stand in front of it. You’ve seen photos of Edinburgh Castle—now’s your chance to see it. All of this—and much more—are included on this Ireland, Scotland and England tour. Your tour starts in Limerick, Ireland and ends in London, England. In between, you’ll see breath-taking landscapes, visit historical sights, see the famous landmarks, and learn about the cultures and histories of these countries. You’ll overnight in Limerick, Killarney, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, York, Bath, and London.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Shannon, Ireland – Limerick

Cead mile failte – a hundred – thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Strand, 2 nights

Day 2: Limerick. Cliffs of Moher & Galway Excursion

Your holiday starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, to savour the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: at Rathbaun Farm, watch the farmer shear a sheep or manoeuvre a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy a Traditional Tea in the 150 – year – old farmhouse. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Day 3: Limerick – Adare – Ring of Kerry – Killarney

A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous Ring of Kerry for a 100 – mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney Towers

Day 4: Killarney – Blarney – Cashel – Dublin

On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and Cashel to take your photographs of the rock where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?

Hotel: Royal Marine at Dun Laoghaire, 2 nights

Day 5: Dublin

The morning’s orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue – lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 6: Dublin – Lisburn, Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

Cross the Boyne River and stop in Lisburn on your way to the aweinspiring Giant’s Causeway. Hear how millions of years ago, erupting lava cooled slowly and evenly to form more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the night in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.

Hotel: Europa

Day 7: Belfast – Edinburgh, Scotland

First thing this morning, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your Ferry and 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.

Hotel: InterContinental Edinburgh The George, 2 nights

Day 8: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0805, 0812, 0819 tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world – renowned Military Tattoo, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Day 9: Edinburgh – Alnwick, England – York

This morning at Alnwick Castle, the choice is yours: visit the Castle itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, or explore Alnwick Garden, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 10: York – Stratford-upon-Avon – Bath

Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, enjoy a Light Lunch, and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and explore the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Hotel: Hilton

Day 11: Bath – Stonehenge – London

A drive through Salisbury Plain brings you to Stonehenge, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. First, explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire its magnificence up close. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening?

Hotel: Hilton London Metropole Park Park Plaza Waterloo or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 2 nights

Day 12: London

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 residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner, followed by a relaxed nighttime cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your holiday.

Day 13: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 05$4,929.00$6,499.00
June: 02, 16, 30$4,929.00$6,499.00
July: 14$4,929.00$6,499.00
August: 11$5,139.00$6,709.00
August: 25$4,929.00$6,499.00
September: 08$4,929.00$6,499.00
September: 22$4,829.00$6,399.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry Crossing: Belfast - Cairnryan
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Heart of England

Neolithic man, Roman forces, celebrated writers and contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland. On this quintessentially English tour, we’ll follow their tracks – covering Wiltshire’s ancient stone circles and movie-set good looks, the delightful hamlets of the Cotswolds, Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ and Bath’s incredible architecture.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: London

After meeting the group in England’s vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Wellington by Blue Orchid or similar

Day 2: London – Oxford – Stratford-upon-Avon

After breakfast, we’ll set our sights on our first stop: charming Oxford. Here, we’ll learn about the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the city’s streets over the years with a locally guided walking tour. Then: we’ll venture through quintessential English countryside to meet with the Cotswolds. This charming area is a patchwork of green hills and farmland, peppered with centuries-old villages and caramel-hued cottages. We’ll enjoy some free time to stroll the elegant terraced High Street of Chipping Campden – before tucking into another delicious group dinner at our hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Hotel: The Arden Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon

The life and times of William Shakespeare will take centre stage today when we pay a visit to the playwright’s timbered childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway’s pretty thatched cottage. A stroll through the blooming gardens here is a must! We’ll have some time to enjoy lunch at our leisure – before we explore some picturesque Cotswolds hamlets this afternoon. This evening will be ours to spend at our leisure.

Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon – Lacock – Bath

Day four promises to be an indulgent one, with an afternoon of high tea on the agenda before we move on to Lacock. This showstopper of a village often doubles as a film set, and you may recognise it from Pride and Prejudice or The Other Boleyn Girl. After imagining ourselves as costume drama heroes and heroines, we’ll step inside the magnificent abbey – whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series. Then: onwards to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with true ‘wow’ factor, where we’ll make ourselves at home for our final two nights. This evening, we’ll spend exploring Bath at our own pace.

Hotel: The Abbey Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Bath

After receiving a fascinating insight into Roman life on a morning visit to the Roman Baths, we’ll visit the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent. The afternoon will then be yours to explore the city for yourself. You could enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ at Thermae Bath Spa (Britain’s only thermal spa), and bathe in mineral-rich waters while scanning the skyline from the rooftop pool – or, if you’d prefer to explore on foot, you could discover Bath’s proud independent side as you wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops. At our last dinner together, we’ll swap stories and look back on our English journey with fond memories.

Day 6: Bath – Longleat House – Avebury – London

The current seat of the Marquess of Bath, the impressive Longleat House blends classic architecture with creative interiors – and it’s here that we’ll start the day. We’ll have plenty of time to explore before we move on to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury we’ll have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, this prehistoric stone circle is a fascinating sight – and makes for a tremendous final stop. Later this afternoon, our trip will come to a close back in London.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$3,019.00$3,769.00
May: 08, 29$3,079.00$3,999.00
June: 19$3,079.00$3,999.00
July: 11$3,079.00$3,999.00
August: 14, 28$3,079.00$3,999.00
September: 04$3,079.00$3,999.00
September: 18$3,019.00$3,769.00
October: 03$2,869.00$3,449.00

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 4 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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