25 Days British Isles in Depth Package from Our Dream Vacation $3466/- (Posted on Jun 23 2011)

25 Days British Isles in Depth Package from Our Dream Vacation $3466/-

BRITISH ISLES IN DEPTH – ESCORTED TOUR 9090

Vacation Overview
This extensive vacation covers the whole of the British Isles—Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. No other tour is as complete. Begin your trip with two overnights in London and time to explore on your own or to take an optional tour. Head to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace; enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, where Britain’s elite receive their education; and travel through the exquisite Cotswolds to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Lady Godiva’s Coventry. Continue on to York, England’s most complete medieval city, for a walking tour with your Tour Director. 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. In the Scottish capital, your tour includes a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle. On to St. Andrews, home of golf; Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for the past 900 years; and Royal Deeside, where the Queen is an annual visitor. Enjoy an excursion to the spectacular west coast of Scotland, then drive over to the beautiful Isle of Skye. Scenic highlights await you on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and an orientation drive acquaints you with Glasgow’s attractions.

Coventry City Council House

Coventry City Council House

Next, ferry to Belfast in Northern Ireland and visit remarkable Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the way to Derry. Travel to Knock, where pilgrims flock to the Marian Shrine; see the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher; and drink in the scenery on the Dingle Peninsula and along the gorgeous “Ring of Kerry.” Stop at popular Killarney; Blarney, known for the “Stone of Eloquence”; and Waterford, famous for its crystal. Visit Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca and enjoy Glendalough with St. Kevin’s Irish Christianity Centre ruins. In Dublin, Ireland’s capital, an orientation drive shows you the sights. Then, ferry back across the Irish Sea to Holyhead and travel south through scenic Wales with stops in Wrexham and Cardiff. Return to England and explore elegant Georgian Bath, famous for its Roman relics. Hear about King Arthur in Glastonbury, stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, made famous in The Hound of the Baskervilles, and see where the Pilgrims embarked on their monumental journey in Plymouth. Also see St. Michael’s Mount and Land’s End on the way to the popular seaside town of St. Ives. Contemplate the mystery of Stonehenge, take a break in beautiful Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral, and overnight in Brighton before returning to London for the finale of your awesome adventure. This vacation through England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland is a trip of a lifetime!

Day 1 Wed. BOARD YOUR OVERNIGHT TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT

Day 2 Thu. ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon there’s time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital; uniformed Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 3 Fri. LONDON
A full day to enjoy our exciting program of optional activities. 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 Guards, if held. This afternoon you may want to visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels, and tonight a leisurely cruise on the River Thames would be fun. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Sat. LONDON–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–COVENTRY
Meet your 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; a walking tour in Oxford, one of the country’s oldest seats of learning; and skirting the Cotswold Hills to 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, and admire the splendid modern cathedral. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Sun. 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 awe 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 and now a vibrant modern city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Mon. NEWCASTLE–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
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. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Tue. EDINBURGH
A full day to enjoy this “Prince of Cities.” 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. For departures August 3rd, 10th, and 17th, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Wed. EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–INVERNESS–STRATHPEFFER
A day of memorable sightseeing: St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years; and Royal Deeside, where the Queen is an annual visitor. Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, then via Inverness, head for your Highland destination. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Inverness Scotland

Inverness Scotland

Day 9 Thu. STRATHPEFFER. WEST COAST EXCURSION
More spectacular Scottish scenery: the lovely Falls of Shin, Dornoch Firth, and the Kyle of Sutherland. Then, follow Strath Oykel for a visit to Ullapool, a remote fishing harbor on Loch Broom, before returning along Loch Glascarnoch. Our recommendation for this evening: join the optional Loch Ness Experience, which includes a cruise on the loch followed by supper at a local inn. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Fri. STRATHPEFFER–ISLE OF SKYE–FORT WILLIAM–GLASGOW
More heather-clad moors as you drive through the western Highlands to Lochalsh and the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. The route back to the mainland is by ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then breathtaking scenery all the way to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was treacherously massacred by the Campbells in 1692, and a drive along the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond are scenic highlights on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s great cultural city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Sat. GLASGOW–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
On this morning’s orientation drive through Scotland’s largest city, see the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian Squares built by the wealthy tobacco barons. Later, stop at Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, before boarding the ferry for the Irish Sea crossing to Belfast. Consider joining tonight’s optional excursion, a “living history” tour of this fascinating city in the company of a Local Guide. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Sun. BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–SLIGO, IRELAND
Take the scenic route along the Antrim coast to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, then let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry, and later Belleek Pottery, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china. At Drumcliff, see the grave of native son and poet W.B.Yeats before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Mon. SLIGO–KNOCK–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–ENNIS
South to Knock, a village that has attracted pilgrims from all over the world since the townsfolk saw apparitions, and Galway on its beautiful bay, where you 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. Tonight, a chance to attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle. (Breakfast)

Day 14 Tue. ENNIS–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY
Via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer for the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Breathtaking scenery this afternoon on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Afternoon arrival in Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15 Wed. KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
At Killorglin, join the road known as the “Ring of Kerry” for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney. Then, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Later, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. (Breakfast)

Day 16 Thu. KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–TRAMORE
More scenic splendor as you head into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city. Finally, Dungarvan and along the Copper Coast to the seaside resort of Tramore. Tonight, maybe an optional pub tour before dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 17 Fri. TRAMORE–WATERFORD–AVOCA–DUBLIN
Highlights on your northbound journey: Waterford, famed for its exquisite crystal; Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; a visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca; views of the Wicklow Mountains; and Glendalough with its ruins of a center of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Afternoon arrival in Dublin. Take your Tour Director’s dining recommendation for this evening. (Breakfast)

Day 18 Sat. DUBLIN
A day in the “Fair City” starts off with an orientation drive through Ireland’s capital and includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Dublin at leisure. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. (Breakfast)

Day 19 Sun. DUBLIN–WREXHAM, WALES
Across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting place names. Enjoy the best of North Wales on a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, including spectacular Llanberis Pass and pretty Betws-y-Coed, before arriving in Wrexham. This evening, why not join an optional excursion by barge along the Llangollen Canal? (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 20 Mon. WREXHAM–CHESTER, ENGLAND–CARDIFF, WALES
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.“ Head south now through the market town of Ludlow to Cardiff. In the Welsh capital an orientation drive takes in Cathays Park with its splendid civic buildings and Cardiff Castle. Your Tour Director will recommend tonight’s optional Welsh evening. (Breakfast)

Day 21 Tue. CARDIFF–BATH, ENGLAND–PLYMOUTH
Across the Severn Bridge to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famed for its Roman relics. Into the West Country via Glastonbury and its associations with King Arthur, and wild and romantic Dartmoor with a visit to the picture-book village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Upon arrival in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 22 Wed. PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION
A day full of West Country sights as you head through Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount rising boldly out of the sea, take your photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for this evening. (Breakfast)

Day 23 Thu. PLYMOUTH–STONEHENGE–SALISBURY–BRIGHTON
An interesting day heading into Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and views of the intriguing prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. Take a break in Salisbury for a look at its vast cathedral, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture. Stop for photos at historic Arundel, dominated by the Duke of Norfolk’s huge castle, before continuing on to the seaside resort of Brighton for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 24 Fri. BRIGHTON–TUN-BRIDGE WELLS–LONDON
A leisurely last day on the road with time this morning for a seafront promenade stroll or to browse along The Lanes, a quaint area of narrow streets renowned for its antique shops. Finally, take the scenic route via the pretty market town of Lewes and pause for lunch in picturesque Royal Tunbridge Wells before returning to London about 3 pm. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (Breakfast)

Day 25 Sat. YOUR HOME BOUND FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY. (Breakfast)

ireland killarney

ireland killarney

INCLUDED:


FEATURES: Visits to Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh and Melrose, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 3, Aug 10, Aug 17 departures), St. Andrews, Braemar, Culloden, Inverness, Strathpeffer, Ullapool, Alloway, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Belleek Pottery, W.B.Yeats’ burial place, Sligo, Knock, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Avoca handweaving mill, Glendalough, Betws-y-Coed, Ludlow, Bath, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, St. Ives, Salisbury, Arundel, Brighton, Lewes and Royal Tunbridge Wells; orientation drives in Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff; walking tours in Oxford, York, Chester

SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Cotswold Hills, Northumberland National Park, Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, Falls of Shin, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast, The Burren, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Snowdonia, Dartmoor National Park, St. Michael’s Mount and Land’s End, Stonehenge and Salisbury Plain

INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.

GUIDES: Local guides for city sightseeing in Edinburgh, a malt whisky distillery, Belfast; host service in London. Professional Tour Director while touring

TRANSPORTATION: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London if Cosmos issues the tickets. Private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Isle of Skye ferry. Round trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry. Ferry across the Shannon estuary

HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

MEALS: Full English breakfast (B); 10 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus

OPTIONAL: Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents.

QUALITY HOTELS:
London Kensington Close (ST), Coventry Barceló Hinckley Island (F) at Hinckley, Newcastle Jurys Inn (F), Edinburgh Kings Manor (ST), Strathpeffer Ben Wyvis (ST), Glasgow Pond (F), Belfast Ramada Encore (F), Sligo Southern (ST), Ennis Auburn Lodge (ST), Killarney Killarney Court (F), Tramore Majestic (ST), Dublin Jurys Inn Custom House (ST), Wrexham Ramada Plaza (F), Cardiff Park Inn (F), Plymouth Novotel (ST), Brighton Ramada (ST)

(T – Tourist-Class, ST – Superior Tourist-Class, F – First-Class)

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