15 Nights Highlights of Britain & Ireland Tour Package from $3,286/- (Posted on Jun 23 2011)

15 Nights Highlights of Britain & Ireland Tour Package from $3,286/-

HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND -  ESCORTED TOUR GK
(England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland)

Journey through the lands of kings, queens, and leprechauns! 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 walking tour in Waterford, 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.

London at Nights

London at Nights

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, visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s Floors Castle, and see the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and a section of Hadrian’s Wall. 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.

Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included for tour departures July 25 thru August 15.

Day 1 Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2 Arrive in London, England.
Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 3 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? (Breakfast)

Day 4 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 for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Waterford–Blarney–Killarney
First of the day’s highlights is a guided tour of the newly opened 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. (Breakfast)

Day 7 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. (Breakfast)

Day 8 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, take your Tour Director’s dining recommendation. (Breakfast)

Day 9 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 your Tour Director for an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (Breakfast)

Day 10 Dublin–North Wales–Chester, England
Back across the Irish Sea to the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. 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.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 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. (Breakfast)

Day 12 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 tour departures from July 25th to August 15th, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (Breakfast)

Day 13 Edinburgh–York, England
This morning, visit magnificent FLOORS CASTLE, the stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. On past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and into wild Northumberland National Park. Later, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall. In 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Waterford

Waterford

Day 15 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? (Breakfast)

Day 16 Your home bound flight arrives the same day. (B)

INCLUDED FEATURES:
London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held Hampton Court: A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens Stonehenge: Visit the prehistoric monument Salisbury: Visit the cathedral city Bath: Visit the Roman relics Newport: Welcome dinner Cardiff: Orientation drive Fishguard-Rosslare: Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry Waterford: Guided walking tour of the House of Waterford Crystal Blarney: Visit the famous village Killarney: Visit the popular resort town Ring of Kerry: Scenic peninsula drive Adare: Admire the thatched cottages Limerick: Orientation drive Rock of Cashel: Take photographs of this famous landmark Kildare: Guided tour of the Irish National Stud Dublin: Orientation drive, visit Trinity College Dublin-Holyhead: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry Chester: Walking tour Lake Windermere: Historic steamship cruise Grasmere: Visit Wordsworth’s village Gretna Green: Edinburgh: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace Floors: Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castle Jedburgh: Take pictures of the abbey ruins York: Walking tour Coventry: Admire the modern cathedral Stratford-upon-Avon: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace Blenheim: Guided tour of the palace

Tickets for the world-renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included for tour departures July 25 through August 15.

Ferries: Cross the Irish Sea Fishguard-Rosslare and by Stena Line’s High Speed Service Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead

Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London if Globus issues the tickets.

Host service in London; Professional tour director while touring

Hotels listed below or equivalent. Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

Meals: Full English breakfast (B); 5 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport.

Private deluxe motorcoach. On the Continent: air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom

Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Globus travel documents

SUPERIOR HOTELS:
London Hilton London Metropole (SF), Newport Hilton (F), Waterford Granville (F), Killarney Holiday Inn (F), Dublin Hilton City (SF), Chester Ramada (F), Edinburgh Barceló Carlton (SF) or The George (SF), York Ramada (F), Stratford-upon-Avon Holiday Inn (SF), London Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (SF)

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

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