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British Isles - Castles And Countrysides
 

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11 Day/10 Night Tour Features

  • 10 nights wonderful hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 15 Meals-10 breakfasts, 5 dinners including 2 dinner shows
  • Tour includes all sightseeing mentioned in this itinerary and much more!
  • Fully escorted and narrated so you won't miss a thing!

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Departure Dates
  • September 12-23, 2019
     
Price Per Person
$2999 per person/double occ. USD
$2919 per person/triple occ. USD
Single supplement: $1299
NOTE: Sightseeing days may be adjusted

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Detailed Itinerary   Top of Page

Day 1-Arrive in Scotland

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin immersing yourself in the Scottish culture. (meals on own)

Day 2-Edinburgh

We begin with a tour of this capital city with its contrasts between the 18th-century Georgian "New Town" and the medieval "Old Town". The famed Royal Mile runs from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. See the iconic sites of St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House. At Edinburgh Castle, see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Later, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an included dinner and show. (B, D)

Day 3-Edinburgh to Manchester-England via the Lake District

Today's adventure starts with a journey through the Scottish countryside enroute to England. Learn the legends and lure of the famous Gretna Green-the 'marriage capital of the UK'-and see the famous Blacksmiths Shop, steeped in history and magical charm. Enjoy the wonders of northern England with a visit to the Lake District. A local guide will discuss William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, who resided in this area. Cruise on Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, as you enjoy the picturesque landscape. The journey continues as you travel through the countryside of Hadrian's Wall, considered Britain's greatest Roman monument. This evening, arrive in Manchester, home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 4-York, England

Today's excursion takes you across the Pennines to the Viking city of York. A local guide will lead you through the historic Shambles, a medieval shopping street filled with character and charm. See the Roman city walls and visit the spectacular York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in the UK. After the tour, enjoy free time before returning to Manchester this afternoon. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 5-Manchester-Cardiff, Wales

Departing Manchester, continue to the capital city of Cardiff, Wales. Enroute, stop in the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon with its typical oak-beamed, gable-roofed houses. Visit the birthplace and childhood home of the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. You'll also see his school, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, erected in his memory. Continuing on, experience the beauty of the Cotswolds-rolling hills ('wolds'), river valleys, and sleepy villages where houses and shops made from the Cotswold Stone line the meandering streets. In the evening, arrive in Cardiff for an included dinner. (B, D)

Day 6-Cardiff

The day begins with a tour of Cardiff, Wales. Your guide will point out architectural sites that range from historic to modern, as well as provide history of the city. On the included visit to Cardiff Castle, whose walls conceal 2,000 years of history, you'll discover stories from the times of the Romans, Normans, Vikings, Victorian Era and even WWII. After the excursion, return to the hotel where the rest of the day is yours for independent exploration of this capital city. (B)

Day 7-Cardiff-Waterford, Ireland

A late morning departure takes you to the port for embarkation of the ferry and the journey across the Irish Sea to Pembroke, Ireland. Upon arrival, continue by coach to the seaport town of Waterford, the country's oldest city. (B, D)

Day 8-Waterford and Blarney

Today is a full day discovering Waterford, Blarney and Cork. On a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, witness the master craftsmen transforming a ball of hot molten crystal into an elegantly crafted piece of art. Continue on to Blarney with time for lunch on your own before visiting the famed Castle known as home to the 'Stone of Eloquence' or the Blarney Stone. Legend has it, if you kiss the stone, you will receive the 'gift of gab'. Before returning to Waterford for the evening, enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork where you'll see the hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church, a symbol of the city. (B)

Day 9-Waterford to Dublin

Today travel to Dublin. See the famous General Post Office, rebel headquarters in the 1916 Easter Rising. Cross over the River Liffey and catch a glimpse of the Temple Bar area. Visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, the famous 8th-century gospel manuscript. See Grafton Street, one of the main shopping streets and drive through Georgian Dublin, with the beautiful 18th-century houses and squares. Pass the National Museum, Parliament Building, St. Stephen's Green and visit St. Patrick's Cathedral before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. A special treat is in store tonight with an included dinner and entertainment. Music, song and traditional Irish dancers take the stage during a show you're sure to enjoy! (B, D)

Day 10-Dublin

Your final day is left free of planned activities to enjoy as you please! Continue sightseeing, finish any last-minute shopping or just relax at a pub and mingle with the locals. (B)

Day 11-Dublin-USA

It's time to bid 'cheerio' to the British Isles as you depart for the Dublin airport with warm memories of the castles, countryside and capital cities of your journey through these amazing countries.(B)

(B)= Breakfast (L)= Lunch (D)= Dinner (R)= Reception

 

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