13 Days / 12 Nights
Day 1 - Welcome to London
Arrive at your chosen London area airport. Transfer to your London hotel. At 2pm, you will meet with your driver and guide in the hotel lobby before departing for a panoramic tour of London. Discover the iconic landmarks, architectural and cultural diversity, and fascinating history that makes London the most visited city in the world. Your London sightseeing tour will take you on a non-stop procession of recognisable sights, including The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and Tower Bridge. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drink at your hotel.
Overnight: London (Dinner, bed & breakfast)
Day 2 - London Sightseeing
This morning you will visit Kensington Palace, whichhas been the residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and currently houses several members of the family. The State Rooms are open to the public to be explored, the palace offers exhibits incorporating cutting-edge digital presentations, interactive experiences, and even audio sequences that bring to life the gatherings of gowns, antique furniture, and other memorabilia of notable residents of the palace. The balance of your day is free for personal sightseeing and shopping.
OPTIONAL: Theatre tickets to a West End Show.
Overnight: London (Bed & breakfast)
Day 3 - Stonehenge & Bath
Today you will travel from London to Cardiff. As you travel through one of England’s most historical areas, enjoy an en-route visit to Stonehenge. See the giant stones and explore the visitor centre to make up your own mind about how and why this mysterious stone circle came to be. Continue to the old Roman city of Bath and discover the Roman Baths, where well-preserved ruins bring Roman Britain to life. On arrival in Cardiff enjoy a panoramic tour and discover the old sites of Cardiff Castle alongside the futuristic architecture of the Cardiff Bay area and the Principality Stadium. Experience an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Enjoy the best of Welsh entertainment, Welsh food and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, who will entertain you with a selection of traditional and contemporary songs in both English and Welsh. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight: Cardiff (Bed & breakfast)
Day 4 - Brecon Beacons National Park & Chester
Depart Cardiff and enjoy a scenic drive through Brecon Beacons National Park. From mountains to moorlands, the Brecon Beacons offer up a stunning mixture of peaks and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Stop on the border of England and Wales at Hayon- Wye - a bustling market town known as ‘the town of books’ - for some free time. Then the black and white half-timbered houses and medieval buildings of Shrewsbury make it the perfect place for lunch under own arrangements. Your final sightseeing on this day is a walking tour of Chester where you will discover a treasure trove of Roman, medieval and Tudor architecture and history. Arrive in Liverpool and check into your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Liverpool (Bed & breakfast)
Day 5 - The Beatles & Lake District
This morning visit The Beatles Story and discover everything you will ever need to know about the world’s greatest ever rock band at this award-winning attraction. The Beatles Story explores the lives, careers and times of The Beatles from their childhoods to world domination through fascinating exhibits and interactive themed areas. Leaving Liverpool head north through the Lake District - England’s largest National Park which is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. On the Scottish border, you will then stop at Gretna Green, where generations of couples have eloped to get married - Britain’s answer to Las Vegas! Continue to Edinburgh.
Overnight: Edinburgh (Dinner, bed & breakfast)
Day 6 - Edinburgh Castle
Today discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the wide avenues of the New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts. See Calton Hill and its National Monument, rightfully giving Edinburgh its nickname: the “Athens of the North”.Visit Edinburgh Castle. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Spend the balance of the day at leisure.
OPTIONAL: Dinner and entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show - Spirit of Scotland Show involves a rip-roaring evening of traditional Scottish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Scottish food to delight your pallet. The resident band and traditional Scottish Dancers provide breath-taking performances for their audienceand never fail to entertain.
Overnight: Edinburgh (Bed & breakfast)
Day 7 - Hadrian’s Wall & York Minster
Travel from Edinburgh back to Northern England via the Scottish Borders. En-route stop for photos at the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. Built in AD 122 by Roman Emperor Hadrian, the purpose of this 80 mile long defensive structure was to keep out the ‘Barbarians’ to the north. Continue to the historically important city of York. York was a roman garrison town, Viking stronghold and prosperous medieval city and aspects of all this can still be seen today. Your York walking tour will follow medieval city walls and snake through the narrow medieval passageways of the Shambles.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at a traditional pub in York.
Overnight: York (Bed & breakfast)
Day 8 - Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds
Travel from York to London. En-route visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. In the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon is a distinctive 16th century, half-timbered house where the great Bard William Shakespeare lived for much of his life. Today the building is a literary shrine to millions of pilgrims every year and gives visitors a glimpse into his life and times. Leaving the Midlands, journey south through the Cotswolds. Honey-coloured limestone houses, historical market towns and rolling green hills represent an unspoiled idyll of quintessential England. Continue to London and enjoy your final evening at leisure.
Overnight: London (Bed & breakfast)
Day 9 - Depart London / Arrive Dublin
After a final breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport.
Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre.
Overnight: Dublin (Dinner)
Flights from London to Dublin not included
Day 10 - Ireland's Midlands, Blarney Castle & Kerry
Today meet with your coach & English speaking driver/guide & depart Ireland's Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you'll never again be lost for words. Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris & his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality
craft shop in Ireland.
Overnight: Kerry (Bed & breakfast)
Day 11 - Ring of Kerry
Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses. Next today enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town.
Overnight: Kerry (Bed & breakfast)
Day 12 - Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the river Shannon to land on Clare's shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean & extend for over 7km. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange & unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee.
Overnight: Limerick (Bed & breakfast)
Day 13 - Galway to Dublin & Farewell
After a final Irish breakfast transfer to Shannon for your flight home. OR Travel to Dublin via Galway City, with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crowd of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. Enjoy some free time in the city for some personal sightseeing or shopping. Continue to Dublin, arriving at approx. 16.00 - transfer to Dublin Airport for departure flight home. Alternatively we can book hotel accommodation for you in Dublin.