British Isles Travel - Taste of Britain & Ireland

14 day Escorted Tour of Ireland and Great Britain

This Escorted Tour of England, Scotland, & Ireland includes the best of British Isles Travel, visiting both Great Britain and Ireland. This guided tour starts in London England  and ends in Dublin Ireland.  This British Travel bus tour takes in Scotland, too.  Our British Isles Travel is recommended by British travel forums.  Hunt for the Loch Ness monster, and listen to British music in Liverpool, the home of the Beatles.  In Ireland, stay in an Irish castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and sit back and relax on our escorted tour. 
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Taste of Britain and Ireland

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

Day 1: LONDON ARRIVAL & TOUR
Your escorted tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Enjoy a panoramic tour of central London to see famous city landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Your guide will also highlight London’s famous rock and roll history. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.(D)

Day 2: TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTS
Spend the day discovering London’s attractions on your own with an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, a walking tour in the footsteps of London’s rock and roll legends or a scenic River Thames cruise. You might visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or you may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Dine independently this evening.(B)

Isle of Arran Walking TourDay 3: BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE & BEATLES’ LIVERPOOL
Depart London and travel towards Liverpool stopping at a local pub for lunch. A local guide will show you around town focusing on places associated with the “Fab Four”. Explore the history of popular British music at the British Music Experience in Liverpool. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You might want to check out the world famous Cavern Club for an evening of live music.(B, L)

Day 4: LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Near the Scottish border stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh.(B, D)

Day 5: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. See the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 2-19 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Scott Moument Edinburgh

Day 6: SCONE PALACE & DISTILLERY
At Scone Palace see outstanding antiques and the world-renowned grounds. Head to Pitlochry for a traditional pub lunch and free time to explore. Take a tour of the Blair Athol Distillery and sample a “wee dram” of their single malt. Continue to Inverness where the evening is free to check out some of the local pubs with traditional music and food.(B, L)

Day 7: LOCH NESS & LOCH LOMOND CRUISE
Travel south through wonderful Highland scenery, passing the shoreline of the famous Loch Ness. See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and continue through the towering mountains of Glen Coe. Embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a drive around Glasgow before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Thatching in IrelandDay 8: FERRY TO IRELAND & TITANIC BELFAST
From Cairnryan embark on a short ferry journey to Ireland. Visit Titanic Belfast and experience the history of this history ocean-liner through interactive galleries. Stop for a drink and dinner with entertainment at the Glyde Inn before arriving in Dublin.(B, D)

Day 9: INDEPENDENT DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy your day in Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer. (B)

Day 10: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Head out to view the stately Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving through Macroom and into Killarney, where the scenery becomes more mountainous. After dinner at your hotel you may like to find a “singing bar” for some entertainment.(B, D)

Day 11: DINGLE PENINSULA & CRUISE
Visit the Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”. Take in spectacular views from Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula. From Dingle embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and relax with a drink at the famous Murphy’s Bar in Castlemaine. In the evening head to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for an Irish night of dinner and traditional entertainment.(B, D)

Day 12: FLYING BOAT MUSEUM & CLIFFS OF MOHER
Visit Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. The home of Irish coffee, you’ll learn how to make one yourself and enjoy a sample. Cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 200m above the Atlantic Ocean. Take a brief walking tour around Galway’s city centre with a local guide. (B, D)

Highland CattleDay 13: TULLAMORE DEW DISTILLERY & FITZPATRICK CASTLE STAY
Enjoy tea and scones at Rathbaun Farm and watch trained dogs herding sheep. In Tullamore, tour the site of the original Tullamore Dew Distillery. Learn about the area’s history of canals, merchant classes and of course the making of the legendary Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey. Spend the night in an elegant castle hotel in Dublin and enjoy a special farewell dinner.(B, D)

Day 14: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast.(B)

  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 to August 19.
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the lives of the “Fab Four” as a local guide shows you around town focusing on places associated with The Beatles.

Trip Highlights:

British Music Experience
Dalwhinnie Distillery
Irish Rock'N'Roll Museum Experience
Scone Palace
Titanic Belfast
Tower of London
Tullamore Dew Distillery

Dining Experiences:

  • Eight dinners including a welcome dinner in London, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Glyde Inn, and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Park Plaza Riverbank London (2 nights)
Hilton Hotel Liverpool (1 night)
Malmaison Leith Edinburgh (2 nights)
Columba Hotel Inverness (1 night)
Marriott Glasgow (1 night)
Croke Park Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
The Brehon Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
Hotel Meyrick Galway (1 night)
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Dublin (1 night)

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Taste of Britain & Ireland
2020
14 Days  
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FridayApr 3 ThursdayApr 16 $3,499  
FridayApr 17 ThursdayApr 30 $4,199 Small Group
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FridayJul 24 ThursdayAug 6 $4,849 Small Group
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FridayOct 16 ThursdayOct 29 $4,299 Small Group
Single Supplement $1,280

 

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