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 WINDSOR CASTLE & BATH
Take a panoramic tour of Windsor before visiting Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the Queen’s official residences to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, the site of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. Enjoy some free time for lunch and then travel to Bath. Visit the Roman Baths for a tour to discover why these hot mineral-rich springs have been popular since Roman times. (B, D)

Day 4 COTSWOLDS DRIVE & SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE
Take in the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, renowned for its pretty cottages and colorful gardens. Stop in a typical lovely old village in the region. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to see an exhibition about his life and work, before walking through the house where he was born. Travel on to Liverpool and spend the evening exploring its rich pop-music history with dinner on your own. (B)

Day 5 LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING
Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Enjoy some free time for lunch in one of the traditional lakeland villages. Pass through Gretna Green, just over the Scottish border, as you travel on to Edinburgh. Enjoy a traditional dinner and ceilidh at your hotel in Edinburgh. (B,D)


Day 6: 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)

Day 7:  GLASGOW CITY TOUR & FERRY TO BELFAST

Travel to Glasgow for a city tour then enjoy some free time for exploring on your own. Proceed on to Cairnryan on Loch Ryan and take a short ferry ride to Ireland. (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)

Day 13:  SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION & FITZPATRICK CASTLE STAY

Begin the day with a gentle walking tour of all the important sights of Galway. Visit a traditional farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and enjoy tea and scones. Stroll around Dalkey, an elegant suburb of Dublin, home of such luminaries as Bono and the late writer Maeve Binchy. 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, theater, and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 – 21 departures.
    • Discover how a small Irish village played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Windsor Castle
    • Roman Baths
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    • Blarney Castle
    • Titanic Belfast
    • Tower of London or Kensington Palace

    Dining Experiences:

    • 13 breakfasts (B), and 8 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, The Glyde Inn, and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
  • Hilton London Paddington | London (2) 
  • Apex City of Bath Hotel | Bath (1) 
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre | Liverpool (1) 
  • Malmaison Hotel | Edinburgh (2) 
  • Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre | Belfast (1) 
  • Croke Park Hotel | Dublin (2) 
  • The Brehon Hotel | Killarney (2) 
  • Hotel Meyrick | Galway (1) 
  • Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney | Dublin (1) 

 

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Taste of Britain & Ireland
2020
14 Days  
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FridayOct 16 ThursdayOct 29 $4,299 Small Group
Single Supplement $1,280

 

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