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Best of Britain and Ireland 8 Day Coach Tour

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage.
  • York See the old walls and Mansion House. View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour.
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the castle.
  • Falkirk Visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre.
  • Belfast See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University.
  • Dublin Sightseeing with your Local Guide to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College.
  • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens.
  • Waterford Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom, when open.
  • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town.
  • Stonehenge View the ancient stone circle.

Description

Get a closer look at the long standing castles, churches and old-fashioned towns of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. See Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Roman spas in Bath and the highly photogenic cities of Dublin, Edinburgh, Salisbury, Glasgow and York.

Day 1

LONDON - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - YORK - LEEDS

This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon and See Anne Hathaways' Cottage, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. During your orientation, your Travel Director will take you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and show you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Continue to your hotel in Leeds where you dine tonight.

Meal(s): (Dinner) Hotel: Bewleys Hotel (F)

Day 2

LEEDS - GRASMERE - GRETNA GREEN - GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast) Hotel: Campanile Glasgow (MF)

Day 3

EDINBURGH EXCURSION

Today, visit Edinburgh. Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. View the famous castle, the Royal Mile, elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 4

GLASGOW - BELFAST - DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island called Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, then board a ferry for the short crossing to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built during your city orientation. Finally, cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast) Hotel: Jury's Inn (MF)

Day 5

DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street Performers? This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

Day 6

DUBLIN - KILKENNY - WATERFORD

Traverse County Kildare's splendid countryside. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and see the exquisite pieces. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner) Hotel: Treacys Hotel (F)

Day 7

WATERFORD - CARDIFF

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast) Hotel: Copthorne Cardiff (F)

Day 8

CARDIFF - BATH - STONEHENGE - LONDON

Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation and enjoy free time to admire the elegant architecture. Perhaps consider a visit to the Roman Baths. Stop to view mysterious Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain en route to London where your amazing holiday ends.

Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

Travel Highlights

First Class, Moderate First Class and Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.

Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales.

The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.

London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your sightseeing experiences.

 

 

 

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