14 Day England, Scotland & Ireland

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Optional tours and gratuities .


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. We can spend two to three hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Hotels in Scotland often encompass the traditional style of the region. You can expect small rooms with low lighting and limited access to electrical outlets. Rooms may lack amenities, including air-conditioning, microwaves, refrigerators, in-room safe, and luggage racks. Meals in Scotland will often take place at your hotel. The food served is local to the region with limited variety. Many hotels have limited restaurant staff and therefore meals can take longer than expected. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in London
Arrive in London, the cosmopolitan capital of the United Kingdom; transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, at approximately 6 pm , enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - London City Tour
Discover London’s history and pageantry on a tour of the trendy West End that begins with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods, the luxury department store on the way to Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, and Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece. Continue to the historic Houses of Parliament, one of the world’s most iconic buildings and view Big Ben. The afternoon is at leisure for individual interests. Perhaps head to the Mall, a tree-lined royal road leading to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen or, join the optional tour of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London, a former fortress and Royal Palace. The evening is yours to explore London at your own pace
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul's Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Stratford-upon-Avon, Medieval York
From London, head to Stratford-upon-Avon, a charming market town on the River Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. In this beautiful, rural village, trace the footsteps of England’s most famous poet and playwright. View the thatched cottage where Anne Hathaway lived before continuing to Shakespeare’s school and his home on Henley Street. At Holy Trinity Church, view his final resting place before free time in this celebrated town where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then, travel to the walled medieval city of York in northeast England with its rich history dating back to the Romans. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: York
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - York Minster, Edinburgh
View the massive York Minster, a remarkable 13th-century Gothic cathedral with magnificent medieval stained glass and two functioning bell towers, considered one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world that dominates this historic city. Drive past the city walls that form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse on the way to Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Britain’s most impressive Roman monument. Crossing into Scotland, drive via Jedburgh Abbey one of the four great abbeys built on the border during the Middle Ages. One of the country's most spectacular ancient monuments, that has endured a turbulent 900-year history. After lunch en route, arrive in dramatic Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Edinburgh’s Heritage, Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh’s rich heritage is revealed today on a tour of this historic city. Pass the elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” on the way to the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile. Admire regal Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Later, visit stately Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city; view Scotland’s magnificent crown jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, returned from London after 700 years. After stunning panoramic views from its ramparts, return to the center of the city for leisure time to explore this endlessly fascinating city on your own. Tonight, don’t miss the fun-filled optional Scottish Dinner with tartan-clad entertainers, bagpipers and Highland dancers
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Ferry to Belfast
Morning drive to the small village of Cairnryan, to board a luxury high-speed ferry that whisks you to Belfast in Ireland across the Irish Sea. Upon arrival, free time to independently discover Northern Ireland's capital with its beautifully restored Victorian architecture, glittering waterfront lined with European-style cafes and rich cultural life. Tonight’s dinner highlights popular Irish specialties
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore Belfast, Titanic Museum
Today’s exploration of Belfast begins at the towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall, the university district, and the newly-renovated Ulster Museum, a repository of historic treasures. Stop in a neighborhood where buildings are still scarred from “The Troubles” which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Visit the gleaming Titanic Belfast Museum constructed in the actual dockyard where the doomed ship was built; its multimedia presentation follows the history of Belfast and the creation of the world’s most famous ocean liner. Exhibits include a high-tech ride through a re-creation of the city’s shipyards, details of the Titanic’s construction and old film footage of the actual ship. The rest of the day is yours to discover Belfast on your own
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Giant’s Causeway & Visitor’s Center, Derry’s Medieval Walls
The day starts with a breathtaking scenic drive through the Glens of Antrim to the North Coast of Ireland, known as the Causeway Coast, an area of outstanding beauty. Here, visit Giant's Causeway, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, where unusual hexagonal columns formed by 60 million years of volcanic activity stretch into the sea. Marvel at this natural phenomenon! The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool who left behind an ancient home full of folklore. Look out for clues of his existence - including The Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair. After a visit to the informative Visitor’s Center, on to the pretty city of Derry (also called Londonderry) with its glimpses of Northern Ireland’s past and present. In the afternoon, a walking tour* of the artistic cultural hub of Derry that includes St. Columb’s Cathedral and the neo-Gothic Guildhall with its beautiful stained glass windows. View the preserved medieval city walls with its four original gates that completely encircle the old city, protecting Derry throughout centuries from foreign invaders. Dinner in Derry at your hotel
*For Aug 1 departure, itinerary may be altered due to local events
Overnight: Derry
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Belleek Pottery Factory, Picturesque Sligo, Knock Shrine, Westport
Morning drive to the famed Belleek Pottery Factory founded in the 19th century. Watch expert craftspeople shape and decorate this world-famous China; visit the museum with exhibits of original pieces dating back to 1857. On to Sligo, with its renowned natural beauty, home to the young poet William Butler Yeats, one of the most picturesque places in Ireland. Next, to the village of Knock in County Mayo, where many believe that the Virgin Mary appeared; pause at the sacred Knock Shrine, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site. The day ends in bustling Westport, in the northern West Coast well-known for its outdoor activities, spas, and international nightlife. Upon arrival, enjoy a dinner of local favorites
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Glen Keen Sheep Farm, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
A day in the Irish countryside! Visit the unique Glen Keen Farm* with its stunning natural beauty. One of the largest farms in Ireland, this single family-owned working sheep farm is larger than some national parks. Learn more about this center of agritourism designated as a special area of conservation for its natural beauty. After lunch, travel into the heart of Connemara with its crystal lakes, towering mountains and striking expanses of emerald green to visit Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden. Stroll through the restored rooms of the Abbey and the magnificent Victorian Walled Garden with its colorful floral displays. Perhaps, stop for a cup of fresh herbal tea at the Tea House, before returning to Westport. The evening is at leisure
*Farm activities are weather dependent
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Seaside Galway, Discover Dublin
Today, travel to Galway, once a seafaring town, nestled on the shores of Galway Bay, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Walk the picturesque winding streets in the downtown area to Eyre Square and the trendy Latin Quarter. At Lynch’s Castle, view 14th-century stonework that includes ghoulish gargoyles before arriving at imposing Galway Cathedral on the banks of the River Corrib. Lunch on your own in this lively bohemian city with its brightly painted pubs, cafes, and galleries. Then, it’s off to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. At Trinity College, marvel at the 8th century Book of Kells, a superb example of early Irish manuscript illumination on display in the Old Library before continuing to St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park and legendary St. Patrick's Cathedral. The evening is at leisure in Dublin with its wide choice of fine restaurants, non-stop nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Dublin at Leisure, Irish Pub Farewell Dinner
Enjoy a full day of leisure in Dublin, to further explore this fascinating city on your own. Then it’s time to get ready for a fabulous Farewell Dinner at one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. It will be a rip-roaring evening of traditional Irish music and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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This afternoon the focus is on two of the most impressive monuments within London's original "Square Mile". Visit the Tower of London, a former fortress and Royal Palace that has witnessed 1000 years of history most notoriously as a prison. Now the Crown Jewels are kept here and you will have a viewing of these, as well as seeing the iconic Tower Bridge. Continue for a guided visit of St. Paul's Cathedral, where Charles married Diana in 1981. Also, view the exterior architecture of Sir Christopher Wren's Dome, a masterpiece and landmark of London's skyline.

Drop off details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $95.00
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Enjoy a memorable evening of traditional entertainment in Scotland's capital. The colorful tartan clad entertainers will perform a program of music, including the most famous Scottish songs, highland dancers and bagpipers. The show includes a hearty dinner with wine, including a taste of Haggis!

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $95.00
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