17 Day England, Scotland & Ireland

$3479
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$3979*
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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 25  (Sold Out) $4239* $3579
Sep 01  (Sold Out) $4389* $3689
Sep 08  (Sold Out) $4229* $3739
Sep 15  (Sold Out) $4109* $3579
Sep 22  (Sold Out) $4059* $3579
Sep 29  (Sold Out) $3959* $3479
$3979* $3479
Oct 13  (Sold Out) $3929* $3369

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.

April 21 & June 2 departures will be accommodated at the Novotel Liverpool Centre in Liverpool.

Triples are not available for this package.

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 fast-paced trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 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.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in London
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - London City Tour
Discover the history, pageantry and sights of the city with a half day tour of London's West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Continue to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Your tour ends in the heart of the city to explore this afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join our in-depth optional tour of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London 
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul's Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Stonehenge, Bath
Today, depart London and head to the circles of Stonehenge. Located in the middle of Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5000 years ago and the structure was finally completed 1400 years later. Continue to Bath's Georgian Crescents to find elegant stone buildings with terraces, crescents, and graceful squares. Visit the original 2000-year-old Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room with its natural mineral water. Later in the afternoon join the optional tour to the Village of Lacock. You will have time to explore the village before enjoying a delicious dinner at a historic local Inn
Optional: Village of Lacock with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bath
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool
Drive north today into the Heart of England through the villages of the Cotswolds, with its stone and thatch cottages, to the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, a charming market town. View Anne Hathaway's cottage, the school that William Shakespeare attended, and Shakespeare's birthplace. Enjoy time at leisure in this historic town, where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then travel to lively Liverpool for a change of pace, where The Beatles were born and rose to fame. With your guide, explore the notable sights made famous in song by the Beatles - Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Then view the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles began their journey to fame and Liverpool's stunning Albert Dock complex, a reminder of Liverpool's history as a great and prosperous port. Dinner tonight at your hotel in Liverpool
Overnight: Liverpool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Local Farmhouse Visit in the Lake District, Moffat, Edinburgh
Today, travel along the shores of Windermere, the largest lake in England at the heart of the rolling hills of the picturesque Lake District, stopping for tea and fresh-baked scones at a local farmhouse. Continue towards the charming village of Grasmere, the 19th century home of the poet William Wordsworth. Next, cross into Scotland at the border town of Gretna Green, famous for its "runaway" weddings, and past Moffat, known for its high quality wool products. Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets. During your stay, discover the city's rich heritage and historic buildings. Its Old and New Town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Edinburgh City Tour
This morning, join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can see The Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of traditional Scottish entertainment that includes dinner 
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show (PM)
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday- York City Tour, Leeds
After breakfast, depart Edinburgh and drive through the Borderlands, past the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, and on to the Viking city of York, one of north-England's most compelling cities. Enjoy an orientation tour through the narrow medieval streets surrounded by the 13th century York Walls. Also included is a visit to the magnificent York Minster, with its breathtaking architecture and spectacular gardens. After the tour, continue on to Leeds
Overnight: Leeds
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Cambridge, Travel to London
This morning, travel south, passing Robin Hood country and Sherwood Forest to the University City of Cambridge. Here we stop for time at leisure to admire Kings College and its beautiful chapels before continuing to London. A last night to enjoy the British Capital
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart for Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Ireland. Arrive in Dublin and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your new Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Dublin City Tour, Travel to Galway
This morning's sightseeing includes a panoramic tour of Dublin including a visit to Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. View St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral. After time for lunch, continue westward to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition and a cultural center for the west of Ireland. Stop at Galway Cathedral and then continue to see the medieval city walls and colorful streets between the River Corrib and Eyre Square. Enjoy free time for a stroll in this bohemian town
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Connemara Excursion
Today, enjoy a full day excursion into the Irish Countryside. Travel west towards Clifden before a visit to Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara National Park. There, admire the lakes, mountains, and calm shades of green for which Ireland is renowned. Tonight, perhaps participate in the optional Dunguaire Castle Banquet for a lively evening of music, singing, storytelling, and fine dining
Optional: Dunguaire Castle Banquet (PM)*
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Killarney
Begin with a drive south from Galway Bay through the rugged plateau known as the Burren and view the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that towers some 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Next, visit Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, offering a unique insight into Irish life around the turn of the century. A drive through the pretty town of Adare brings you at last to scenic Killarney
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Ring of Kerry Tour
Today's sightseeing begins with a tour through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry," perhaps the most picturesque locale in all of Ireland. Pass by the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, which are full of traditional colorful houses. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon. Perhaps, try the optional Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) excursion through the peaceful green countryside
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Friday - Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal Showroom
This morning drive through the scenic south of Ireland to visit the 15th-century Blarney Castle, where you will have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Enjoy some free time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before stopping at the world-famous Waterford Crystal showroom for a factory tour to see the collection of exquisite glassware in its city of origin
Overnight: Waterford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Kilkenny En Route to Dublin
Today, head for Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore. Enjoy the sights of this historic town, and view the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle. This afternoon, return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner and lively traditional entertainment
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Sunday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The optional Dunguaire Castle Banquet will not be available on all departures.

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Optional Tours

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 photo stop outside of St. Paul's Cathedral, where Charles married Diana in 1981. 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 hours.

Day #3 11 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $80.00
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Leaving Bath in the late afternoon, enjoy a drive through the Wiltshire countryside to the picturesque village of Lacock. Owned by the National Trust to preserve its character and heritage, Lacock is often used as a location for films, such as the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford and many others. Time to explore the town and later savor a delicious dinner at an historic local Inn.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $70.00
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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 #7 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $90.00
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Join this Dunguaire Castle Banquet for a lively evening of music, singing, and storytelling. Enjoy a four-course dinner accompanied by wine and heartwarming entertainment in the midst of a 17th-century castle situated on a rocky promontory overlooking Galway Bay. In this incredible setting, be treated to lively songs and excerpted readings from the geniuses of Ireland's rich literary heritage, including Yeats, Shaw, Synge, and O'Casey. Passages are selected to gladden your heart and lift your spirits while you share a meal in the company of friends in the tradition of kingly medieval banquets.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #12 05 Jul 2017 - 25 Sep 2017 $90.00
28 Sep 2017 - 09 Oct 2017 $90.00
11 Oct 2017 - 16 Oct 2017 $90.00
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Enjoy a ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage). Here you will see the lake of Killarney in a traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the nearby Muckross Estate to view the peaceful green countryside.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #14 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $25.00
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