Cliffs of Moher
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Tower of London
Herbert Park Hotel
The Rose Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
Mercure London Bridge Hotel
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
• Sightseeing by luxury coach
• Professional tour director
• 14 nights in hotels listed
• Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
• 11 dinners (D) including
– Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
– Ulster Folk Museum Evening
– Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
– Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
– 7 table d’hote dinners
• 1 lunch (L)
• Welcome get-together drink
• Tour of Edinburgh
• Ferries from the Isle of Skye and from Scotland to Ireland
• Walking tours of St Andrews, Belfast, Derry and Galway with local guides
Day 1: Dublin Arrival
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Tour the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum attraction with your knowledgeable tour guide. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock
Tour Dublin with a local guide to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings, and graceful townhouses. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Head to Taylors Three Rock Pub for dinner followed by a show with Irish music and dance.
Day 3: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Journey across rolling pastures to visit Clonmacnoise. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lough Corrib with unsurpassed views of castles and various sites; savour an Irish coffee as you watch an Irish dancing demonstration. Enjoy free time before dinner to browse the speciality stores, cafés, and pubs in Galway.
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and drive to your hotel in the center of Killarney.
Day 5: Killarney & Ring of Kerry
Take a scenic jaunting car ride through part of the Killarney National Park. Explore and have a pub lunch in Kenmare. Visit Muckross Schoolhouse to partake in traditional Irish country life with butter churning and soda bread making. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ View. Enjoy a free evening back in Tralee.
Day 6: Blarney Castle & Waterford
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb to the top of the castle, take a walk through the lovely grounds with magnificent trees and colorful borders. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs and travel along the south coast to Waterford. Visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into elaborate and shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. View a huge array of stemware in the showrooms and you may purchase pieces also. Check in to your hotel in the center of Waterford and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.
Day 7: South Wales & Cardiff Evening
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock in South Wales. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. A fun Welsh evening with dinner and entertainment will round out your day.
Day 8: Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning drive to Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, well preserved after two millennia and renowned for hot springs. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. View displays in the Visitor Center which gives the story of the moving the huge stones with primitive tools to build this amazing circle. Continue into London in time for dinner in your hotel.
Day 9: London Tour & Tower of London
This morning take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free for further exploring and there is no shortage of great things to see and do. In the evening you are free for dinner.
Day 10: London Sightseeing
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in London with your voucher for a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 11: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast.
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