Highlights of Britain & Ireland
About Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom
Journey through the lands of kings, queens, and leprechauns! Begin in London with two overnights and guided sightseeing that features the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and includes visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard, if held. Depart the city to admire the breathtaking gardens at Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, then venture on to prehistoric Stonehenge and the Roman excavations at Bath. Cross into Wales and spend the night in Newport before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle, where you will be welcomed with a typical Irish coffee, a Local Favorite on this tour. Highlights are a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney, the resort town of Killarney, the spectacular Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Irish National Stud in Kildare, and an orientation drive in Dublin that includes Trinity College and the 1,200-year-old Books of Kells. Visit Malahide Castle on your way to Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where you enjoy a guided “Living History” tour and explore the Titanic Exhibition. Also included is dinner in the restaurant of the famous Crown Liquor Saloon. Return across the Irish Sea and through scenic Border country to Edinburgh for visits to the castle and Holyrood Palace. On your return to England, see Alnwick. Stop to visit the impressive gothic York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, explore Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and visit beautiful Blenheim Palace before returning to London for the end of your adventure.
LONDON Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if heldHAMPTON COURT [LF] A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardensSTONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monument BATH Visit the Roman relics NEWPORT Welcome dinnerCARDIFF Orientation drive FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE Cross St. George’s Channel by ferryWATERFORD [LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford CrystalBLARNEY Visit the famous villageKILLARNEY Visit the popular resort town RING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula driveADARE Admire the thatched cottagesLIMERICK Orientation driveKILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National Stud DUBLIN Orientation drive, visit Trinity College; malahide Guided tour of Malahide Castle BELFAST Guided “Living History” tour; visit the Titanic Exhibition; [LF] dinner at the Crown Liquor Saloon BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN Cross the North Channel by ferryEDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceYORK Walking tour, visit York MinsterSTRATFORD-UPON-AVON Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceBLENHEIM Guided tour of the palace
LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF)NEWPORT Hilton (F), WATERFORD Granville (F)KILLARNEY Killarney Avenue (SF)DUBLIN Hilton City (SF)BELFAST Europa (SF)EDINBURGH The George (SF)YORK Holiday Inn (F) or Mercure York Fairfield Manor (F)STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Holiday Inn (SF)LONDON Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (SF) or Hilton London Metropole (SF)
Full English breakfast (B); 4 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport, and 1 dinner at a traditional pub in Belfast
NOTE:Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 22 through August 12
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan