Britain & Ireland in Depth
About Killarney, Ireland
This vacation offers our most complete view of the British Isles. In England, enjoy a guided sightseeing of London, visits to Canterbury Cathedral and the exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton, mysterious Stonehenge, historic Plymouth, Land’s End, St. Ives, and the Roman ruins at Bath. Travel through Brecon Beacons National Park, then take a ferry to the “Emerald Isle.” Via Waterford and Blarney journey to Killarney where you experience the 100-mile panoramic drive around the Ring of Kerry, then on to Limerick, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Knock, Belleek, and fascinating Giant’s Causeway. In Belfast, visit the Titanic Exhibition, and in Dublin, enjoy an in-depth orientation tour. Return across the Irish Sea and through North Wales to Liverpool for a visit to the Beatles Story. Head north through the Lake District to Scotland, with highlights that include Gretna Green, Glasgow, the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, the Isle of Skye, and Loch Ness. From Inverness, visit Cawdor Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Culloden Moor battlefield, then head south to pretty Braemar, St. Andrews, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh with its castle and Holyrood Palace, and fairytale Floors Castle. Back in England, explore medieval York, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and magnificent Blenheim Palace on your way back to London.
LONDONGuided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if heldCANTERBURY Visit the cathedralBRIGHTON Royal Pavilion tour; welcome dinnerSTONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monumentCORNWALL Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit Land’s End & St. Ives; [LF] Cornish pasty treatBATH Visit the Roman relicsBRECON Visit the historical market town;FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE Cross St. George’s Channel by ferryWATERFORD [LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstrationKILLARNEY [LF] Enjoy dinner and music at The Danny Mann pub; RING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula driveDINGLE PENINSULA Visit the Blasket Islands CentreADARE Admire the thatched cottagesCLIFFS OF MOHER Savor the spectacular viewsDRUMCLIFF Visit W.B. Yeats’ graveBELLEEK Guided tour of the potteryCOUNTY ANTRIM Visit Giant’s CausewayBELFAST Guided “Living History” tour, visit the Titanic ExhibitionDOWNPATRICK Visit the Saint Patrick CentreDUBLIN Orientation drive, visit Trinity CollegeDUBLIN–HOLYHEAD Cross the Irish Sea by ferryLIVERPOOL Visit the Beatles StoryGRASMERE [LF] Try original Grasmere gingerbreadMALLAIG–ARMADALE Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferryISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald CentreINVERNESS Visit the Highland capitalCULLODEN MOOR Visit the battle site’s visitor centerCAWDOR Visit the castle and gardens;EDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood PalaceFLOORS Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castleYORK Walking tourSTRATFORD-UPON-AVON Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceBLENHEIM Guided tour of the palace
LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF)BRIGHTON Hilton Metropole (SF)PLYMOUTH Holiday Inn (SF)NEWPORT Hilton (F)WATERFORD Granville (F)KILLARNEY Scotts (F)LIMERICK Clarion (SF)SLIGO Radisson Blu (SF) BELFAST Stormont (SF)DUBLIN Hilton City (SF)LIVERPOOL Novotel (F)GLASGOW Thistle (F)INVERNESS Columba (F)EDINBURGH The King James Hotel (F)YORK Novotel (F)STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Holiday Inn (SF)
Full English breakfast (B); 10 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Brighton, and 1 dinner at a local pub in Killarney
NOTE: Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 14 through August 4
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale