USA - London, England
Our Britain and Ireland vacation begins as we board our flight bound for London, the capital city of English.
Arrive in London L
Upon arrival, our sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Windsor Castle*, one of the oldest continuously
inhabited royal residence in the world and the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth. Later, transfer
into London, the rest of the day is free at leisure.
This morning we visit the Tower of London*.
Founded nearly a millennium ago and expanded
upon over the centuries since, Tower of London
has been a fortress, a royal residence and state
prison. Later on, a panoramic drive shows us the
city including the Parliament Building, Big Ben,
and Trafalgar Square. To top off our day, enjoy
photo stops at two of London's most recognized
monuments – Buckingham Palace and Westminster
Abbey. Then the rest of the day is at leisure.
Time to shop or visit the spectacular British
Museum, which boasts the largest and most
comprehensive collection of the world.
London - Stonehenge - Bath - Cardiff, Wales B,D
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the mighty
ancient monoliths of Stonehenge*. Then we
continue on to Bath, an ancient town famous
for its hot springs. In our orientation tour of Bath,
we'll view the Georgian Architecture, the Abby,
Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent, Queen Square,
and visit the amazing Roman Baths*. We stay
overnight and dinner at the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
Cardiff - Fishguard - Rosslare, Ireland - Waterford B,DH
After city tour of Cardiff viewing the Cardiff Castle*,
we travel to Fishguard for a ferry* across the St.
George's Channel to Rosslare in Ireland. Travelers
may have lunch at Fishguard Port or onboard the
ferry. Landing in Ireland, we drive to Waterford for
overnight accommodation and dinner.
Waterford - Killarney B,D
After an orientation tour of Waterford, motor
coach drives us to Killarney. Beautifully set on
the world famous lakes of Killarney, Killarney is
designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO
and Killarney National Park* definitely is the
highlight of today's sightseeing. The exciting
jaunting car ride* will take us to explore the
park. Finally check in to our hotel located by the
Lough Leane Lake.
Optional Tour: Waterford Crystal Factory Guided Tour,
Killarney - Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Athlone B,DH
Depart hotel to Limerick. Upon arrival, a walking
tour shows us the King John's Castle, St Mary's
Cathedral, and the River Shannon. We then
drive to view the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher*
towering above the Atlantic. Later a scenic drive
leads us to Athlone for dinner and overnight stay.
Athlone - Dublin B,DH
After breakfast, we depart Athlone to Dublin.
One of the literary capitals of the world and
designated UNESCO City of Literature in
2010, Dublin's literary tradition dates back
over a thousand years when monks would
transcribe the bible into beautiful manuscripts.
The best surviving example of which, The Book
of Kells dating from 800 AD, is on show at Trinity
College*. Fortunately we will have an opportunity
to view the priceless book. Tonight, we enjoy
dinner at hotel.
Dublin - Londonderry, Northern Ireland - Giant's Causeway - Belfast B,DH
After breakfast at hotel we depart Dublin for
Giant's Causeway* via Londonderry, the second
largest city in Northern Ireland. After city tour
and lunch at Londonderry, we continue on for a
visit to the Giant Causeway, giant basalt columns
rising from the sea, a spectacular UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Later, we drive to Belfast, the capital
of and largest city in Northern Ireland.
Belfast -Cairnryan, Scotland -Edinburgh B,D
Today our journey starts with a half day city tour of Belfast, then check-in at Belfast port for
ferry* crossing to Scotland. Lunch is under your own arrangement onboard ferry. Upon arrival
at Cairnryan, a small Scottish village notable for its two modern ferry terminals connecting
Scotland to Northern Ireland, we immediately transfer to Scotland's elegant and beautiful
capital city, Edinburgh, with a stop at the National Monument of Scotland.
Edinburgh - Lake District, England B,DH
This morning we visit Edinburgh Castle* and
see historical sites along the Princes Street on
our sightseeing tour. Afterwards we continue
into the Lake District of England. Breathtaking
scenery enthralls us as we have a boat trip* on
the lake. Overnight stay at Lake District and
enjoy dinner at hotel.
Lake District - York - Stratford-upon-Avon B,D
Depart Lake District to the ancient walled city,
York, for city orientation. We walk through
narrow medieval streets and view wealth of
historic attractions inside the city walls, of which
York Minster* is the most prominent. Our last
stop today is Stratford-upon-Avon, where we
stay for overnight accommodation.
Stratford-upon-Avon - Oxford - London B,D
Our sightseeing tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
this morning features visits to Shakespeare's
Birthplace* and Ann Hathaway's Cottage*. Then
we depart to Oxford, home of the University
of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking
world. A walking tour to show us the
city and colleges begins upon our arrival. Dinner
in Oxford and then travel back to London.
Optional Tour: Blenheim Palace – Churchill's Birth Place (PUI),
London - USA B
Bid farewell to Britain as we transfer to airport for
the international homebound flight to America.