16-Day Heart of the British Isles Tour

Multi-Day Trips
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 - Thursday, 26 September 2019

Venue: British Isles

COST: $4,495 per person, based on double occupancy, and will include roundtrip motorcoach transportation to Newark Airport, roundtrip airfare to London, first class accommodations on the tour, 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 1 lunch, and 1 English Tea, all land transportation on the tour, confirmation packet including a "Touroclopedia" trip booklet, and full time Tour Manager while on tour.   Single Supplement: $1,100 

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Join us for this showcase tour of the British Isles!  Discover fascinating and historically-rich attractions while traveling across alluring countryside.  Two-night stays in five of the overnight cities allow for a comprehensive focus on the many highlights of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 

 

Wednesday, September 11: Overnight Flight to Great Britainbritishtourmap
Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that we have handled all of the details. 
 
Thursday, September 12: ENGLAND ... Arrival at London Airport - Oxford - Warwichshire
Upon arrival, you will clear passport control and collect your luggage. Once you have picked up your luggage, you will be met by the Tour Manager. During  the motorcoach transfer to the hotel in Warwickshure, make a brief stop in Oxford where Henry II established the first university of Britain in 1167.  Tonight at your hotel, join your fellow  travelers for a "WELCOME TO GREAT BRITAIN / GET ACQUAINTED" DINNER.   (D)
 
Friday, September 13: ENGLAND ... Stow-on-the-Wold - Stratford-Upon-Avon - Warwickshire 
Views of the unspoiled countryside known as the Cotswolds clearly confirm you have arrived in England.  Gentle hillsides, peaceful meadows and charming villages with old stone buildings  characterize this region. The first stop today is STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, offering antique shops and a chance to get a souvenir photo with your hands in the village's authentic stocks.  Then it's on to STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, where half-timbered houses and thatched roof cottages create a truly English setting.  Tour the town, which includes a picture stop in front of Anne Hathaway's cottage and a visit to the birthplace of Williams Shakespeare.  Enjoy some free time in Stratford-Upon-Avon or join the optional Warwick Castle excursion to the 1,000-year-old castle.  Return later to your Warwickshire hotel for an included DINNER.   (B, D) 
 
Saturday, September 14: ENGLAND ... York - Darlington 
 Drive north via the Nottingham area.  Around lunch time, arrive in the historic city of York and spend the afternoon exploring the sights that most interest you.  "The Shambles" is one of the most picturesque streets in Britain with unique shops, cafes and restaurants.  York also boasts the most complete example of medieval city walls still standing in England today.  Walk along sections of the city walls for exceptional views.  Be sure to visit York Minster Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in England.  In the late afternoon, travel through North Yorkshire to check in to our DARLINGTON HOTEL and an included DINNER.   (B, D) 
 
Sunday, September 15: ENGLAND ... Hadrian's Wall and SCOTLAND ... Jedburgh - Edinburgh 
A morning drive takes you to Hadrian's Wall, a fascinating Roman monument nearly 2,000 years old.  During this stop, visit one section of the 70-plus mile structure, at the location of Chester's Roman Fort.  Continue over the border into Scotland and stop in Jedburgh where you will be treated to an ENGLISH TEA with cakes and finger sandwiches.  Following tea, use your free time in Jedburgh to visit the Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh Alley, or do some shopping at the Woollen Mill.  A late afternoon arrival at your EDINBURGH HOTEL provides time to freshen up and relax.  Dinner is on your own, with an optional Scottish Dinner Show excursion available.  (B, English Tea) 
 
Monday, September 16: SCOTLAND ... Edinburgh
Start the day with a GUIDED TOUR OF EDINBURGH. After the tour, a good place to spend your free time is along the ROYAL MILE in Edinburgh's Old Town.  As you walk past the classic old houses, you may wish to stop at one of the unique attractions such as the Palace of Holroodhouse, Edinburgh Castle, Writer's Museum, Gladstone's Land (the oldest surviving house in Edinburg), Museum of Childhood, or the high-tech Our Dynamic Earth Museum.  Edinburgh offers many options for tonight's independent dinner.   (B)
 
Tuesday, September 17: SCOTLAND ... Gretna Green & ENGLAND ... Liverpool 
Travel southeast to the border town of GRETNA GREEN for a visit to the OLD BLACKSMITH'S SHOP.  Gretna Green became well known for "run-away weddings" performed by the blacksmith.  Starting in 1754, English couples would cross the border to be married under the liberal terms of the Scottish laws. Following your visit to Gretna Green, travel back into England on to Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles.  A 4:00 pm arrival at your LIVERPOOL HOTEL provides time to explore and shop.  Your Tour Manager will offer an optional Magical Mystery Tour excursion highlighting landmarks made famous by the Beatles.  Dinner is independent tonight so that you may choose to dine at the hotel or at one of the pubs, restaurants or live music venues along Mathew Street.  Here, you will find the replicated Cavern Club, where the Beatles regularly performed during their early years.  (B)
 
Wednesday, September 18: WALES ... Snowdonia - Caernafon - Ferry from Holyhead and IRELAND ... Dublin 
This day is devoted to the sweeping landscape of Northern Wales.  After a morning stop in BETWSY-COED, continue through the thick pine forest into SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK, a mountainous region with rough but beautiful terrain. At Caernarfon, view one of the castles built by Prince Edward I. A quick independent lunch will allow time to climb the castle's tower (admission not included).  After the motorcoach crosses the MENAI BRIDGE onto the Isle of Anglesey, it is a must to stop and take a picture of the town with the longest name, which we will abbreviate here as Llanfair P. G.  An independent dinner allows you the choice of dining while you ferry from Wales to the Republic of Ireland or at a pub on arrival in Dublin.  (B) 
 
Thursday, September 19: IRELAND ... Dublin 
The capital of the Republic of Ireland offers much to keep you busy and entertained.  A LOCAL GUIDE joins you this morning to provide insight into the city's history and to point out the popular landmarks including Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Guinness Brewery.  Entrance into St. Patrick's Cathedral is included as well.  Following the city tour, the afternoon is free for individual pursuits.  A popular attraction is the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library (admission not included), an ornately decorated and meticulously written edition of the Gospels from 800 AD.  Equally popular are the tours of Guinness Brewery.  Tonight's dinner is independent, or you may choose to attend the optional Irish Dinner Show excursion.  
 
Friday, September 20: IRELAND ... Dublin -Kildare - Irish Countryside - County Cork 
The area west of Dublin has become known as the center of the Irish horse breeding and training industry.  After touring the KILDARE NATIONAL STUD FARM, visit the Japanese Gardens of TULLY HOUSE.  As you continue toward western Ireland, relax and enjoy the scenic land of meadows, glens and crystal clean rivers.  Your independent lunch stop will be in one of the friendly villages along the way, where bakeries will offer you tea sandwiches; or small, family-owned pubs will serve up hearty Irish dishes.  Then it's on to your COUNTY CORK HOTEL, hosting you for dinner this evening and a TWO-NIGHT STAY(B, D) 
 
Saturday, September 21: IRELAND ... Ring of Kerry - Killarney - County Cork 
Travel to the IVERAGH PENINSULA, known as "The Ring of Kerry," for a day of spectacular coastal landscapes.  The day will include photo stops as well as lunch at one of the seaside villages. Before arriving into KILLARNEY, make a stop at one of the sheep farms to experience a SHEEP DOG DEMONSTRATION.  Killarney offers everything from excellent restaurants to local pubs for your independent dinner choices, or join your Tour Manager for an optional Killarney Pub Dinner excursion.  
 
Sunday, September 22: IRELAND ... Blarney Castle - Waterford 
One of the highlights of the tour will be a visit to BLARNEY CASTLE.  You'll see the thickly constructed 17th-century fortification, and have time to walk the impressive grounds.  You may also choose to stretch upside-down to kiss the Blarney Stone in the hopes of gaining the gift of eloquent speech.  Enjoy an independent lunch at one of the charming restaurants in the village of Blarney.  An early afternoon arrival in Waterford allows for time to explore the town on foot or participate in the optional Waterford Crystal Experience excursion before an included DINNER at your hotel.  (B, D) 
 
Monday, September 23: IRELAND ... Wateford - Ferry from Rosslare and WALES ... Pembroke - Cardiff 
An early morning departure is necessary to reach the FERRY IN ROSSLARE.  As you ferry from Ireland to Wales, you will have time for lunch on your own on board.  Leaving the ferry, view the varies scenery along the coastal road between PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK and the WYE VALLEY.  By mid-afternoon,  arrive in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.  Take a stroll through the 56-acre BUTE PARK, relax over afternoon tea at a cafe, or participate in the optional Cardiff Castle excursion.   Continue to your CARDIFF HOTEL for check-in and an included DINNER(B, D) 
 
Tuesday, September 24: ENGLAND ... Bath - Stonehenge - London stonehenge
Crossing the mouth of the River Severn, return to England for a TOUR OF BATH, the elegant spa town where the Romans harnessed the natural hot springs 2,000 years ago.  An included visit to the ROMAN BATHS MUSEUM reveals the advanced engineering developed by the Romans.  Then, it is on to the mysterious STONEHENGE.  Dating back to about 1500 B.C., one can only speculate how the stones reached the site and how they were moved into place - some weighing 45 tons!  Upon arrival in London, check in to a LOCAL HOTEL and enjoy a relaxing DINNER at the hotel.  Tomorrow, the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing in the British capital.  (B, D) 
 
Wednesday, September 25: ENGLAND ... London 
Today begins with a GUIDED BUS TOUR of London's famous landmarks such as the ROYAL PARKS, BUCKINGHAM PALACE, the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT with BIG BEN, WESTMINSTER ABBEY, and TRAFALGAR SQUARE.  Following the city tour, you will have a few hours to pursue one or two of your personal interests.  If you have a specific destination in mind, the Tube (underground) system is easy, fast and economical.  Your Tour Manager will also provide suggestions for some of central London's most popular attractions such as the bustling shops, street performers and restaurants at Covent Garden.  You might wish to visit The National Gallery including works of art by da Vinci, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Picasso, and more.  Located nearby, The London Eye provides unique views of the city.  In the evening, London offers numerous options for dining and entertainment.  Or, join the Tour Manager for the optional London Dinner & Theatre excursion.   (B)
 
Thursday, September 26: Daytime Flight back home 
Following BREAKFAST at the hotel, we will transfer to the London Airport for our return flight home, with wonderful memories of our grand vacation! (B)

 

 

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  • From Wednesday, 11 September 2019 to Thursday, 26 September 2019